tripchi airport app newsletter – summer recap

Aug 2016 summer recap – travel on until the end of summer

tripchi airport app newsletter

Your summer recap – now that the impending end of summer is officially upon us, we all get one last opportunity to spend those hard-earned vacation days and go somewhere meaningful before the grind returns. One of the places you may want to consider is Cuba, now that the travel restrictions have eased for Americans and now that there are direct flights from the US into several Cuban cities. Another place to keep on your radar is Iceland – with the Icelandair European stopover program fares are cheap, and it promotes a vacation to several places in one for a Europe and Iceland combo. I was pricing out some flights to LHR via Reykjavík on the outbound or the inbound in late September/early October for $1400 to complete my summer recap trip.

Airport of the month Club for our summer recap edition: PIT Airport is one of the featured airports in the tripchi airport app and also is going through a bit of a revival/renaissance. We liked PIT so much from the perspective of an Airport 2.0, that we thought PIT Airport would be another interesting regional airport offering to include in the tripchi airport app. PIT Airport is the second busiest airport in Pennsylvania – and the 47th-busiest in the United States. Here are some fun facts about PIT in case you visit it for your summer recap travel:

  • Fun Fact #1: PIT airport has the longest runways of any commercial airport in PA at 11,500 feet (3,500 m).
  • Fun Fact #2: PIT is a US Airways hub, handling 26% of the airport’s traffic. Now that Southwest and AirTran have merged, combined they will have a larger share. Here’s a cool Southwest sign that can be found in the Southwest terminal.The third largest airline at PIT Airport is Delta.
  • Fun Fact #3: PIT Airport is one of the largest airports by acreage in the US – its 12,900 acres (52 km2), makes it 4th, just behind Denver International Airport, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, and Orlando International Airport.
  • Fun Fact #4: PIT Airport is routinely listed on OAG Worldwide’s short list for the world’s best airport. Also, in 2011 Conde Nast Traveler ranked PIT Airport 7th best for business travelers.

This is not surprising considering the convenient and easy to navigate layout of the airport, with a central AirMall shopping center that is the hub to 4 concourse spokes. It’s a smaller scale version of Charlotte-Douglass International Airport. You can read more about PIT here.

If you’re looking for a #layovertip or dining or shopping options during that long(er) layover or summer recap travel, of course you can bring up the tripchi airport app and find a listing of what’s around you based on your flight time andthe Concourse you’re leaving from. If you’re passing through any of the airports we cover, we’d love to get your feedback! Find these tips and more on the tripchi airport app.

New to the tripchi airport app community? tripchi is your passport to explore the airport. We roll up dining and shopping options, charging stations, as well as airport art, airport secrets and #layovertips. And, you can browse lounges, find special deals and offers, and track your flight information. It’s now available on the Android through this direct download (click here), and will be on the Google Play store soon. For all you iPhone users out there, our plan is to roll the tripchi airport app out on the iTunes store next.

We’re currently looking for feedback on the Android app (send us an email at contact@tripchi.com).

How can you help?

  1. In the aviation industry? Pass your airport connections our way? We are looking at running a limited trial to prove that we can help not only airport guests, but also airports.
  2. Flying soon? We need your help to source more and better airport content. If you’d like to write for us or contribute your airport findings, shoot us an email: contact@tripchi.com.

Read on for the monthly blog highlights!

Delta System Meltdown
Delta system meltdown. A few weeks ago, Delta Airlines suffered a technology system s meltdown just weeks after the Southwest debacle. This led to the cancellation of more than 2,000 flights across the U.S. Technology problems are to blame in both circumstances. Read more here.
Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go airport edition started to blow up several weeks ago, when airports realized it was a great way to engage their passenger base and incentivize guests to visit more spots in the airport. This summer recap blog rolls up all the ways you can play Pokémon Go airport edition. Read more here.
Devaluing Award Mile Flights
Devaluing Award Mile Flights. In the past year, we have a seen a glut of airlines devaluing award miles that we worked so hard to accumulate. Back in the day, award miles were a great way to fly for free, when miles often were worth more than dollars, and we could actually redeem them without paying more than $10 for processing. Alas, gone are those days of yore. This blog explores a scenario where airlines have been devaluing award miles in alliance conversion accrual, and what it means for the traveler. Read more here.

Heathrow children’s activities

One of the best airport rewards program is the London Heathrow loyalty program. We are a member and also subscribe to its monthly newsletter that covers all the LHR #layovertips and airport happenings. In this month’s newsletter, LHR covered a slew of Heathrow children’s activities. A lot of readers ask us for advice traveling through airports with the kiddos, and especially are looking for children’s play areas or other kid-friendly activities to bide the time during a long layover.

Mr. Adventure - Heathrow's children activities

Mr. Adventure – Heathrow’s children activities

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Pokémon Go Airport Edition

Pokémon Go airport edition started to blow up several weeks ago, when airports realized it was a great way to engage their passenger base and incentivize guests to visit more spots in the airport. This blog rolls up all the ways you can play Pokémon Go airport edition.

Pokémon Go airport edition - Image via Corriere

Pokémon Go airport edition – All Nippon Airways tricked out with Pokémon. Image via Corriere

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Delta system meltdown

Today’s Delta system meltdown comes just weeks after the Southwest debacle, that led to the cancellation of more than 2,000 flights across the U.S. Technology problems are to blame in both circumstances.

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Devaluing Award Miles on Partner Flights

In the past year, we have a seen a glut of airlines devaluing award miles that we worked so hard to accumulate. Back in the day, award miles were a great way to fly for free, when miles often were worth more than dollars, and we could actually redeem them without paying more than $10 for processing. Alas, gone are those days of yore. This blog explores a scenario where airlines have been devaluing award miles in alliance conversion accrual, and what it means for the traveler. A follow on blog will explore the business motivations around why airlines do this, and the recent trend around airlines devaluing their own award miles in redemption scenarios.

