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4th of July Duty Free Products

4th of July Duty Free Products

Ready for family, friends, and true American spirit during the 4th of July? Look no further!  Whether you are traveling before or during this independence day,  celebrate this independence day with some of these high quality patriotic gifts!

 

American Spirit Whiskey – $31.99

 

 

This versatile and mixable white whiskey can be used in various cocktails or sipped on the rocks. According to its website, American Spirit Whiskey is made “in small batches using choice hearts from the finest bourbon-quality white dog”. The batches are then filtered and placed in a beautiful glass bottle to symbolize the true “American Spirit”.

 

Small American Flag- $5.99

 

There is no better way to celebrate Independence Day than with an American Flag! This small flag is perfect for any patriotic individual or as a souvenir for children passing through the airport. Proudly display the flag wherever your final destination may be to show off your pride for the United States.

 

Giant Hershey’s Chocolate Bar- $59.99

 

Calling all chocolate lovers! There is no better way to indulge in the Independence day celebration than by enjoying a giant bar of pure American Hershey’s chocolate. This 5 pound bar will take a while to eat, even for the most severe chocolate enthusiasts and is a great snack for the entire family to share.

 

New York Yankees Baseball Cap- $29.99

 

Whether you are a baseball fan or not, this Yankees baseball cap will show off your American pride. These caps are found in various duty free stores around the nation, not just in New York so find yours today. They also make excellent gifts to take for friends or family wherever your final destination may be.

 

 

Pittsburgh International Airport – Ten Little Known Facts

Pittsburgh International Airport – Ten Little Known Facts

Whether you are from the Steel City, or just passing through, here are some little known facts about Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) to keep in mind when you play your next round of trivia. You’re sure to come out a winner!

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(Photo: PIT Aerial) © Wikipedia

1. Pittsburgh International Airport is the fourth largest airport in the nation, based on land mass                       (12,900 acres).

2. The Pittsburgh Airport’s is twice the size of downtown Pittsburgh.

(Photo: Pit Downtown aerial) © Kevin Sell

(Photo: Pit Downtown aerial) © Kevin Sell

3. Pittsburgh International Airport is located 16 miles northwest of downtown Pittsburgh.

(Photo: pit airport inside) © KDKA-TV

(Photo: pit airport inside) © KDKA-TV

        4. JD Power and Associates named Pittsburgh International Airport among the top five airports in its                two most recent customer satisfaction surveys.

        5. Conde Nast Traveler’s magazine has frequently named the Pittsburgh Airport among the best in the             United States – and in the world – in its annual People’s Choice Award.

        6. The Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is made up of two separate terminal buildings                                 (the Landside Terminal – departures and the Airside Terminal – arrivals) that are connected by two               underground tramways.

(Photo: Pit Floor) © cmg digital

(Photo: Pit Floor) © cmg digital

          7. The “AirMall” at PIT features local, national, and international retailers and a Food Court                                 offering a variety of sit-down restaurants and fast food eateries.

          8. The Pittsburgh International Airport operates about 290 non-stop flights per day to 80                                     destinations, and is served by 19 carriers.

9. The Pittsburgh International Airport offers free Wi-Fi, and was the first major airport in the                            country to offer this service beginning in 2003.

10. Insider Tip: The retail prices in the AirMall in PIT Airport are not higher than  from their regular                        retail counterparts for the most part. Plus, Pennsylvania charges no sales tax on most clothing, so                  pick up a few wearables while you are there!

Top 5 Airports in the USA to Layover In

Top 5 Airports in the USA to Layover In

Top 5 Airports to Layover In the USA

 

Stuck at the airport between flights for a few hours? Bored? Tired? Don’t worry because these airports are there for you whether you have a short or extremely long layover. Be sure to plan your next trip through these airports to enjoy their amenities!

  1. San Francisco International Airport- SFO

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This Golden Gate-City airport has plenty to offer when you have a long layover and need to kill time at the airport. If you want to learn more about this lovely city, the Aviation Museum and SFO Museum are interactive and great ways to learn more about the culture of California. Don’t worry about spending too much money on Internet because this airport also has free Wi-Fi and a free Yoga room to stretch out your legs after a long day of traveling.

 

Insider Tip: Those who have longer layovers can take the BART into the heart of San Francisco in just 11 minutes.

 

2. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport- DFW

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The heart of Texas is a great destination for any layover. Many of the lounges are ranked among the best in the world and all passengers can enjoy the free Wi-Fi. If you are more active, make sure to try walking on the airport trail or check out one of the yoga rooms. The food in Dallas is worth trying, especially at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen so don’t forget to fill your stomach before boarding your next flight.

