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.

Interviewing the CEO of American Airlines Part 2; 30 Inch Legroom Explained

30″ Legroom Explained and Why American Doesn’t Have Onboard Showers If you missed the first part of my three-part series covering my interview with Doug Parker, the CEO of American Airlines, you can read it here.  In part one, I provide a brief explanation of how I’m going to structure the interview.  Additionally, I reveal how to become the CEO of the world’s largest airline. In part two, I’m going to delve into the juicy stuff.  In this post, I’m going to recap what Mr. Parker and I discussed concerning the passenger experience, international first class, and unfair competition from...

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What’s It Like Flying Delta Shuttle?

Review: Delta Shuttle from Chicago to New York in Delta Comfort+ I recently attended the 27th annual Freddie Awards in New Jersey.  The cheapest way to get to New York or New Jersey was via Chicago.  I’ve been doing a lot of flying with Delta recently in order to retain my Silver Medallion status.  So I booked a flight from Chicago O’Hare to New York-LaGuardia on Delta Air Lines.  However, it wasn’t until a few hours before my flight that I realized that I had booked a flight on Delta Shuttle.  What did this mean? Delta Shuttle is Delta...

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Interview with the CEO of American Airlines; Part 1

Here’s How to become the CEO of American Airlines; Part 1 of 3 First off, I just want to express my gratitude to everyone at American Airlines who made this possible. Seriously, I cannot thank you all enough! The only reason I was able to sit down one-on-one with Mr. Parker was thanks to the generosity of the entire American Airlines executive team.  Thanks again!  A few months ago, I sent an email to someone at American Airlines inquiring about an interview with CEO Doug Parker. To be honest, I wasn’t even expecting to receive a reply. A few...

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St. Louis Airport to Get Wingtips Lounge

St. Louis-Lambert International Airport Expected to Get Wingtips Lounge Back in January, I had posted that St. Louis-Lambert International Airport was expected to get its first ever common use airport lounge.  A common use airport lounge is a lounge that doesn’t require a membership to enter rather, you can buy a day pass or gain access through a service like Priority Pass.  Today, St. Louis-Lambert Airport has a single lounge, an Admiral’s Club available only to passengers traveling in and out of Terminal 1’s Concourse C.  After months of bids and decision making, the St. Louis-Lambert Airport Commission approved the...

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2-for-1 LifeMiles Promotion Now Live!

Fantastic LifeMiles Promotion Going on Now! Avianca’s LifeMiles program is no stranger to impressive promotions.  Avianca ended up winning a Freddie Awards last week for “Best Promo in The Americas.”  However, for the second time in less than a year, Avianca is running a 2-for-1 promotion on all LifeMiles purchases. The promotion is on-going, however, is only available to Avianca elite members and Avianca cardholders through May 7th.  After May 7th, the promotion is available to all LifeMiles members. Additionally, the promotion, like all LifeMiles promos, is very straightforward.  Now through May 30th, you’ll receive 2 LifeMiles for the...

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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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