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Airports Offering Free Coffee to Soldiers

May 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Memorial Day might be over, but we should still make a point to stop and remember — and thank — our brave military men and women. And thanks to the folks behind Hudson Group, American airports are places where uniformed service members will continue to find some tokens of gratitude.

According to USA Today, Hudson-operated airport retailers will offer free small coffees to American and Canadian military members through July Fourth. The weeks-long giveaway applies to more than 50 cafes, shops, and kiosks in terminals and concourses across the country, including spots like Dunkin’ Donuts, Aeromart and Euro Café, among others.

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Duty-Free Snack Shopping: What to Buy Before Departing Canada

Where: Canada
May 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

International travel isn't just about seeing foreign lands and experiencing other cultures. It's also about sampling the very best snacks and candies that another country has to offer. (Everyone speaks the international language of "sweet tooth.") Duty-free airport shops are among the best places to score cool confections with flavors you'll want on your taste buds as soon as you've unpacked. In fact, our recent trip to Canada yielded some yummy treats worth bringing home for friends — with some extras saved for yourself, of course.

While at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, we were scanning the maple syrup-stocked shelves when we came across a series of boxes that were beautifully decorated with various Canadian landscapes and nature photographs. Aptly named Tastefully Canadian, this brand of treats incorporates tastes that reflect the world's fourth largest country from coast to coast — and yes, it definitely sneaks in some maple flavors here and there.

Here are a few specific boxed treats that we'd recommend stocking up on before you catch your flight home. With them in your suitcase — and later in your mouth — you'll be sure to leave with sweet memories of your time in Canada.

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Wi-Fi Addicts, Stay Sane in Spain: Free Airport Service Is Coming Mostly Everywhere Soon

Where: Spain
May 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news, if you're looking to save some digital dollars — or is that, electronic euros? — during your next trip to Spain. Soon you won't be paying anything at all to access airport Wi-Fi.

According to an article over at Salon, Spain's airport authority is about to flip the switch on for free Wi-Fi. By the end of 2015, they'll grant the magic of free and unlimited Wi-Fi at 46 airports across the country.

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Move Over PDX, As PIT Is Proud Of Their New Airport Floor

May 1, 2015 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Of course we all know about the phenomenon that is the carpet over at Portland International Airport, but now there’s another airport getting in on the flooring craze. This time it’s Pittsburgh International Airport, as the PIT people are in the middle of making their flooring into a bit of an art installation.

Airport officials are calling on nearby Carnegie Mellon University for a little bit of inspiration, as they’re utilizing the school—and professor and artist Clayton Merrell—for design assistance for the 169,000 square-foot project.

According to Action News 4, it’s all Terrazzo tiling, and the final airport masterpiece will reveal blue skies and puffy clouds—a pretty safe design for an airport terminal if you ask us. It sounds like they’re hopeful that travelers will feel as if they are walking across the sky.

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Inside The Newest, Largest Airline Lounge in South America: LAN and TAM Salon VIP

Where: Santiago, Chile
April 29, 2015 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's hard to believe that it was only last month we declared the LAN Airlines lounge at Buenos Aires' Ezeiza Airport the "best in South America." That may have been true at the time but, as of this week, the tides have changed and LAN's home airport in Santiago, Chile now not only claims the best lounge in South America, but the largest.

The brand new Salon VIP opened at SCL yesterday, and it borrows much of the look and South American design influence of that Buenos Aires lounge, albeit on a grander scale.

As the largest lounge in South America, it naturally boasts some impressive numbers, like the facts that it's 23,000 square feet, with 28 restrooms, 10 showers, a 180-foot-long buffet, 46 employees, and the capacity for 460 travelers. It's nearly 24 hours, with operating hours from 3am to 1am daily.

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Have to Transfer Between Washington's IAD and BWI Airports? Good Luck.

April 27, 2015 at 6:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's no way to win when it comes to transferring between Washington DC's Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore-Washington Airport (BWI). You either pay a ton for a taxi for the drive through Beltway traffic with a minimum drive time of one hour, submit to the stress of many public transportation connections for far cheaper and three hours' travel time, or see if any of the shared ride vans will take pity on you (and still have to pay a lot).

We found ourselves facing the conundrum of the IAD-to-BWI transfer this weekend, a situation brought about by the fact that domestic airfares from BWI were, like, six times cheaper than if we had left from IAD. We knew what we were getting ourselves into with an IAD-BWI switch, and we steeled our resolve for a rough journey after our call to a few shuttle services only returned with the news that they were already fully booked.

