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The Best of the Best Airport Food-Bon Appetit!

The Best of the Best Airport Food-Bon Appetit!

Delicious food can be found in the airport! If your in the mood for a mouth watering grilled cheese topped with caramelized onions and spiced ripe tomato soup it can be found at Gate 55, Terminal 2 in San Francisco International Airport (SFO). How convenient, huh!

Don’t stop there Cat Cora’s Kitchen can add to your cheese fantasy with cheddar, feta, and grilled sourdough yummy! Perfect to keep your appetite satisfied for a long time. Airport food has gone above and beyond with celebrity chefs’, sit in restaurants, farm-fresh ingredients, and expense-account-quality wines. This new trend has quickly caught on to social media sites. In addition, surveys can help you find healthy food in the airport. These eateries help create an image and identity that will stick with the airport traveler.

Gourmet treys have become a major hit through airport dining because they’ve appealed to all expense-paid business trip customers. Several travelers are expert food critics and travel to find the best of the best so why not start at the airport. To make it easier, the check-in and security provide ample time to scope the airport for the perfect restaurant to enjoy. They hope to create a more local environment at the airport not just a pit stop.

Higher quality food equals an expected increased revenue, which leads to the replacement of fastfood into traditional restaurant businesses. OTG Management, which operates in 10 airports across the United States and Canada, says that this replacement has boosted sales-up to 50%. Travelers tend to veer towards eating out, which can be transferred to thinking they will do the same at an airport.

Travelers like a sense of adventure. Taste of Milly City Tavern in Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport has none other than bison tartare on a seasonal menu. He supported his menu item with the statement, “ We operate restaurants inside of an airport, not airport restaurants.”

Restaurateurs have more restrictions however in the airport. They have limited storage and cooking space, their customers want their food quick, they must screen any delivery, and an open-flame is usually a no-no. They claim their higher prices are similar to regular prices at any other restaurant back home.

Roger Berkowitz chief executive of Boston’s Legal Sea Foods was one of the first and opened at Logan International Airport two decades ago. Initially, he didn’t want to open a restaurant in the airport because the other food he found to be expensive and ok in taste. He said, “I didn’t want that kind of image.” But the airport lured him in with a good offer. In his mind, he felt he should offer inexpensive food, but pleasantly found out that people who travel didn’t mind to spend money. His menu included delicious irresistible lobster rolls, crab cakes and tuna burgers that could quickly be made. He griddled the fish.

The best spot to put your airport restaurant is by airlines with delays and cancellations. As a restaurant owner you can sign a license agreement with a concession operator and put them in charge of any regulation and requirement. , unlike Berkowtiz who wanted control over the restaurant.

The mayor’s office of Chicago wanted to include celebrity chef Rick Bayless at the opening in O’Hare International Airport, but weren’t successful. However, Mr. Bayless’s Frontera Restaurant now have three licensed locations at O’Hare.

Urban Taco, a sit-down restaurant in Dallas-Fort Worth International, configured a plan to make quicker but healthy food. The licensed business owner, Gina Puente, reduced the amount of fat and salt placed in each dish to make a healthier option. The company also mixes its ingredients to accommodate the limited amount of space that is available.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport chose to showcase local restaurants throughout their airport instead of chained restaurant businesses. Can you believe there is no Starbucks to be found!

The Salt Lick, is a well liked local barbecue place cook their meat at a different location, Driftwood, Texas then reheat to serve. They sold more than 55 tons of brisket at Austin International airport. In 2013, their best sales totals were posted.

SFO hasn’t reached as a high of a sale on the regional level, but close. The National chain make up only 5.5% of current sales. This is due to higher-quality food being more expensive so the average bill is higher.

Here are some favorites to name a few Urban Taco’s chicken tinga and Dos Equis Amber barbacoa tacos at DFW, Legal Sea Foods has chowder and crab cakes in Boston or Philadelphia, barbecue beef rom Salt Lick and you can top it off with Amy’s Mexican vanilla ice cream.

