It’s just after Halloween and already the consumer travel sites are giving you all the tricks and shortcuts to make holiday travel bearable. Condé Nast Traveler says not to travel on the day before Thanksgiving, to come home the Monday after Thanksgiving, and to have Thanksgiving in Texas if you want the cheapest fares. That’s great! If your boss doesn’t mind you taking a few more days off…and if you have family in Texas. CNN reminds you that you are going to pay baggage fees, extra leg room fees, and onboard meal fees. An Orbitz survey found that two-thirds of Americans plan to spend more on holiday travel than on holiday gifts. Americans plan, on average, to spend $2195 for holiday travel. And for what? For the pleasure of standing 50-deep in the security line? For the fun of having your flight delayed, cancelled, or overbooked? For the excitement of trying to entertain your bored, hyperactive kids sitting on the floor at the airport gate? Do you want to be at the airport with the 66% of Americans (that’s 210 MILLION people) who plan to travel by airplane this holiday season? Of course you don’t. But what can you do, you just have to put up with it, right?

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