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Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:23 pm

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

*camped nearby.

I've probably forgotten loads. Am I alone or are there others who don't mind doing this?


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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:34 pm

Only BHX. Arrived late one night from Malaga, around 11pm, and waited for the first train out the next morning, to Norwich.

LHR if you count taking the night bus to the 24h Mcdo on the Strand, eating, walking, then taking a bus back.

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Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:00 am

FRA & LIM were the last two. i"m sure there are more.
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Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:41 am

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.
 
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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:05 am

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.
 
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Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:09 am

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.  
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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:43 am

I never overnighted at an airport... I prefer to sleep in a bed in a hotel then 

I was always lucky enough to get a flight or have a cheap hotelroom, so I never had to sleep at an airport or wait the whole night for my connecting flight...

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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:44 am

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!
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Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:29 am

I have spent a night in IAH. Arrived at midnight, and the next flight departed at 6am. The airport was really empty. Only a handful of other PAX spending the night there.
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Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:50 am

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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:04 am

SEA (Best one to overnight in!)
BUF
JFK T4

I could overnight at SEA over and over again.
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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:20 pm

Quoting signol (Reply 1):

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.

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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:06 pm

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.
 
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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:40 pm

Quoting HOOnS90 (Reply 10):
SEA (Best one to overnight in!)
BUF
JFK T4

I could overnight at SEA over and over again.

Yes, I can see that.

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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:44 pm

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!
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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:57 pm

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.

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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:03 pm

Thankfully none however, I've spent 8 hours or so for a delay at PHL and SEA and somehow got home in the weeeee hours of the morning both times.
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Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:33 pm

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.
 
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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:58 pm

MAN terminal 1 while waiting for a very early morning departure to Mexico. I did it once and believe me that was the last. I felt awful for days.
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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:46 am

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.
 
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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:14 am

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   
 
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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:58 am

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.
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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:08 pm

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!

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Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:50 pm

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.
 
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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:18 pm

CRL x 1
STN x 1

But, I doubt that I'll do that again, since paying £39 for a Premier Inn isn't that expensive, and it's really good for the price.
 
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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:35 pm

MXP once; as I'm sure you can imagine, it was a terrible experience. Awful lighting, bright green everywhere, and nowhere comfortable to lie completely flat. I had taken the last Eurostar of the day up from Florence the night before a 6AM EZY flight to Athens, arriving at MXP around 11PM.
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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:40 pm

TUS and SIN come to mind. I'm in SIN T1 right now, and wouldn't mind spending the night there if I had to, their seats in the rest area are very comfortable  
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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:35 pm

Quoting signol (Reply 22):
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!

Someone I was with has done NBO too and they thought ADD was worse - I suppose you just have to remember where you are! And the bar by the 'Cloud Nine' lounge in the middle seems to be the best (open past 12 too)

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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:16 pm

I've only done it once and that was at CNS back in 1992. I had a QF flight to SYD to catch at ridiculous o'clock in the morning (it was the continuation of an early arrival from somewhere in Japan), so decided to sleep on the floor in the airport rather than forking out for another night in a hotel that I would only be in till about 3am. An airport cleaner took pity on me and allowed me to leave my bags in her store cupboard so that I could head back into town for a while, but when I got back to the airport I bedded down in a corner using my camera bag as a pillow! I did actually get a few hours sleep, but swore I'd never deliberately do it again, and I never have, deliberately or otherwise!
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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:53 pm

In recent times I've done both SIN and JFK.

Singapore was very comfortable and stayed in the transit hotel for about 6-hours. Otherwise walked around, was able to enjoy the lounge chairs around the airport, while many concessions were still open and got a nice bite to eat as there were probably a 100+ or so people doing the same thing overnight amongst the other late night flight activity.

JFK - spent between 1am-6am at the new JetBlue T-5. Free wi-fi, comfortable seats, and a few open concessions. I actually enjoyed it as a I was productive with work!
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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:44 pm

CMN...

Arrived at 12am from BCN and there were no trains into the city until 7am... so had to bunk up somewhere, we found a cafeteria-restaurant at one end of the airport (near the check-in) and tried to sleep.

Horrid experience.

SIN...

Completely the opposite.

Arrived from KUL... transferred from T3 to T2, checked into the transit hotel for 6 hours, had a shower, slept like a baby... then got up and wandered around the airport until my flight to MUC was called.

Free Internet.
Snooze Zones.
Cinema.
Gradens.
Ponds.
Shops and Restos open.

Man I can live there.

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Thu Aug 11, 2011 2:55 pm

I've only overnighted in a terminal once, and that was Terminal E at BOS in 2010. I was supposed to fly FI 630 that night, but FI 614, operated by TF-FIX (a 753) from JFK had an engine failure so some of the JFK pax was transferred to flt 630. I was one of the people who were left over, along with my family, but because my dad knows the FI station manager at BOS, we could sleep half the night in the Icelandair office at BOS. We landed on FL 806 at 6.10 pm, were supposed to fly on FI 630 9.10 pm but actually flew on FI 614 from BOS at 3.40 pm the next day! Horrid experience! It was worse for my friend tho, who was flying Iceland Express from CDG to KEF, and was already airside when 5W told the pax that the plane had an engine failure and he got stuck airside at CDG for 34 hours! All that Express gave the passengers was 1 single sandwich and 1 single bottle of water! He won't fly them again!
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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:40 pm

I have spent the night at: DUB and CDG(T1)
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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:48 pm

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 30):
SIN...

Completely the opposite.

Arrived from KUL... transferred from T3 to T2, checked into the transit hotel for 6 hours, had a shower, slept like a baby... then got up and wandered around the airport until my flight to MUC was called.

Free Internet.
Snooze Zones.
Cinema.
Gradens.
Ponds.
Shops and Restos open.

Man I can live there.

  


A bit different than just staying in the terminal, I added CMB and DXB transit hotels this month. CMB is very affordable at $46 for a standard room (up to 6h, extra hours are available at $10 IIRC), DXB is a bit overpriced compared to the rates found in the city but excellent  
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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:07 am

I've somewhat unintentionally spent the night in YYZ back in 2000, as my late night flight was delayed several hours because someone apparently brought a water gun through security, and that was enough to bring everything to a halt. And I really wouldn't have minded the extra time, but I also happened to have a horrible case of food poisoning. When we finally got on the plane, a lovely 752, I slept the whole way home to YVR. I would have fought to stay awake every second, had I known that would be my last time ever on Canada 3000.  

I've also spent the night in SEA, a little under a year ago. This time, it was entirely intentional, just an overnight trip for spotting. Absolutely, without a question, one of the best nights of my life! 



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RE: Airport Terminals You Have Overnighted In?

Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:07 am

I have only ever stayed overnight at YYZ, back in 2000. I only did it because my incoming flight didn't arrive until midnight from LHR, and the connection down to MCO was at 8am. Not worth getting a hotel for that period of time.

I didn't sleep a wink, spent the entire night chatting with a group of other people off the same flight heading down to Florida in the morning.

When we did eventually go our seperate ways in the morning, my flight was overbooked and I had to go via MIA, but got bumped up to J for the inconvenience. It did however mean that when I arrived in my hotel I had been travelling for 36 hours since I left home and I just collapsed and slept for 18 hours 
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