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Take it from this contributor: Flying out of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) sucks, especially during the summer months. When I lived in the Bay Area, I endured countless flight delays at SFO. So many that I’d go out of my way to fly out of Oakland International Airport (OAK) or even Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) instead.
Oakland is close, of course, so it makes obvious sense as an alternative to SFO. But believe it or not, it really is worth going through SJC, an hour or so outside San Fran. Why?
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Timberline Steaks & Grille in the Denver Airport
If you find yourself on a layover tomorrow in Denver, consider yourself lucky. The Mile High City loves its beer, and since April 7th is "National Beer Day," one airport concessionaire, Mission Yogurt, is offering a discount in honor of the "holiday."
Don't be fooled by the name - Mission Yogurt operates food and beverage vendors of all kinds in the Denver, San Jose, and San Diego airports. Tomorrow, deals and specials will be available at its Denver locations.
Mention the promotion to your server, and get $1 off draft beer purchases all day at Timberline Steaks & Grille, Root Down DIA, Etai’s Bakery Café, Itza Wrap Itza Bowl, and Que Bueno Mexican Grille. You can follow Mission Yogurt on Twitter via @MissionYogurt to stay up-to-date on other promotions.
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Traveling can be a little bit stressful, and that’s even with the reward of a new destination at the end of the journey. That’s why we’re happy to see that some airports are doing their part to make the process a little more fun with some furry friends.
We’ve seen stuff like this before, but since then there’s been a bit of expansion. The most recent appearance of therapy dogs in and around the airport has been in Canada, as Edmonton International Airport Is the first to be doing something like this in Canada.
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We weren't going to blog this story because there's not much to convey beyond what you already know. A 16 year old teenager fought with his parents, ran away from home, jumped the fence at San Jose International, climbed into the wheel well of an Hawaiian Airlines flight bound for Maui, and then somehow lived to tell the tale.
Hiding in wheel wells is the kind of thing that almost always kills people, which we know because their bodies then fall out of the sky. This kid somehow survived and is now being cared for by child services, so it's a kind of bittersweet thing.
That's really all that can be said about the incident, unless you want to talk about how no one in this country bothers to secure airport runways any more, and you don't need to hear that rant again. Except: it turns out that a 16 year old runaway is newsworthy enough for CNN's Anderson Cooper to devote a 90 second segment to it. And not just any 90 second segment.
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We hope you’ve already starting planning your summer vacation, and that the mad search for affordable and attractive airfare has already been initiated. If you’re planning to visit San Francisco and the Bay Area this summer you’ve probably started to check out options to and from the city’s main airport—SFO. However, just be aware that you might want to check out some of the other airports in and around the area as well.
Obviously the more options there are the better chance of a deal, but what we’re most concerned about are potential delays over at San Francisco International Airport. Constriction work is arriving sooner than later, and the airport will be forced to close down two of its four runways between May 17 and the middle of September. Add in some of the area’s well-known weather—fog—and you’re all set for an extended delay arriving or departing the city.
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We’re pretty accustomed to getting off an airplane one way and one way only, and that’s moseying down the jet bridge or jet stairs and heading back into the terminal. There’s one carrier looking to change that by re-adopting the old school approach of rear disembarkation, if only to speed up de-planing and turn around aircraft faster.
Alaska Airlines is testing out some new procedures, including hoping off the plane through both front and rear doors. In theory it doesn’t really sound like that big of a deal, but two exits area better than one and it bodes well for on-time performance.
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We’re pretty familiar with the greening of the airline industry at this point. It might not be everywhere just yet, but we have certainly seen our share of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Specifically jet fuel has been given the eco-friendly treatment, as more than a handful of airlines have given the green gas a go. Now it looks like one carrier is looking towards the sun, as solar power is just another way to save energy and reduce the electric bills.
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It's happening. A Google airline terminal is happening.
Two months ago we hinted that Google was looking to drop some dough on some tarmac to call their very own. And, according to Airport World, that plan for a Google Terminal at San Jose International is moving full speed ahead after the San José City Council gave the green light for Signature Flight Support to sign a 50-year lease for land at the airport.
It's on that 29-acre piece of land that Signature (a fixed-base operator, or FBO) plans to put $82 million into the construction of 270,000 square feet of LEED Gold facilities (inclusive of the 17,000 square foot terminal) exclusively for "private jets belonging to Google chiefs and other Silicon Valley businesses." So, in other words, not your average travelers or even the highest tier frequent flyers will be welcome.
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We’re all about the latest and greatest when it comes to airports. From new restaurants, lounges, and even yoga rooms, if it’s taking place in the airport we want to know about it. That’s why we were a little saddened to learn about one airport terminal in California that we probably won’t be able to check out anytime soon. That’s because we don’t have loads of cash, and we don’t have a corner office over at Google.
Apparently there’s such an influx of private business jets in and out of San Jose International Airport that Google is on the cusp of building their own terminal.
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Usually airport lounge access requires some kind of elite frequent flyer status, annual membership, or a fancy pants first class ticket. However, once in a while we see a lounge that’s open to one and all, as long as you’re willing to pay for the privilege. That appears to be the case with the latest airport oasis over at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, as they just opened the doors on what they're calling The Club at SJC.
Things opened up to passengers and travelers for the first time last week, as the airport hopes to offer up an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the terminal. The Club at SJC is located up on the third floor of Terminal A, and it sits across from Gate 15 ready for you to come and visit. Its location is great for those heading out of town on those 787 flights over to Tokyo—whenever those return to the skies.
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There’s a lot of tempting treats as you make your way through the airport during a layover, and sometimes it’s hard to resist the onslaught of slices from Sbarro and frappuccinos from Starbucks. However, walking is always a good way to combat those pesky extra calories, and many airports have gone the extra mile—ha—to help you. Here’s a few airports where walking through the concourses and terminals will help you burn off a few extra calories:
· Move It At MSP:
Up at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport it’s always a good time to take a stroll through the airport to get the blood pumping—even when it’s bitterly cold outside. Airport officials have partnered with the American Heart Association to encourage travelers to “Start!” moving. There’s a clearly marked 1.4-mile loop that will take you through most of Terminal 1-Lindbergh, so if you’ve got an hour to burn it’s one good option especially since it drops you off right where you started. Do it a couple times and your half way to earning yourself a Snickers!
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Not too long ago we had the chance to check out all the new stuff at the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. We specifically investigated the ins and outs of the brand new Terminal B—thanks to getting to the airport way too early. Overall we thought the airport was pretty darn awesome, and a great alternative to flying out of SFO.
The best part of all is that it didn’t smell at all, although apparently the stank was coming from the remodeled Terminal A.
There are no moving walkways or other shortcuts to navigate the long expanses of Terminal B, which we didn’t really mind, but it seems like some just hate hoofing it along with bags in tow without a little help from modern technology. Everything is clean, sparkly, and brandy new—something we’d kind of expect for the airport of Silicon Valley and beyond.