Thanksgiving, for most Americans, is a day set aside for giving thanks. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November and is typically a day spent with family and eating turkey and all its dressings.
Historically it was a day reserved to give thanks for the year’s harvest. In the U.S., the Thanksgiving roots can be traced back to a celebration in Plymouth, Massachusetts from 1621. George Washington made Thanksgiving the first national holiday in 1789.
Ask anyone in the country which day of the year is the busiest for air travel and they will tell you it is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. On this day, major airports across the country are filled to the brim with families trying desperately to catch flights home. In 2014, for example, AAA reported expectations of 3.5 million travelers taking to the skies for the Thanksgiving holiday. Lower fuel prices this year indicate those numbers may be even higher.
This makes the entire process take even longer as more people are going through airport checkpoints and waiting in line at the airport coffee bar for that much-needed shot of caffeine after getting up at 4:00 am to catch an 8:00 am flight.
Then there are the sleepy children who have gotten up to early, frustrated parents, and the occasional small dog barking and nipping at passersby.
Private Charter Jets – A Better Way to Fly Home for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving travel via private jet charter provides a much saner alternative for discerning travelers to consider.
Picture this instead. Rolling in at a smaller airport closer to your home 15 minutes before your flight to go through an infinitely more private check-in procedure. Boarding your plane and being served coffee and then taking off with your family and/or guests heading for your Thanksgiving destination.
Private jet charters for Thanksgiving travel saves you time, virtually eliminates the risks of losing your bags, and helps you avoid the hassle that has become synonymous with Thanksgiving travel over the decades.
In many cases, the time other Thanksgiving travelers spend just going through the check-in process and boarding their flights is enough time for you to reach your destination. This means you can spend more time hanging out with your family, catching up on old times, or even meeting up with old friends. Not to mention doing completely away with connections at major commercial airports, often affected by bad or severe weather conditions.
It also means you can spend a few extra hours on the other side of the holiday with friends and family, while avoiding the hassle of return flights too. The entire holiday weekend, Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30 will experience higher than normal commericial airport traffic.
Alternative Thanksgiving Travel Destinations for Private Aviation Travelers
Some people are not going home for Thanksgiving. Some families or friends prefer to travel somewhere fun and festive for the holiday. One popular destination for families and groups of friends is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York. The 2015 parade marks the 89th anniversary of the yearly parade which begins at 9:00 am and ends at noon. For some, it is as much a part of Thanksgiving tradition as turkey and pumpkin pie.
Plymouth, Massachusetts being the sight of the first Thanksgiving celebration is another popular destination. There is a wide range of events and an historic parade to celebrate the anniversary of giving thanks in the U.S. The celebrations in Plymouth last the entire weekend, rather than a single three-hour period.
Whatever your travel destination for Thanksgiving, flying there by private jet is a different experience.
Call Presidential Aviation today and we can take care of all the details for you. It is time to skip the insanity of day before Thanksgiving travel for a much more relaxing and luxurious travel event. We can make that happen.