The upcoming Thanksgiving weekend is expected to be the busiest travel holiday in more than two years. Experts, like travel insurance expert Omar Kaywan, say travelers need to plan ahead.
“This particular Thanksgiving weekend we are expecting about 80 to 90% pre-COVID traffic,” Kaywan said.
As things start to get back to normal, the travel expert says it will be some time before airline travel gets there.
“The last couple of weeks we’ve seen thousands of people stranded in airports and not know what to do,” Kaywan said.
He says airlines are doing all they can to handle the return to normal levels, but it’s been a struggle.
“Flights are getting delayed. Airlines are dealing with a lot of different issues, shortage of staff is just one of them. The vaccination mandate, although it has been delayed until January 1, it’s still out there and still a problem for them to be dealing with,” Kaywan said.
He says travel insurance makes more sense now than ever.
“One thing that COVID has been teaching us more so than ever before is that you need to travel with travel insurance,” Kaywan said.
Kaywan says insurance can get you rooms in local hotels if flights are canceled. It can also get refunds you might not get from the airline.
“We also recommend using a flight tracker or Flight Aware so you know exactly where the origin of your flight is,” Kaywan said.
The expert says this year, if possible, travel a day before or a day after the peak on Thanksgiving weekend. He says the most important thing is to stay patient before the flight.
Kaywan says the best bet is just to download a travel insurance app and use it as you need it.