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Something that I’ve always done is take time to relax between connections. Whether it is checking out some truly great airport restaurants, lounging in a Club, having a drink to relax, or just grabbing a cookie, I try to find something that makes being at the airport enjoyable.
A fellow BoardingArea blogger, Rene at DeltaPoints, brings up a good point about the mini suites at ATL. They aren’t for budget travelers but can have their place.
I prefer free options or virtually free as a result of having a credit card that provides access. My current cards provide me access to Delta lounges, American Airlines Lounges, Amex, Centurion Lounges, Priority Pass lounges and a lot more. Sometimes the best lounge isn’t the most obvious one. For example, let’s take Delta’s new Terminal F lounge in Atlanta’s international Airport. Most would automatically think Delta’s new lounge with the Sky Deck, luxury bar and even showers would be the best.
But depending on what you are looking for their is a better option. For me, I find the Club at ATL that I gain access through my Chase Business card much more quiet plus it has really good complimentary bar. And we all know what Delta did with their complimentary beverage selection last year.
But even if you don’t have access to a lounge there can be really cool options. Even better options. Staying at the same Atlanta airport, you can grab a quiet meal at cafe intermezzo or one of the best dinner restaurants in an airport down south at One Flew South. I’ve eaten at One Flew South so many times I think I’ve almost sat at every table, the bar, and sushi bar at least once. And there are some remarkable meals to be had at One Flew South, like the Duck Breast dish.
My point here is to say that when heading to the airport or between long layovers don’t think about how bad it will be, think about how good it can be.
A little research on your options may be surprising, and might just allow you to enjoy your time at the airport.
When was the last time you enjoyed a long layover or some time at an airport? Where was it and what did you do?