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 Reduces Legroom, Why It’s Your Fault

American Announces 29″ Legroom in Economy, Why It’s Your Fault American Airlines recently announced that the airline would reduce the amount of standard main cabin pitch from 31-inches to 30-inches beginning with the delivery of their first Boeing 737 MAX.  Reducing the pitch by two inches, of course, allows American to fly more passenger on a single flight.  Additionally, on three rows of American’s new 737 MAX aircraft, pitch (aka legroom) will be reduced to 29-inches. By comparison, both Spirit and Frontier, two prominent ultra-low cost carriers feature 28 to 29-inch pitch on all of their aircraft.  According to...

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Recap: The 27th Annual Freddie Award Winners

Recapping the 27th Annual Freddie Awards On April 27th, 2017, the 27th annual Freddie Awards were held in Jersey City, New Jersey.  2017’s award ceremony was held at the Hyatt Regency overlooking the Hudson River.  Each year at the Freddie Awards, the winners of best frequent flyer program, best co-branded credit card, and best hotel customer service, among others, are announced. Following a year full of record-shattering voter turnout, the winners were finally announced Thursday night.  Award winners were broken up into geographical regions; Europe and Africa, The Middle East/Asia/Oceana, and The Americas.  13 awards were up for grabs in...

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The 27th Annual Freddie Award Winners in The Americas

Southwest, Marriott Dominate The Americas 2017 was a year of continued streaks for Freddie Award winners in the Americas.  Both Southwest and Marriott return to claim the night’s highest awards.  In recent years, Southwest’s increased presence at the Freddie Award’s has shown a shift in consumer taste away from legacy carriers and towards low-cost carriers, like Southwest Airlines. Marriott’s merger with Starwood Hotels only strengthens their position as a dominant force at the Freddies.  Many Marriott loyalists and Starwood Preferred Guests were pleasantly surprised when the two hotel giants strengthened elite benefits and ensured a smooth transition. There were, of...

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The 27th Annual Freddie Award Winners in Europe/Africa

Aeroflot Wins First Ever Freddie, LeClub Accor Dominates Hotel Category This year’s Freddie Award winners in Europe and Africa show a changing landscape in Europe.  Though still a prominent player among Europe’s frequent flyers, Air France/KLM’s Flying Blue continued to lose footing.  Europe, like the Americas, has been hit with low-cost carrier fever.  This is evident in Norwegian Air’s fantastic night at the Freddie Awards.  Aeroflot also managed to take home two Freddie Awards after receiving their first Freddie in the airline’s history. Accor Hotel’s LeClub Accor dominated the hotel category this year continuing a fairly consistent streak.  Starwood’s...

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The 27th Annual Freddie Award Winners in Middle East/Asia/Oceania

El Al and Virgin Australia Dominate Among Airlines, Starwood Hotels SPG’s Blowout Night El Al’s Matmid program and Virgin Australia’s Velocity program managed to win all but one Freddie Award in the airline category this year.  Though El Al serves just a handful of destinations and lacks any true premium product, their Matmid program appears to make up for what the airline lacks.  However, El Al’s Matmid did not win in a landslide with multiple programs trailing the Matmid program close behind.  Starwood’s SPG program, however, did have a landslide night winning all but one hotel related award. 27th...

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Live from the Freddie Awards!

TravelUpdate is Live from the 27th Annual Freddie Awards! The Unaccompanied Flyer and are excited to announce live coverage from the 27th annual Freddie Awards.  This year’s Freddie Awards are being held in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Coverage begins around 4:45 PM eastern time. What are the Freddie Awards? Each year, frequent flyers from around the world vote on the best frequent flyer programs, traveler credit cards, and loyalty programs.  The Freddie Awards are named in honor of Sir Frederick Alfred Laker, aka Sir Freddie Laker.  Sir Laker was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1978 in recognition of...

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My First Flights with Delta as a Silver Medallion

Chicago to Miami on Delta as a Silver Medallion Last week, I wrote about how I was approved for Delta’s Medallion status challenge.  Delta Air Lines allows SkyMiles members who were approved for the status challenge to utilize their status throughout the 90-day challenge period.  I decided a few days after I was approved for my status challenge to book a cheap ticket on Delta.  I wanted to see how useful the benefits of Delta Silver Medallion were.  Additionally, as part of the status challenge, I’m required to fly a certain amount of miles and segments in this 90-day...

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American Airlines Flight Attendant Allegedly Hits Woman with Stroller

American Airlines Flight Attendant Allegedly Hits Woman with a Stoller, Attempts to Fight a second Passenger Just a little over a week after video surfaced of a United Airlines passenger being bloodied by police and forcibly removed from his seat, an American Airlines flight attendant has been accused of hitting a passenger with a stroller.  He’s also seen in a second altercation, attempting to fight a second passenger. According to reports on social media and via other passengers, a mother was boarding American Airlines flight 591 from San Francisco to Dallas when an American Airlines flight attendant “violently” ripped...

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American Airlines Voted Brand of the Year, Takes Another Award

American Airlines is Brand of the Year According to Harris Poll American Airlines is enjoying a year full of accolades.  In January, American was named Airline of the Year by Air Transport World.  ATW named American, Airline of the Year based on the airline’s “practically flawless” integration of US Airways into American’s operations. American Airlines was recently recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the best places to work and received a perfect Corporate Equality Index (EQI) score. Today, American Airlines received yet another award this time for the American Airlines brand.  According to a Harris Poll, the...

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Syria’s Flag Carrier Acquired an Airbus a340 amid Sanctions

Even Amid War, Syrian Air Welcomes New Airbus The Syrian Civil War has been ongoing for over 6 years now.  The Syrian Civil War has internally displaced over 7 million individuals since it began in 2011.  In addition to 7 million displaced, over 450,000 have been killed.  It’s unbelievably complicated and will take decades to really understand. Last week, the United States re-entered the war when President Trump ordered air strikes against the Assad regime after the regime gassed hundreds in a rebel-controlled town.  The air strikes are just part of the United States’ on-going efforts to remove Assad from...

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