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Holiday travel secrets of the pros

Travelers check their phones while waiting for a flight at La Guardia Airport during a winter storm on Feb. 2, 2015, in Queens, New York City.

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The trouble with travel season

If you’re panicked about traveling over the next couple months, you’re in good company.

That’s because Thanksgiving. Christmas and New Year's are among the nation’s busiest travel times, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with the number of long-distance trips over the six-day Thanksgiving holiday increasing by 54 percent, and 23 percent over the Christmas and New Year's period.

That often translates to longer security lines, extended delays and frayed nerves, not to mention jacked-up prices for travelers wishing to organize a last-minute getaway.

The good news? You can avoid all that with some time-tested tips from industry experts.

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