Archive for December 28, 2015

Airport Festivities

This holiday season, many airport festivities were to be seen (and a few more coming), just like last year. Here’s a roll-up of some of the best airport festivities witnessed this holiday season. Read more

United E145 IAH-LFT Flight Review

Melinda GrossA few months back, Melinda reviewed the Calgary International Airport (YYC), as well as 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. This is her final blog in her trilogy, where she’ll take a look at a United Express flight and the LFT Airport (Lafayette).

Here’s Melinda!

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tripchi benefits airports

cropped-tripchi-copy_blog.jpgI often highlight the benefits the tripchi airport app provides to the traveler; so, in this blog, I’d like to spend a few moments exploring how tripchi benefits airports. There are a number of services that tripchi provides that can augment an airport’s digital offering, helping them focus on their core mission of safely and profitably running their airport, while offering an enhanced airport experience for their passengers. Here are my top five reasons why tripchi benefits airports, too:

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Denver Airport Hotel

Westin Denver Airport Hotel

Westin Denver Airport Hotel

A few weeks ago, Denver International Airport unveiled its new Denver Airport Hotel – the Westin Denver International Airport. I got an invitation to go to the opening day celebration (November 19), but unfortunately I wasn’t able to clear my schedule for the day. Luckily, several other reporters that I regularly follow (like Harriet Baskas) were able to cover it (check out her trip report, including some awesome Denver #layovertips here, during her stay at the Denver Airport Hotel as on of the first guests).

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Celebrate Movember with tripchi November travel

Movember 2015 November travel with the tripchi airport app

Happy Thanksgiving November travel hangover. I’m actually writing this from Los Angeles, so I had the privilege of visiting my most favorite (DEN) and my least favorite (LAX) airport in the past week. Despite the “LAX Makeover Coming Soon” signs that have been hanging around LAX for at least a year, no makeover was readily apparent. Terminal 3 is probably the worst terminal in the entire airport, and that’s been the one I’ve been flying in and out of as I’ve been trying these Low-Cost Carriers (Spirit and Frontier). We are patiently awaiting said LAX makeover so we can finally say something good about LAX (see, that was nice?!?!).

On the tripchi airport app side, we added both MIA and BOS through scraping and an API, respectively, to improve your November travel experience. What that means in English is that they are now available to use on the app! This was our first test to see if the tripchi technology can scale. We are not quite there yet, but we’re refining our data model with every new airport added. 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 for November travel. Boston Logan is one of our favorite airports to get stuck in. Since we started the tripchi company in Boston several years ago, we frequently visited BOS many a day. And now that Terminal B (care of American Airlines) has been redone, it’s looking more like an Airport 2.0 every day. Thanks to tripchi, here’s a few suggestions of the things we like to do at Boston Logan International Airport. Here are our top 3 #layovertips for DXB:

  1. Nosh at Lucky’s Lounge. This is one of the first places native Bostonians think of, but few tourists get a chance to try—it’s definitely worth a stop next time you are in the area. The bartender is friendly and knows the menu well, and the scene is cool and casual. One day, you might be able to use the tripchi airport app find other travelers in your network who happen to be in the airport, and invite them to Lucky’s for a drink and a chat.
  2. Drink at Beer Works. Another local Boston company, Beer Works in Terminal C.  This is the same place that is right across the street from Fenway and the selection is just as good. Boston is a great sports city, and catching a game at the Beer Works bar is always fun. The bartenders are attentive and can help out with a suggestion if you want one.
  3. Shop at The Black Dog. If you want something quintessentially New England to bring home with you – check out The Black Dog. It’s a maritime clothing company and has a large selection for everyone.  At least stop in to take a peak at the iconic The Black Dog logo.

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 (or recently passed through during your November travel) the BOS airport, we’d love to get your feedback! Find these tips and more on the tripchi airport app.

Read more about the Boston Logan International Airport on the tripchi aiport app blog.

New to the tripchi airport app community for November travel? 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 from November travel!

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