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Gearing up for summer travel

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(CNN) -- Get ready do do a little extra homework if you're planning to book a flight this summer. Travel experts expect huge crowds and huge potential for flight delays this summer travel season.

AAA is predicting more than 37 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this weekend. Many of them by air. The problem is, you can expect more delays at some of the nation's busiest airports too.

Experts at BudgetTravel.com say summer delays are more frequent than winter delays at 38 percent of the nation's top 50 airports -- that includes some of the busiest airports in the country, like Atlanta, Orlando, all three of the New York area airports, and even two of the major airports in the DC area.

Also, if you can, try to avoid traveling in June, when the bulk of the delays tend to happen.

If you're looking for the places with the fewest delays, try going west, except for San Francisco. Honolulu, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Orange County have the best overall summer on-time performance. If you're heading to the Bay Area, you'll have better luck at Oakland or San Jose.

Another tip -- if severe weather threatens your flight, check for weather waivers. Many airlines give you the option of re-scheduling.

And if you're delayed in the air, use free wi-fi to rebook a connecting flight. Most airlines will give you free access to their website so you can check the status of flights, or re-book. You don't have to wait until you're back on the ground.

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