This blog post was updated on September 16, 2022.
If you’re a frequent flyer, then you know that it can be nearly impossible to get any decent sleep at an airport. You can try resting on the chairs, but the noise level may keep you awake. Alternatively, you can check into a nearby hotel, but between the hassles of going through security two extra times to get out of and then back into the airport, plus the extra costs, it’s not the most ideal option. S0, the question remains: how do you get the few hours of sleep you need to function after a hectic day of flying?
Enter airport sleep pods, and they may be the perfect answer to your need for sleep. Sleep pods come in a variety of forms. At their most basic, they have a reclining chair, a reading lamp, and internet access. Others are much fancier, but they all offer you a quiet place to sleep and rest between or before flights. If you’ve booked some last-minute travel and have a long layover, these pods are an ideal way to pass the time between flights.
Here are 5 airports across the U.S. that have sleep pods for you to nod off in before takeoff!
John F. Kennedy International Airport
JetBlue recently installed GoSleep pods at JFK’s Terminal 5. It’s a trial period for GoSleep and JetBlue and the pods were initially only available to business lounge guests. The lockable pods come with a long leather mattress that has a lockable, breathable screen on top. Each pod can be usually rented by the hour or overnight. Those using the pod can store their luggage under the mattress, which can easily be lifted up. Each pod comes with a quick-charger for electronic devices. Users are responsible for cleaning their own pod using the provided cleaning supplies.
Philadelphia International Airport
If you catch yourself needing a nap while you’re in the City of Brotherly Love, you’re in luck! Philadelphia International Airport offers thirteen Minute Suites at Terminal A-B Link. Each suite offers a daybed for about $40 per hour and some in-room purchase options for drinks and snacks. Showers are available–with or without a stay in the suites–and cost between $20 and $30. Oh, and Wi-Fi and DirecTV are complimentary to help lull you to sleep!
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Located near Gate B16 on Concourse B at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, there are four Minute Suites. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was the first airport to install these suites and they have gotten rave reviews ever since. Two people can sleep comfortably on the daybed and up to four people can stay in each suite. Suites comes with Direct TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a minibar with drinks and snacks for purchase. A one-hour stay, which is the minimum, is $42. If you’re looking for longer sleep time–over eight hours–you can rent a pod for around $155, but only after 9 PM.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Charlotte Douglas International Airport has also jumped on the sleep pod bandwagon with two different Minute Suite choices available. All suites are located in the Airport Atrium, which is central to all terminals. The four larger suites can hold up to four people, while the two smaller suites are designed for solo travelers. Each suite comes with complimentary internet and television options, and there’s a minibar with food at drinks for purchase. For an additional charge, travelers can take a shower as well.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Need some Z’s after your flights to Dallas? Make your way over to Terminal D, Gate D23 at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. There you’ll find seven suites with trundle daybeds, designed to hold up to four people per suite, which come with a minibar, television, and internet access. There is a one hour minimum on each suite, at a cost of $42.00 per hour. For $155 guests can also opt to spend eight hours in a suite, but their stay must start after 9 PM. If you’re looking to get clean before or after you’re all rested up, travelers can also choose to take a shower for $20.
Washington Dulles International Airport
The final airport on our list is a break from the norm and offers sixteen Sleepbox pods. These lockable pods are located near Gate A15 on Concourse A at Washington Dulles International and are designed for one person. Each of them features an extra-long twin bed complete with premium linens, a reading lamp, desk, and internet access free of charge. A window shade helps ensure total privacy at this location where an attendant is always on duty. Prices vary between $30 and $43 an hour, depending on the option you choose.
Have you slept in airport sleep pods before? Tell us about your experience in the comments section!