Similarly, if possible, avoid the crush inevitably associated with national holidays, such as Labor Day. And plan around location-specific events. Fancy a trip to San Diego? Planes will be less packed, and hotel rates will be lower, if you visit before the season begins (on July 19) at the Del Mar race track. Monterey, California? In the run-up to the August 20th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance car show, flights to and from area airports will be jammed, as will hotels within a 25-mile radius.
The above suggestions won't mitigate the underlying problems afflicting this summer's travel. At best, they can help reduce the stress and aggravation those problems cause. But that will have to suffice until the perfect storm subsides.