PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11829 posts, RR: 60 Posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5432 times:
This thread and news piece got me thinking about how many people on this site don't mind overnighting in airport terminals, instead of paying out for a hotel or other accommodation. The explosion in LCCs has made it a much more common practice as many people paying £5 for their flights object to then spending £50 on a hotel to get their early morning departure, for those not familiar with it there are even online guides: http://www.sleepinginairports.net/index.htm.
Personally I've done it loads and really don't mind 'roughing' it, at a guess I'd say that in 7/8 years of travelling alone I've saved myself well over £3000 by bunking in the terminal. I rely on public transport, so if I have a very late or early flight I will stop in the terminal.
Off the top of my head these are the airports I've overnighted in:
AMS - x 1
BCN - x 4
BGY - x 1
BHX - x 4
BRS - x 6
CDG - x 2
CPH - x 1
CWL - x 3
GRO - x 1
HKG - x 1
KBP - x 1
LGW - x 5
LHR - x 8
LTN - x 5
MAD - x 2
MAN - x 3
NYO - x 1
ORY - x 1
STN - x 3*
ZRH - x 2
I've probably forgotten loads. Am I alone or are there others who don't mind doing this?
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elbandgeek From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 760 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5356 times:
Just once at MCO. It was me an my mom coming back from a trip to disney on TZ back in 2003. A snowstorm shut down MDW and we had to be rebooked in the morning. We would have gotten a room but mom had issues with her credit card and we ended up having to sleep in the atrium, if you could call what we did "sleep". The airport really had no where for us to go since snow closures don't happen there. If it was on the other end we would at least have gotten cots. It was an interesting exprience but I did get my first, and to date only ride on a 753 out of it, which made it worth it.
usflyer msp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2261 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5351 times:
I have slept over night in ORD, IAD, PHL, BOS, and LIM. LIM was the best and PHL was the worst. PHL lets crazy violent homeless people hangout at the airport overnight so you have to sleep with one eye open! Only time I have ever seen a bumfight live.
initious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1070 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5350 times:
I actually overnighted in BKK once but it was a "luxury experience" instead of sloughing out in the chairs. I was flying TG J at that time so I hanged out in the lounge till they closed at 1am and got a dayroom at the airside hotel for around S$100, followed by another visit to the lounge once it opened.
RJLover From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 578 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5338 times:
I stayed overnight in the SFO International Terminal a few years ago, by choice! I was working for a contract company (as a ground handler) at the time and the only way I could add PDX-SFO to my map was to overnight, so I said "screw it" and did! I was only 17 at the time and did not have a credit card, so a hotel was totally out of the question.
400+ flights and three years later, I haven't overnighted in any airport since!
Quokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5302 times:
Does a transit arriving at 23:40 and a connection departing at 05:35 - just under six hours - count as overnight?
If so, in May I stayed overnight in DXB but that was in the Business Class Lounge. On previous long transfers (over six hours in F/ J and over 8 hours in Y) the airline has offered complimentary hotel accommodation, meals and chauffeur-drive transfers. On trips to AMM and CMN I was able to take up their offer.
Mind you, it is interesting what you can see in transit lounges. On one occasion I saw an elderly man roll out his bedding, hoist his dishdasha and remove his artificial leg, prop it against a wall and make himself comfortable. Whatever it takes to get a good night's sleep.
PI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5272 times:
Oh Geez....did it way too many times as a military standby passenger and only once as a non-rev (at SFO), but I am too old and cranky to consider it now. My "camping" out will be in a Hilton......and I can get those HHonors!
baguy From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 546 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5268 times:
Quoting signol (Reply 11): Thinking about it, I have another one planned, at ADD. Arriving fron JNB at around 10pm, leaving the next morning on BD to LHR at 4am. I will be staying airside though.
Oh dear......... Good luck to you! Just got back from LLW-ADD-LHR on Sunday and was not impressed by ADD at all - really dirty toilets, dire lack of seating and very limited refreshment options! We were originally scheduled to have a 7 hour layover, but luckily it was reduced to about 5.
reifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1425 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5254 times:
I used to do this a lot a few years ago.
