Getting from security to your gate, and onto the plane is the focus of many busy travelers every day. An airport certainly serves as a stressful, temporary stop along the way to whatever adventure you may be embarking on. Believe it or not, it doesn’t have to be this way; airports are looking to make you feel comfortable! All of Sun Country’s U.S. airports offer unique amenities for travelers, regardless if they’re coming home or heading out. These spots are perfect for a layover, an anxious traveler, or if you just love hanging out at the airport like we do.
Anchorage: Café Del Mundo. This cozy little coffee shop has two locations within the airport, one located under the A Concourse and the other across from Door 7 on level 1. They are known for the delicious coffee, brewed from coffee beans from Kenya, Sumatra, and Columbia. They also have food, tea, and last but not least, gelato.
Denver: A Massage or XpresSpa. With an A Massage in gates A or B and two XpresSpas in gate C, the Denver International Airport offers a wide array of relaxing ways to pass time. XpresSpa provides waxing services, facials, manicures, hair styling, and massages. You can even take a shower in select locations. We can’t find a better way to spend a layover!
Honolulu: In classic Hawaiian fashion, the Honolulu International Airport is equipped with beautiful outdoor gardens for travelers to take a break from the business of the airport. There are three gardens, displaying the influence of Chinese, Hawaiian, and Japanese cultures. Seating areas in the gardens allow visitors to sit outside and get a breath of fresh air, all while taking in the view.
Las Vegas: Aviation Museum. Located above baggage claim in Terminal 1, McCarran International Airport is complete with an aviation museum that includes a 1956 Thunderbird, a 1958 Cessna 172 aircraft, and much more. This is a great way to entertain children or learn about the intriguing history of aviation yourself.
Los Angeles: The “Great Hall.” Newly renovated, the Tom Bradley International Terminal features a wide array of luxury shops and world-renowned restaurants. It is nicknamed the “Great Hall” for its impressive layout and variety of stores. For all the die-hard shoppers and foodies out there, this is your place to shine.
Palm Springs: Palm Springs International Airport is widely known for being beautiful and stress-free, mostly because of their outdoor courtyard. This sunny courtyard features patio seating, Starbucks, play areas for children and pets, and artwork. Best of all, there is a wine bar in the courtyard as well.
Phoenix: Something unique about Sky Harbor is their restaurant selection. Many of the award-winning restaurants they feature are only found in Arizona, so you won’t be able to find them anywhere else. Some of the restaurants we love are Olive and Ivy, Matt’s Big Breakfast, La Grande Orange, and Blanco Tacos & Tequila; all located in Terminal 4.
Portland: Hollywood Theatre. Portland International Airport has the only in-airport movie theater in the country and is usually always packed full. The theater has 17 seats and features short films from local Oregon filmmakers. The theater is a branch off of Portland’s historic Hollywood Theatre downtown, which is a nationally known landmark. Best of all, it is completely free!
Reno/Lake Tahoe: Escape Lounge. As of December 2017, the Escape Lounge is open for business and is available to all travelers for a fee of $45 ($5 off if you buy online). This brand-new luxury lounge offers high-speed Wi-Fi, charging stations, and an unlimited food and drink menu presented by one of Reno’s most recognizable chefs.
San Diego: Be Relax Spa. With two locations in Terminal 2, Be Relax is a convenient and relaxing mini spa. They offer relaxation services that include a wide array of various massage options and aroma, oxygen, and light therapy. They’re also equipped with beauty services like manicures, pedicures, and waxing.
San Francisco: Yoga Room. At San Francisco International Airport, you can practice your downward dog and unwind in this unique space. There are two yoga rooms, one in Terminal 3 and one in Terminal 2. Equipped with hardwood floors, wall-length mirrors, mats, and bolsters this serves as a convenient space to relax between flights and is a godsend for yoga-lovers.
Santa Barbara: The Santa Barbara Airport is conveniently located extremely close to Goleta Beach, and is about a 2-minute car ride and a 15-minute walk away. If you have a layover here or just have time to kill, what better way to spend it than walking along this beautiful beach? When in Santa Barbara!
Seattle: The Club at SEA. This beautiful club is available to all passengers and is located in both Concourse A and the South Satellite. To access The Club, you must purchase a day pass for $40, which can be used anytime within a 6 month period. These spacious lounges offer complimentary snacks and beverages, a full bar, wifi, workstations, and conference facilities.
Tucson: Noble Hops. One of the area’s first gastropubs, this trendy new location recently opened during Tucson International Airport’s expansion. It is open to people who don’t have a boarding pass and is located before security. This gastropub serves wide selections of high-end beer and cuisine. You can sit outside as well and enjoy that desert sun!
Austin: Located in the South Terminal, you can find a trendy outdoor patio, complete with full seating areas, tables, and a pet relief area. It has a close-up view of the tarmac and is accessed post-security. The best thing about this area is that it includes a food truck, that changes over time. What better way to keep Austin weird than having a food truck at the airport?
