American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL), (GOOGL), Southwest Airlines Company (LUV) – Flying over Labor Day weekend? Here’s what you need to know to avoid a headache

Labor Day weekend is underway and more than 12 million Americans are expected to fly this holiday long weekend.

According to data from Hopper, passengers across the United States are expected to fly from Thursday, September 1 through Monday, September 5, averaging about 2.5 million travelers per day.

American Airlines Group Inc. AAL estimates that 2.5 million customers will board 26,400 scheduled flights through Monday.

According to the report, flight costs will remain significantly higher than prices in 2021 and before the 2019 COVID pandemic.

The average cost of a domestic flight over the holiday weekend is $278 round trip, an increase of 23% from 2021 and 20% from 2019. The average price of an international flight is $850 round trip, 34% more expensive than last year and 30% more expensive than in 2019.

Hopper reports that Las Vegas was the most booked national destination for the holiday weekend, followed by Denver and Atlanta. Vacations to San Juan, Puerto Rico and Cancun are also good options.

Here’s how to deal with flight delays and cancellations?

According to data from NPR, airlines have canceled more than 50,000 flights since Memorial Day and delayed more than half a million. For instance, Delta Air Lines, Inc. DAL canceled 100 scheduled daily flights in the United States and Latin America between July and August. In the same way, South West Airlines Co LUV canceled nearly 20,000 flights.

Overall, 23% of flights departing from various US airports in August were delayed, an increase of nearly 30% from 2019.

To avoid a travel nightmare and deal with flight delays and cancellations, the US Department of Transportation has launched a customer service dashboard to help vacationers over the long weekend.

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Using the dashboard, travelers can check what types of guarantees, refunds or compensation the main national airlines offer in the event of flight delays or cancellations. This will allow travelers to shop around and prioritize airlines that offer the best compensation.

The ministry announced that major airlines guarantee meals and hotel accommodation when an airline issue results in a delay or cancellation.

Last month, the department decided to take tough action and a possible rule change plan for airlines if they don’t offer improvements for customer service in the event of flight delays and cancellations.

Google reveals the cheapest days to fly and how to get the best flight deal

Last week, Alphabet Inc. GOOGL Google has released data on how to get the cheapest plane tickets during the holiday season.

Based on five-year data, searches in the United States for “cheapest plane tickets” jumped more than 240% from April to August this year. Other popular searches include “when is the best time to book a flight?” and “how to find cheap flights?”

The data suggests that flights departing on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday were 12% cheaper than those at the weekend. However, people should avoid traveling on Sundays as flight prices remain at an all-time high.

On average, booking a flight on a weekday instead of a weekend was only 1.9% cheaper.

The fares of flights with a stopover are on average 20% lower than those of non-stop flights.

Google’s data also revealed how early booking can make a big difference.

Different public holidays in a given year can also impact when you need to purchase your tickets. For example, if you plan to travel during Thanksgiving, tickets are cheapest 36 to 74 days before the flight.

For all trips in July and August, prices are lowest 14 to 44 days before the departure date, according to Google data.

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