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LAX and Chicago's O'Hare Maintain Top Spots as Busiest Airports This Thanksgiving Holiday in Orbitz Insider Index
Travelers Can Save Big Over the Holidays With Return of "Zap That Bag Fee" and $100 Off Qualifying Hotels for Booking a Roundtrip Flight on Orbitz Using Visa Checkout

CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The holidays are a time-honored tradition, but before the carving of the turkey and the trimming of the tree, travelers must first face the crowds at the airports. The latest Orbitz Insider Index using flight bookings data from ranks LAX, Chicago's O'Hare and JFK in New York City as the busiest airports this Thanksgiving, so travelers should allow extra time for lines particularly when traveling through those airports.

"We're seeing the same high-traffic holiday destinations this year as we did last with only two newcomers to the busiest airports list," said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior travel editor for "Thankfully, there are a number of new additions to the Least Busy Airports list, with several offering alternative options to large metro areas. By shopping around, and maybe spending a little extra time in the car—but less time in the airport—travelers can save their sanity, and in many cases time and money, by departing from one of these suggestions."

Busiest & Least Busy Airports

The Orbitz Insider Index analyzes booking data from the top 50 U.S. airports over the Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 26 - Dec. 1, 2014) and gives travelers some baseline guidance on where they can expect the largest and smallest crowds this year. While New York's LaGuardia Airport fell out of the top 10 busiest list this year, John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City joins the list, taking the spot below LAX and O'Hare. Denver, a popular holiday ski destination, drops off the busiest list this year, falling to the number 11 spot.

Orbitz also provides a list of less crowded alternative airports for travelers looking to avoid the zoo at the airports. This year's list is made up almost entirely of newcomers – John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif. and Syracuse Hancock International in Syracuse, N.Y. are the only returning airports on the list. Opting for these less busy airports can mean saving time over the busy holiday travel timeframe, and arriving less haggard.

Orbitz Insider Index: Busiest Airports for Thanksgiving 20141
2014 Rank Airport Name Location/Market Airport Code 2013 Rank
1 Los Angeles International Los Angeles, CA LAX 1
2 Chicago O'Hare International Chicago, IL ORD 2
3 John F. Kennedy International Airport New York, NY JFK N/A
4 San Francisco International San Francisco, CA SFO 4
5 Boston Logan International Boston, MA BOS 5
6 Newark Liberty International Newark, NJ EWR 9
7 Sea-Tac International Seattle, WA SEA 7
8 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Minneapolis, MN MSP 10
9 Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia, PA PHL N/A
10 Ronald Reagan National Airport Washington, D.C. DCA 6
Orbitz Insider Index: Least Busy Airports for Thanksgiving 20142
2014 Rank Airport Name Location/Market Airport Code 2013 Rank
1 Kent County International Airport Grand Rapids, MI GRR N/A
2 Syracuse Hancock International Syracuse, NY SYR 1
3 John Wayne Airport Orange County, CA SNA 10
4 Palm Beach International Airport West Palm Beach, FL PBI N/A
5 Metropolitan Oakland International Airport Oakland, FL OAK N/A
6 Jacksonville International Airport Jacksonville, FL JAX N/A
7 Eppley Airfield Omaha, NE OMA N/A
8 Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport Cincinnati, OH CVG N/A
9 Honolulu International Airport  Honolulu, HI HNL N/A
10 Southwest Florida International Airport Fort Meyers, FL RSW N/A

Extreme Holiday Savings

Heading into one of the biggest holidays of the year, Orbitz is offering travelers some respite on the cost front with two promotions kicking off prior to Thanksgiving. The "Zap That Bag Fee" is again helping fliers save on checked baggage fees, while a new partnership with Visa Checkout is giving those that book roundtrip flights $100 off qualifying hotels starting Nov. 12 – just in time for Turkey Day.

Back by popular demand, Orbitz is alleviating the baggage fee pain point for travelers with the return of the "Zap That Bag Fee" promotion. Orbitz Rewards loyalty members who purchase their flight through Orbitz can activate the "Zap that Bag Fee" feature on the Orbitz app and simply upload an image of their checked baggage fee receipt to earn $25 in Orbucks through Dec. 31, 2014.

Beyond checked bags, travelers can reap major rewards for using Visa Checkout on Orbitz. To celebrate the new partnership, those that book a roundtrip flight on Orbitz using Visa Checkout will get $100 off qualifying hotel stays through the holidays. Visit for more details.3

For more insights from Orbitz on holiday travel and to find special deals, visit the Orbitz special Holiday Travel Guide.

1Busiest airports data based on all air ticket bookings (standalone and as part of a package) to the top 50 airports with arrivals and departures between Nov. 26 and Dec. 1, 2014.

2Least busy airports data based on all air ticket bookings (standalone and as part of a package) to the top 50 airports with arrivals and departures between Nov. 26 and Dec. 1, 2014.

3Limited time only, while supplies last. Offer good through 11/23/14 or while supplies last. Discount applies to qualifying hotel stays from 11/13/14 – 6/30/15. See terms and conditions:

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