Thursday, November 19, 2015

As it turns out,
procrastinating on buying your holiday airfare isn't a total fail—you just
have to be a little more strategic about it. A new report from Stratos Jet
Charters deciphered data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics to
pinpoint the best days, routes, and carriers for avoiding holiday travel
headaches.
Read on and make your reservations accordingly.
TIME YOUR TRIP Mondays are the worst, and that goes double for travelers:
This year saw 41 percent more flight cancellations on Mondays than Tuesday
(the runner-up) and 164 percent more than Fridays.
Book your flight on
Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday to minimize your chances of delays and
cancellations.
Or aim for an early AM departure: Flights before 8 a.m.
are
less likely to be delayed, according to FlightStats vice-president Jim Hetzel.
CHOOSE YOUR ROUTE High-volume hubs in colder climates are the top
contenders for flight cancellations.
Among major U.S.
airports, LaGuardia, Newark International, Reagan Washington,
and Chicago O'Hare have the highest percentage of canceled flights—and 70
percent of those cancellations are weather-related.
If a nonstop route isn't
an option, aim for a connection in a warmer locale to slash your risk of
winter weather delays, Hetzel says—or choose a nearby alternative with a
better track record, like Midway or JFK.
BOOK THE BEST CARRIER Limited leg room aside, not all airlines are
created equal.
Hawaiian, Alaska, and Delta swept the commercial carrier
rankings based on their high scores for cancellations, late arrivals, and
baggage and flight change fees.
And steer clear of the losers: Spirit,
JetBlue, and United pulled in the bottom three.
You may save some cash on
booking or baggage fees, but it's not worth the higher risk of a cancelled
flight and last-minute hotel stay.
SERIOUSLY, JUST MOVE TO HAWAII ALREADY The state pulled in high marks for
timely departures and cheap flights, and Hawaiian Airlines took first place in
the airline rankings.
Also: it's an island paradise.
They have sand in every
color.
You can grow pineapples in your backyard.
Have you ever had
chocolate-covered macadamia nuts? Yeah.
We should all move to Hawaii.
As it turns out, procrastinating on buying your holiday airfare
isn't a total fail—you just have to be a little more strategic about it.

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