Orbitz Insider Index Reveals Busiest Thanksgiving Airports and Most Popular Holiday Travel Destinations for 2008

2008-11-12
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  • Orbitz Taking over the top spot from Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Las Vegas McCarran International Airport moves up 10 spots on the annual list, with Miami and Seattle-Tacoma making their first ever appearance.

    Orbitz Top 10 Busiest Airports for Thanksgiving 2008
    The highlighted (*) airports are also featured among the top twenty refunded routes according to the Orbitz Price Assurance program. With Orbitz Price Assurance, if the price drops for a plane ticket booked on Orbitz.com and another customer subsequently books the same airline ticket on Orbitz.com for less, Orbitz will automatically send travelers a cash refund for the difference.

       2008           Domestic - Thanksgiving Busiest Airports              2007
    Rank Rank
    1* Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas McCarran International (LAS) 10
    2* New York, NY - La Guardia Airport (LGA) 4
    3* Chicago, IL - Chicago O'Hare (ORD) 1
    4* Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) 2
    5* San Francisco, CA - San Francisco International Airport (SFO) 7
    6 Dallas, TX - Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) 9
    7 Newark, NJ - New York Newark International Airport (EWR) 8
    8 Miami, FL - Miami International Airport (MIA) --
    9 Denver, CO - Denver International Airport (DEN) 3
    10* Seattle, WA - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) --

    2008 data based on air ticket sales on Orbitz.com with arrivals and
    departures between 11/22/08 and 11/30/08,
    2007 data based on air ticket sales on Orbitz.com with arrivals and
    departures between 11/21/07 and 11/25/0

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    Orbitz' Busiest Travel Days for Thanksgiving 2008
    The following dates reflect the three busiest and slowest travel days surrounding Thanksgiving based on flight and package bookings on Orbitz.com. For travelers still looking to book their Turkey Day travel, the Orbitz Insiders recommend avoiding airports the day before Thanksgiving and suggest booking flights on 'off' days, such as November 27 or 29.

    Busiest Days
    Sunday 11/30/2008
    Wednesday 11/26/2008
    Sunday 11/23/2008

    Least Busy Days
    Tuesday 11/25/2008
    Monday 11/24/2008
    Saturday 11/29/2008

    Orbitz Top 10 Destinations for Christmas 2008

    For the second year in a row, Las Vegas, Orlando and New York City are the most popular destinations over the Christmas holiday. This year's list includes one newcomer as well, Lahaina, Hawaii, which has shot up in the rankings to the ninth spot.

          2008 Rank                     City                           2007 Rank
    1 Las Vegas, NV 1
    2 Orlando, FL 2
    3 New York City, NY 3
    4 Honolulu, HI 13
    5 Chicago, IL 4
    6 San Francisco, CA 5
    7 San Diego, CA 6
    8 Anaheim, CA 16
    9 Lahaina, HI --
    10 Miami, FL 18

    2008 data based on hotel and package bookings on Orbitz.com for stays
    between 12/20/08 and 12/29/08,
    2007 data based on hotel and package bookings on Orbitz.com for stays
    between 12/22/07 and 12/30/07.



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