Bad weather, cancelled flights: You're not getting home for Thanksgiving that easily

Your flight home for Thanksgiving just got cancelled. What do you do?

Millions of travelers today are hoping to make their way between Washington and New York for the holiday weekend. Simultaneously, a Nor’easter is expected, bringing heavy winds, downpours, freezing rain and snow. Put it together and the forecast calls for pain if you’re a traveler along the Eastern seaboard.  

If you’re dead set on getting home for tart cranberry sauce -- a personal favorite -- and you have to make last minute plans, travel writer Benet Wilson says you’re going to have to pull out your wallet.

“The airline, they know this is a compressed time, so it’s not going to be cheap,” she says.

Wilson says airlines are already sending out delays and cancellations. The question is, how much will you lay down for a bite of those crispy barbequed turkey wings? (Yes, another favorite.)

“If you are staying with the same airline, they want to get you on your way, just as much as you do,” says Brett Snyder who runs the travel service Cranky Concierge -- and calls himself Chief Airline Dork.

“If you can find another itinerary, it may have two stops, it may have an overnight somewhere, they are going to be able to do that and it won’t cost you anything extra.”

Of course if you are willing to cough up $20 to $50 bucks, Conde Nast travel writer Wendy Perrin says head to one of those lounges that seem to be springing up at airports.

“They’ve got snacks, they’ve got televisions, it’s just a comfortable place to hang out so you are away from the pandemonium in the rest of the airport,” says Perrin.

And while you’re there, you can dream about the pumpkin cheesecake that awaits.

About the author

Dan Gorenstein is the senior reporter for Marketplace’s Health Desk. You can follow him on Twitter @dmgorenstein.

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