Whether you're driving or flying for Thanksgiving, we've got you covered


Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel periods of the year, and this week about 300,000 more people than last year say they'll be traveling at least 50 miles for Turkey Day.

Here's what you need to know, no matter how you're getting around this week.

Most people are driving

Most people (89.3 percent) will be driving to their Thanksgiving feast. And there's good news for the 42 million Americans expected to hit the road this week – gas prices across the country are the lowest they've been since 2008, AAA says.

The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel was $2.07 on Monday – that's 75 cents cheaper than last year, according to AAA's Fuel Gauge report. And the price is expected to keep falling through the holidays, AAA notes. Already, half the gas stations in the country are selling fuel for less than $2 a gallon.

In Minnesota, the average cost for a gallon is $2.004, the report shows, while GasBuddy.com says the lowest price for a gallon of gas in the state Tuesday morning was $1.75 in Granite Falls.

Drivers should be prepared for some winter weather this week, which could impact travel. Drizzle and a wintry mix is expected in Minnesota Wednesday, with a chance for 2 inches of snow on Thursday, the National Weather Service tweeted. (Check back with BringMeTheNews later, and we'll provide a more detailed forecast as the holiday nears.)

Expect long security lines at the airport

Airports will probably also be busier this year. More than 3.6 million people are expected to fly over the Thanksgiving holiday (Wednesday through Sunday) – slightly more than last year, AAA notes.

And with tighter security in the wake of recent terror attacks, the Transportation Security Administration is reminding travelers to get to the airport earlier than normal.

TSA has "doubled down" on security at airports, which has increased wait times, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said, according to CNN.

Normally, TSA asks passengers to get to the airport 90 minutes before their flight. This holiday season, the agency is suggesting you arrived at least two hours before, KARE 11 notes.

It's also important to remember that more families will be traveling this week – and they might not be as speedy when going through security. Patrick Hogan, MSP spokesperson, told BringMeTheNews last year that "during the holidays, there are more families traveling, so lines can move a bit more slowly than during non-holiday weeks."

To help you get through security quickly, we compiled some tips here.

The day before Thanksgiving isn't the busiest

But the good news for air travelers (besides most people paying 10 percent less for a ticket than they did last year, AAA notes), is that although the Thanksgiving weekend is among the busiest times to travel, the day before Thanksgiving isn't the busiest travel day of the year, Quartz reports.

Nov. 25 – the day before Thanksgiving this year – is just the 121st busiest day to fly, Quartz notes, but the Sunday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29) comes in at No. 2 on busiest air travel days of the year in the U.S.

The busiest day to fly through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is actually Aug. 7, with the lightest travel day being Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Day, Quartz notes.

Airlines for America says there will be, on average, 65,000 more passengers flying per day over the Thanksgiving holiday this year, but how busy the airport is will depend on what day you're flying. Here's how the days rank, from busiest to lightest: Sunday, Nov. 29; Monday, Nov. 30; Wednesday, Nov. 25; Thursday, Nov. 26; and Friday, Nov. 27.

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