My Interview with Fly & Dine!


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Earlier this week, another BoardingArea blogger Fly & Dine interviewed me on how to dine on a deal while traveling. Jason is a traveling food blogger so if any of you are foodies I suggest you check him out – here is his blog. Also, he is giving away a $50 Starbucks gift card on the interview post, but you must enter by this Sunday.

To spice things up a bit, I will also match his giveaway for a $50 Starbucks gift card. Enter on THIS blog post on the best food deal you’ve ever gotten while traveling and I’ll pick a winner a week from now on Saturday October 11, 2014. So comment below!

Here is the interview:

As a connoisseur of deals, what’s the best deal you’ve ever seen on airport food? Is there a specific food deal you think everyone should know about?

Ha. I do not think there is any good deal on airport food! But one tip when traveling is to always bring an empty water bottle so you can refill it after you go through security. This will save you on purchasing expensive bottled water. Many airports even have a water fountain made specifically for water bottles.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten in the air? 

My meal from JFK to Hong Kong in business class on Cathay was amazing! I cannot remember specifics, but they just kept on bringing out more and more food. Mr. Deals was psyched when I fell asleep as he then ate my food on top of his!

What’s a great lesson you’ve learned in regards to eating while you’re away from home?

Check to see if there is a nearby grocery store and stock up ahead of time. Sometimes I even have the cab driver make a pit stop on the way to the hotel from the airport. I usually grab a bunch of water, snacks, and breakfast bars. At hotels that have kitchenettes I’ve even purchased enough to make a full breakfast and lunch. Eating out every meal can get pricey, time consuming, and unhealthy!

Do you have a go-to meal when you’re eating in airports? In your opinion, which airport has the best food? 

I’ve been to the Northwest Arkansas airport (near Bentonville) probably more then any other airport in the US. My go-to meal there was the popcorn they gave out at the bar. It was pretty much the only option at that time! At other airports, I typically get a Naked (juice) and a bagel and I am good to go.

What gets you legitimately excited about a menu?

When it has a happy hour special!

Goodluck with winning the $50 Starbucks gift card!

UPDATE: The giveaway has ended. Congrats to reader dubaych for winning the $50 Starbucks gift card! Please contact me at dealswelike@gmail.com I used random.org to select the winner.

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swag
swag
7 years ago

I was at Love Field in Dallas a few months back and did a double-take when I walked Cru (a wine bar) offering made-to-order omelets for just $5. Delicious and a bargain, especially for an airport.

LauraPDX
LauraPDX
7 years ago

I love to eat in my hometown airport Elephants Deli. They have great soups, salads and sandwiches (and a hot meal option that varies daily). One tip is to ask for “executive” soup special which is half tomato-orange and half Mama Leones chicken! Try it.

Bhanik
Bhanik
7 years ago

Got a free drink on southwest flight 🙂

Tonei
Tonei
7 years ago

My go-to airport food in Chicago is Frontera Grill…it’s pricey but not that much more than their regular restaurant, and for the same price you’d pay at other airport establishments the food is wayyy better.

Stuart Falk
Stuart Falk
7 years ago

This best deal I received while traveling was dinner at a Miami restaurant personally prepared by the chef, Michael Reidt.

mommafrica
mommafrica
7 years ago

With a companion I was given 2 bumps each way that included an overnight Hilton stay w/ food coming and going from the 1st CHICAGO DO.

Doris
Doris
7 years ago

The best deal I’ve gotten while traveling is getting a $50 voucher coupon for a fancy restaurant in San Francisco!

Cabetca
Cabetca
7 years ago

Best food by far was at La Place in Schiphol’s main terminal. A fabulous, colorful, beautifully presented buffet with tons of selections.

Cabetca
Cabetca
7 years ago

Best deal was Lander tickets from DBahn in Germany. Five people can travel for the price of one on certain days/hours!

Dude26
Dude26
7 years ago

9$ mistake fare at the Grand Hyatt Guangzhou!:)

Michelle
Michelle
7 years ago

When traveling on our honeymoon we got lots of extras thrown in for free

Deb
Deb
7 years ago

Going to the restaurants/deli/bakery places in grocery stores for a meal. Their prices are reasonable and a much better deal than restaurants.

Rick
Rick
7 years ago

Best deal was 90k US airways pre-deval biz class on the new ANA 787

Angela
Angela
7 years ago

The best deal I’ve gotten was probably the 22k/night Park Hyatt Paris and Tokyo stays before the award pricing changes

K Johnson
K Johnson
7 years ago

Going into a lounge with a free day pass and filling up on oatmeal and other breakfast items before a flight in coach is the best deal I’ve gotten so far.

