Top 5 Airports that AREN’T Terrible for a Layover

Traveling can be an exhausting experience.  Often our trips include a long layover that can feel like an eternity.  Luckily, there are some airports that make waiting enjoyable.  Check out these 5 top-notch airports that make spending a few hours waiting for your flight a surprisingly pleasant experience. 


The Dallas-Fort Worth Airport in Texas (DFW) has fantastic shopping and amazing restaurants and services.  It's easy to navigate, too.  With 65 stores that range from a 7-Eleven convenience store to Jo Malone perfumery, this airport has plenty to see and purchase.  If you don't want to shop, then have a tasty snack or five-course dinner at one of their 79 dining options.  DFW has nail salons, a premier dog and cat resort, the DART rail system for a quick downtown Dallas trip (if layover time allows), a private nursing area, shoe shining, a yoga studio, massage services, and much more.  A layover here is like a mini vacation.


San Francisco's SFO airport is a foodie paradise.  This hub is known for offering the best of its local cuisine and beer for an authentic taste of the area.  In keeping with the culture of San Francisco, the airport offers an eclectic mix of bookstores, luxury designer stores, along with souvenirs and last minute needed items.  Enjoy having a manicure or pedicure or even a facial or massage while waiting.  An SFO layover can be a brief but satisfying look at the popular California destination.


While resting in Malaysia's KLIA airport,  take comfort in their Cathay Pacific Lounge and enjoy complimentary snacks, beverages, magazines, newspapers and cozy seating.  Visit their reflexology and massage center and fully revitalize before your flight.  They offer a plethora of food options, from food courts, bars, and bistros, to fast food and cafes, with something to satisfy everyone.  Quickly rejuvenate in Rest N Go chairs located conveniently throughout the airport. A layover at KLIA will leave you refreshed and ready for the next leg of your trip. 


Leave it to Dubai to have the world's largest international airport.  The DXB is grand in size as well as in all that the airport has to offer. World-class chef Wolfgang Puck has a restaurant there, along with Butler's Chocolate Cafe, Camden Food Company, and just about every other imaginable cuisine.  After dining, experience world-class shopping with everything from pharmacy needs to designer bags. If you have time, book a private sound-proof snooze cube, gather your thoughts in the Zen garden or take a re-energizing swim in the pool.  With outstanding services such as baby care rooms, easy car rentals, prayer rooms, and even complimentary showers, DXB leaves you feeling refreshed and relaxed.  


Last, but certainly not least is the Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN). While waiting for your next flight, stretch your legs on a relaxing nature trail walk or get pampered at one of the many salons and spas.  Family fun is around every corner from the signature Butterfly Garden to the large movie theatre and Singapore's tallest slide.  SIN is an artist's paradise, too. Make sure to see Han Mei Ling's incredible sculpture representing family and Baet Yeok Kuan's "Birds in Flight" wall sculpture during your layover. Travelers leave SIN's combination of adventure and culture feeling like they have experienced a satisfying mini-retreat.

Use AAA's convenient Flight Booking engine to make fast flight arrangements or call one of our experienced AAA travel agents at 1-800-444-8691.  We can take the stress out of traveling by planning the trip for you. If you want a long layover in one of these unique airports, just let us know.  

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