Is this a good day to fly in terms of airport crowds? I'm assuming the Wednesday before is one of the most hectic days in airports across the country and by Thursday most people are where they're supposed to be.
The seatmaps (I know, I know...) were completely full for Y- on Thursday morning RDU-IAD / IAD-LGA when I booked last week but Y+ was completely empty except for maybe 2 seats. Looks like a tremendous amount of non-status flying is in order for Thanksgiving morning.
Small datapoint, but I'd put money on that being a general trend.
EDIT: And F9 still, so hopefully my expiring e500s will actually clear for once!
I've flown (BOS-IAH-GIG) the last two Thanksgiving days and it's been fine. It wasn't really "busy", not crowded and not hectic. I think the general moods I encountered were more relaxed.. not stressed as it would have been the previous two or three days...
For what it's worth, flew out of SFO on Thanksgiving (10:50am flight SFO-ORD). Airport was very empty, emptier than weekend flying. No line at all at the premier check-in or through security. Even our flight wasn't full. About a dozen or so empty seats in E+. C wasn't even full.
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I know this won't help you now, but I think it really depends and changes from year to year.
Last year I flew on Thanksgiving Day from PHX to SNA and the airport was moderately busy and the night before was a madhouse (from news and reports from friends).
Last Wednesday, I did the same trip and PHX was dead at 5 PM. My ride dropped me off curbside at T4 and I had to check a bag with WN and proceed to my gate. From the time I was dropped off until I reached my gate was less than 15 minutes.
A friend traveled out of PHX on Thanksgiving Day itself and said that PHX and DFW were packed and chaotic.
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