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The Most Delayed Airports Around Thanksgiving Travel

Analysis reveals best and worst day to fly before November holiday.

The Tuesday before and after Thanksgiving could be the world’s worst days to fly according to a new analysis ahead of the November holiday. In a recent infographic released by RewardExpert, the company revealed the best and worst days to fly around Thanksgiving.

To determine the best days to fly, the analysts looked at U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) information from the past five years for the week before and after the holiday for the top ten airlines among the 45 busiest airports across the country. From this information, they were able to determine which days would be easiest for travelers and which would create problems.

Those who are looking to get in and out without trouble should consider flying on the Monday before, Thanksgiving Day, or Black Friday, according to the analysis. The Sunday before and Saturday after Thanksgiving are also good days to fly, for those who wish to spend an extra day with family.

Flyers on a deadline to get home for Thanksgiving may want to consider flying Delta Air Lines for their holiday travel. According to the data pulled by RewardExpert, Delta arrived on time nearly 89 percent of the time during the Thanksgiving holiday break. United Airlines had an 83.3 percent on-time rate for the same period of time, while American Airlines arrived on time with 82.6 percent of flights. Among the major airlines, Southwest Airlines had the lowest amount of on-time arrivals, with 79.4 percent on-time arrivals.

Those flying to the Bay Area may have the worst time getting home for Thanksgiving. Both San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Oakland International Airport (OAK) had the worst on-time arrival percentage during Thanksgiving, with flights arriving on schedule less than 80 percent of the time. Houston Hobby Airport (HOU), Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) also had flights arrive on-schedule less than 80 percent of the time during Thanksgiving week.

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