Archive for September 29, 2015

United YYC-IAH Flight Review

Melinda GrossIn Melinda’s last blog, she reviewed the Calgary International Airport (YYC) – today she will review her United YYC-IAH flight and the Houston Airport. Melinda is a self-described epitome of the reality side of ‘expectation vs reality’ in business travel. You’ll find her taking steerage class cabins to exotic locales like Elliot Lake, ON and Elko, NV, chasing her company’s aerial survey aircraft! You can check out more about Melinda on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter @melindadgross. She’ll have a follow-on blog on another flight experience and her visit to Lafayette Airport (LFT), so stay tuned!

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Arriving in Havana via PTY

This is my first time to Cuba, and it was still certainly a challenge of arriving in Havana despite the fact that relations with the U.S. are thawing. Not only did we have to master the challenge of the “flying through a third” city, but then we had to find flights that were actually affordable. We landed on Copa Airlines, through Panama City Airport (PTY). You can read about our thought process of buying our plane tickets here.

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Calgary Airport Review (YYC)

Melinda GrossHere’s Melinda’s review on the Calgary International Airport (YYC). Melinda is a self-described epitome of the reality side of ‘expectation vs reality’ in business travel. You’ll find her taking steerage class cabins to exotic locales like Elliot Lake, ON and Elko, NV, chasing her company’s aerial survey aircraft! You can check out more about Melinda on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter @melindadgross. She’ll have a follow-on blog next week on her flight experiences and her visit to Houston International Airport (IAH), so stay tuned!

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tripchi airport app – Labor Day Update

The latest news in airports, aviation and travel

September 2015 tripchi airport app newsletter

The tripchi airport app team has certainly not let the end of Summer slip away, as, like our fellow travelphiles, we like to rage, rage against the dying of the light. CEO Chandra took a couple of fly fishing trips in and around the Denver area, again documented on her therestlessroad blog here. Fishing and hiking day tripping in Denver make a great layover idea if you have a longish stopover in DEN (#layovertip). Chandra also began to plan her trip to Curacao, Cuba, and Panama starting the week of Labor Day, which will take her countries visited list to around 45 – be sure to follow her (mis)adventures through her blog or Twitter. Of course she plans to take tripchi along with her as your airport guide, especially now that we’ve built out the Mexico City International Airport (MEX) and are starting to look at Miami (MIA).

Also, now that Summer in the Northern hemisphere has sadly almost come to end, it’s unfortunately time to start thinking about booking those holiday flights. While Thanksgiving and Christmas flights may be less expensive this year (around $250 less than last year), it doesn’t mean you should wait until the last minute to  book – more people will be traveling than ever before, especially with the decline in airfare prices. You can use this handy airport tool to get a sense of which airports are the most and least expensive to fly out of depending on where you’re going.

While you’re killing time at the airport, the tripchi team is hard at work building new experiences and scouring undocumented #layovertips for your eyes only.

Airport of the month club. The airport we’re highlighting this month is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). AUS is s a small airport in comparison with the others that we’ve included in our app launch, but that doesn’t make it worse – in fact, being smaller gives an airport the challenge to work harder to find better content and offer superior customer service. Wouldn’t you be lured away from a mega-airport if flying from a nearby regional airport was just as convenient, offered less wait time, and better amenities? Well, that’s the thinking behind the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Not only can you use it to fly in to Austin, but it’s located about 1 hour’s drive from San Antonio, making it an accessibly airport to several of Texas’s large cities. And first things first – don’t you just love how even Google Maps gives Austin Airport a nod for being a “Central Texas hub for Live Music”? Read more about the Austin Airport on the tripchi blog. If you’re looking for a #layovertip or dining or shopping options, of course you can bring up the tripchi airport app and find a listing of what’s around you based on your flight time and the Concourse you’re leaving from. If you’re passing through the AUS airport, 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.

Our new website is up and all the forms are working. Tell your friends!

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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Record Breaking Year at BOS

It is no secret that I am fond of my hometown airport Boston Logan International and I have written previously about the incredible strides the airport has made in terms of international routes. In 2015, they will add seven new international destinations and are always on the lookout for potential new routes. With a strengthening dollar and oil creeping ever lower, Bostonians will be looking to travel abroad and fill those new routes. On the flip side 2014 was a record-breaker in terms of international traffic for BOS and to make room for even more carriers and passengers the airport has torn down the old American Airlines hangar built in the sixties to make way for the new international Terminal E extension.

An airport worker enters a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 aircraft as it sits on the tarmac at Terminal E at Logan International Airport in Boston Friday, July 19, 2013. The JAL aircraft's flight to Tokyo returned to Boston on Thursday because of a possible fuel pump issue. It's the latest trouble for the new Dreamliner aircraft after a lithium ion battery problem grounded the fleet in January. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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