An amazing meal can be found at 8e Ciel the salade gersoise at the airport in Toulous, France. Any duck creation on greens is about $26. They also have regional cuisine controlled by chef Michel Sarran. I love French food!

If you are in the mood for an American favorite you can find a hot dog roller at Dallas Love Field. Make sure you try the char-dog at Gold Coast Dogs at Chicago’s Medely Airport.

Bon appeit!

 

For more information and check out the video: http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702303465004579322690270418718-lMyQjAxMTA0MDEwNjExNDYyWj

 

Top 10 Business Travel Apps for Mac

Top 10 Business Travel Apps for Mac

These cool apps  are very helpful. Also, be on the look-out for the new Flyinstyle app that will make a great app addition! You will be able to find your favorite brands, get duty-free deals sent to your phone, buy ahead, and even check-out whats happening at the current airport your in or anticipate and find out whats going on at the next airport.

Arrivals and Departures ($4.99 in Mac App Store)

Step 1 in any travel plan is when you arrive at the airport. Next, you have to deal with checking-in, and then you wait and keep track of the screen. However, you can get distracted, and it can be tiresome to look back and forth. Wouldn’t it be much easier to have it on something portable and easily accessible like your laptop.

Arrivals and Departure app- This app is all-around great! You can get info on the flight, an interactive map, search it and check the status. To add to that you can get your information 2 days ahead of time.

Keynote ($19.99 in Mac App Store)

Keynote is perfect for presentations and helps you prepare. Too further that point, it has a set of themes, transitions, and animations etc. To top that off, it can be accessed by remote with the use of an iphone or ipod! The keynote remote is now free from the iTunes App Store. For the remote, you will need to use it with Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Passport Photo Studio ($8.95; Demo Version is Available)

You can easily take a photo that can be used for documents. It can save you time and money, instead of going to a professional photographer. You also can easily adjust and change the picture to meet the requirements for say a passport picture. Beyond that think of all the other ways you can use it like for a professional resume picture, a badge, or a case. You are also able to print the picture.

B1 Free Archiver (Free)

Most people make copies and scan their professional documents like birth certificate, passport. Carrying around these copies isn’t the most safe way because those copies can be lose or stolen no matter where you carry them. There is an even better way to protect them. You can get a password-protected archive. This is possible because of B1 Free Archiver- a compression and decompression tool, which encrypts files with 256 bit AES encryption algorithm. Once you set up the password, you don’t have to fear access because it’s no longer an open file.

Wunderlist (Free; Available on Mac App Store)

This app is basically your own personal to-do list that can help you organize and prioritize what you have to do. When your traveling, it can remind you of things you have to do to prepare for a meeting, or souvenirs you need to get, even places that you want to check out and see and information on them. You can separate your business/work life from your private life.

Clear Day(0.99)

When you travel, weather is an important factor, if your not prepared for a big rain storm you can ruin your outfit for an important business meeting or preparation.

With Clear Day app, you can get helpful weather conditions for whatever city you select. If you’re traveling for pleasure, this will help you get the whole family ready and dressed for the right temperature.

iStumbler (free)

When you struggle to find Wi-Fi, on your business trip, it’s a must have. You might need to share files, get on the Internet, or email. Of course, you need to find the strongest Wi-Fi signal. iStumbler is perfect for that.

 

The best part is it is free and it’s detailed. You can pick the best one by looking into the channel, frequency, geographic location, etc. You can really zone in on what is the best Wi-Fi choice.

Universal Translator (Free; Available in Mac App Store)

Imagine you are on a trip and you’re in need of a quick translation. It would be old school to pop out a dictionary and look it up. With the universal translator, you can!  So, you can properly express yourself in any business situation.

