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Five Things to Do on Your Layover at: Dallas-Fort Worth Airport

Where: Dallas-Fort Worth International [map], Dallas, TX, United States
January 12, 2011 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve all had layovers that were a little longer than initially expected. Mechanical delays, weather emergencies, and all kinds of other issues make that tight 45-minute connection turn into something extraordinary. We can’t get promise your flight will depart on time, but we can offer some time killers at the airport.

Five picks for spending a few extra hours within the terminals of DFW Airport:

· Hit The Club:
For the extended layover it might just be worth it to plop down a few bucks to gain access to the airport’s very own club. The Club at DFW doesn’t require a pricey annual membership or elite frequent flier credentials, because as long as you’re willing to pay the entry fee you’re welcomed like a VIP.

Just $35 will get you access to the lounge, and you’ll be living the comfy life of a white collar corporate drone. Expect a lot of the usual airline lounge offerings here, including free drinks—both soft and hard—as well as snacks, newspapers, televisions, WiFi, and computers. There are even some shower facilities if you’re hanging out before or after a long-haul transatlantic flight. There’s even a separate smoking section within the lounge, which might be worth the price of admission if you’re dying for a smoke.

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Five Things to Do on Your Layover at: Detroit-Metro Airport

August 25, 2010 at 10:29 AM | by | Comment (1)

We’ve all had layovers that were a little longer than initially expected. Mechanical delays, weather emergencies, and all kinds of other issues make that tight 45-minute connection turn into something extraordinary. We can’t get promise your flight will depart on time, but we can offer some time killers at the airport.

Five picks for spending a few extra hours within the McNamara terminal at Detroit-Metro Airport:

· Sushi Stop:
Delta uses Detroit as a gateway to the East, so it’s not surprising that you can start your vacation or business trip with a little sushi right in the terminal. Sora has all your sashimi favorites, but they also have plenty of noodle bowls for those long cold Michigan winters. Prices are somewhat reasonable, but the best thing is that the place isn’t gross. There’s no prepackaged fake crab rolls here, and we’d even say it’s actually pretty darn good considering its location. It’s near gate A35 near the gates typically used for Tokyo-bound flights.

· Work On Your Fitness:
DTW's McNamara terminal makes the airport one of our favorites, but you still might want to take a break from all the hustle and bustle of the terminal. During longer layovers make your way to the Westin hotel that’s right in the airport. It has its own entrance not too far from the center of Concourse A, and they’d be happy to have you inside to test out their treadmills, weights, and elliptical machines. Along with providing an escape from the terminal the hotel offers day passes to the gym for just $15. It’s worth it if you’re a little more ambitious than us—we’re usually the ones in line for a cookie and frappuccino.

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Five Things to Do on Your Layover at: Minneapolis-St. Paul

July 28, 2010 at 10:04 AM | by | Comment (1)

We’ve all had layovers that were a little longer than initially expected. Mechanical delays, weather emergencies, and all kinds of other issues make that tight 45-minute connection turn into something extraordinary. We can’t get promise your flight will depart on time, but we can offer some time killers at the airport.

Five picks for spending a few extra hours at Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport, Terminal 1:

· Waking For Bacon:
For some reason we really enjoy breakfast at the airport, and it’s not just because there it’s more socially acceptable to drink a Blood Mary at 5:30am on a Tuesday. We’ve had our share of costly bacon and eggs, but one of our favorites is at French Meadow Bakery Café. Grab a seat facing airport traffic so you can watch people run to their gates and reunite with long lost business associates. Most of their options here are organic, so you can feel a little bit better about downing that order of eggs benedict.

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Five Things to Do on Your Layover at: Chicago-O'Hare

Where: O'Hare International Airport [map], Chicago, IL, United States
July 8, 2010 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (2)

We’ve all had layovers that were a little longer than initially expected. Mechanical delays, weather emergencies, and all kinds of other issues make that tight 45-minute connection turn into something extraordinary. We can’t get promise your flight will depart on time, but we can offer some time killers at the airport.

Five picks for spending a few extra hours at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport:

· Hit the Gym
Thanks to airportgyms.com, we know for sure that the Hilton Hotel attached to the airport (and accessible via a direct walkway from Terminal 2) offers a $15 day pass for use of the hotel gym. This includes their "very good weight room," an indoor pool, your typical gym machines and the sauna and steam room. Plus, the gym is open from 4:30am to 11pm on most days, meaning that even those with the most inconvenient layovers should be able to squeeze in some workout time here.

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Five Things to Do on Your Layover at: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson

June 23, 2010 at 9:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve all had layovers that were a little longer than initially expected. Mechanical delays, weather emergencies, and all kinds of other issues make that tight 45-minute connection turn into something extraordinary. We can’t get promise your flight will depart on time, but we can offer some time killers at the airport.

Five picks for spending a few extra hours at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport:

· Grab A Gourmet Meal:
One Flew South is definitely a little more pricey than the usual food court options, so it would be ideal to visit when traveling with a colleague responsible for picking up the bill. The place bills itself as having a “Southernational” menu, but some of their stronger points are their cocktails and sushi.

We’ve enjoyed their “Crunch Roll,” and have to say that the rice wine poached shrimp, cucumber, and bourbon eel sauce was delicious. The crunch comes from the puffed rice—AKA rice krispies—stuck to the outside. If you’re stuck at the airport and in need of a decent meal—with homemade chicken soup available during weather delays—this is the place. It’s in Concourse E.

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