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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.

 

 

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!

 

10 Important Rules of Packing

10 Important Rules of Packing

 

When traveling, packing your suitcase can be a pain because you might feel like you want to bring your whole closet with you! You have to think about the cost of any extra weight and extra bags. For example, if you are flying on a popular airline like American Airlines you can expect to pay fees like $25 for the first checked bag then up to $200 up for any additional luggage.

  1. The number one rule to remember when packing is to “take half of the clothes you were planning to bring and twice the money.” Therefore, you save space in your carry-on and have extra money so you are better prepared for any situation.
  2. When deciding what to bring, take what can fit in a carry on. A carry-on is more convenient because you can easily carry it since it will be on wheels. If it gets lost, it will be easier to find since it is smaller.
  3. If you place the Fragile sticker, it will help it get treated as priority luggage because it will be placed on the top pile and have a VIP status over other people’s luggage since it will be placed first on the plane.
  4.  If you mix and match, you can easily create more outfits, but at the same time carry less with you. For example, 3 shirts and 3 bottoms is a total of 9 different outfits that you can switch around.
  5. Instead of bringing a bulky book or a CD, bring a lightweight version like a Kindle prepared with any book or country guide needed and your ipod.
  6. Use the hotel dryer instead of bringing the extra bulky weight of your own dryer, flat iron, etc.
  7. If your traveling somewhere cold, layers will work like sweaters and jackets. So, you can easily avoid carrying any bulky clothing and save on the extra baggage.
  8. Cotton and khakis are better than jeans because jeans can absorb dirt and odors.
  9. If it’s an important item like a laptop, but it wont fit in your everyday bag it would be better to leave it at home. Things can easily get stolen.
  10. If you forget a basic item you can easily buy it. You will find soap, shampoo, socks, and t-shirts wherever you go.

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 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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