 

Insider Tip: If you need to catch up on your sleep, check out a Minute Suite to get your very own room within the airport.

 

3. Chicago O’Hare International Airport- ORD

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Despite being one of the busiest airports in the world, Chicago O’Hare has plenty of amenities for passengers of all ages. The Chicago Public Art Program decorates each terminal with artwork from local artists. Be sure to see the famous “The Sky’s The Limit” – an ever-changing neon light illuminator between Concourses B and C. Remember to try Tortas Frontera created by celebrity chef Rick Bayless or enjoy an authentic Chicago style deep-dish pizza at a variety of restaurants.

 

Insider Tip: If you have a few hours, head across to the Hilton O’Hare Hotel and go to the newly renovated gym or for a refreshing swim.

 

4. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport- MSP

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Minnesota’s largest city airport will not disappoint whether you have a long or short layover. There are various attractions within the airport, which are necessary due to the frequent delays that Minneapolis Airport has. Don’t miss the 1.5 mile walking path around the perimeter of the airport and be sure to check out one of the three XPresSpa locations if you need a soothing massage before your next flight.

 

Insider Tip: The world famous Mall of America is just a 12-minute ride on the LRT. Be sure to take your kids for the thrill of the theme park within the mall.

 

5. John F. Kennedy International Airport- JFK

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Located only a few minutes outside the heart of New York City, John F. Kennedy International Airport has plenty to do both inside and out. The expansive cuisine ranges from Italian food at Aeronuova to crab empanadas at Piquillo; both of which can satisfy your taste buds before your upcoming flight. Additionally, be sure to visit the dozens of shopping malls within the airport to find gifts for your loved ones and yourself.

 

Insider Tip: If you have a long layover, take the AirTrain to Manhattan to experience the vibrancy of New York City.

Celebrity Chef Inspired Airport Restaurants

Whether you are a food enthusiast or just looking for a savory meal, make sure to check out these celebrity chef inspired airport restaurants. Their vast menu coupled with their rich flavors will make these places a must visit for any passenger.

 

Rick Bayless- Chicago, Illinois (ORD)

Consistently regarded as one of the best Mexican airport restaurants in the country, Tortas Frontera by Celebrity chef Rick Bayless never fails to disappoint. From the warm flavor of authentic chicken tortilla soup, to the savory freshness of the chipotle chicken, roasted mushroom, and pepito tortas, this is a spot you should not miss. Nobody likes that guy on the airplane with a sloppy bag of food; this Mexican meal is packed into a savory sandwich so it won’t mess up your hands or relationship with your seat mates.

 

Insider Tip: For a longer layover, enjoy the full Mexican experience by pairing the Pepito torta and the poblano corn chowder. Dip the torta in the chowder and let your taste buds take off.

 

Jamie Oliver- New York, New York (LGA)

If you’re a fan of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, you’re in luck. He has four separate food venues in the airport, so there are ample opportunities to chow down Jamie-style. There’s a coffee truck right at check in to start your journey off on a caffenieted track, or a bakery with gourmet cakes and freshly baked pizza all packed and ready to travel with you. If you have a bit more time, sit down at Jamie’s Italian, where antipasti like cured meat plates and seasonal vegetables precedeclassic dishes a la Osso Buco, Lamb Chops Scottaditto, and Crab Spaghettini.

Insider Tip: Grab a British-style handmade hot dog inside Jamie’s Union Jacks. Try the Dirty Dog with pulled pork, barbeque sauce and crackling!

Roger Mooking- Toronto, Ontario (YYZ)

Brand spanking new restaurant Twist brings healthy flavors from celebrity chef, tv host, and cookbook author Roger Mooking. The restaurant will focus on gluten free, vegetarian, and sustainable options, and will source many ingredients from local Canandian suppliers. While the ingredients may be local, the flavors are bold and exotic, as in the Fried Chicken made with Japanese spices and Thai-influences crispy herbs.

Insider Tip: Indulge in the Splat Scones, made with Devonshire cream, lavendar honey, and peameal bacon.

 

Mike Isabella- Washington D.C (DCA)

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A sister restaurant to Mike Isabella’s Kapnos in Washington, D.C., Kapnos Taverna serves classic and coastal-inspired Greek dishes at Ronald Regan Washington National Airport (DCA). The restaurant has classic traditional takes on the ancient cuisine alongside some of the biggest hits from Isabella’s modern ode to Northern Greece. Savor your taste buds on split roasted meats, Greek meze and seafood towers from the Greek Islands while you wait through your next layover.

