SACRAMENTO -- Finally an app has won my heart...er..well, actually my stomach. The B4 YOU BOARD app is so brilliant that I wish I would have thought of it first. And the best thing about it is that it's now available in the Sacramento Airport.
HMSHost, airport restaurateur and world leader in travel dining and shopping, and Sacramento International Airport (SMF) have teamed up to bring smartphone technology to West Coast fliers looking for a bite to eat before boarding a flight, or, to take with them on the plane.
"We are always looking for new ideas to improve the travel experience at Sacramento International Airport," said G. Hardy Acree, Director of Airports. "B4 YOU BOARD is a great way to take some of the stress out of flying."
So what is it and why do I love It? It's basically a food delivery service, but instead of delivering the food to your house, it brings it to the airport gate for you. No more lugging your suitcases around and trying to squeeze them around the cramped tables in the restaurants. I can now hog the the plug ins and recharge my phone and eat my food at the same time. Love it!
If at the Sacrmento Airport, you can use the B4 YOU BOARD mobile app to order a meal from Esquire Grill or Burgers & Brew and have it delivered at the gate while waiting for your flight. The selection includes lunch and dinner offerings of a Turkey Avocado Melt or Portabella Burger and Sweet Potato Fries from Burgers & Brew, or, a Seared Ahi Tuna Salad or Niman Ranch Angus Beef Burger from Esquire. Classics and favorites are available on the menus-even Esquire's famous Macaroni & Cheese.
The only flaw is the serving hours. They are between 10:30 am and 6:30 pm which sucks for those of us who generally arrive at the airport after work to take the late night or red-eye flights to our destinations. They also won't deliver alcohol to the gate so you'll have wait until you get on board the plane to have wine or beer with your meal.
Sacramento isn't the only place where the app works. You can also use the app to order food when in the Chicago O'Hare Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul and the New York JFK Airport.
B4 YOU BOARD is free and is available from the Apple App Store and from Google Play