The scene is familiar. You get to the airport hours before your flight leaves because you want to navigate check-in and security lines without stress. Domestic flights suggest you get there two hours in advance; international flights suggest three hours. When you’re lucky enough to breeze through security with hours to spare, you and thousands of travelers roll through the airport terminal looking for food, beverages, and outlets for your computer or phone because you are a remote worker or digital nomad staying productive on the road.
Some will set up shop on the floor when outlets are in high demand, and battery juice is low. Others are perfectly perched at high-top tables with plenty of outlets, overlooking the foot traffic rushing by as all of humanity works their way to their next destination. Others are in lounges without skipping a beat in their workflow.
With all this coming and going and the need for modern remote work conveniences, you may be wondering which airports give you the best experience for digital nomads. You’re in luck because Upgraded Points recently announced results from their deep dive into U.S. airports with the needs of remote and hybrid workers who travel in mind.
Scroll down for a link to their travel research.
In the report, they analyzed 45 of the largest U.S. airport hubs using 12 ranking factors, including:
- Mean Wi-Fi download speeds
- Number of Starbucks per square mile
- Number of restaurants per square mile
- Number of shops per square mile
- Number of airport lounges per square mile
- Number of restrooms per square mile
- Number of charging stations per square mile
- Percentage of on-time departures
- Percentage of delayed departures
- Percentage of canceled departures
- Customer satisfaction
- Number of overall enplanements
Based on their extensive research and scoring method, San Diego International Airport (SAN) topped the list, with Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), and John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) enjoying spots two-four.
Dulles Airport (IAD) got high marks for the fastest Wi-Fi download speed, and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) has the most lounges. Tampa International Airport (TPA) has the highest overall customer satisfaction.
The report includes other airports covering helpful “best of” and “worst of” rankings. If you’re getting ready to book your next flight, and it has a connection, wouldn’t knowing how the on-time departure of that connecting airport ranks be helpful? I think so!
In fact, when you know that an airport either has a track record for delayed flights or the terminal is set up so you have to sprint to your connection, arranging no-stress flight schedules in advance can be very helpful!
Psst…there are some terminals where I am sure to have no-heel shoes available to be ready for the dash!
Click for all the details for this in-depth report directly on UpgradedPoints.com
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