RewardExpert Releases Thanksgiving 2016 Holiday Travel Forecast

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Determines the best days, airlines and airports to help travelers avoid air travel delays around Thanksgiving.

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RewardExpert is crunching data to inform travelers of where the most delays have been reported and which airlines were responsible.

RewardExpert, a free service that helps travelers redeem flights using miles and points, today released a Thanksgiving 2016 Holiday Travel Forecast analyzing major airports and airlines to determine how travelers can best avoid potential delays surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday. Findings show regional carrier Hawaiian Airlines ranked at the top for on-time performance, while Delta had the best track record out of the major domestic airlines. Additionally, Thanksgiving itself is the day with the least reported air travel delays.

“Getting stuck in the airport is the last thing travelers want when they’re going home for the holidays,” says RewardExpert CEO and co-founder Roman Shteyn, “which is why RewardExpert is crunching data to inform travelers of where the most delays have been reported and which airlines were responsible.”

RewardExpert analyzed Department of Transportation flight data from the past five years and looked at the on-time performance of the top 10 domestic airlines at the 45 busiest airports over Thanksgiving. This forecast additionally examines the best and worst days to travel five days before and after the holiday.

Key findings of the Thanksgiving 2016 Holiday Travel Forecast are:
●    There’s a silver lining for last-minute travelers. Those who can’t get out of work earlier can still get home in time for dinner with a Thursday morning flight since Thanksgiving Day itself reported the least delays overall. Heading back over the weekend increases the chances of getting stuck at the gate to 1 in 5.
●    Hawaii truly is paradise; not only is regional carrier Hawaiian Airlines at the top with 95% of flights reporting on-time performance, so is Honolulu International Airport with nearly 92% of on-time flights.
●    Delta leads the pack among major carriers and comes in second overall; almost 89% of its flights arrive and depart in a timely fashion.
●    Budget carriers Southwest and Frontier Airlines fall at the bottom of the ranks as the only two out of the ten analyzed carriers underneath the 80th percentile for on-time performance.
●    Bay Area travelers beware; San Francisco International Airport has the worst on-time record for Thanksgiving travel with only three-quarters of its flights reporting on-time.

“As they say, ‘time is money,’ and RewardExpert’s mission is to help travelers save whenever possible,” shares Shteyn. “In addition to helping people cut back on travel expenses through booking with miles and points, our blog keeps users in-the-know on programs available to them that can alleviate travel mishaps.”

To help travelers over the Thanksgiving holiday, RewardExpert has collated helpful resources for delayed travelers including a breakdown of credit cards that offer lounge access, trip or cancellation insurance, or concierge services that can help with rebooking flights.

The full study is available on the RewardExpert website.

RewardExpert helps travelers navigate the world of frequent flyer programs and credit card rewards. Using a sophisticated algorithm, RewardExpert creates simple strategies for using points and miles to help travelers reach their individual travel goals. Simply decide where to go and let RewardExpert do the rest. To get started, visit


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