If you do a lot of foreign business, a desktop dictionary is a must. This app can translate more than 50 languages. In addition, you can translate a whole sentence instead of a bit, or piece of a phrase. If you need help to pronoun the word you can click the “loudspeaker” icon.

Yammer (free Version is Available)

Yammer is perfect when you need to keep in touch with co-workers if on a business trip. It’s a social network that filters out people you work with compared to a bunch of people like family, friends, etc. To register, you use a corporate mail, fill the emails of colleagues, pick company department photos, and add your photo. The basic version is free, but other versions out there.

Skype (Free Version is Available)

Is a plus for business travel if you have to hold a conference call with a group of people. In comparison to iChat, that is limited because not everyone might have it and you need a MacOS for it. Skype is a cross-platform that can be downloaded and accessed by many devices. The audio conference can be used amongst 25 people! While the videoconference, can be used for up to 4 people. If you pay for it, you can add 10 people to that video conference call.

Effects of Thanksgiving Weather On Flights

When afternoon came around, a massive storm spread to the Northeast at LaGuardia airport, unfortunately causing an unpleasant 30-minute delay. Even worst, 2 hours in Philadelphia International Airport! For example, Latasha Abney breezed through the check in line next step the TSA agent checked her stuff and now she must wait.

Some people like Brian M. Good prepared to expect the worst. However, in San Diego it was pleasantly warm, and his flight was on time. American Airlines’ Kent Powell reported 3 cancellations not related to weather.

Compared to US Airways, they had 6 cancellations because of the weather and 67% of flights were on time. At US Airways Express, it was worst with 56 cancellations. United Airlines had 15 flights cancelled. In the true sense of customer service, they added extra main flights.

Southwest Airlines, Dan Landson reported small delays in the Northeast. Delta Connection had been canceled in LaGuardia. The worst was evident in Cape Air a smaller regional airline that travels to the Northeast 79 flights cancelled!

This year there were only 3.14 million air travelers, which in contrast to last year by being 3.7 % lower.

A snowstorm in the Midwest caused 6,000 flights to not be on schedule. Furthermore, 271 flights were cancelled on Tuesday. Wednesday was a little better with 95 flights cancelled. To top that off, low clouds and heavy rain caused 3 flights to be delayed for a total of 678 at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport the busiest one. This caused passengers to wait an hour. More than 80% of airplanes fly to the Northeast area.

For further info check-out: http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/27/travel/weather-thanksgiving/

Travel Tips to Keep Your Cool During the Holiday Rush

Travel Tips to Keep Your Cool During the Holiday Rush

Where are you jetting off to this holiday season? Are you going to Grandma’s house for hot cocoa with the family with the chilly winds in tow or are you splurging this year on a European holiday getaway?

Well, whether it’s Christmas in Paris or the relatives in from Salt Lake City, everyone knows that as much happiness, cheer and delicious food come with this upcoming season there is an equal amount stress that unfortunately comes from travel. This is due to expensive ticket prices and extremely busy airports. But try and stay calm because Flyinstyle has some tips to helps your holiday travels fly by with ease!

1BOOK AHEAD: Now is the time! You have to realize that everyone is traveling during the holidays, not just you, so you have to book ahead! Plan where you are going to spend your holiday vacation so you can get the best deal! That way, it leaves you enough money to get great gifts for all your loved ones! If you wait too long, ticket prices will skyrocket!

2. AVOID POPULAR TRAVEL DATES: As you are booking your ticket early, be aware of which days are the best to travel and which are the worst, as in most expensive! Check out the Bing Ticket Price Predictor to see when to buy! It is best to fly either early or late in the day, you know, when normal humans will be sleeping? This way there will be less people, less lines and if your flight is cancelled you can catch on latter in the day and your holiday isn’t completely ruined!

For example: With Thanksgiving coming up there are a few good golden rules to follow. Always avoid the Wednesday before and the Sunday after, as they draw the biggest crowds and the biggest prices; however, traveling on Thanksgiving Day generally almost always guarantees affordable fares and quiet crowds! On the way back, aim for Friday mornings and avoid coming back Sunday evenings.

