Expert advice for a smoother Thanksgiving travel trip, on the roads and by air

PHOENIX - Turkeys won't be the only thing stuffed this week. You can expect busy roads and skies too. More than 857,000 Arizonans will travel for Thanksgiving.

According to AAA, the day before Thanksgiving and Sunday will be the busiest travel days. More than 750,000 people in Arizona will hit the road and more than 50,000 will hop on a plane.

Here's some advice for flyers to help save time and money.

  • Avoid taking a shuttle from the parking lot. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is offering a 40% discount coupon for terminal garage parking. From Wednesday through November 28th, parking is $15, instead of $25. The coupon can be downloaded and printed at or you can pull it up on your smartphone. The coupon is not valid in the Terminal 2 Economy section.
  • Liquids and gels must be in 3 oz. containers or less to pass security checkpoint.  Put them in a zip top bag and place that bag in a bin at checkpoint.
  • Remember to keep your electronics easily accessible. Laptops should be placed in a bin outside of your luggage and any laptop carrier. 
  • Food items, such as pies and cakes, are permitted but may require additional inspection. 
  • Arrive at least two hours before your flight is scheduled to depart.
  • Food may be carried through security checkpoint but not beverages.  You may purchase beverages after passing through security.
  • Check parking availability on your desktop computer or mobile device at . You can also call the 24-hour parking hotline at 602-273-4545. 

If you're driving, AAA gave this advice.

  • Consider leaving before or after peak travel days. 
  • Ease up on the gas pedal. Every 5 mph over 60 mph, is like tacking on an extra $.24 per gallon. That means driving 75 mph rather than 65 mph will cost you $3.937 per gallon. 
  • Download AAA's free mobile app to help with directions and to find savings nearby.  You can find it at
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