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.

The Liberty Boston, a Luxury Collection Hotel Review

Living In Luxury, The Liberty in Boston Boston, MA | Charles St. | Hotel Review | December 2016 In a last minute attempt to reach AAdvantage Gold status for 2017, I booked a few flights over the final days of December.  Three of my six flights on American would either originate or arrive at Boston-Logan Airport.  I didn’t have a reason to fly to Boston other than first class tickets on American were phenomenally priced and scheduled at times that worked for me.  So, I ended up spending three out of the six final days of 2016 in the Boston...

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You Might Need a Passport When Traveling Domestically

The REAL ID Deadline is Fast Approaching I recently traveled from my home airport of St. Louis-Lambert International Airport and noticed some new signs at one of the airport’s TSA checkpoints.  At most major airports, the TSA usually sets up a few signs around the checkpoint with guidelines on liquids and prohibited items, advertisements for TSAPre, and news regarding travel safety.  I’ve come to subconsciously read these signs and take note of what they say.  However, when I noticed that every single sign featured new signs plastered with big bold letters and bright alarming colors, I took a second...

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Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting, Update

Shooting at Ft. Lauderdale International Airport 8 were injured and 5 confirmed dead after a shooting at Ft. Lauderdale International Airport in Florida on Friday.  The shooting occurred shortly before 1 PM eastern time.  Multiple sources and the Broward County Police are reporting that the suspect was not shot and is now in custody.  After more than twelve hours. Ft. Lauderdale Airport reopened. Airlines Offering Waivers: Most major airlines that serve Fort Lauderdale Airport are now offering free of charge, change and cancellations for passengers affected by the closure of Ft. Lauderdale International Airport.  It’s advised that you contact...

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Southwest to Launch Cincinnati Flights

Southwest to Fly to Cincinnati Airport Starting in June If you lived in the Greater Cincinnati area and wanted to take advantage of Southwest Airlines’ low fares, you’d have to drive nearly an hour to Dayton, Ohio.  Southwest Airlines serves 99 destinations throughout the Americas and Cincinnati wasn’t one of them, until yesterday.   The airline that created the low-cost carrier has finally announced that it will serve Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport beginning in June. Destinations Include Baltimore, Chicago   When Southwest launches flights to Cincinnati this coming June, the airline will serve two cities in the United States;...

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SAS Drops Lounge Access in Multiple Cities

SAS Business Class Passengers Will Lose Access to Multiple Lounges The Scandinavian airline SAS announced today that it would no longer allow business class passengers access to certain lounges in cities across the globe.  In addition to cutting back on lounge access, SAS business class passengers will lose access to Fast Track lanes in additional cities.  The following lounges that will no longer be a part of SAS business class service are third-party lounges contracted out by SAS. According to SAS, the following lounge locations will be affected by this announcement; Effective January 1st: Billund, Dubrovnik, Dublin, Nice, Riga, Split,...

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The New American AAdvantage Program is Here and It’s Not Pretty

Minimum of $3,000 Now Required To Earn Entry Level Status It’s finally 2017.  Out with the old in with the new!  Unfortunately, in 2017, the new American AAdvantage program arrived and it means big changes for how you earn elite status.  These changes have been known since last summer.  American sent these changes in the form of a devastating email sent to AAdvantage members.  Now, after one final year of not needing to meet a spending limit, the changes are here and it’s not pretty. Introducing Elite Qualifying Dollars This year, AAdvantage frequent flyers will now be required to...

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Passenger Tried to Use Amex Travel Credit on In-Flight Booze

American Express Offers $200 Airline Credit But can you use it on in-flight booze? Something very interesting occurred on a flight I took from Boston to Miami on New Year’s Eve.  A passenger seated towards the front of the aircraft attempted to purchase “$150 worth of booze.”  After I overheard the flight attendants discussing the legality of the request, I began to wonder why anyone would do something so insane.  Finally, I heard a flight attendant say two words that made the entire request clear, “American Express.” Background With alcohol and other premium beverages often being marked up a...

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Staying at an SPG Tribute Property, The Magnolia St. Louis

The Magnolia St. Louis, an SPG Tribute Property St. Louis, MO | 8th and St. Charles St. | Hotel Review | December 2016 “Stay Independent”, that’s the slogan for Starwood Hotel’s Tribute Portfolio of hotels.  Until my stay at The Magnolia in St. Louis, Missouri, I’d never stayed at an SPG Tribute property nor did I ever really consider booking a Tribute property.  Independent hotels scare me.  Though I might act like an authentic thrill-seeking traveler, when it comes to overnight lodging, I value consistency.  Even when SPG Tribute properties were competitively priced and located near the airport, I...

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My Frequent Traveler Programs in 2017

Here’s Where I’m Pledging My Loyalty in 2017 A new year, a new me.  I’m kidding of course.  I’m still going to be the slightly chubby procrastinating teenager I was in 2016.  However, I do plan on making a few changes in 2017.  With the fall of Virgin America and changes to other frequent traveler programs, I’ve been left to do some thinking.  What airlines, hotels, and other travel companies will I frequent in 2017? Virgin America is Dead Ever since the merger between Virgin America and Alaska Airlines has closed, I’ve been a little down in the dumps.  I...

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