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This Tool Will Help You Pick the Least Stressful Time to Travel

Published by FareCompare on October 16, 2023

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Travel is stressful in general, but the holiday season always seems to add several dozen layers of frustration to the mix. What if you could access a tool that would help you determine just how stressful your travel plans could be?

Well, you're in luck! FlightsFinder, a flight comparison search engine, created the "Flight Stress Calculator" that will help you understand if your Thanksgiving or Christmas travel plans are going to be easy breezy or bad news bears. If you haven't booked your flights yet, it's the perfect tool to consult beforehand to have a better grasp on your options and choices.

How Does the Flight Stress Calculator Work?

All you need to do is enter your departure airport, which airline you'll be flying, and your departure time. Voila! You'll then be able to find out how stressful the experience will likely be.

The stress level is calculated by the frequency of flight delays in the selected airport (meaning how late your flight could be), luggage weight restrictions for the selected airline's most basic economy fare (meaning how often you might be asked to check a bag at the gate), and the volume of travelers during your selected time range (how busy the security screening area will be).

"While we can’t promise a trouble-free travel experience, we can provide you with a clearer picture of what to expect during your time in the airport in advance of your trip," the website shared about the launch of the new tool.

We put it to the test by entering Miami International Airport (MIA), selected American Airlines, and chose a flight departure time between 8am and 12 noon.

The calculator turned out a stress rating of 44 percent, which feels like it might not be the best choice. However, if we change flight departure time to the evening shift – between 8pm and 11pm, that number dips to 14 percent. What can we learn from this? That if you're going to have to fly out of MIA on American Airlines, it's best to leave on the last flights of the day rather than brave the morning rush.

Be sure to check out the stress calculator before booking your next flight at flightsfinder.com.

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