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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.

 

 

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.

Top Barbecue Restaurants at American Airports

Top Barbecue Restaurants at American Airports

Missing the sweet and savory taste of American barbecue when you are traveling? Don’t worry, because these restaurants right at the airport have authentic flavors to satisfy your taste buds around the country! Make sure to tell your friends about your experiences as well.

 

Jim n Nick’s- Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM)

 

Stop by Birmingham chain Jim n Nick’s in Concourse B for a hot plate of Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket, or Classic Spare Ribs for some Southern comfort before your flight. Side up with Mashed Potatoes, Slow-Cooked Collards or “Mac the Cheese” for the full Alabama experience.

 

Insider Tip: Locals love the cheese biscuits!

 

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit- Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport (DFW)

Texans love their brisket, slow cooked and doused in sauce. Be a Texan today. Stop at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. This popular barbecue chain is located near gate C6 at DFW, serving delectable brisket, mouth-watering sandwiches and sides like homemade mac n cheese.

Insider Tip: Take Dickey’s famous BBQ sauce home with you in a bottle.

 

Corky’s BBQ- Memphis International Airport (MEM)

Travelers can get their barbecue fix as soon as they step ff the plane. Any traveler can get Corky’s favorite meal, The Bar-B-Q Pork sandwich, that includes coleslaw right on this yummy sandwich! Not a sandwich lover? Don’t fret; Corky’s offers succulent ribs, chicken, and smoked sausage on their menu too. A little something for everyone in the family.

Insider Tip: The thing to have are the ribs. Get them dry as they’re amazing, and you can always add BBQ sauce later.

 

Cousin’s Bar-B-Q- Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport (DFW)

 

The second Dallas restaurant to make this list, get down and dirty at this family-owned Fort-Worth barbecue chain. Cousin’s has been serving customers with its heavily grilled meat for nearly 30 years and their experience shows. Jump off your flight or arrive early to experience one of Texas’ best barbecue joints.

 

Insider Tip: Get the brisket or the ribs and pour their homemade BBQ sauce on top for a savory dish you will never forget.

 

 

 

Travel Tip for Delta Passengers

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So you’ve survived checking in for your flight, the overly friendly pat down from TSA, and you made it to your gate on time. Congratulations! Your reward….watching your plane pull up to the gate, deplane, and then hear a gate agent key up a very loud speaker and announce: “Ladies and gentlemen, the captain has just informed me that we need maintenance to come out and look at something, I will get back to you when I have more information.”

First off don’t freak out. The plane is safe. More than half the time it’s a computer system needing to be reset, or a broken seat belt. You will probably be on time and still make that connection. Now let’s say it’s a bigger fix. After all, these planes spend more time in the air than on the ground. Replacing a tire can take at least an hour. We’ll get into missed connections and how screwed up your day just got later, but let’s find that silver lining. Delta Airlines has a rule they don’t advertise.

If your flight leaves the gate an hour or more late because of a mechanical delay the bar is open…. in moderation. Bad weather in New York won’t get you anyextra peanuts, but that tire change means you can have any cocktail in coach for free. All you have to do is wait till the inflight beverage service starts and order away.

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Free Wi-Fi: Where, When, and Why!

how-to-get-free-wifi-in-airportsIf you know anything about the term #FOMO—the Fear Of Missing Out—you know how real it is when you DON’T have access to the Internet (Note: FOMO is not to be confused with travel separation anxiety). I, more specifically, experience MAJOR email #FOMO when traveling. What if while I’m sans connectivity my bank sends me a ‘fraudulent activity alert’ email? How will I ever know who wants to connect with me on LinkedIn?! Torture, truly. Thus, (free) Wi-Fi has become a staple, and fortunately, airports are picking up on this fact.

