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Here’s how to get ahead of travel nightmares this holiday season

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By Lebawit Lily Girma, Bloomberg News

Hopefully you’ve heeded the experts and booked your end-of-year travel earlier than you did last year. But no matter how well you’ve gotten ahead of your holiday plans, if you’re one of the almost 50% of Americans who say they’re traveling sometime between Thanksgiving weekend and January, there’s a good chance you could experience disruptions this winter season.

Almost a quarter (24%) of flights out of U.S. airports have faced delays so far this year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation — up from 19% in 2021. That means your flight has a more than 1 in 5 chance of not leaving on time. The winter storms and technology issues that snarled operations for Southwest Airlines Co. in December 2022 could easily affect a different carrier this season, says Mike Arnot, an airline industry analyst and spokesperson for aviation data company Cirium.

Yet, U.S. ...

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