The Unaccompanied Flyer

A freshman in college 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.

Review: Aeromexico Business Class 787-9

Aeromexico “Clase Premier” Boeing 787-9 from New York to Mexico City Back in early August, Smiles, the frequent flyer program of GOL, an airline based in Brazil, was offering triple miles on select hotel stays when booked directly through Smiles.  Persuaded by an incorrect award chart, I decided to book a two-night stay at the Le Meridien in Dallas.  That stay earned me 63,000 Smiles miles, which at the time, I thought was enough for international first class. It turns out that Smiles miles are not nearly as valuable as I had thought and I was over 300,000 miles short...

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Alaska Airlines, Delta Awarded Best Airline Rewards Programs

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Awards Best Airline Reward Program, Delta Takes Home #2 Each year, US News releases its list of what the online publication determines are the best travel reward programs.  Today, US News-Travel released its 2017 rankings for best hotel and airline reward programs.  For the third year in a row, Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan took the number one spot on the list.  Alaska Airline’s Mileage Plan is fantastic and deserves the number one spot, however, some of the other rankings are just plain wrong. Additionally, at least in my opinion, US News completely botched the hotel...

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Delta Airbus a350 First Pics

First Pictures of Delta Airbus a350 Appear on Social Media Last night, Delta took delivery of the airline’s first Airbus a350.  The Airbus a350 is Delta’s new flagship aircraft and the first a350 to fly for a US-based airline.  Delta currently has 24 additional Airbus a350s on order and will take delivery of these aircraft through 2022.  The a350 brings with it new Delta ONE Suites and Premium Economy. Though exterior images of Delta’s first Airbus a350-900 have been available for months interior pictures have been harder to come by.  Finally, with the delivery of Delta’s first a350, interior...

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$70 Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse JFK When Flying Delta One

You Don’t Need to Be Flying to London to Access the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse JFK Over the past week or so, I’ve been considering taking a flight in business class on Delta from New York to Los Angeles.  On this route, Delta offers Delta ONE which features lie-flat seats, premium amenities, premium dining, and lounge access.  Though Delta ONE is not nearly as exclusive and premium as American’s Flagship First Class experience on the same route, it’s a great product that closely resembles their international business class product.  To make the idea of buying a Delta ONE ticket more...

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The Soft Spots of GOL Smiles Award Chart

There Are Soft Spots in the Smiles Award Charts, Here’s What to Book I recently wrote about a promotion Smiles, the frequent flyer program of Gol, was offering on qualifying hotel stays.  The promotion allowed Smiles members to earn up to 3x the number of Smiles miles on a stay.  Multiple bloggers managed to find stays that yielded 100,000+ miles for a one night stay.  However earning 100,000 miles for a hotel stay didn’t come cheap.  Rates that yielded the most miles were routinely priced over $1,000 USD.  Still, at the time, the promotion seemed to be worth it...

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Are $600 Transcontinental Business Class Fares the New Normal?

In the Past Few Years, Transcontinental Business Class Fares Have Plummeted When I first started blogging, I was very young and my travel was highly restricted.  Not only was my travel highly restricted but so was my budget.  I didn’t have a job and since I was blogging independently, I wasn’t making a cent.  Still, I wanted to be able to experience an airline’s premium products.  One way I was able to do this was by flying in transcontinental business class. In just the past few years, American, Delta, and JetBlue began revamping their transcontinental business class products to...

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Gol Smiles, The Fantastic Hotel Promo That Wasn’t

Gol Smiles Hotel Promotion Not as Lucrative as Previously Thought Yesterday, multiple travel bloggers discovered a hotel promotion through Smiles, a Brazillian frequent flyer program, that allowed members to earn an insane amount of Smile points for at little cost.  The promotion quickly went viral especially after some bloggers claimed that according to redemption charts on, just 140,000 Smiles points could get you a round-trip first class ticket from New York to Dubai on Emirates.  This is not the case.  Not only is this not the case but even with the hotel promotion, Smiles points won’t get you...

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American Airlines Introduce New Customer Baggage Notifications

New Customer Baggage Notifications Added at American Airlines American Airlines announced today the introduction of new customer baggage notifications aka CBNs.  Customer baggage notifications have been active for the past few days, however, American Airlines officially unveiled the new service today.  Customer baggage notifications are in addition to customer baggage tracking already available via the American Airlines mobile app.  CBNs are designed to keep passengers abreast to any irregular baggage operations.  The system features three alerts notifying customers of irregular baggage operations. American’s Customer Baggage Notification System’s Three Alerts As previously mentioned, the CBNs do not replace American’s existing mobile baggage...

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You Can Now Order Food from the American Airlines Mobile App

Order Food at Select Airports within the American Airlines Mobile App! Airline mobile applications are fantastic.  Passengers can check the status of their flight, change seats, request upgrades, use their mobile device as a boarding pass, and some airlines allow you to book a flight right from the app.  If there’s one thing smartphones have improved its travel.  Now that we can board a plane with our phone and manage our frequent flyer accounts, what more could an airline’s app allow passengers to do?  There’s a new Houston-based company that’s making it so passengers can order food and shop at airports...

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Unbelievably Poor Customer Service During Stay at Hilton Myrtle Beach

Disclaimer: This is a rant so buckle your seatbelts! Disgusting Room and Awful Customer Service During Stay at Hilton Myrtle Beach “If you think we can do better or there’s a problem at any time during your stay, don’t hesitate to call us down at the front desk.  Here at Hilton, we have a make it right policy.  Please let us know.  Enjoy your stay!”  Those were the words of the front desk rep as I checked into the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort.  At the time, her comment about the make it right policy was just that, a comment....

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