Have you ever booked a flight early in the morning? I do this all the time. When I get to my destination, I have at least some of the day left to get settled in and explore. And, I get a bonus vacation day added to my trip for no extra charge. A few months ago, on my last trip to Las Vegas, I realized the night before I would have to be at the airport way too early due to additional security screening for US bound flights. That meant I’d have to get out of bed and leave my home at an even more unspeakable hour. No thanks.
Instead, I opted to spend the night at the airport. Calgary Airport has added a new terminal, part of which is a brand-new in-terminal hotel on the land side (before security). My early morning departure was a perfect excuse to give it a try. And get in at least an hour of extra sleep. It added a little extra travel expense, but being able to just roll out of bed and straight into the security line-up in the morning was well worth it. As I’ve said before, my way of travel hacking has nothing to do with cheap travel but all with traveling in style.
When I arrived, I got upgraded to an airside room allowing me to enjoy watching planes take off and land while sipping on a nice wine – and shooting the timelapse video below. What an awesome way to spend an afternoon – and take off rested and relaxed the next morning.
Want to try this for yourself next time you travel? It’s well worth it. Through the link below I’ll help you find the best rates. Try to get an airside room if you can, but alternatively you can get the same view from the lounge upstairs.
Alternative options are available as well – I’ve listed a few of Canada’s major airport hubs below for your convenience. If you need options in another city, feel free to contact me.
Images courtesy of Marriott. Video music used under license.