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tripchi airport app newsletter – summer recap

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

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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

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:

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Fall in love with flying in Feb

cropped-tripchi-copy_blog.jpgFall in love with flying in Feb – tripchi airport app newsletter

Fall in love with flying this Feb

Fall in love with flying this Feb

Love is in the air, and Valentine’s Day is almost here. Whether you already escaped the winter cold and visited SFO for the Superbowl (using our traveltips of course to buy a cheaper flight), or you are still in the planning process for a last-minute romantic Valentine’s getaway, one thing is sure – February is the month to fall in love with flying again. Read more

tripchi – it’s a New Year for 2016 travel

cropped-tripchi-copy_blog.jpg2015 wrap-up & New Year 2016 travel begins – tripchi airport app newsletter

2016 travel is upon us, and the hectic 2015 holiday travel season is at an end. I had a wonderful time vacationing with friends and family in Los Angeles, recovering from my second ankle surgery, even though I was again faced with a difficult holiday travel experience on crutches (similar to those after my first surgery in 2014). To make matters worse, with the wacky El Niño weather the past few weeks, cancelling and delaying flights all across the Western Hemisphere, we all had to deal with a longer than average expected stay in the airport.

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5 Most Delayed US Airports During Summer

Everybody loves to travel in the Summertime and it’s no secret that ticket prices are high in the summer. The simple rule of supply and demand will tell you to buy early because summertime demand for air travel is extremely high, especially in the US. Last week I focused on the busiest airports during summer and know I am going to focus in on the most delayed. While many in the top five won’t shock you, I was very surprised not to see ATL. Every time I have traveled through Atlanta in the summer I am always delayed due to weather, most of time because of thunderstorms. It is a testament to the work the ATC do down at ATL that even with bad summer storms the world’s busiest airport avoids delays. The following rankings came from measured from 2005-2014 and reflect the on-time percentages of the flights at each airport.

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Airport Review: RDU

Like I mentioned last week I speak some time down south in Raleigh, North Carolina for a wedding on Lake George if anyone out there has heard of it. First I focused on the on the flying and airline aspect, for this week I will apply the tripchi magnifying glass to the airport. This was my second time to RDU and let’s just say the first time wasn’t the best, but it was no fault of RDU. I was flying RDU-BWI on Southwest out of Terminal 1 and was about to board the plane when the PA cracked and the terminal was informed BWI ATC tower had ben struck by lightning and all flights we being diverted. Our flight was delayed 4hrs. So I was hopeful this time would be different.

terminal rdu

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Trip Report: Spirit Airlines BOS-FLL

Due to the terrible winter we have had in the northeast USA, I decided it was high time to get myself to a warmer climate. My girlfriend was already down in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for work so the destination was an easy choice. This also gave me the opportunity to fly Spirit Airlines direct from BOSFLL. I had flown Spirit before but it was a short flight from BOS-ACY so it was tolerable. I was interested to see how it would be on a 3+hour flight.

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Funny Airport Codes

iata icaoWith the unfortunate news of the GermanWings crash, I wanted to keep it light and fun this week. Airport codes can be a funny thing and sometimes leave you wondering how they are created. There are two types of Airport Codes: IATA and ICAO.

IATA stand for the International Air Transport Association which is a trade association of the world’s airlines. These 250 airlines, primarily major carriers, carry approximately 84% of total Available Seat Kilometers air traffic. IATA supports airline activity and helps formulate industry policy and standards. It is headquartered in Montreal, Canada with Executive Offices in Geneva, Switzerland.

ICAO stands for International Civil Aviation Organization it is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It codifies the principles and techniques of international air navigation and fosters the planning and development of international air transport to ensure safe and orderly growth. Its headquarters are located in the Quartier International of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Read more

Plane Ticket Buying Process

How we buy plane tickets has certainly changed over the years. In the early days of flying just finding a carriers schedule required a significant amount of effort. Say you wanted to fly from Boston to Chicago, you would have to call up the airlines that fly out those airports, line up the days you need to go and hopefully buy the ticket. You could also consult a travel agent who would have an OAG schedule guide to figure out which flight they can get you on and then call up the airline and buy the ticket on your behalf. Now the process is much simpler and can be done completely online.  Today I wanted to share the ways I buy plane tickets, my methods and process. I would also like know how our users go about buying tickets and what works best for them. Suggestions are always welcomed.

Photo Credit @NY Times

Photo Credit @NY Times

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AirAsia CEO Handles Tragedy With Leadership

Many times in 2014 airlines were in the news for all the wrong reasons. In the airline business customers are quick to throw stones when airlines mess up and reluctant to applaud you for a job well done. I think many passengers forget how difficult it is to run an airline, not to mention make it profitable. Malaysian Airlines was constantly in the news it seemed for the crash of MH370 and the downing of MH17.

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iBeacon’s Improve Pax Experience in 2015

As we leave 2014 in the dust, its time to look ahead to whats on tap for 2015 in terms of airport tech. As I previously discussed in my Bluetooth tech blog, iBeacons have already started to enter some airports. This is a big deal because now airports and app’s like tripchi can easily connect with passengers that have Bluetooth enabled smartphones. With the vast amount of the traveling public, especially business travelers being smartphone and tech savvy, converting these passengers into revenue is a high priority for the airports.


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