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Trashy magazines, Danielle Steel novels, blow-up neck pillows that will make your body ache — this is the stuff of airport shopping.
If you think small, that is. But if you’re an obsessive shopper who can’t let even a 30-minute window go unfilled by browsing, U.S. airports are actually full of great wallet-burning opportunities.
Just as airports have stepped up their food game, the retail options has steadily improved, with desirable stores like Pendleton in the Portland airport and Fred Segal in LAX. You can hit up MAC while waiting for your flight in Chicago and test-drive Michael Kors bags before departing from New York’s JFK. And don’t forget those adorable Benefit makeup kiosks.
You might need to browse between messy magazine stands and XpresSpa massage chairs, sure. But there’s plenty of good shopping to be done across airports in North America. Check out our guides below, just in time for peak summer travel season.