LaGuardia has a certain reputation among travelers. The airport consistently ranks near the bottom when it comes to visitor satisfaction. This bad reputation is owed to the airport's congestion, outdated features and drab feel. However, change is on the horizon thanks to a makeover project costing $8 billion. LaGuardia opened 11 of the 18 gates in its new Terminal B this month. The remaining batch of gates is set to be open by some point in 2020. The shiny look of the new Terminal B is causing many people to be optimistic about the future of LaGuardia. Anyone who travels using American Airlines, Southwest Airlines or Air Canada during the holiday travel season this year will get a first look at what's inside the revamped terminal.

Gone is the dark and dingy vibe that Terminal B at LaGuardia was once famous for. Visitors will now see ceilings that reach 55 feet in height and cathedral-height windows. The windows in the terminal welcome in light and provide stunning views of the runway outside. The space is made even bigger with help from porcelain-tiled floors. Terminal B doesn't just look great. The space is also full of new dining options and vendors. What's more, the terminal is also blissfully quiet. You won't hear any busy background music piping in through speakers as you glide through Terminal B.

It's finally fun to eat at Terminal B. LaGuardia's Terminal B now offers La Chula, Shake Shack and an Irving Farm coffee bar. In addition, you can get some shopping done at famed bookseller McNally Jackson or pop into an FAO Schwarz to pick up a last-minute gift. Parents can appreciate that the terminal now has a special play area for kids that features foam flooring, multiple climbing structures and interactive fun.

LaGuardia even has a new lounge for passengers traveling with Air Canada. The new Maple Leaf Lounge on the second level of the new concourse is an impressive 7,015 square feet in size. The welcoming lounge boasts Canadian-made furnishings, an all-day buffet and a self-serve bar stocked with Canadian beers.

Scott Dylan is a contributing writer at and has been to (almost) every country in North, Central and South America with nothing more than a backpack, a laptop and the desire to explore. He speaks Spanish fluently and has logged enough time in planes, trains, rideshares, buses, taxis and rickshaws to know how to rack up rewards and points to get anywhere his heart desires for pennies on the dollar. Email: