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by web-administrator (October, 2016)

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(Guest Review) This airport tends to give you the TSA pre check if you have a full fare ticket. It's a southwest hub so you also get preferable security if you have a full fare ticket and security is faster is you get premium parking for 32 a day. Food is average lots of seats wifi is shakey but there are televisions everywhere. This airport provides fast security if you have full fare tickets. If you have a discount ticket count on minimum 30 minute sojourn through security as opposed to 10-15 minutes max with a full fare ticket

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NEW BART service to OAK

by sfgirl (November, 2014)

Where: Landside
Pros: Lots
Cons: None

This isn't really a review, more a heads-up. Starting tomorrow passengers going to or coming from the Oakland airport (OAK) dont' have to take the AirBART bus to get to the Coliseum station to take a BART train. The new service will make things so much easier... Here's the announcement with link for fares, etc: I am a forum member on LP's Thorn Tree and I reference your website every week (often, more) even for those who don't want to sleep, it's still a great roundup of information and honest personal reviews. Know how much your site benefits travellers I wanted to make certain the information about the easier OAK-BART linkup was in your hands where it will do the most good. Thanks for all the good you do in helping travellers.

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Airport sleeper newbie

by Leilani (November, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Landside
Pros: Quiet, clean, lots of chairs
Cons: Wifi doesn't work

Arrived at 11:30pm to find the Waiting Area pre-security area full of people actually waiting for arrivals. After all flights were done just about 6 of us waiting for connecting flights. There are about 4 long curved couches that are quite comfortable - but don't put your nose on it. (This one is smelling a little poo like or it's the man sleeping in the other side of the chair, I hope it's him). No food or drinks for sale after 11 it seems. No showers but the restrooms are open in this area. I haven't been able to connect to the airport wifi; there are lots of available plugs for charging. It's almost 2am now, waiting to see if security comes around.

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Wide Awake at 2am

by Meinalaska (October, 2012)

Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: The black lounge chairs in terminal 2
Cons: The airport terminals are not open all night

During a 9 hour layover I decided to stay at the airport, exploring Oakland alone in the middle of the night didn't sound like a good idea. I found comfy chairs in terminal 2 and went to sleep. At 2am the police told me that I had to leave. They were kind enough to tell me about the 'waiting area' outside of security. Couches and hard plastic chairs are available. There's also a carpeted section out of the way employees and travelers. Between getting 3 hours of sleep, the announcements, and cleaning people making noise, I was wide awake at 2 with absolutely nothing to do. I have a 7 hour layover on the way back and will try this again. With a sleeping bag and mat or with an earlier flight, it shouldn't be too bad.

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good night of sleep, eventually roused by sheriff

by bikerider (August, 2012)

Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Landside
Pros: comfortable couches in waiting area
Cons: small airport, if you don't have a ticket you may be noticed

The reports of the hard plastic seats in the waiting area are true. However (probably a recent addition), there are several cushioned seats without armrests. So effectively you have a couch to sleep on. This is in the waiting area of terminal 1. I can't speak for terminal 2. The seats swerve a little and don't leave a lot of space for tossing and turning, so it's *not quite* ideal, but no reason to nitpick when they give us a couch to sleep on. Temperature was pretty good, and announcements didn't annoy me. The airport is small though, so if you don't have a ticket you might get tossed. At 9am I had my sweatshirt pulled off from my face, and woke up to someone screaming 'Sheriff's department! Let's get a couple things straight!!! You're not gonna spend the night, and you're not gonna stay here!!! Pack up your belongings and leave or you'll be arrested.' Didn't make much sense since I already HAD spent the night. But I followed his orders and left. I don't know how exactly they figure out who's a vagabond and who's actually waiting on a flight, maybe they trace the video back and figure it out. If you leave at an earlier hour like 6am or so, probably a good chance you won't have any trouble. (And even if you have 'trouble' you just say 'OK' and leave.) I got a great sleep and recommend sleeping here, but just be prepared for the sheriff to yell at you if you don't have official business at the airport.

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don't even try

by airportreviewer (June, 2009)

Tiny tiny closed airport. There is one food kiosk in the airport. There is a lunch truck during the day that has good food that the employees eat at but its not allowed to be convenient, you have to walk outside and around towards the back.

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Efficient and Clean

by jasmanw (June, 2009)

Where: Landside and Airside

We had to walk around the airport to get our packages when we arrived. All baggage ended up on one baggage claim area. This adds to the chaos of trying to get your bag.