 

Insider Tip: Enjoy classical liquid offerings that feature a Greek-heavy wine list and Mediterranean-inspired cocktails by Mike Isabella Concepts beverage director, Taha Ismail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relax in the airport in these new American Express Centurion Lounges

Relax in the airport in these new American Express Centurion Lounges

Tired of the hustle, bustle and noise at the airport during your layover or pre-flight waiting period? You already know that airport lounges offered by the airlines provide a well-needed respite from the maddening crowd wandering through the airport. Some are better than others – especially if they are FREE!

If you’re not lucky enough to be a top-tier elite airline frequent flyer or carry a premium ticket, American Express Centurion Lounges at the airport may be your answer! American Express is offering free access to these exceptional lounges exclusively for their Platinum Card® and Centurion® Members.

Right now, these new (all under three years old!) and upscale airport lounges from AmEx are only open in a few airports, but if you are lucky enough to be in Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, Dallas-Fort Worth, New York-LaGuardia, San Francisco, Miami, and Seattle (an extension of The Centurion Lounge in a smaller setting), then visit you must! A new lounge is planned for the Houston (IAH) airport later in 2016.

From the moment you walk in, you know something’s different – in a good way. While all locations include standard amenities like showers and complimentary Wi-Fi and food & drinks, and a variety of seating, each has its own unique characteristics that provide a comfortable pre-flight or layover experience at the select airports. On the menu at each location – locally-inspired food and locally produced wines, beers and artisanal beverages. The cuisine at each Centurion airport lounge is prepared by world-renowned chefs known for showcasing the local flavors of the area. This is the way to kill the dead time you have to spend at the airport!

Let’s check it out!

Starting with the “mini” version at the Seattle (SEA) airport, at the Centurion Studio, you’re treated with unexpected touches like premium healthy snacks and comfortable seating with high-speed Wi-Fi and outlets near every seat. The Studio is located in Concourse B, opposite Gate B3. The Studio is accessible from any security checkpoint and open 5 AM – 10 PM. (Photo Credit: Travel Codex)

AmEx opened its first Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) in 2013. Freshen up in well-appointed shower suite, and dine in decadence with cuisine by chef Scott Conant. Savor succulent dishes like Lamb and Beef Börek and Orecchiette with Eggplant. You can even enjoy a cocktail developed by one of the nation’s top mixologists, Jim Meehan. The Lounge is located in Concourse D, opposite Gate D1. The concourse is accessible from Terminal 1 or Terminal 3 via the transit system. Once you pass security, follow signs to D gates. Hours are 5 AM – 11 PM. Photo courtesy of American Express.

Next, let’s travel to the Centurion Lounge at the Miami (MIA) airport. This airport lounge provides a bright environment and even offers spa therapies! Once again, the locally-inspired food is incredible, with cuisine designed by James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein. The Latin-inspired Braised Chicken Thighs and Corn Soup with Roast Poblanos will have you shouting “Ole!” The Lounge is located in Concourse D, near Gate D12, on the 4th floor. The Lounge is accessible via the Skytrain in North Terminal- Station. Open 5 AM – 11 PM.   Photo courtesy of Miami Airport.

Stuck in LaGuardia Airport (LGA)? Then this Centurion Lounge is the place to hang out – and it’s even located pre-security, perfect for a pre-flight visit with a friend. Sip on wines handpicked by renowned wine authority Anthony Giglio, and savor the diverse New York City culinary offerings like Green Chili Udon Noodles and Italian Burrata on Crostini, designed by one of Zagat’s top 30 under 30 chefs, Cédric Vongerichten. The Lounge is located pre-security, on the 3rd floor between Concourses B and C. If your flight departs from another terminal, you can take the Route A or B airport shuttle on the arrivals level. Hours are 5:30 AM – 8 PM (Sunday – Friday) and 5:30 AM – 6:30 PM on Saturday. Photo courtesy of The Points Guy.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Airport is the third busiest airport in the country, so the Centurion Lounge here is just what the doctor ordered to escape the craziness – unexpected touches like spa therapies from exhale® and even a family room! Dining is also a pleasure, with cuisine designed by James Beard Award-winning chef Dean Fearing, including Tex-Mex dishes like Texas Migas with Chorizo and Sweet Onions. The Lounge is located in Terminal D, opposite Gate D17, on the mezzanine. The Lounge can be reached from any other terminal via the Skylink train and is open 5:30 AM – 10 PM. Photo courtesy American Express.

