Grabbing a bite to eat before your flight isn’t always an easy option. Lines can be long, time is short for a full meal, and food options are limited. Some useful airport apps are looking to provide some relief for your stomach and work with your schedule, however.
Grab (iPhone, Android; free)
For those of us in a rush, you can pre-order and pay for food from airport restaurants and pick it up when it’s ready at more than 80 airports, covering 300 brands in 2,000 restaurant locations with Grab. The list of restaurants isn’t limited to an airport’s kiosks: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, TGI Friday’s, Gordon Biersch, Jamba Juice, Subway and Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen are on the list, providing a good array of options. For the business traveler, the Grab app, which also lists what’s near your gate, also connects with Concur, providing easy access to receipts when filing expenses.
Airport Sherpa (iPhone; free)
Its slogan is “the airport delivered,” and that’s just what this app does, delivering food within 15 to 45 minutes to you at your gate from restaurants within any terminal, charging between $3.99 and $7.99 per order. Food can also be ordered for pick-up or delivery up to a week in advance–helpful for people who stick to their eating schedules. Airport Sherpa also has other built-in features, like letting you know when your flight is delayed, gate location or connection changes. The app launched first at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, but will soon expand to 15 others by the end of 2018.
At Your Gate (iPhone; free)
A 10-minute delivery window is promised by AtYourGate, which launched at San Diego International Airport. That’s speedy, but the airport is also smaller than most. There’s a $6.99 fee per order.
LoungeBuddy (iPhone, Android; free)
If you want to grab something to eat at an airport lounge, download LoungeBuddy, which identifies the ones available near you. The helpful app also stores your membership details with airline loyalty programs, and features reviews of the best lounges that are worth checking out. As we’ve learned over the years, not all airport lounges are equal.
GateGuru (iPhone, Android; free)
TripAdvisor’s GateGuru has always been one of our favorite apps, putting everything you need when at the airport, including wait times at security checkpoints and flight changes, at your fingertips. It’s also great at giving you the best food options near you, and reviews of where to eat. It’s only a matter of time before it also offers options to pre-order food or have it delivered to you.