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.

Review W City Center Chicago, Mega Room

W City Center, a Mediocre Experience I just wrapped up a quick two-night stay in Chicago.  While in Chicago, I attended Loyal Weekend at Loyola University Chicago.  Next year, I begin my freshmen year at Loyola and I thought it would be a good idea to visit campus and attend a few informational sessions. My parents didn’t want to make this quick trip anything extravagant.  Normally, I’d book the Virgin Hotel Chicago.  The Virgin Hotel Chicago is usually priced around $185 for a standard room with two beds, however, I decided to book an SPG property instead.  I’m already...

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I Was Approved for Delta Elite Status Challenge

Guide to Delta Status Challenge, Application, Outcome, Status Retention Yesterday, I received an email from Delta Air Lines regarding a request I made roughly a week ago.  I submitted an application for a SkyMiles Medallion elite status challenge.  At the time, I thought I was applying for a status match.  However, it turns out that Delta only offers status challenges.  Regardless, the application was free and I was recently approved.  Here’s how I applied and what I plan on doing to keep my new elite status. Affiliate Ad- Buy, share, or exchange SkyMiles today and get even closer to...

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Police Bloodied United Airlines Passenger, Update

Update: Police Bloody United Passenger, Internet Attacks United Airlines By now, you’ve probably heard about the United Airlines passenger who was forcibly removed from a United Express flight from Chicago to Louisville.  The flight, United Express 3411, was overbooked.  United Airlines offered passengers $800 and a free hotel room as compensation if they gave up their seat.  It turns out that four crew members who were deadheading (repositioning to another city) resulted in the overbooking situation. United went ahead and boarded the flight event though it was overbooked.  After gate agents and crew discovered that there weren’t enough seats...

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United Airlines Removes Passenger from Overbooked Flight

Update Post Here United Airlines Passenger Forcibly Removed from Flight to Louisville A passenger was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Louisville Sunday.  The United Express flight was overbooked resulting in more passenger than there were seats.  According to multiple accounts on Twitter, the flight was overbooked by four passengers.  United Airlines was looking for four volunteers to give up their seats so crew members could deadhead to Louisville for flights the following morning. The flight had already boarded.  Once boarding had been completed, there were still too many passengers and not enough seats.  United...

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American Airlines To End New York-San Juan Service

A Tenent of American’s New York Route Network Ends August 22nd American Airlines has always maintained a strong presence in the New York City Area.  At times, the airline’s presence in New York has been stronger than at other times.  In recent years, American has cut much of its international and domestic network at New York-JFK.  However, American Airlines has maintained a large and growing presence at New York LaGuardia. A tenent of American Airlines’ New York route network has always been American’s flights between New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico.  American’s service between New York-JFK and San...

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Alaska Airlines’ Poor Attempt to Win Over Virgin America Flyers

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. Alaska Airlines “Creating an Airline People Love,” except for Virgin America Customers Last week, we learned the fate of the Virgin America brand.  Alaska Airlines announced last Wednesday that it plans on retiring the Virgin America brand in 2019.  Pretty much everyone saw this coming.  There was no way Alaska Airlines...

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American Airlines Buys $200 Million in Shares of China Southern Airlines

American Airlines Buys Shares in China Southern Airlines, to begin Partnership with Chinese Airline American Airlines has officially agreed to purchase 2.76% of the shares of China Southern Airlines.  The transaction is valued at $200 million US dollars.  This announcement came Tuesday morning via the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. (via Skift.com) In addition to now owning 2.76% of China Southern Airlines, American Airlines will expand its cooperation with the Chinese airline.  This cooperation could include codeshare flights and shared airport facilities.  The deal isn’t final as it’s awaiting regulatory approval. (via The Associated Press) China Southern Airlines and American...

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A Non-Rev’s Response to the United Airlines Spandex Incident

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. United Airlines Enforced Non-Revenue Dress Code Policy, Twitter Went Crazy Intro: As the family member of an airline employee, I have the ability to fly as a non-revenue standby traveler.  I’ve had the ability to non-rev for the last six or so years.  Having the ability to non-rev has directly influenced my...

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How I Flew Lufthansa First Class with Avianca LifeMiles

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. LifeMiles and a Sign-up Bonus Allowed me to Fly First Class from Frankfurt to New York City A few weeks ago, I flew Lufthansa First Class from Frankfurt to New York City.  That flight on Lufthansa has to be one of the best flights of my life if not the best.  Lufthansa’s...

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Delta’s Big Move at LAX Confirmed, Begins May 12th

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. Delta Will Vacate Terminals 5 and 6, Move to Terminals 2 and 3 at LAX In recent months, Delta Air Lines announced that it was planning to vacate Terminals 5 and 6 and would move to Terminals 2 and 3 at Los Angeles International Airport.  At the same time, American Airlines...

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