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.

Virgin Hotels Announces San Francisco

Virgin Hotels Brand Opening Downtown San Francisco Hotel in Summer 2017 Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin brand announced the next location of Virgin Hotels.  In summer 2017, Virgin Hotels will open its second hotel in Downtown San Francisco.  The first location located in Downtown Chicago has been widely successful and received multiple awards for service.  Virgin Hotels first opened in 2015. The hotel will open ahead of previously announced locations in Nashville, Palm Springs, Silicon Valley, Dallas, and New York City.  Virgin Hotels San Francisco will be located at 261 4th Street in Downtown San Francisco.  The new location...

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Virgin America’s a321NEO, First Pics and More

Spotter Snaps First Pics of Virgin America a321NEO, First Routes In December 2015, Virgin America announced its plans to acquire 10 Airbus a321NEO aircraft.  The “NEO” stands for New Engine Option and is Airbuses’ more fuel efficient version of its pre-existing aircraft.  For Virgin America, in addition to a more fuel efficient aircraft, the a321NEO holds 40 more passengers than the airlines current largest aircraft.  Virgin America stated that it planned to use the a321NEO on longer transcontinental flights beginning in 2017.  The airline added that it expected to receive its first a321NEO sometime during the 1st quarter in...

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AA Talks LAX, Sees Opportunity for Expansion

American Recently Moved Gates to T5, Sees Room for Improvement This past January, American Airlines moved what was legacy US Airways operations from Terminal 6 to Terminal 5 at Los Angeles International Airport. American now operates out of gates 50-59 at LAX’s Terminal 5. Flights that depart out of those T5 gates operate adjacent to Delta’s sprawling LAX operations. Sharing terminal and gate space with a competitor is not ideal. However, American Airlines sees room for improvement and opportunities for expansion at LAX. Why Did AA Move from T6 to T5 If you have ever flown in or out...

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Delta Releases First Airbus a350 Pictures

Delta Teases Flyers with Airbus a350 Pictures Today, Delta Air Lines released the very first images of the airline’s new Airbus a350.  Delta is expected to take delivery of its first a350 sometime in mid-2017.  Delta’s Airbus a350 will enter service in the fall of 2017.  It will feature all-suite DeltaONE business class, premium economy, and updated economy class. A First Look at the a350 Delta’s first Airbus a35o is still being built in Toulouse, France however, Delta unveiled the first images of the aircraft.  The airline didn’t show off too much, however, they did unveil the aircraft’s spectacular...

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American’s New 777 Miami to London and Amenity Kit Giveaway

Quick Look at my Flight from Miami to London and an Amenity Kit Giveaway Last week, I decided to blow through some miles and take an overnight trip to London.  In hindsight, it probably wasn’t the best use of miles but I took that trip for two reasons.  The first reason is to prepare for additional international travel.  I’ve only held a passport for six-ish months now and I’m taking baby steps in terms of using my passport for international travel.  The second reason for this trip was to earn some SPG Starpoints. I did get to spend nine hours in American...

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Double LifeMiles, 60K Sign-Up Bonus

Receive Double LifeMiles Until February 28th I only recently discovered Avianca’s fantastic LifeMiles program.  LifeMiles serves as a gateway to a variety of Star Alliance award redemptions.  From Lufthansa First Class to EVA Air Business Class, LifeMiles is a great way to book with Star Alliance programs.  To make LifeMiles even more appealing, Avianca has been known to sell their points/miles at a lower price or offer fantastic bonuses. Until February 28th, 2017, Avianca is offering double LifeMiles when you purchase miles directly from their website.  Avianca sells miles in increments of 1,000.  1,000 LifeMiles costs $33 ($40.26 if taxes...

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Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago Review

Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago Chicago, IL | Michigan Ave and Delaware Pl. | Hotel Review | February 2017| I’ve made it one of my primary travel-related goals in 2017 to achieve Starwood Platinum status.  Achieving Starwood Platinum status shouldn’t be too difficult as it requires just 25 stays over the course of 365 days.  However, I don’t want a repeat of 2016 in which I was two stays away from Platinum status on December 31st.  So, to avoid a similar situation, I’ve decided to find more excuses to stay in hotels. After I had received my acceptance letter to...

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737 Test Pilots Spell Out MAX During Test Flight

737MAX Pilots Spell Out MAX On a recent test flight in the northwestern United States, Boeing 737 MAX test pilots spelled out “MAX” during the nearly nine-hour flight between Seattle Boeing Field and Seattle Boeing Field. The Boeing 737-8 MAX bearing the registration N8704Q took off from Seattle Boeing Field a little before nine in the morning on Saturday.  The flight, BOE104X, was a regularly planned test flight for the new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.  The Boeing 737 MAX which is set to debut later this year is required to fly a certain amount of hours before the aircraft can...

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Fantastic Elite Status Promo with American Airlines

American Airlines has a new Targeted Elite Status Promo American Airlines recently released a fantastic promo allowing targeted AAdvantage members to earn elite status at a discounted price.  The required amount of Elite Qualifying Miles and Elite Qualifying Dollars is greatly reduced with this offer.  However, this promo is a targeted offer only available to those AAdvantage members who received an invitation. Here are the details: Required Elite Qualifying Miles Reduced Without this promo, you must earn 25,000 elite qualifying miles (EQMs) on American to earn entry level Gold status.  To earn Executive Platinum status on American you must earn...

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Air Canada Unveils New Livery

Air Canada Unveiled Their New Livery Today, Air Canada unveiled a new livery.  The new livery was unveiled during a press conference in Toronto.  Air Canada has painted two aircraft in the new livery, a Boeing 787 and Airbus a320. The new livery features a black and white color scheme.  The tail, engine covers, and the belly of the aircraft as well as the Air Canada typeface is black.  The main fuselage is an ice white color.  Along with a brand new color scheme, the airline updated its iconic maple leaf.  The maple leaf is found on the tail, towards...

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