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by web-administrator (January, 2000)

(Contributed by ?) "I'd like to say that right inside the first gate at Oakland airport in northern California, there is a couch that is so comfortable that I almost missed my flight home to see my parents on Thanksgiving. This is one of the foremost attractions that Oakland has to offer, and I would highly recommend it in place of any of the hotels that they offer. "

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by web-administrator (January, 2000)

(Contributed by Lou Binik) "I got woken up and kicked out of the quiet section with comfy seats (near the gate when they board you for flights) at Oakland a few years ago. Instead I had to try to sleep on plastic seats sitting up...awwgh. I e-mailed the airport with the complaint and they said, "Sorry, that's our policy"

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by web-administrator (January, 2000)

(Contributed by ?) "Safe but uncomfortable. The only places to sleep are red chairs. Fairly quiet, except for the vacuuming noise at about 2AM. Security guards showed up once in a while. Did I sleep? No. Would I do it again? No."

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by web-administrator (January, 2000)

(Contributed by Jess) "Oakland International Airport is HELL!! My travel buddy and I took a night flight which landed us in Oakland at 2am. Unfortunately, we couldn't pick up our rental car until 7am. Well, we're roughers so it didn't much matter to us, we were out of town so we were happy to sleep the five hours in the airport. We got off the plane into a terminal that was closed (believe it or not), there were only a few dim lights and NO people. Naturally, we put our bags on the carpeted floor rested our heads on them and were asleep in minutes. Then, a security guard came over and kicked us out because the terminal was closed. She told us we'd have to sleep in the lobby. Okay, no problem....until we saw the lobby. We had to sleep on the cold tile floor because the only seating they had were rows of plastic chairs with arm rest between them that didn't move. Okay so we were FREEZING sleeping on this floor but that's not the end of it. The fluorescent lights were SO bright that I felt like one of those poor cooked chickens under the heat lamps at the food store. And worst of all, they had this repeating message blaring over the radio about not letting your bags out of your sight. Yikes!!! Oh the way this trip was in October of 1999. Good luck to anyone who's planning an overnight there...bring a sweater, sunglasses, and earplugs! "

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by web-administrator (July, 2003)

(Contributed by ben) this photo was taken this past july at oakland airport. our experience trying to sleep there was not so good. every minute and a half an announcement was made regarding heightened security. we were there for 9 hours. so do the math on many times we heard that damn message. " Added 01 JAN 04

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by web-administrator (August, 2003)

(Contributed by Little Un in the UK) I had just finished working on a summer camp and was due to take a flight from Oakland to LA (we were being cheapskates by flying budget from that airport anyway - the camp was just outside San Francisco). As the flight was early and we finished on camp late, and I was short of money it seemed like a really good idea to stop the night in the airport. Yeah right. Firstly, although there were the incredibly uncomfortable bucket seats available, they were extremely short in number and so I was forced to sleep on the floor on a grotty carpet which looked as if many people had vomited on it over the years. Security was definately lacking - it felt as if I was sleeping in the middle of a war zone with the amount of lairy drunken and drugged up people wandering around. I was actually extremly concerned to fall asleep as I felt my stuff would be nicked, so I had to awkwardly lie on a very lumpy rucksack so I'd be aware if anyone took it. Regular annoucements through the night kept me awake, and as there was no means of getting anything to drink, my unbelievable thirst started to keep me awake too. I could go on with my uncomfortable night at Oakland Airport, but it really is unnecessary as I only have one piece of advice to give - DON'T SLEEP HERE!!!" Added 02 April 05

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by web-administrator (May, 2006)

Where: Landside and Airside

(Contributed by ?) " "As these reviews are old, I would like to point out my own experience with OAK. Besides the fact that the airport is 5 minutes away from where I live, which makes it absolutely 100 convenient, OAK is such a nice place to fly out of. It's small but it caters to everyone and all major carriers fly from there. If you're flying transcons then this isn't the best place to fly out for nonstops. However this works great for people like me who perfer to stop, relax, stretch out and maybe have a smoke a nice espresso. Overall the airport is clean and comfortable. There is one security feeder line and that can get horrendously long, but it actually moves pretty quickly. this happens generally in the morning as a lot of people fly out of there at that time. However, should you find yourself not willing to stay in line, I suggest you sit in a chair until close to boarding time then with a desperate look on your face ask the security people to let you through because your plane is about to leave. They will let you through. In addition, there is always a floater TSA person that walks up and down the line announcing shortly departing flights and moving their respective passengers at the front of the line. " Added 22 May 06

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