The internet isn't any help, either. Google "easy transfer between IAD and BWI" and you end up on inaccurate Tripadvisor threads from 2008, or help forums where the general advice is to try and change the flight to operate from DCA instead. Not helpful, internet!

What is helpful, is the good ol' Information Desk at Dulles Airport, which has actually printed little "8 Ways to BWI" slips of paper for similarly stressed travelers. Here, we share the valuable tips:

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South Florida's Tri-Rail Now Finally Doing Its Thing To MIA

April 16, 2015 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (3)

Good news for those looking to head into or head out of Miami, as another of the area’s commuter trains has finally linked itself up with the airport.

Earlier this month a new Tri-Rail station opened up at Miami International Airport’s transit hub, and that means passengers are now just a short people mover ride away from the terminals and concourses.

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Hawaiian Street Art Comes Off the Street And Heads to the Airport

Where: Honolulu
March 26, 2015 at 10:15 AM | by | Comment (1)

There's no need to hit the streets of Honolulu to catch a glimpse of the city's cool street art because you might just spy some on the tarmac before deplaning. Thanks to some creative minds at Hawaiian Airlines, a simple airport catering truck can make it feel as if you've taken a trip to downtown and Chinatown.

The airline has painted one of it's ground service trucks at Honolulu International Airport to act as a mini-art exhibit for travelers. Teaming up with street artists, BMD, to do the artsy side, the truck-turned-canvas is brightly covered with unique hieroglyphics focusing on the vibrant natural landscapes, native animals and cultural background that are common not only to Hawaii, but the South Pacific region.

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Lactation Stations Now In Place At Milwaukee's Airport

March 26, 2015 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news for moms and families on the go, as breastfeeding just got a little more comfortable and convenient for those traveling to or through Mitchell International Airport over in Milwaukee.

Three new Mamava Lactation Suites are now doing their thing within the airport, and each includes a couple of bench seats, a fold-down table for a breast pump, and a power outlet to plug it—or your iPad—in. There’s even a little space for your luggage and stroller as well. If you’re looking to check these out head into the concession mall and beyond security, as these will be situated in concourses C and D.

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'LAX Is Happening' and That Means Runway Construction and Delays

March 13, 2015 at 10:42 AM | by | Comments (3)

Traveling to or through Southern California is often a bittersweet experience. On the one hand everything is fine and dandy—‘cause California—but on the other is the airport known as LAX.

Airport officials are hard at work looking to fix things up, but just note that it’s going to get worse before it gets better as runway renovation has now begun.

The construction crews are now on-site, and they’re going to be there for quite some time. Right now it looks like three years is the timeline, as work is completed to upgrade and improve the runway safety areas. That’s a good thing, as these things act as a bit of a buffer zone in case of a landing or takeoff issue. Travelers can expect rolling closures of runways and what not, so that means be prepared for delays and delays.

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United's United Club is Giving Their Lounge Food a Slight Upgrade

March 9, 2015 at 10:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

United Club, the airline's airport lounge brand, is upgrading and improving their food and beverage. But don't get too excited. Yes, it's better than their former offerings, however, it’s still very much lacking when compared to an international lounge.

Some of the new options include an oatmeal and Greek yogurt bar during the morning along with scones, cereals, and other goodies during breakfast. (Excited yet?) Different soups will make an appearance during the afternoon hours as well as hummus, salami and cheese, and something they’re calling a Mediterranean Salad—think wheat berries, peppers, tomatoes, and black olives. (See? We told you not to get too excited.)

These goodies will all be free for members, but they are thinking about offering up some food-for-sale options later this year.

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When (and When Not) to Splurge on a Rental Car Convertible

March 6, 2015 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

The wind in your hair, the radio turned up, sunglasses on fleek, and every hottie on the sidewalk glancing your way. You're driving a convertible, baby!

The transformer of automobiles is frequently associated with men in mid-life crises and women who list "trophy wife" as their occupation, but there's no reason it's not also for you, for at least a few days. Convertibles are best enjoyed as a rental car, but making the decision to lay down the dollars for the upgrade is the worst part of the experience. In fact, it's a dilemma we faced hardcore in Hawaii this week.

Arriving to the Avis rental car counter at Kauai's Lihue Airport, we asked about the availability of an upgrade to a convertible. This being Hawaii, the lot was packed with Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro convertibles, and the agent noted that typically they cost $129/day to rent (Priceline actually has them from $65/day at the LIH Airport location), but the upgrade price is significantly less on a prepaid economy reservation such as ours.

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