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.

$120 Private Jet from St. Louis to Indianapolis

My Very Own Private Jet from St. Louis to Indianapolis for $126 If you’re a frequent reader of BoardingArea blogs, you probably saw a handful of posts concerning a free private jet share membership for individuals with over a million frequent flyer miles or the highest elite tier, sometime last week.  Unfortunately, I’m quite there yet so I don’t qualify for the trial.  Still, the private jet share company that’s offering the elite status/million mile trial, JetSmarter, is offering a trial membership for individuals without status or miles. JetSmarter has received a lot of attention lately.  After seeing the...

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President Trump to Reveal Cuba Policy

Is Travel to Cuba at Stake Under President Trump? Reports are surfacing that next week, US President Donald Trump will travel to Miami, Florida to reveal the United States’ revised policy concerning Cuba.  Much of President Trump’s policies are expected to rollback diplomatic and trade ties with Cuba the Obama Administration established near the end of their second term.  One major diplomatic advance concerned travel to Cuba. The Obama Administration made it so that Americans could travel to Cuba with very few restrictions.  Americans could travel to Cuba if their travel fit under one of the 12 approved reasons...

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The Hotel in Milan Finally Called Me Out on My Age!

Hotel Viu Milan Calls Me Out on Age, Requires Parental Permission Form Last week, I took the week off and visited Italy.  The trip lasted a little less than a week, begun in Rome, and ended in Milan.  For the majority of my trip to Italy, I stayed at a villa in the Tuscan mountains.  That villa has been in our family for generations and is strictly private.  Staying in a private villa, I knew I wouldn’t have much content for the blog.  Knowing this, I managed to fit a one night stay in Milan to end my vacation....

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Virgin Atlantic is Matching Elite Status

Get Silver or Gold Flying Club Status with Virgin Atlantic Virgin Atlantic is now matching elite status with select airline frequent flyer programs worldwide.  If you hold the highest status on select airlines Virgin Atlantic will match your status with their Flying Club program.  This offer is effective immediately and if you’re approved, you get to keep your Flying Club status for an entire year.  Here are the full details. What Airlines Will Virgin Atlantic Match Status With? Virgin Atlantic is offering to match status on the following airlines: British Airways, American Airlines, United Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Jet Airways,...

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Review: Vueling Excellence Class, The Biggest Ripoff

What Exactly Did I Pay $145 For? Vueling Excellence Barcelona to Rome On a recent trip to Italy, I flew a rather complicated and drawn out itinerary.  I flew from St. Louis to Chicago to New York to Barcelona and finally, arrived in Rome.  One reason I did this was to earn miles on both American and Delta as well as to try out the Spanish-based airline, Vueling. Second, living in St. Louis, this itinerary is actually quite standard.  To get to any European city from St. Louis, other than Paris and London, you’d typically fly to a hub...

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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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