Mikey Tierney reports in an article that of the nation’s 30 busiest airports, 12 offer free Wi-Fi! And why the gradual switch to demonetizing internet access, you may wonder? “A pleasant experience for travelers, which can include Wi-Fi, could spawn fresh businesses,” Tierney writes, and “some lost revenue [on Wi-Fi] would be recouped through more spending at airport establishments.” So money saved on W-Fi is money spent on…shopping. Hey, we’re not complaining!

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Airwatchdog.com does a great job of compiling a comprehensive list of U.S. and international airports that offer free Wi-Fi. Their list also includes airports that still charge for access and their prices. However, you should always double check the list’s accuracy—although it says Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport charges $4.95 per day for access, as of late, it’s actually free!

So since you’re getting deals on airport Wi-Fi, go ahead—download our free FlyInStyle App and find more exclusive deals on your favorite airport shopping!

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Traveling Without Kids


While you may be excited to attend the MLB All-Star game, go on a business trip, or take a much needed vacay, the thought of leaving your kids behind is causing you some very unwanted anxiety. If left unchecked, this anxiety can take over your entire trip—potentially even ruin it, yikes! However, although your separation anxiety might not vanish altogether, if the right precautionary steps are taken, it should exponentially decrease! Inspired by fellow blogger Cara Harrington, here are a few of the tips and tricks she recommends to make separation a little easier.

See-You-Later Hugs: Saying “goodbye” may feel like a more permanent farewell, so to ease that feeling try changing a few words around. It’s important for kids to actually hear YOU say that you’ll be seeing them soon, even if you think that’s a given.

Make a special calendar: To give your kids a sense of time and a count down until you’re home, create a calendar of activities you’re going to do on your trip and the kids get to do while you’re away. (Try to keep yours sounding boring so your kids don’t get jealous!) If your kids are old enough, they can even participate in the making of the calendar—a fun arts and crafts project!

FaceTime: Designate a time in the day where you and your child see and/or hear one another. Limit the calls to once a day—and preferably after they’ve had dinner/right before bed. One call a day simultaneously gives both you and your child a sense of security and time to solidify their independence.

Lastly, enjoy your travel and on the way back check out the FlyInStyle App for more helpful tips (like, what goodies to get your tots at the airport)!

Free Movies on Delta Flights?!

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On certain aircrafts, that seems to be the case!

Delta Airlines is currently upgrading part of its fleet to have better in-flight entertainment systems. If you find yourself in an aircraft with the new touch screen in the back of the headrest you may be in for a treat. It seems that who ever installed the software missed the part where you have to pay for the premium items like movies on domestic flights! Chances are that this will be corrected as each aircraft is taken in for routine maintenance. So the next time you sit down in a newly renovated Delta plane take a moment and try and watch a movie or play a game. If it lets you, it’s free! (This has been observed on the Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft.)

Note: If you find yourself NOT on an aircraft that offers free movies, be sure to browse the FlyInStyle App. It’s always free and always fun.

Overcome Long-Line Stress in Brazil


When you finally arrive at your destination, you’re ready to relax, eat a meal, maybe stroll through Brazil’s busy streets, but alas you encounter yet another dreaded long line. Brazilian airports are notorious for having longer-than-usual wait time in international port of entry lines. While you may want to get worked up over this nuisance, doing so won’t make the line shrink or disappear. Instead, use these three tips to alleviate unwanted stress and help pass the time.

  1. Stay relaxed mentally: Calm your nerves by doing what you do best—breathing! Inhale for three seconds through your nose. Make sure your lungs are full with air. Then, slowly, exhale through your mouth. Repeat as many times as needed until your mind is relaxed.
  2.  Stay relaxed physically: On the plane it may be cool. In the airport it may be hot. Dress in layers so you can feel your best, on and off the plane.
  3. Play a game: Or two! The more I travel, the more Sudoku puzzle books I acquire. These puzzles are fun and definitely keep your mind preoccupied—not to mention sharp! You can entertain yourself in other ways, too; read that book (that you hopefully remembered to pack), listen to your relaxing playlist, or brush up on your Portugese!

