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.

Southwest Airlines SHOULD Give Business Select Passengers Lounge Access

For $600 One-Way, Southwest Should Offer Business Select Passengers Access to Contract Lounges I actively avoid Southwest Airlines.  I’m based out of St. Louis so I’m no stranger to Southwest Airlines.  They have a fantastic business model and are the beloved airline of many Midwesterners.  Friends, family, and co-workers ask me all the time, “Why do you fly American and Delta?  You can just fly non-stop with Southwest Airlines!”  That’s true; I have very few non-stop options out of St. Louis on American and Delta compared to Southwest Airlines.  However, I don’t mind a connection or two if it...

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Interview with the CEO of American Airlines Part 3; The Future of the AAdvantage Program

Mr. Parker Wished the AAdvantage Program Could Have Always Been Revenue Based If you’ve been following this series, you’ll recall that I had stated that I planned on having this post published two or so week ago.  However, after becoming backlogged at my summer job, I decided to put this post off.  To be honest, I’ve had very little motivation to blog lately, and with a massive drop-off in readership, this whole blog feels pointless.  But, a follower on Twitter is holding me accountable to completing my three part series. Part three will cover the AAdvantage program, a handful...

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American Airlines Premium Economy Retrofit Schedule Announced

Boeing 777-200s Next to Recieve American Airlines’ Premium Economy Product Today at the Merrill Lynch’s 2017 Transportation Conference, American Airlines revealed the schedule detailing when aircraft will receive Premium Economy.  American Airlines Premium Economy was announced in December of 2015.  The first aircraft type to receive Premium Economy was American’s Boeing 787-9.  The Boeing 787-9 was delivered to American with Premium Economy.  All other aircraft in American’s fleet do not feature the new Premium Economy product.  However, from the initial announcement of American Airlines Premium Economy product, the airline has stated that they plan to introduce the product on...

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Alaska Airlines to Fly from Second Seattle Airport, Paine Field in 2018

Commercial Flights from Paine Field Beginning in 2018 Alaska Airlines announced this afternoon that the airline plans to commence flights from Paine Field located north of Seattle, Washington in Snohomish County.  Paine Field is currently home to Boeing’s Everett Factory which produces Boeing’s 747s, 767s, 777s, and 787s.  Paine Field does not currently have any commercial flights to or from the airport. Today’s announcement comes after decades of debate among residents, lawmakers, and airlines on whether or not passenger flights should be allowed to operate from the airport.  As of May 2017, Paine Field does not have a passenger...

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Delta’s Adding Facial Recognition, Self-Service Bag Drop

Self-Service Bag Drop and Facial Recognition Testing has Begun at Delta Delta Air Lines announced this morning that the airline plans to add biometric kiosks equipped with self-service bag drop at select airports.  The biometric kiosks with self-service bag drop will make their debut at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport in the coming weeks.  When they make their debut, the kiosks will first undergo customer testing.  During the testing period, only four kiosks will be in service.  However, in a press release, it appears that Delta is fully committed to adding more kiosks with biometric capabilities and self-service bag drop....

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Interviewing the CEO of American Airlines Part 2; 30 Inch Legroom Explained

30″ Legroom Explained and Why American Doesn’t Have Onboard Showers If you missed the first part of my three-part series covering my interview with Doug Parker, the CEO of American Airlines, you can read it here.  In part one, I provide a brief explanation of how I’m going to structure the interview.  Additionally, I reveal how to become the CEO of the world’s largest airline. In part two, I’m going to delve into the juicy stuff.  In this post, I’m going to recap what Mr. Parker and I discussed concerning the passenger experience, international first class, and unfair competition from...

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What’s It Like Flying Delta Shuttle?

Review: Delta Shuttle from Chicago to New York in Delta Comfort+ I recently attended the 27th annual Freddie Awards in New Jersey.  The cheapest way to get to New York or New Jersey was via Chicago.  I’ve been doing a lot of flying with Delta recently in order to retain my Silver Medallion status.  So I booked a flight from Chicago O’Hare to New York-LaGuardia on Delta Air Lines.  However, it wasn’t until a few hours before my flight that I realized that I had booked a flight on Delta Shuttle.  What did this mean? Delta Shuttle is Delta...

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Interview with the CEO of American Airlines; Part 1

Here’s How to become the CEO of American Airlines; Part 1 of 3 First off, I just want to express my gratitude to everyone at American Airlines who made this possible. Seriously, I cannot thank you all enough! The only reason I was able to sit down one-on-one with Mr. Parker was thanks to the generosity of the entire American Airlines executive team.  Thanks again!  A few months ago, I sent an email to someone at American Airlines inquiring about an interview with CEO Doug Parker. To be honest, I wasn’t even expecting to receive a reply. A few...

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St. Louis Airport to Get Wingtips Lounge

St. Louis-Lambert International Airport Expected to Get Wingtips Lounge Back in January, I had posted that St. Louis-Lambert International Airport was expected to get its first ever common use airport lounge.  A common use airport lounge is a lounge that doesn’t require a membership to enter rather, you can buy a day pass or gain access through a service like Priority Pass.  Today, St. Louis-Lambert Airport has a single lounge, an Admiral’s Club available only to passengers traveling in and out of Terminal 1’s Concourse C.  After months of bids and decision making, the St. Louis-Lambert Airport Commission approved the...

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2-for-1 LifeMiles Promotion Now Live!

Fantastic LifeMiles Promotion Going on Now! Avianca’s LifeMiles program is no stranger to impressive promotions.  Avianca ended up winning a Freddie Awards last week for “Best Promo in The Americas.”  However, for the second time in less than a year, Avianca is running a 2-for-1 promotion on all LifeMiles purchases. The promotion is on-going, however, is only available to Avianca elite members and Avianca cardholders through May 7th.  After May 7th, the promotion is available to all LifeMiles members. Additionally, the promotion, like all LifeMiles promos, is very straightforward.  Now through May 30th, you’ll receive 2 LifeMiles for the...

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