Tips for Flying SLO like a Pro

San Luis Obispo airport has long been a mainstay of the Central Coast community, and lately more changes have been flying in! On November 2nd,  a new, extremely efficient terminal will open, boosting the hospitality power of the region, and more flights are being added to bring tourists from all over to the Central Coast. If you’re arriving to or departing from our beautiful region by plane, here are some tips to make the most of the San Luis Obispo airport and enjoy your flight!

Arrive Early

Try to arrive at the airport around 90 minutes before the scheduled time of your flight, so that you will have time to check in, move through security, and arrive at your gate. Keep in mind that morning flights are the busiest time of the day at the San Luis Obispo Airport.

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Pack Carefully

The TSA requires that all passengers follow the 3-1-1 rule regarding liquids: 3 ounces of liquid per container, all containers must fit inside 1 quart-sized bag, 1 bag per person. Liquids greater than 3.4 ounces (100mL) must be in checked luggage. There are exceptions for medications and infant food; for details, visit the TSA Liquids page.

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Relax With a Drink and Shopping

Now that the airport’s new terminal is almost ready after 20 years, you’ll see sweeping views of rolling hills inspired by our area’s winery architecture, in addition to food service, and a wine bar featuring locally grown wines. New amenities at the terminal will include multiple charging stations at high-top tables, an outdoor area for service animals and private rooms for nursing mothers. Your next flight could make use of this great terminal, which is opening in November!

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Earn Points with Martin Resorts & Alaska Airlines

Martin Resorts knows that sometimes flying is the only way to get to your destination, but flights can often be expensive. We’re here to help. If you book direct at any Martin Resorts property, you’ll earn 500 Alaska Airline miles per qualifying stay! Must mention you are an Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan member at check-in and your miles will be awarded upon check-out. Plus, travel with Alaska, purchase wines from San Luis Obispo Wine Country, and fly your wine home free!

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Prep Your Pet

Service animals are welcome at the airport. While there are no pet facilities behind security at present, the airport’s new terminal will include a post-security pet relief area.

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Pay for Parking

Kiosks are conveniently located in each parking lot. They take cash (no coins), Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, and PIN-less debit cards. If using cash, please use exact amount. Kiosks do not give change. Have your license plate number and payment method ready before you reach the kiosk for an efficient check-out.

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Choose Your Destination

The San Luis Regional Airport offers direct flights to Phoenix, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Denver on American Airlines, United, and Alaskan Airlines. International destinations are also in reach, as many of these larger metropolises can take you just about anywhere you’d want to go around the world! Safe travels!

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