DEN Beer Garden – it’s back!

DEN Airport logo - DEN beer gardenJust in time for the Great American Beer Festival AND Oktoberfest, DEN Airport unveils it’s annual tradition – the DEN Beer Garden! For the third year, from September 30 – October 10, 2016, you will be able gain admission for $10. In exchange, you will get get a souvenir glass and 10 2oz samples (Beer Flights) from a variety of Colorado breweries at the DEN beer garden.

An official Beer Flights event “Passport” will be given to attendees to keep track of their tastes across the ten breweries. The Beer Flights and DEN beer garden concept is organized by Denver International Airport and the Colorado Brewers Guild.

DEN beer flights - image courtesy of http://dandicreative.com/beer-flights-at-dia/

DEN beer flights – image courtesy of http://dandicreative.com/beer-flights-at-dia/

There’s even more going on at this year’s DEN beer garden. There will be live music from 4PM – 6PM, as well as trivia and table games available. The brewmasters will be nearby to answer questions about their batches, processes, and brand. DEN Airport has announced that it will be using the hashtag #DENBeerFlights when posting photos or information about the event on social media. We will keep an eye for it at tripchi – use our handle #layovertips as well if you happen to be passing through DEN and see the DEN beer garden in action.

In case you actually are thinking of stopping by, the DEN beer garden is open every day from 11AM – 7PM. (Suggestion for next year – extend the hours until 9PM!) And as always, patrons must be 21 years of age and older to partake in the fun. Here are the breweries participating (and the beers you can try):

  • Avery Brewing –  El Gose, Joes Pils
  • Boulder Beer – Buffalo Gold, Pulp Fusion
  • Epic Brewing – Tart ‘n Juicy, Lil’ Brainless
  • Odell’s – Drumroll, Myrcenary
  • Oskar Blues – Priscilla, Beerito
  • Elevation Beer Co. – 8 Second Kolsch, Apis IV
  • Tommy Knocker – Butthead-Bock, Pick Axe
  • SKA Brewing – Steel Toe, Modus Mandarina
  • Telluride Brewing – Bridal Veil, Wahcked Out
  • Renegade Brewery – Pancake Maple, Consilium

According to DEN Airport CEO Kim Day:

‘Beer Flights’ allows us to showcase Colorado’s outstanding microbrew industry but also recognizes our close friendship with our sister airport in Munich, the home of Oktoberfest….We invite beer lovers – whether travelers or neighbors – to stop by our outdoor plaza and sample some of the best beer available this side of Bavaria.

You can read more about this year’s DEN beer festival here on the DEN airport website.

You can find other things to do and #layovertips at DEN Airport in the tripchi airport app.

Aircraft Paint Jobs – Top 5 Best Liveries

For this week’s blog, we’ve decided to roll-up the commercial aviation industry’s best aircraft paint jobs. More and more airlines are using their planes’ exteriors as yet another means of marketing and brand expression. Some are serious and iconic, like American Airlines’ new livery, and some are more playful, like Air New Zealand’s “The Hobbit” themed aircraft paint jobs, and All Nippon Airlines rendering of Pokemon Go on its exterior. This is the next wave of airline/aviation marketing after the latest foray into novel, cool, and sometimes downright hilarious in-flight safety videos (like Delta’s “find the meme” video”).

Here’s our favorite five best aircraft paint jobs in the industry over the course of the last five years – tweet us if you’ve flown in any of these planes (#picturestoproveit)!

  1. Air New Zealand (NZ). Arguable my personal favorite since it’s a continuance of the Lord of the Rings theme that NZ has taken on over the years, this “The Hobbit” themed Boeing 777-300 livery is probably my top pick for best aircraft paint jobs. Even though it debuted in 2012, it is still arguable one of the best. NZ’s cohesive brand marketing and associating with the Lord of the Rings dynasty was a bold move to encourage travelers to get out and tour New Zealand. A wonderful example of destination marketing partnering with an airline.
    Best aircraft paint job

    Air NZ – Best aircraft paint job. Photo: Brandon Farris / AirlineReporter.com

  2. Kulula Airways. We rank Kulula’s “Flying 101” livery as one of our top picks of best aircraft paint jobs for use of humor and risk-taking. This plane was apparently designed in-house by Kulula’s graphic design team as part of the airline’s greater strategy to demystify air travel. You can learn more about it here.
    Kulula Airlines has one of the best aircraft paint jobs

    Kulula Airlines has one of the best aircraft paint jobs

  3. All Nippon Airways. NH had a grand plan to piggyback off of the success of Pokemon and launch a livery under the brand Pokemon Jet. The airline even has an official website that details the various Pokemon-themed aircraft paint jobs and characteristics.
  4. GOL. Brazil’s Low-Cost Carrier G3 put together a creative and football (soccer) themed Boeing 737 livery with aircraft paint jobs focusing on the World Cup. The carrier was also named the official transport for the Brazilian national football team. The exterior was creating with the help of local street artists Os Gêmeos painting portraits representing the people of Brazil.
    GOL - World Cup themed aircraft paint jobs

    GOL – World Cup themed aircraft paint jobs. Photo courtesy of CNN

  5. Norwegian Airlines (DY).  Although not out yet, DY plans to unveil a Roald Dahl tail-fin “hero” on its Boeing 737-800 planes later this year. Roald Dahl, while not Norwegian (he’s British), is of Norwegian descent. He is famous for writing children’s classics like James and the Giant Peach as well Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Dahl was also an aviator. Maybe it’s a bit of a stretch for association, but it’s still cool either way. According to Norwegian Airlines:

    Roald Dahl is widely regarded as the world’s number one storyteller. Many elements of his universally-loved stories are said to have roots in the Norwegian tales that he heard from his family and from visits to Norway as a child

Well, those are tripchi’s top 5 best aircraft paint jobs. As always, feel free to leave a comment and let us know if we’re missing one. Or, tweet us @tripchi with some pictures of you with your favorite aircraft paint job. Keep calm and fly on!

Airport napping pods – now at AUH

If you’ve been traveling a lot lately, you may have noticed a recent airport trend where you can grab Zzz’s in airport napping pods.

Westin Denver Airport Hotel

Westin Denver Airport Hotel

Checking in to an airport hotel is one way to catch some zzz’s in between flights. But, this method has been around for decades. Check out this tripchi blog where we discuss the opening, for example, of the latest DEN Airport hotel. Other airports that feature airport hotels include DXB and Changi – airports outside of the US have actually been the most on the forefront when it comes to airport napping trends.

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Labor Day Travel Wrap 2016

Today’s Labor Day travel wrap is brought to you by the letter S and the number 5, as in September 5th, 2016 (Labor Day, for those of you outside North America). Hopefully you got to do something as awesome as I did (I flew from DEN to LAX for a sailing expedition).

Sailing through Labor Day travel

Sailing through Labor Day travel

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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.

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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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