Airport Tips ‘n’ Tricks: George Bush Intercontinental
Airports can be hectic places, but they can also be welcome havens after a long flight, as you sit waiting for your next one. You just have to know where to look, and what to avoid. Continuing our Airport Tips ‘n’ Tricks series, we now take a look at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Previous posts in this series include Chicago O’Hare, Atlanta, Washington Dulles and Minneapolis.
While IAH can sometimes be found on various “worst airport” lists—among the chief complaints are delays, appearance, and inconvenience—we’ve compiled a list of tips ‘n’ tricks that will help you navigate IAH like a pro, and maybe even enjoy the extra time you have while waiting for your flight.
How to navigate
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- This is a busy airport! Before you head there, check wait times for the security check points at www.fly2houston.com.
- Take the inter-terminal train when connecting between different terminals. A blue strobe light will be your indicator that you’ve found the entrance to the train. IAH frequent fliers comment that the train inside of security is typically quick, but the train outside of security below baggage claim isn’t quite as fast.
- If you arrive domestic on United and gate at Terminal E, you can bet that your checked bags will be in Terminal C, as E’s baggage claim is for international flights only.
What to do
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- Terminal E is consistently hailed by IAH frequent fliers as the best place amongst the airport’s 5 terminals to find good food and decent amenities. Eat at one of two local favorite chains, Pappasito’s Cantina or the Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen (try the lunch buffet!).
- If you happen to be a member of the United Club, don’t miss out on your access to the lounge located in Terminal E—it was just awarded the Priority Pass Lounge of the Year Award for North America. Not a member? No problem. Priority Pass offers one day memberships for under $30.
- Terminal B has recently undergone a major overhaul. The concourse now boasts seventeen new eateries and retail shops, featuring the likes of “celebrity chef” venues that wearied travelers are sure to enjoy. Should you find yourself in B during breakfast-time, try a Shipley’s donut or kolache.
Do you travel through IAH often? If so, share your own tips ‘n’ tricks with us in the comment section below!