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Airline Hubs, Maps, and Codes

Three important planning tools:

Airline Hub Airports: 
Hubs are focus airports for the most used airlines.  This can help you plan ahead – the key to successful traveling – by allowing you to see possible bottlenecks BEFORE you leave for the airport.  For example, predicted hurricane in Orlando during your travel days will impact AirTran, JetBlue, and Southwest, at least around the east and southeast.  All the airlines will possibly be impacted to some degree, but these Orlando focused airlines will feel the most impact.  Because the plane you are getting on came from somewhere, and if the weather doesn’t allow that plane to get to where YOU are waiting to get on it – you could be delayed or cancelled.

What you need to know: Always check weather at the major hubs for your airline the night before.  You may decide you want to take an extra book, a larger lunch, or even an inflatable pillow and stuff sack blanket.  You’ll get where you are going eventually – and happier if you planned ahead for weather impacts.

Airport Names and Codes:
Official names of airports and the unique IATA (international Airline Transport Association) code for  these major US airports.

What you need to know:  Save time searching for flights online by plugging the code in rather than the city.  Several cities have more than one airport, and you may save  money by checking the connecting flight choices at different area airports.

Airport Terminal Maps:
You can usually find these on board the airplane in back of the magazine the airline puts out. Hemispheres (United’s magazine) has a terrific section with all their flights paths and terminal maps for their hub airports. But when I’m planning, I don’t have that magazine (unless I snagged it off the last flight), so I download the terminal map for the airport(s) I’ll be going through on my current trip. Airline smartphone apps, or by pulling up your reservation on the airline website with your confirmation number, should give you the departure, arrival and connection gates on the morning of your flight. With a terminal map, you can plan ahead whether you’ll have to run to make your connection on the opposite end of a terminal – OR whether you will have time to stop and get a latte at Starbucks on your way to the gate!  This is particularly helpful if the plane you are on is delayed in landing and you have a tight connection.

What you need to know:  ALWAYS check the boards in the airport regularly. Gates change, that is a fact of life, and you don’t want to miss a flight because you missed a gate change.  The good news – with the terminal maps listed below you can make the gate change unruffled because you’ll know where to go and how to get there.

PERK: The online airline terminal maps, or at least the links in the menu on the terminal maps page, will also show & tell the location of restaurants, bathrooms, customer service desks and more.  Find your gate, find the service you want, and get there with ease.

 HUB FOR: City State AIRPORT NAME – LINKED TO TERMINAL MAPS CODE
Alaska Anchorage AK Ted Stevens Anchorage International ANC
Southwest Phoenix AZ Phoenix Sky Harbor International PHX
Alaska, American, Southwest, United Los Angeles CA Los Angeles International LAX
Jet Blue Long Beach CA Long Beach Airport LGB
Southwest Oakland CA Oakland International OAK
Southwest San Diego CA San Diego International SAN
United San Francisco CA San Francisco International SFO
Southwest, United Denver CO Denver International DEN
United Washington DC Washington Dulles International IAD
AirTran, JetBlue, Southwest Orlando FL Orlando International MCO
American Miami FL Miami International MIA
Jet Blue Ft. Lauderdale FL Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International  FLL
AirTran, Delta Atlanta GA Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International ATL
American, United Chicago IL O’Hare International  ORD
Southwest Chicago IL Chicago Midway International  MDW
Jet Blue Boston MA Logan International BOS
AirTran, Southwest Baltimore MD/DC Baltimore-Washington International BWI
Delta Detroit MI Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport DTW
Delta Minneapolis-Saint Paul MN Minneapolis-Saint Paul International MSP
Southwest St. Louis MO Lambert-St. Louis International STL
Southwest Las Vegas NV McCarran International LAS
American, Delta New York City NY John F. Kennedy International JFK
American, Delta New York City NY LaGuardia Airport LGA
United New York (Newark) NY Newark Liberty International EWR
Delta Cincinnati OH Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International  CVG
United Cleveland OH Hopkins International Airport CLE
Alaska Portland OR Portland International Airport PDX
Jet Blue San Juan, PR PR Luis Muñoz Marín International SJU
Delta Memphis TN Memphis International MEM
Southwest Nashville TN Nashville International BNA
American Dallas TX Dallas / Ft. Worth International DFW
Southwest Dallas TX Dallas Love Field DAL
Southwest Houston TX William P. Hobby Airport HOU
United Houston TX George Bush Intercontinental Airport IAH
Delta Salt Lake City UT Salt Lake City International Airport SLC
SeaTac SeaTac WA Seattle–Tacoma International Airport SEA
AirTran Milwaukee WI General Mitchell International Airport MKE
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