USA TODAY has been running their 10Best Readers’ Choice awards since 2013. Categories run the gamut from cruise ships to romantic dining spots to holiday lights to gifts for road trippers and in 2016, they added categories that reflect airports. We got wind that voting for the airport categories are going on right now, so we wanted to give you a little more info, in case you’d like to vote for your favorites.
I had written a while back that we had gotten tickets for the Pan Am Experience, an event where you relive the magic of flying onboard a luxurious Pan Am 747, complete with full meal service. We had made the reservation back in May (it’s very limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis. I’m usually really good at snagging those) and, truth be told, part of our vacation to the southwest was planned around attending the event. Well, that and seeing Hamilton (for the 5th time. Don’t hate me). It was a LONG 6 months, but October 21 finally rolled around and we were on our way!
Walt Disney World (WDW) has been offering Disney Dining Plans (prepaid meal plans that allow for up to 30% discounts on food prices) since 2005. Since then, they’ve slowly evolved and developed in complexity, with various options of sit down meals, character meals, quick service meals, snacks and, most recently, alcohol, that can fit almost any budget. However there was one thing that has always been a constant – in order to be able to buy a Disney Dining Plan, you had to be staying at one of the 25 or so hotels owned by WDW and on Disney property. That is, until recently…
I’ve written about the lounges available at Orlando Airport. However the one section that doesn’t have a lounge nearby is gates 100-129, which services Southwest and Alaska Airlines. All hope is not lost though, because this section of the airport is home to Cask & Larder. I’d put this dining establishment up on the list of the best airport restaurants out there, anywhere.
OpenTable is an online restaurant reservation service company that started in San Francisco in the late 1990s and within a few years was available across the U.S. and in several countries around the globe.
Joe and I have been members of OpenTable since 2007. Being able to make a reservation without a phone call has been lovely for this woman who doesn’t like talking on the phone ;-), but we also like it because with most reservations you get either 100 or 1000 points that can be redeemed for money off at member restaurants. OpenTable has over 40,000 restaurants to choose from in nearly a dozen countries, so it’s a nice way to build up points even when you’re traveling. It’s also a cool way to make reservations at some restaurants on Walt Disney World property, even if they have no availability on Disney’s Advance Dining Reservation software.
Here’s how it works…