November 12, 2008

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

CHICAGO, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday travel season with busy airports and crowded flights, and even with this year's reduced airline capacity, travelers may still be faced with another hectic holiday. To keep travelers in the know and on time this holiday season, Orbitz (, a leading online travel site, identifies the country's busiest airports and travel days during the Thanksgiving holiday and reveals the top Christmas destinations.

Orbitz Top 10 Busiest Airports for Thanksgiving 2008

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. 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 and another customer subsequently books the same airline ticket on for less, Orbitz will automatically send travelers a cash refund for the difference. For more details, please visit

    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 with arrivals and     departures between 11/22/08 and 11/30/08;    2007 data based on air ticket sales on with arrivals and     departures between 11/21/07 and 11/25/07.      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 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 for stays     between 12/20/08 and 12/29/08;    2007 data based on hotel and package bookings on for stays     between 12/22/07 and 12/30/07.      About Orbitz  

Orbitz ( is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and purchase a broad array of travel products, including airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Since launching its website to the general public in June 2001, Orbitz has become one of the largest online travel sites in the world based on gross travel bookings. On Orbitz, consumers can search more than 80,000 suppliers worldwide including airlines, hotels and car rental companies. Orbitz is a brand that is owned and operated by Orbitz Worldwide .

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