Last, but not least, is the Centurion Lounge at the San Francisco Airport (SFO.) Here, a Napa Valley wine tasting area and a well-appointed shower suite can wash away any of your airport travel stresses. Succulent dishes from Zagat chef Cédric Vongerichten await – like Fried Chicken with a Honey Lemongrass Glaze and Chocolate Mousse with Mint Cream. Yum! The Lounge can be accessed post-security from Terminal 3 or from International Terminal G. If your flight is not in Terminals 3 or G, visiting the lounge could be a bit cumbersome. Since all terminals are not connected post-security at SFO, if you are flying out of another terminal, you may be able to use your boarding pass to enter through T3 security – subject to approval by the TSA agent. After visiting the Lounge, you will need to exit through security, take the AirTrain or walk to your terminal and re-enter through security. Open 5 AM – 11 PM. Photo credit: www.alldonemonkey.com )

 

Who knows – on your next layover or pre-flight airport travels, these American Express Centurion Lounges can stand guard to protect you from travel insanity!

 

Access to The Centurion Lounge at these airports is complimentary for global Platinum Card® and Centurion® Members. To access The Centurion Lounge, the Card Member must present The Centurion Lounge agent with the following upon each visit: his or her valid Card, a boarding pass showing a confirmed reservation for same-day travel on any carrier and a government-issued I.D. The Centurion Lounge is a Day of Departure lounge requiring confirmed travel plans. Passengers holding standby tickets and non-revenue standby passengers, including airline or industry employees traveling on discounted tickets, are not eligible to utilize the lounge unless they have received a boarding pass showing a confirmed seat or zone assignment for the flight for which they are on standby. All other Card Members with a valid American Express® Credit or Charge Card are eligible to purchase access to the Lounge for $50 per day, subject to capacity. PLATINUM CARDS ELIGIBLE FOR COMPLIMENTARY ACCESS

Steak It to Me- Top Airport Restaurants to Enjoy Steak!

Steak It to Me- Top Airport Restaurants to Enjoy Steak!

Charley’s Grilled Subs- Port Columbus International Airport (CMH)

 

Charley’s Philly Steaks are heating up the food court! Founded in the heart of Columbus, this cheese steak chain may not exactly be traditional (they serve lettuce and tomato on their sandwiches) but they do serve up a made-to-order tasty sandwich, and they do it with a smile. All sandwiches are made with 100% USDA Choice Steak or 100% All-White Meat Chicken Breast.

Insider Tip: You’ll want to order a refreshing lemonade to wash down that sandwich!

 

Elway’s – Denver International Airport (DEN)

 

It’s not often a city’s sports hero puts his name behind a steakhouse and the steakhouse happens to be one of, if not the, best in town. That’s the case with Elway’s, an amazing steakhouse that has followed the movement of other great Denver restaurants into the airport. Try any of the savory steaks that all have a succulent center coated with amazing homemade steak sauce! The experience here is everything Denverites have grown to expect at the Cherry Creek, downtown and Vail locations.

 

Insider Tip: Make sure to take a picture with the Super Bowl trophy before you leave the restaurant!

 

 

5ive Steak- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

 

Burger Joints are a trend that has found its way to JFK with 5ive Steak. Even though it is a delicious steakhouse, the burgers are a major draw. From the California burger on a brioche roll to the truffle fries, 5ive is brining notable food to terminal 5 in this New York Airport. The service and bar are spectacular, just make sure you try a variety of different items on this diverse menu.

 

Insider Tip: Try and experience the “sidewalk” seating for a different vibe while eating!

 

Burrito Elito- Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

 

Spice things up with some steak while you wait for your flight at California Tortilla. This Maryland chain serves up set-menu burritos, quesadillas, tacos, and fajitas. Or, go wild and make your own tasty creation filled with yummy proteins like Carnitas, Grilled Mesquite Steak, or Blackened Fish a top tons of fresh veggies.

 

Insider Tip: Breakfast time? Breakfast burrito time! That spice will wake you up!

 

MASH – Modern American Steakhouse- Copenhagen Airport (CPH)

 

It might sound strange to eat at an American style steak house in Denmark, but MASH – Modern American Steak House- combines the steakhouse concept with meat cuts from all over the world to create something truly special. You can order Ribeye from Uruguay, Danish Dry-Aged Long Bone, or N.Y. Stripsteaks made from Omaha cattle. Served with classic sides like French Fries, Macaroni and Cheese, or Creamy Spinach, MASH makes any meal a special occasion.

 

 

Insider Tip: Order the Wagyu style Sirloin, made from delectable beef from Australia.

 

Paschal’s Restaurant- Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)

 

Make sure you have an empty stomach for this place because you’ll certainly be eating some southern delicacies. They’ve got large portions of fried catfish, country fried steak (the local favorite), macaroni and cheese, and the traditional fried chicken. So loosen your belts for a yummy dining experience you will never forget.

 

Insider Tip: Pair the country fried steak with hand cut french fries and a sweet tea for a local experience!

 

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