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The Best & Worst Times To Fly For The Christmas & New Year Holidays 2022

Updated: Dec 11, 2022

As Christmas and the New Year’s holiday approaches, millions of Floridians are getting ready to travel for the year-end holidays.

This year nearly 43% of American adults plan to travel to a vacation destination or holiday gathering this year, and with travel rapidly recovering, the 2022 holiday season is looking to be extremely busy, with many people flying for the first time in a few years.

It's also worth remembering that with Christmas and New Year’s Day being on a Sunday this year, federal and bank holidays will officially recognize the Christmas Day holiday on December 26 and the New Year’s Day holiday on January 2, both Mondays.

This could possibly mean more people decide to fly on those days, which means they will be busier than what Monday's normally are.

Santa waiting at airport for orlando

Best Days To Travel

According to The Vacationer, for less crowded airports, the best days to depart for a holiday trip this year will be December 18, 19, 20, 24 or 25.

The best return dates, will be December 28 and December 29.

In addition to being best return dates for traveling before Christmas Day, December 28 and 29 will also be the best departing dates for travel before New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

The best return dates will be New Year’s Day or January 4.

flying at Christmas to orlando

Worst Days To Travel

With both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on a weekend, the days to avoid traveling are December 22 and 23.

The worst return dates will be December 26 and 27.

For any travel before New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, December 30 and 31 will be the worst days to travel.

As for returning, January 2 will likely be the worst travel days due to very crowded airports.

Whenever you choose to travel, leave plenty of time for arriving at the airport and pack your patience!

Happy travelling, have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

busy orlando International airport at the holidays


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