Holiday travel underway: What Houstonians need to know before they depart

Whether you’re traveling the skies or roads, here are a few helpful tips for making it to your destination safely, and with fewer headaches.

Whether you’re flying out or driving out of Houston, here are several things you need to know before you go:

HOUSTON – Thanksgiving travel is here, y’all!

Houstonians and their families are gearing up for a well-deserved break.

Whether you’re flying out or driving out of Houston, here are several things you need to know before you go:

Gas prices

KPRC 2 is checking the current gas prices each day. To check the latest prices, click here.

KPRC 2 Traffic Expert Anavid Reyes received the latest info from AAA, where roughly 3.6 million Americans are traveling by car -- not much of a change from last year.

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Flying out of Houston

Masks are encouraged at both airports, but no longer mandatory. If you need a mask and you forgot to bring one, ask an airport official.

Airport officials urge passengers to plan accordingly and arrive early, due to numerous factors, including construction.

Before you fly:

Passengers can monitor Transportation Security Administration checkpoint wait times before arriving, including Immigration and Customs processing.

To check for Bush Intercontinental Airport, click here.

To check for Hobby International Airport, click here.

Pack your patience. Both airports are expected to be busier than ever with more people traveling than last year, according to Houston Airports.

When packing, make sure you observe the “3-1-1″ rule if you’re packing liquids. For a full list of what you can and cannot bring in flight, click here.

Flight delays:

Passengers can check for flight delays by going to the Houston Airports website and selecting their airport.

You can also check for flight delays for incoming flights by clicking here.

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When you arrive at the airport:

ARRIVE EARLY. Airport officials encourage departing passengers to arrive up to 3 hours before their scheduled flight.

Parking your car at the airport? Take advantage of parking at the terminals or at the EcoPark lot (making a reservation can save you cash here). You can also park at surrounding lots throughout the area.

Most hotels around airports will also allow you to leave your car in the parking lot while you are away at an extra charge.

Be mindful of current travel requirements, including vaccine mandates. Check with the Department of State for current advisories if traveling internationally.

If you’re flying in or out of Bush Intercontinental Airport, heads up:

Passengers are urged to plan ahead, as construction and demolition of Terminal D/E is ongoing.

Passengers are also encouraged to give themselves extra time (minimum one extra hour) coming to the airport whether they’re picking up arriving passengers or dropping off departing passengers. Drivers should expect roadway delays during peak times of the day due to construction in the area.

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About the Author:

A graduate of the University of Houston-Downtown, Ana moved to H-Town from sunny southern California in 2015. In 2020, she joined the KPRC 2 digital team as an intern. Ana is a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur, a catmom of 2, and an aquarium enthusiast. In her spare time, she's an avid video gamer and loves to travel.