Thanksgiving Colorado travel guide

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DENVER -- It's estimated that 3 million Americans will travel by air and about 40 million will drive to a Thanksgiving meal this week. Here's our guide to resources that hopefully will make your travel easier.

Rush hour traffic Tuesday morning on Interstate 25.

Rush hour traffic Tuesday morning on Interstate 25.

If you're driving ...

In Colorado, the forecast calls for mostly clear weather with highs in the 50s. Travel through the mountains should be pleasant as well until Saturday when a chance for snow returns to the high country.

You can always check road conditions at COtrip.org and find local travel times on our Traffic page.

Outside of the state, the major problems will be in the northeast where a large storm is expected to slow travel.

Around Philadelphia and Boston, the wicked weather will pile snow onto roadways, just as far-flung relatives are zipping into town.

AAA projects that 38.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday.

Drive carefully; the storm has already left more than 100 wrecks and claimed at least 12 lives.

(Photo: Denver International Airport)

(Photo: Denver International Airport)

If you're flying ...

With an estimated 3.14 million Americans taking to the sky this week so they can eat turkey with loved ones, planes will be as stuffed as bellies.

Denver International Airport reported security wait times were modest Tuesday afternoon.

Parking lots were filling up however, with the East Economy Lot and the Pikes Peak Shuttle Lot already full.

The FAA has a good website where you can check flight delays at major airports by region.

Northeast storm will slow travel; Airlines drop some ticket change fees

Nationally the outlook was positively rosy Tuesday morning. None of the major airlines had cancellations planned.

But the nasty weather has another target to aim for. Snow and freezing rain is expected to move into New England Tuesday night, expanding the chances of cancellations and delays.

"The issue they run into is if you cancel one flight, there may not be capacity on the later flights to accommodate all the displaced passengers," said Daniel Baker, who runs flight tracking website FlightAware.com.

"What I always say is, have a low expectation when traveling through bad weather on the airlines, particularly around the holidays, and you won't be disappointed," he said.

Several major airlines are letting customers change reservations without paying fees.

There are caveats, of course. But the savings could be considerable, since change fees can range from $100 to $300 per flight.

If you're flying on Delta, the airline is offering a one-time ticket change, without a fee, to Thanksgiving travelers to and from New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, Baltimore and other airports in the East.

US Airways is also relaxing its change-fee policies for travelers scheduled to fly during the days leading up to Thanksgiving, so long as the airports and the fares remain the same.

JetBlue and American Airlines of AMR Corp. waived their change fees for customers who were scheduled to fly to or from Dallas/Fort Worth on Nov. 24 or 25, after Texas got pummeled by an ice storm. Jetblue is also waiving change fees for customers flying to and from the greater New York City area on Wednesday and Thanksgiving.

United, of United Continental Holdings, is waiving fees for some passengers traveling to or from Cleveland, Washington-Dulles or Newark, N.J.

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