Austin is the fastest growing airport in the country, no doubt why Delta is talking about making it a focus city. The biggest airline here is Southwest, followed by American. Even Norwegian has come to Austin, so more than one airline flies to London.
Credit: Airline Weekly, Year-Over-Year Seat Capacity for Q3
The Delta SkyClub that opens along with the new gate additions next year will have a Sky Deck. There’s a United Club and an American club, sadly the renovation of the American club seems to be on ice (the place is always packed, not least of which before the British Airways London flight).
American Airlines Admirals Club, Austin
Salt Lick isn’t good barbecue, though I suppose it’s good for airport barbecue. Give it a miss and eat at Second Bar + Grill or Peached Tortilla.
And order your morning coffee by app when you arrive at PreCheck and then pick it up from the coffee robot as soon as you’re through.
Gates are being renumbered overnight July 31 to prepare for next year’s new gate additions, so the new gates don’t have to have negative numbers.
Credit: Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Austin’s airport is packed to the gills. There’s been plenty of construction, like the brand new Hyatt Place right next to the Hilton on airport grounds. There’s a new South Terminal servicing Allegiant and Via Air. It offers an outdoor patio for food trucks.
But the main terminal can be difficult to even move through at peak times. One of the worst ways this manifests itself is cars getting in, through, and out of the arrivals area to pick up passengers. It can take 10 minutes just to drive from the cell phone lot to passenger pickup.
Things are going to get worse for pickups with more gates bringing more flights and more passengers, since no changes to the arrivals pickup lanes are expected for years.
The tip here, though, is simple: avoid pickups at arrivals altogether especially in the evening and get picked up at departures instead. There are few evening departures from Austin, so the upstairs departures level is mostly empty.
And this is permitted, too. New electronic signs beneath the names of airline names in front of the terminal read “DROP OFF PICKUP ONLY.” The airport officially encourages upstairs pickups! I’ve also never had an Uber driver refuse an upstairs pickup. You have to specify a pickup location at arrivals, but I then immediately send a pickup message asking for upstairs pickup. The driver almost always thanks me (and this is probably why my Uber rating has climbed to nearly 4.9).