3. SHIP SANTA’S LOOT: We know you want to be as prepared as possible when you get to your final destination, but with the beefed up security during the holiday season, TSA may be over the top and unwrap your gifts, not only ruining your beautiful work but keeping you and everyone else from getting to their gate! So, instead of bringing an extra suitcase full of gifts that could cost you a pretty penny in luggage fees, take the cheaper route and ship the gifts. That way you can wrap them ahead of time and not worry about TSA! Another good idea for the holiday gift giver are gift cards!

4.EXPAND YOUR SEARCH: Do your research! Compare your flights on sites like TravelocityExpedia or Priceline! Also, it can be cheaper to fly into smaller airports, so be sure to look at all the airports where you are flying into. Smaller airports have smaller crowds and cheaper parking, too! For example, it is usually significantly cheaper flying out of White Plains Airport than say JFK, LaGuardia or Newark. Find out more information on choosing airports here.

5. CHECK YOUR LAYOVERS: Make sure you have enough time between your layovers if you do not have direct flights! Think about flight delays and weather complications! If it is possible, try to schedule a layover in a city that is less likely to experience a winter related weather delay, such as one in a warmer climate.

6. PACK SMART: Be sure to check out the TSA traveler information before you go, just in case. And make sure you don’t stuff your bag till it’s bursting due to those pesky overweight bag fees. Also, don’t forget that you will be bringing gifts back with you so you have to leave room in your luggage. To be safe, weigh your bag before you go.

7AVOID THE TRAFFIC: Don’t go nuts with traffic jams or even crazier with expensive holiday spiked airport parking. Have a friend or family member drive you to the airport and make sure they gas up the night before! Don’t be kicking yourself waiting for a shuttle that will never come, miss your flight, and return from your wonderful trip with a triple digit parking fee!

8. ARRIVE EARLY: Anticipate the lines. The airport will be a zoo! If you miss your flight, all your planning will be for nothing! So save yourself some time and check-in online and print your boarding pass!

9. BRING DIVERSIONS AND SNACKS: Escape your stressful surroundings with your earplugs, neck pillow and eye mask! Whether it’s a good John Grisham novel, gossip magazine, iPod or even your computer to catch up on work you need to have good diversions to distract yourself from the chaos. Also, bring some healthy snacks! You don’t need a crash from that candy bar that held you over in Boston when you still have to get to Los Angeles!

10. BE A TECHIE: You can constantly check you flight status with the miracle of the smart phone! Make sure to keep your cell fully charged and check out all the hotel and airport apps, most importantly Flyinstyleapp 😉

11. BE INTERNATIONAL: Last but not least, there are certain opportunities to pounce on when it comes to the holidays such as jetting overseas. American Holidays, such as Thanksgiving, are a perfect opportunity to explore other cultures at low prices. If you are somehow able to get away from familial obligations, or even use the trip as a time to give thanks in itself, then I highly recommend it! Hotels in some countries in Europe can often be down 50%!

12. BREATHE!: It’s the holidays! Above all enjoy yourself! Follow these tips and you will fly high!

 

It’s ALL work and a bit of play in Cannes

It’s ALL work and a bit of play in Cannes

We have some exciting news! Flyinstyle just  attended the TFWA Exhibition 2013!

OK so backtrack.. what exactly is the TFWA Exhibition?

TFWA is the world’s largest duty free event organized by the  Tax-Free World Association. This event is held event every year in the beautiful Cannes, France and showcases products from brands and companies from all across the globe! With over 3000 products on display, this is the perfect opportunity to meet with our partners and network with new ones to bring the brands you love to your favorite up-and-coming airport app! Everything from fashion & cosmetics, wine & spirits, jewelry & watches, confectionary & fine foods and more are presented from the finest companies all over the globe. Flyinstyle works hard to ensure you have the BEST available to you through our app.