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Airline Arrival Performance Stats

Flightstats recently released a very interesting report around on-time airline arrival performance, and we thought we’d cover it for our readers in today’s blog. In the report, the stats on airline performance measured by on-time arrivals, are not only sliced and diced by market, but also by type of carrier (low-cost carrier versus major legacy airlines). Plus, there are some nifty infographics to boot, like this one, showing a red-yellow-green matrix rolling up the largest carriers’ on-time airline arrival performance.

On-time Airline Arrival Performance

On-time Airline Arrival Performance

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Jul 2016 tripchi airport app #traveltips

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Since last newsletter, we’ve been busy covering some of the latest #traveltips headlines in the travel industry – from US airlines vying for slots in Cuban airports, to full coverage of how TSA security lines got so bad (and what you can do about it).  So, we’ve decided to roll-up some of our latest and greatest #traveltips for your travel hacking pleasure this go round. And, you can read about even more summer travel happenings in our blog recap section at the bottom of this newsletter, which cover the following tops in even more detail.

  1. Summer travel forecast shows cheaper fares ahead. There are several market condition afoot that are leading to below average fares for the traveler, explained here. Nearly all carriers slashed prices for 4th of July airfare sales last week, and you have a few more days to take advantage. We’ve seen promo fares for flights in August/September 2016 as low as $29 (thanks Frontier Airlines!). #traveltips
  2. Beat the rush at Airport Security. With cheaper than ever fares, more people will be traveling this year. That means more crowds at the airport and longer lines at airport security. Luckily, we’ve rolled up the best #traveltips on beating those dreaded TSA lines here, so that you can spend more time taking in our #layovertips post-security. Keep calm and tripchi on.
  3. Start planning your trip to Cuba from the US. Yes, seriously! As early as the fall, US airlines will start flying routes to Cuba (Havana, as well as smaller markets on the island nation). In May 2016, a deal was announced between the US and Cuba to open up 110 flights to Cuba on U.S. airlines. We have 9 airlines on our list so far and counting. Start making your travel plans to Cuba this winter now (even though you can’t quite book your travel on the US airlines yet).

You will be thanking us for these #traveltips later 🙂

SNA #traveltips

Airport of the month Club. This month’s airport of the month is John Wayne International Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, California. We recommend flying through SNA whenever possible (#traveltips) to avoid LAX (which we covered as the featured airport in our last newsletter). SNA is new, clean, convenient, upscale, and fun…while LAX is, well, LAX. There’s plenty of locally-themed dining to be had at SNA, from surf shack Hobie’s (try the fish tacos!) to the Anaheim Ducks Breakaway Bar & Grill (the lettuce wraps were a lot better than they sounded!) to posher options like Javi’s (which claims to “Award Winning” airport dining). While shopping still leaves a little to be desired, there are plenty of other way to kill time, such as viewing the airport art (look up!) and Anaheim Angels display cases, SNA is now available for your to start using here on the tripchi airport app.

If you’re looking for a #layovertip or dining or shopping options during that long(er) layover, of course you can bring up the tripchi airport app and find a listing of what’s around you based on your flight time andthe Concourse you’re leaving from. If you’re passing through any of the airports we cover, we’d love to get your feedback! Find these tips and more on the tripchi airport app.

New to the tripchi airport app community? tripchi is your passport to explore the airport. We roll up dining and shopping options, charging stations, as well as airport art, airport secrets and #layovertips. And, you can browse lounges, find special deals and offers, and track your flight information. It’s now available on the Android through this direct download (click here), and will be on the Google Play store soon. For all you iPhone users out there, our plan is to roll the tripchi airport app out on the iTunes store next.

We’re currently looking for feedback on the Android app (send us an email at contact@tripchi.com).

How can you help?

  1. In the aviation industry? Pass your airport connections our way? We are looking at running a limited trial to prove that we can help not only airport guests, but also airports.
  2. Flying soon? We need your help to source more and better airport content. If you’d like to write for us or contribute your airport findings, shoot us an email: contact@tripchi.com.

Read on for the monthly blog highlights!

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Airports Celebrating Independence Day 2016

We are delighted to see the patriotic spirit lives on as airlines and airports celebrating Independence Day 2016 continue with gusto. If you flew through the following airports, you might have noticed a celebration or two. At least you might have seen some patriotic signage. Although we’ve noticed airports celebrating Independence Day 2016 were markedly less than last year – hip hip hooray for the ones that got in the spirit this past weekend. Here’s a list of airports that had special celebrations. And, a special shout out to Harriet Baskas for rolling up a few of these.

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Airlines flying US-Cuba routes

Last year, I was able to make it to Cuba before the US eased travel restrictions and airlines flying US-Cuba routes started hitting the news. In today’s blog, I’m going to explore some of the ways you’ll be able to get to Cuba more easily from the US. US Airlines are all competing for some of the hottest routes out there right now, and consumers always win with airline competition (as explained here). Even though these are still charter flights (e.g. Visa restrictions apply), they will be open to the general public soon. Thanks to the guy sitting next to me on the Frontier flight I took from SNA to DEN last week for the blog idea!

Airlines flying US-Cuba routes - rolling out now!

Airlines flying US-Cuba routes

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TSA Hacks

A few weeks ago, we featured some TSA hacks in our monthly newsletter. We got a lot of great feedback and decided to turn those brief TSA hacks into an entire post.

Before we get in to the TSA hacks and how you can save time going through security at the airport, we wanted to first examine some of the business issues causing the delays.

Your wait can be this fast if you follow these TSA hacks

Your wait can be this fast if you follow these TSA hacks

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