Not as overtly luxurious as SFO or MIA, Boston's Logan has its share of topnotch offerings, especially in the eating category.
Terminal A has Legal Test Kitchen, a saucy offshoot of the Legal Seafood empire, where innovative technology combines with top-notch ingredients for a trendy and ever-evolving menu with a killer wine list.
Meanwhile, James Beard Rising Star Chef Todd English serves his signature Argentinean, European and American fusion at Bonfire Restaurant in Terminal B.
Juicy steaks and succulent tacos are crowd pleasers.
English also had a hand in developing Ozone, a contemporary cocktail lounge that offers light bites.
Then, of course, there's Legal Seafoods itself (Terminal C), where New England's old school, fish-centric fare is the focus. These days, it comes with an allergy-friendly twist.
At the entrance to Terminal E, Dine Boston welcomes a new, locally acclaimed chef every three months as part of its visiting chef program. Not only does it keep the menu exciting, a stamped receipt grants diners access to priority security lines.
Shopping options aren't vast, but Northeasterners from New York to New Hampshire can't get enough of jewelry designers Alex + Ani, whose Terminal B store glistens with sparkly goods.
The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse (JFK)
OK, so John F. Kennedy Airport as a whole could use an overhaul, but trust Richard Branson to be ahead of the curve.
His 10,000-square-foot Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in Terminal 4 cost $7 million to build and the results rival any hip, metropolitan hotel when it comes to style and atmosphere.
Signature cocktails invented by top-shelf mixologists and beers tapped from New York's best microbreweries are served to travelers lounging in designer Eames, Saarinen and Jacobsen chairs.
Fusion fare is available from the in-house brasserie, which serves smoked haddock frittatas for breakfast and curry spiced grilled tilapia thereafter.
For the travel-haggard, stylists from New York's famed Bumble and Bumble salon (where they use their own products, as well as Dr. Haruschka and Truefitt & Hill) are on hand in case you need a haircut or blow dry, and spa services include a free 15-minute massage for paying customers.
There are also Mac workstations and a billiards table.
With the lone exception of extended spa treatments like deep facials and aromatherapy oil massages, it's all complimentary for Virgin Business Class and Gold Members.
Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
A high-end whimsy is at play in the recently renovated McNamara and North Terminals, making parting with your money in the Motor City far more voluntary than it used to be.
Before a glass of northern Michigan red at Vino Volo, layoverers can swing on the PGA Tour Shop's virtual golf simulator in the Central Link Area of the McNamara Terminal, offering a virtual shot at the famous 18 hole at Pebble Beach.
Fashion forward types, design junkies and car aficionados alike will enjoy browsing in the first Porsche Design store in any airport worldwide, which opened in late 2012 in the McNamara Terminal.
DTW is home to a handful of well-reviewed, high-end restaurants, the most novel of which is PB&J (McNamara Terminal), where peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are made to order. Gourmet additions like bacon and honey (on freshly baked bread of your choice) bring this grammar school classic up to food snob altitude.
Ralph Lauren's daughter's first airport outpost of Dylan's Candy Bar arrives shortly in McNamara Terminal, presenting patrons with a Sophie's choice between angel food and red velvet cakes to go.
And finally, Be-Relax Spa in the McNamara terminal offers massages, facials, oxygen therapy and manicures.