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THANKSGIVING TRAVEL Posted on 11-02-2018

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InsureMyTrip and Hopper Announce Busiest Airports This Thanksgiving
Based on data, travelers can make smarter choices about their travel plans and a travel insurance purchase.

Warwick, RI In an effort to help empower travelers to make more informed decisions when it comes to 2018 Thanksgiving travel plans, Hopper and InsureMyTrip research teams reveal what airports and flights to avoid, the best time to buy, and how the latest data trends can aid travelers when comparing travel insurance benefits.

The data revealed the following trends for Thanksgiving 2018:
Busiest day to depart for Thanksgiving: Wednesday, November 21
Busiest day to return from Thanksgiving: Sunday, November 25
Top Busiest Airports & Times (local time):

1. Atlanta (ATL) - 8:00am
2. Los Angeles (LAX) - 7:00am
3. Chicago (ORD) - 6:00pm
4. Dallas (DFW) - 9:00am
5. Denver (DEN) - 10:00am
6. New York (JFK) - 6:00pm

The busiest day to depart for the Thanksgiving holiday this year is Wednesday, November 21, while the busiest day to return is Sunday, November 25.

While the Thanksgiving travel period is a busy time of year,  airlines are improving on-time performance track record. Airlines reported the lowest percentage of canceled flights last year and the highest on-time performance ranking since at least 2009.

Best Protection For Flight Delays

Based on these data results, travelers can make smarter choices about their travel plans and travel insurance purchases. For example, passengers with departing flights at busier airports are more likely to utilize a travel delay benefit and, therefore, may want to compare travel insurance policies with better delay protection.

"If travelers are made aware of the probability of delays, they can then use that data to help them compare travel delay benefits when considering a travel insurance purchase," says InsureMyTrip Intelligence Analyst Danny DeMello.

Travel delay benefits vary with each travel insurance provider, generally between a 5 and 24-hour window. The benefit is designed to provide reimbursement for reasonable meals and accommodations while unable to travel.

Tip: Travelers must be delayed for a certain number of hours before this benefit can be applied. When comparing travel insurance, look for the minimum delay time (typically, starting at 5 hours) to start qualifying for coverage as soon as possible.  

Best Protection For Delayed Bags

Travelers may also want to ensure baggage delay coverage is included under a selected comprehensive travel insurance plan. Baggage delay coverage generally becomes active after belongings have been delayed for a specified period of time, typically 12 or 24 hours.

Tip: When comparing travel insurance, look for a maximum per-person coverage amount as well as a per-day limit. For example, some policies may offer $500 per person to purchase incidentals, but only allow $200 to be spent per day.

To schedule an interview with an expert or to request specific research data, please contact news@insuremytrip.com.

About InsureMyTrip

It's simple. InsureMyTrip finds you the right travel insurance plan, every time. InsureMyTrip is the authority on travel insurance. We are committed to empowering travelers to make the best possible insurance decisions by leveraging our technology, data intelligence, and expertise.

About Hopper

Hopper is the smart way to plan and book travel on your phone. Combining trillions of data points and powerful machine learning, the app saves users time, money, and anxiety in their quest to book the perfect trip. Hopper makes it possible to save money and travel more, predicting future prices for flights and accommodations with 95% recommendation accuracy, offering personalized tips, and notifying users about price drops and exclusive deals. Visit www.hopper.com for more information and to download the free app.

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