What’s the weather? That should be your first question if your flying into the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.
Here’s the thing about Minnesota, people are notoriously nice. They’re also organized. Unfortunately, this doesn’t extend to the airport…..
Getting to the airport is easy and turning in my rental car was a straightforward process, supposedly. My first time turning in the car was fine. At the end of my second trip, there was no one in sight. I had to leave it in the rental car area and go inside to the booth. Yes, it was kind of early. But this was the first time I ever had to just leave the car in the parking garage without interacting with someone.
Finding the rental car area will be difficult. It’ll take you a couple times to get a feel for the place. Signage also isn’t adequate.
Pros? There are plenty. They have many places to eat and yes, they’re equipping with Starbucks’. Although you don’t need them. Just go to Caribou Coffee. Starbucks who? Caribou Coffee are the kings of coffee in Minneapolis. Latte and monkey bread ran me $6 out in the city. Really good stuff. One on every corner.
In the Airport, there are also plenty of places to sit, plenty of shops, and free WIFI. There are also a couple of free business centers.
Checking into your flight on a kiosk? It will probably be broken down.
Have a question for the ticket agent? Don’t count on a US Airways agent being able to help you with anything.
Blessed to have TSA Pre-Check? Don’t worry, you won’t be able to fully take advantage of it. They don’t open it until late morning.
Oh yes, all those coffee places they have, they weren’t open in time for my flight.
Why would an airport allow airlines to schedule 5am flights if they can’t support it? I don’t know. Welcome to Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.
At the end of the day, Minnesota is beautiful, and if you want to visit, you’ll probably fly into this airport. You’ll be OK.
And if you have a couple hours in Minneapolis, do not miss the Mall of America!
And yes, that’s a roller coaster inside the mall.
There are a few things I look for in airports. Accessibility to corresponding city. Ease of transport within the airport. Comfort (seating/plugs/shopping). Food. And the wildcard. The wildcard is something unique that helps or hurts the airport.
The Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport receives a 5 out of 10.
My flight out of there was early, but there’s should have been food options available, the line at security shouldn’t have been so crazy, and the rental car center should be easier to get to and back.