You arrived on time. You breezed through security (thank you, TSA Pre). You even remembered to pack and replenish your refillable water bottle. Now, to check the departures board.
You scan; you see it; you can’t believe it. Your flight? DELAYED. Ugh.
Okay, now what? Well, I just so happen to have planned for this moment. Here are five ways to pass the time during a flight delay:
1. Treat yo’self
One approach to relieving the stress induced by interrupted travel plans is to get a massage. Fortunately, many major US airports offer this treat yo’self service right in their terminals. XpresSpa—one of the most popular on-the-go spa brands—has 52 locations scattered across the country (many airports contain more than one spa), with a handful more located internationally. Not up for a massage? XpresSpa also offers facials, manicures, pedicures, and even haircare services in some locations.
2. Namaste in the airport
Looking for stress relief that’s a bit more hands-off? Head to a yoga room. After the successful launch of San Francisco International Airport’s yoga room in 2012, other airports have followed suit in offering travelers a space to unwind before they fly. In addition to SFO, you can find yoga rooms in domestic airports such as Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW); Chicago O’Hare (ORD); Chicago Midway (MDW); and Burlington International (BTV). Heading abroad? London Gatwick (LGW) offers a 20 minute video class in its Southern Terminal. Meanwhile, both London Heathrow (LHR) and Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) offer yoga rooms—but only in their SkyTeam lounges.
3. Create your own beer tasting
As luck would have it, not only is your flight delayed, you’re also stranded in an airport without an XpresSpa or a yoga room. With hours to spare, why not seek out a different kind of flight… a beer flight, that is. While a delay might not seem like good fortune, spending idle time in these world-renowned airport brewpubs is:
- Cigar City Brewing Company, Tampa International Airport
- Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
- New Belgium Hub, Denver International Airport
- Harpoon Tap Room, Boston Logan International Airport
- Goose Island Brewery Pub, Chicago O’Hare International Airport
- Rock Bottom Brewery, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
- Stone Brewing, San Diego International Airport
- Laurelwood Brewing, Portland International Airport
4. Look up a lounge
Business travelers, I haven’t forgotten about you! I get it—while the above options sound like a lot of fun, some of us count on uninterrupted airtime to get work done. As you await your work desk in the sky, your next best option is to head to a lounge. For elite status members, you likely already know where to go. For those travel credit card-toting flyers, this is the time to pull up the Priority Pass app on your phone (or head to their mobile site) to find a lounge you may already have access to. For those travelers without elite status or a Priority Pass membership, fear not. You can usually buy a day pass (or even a membership) at a lounge’s entrance.
5. Learn how to search for flights with Wi-Fi
So, your time in the lounge proved productive—well done, you! But go figure, as soon as you hit your groove, your delayed flight starts the boarding process. Also a bummer—you’re not sure if your flight has Wi-Fi.
Next time, when you’re booking a flight with Hipmunk, search for flights that will ensure you stay connected. Here’s how:
1. Enter your flight criteria and dates, then click search.
2. Once the results load, navigate over and click the ‘Show me’ dropdown on the right, then select ‘Wi-Fi’.
3. Along the far right column, you can view the Wi-Fi options available for your flight.
Free Wi-Fi? Awesome. Wi-Fi for purchase? Good to know. No Wi-Fi? See you when we land, mobile device.
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