Bonus Tip: If all else fails, just browse around the FlyInStyle App—we have tons of entertaining content that will surely keep you pleasantly occupied!

 

 

World Cup Travel Tips

World Cup Travel Tips

As the FIFA World Cup kicks off this week, many of you will be traveling to Brazil to take in one of the world’s greatest sporting spectacles. Make the most of your fútbol adventure with these tips from FlyInStyle.

Attending Matches Arrive early! Take traffic and long lines into account. In South Africa, many fans missed the first halves of matches because of congestion at the stadium. Allow yourself an extra hour or two to meet fans from around the world, enjoy a drink and get excited for the match. Don’t forget that it is currently Brazil’s winter. Bring a light jacket and comfortable clothes to ensure an enjoyable match, especially if you’re in the South. Between Matches Come for the soccer, stay for the “festa.” Brazilian culture is all about fun and fan-fest parties are planned all over the country. Massive outdoor screens airing the matches, live music, dancing and drinks will flood the public squares in these locations:

Belo Horizonte: Praça da Estação

Brasília: Esplanada dos Ministérios

Cuiabá: Parque de Exposições Acrimat

Curitiba: Parque Barigui

Fortaleza: Praia de Iracema (Aterrão)

Manaus: Memorial Encontro das Águas

Natal: Praia do Forte

Porto Alegre: Largo Glênio Peres

Recife: Marco Zero

Rio de Janeiro: Praia de Copacabana

Salvador: Jardim de Alah

São Paulo: Vale do Anhangabaú

Dining Check out some of our favorite Brazilian restaurants: For a classic Brazilian steakhouse experience, Marius Degustare in Rio de Janeiro is must-see, or should we say, must-taste. If you like seafood, try Camarões Potiguar in Natal. A “homage to shrimp,” the restaurant offers creative and stylish meals centered all around shellfish. Try the South American take on sushi and cocktails in Manaus at the Soho Lounge. The Asian-Brazilian fusion restaurant is affordable, unique and delicious. A Porto Alegre staple, Bierstube has been serving family-style fare for over 25 years. Enjoy a delicious steak in a festive atmosphere. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Los Paleteros in Curitiba. The delicious ice cream shop boasts a vibrant family atmosphere.

Finally have a great time! And when you are heading back home, don’t forget to check the FlyInStyle App for more tips at the airport.

Coming Soon: New and Improved Dining at DTW

Coming Soon: New and Improved Dining at DTW

 

The biggest part of traveling is…. You guessed it eating! I mean who doesn’t get hungry after waiting in the long security line and then wrestling with your things to get them through the security scanner? Well at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), a new airport experience has yet to arrive. The Wayne County Airport Authority has approved the next phase of redeveloping DTW’s dining options.

There will be 25 new food and beverage options for travelers over the next year and a half. Get your taste buds ready because the new plan will include: P.F Chang’s, Chick-fil-A, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bruegger’s Bagels, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Pinkberry, along with local culinary favorites like Plum Market with Zingerman’s Deli, Crave Robata Grill & Bar, Grobell’s Gourmet Deli, Papa Joes Gourmet Market and Mezza Mediterranean Grille.

DTW’s new dining plan is also called to include the terminal’s first upscale Italian restaurant, Andiamo and “a gate hold-room dining experience themes on Detroit’s historic Eastern Market”. “We think our customers will really enjoy and appreciate the new unique dining experience these venues will create,” states CEO Airport Authority Tom Naughton by CBS Detroit.

New food and beverage services is not the only thing to be incorporated in Detroit Metro Airport, CBS Detroit reported that iPad and tablet self-ordering stations, mobile point of sale devices, social media and web-based platforms, virtual concierge will also be included in the plan. These innovative technologies will increase the speed of service and convenience that today’s travelers are looking for. So get ready travelers for an ultimately new DTW dining experience!

For more information on DTW’s new dining plans 

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