And who is to say you can’t enjoy everything the French Riviera has to offer as well 😉 The luxurious hotels, sandy white beaches that are irresistible even in the semi-chilly late October climate, and let’s not forget the glamourous designer shops that pepper this seaside getaway. All in a day’s work!

We are just another step closer to bringing you deals from the brands you love and we love doing it!
Be sure to check in for the latest updates and fly in style!

Happy Travels:)
-Flyinstyle team

Up Up and Away: Flyinstyle Launches it’s Website!

We’re very excited to announce the launch of our new (and spectacular) website:FlyInStyleApp.com. The site and our mobile app will be the online shopping destination for airport passengers who wish to shop for merchandise and events at insider prices. Our aim is to provide passengers who are looking for a diversion from the time they set foot at the airport until they board their planes with a user-friendly and interactive website.

This site will be the launching point for many new and exciting features that we will be rolling out in the near future. Check out the screen caps below.

We hope you enjoy exploring our new website and would love to hear what you think by posting a comment below or contacting us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

Safe Travels!

Catch the Buzz on Airport Retail!

Lets face it: we are addicted to mobile technology. With the world at our fingertips, from directions and calculators to music and movie times, how would we resist?! Oh..and once in awhile we use our phones to actually talk to people too 😉

This “smartphone addiction” really applies to us frequent fliers and jetsetters since we are always on the go. More and more, mobile devices are changing the way we travel. At FlyInStyle we are in beta testing mode building an app to make our airport travel time more convenient and fun! We hope you will love it as much as we do. And you just might see offers from some of your favorite brands!

With FlyInStyle you can check out events, shopping deals, instant dining coupons and the newest products…some of which are only available at the airport! Are you a duty-free shopper? If so, we will  have ideas for you to pick up your next gift to your family….or yourself.  How many times have been on a layover in a huge airport wishing you knew what dining and retail options were available to without wandering around? Unlike other apps that are specifically targeted to a certain airports or individual airport retailers, FlyInStyle brings you offers from companies and airports all over the world. Instead of clogging up your phone with multiple apps for specific airports and retailers, you can fly with us…in style.

Check out the latest article in Airport revenue news to read more about the team and fly with us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and Pinterest.  Be sure to spread the buzz!

Let’s make the most of your airport downtime. Let’s fly in style.

Happy Travels

-Flyinstyle Team

FlyInStyle to Land at an Airport Near You!

FlyInStyle to Land at an Airport Near You!

Hello fellow jetsetters flying in style out there in cyberland!

All news about everything FlyInStyle is now available with the launch of our consumer blog.

Just to refresh your memory, here is what we’re all about:

FlyInStyle is your airport entertainment director + a personal travel assistant in one landing! FlyInStyle is a travel app for iOS and Android to help you find things to do at the airport like instant deals, new product launches, happy hours & more.

 

Travelers are spending lots of time in airports these days….yet while airports are trying to bring innovation to passenger downtime, the travel experience still feels like a chore. Whether you’re a business traveler, a tourist, a parent, or just a plain bored frustrated traveler, FlyInStyle will allow you to customize your preferences to uncover exciting offers at the airport to not only pass the time, but look forward to it! FlyInStyle is the ONLY airport specific global shopping & deal app.  Your trip should be fun AT CHECK-IN!

Our team has been burning the midnight oil, consuming copious amounts of caffeine…to ensure that this app opens new horizons in your airport travel experience! After months of consumer feedback, customer meetings and plenty of development, we are almost ready to share what we have in store! Your time in the airport will be adventurous, productive and enjoyable-we’re committed to that! Finally you will have the opportunity to travel with ease without marring your inner wanderlust.

Don’t forget to follow the buzz on all of our social media platforms and spread the word!

 

Happy Travels:)

-The FlyInStyle App Team

 

 

 

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