Holiday travel may not be as bad as expected, but be prepared
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) — If you are traveling around the holidays, good news. It may not be as busy as you expected.
We think of the holidays as the busiest days for air travel. But a lot of people are flying over this period of time so today may not be quite as busy as, say, a Friday during the summer.
Experts expect 43.4 million people to take to the skies between now and New Years, but that’s actually a one percent drop from last years.
And that means there should be about 20 thousand people less in the skies each day.
Now it might not feel that way because there are less flights and there may be some inexperienced travelers who take longer at the airport but that is why more airports are embracing technology to make it easier for folks to get around.
At McCarran International Airport, there is free wireless access in all public areas and about a dozen recharge zones where you can plug in your phones and laptops.
You can also get flight information sent right to your phone or check the airport’s Twitter and Facebook pages for updates on boarding and parking. And some airlines have mobile boarding passes so you don’t even need a paper pass.
Still, the best thing you can do is give yourself plenty of time and be patient.
If you are traveling by car, travel might be a little more difficult.
Winter storms have already hit the Great Plains, causing problems on several major highways from Kansas to New Mexico.
But it’s not just drivers that are being affected. More storms are coming in the next few days and several transportation hubs could be affected.
Snow and low visibility may be an issue in Denver.
Clouds and strong winds are predicted in New York and showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for Atlanta.
So, if any of your travel plans take you to or through those area, you may want to keep an eye out for possible delays.
Some good news though if you are driving instead of flying. Gas prices are continuing to drop.
Nationally, the average price for a gallon of unleaded is $3.23. Here in Nevada, it is a little higher at $3.32.
Those prices are still higher than last year but much lower than they were just a month ago.
And that is an unexpected holiday treat that may make it easier to plan a little holiday getaway.
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