I stayed twice over night in Transit in LHR, I guess Terminal 3 both times. I flew Paris-LHR, stayed there overnight, and LHR-IST the next morning. All with BA. The other time I used BA FRA-LHR and then LO LHR-WAW. I was very lucky that back then I had not to change terminals. There were some lounging chairs around, and it was great to wander at night through deserted Heathrow airside...There were some other people too. I slept in the children playground, there was a matress plane I could sleep on. Never slept that well in an airport.
Also stayed overnight in Transit in VIE. Arrived FRA-VIE with OS in the evening, continued next morning with SkyEurope VIE-SOF. This was ok too, although very few places airside to sleep. Found a single bench which was fine, although it was metal.
Stayed at ORY, too. At the South Terminal landside you may go up the stairs where the huge windows overlooking the apron are located. on the left side there are comfy turquoise and brown seats. Usually they have a non moveable armrest, but some very few don't and then it's sleeping like on a matress. But it's landside and therefore not that safe.
Then I stayed at ESB. Landside this time. Airside would have been great as the airport is very modern and they have great benches with no armrests and it's quiet. Landside was fine too, there was a bar upstairs. I took a whole bench for myself and slept like a baby. Was awaken the next morning by the owner, but no problem...
Also spent the night in TLV landside. This was so so. It was on a floor between departure an arrival where rental cars are located. Benches not comfy and annoying announcements all the time. That said, nobody bothered and I was fine. Continued to sleep airside, once checked in and my flight heavily delayed. This was better, could even sleep on the floor...
Probably the worst airport I spent a night was BGY. This airport is annoying. A lot of other people around (being typical backpackers paradise). At midnight security people came and told everyone to leave the terminal as they would close it. The put everyone in a amall barrack in front of the actual terminal, which is mostly used by charter flights. It's rather a tent. There put a guard behind a desk, a little bit like in class. Very unusual and defnitely not a nice place.
CairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 412 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5195 times:
ATL...back in 1983. Coming back from Mexico City, our original 8:30PM EAL flight to BDL cancelled due to the plane which was to have flown us up to Hartford had broken down in Kansas City. Everybody was either rebooked on Delta or moved up to an 11:50PM EAL flight. We opted for the 11:50. Severe Thunderstorms them moved in and sat over the airport for hours. In the end, our 11:50 flight finally departed at 5:30AM. The overnight adventure in ATL really wasn't that bad...scores of stranded passengers camping out and playing cards...some snoozing in chairs and on the floor. The real entertainment was the vivid lightning outside....as well as the video arcade that was left open for the night. At the time I was 14, and was more interested in exploring the airport than sleeping, but once we took off in the predawn hours, I fell asleep...and the next thing I knew we were taxiing to the gate at BDL.
fshplns From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5189 times:
As a non-rev, I had the pleasure of staying in the terminal at PTY due to a weather diversion from SJO. Being a non-rev, they wouldn't give me a hotel room. Since it is in a tropical country, the airport had the air conditioning on full blast. Got to sleep on the chairs until the crew came back from their crew rest
Maverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5825 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5183 times:
As a passenger, 3 times at BOS and once at JFK.
For BOS, US has a flight that arrives from PHX at 11PM, so I just hang around til the 6AM departures to wherever I need to get to (usually PHL or DCA, and previously when they flew to HPN).
At JFK, I had to catch the first flight out to PHX, so I took the late train down from "upstate", and arrived at T7 around 2AM. I would have slept in the terminal, but security curtly informed me that it was closed... so I sat outside with my laptop.... which turned out better because that was the morning the liquid-bomb plot was busted and TSA banned all liquids from carry-on luggage.
signol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3046 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5136 times:
Quoting baguy (Reply 15): Oh dear......... Good luck to you! Just got back from LLW-ADD-LHR on Sunday and was not impressed by ADD at all
Thanks for the heads up - I've transferred in NBO before, which was fine. The few pics and reports here about ADD suggest it too is ok, different matter if cleaning is not as rigourous as it should be!
UK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2598 posts, RR: 29
Reply 23, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5132 times:
HKG x 1
HKT x 1
MAN x 1
Phuket was unplanned and happened when I was misinformed about my Business Air B767-200 flight schedule, but it turned out that a lot of backpackers wern also sleeping in the terminal before catching low cost flights out the next morning so I wasn't alone.