Jenny
Jenny
7 years ago

My college roommate and I met in London for a short visit, and while staying on points at the Crowne Plaza the City, we were given free lounge access which gave us enough for a light dinner before a play, then a beautiful plate of truffles with a lace sugar canopy arched over top of it appeared in our room, providing us with an exotic and delicious dessert. We returned to the lounge for breakfast the next day. All free (except for the points for the room)!

J.
J.
7 years ago

Free day pass into an airline lounge.

Kevin
Kevin
7 years ago

Singapore business class with United miles, back in the day.

J
J
7 years ago

Near perfect storm of good luck: I was looking to renew my Chairman’s Preferred status last year and looked woefully short going into Q4. Lo and behold, US Airways rolled out a targeted triple EQM on flown miles which also coincided nicely with a few solid mileage run deals I took advantage of multiple times: $88 PHL-DFW; $128 PHL-LAS; PHL-ANC via PHX.

Sadly, haven’t seen that same 3x EQM offer this year (though some lucky folks have confirmed receiving it).

JRG
JRG
7 years ago

The best? USO for the military at IAD; free food, internet; great place to relax.

Max
Max
7 years ago

Must be the $5 Gap jeans, lol

Abhishek D
Abhishek D
7 years ago

$500 voucher for being bumped from first to premium economy

Gregory
Gregory
7 years ago

My seat was randomly selected and I won a 6 foot loaf of French bread flying SFO-LAX on PSA in the 1970’s.

Emily
Emily
7 years ago

I have never been to an airport or been on plane before.

Jim F.
Jim F.
7 years ago

A Chili’s burger to which I could apply a discount coupon (discounted or, even better, free food somehow always tastes better).

Shannon M.
7 years ago

Burgerville @ PDX. Not necessarily because of price, but because it’s available at the airport and so good!

nwb
nwb
7 years ago

Free day pass to airline lounge.

Daniel
Daniel
7 years ago

Anthony’s at Sea-Tac!

Ted
Ted
7 years ago

Free parking shuttle to garage next to an In-n-Out at LAX!

Trevor
Trevor
7 years ago

The best deal? Free global Boingo Wifi…with an expired AMEX Platinum card.

sy ochoa
sy ochoa
7 years ago

awesome to fly

kevin
kevin
7 years ago

14 dollar burrito at the airport in CHT while almost missing my flight, and then letting it get cold. Wait that wasn’t a good deal at all? HAHA

jeff
jeff
7 years ago

Getting a gogo flight code for more than 50% off by purchasing in advance

Aleks
Aleks
7 years ago

DL gave me $600 voucher for giving up a seat on the last leg of my flight home in June. I spent an extra 1.5hrs having wine in the Sky Club (OK, “wine”) before boarding the 45min flight home.

Lisa
Lisa
7 years ago

Bumped to 1st on United from ORD to CUN. (:

Candace
Candace
7 years ago

I was able to use a BOGO coupon for TGI Fridays in the DFW airport (and the food was GOOD!)

Karl P
Karl P
7 years ago

We scored multiple, hand-muddled fruity gin cocktails at heathrow in the Duty Free Shop. It didn’t matter that we were in coach for the flight home!

Andrew P
Andrew P
7 years ago

The best deal I’ve gotten is free pizza and a free small froyo at ATL using coupons I had for my birthday!

David Medalie
David Medalie
7 years ago

Best deal is always the international airfare, paid with FF miles!

Melissa
Melissa
7 years ago

Lots of Delta coupons from an event got us lots of snacks and drinks!

DJ
DJ
7 years ago

i am an easy guy, fortunate enough to enjoy international 1st class ticket awards that sells for $15k+.

Susan
Susan
7 years ago

Went to travel show that was open to the public. Not many attendees. A vendor said that he’d give me and a friend 3 nights at resort he represented in Puerto Vallarta. I thought he was joking, so I said, “Sounds good, but I can’t take anything less than one week”. He agreed. I went and had a really great time (he even comped all our food 🙂

Mark
Mark
7 years ago

A USAir FA gave us a bottle of wine for our anniversary flight to Rome!

Terence
Terence
7 years ago

Biz class upgrade on Delta flight from SFO-NRT

Jack
Jack
7 years ago

Best deal ever? Overwater bungalows at IC Bora for 50k points per night!

Adam S
Adam S
7 years ago

Free upgrade to BA First Class on a flight from Dulles to London after a flight attendant saw my luggage had ripped a huge hole in the side of it!

Chanel
7 years ago

The best deal(s) that I have gotten while traveling have been flight upgrades on budget airlines! 😀

Aaron
Aaron
7 years ago

Easily the $350RT flights from IAD to CDG in 2011! Wish those deals came around more often!

Tiara
Tiara
7 years ago

Got $300.00 cash voucher for giving up EWR-YYZ seat and re-booked on the next flight and upgraded to business.

purcitron
purcitron
7 years ago

yes

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