Cool your jets
San Antonio soars onto new list of best places for a long layover
Given the recent holiday travel nightmare for anyone flying with — or working for — Southwest Airlines, it's natural for travelers to be thinking some version of, "What if that happens to me? Please don't let that happen to me."
Lawn Love has been thinking about that, too. Well, perhaps not specifically about this week, but, the timing of the company's latest survey is coincidental. Lawn Love ranked the best and worst cities for long layovers, with four Texas cities in the top 20. Houston ranks best, at No. 4, followed by Dallas (No. 7), San Antonio (No. 17), and Austin (No. 20).
Houston has travelers covered if a long layover means the need for a hotel stay. The Bayou City ranked third in number of accommodations, and Houstonians can attest that they've got some killer hotel rooms, from the funky to the posh and everything in between. Lawn Love places Houston 35th in terms of its share of canceled departures, which means folks heading out of our airports are likely to make their destinations without a lot of disruptions.
Dallas' top-10 placement was surely due in part to its number of airline lounges. The city places fifth in that ranking. DFW's got 19 of them, including four American Airlines Admirals Clubs and the airline's Flagship Lounge. Also represented are Delta, Emirates, Lufthansa, Qatar, and United airlines. All provide travelers with space and quiet to chill while waiting on that flight.
San Antonio and Austin both fare well in terms of delays, placing 48th and 44th respectively. This means travelers are more likely to leave on time and get to where they're going. The two cities also land in the top 20 when it comes to accommodations and dining options, finishing 15th and 19th respectively.
So, who fared among the worst? Surprisingly, Hawaii. The Aloha State might be paradise on the ground, but it's got four cities in the top 10 for worst places for a long layover. On the other hand, three of those four (Hilo, Kailua Kona, Honolulu and Lihue) get top marks for having the shortest departure delays.
All something to ponder as travelers pack their suitcases and plan to hit the road for 2023.