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.

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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Review: Minute Suites Atlanta

Kicking Back at the Minute Suites Atlanta, Free of Charge! If there’s one thing that’s absent from the air travel experience it’s privacy.  Even if you pay for a full fare ticket in first class, there’s no guaranteed privacy.  I’ve had the opportunity to visit a handful or premium airline lounges and even airside hotel rooms.  The only premium airline lounge that I can honestly say provided private atmosphere was Lufthansa’s First Class Terminal.  Still, both Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses and American Airlines’ renovated Flagship Lounge provide a great deal of privacy. Though airline lounges rarely provide true privacy, there...

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Building My Credit Score in College to Get Premium Travel Cards

Affiliate Disclosure: 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. Full Disclosure How I’m Building My Credit Score While In College For the past four years, I’ve become enamored with credit cards, especially travel credit cards.  Like many frequent travelers, my obsession with travel credit cards began when I came across One Mile At A Time and View...

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JetBlue Mint Class Coming to Las Vegas, Seattle

Another Round of JetBlue Mint Class Expansion In June 2014, JetBlue a historically all main cabin airline launched JetBlue Mint Class it’s transcontinental business class product.  Not only did Mint Class feature amenities that rivaled American, Delta, and United but the fares were significantly less.  Introductory fares were $599 with some flights priced at just $499.  JetBlue Mint Class quickly became the preferred way to travel cross-country for many.  Over the past few years since the product was launched, JetBlue has announced multiple Mint Class expansions.  Today, JetBlue announced yet another Mint Class expansion. Las Vegas, Seattle to Get...

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American Airlines Ends Codeshare Agreements with Qatar, Etihad

American Airlines Cuts Ties with Qatar (Oneworld) and Etihad Around 3 PM today, American Airlines announced that the airline had made the decision to end codeshare agreements with Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways.  Effective March 24, 2018, codeshare tickets will no longer be honored or issued. American’s codeshare agreements with Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways allowed American Airlines to ticket their passengers on both airlines.  The same went for Qatar and Etihad.  Both airlines could ticket their passengers on American Airlines flights.  Codesharing is when airlines partner with each other allowing passengers from partners to be ticketed on a...

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Qatar Airways CEO’s Disgusting Ageist Remarks

Qatar Airways CEO Callas US Flight Attendants ‘Grandmothers’ If you’re an avid reader of BoardingArea blogs, I’m sure you’ve seen this story once or twice by now.  At an event celebrating Qatar Airways’ new service from Doha to Dublin, CEO Akbar al-Baker made a few anti-US airline remarks.  However, that’s not the story. Al-Baker has been known to make his fair share of anti-US airline remarks.  He’s even launched a route just out of spite.  Though Al-Baker called US airlines “crap” and questioned why anyone would ever fly on a US carrier, he made one remark about the flight attendants...

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ICYMI: American Airlines Launches Gogo 2Ku

19 Year Old Ex-US Airways Airbus a320 First to Recieve New Gogo 2Ku In-Flight Wifi It’s no secret that in-flight wifi is terrible.  It’s slow, it’s unreliable, and streaming capabilities are non-existent.  When in-flight wifi giant Gogo first unveiled the service, passengers were ecstatic.  We could finally access social media, our email, and even communicate with those on the ground.  Of course, at the time, the service was limited and not much was expected of the new technology.  More than a decade later, not much has changed.  The majority of passenger aircraft are still fitted with the same technology that...

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I Forgot Toothpaste and a Robot Butler Brought Me Some

My Insane and Unexpected Experience with Starwood Hotel’s Robot Butler, Botlr I love Starwood Hotels.  Maybe I was brainwashed by other travel bloggers but ever since I started traveling, I’ve always made it a point to book SPG Hotels.  On a recent one night stay in Miami, I booked a room at the Element Hotel Doral.  The hotel is ten minutes away from the airport and always has some of the lowest rates in the area.  I also love getting upgraded as an SPG elite to their full suites featuring a separate bedroom, living area, and full kitchen.  However,...

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American Airlines Should Keep International First Class

A Recent Experience Proves American Airlines Should Keep International First Class Following an enjoyable and memorable trip to Italy, I managed to fly on one of the very few aircraft operated by American Airlines that features an international first class cabin.  International first class has been widely phased out at American Airlines with plans to have the Boeing 777-300ER as the only aircraft to feature the airline’s Flagship First Class product.  American Airlines still operates a couple of Boeing 777-200s with the airline’s original Flagship First Class. However, this product will be phased out in the coming months as...

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Review: Trenitalia Executive Class Frecciarossa Rome to Milan

Review: Trenitalia Executive Class Puts Amtrak to Shame In early June, I decided to take a brief trip to Italy.  This was the first trip I’ve taken in months that I took primarily for the destination and not just the flights.  However, I still managed to fit a fairly complex itinerary into the beginning of the trip. A major part of this itinerary involved taking Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa high-speed train from Rome to Florence and then from Florence to Milan.  When I was planning this trip, I originally intended to book the cheapest fare.  That’s because I wasn’t aware that Italy...

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