The Unaccompanied Flyer

A senior in high school stuck with the task of receiving an education, he still makes time to fly throughout the world. He’s learned how to maximize earning points and miles, travel cheaply, and fly as a teenager unaccompanied.

American Airlines Buys $200 Million in Shares of China Southern Airlines

American Airlines Buys Shares in China Southern Airlines, to begin Partnership with Chinese Airline American Airlines has officially agreed to purchase 2.76% of the shares of China Southern Airlines.  The transaction is valued at $200 million US dollars.  This announcement came Tuesday morning via the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. (via Skift.com) In addition to now owning 2.76% of China Southern Airlines, American Airlines will expand its cooperation with the Chinese airline.  This cooperation could include codeshare flights and shared airport facilities.  The deal isn’t final as it’s awaiting regulatory approval. (via The Associated Press) China Southern Airlines and American...

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A Non-Rev’s Response to the United Airlines Spandex Incident

United Airlines Enforced Non-Revenue Dress Code Policy, Twitter Went Crazy Intro: As the family member of an airline employee, I have the ability to fly as a non-revenue standby traveler.  I’ve had the ability to non-rev for the last six or so years.  Having the ability to non-rev has directly influenced my love and passion for aviation.  Non-revenue travel also got me into frequently flyer programs and airline points/miles.  Non-revenue is a fantastic privilege, and like any privilege, it comes with expectations you’re expected to abide by. Background If you’ve been active on social media on Sunday, you’ve likely come...

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How I Flew Lufthansa First Class with Avianca LifeMiles

LifeMiles and a Sign-up Bonus Allowed me to Fly First Class from Frankfurt to New York City A few weeks ago, I flew Lufthansa First Class from Frankfurt to New York City.  That flight on Lufthansa has to be one of the best flights of my life if not the best.  Lufthansa’s First Class Terminal is an entire experience on its own. However, Lufthansa First Class isn’t cheap.  Lufthansa’s First Class product typically costs a little over $7,000 on the Frankfurt to New York-JFK route.  With the impending costs of college and daily expenses, there’s no way I could ever...

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Delta’s Big Move at LAX Confirmed, Begins May 12th

Delta Will Vacate Terminals 5 and 6, Move to Terminals 2 and 3 at LAX In recent months, Delta Air Lines announced that it was planning to vacate Terminals 5 and 6 and would move to Terminals 2 and 3 at Los Angeles International Airport.  At the same time, American Airlines will expand its operations in Terminal 5 while making no change to its operations in Terminal 4.  This move will affect the operations of 21 airlines including Delta Air Lines.  Here’s how the move will be done. Delta Air Lines Begins Move to Terminals 2 and 3 Overnight...

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Alaska Airlines Adds Condor as Partner

Condor Joins List of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Partners Alaska Airlines had an impressive 18 airline partners before today.  However, Alaska Airlines announced today, a 19th partner.  Condor Airlines of Germany is now an official Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan partner.  Condor Airlines partners with Alaska Airlines effective immediately.  Condor Airlines frequent flyer can now earn miles with Alaska Airlines and Alaska Airlines frequent flyers can now earn with Condor Airlines.  Redemptions will begin at a later date. Alaska Airlines vice-president and chief commercial Andrew Harrison said, “We are continuing to bolster our international partner portfolio, giving our guests access to...

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Royal Jordanian Announces Cabin Electronics Ban

Royal Jordanian Won’t Allow Electronics in Cabins Beginning March 21st Jordan-based airline Royal Jordanian announced today via Twitter that beginning tomorrow, all electronic devices are banned from passenger cabins on flights to and from North America.  This announcement comes amid concerns of defective batteries in cell phones and other devices that have been known to explode or catch on fire.Additionally, the timing of this electronics ban has led many to believe the ban is related to US President Trump’s travel ban or similar restrictions on travel. Additionally, the timing of this electronics ban has led many to believe the ban...

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The Reason I Didn’t Take 16,000 SPG Points Was Because of My Parents

“In the interest of full disclosure, The Unaccompanied Flyer earns monetary compensation on selected links. When you click on an affiliate link, I may receive compensation for your purchase(s) through said link. These affiliate links are noted at the beginning of each post. Thank you for your continued support.” My Parents Still Don’t Understand What’s So Awesome About Points and Miles A few days ago, I posted about my bizarre night at two SPG properties near Los Angeles International Airport.  You can find the post here.  Essentially, after a brief stay at the Four Points LAX, I realized that there was...

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How to Buy Points and Miles

“In the interest of full disclosure, The Unaccompanied Flyer earns monetary compensation on selected links. When you click on an affiliate link, I may receive compensation for your purchase(s) through said link. These affiliate links are noted at the beginning of each post. Thank you for your continued support.” Redeeming Points, Miles Made Easy through Simply Purchasing Miles If you don’t travel enough to earn gobs of points and miles than you may become disgruntled when trying to find an award redemption that you have enough points for.  In many cases, you might not fly enough with a certain airline...

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SPG is Sending Me a $100 Check After Bizarre Night

After Brief Stay at Four Points LAX, SPG Relocates Me and Sends Me $100 Check Two nights ago I had to get a hotel room in Los Angeles.  I wanted a hotel that was both relatively inexpensive and near LAX.  Of course, being a Starwood loyalist, the first search I made was on SPG’s website.  I was looking for the Aloft LAX Airport. However, that property was booked full.  That left me with two options; Sheraton Gateway LAX or Four Points LAX. Both hotels were a little pricey for what they offer, however, I was tired and not in...

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Why I Always Wear a Sports Jacket When I Fly

I’ve been traveling alone for nearly four years now. I’ve learned that traveling a such a young age has its pros and cons. With age, there are far more cons than pros. For years, I wasn’t allowed into lounges, airlines always assisted me last, hotels were hesitant to let me check-in, and other passengers question the validity of my travel. I completely understand why these things would happen. However, rather than accept what came with my age, I made some changes. One major change involved my wardrobe. I suited up.

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