Dallas/Fort Worth: Minute Suite. DFW offers the unique opportunity of purchasing a suite at Minute Suite. In these suites, you can nap, shower, surf the web, watch TV, and track your flight. One-hour rentals start at $38, with an extra fee for shower usage. If you are often connecting between long-haul flights with lengthy layovers, this is what you’ve always dreamed.
Gulfport/Biloxi: City of Gulfport. While Biloxi is a bit further away, you can leave the airport to explore the city of Gulfport, which is only about a 10 minute drive away. Gulfport is known for its long stretch of beach along the Mississippi Sound, which is home to sea life such as seals, dolphins, and sharks (oh my!)
Harlingen: VIA VIP Club. This exclusive club is a great choice for executives who frequently travel through Harlingen. Completed with leather seating, this club includes complimentary beverages, Wi-Fi, printers, and more. To access VIA’s VIP Club, you need to apply for a membership card.
Madison: Pet Therapy Program. At Dane County Regional Airport, you may see a couple of cute dogs walking around with their trainer. Check if they have a blue vest on because if they do, you can pet them! This airport has a pet therapy program to provide stress relief to travelers and airport employees. Why can’t every airport have this? (Editor’s note: second that!)
Minneapolis/St. Paul: PGA-MSP. This is the airport amenity that you never knew you needed. Here, you can pass time by playing the world’s top courses on simulators, use their virtual driving range and putting green, get custom fit for clubs, and instructions from PGA professionals. This is even open to non-flying customers. Whether you’re a golf lover or not, this unique amenity is a fun pass time for anyone.
New Orleans: Dooky Chase. Created by famous chef Leah Chase, this restaurant is an iconic New Orleans staple. The original establishment has served celebrities such as Beyoncé and Barack Obama and became an addition to the New Orleans International Airport. For an authentic taste of New Orleans, this is the place to be.
St. Louis: Wingtips St. Louis. Just this year, St. Louis Lambert International Airport opened their very first common-use lounge. This means that you don’t need to be a premium member and do not have to be flying a certain airline. For $38 day passes, you can gain access to a complimentary food buffet, beverages, Wi-Fi, and workspaces.
Boston: Be Relax. With three locations within Boston Logan International Airport, it is easy to unwind here during your busy day of traveling. This highly-rated spa includes a wide array of massage services, oxygen and aromatherapy, manicures and pedicures, and even facials. Talk about a way to recover from jet lag!
Fort Myers: Comfort Zone Massage. Stop by this massage studio, conveniently located in the Main Terminal, for a relaxing way to pass time at Southwest Florida International Airport. They offer seated, foot, and table massages all at very affordable prices. Alongside these services, they offer reflexology and manicures. Ooh, la la!
Miami: Café Versailles. This restaurant is a Cuban staple in Miami, known for its authentic Cuban sandwiches. We hear the airport location is just as good as the Little Havana location, as is the spot to eat when traveling through Miami International Airport. If you’ve never tried authentic Cuban cuisine, swing by Café Versailles.
Myrtle Beach: The Market Common. If you have time here, Myrtle Beach’s market common is only a 10-minute car ride away from the airport. Here you’ll find an abundance of shops and entertainment options, along with a wide variety of restaurants. In addition, the beach is only steps away!
New York: Airspace Lounge. Located in Terminal 5, this lounge starts at a cheap price of $25 to use. It offers a full bar, snacks, Wi-Fi, power outlets, and a conference room. Best of all, this lounge is equipped with showers, which are complementary to you after you pay their cover charge.
Orlando: The Club MCO. The Club is a luxury lounge offered to any passenger, not depending on flight class or airline, to access for a fee of $40. There are two locations at MCO, at Airsides 1 and 4. These locations include complimentary snacks, drinks, Wi-Fi, workstations with PC’s, printers, and TV. Perhaps the best parts of these locations are that they even offer showers and children’s areas.
Savannah/Hilton Head: Piera’s Salon. Piera’s is an Aveda salon, which includes full hair-care service, such as cuts, color, styling, and extensions. It also offers spa treatments, makeup artists, waxing services, and even wedding packages. If you’re an Aveda lover like us, you’ll love stopping here in between your travels.
Tampa: Terminal Getaway Spa. With four locations at Southwest Florida International Airport, every traveler can have a relaxing experience at Tampa International Airport. This spa offers massage and waxing services, manicures and pedicures, and facials.
Employee Author Bio: Anna is a Marketing Intern at Sun Country Airlines. She loves Sun Country’s passion for the state of Minnesota and the efforts they make to connect passengers to new adventures. A city girl at heart, her next stop is either New York City or Los Angeles.
Our employees not only love to fly, they have a wealth of travel knowledge, too. Whether they're an expert packer, know the best restaurants in town, or have any other savvy advice, we wanted to give them a space to share suggestions and expertise directly with you!