The Millennial Traveler

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Conrado has been a passionate AvGeek as long as he can remember. He travels often between his two homes- one in Houston, where he is a full-time student at Rice University, and the other in San Juan, where his entire family lives. He says "I want to inspire my generation to get on their feet and explore the world, and help them maximize their time, money, and points to make these experiences within their reach."

No1 Lounge London Terminal 3 Review

TL;DR It is one of the better Priority Pass lounges out there. It offers a lot of amenities, but many of them are sold separately. I had a late flight to Miami, and wanted to try out some of the extra amenities, which were on the extra side. The day rooms are nice, but very cramped, but they do include a shower. The lounge itself was packed. I don’t know if it would be worth staying there too long. The Good: Peaceful comfortable bed for a three hour day room. The Bad: It costs extra, and the room is...

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Concluding Thoughts On American Airlines Improvements

This article is a part of a multi piece opinion on how American Airlines can regain investor confidence, passenger loyalty and general good public perception. For the index of the articles, see here. Click on any heading to see my full comments on each topic!   For the past weeks, I have been commenting on what I think that American should do to make investors, passengers and employees happy. My main issue lies with the American C Suite, who seem disconnected from all three major stakeholders in the company. If American is to return to market leader, they need...

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Qatar Airways A350 Economy Class Review DOH-KWI

TL;DR Although this was a very short flight, the service and attention to detail by Qatar Airways blew me away. I was in ECONOMY and got better service than what I would get in business class in some US and European Carriers. The Good: Spacious seat, no one in the middle seat and nice IFE. Food served was also decent for the short flight. The Bad: It’s not really a bad, but there is no way QR made any money on this flight (see next point). The Noteworthy: The flight was about 30% full, there were 6 people in...

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Japan Airlines Business Class Review Tokyo to Dallas

TL;DR Japan Airlines is by far one of my favorite airlines. They offer some of the best food in the sky in business class, and service is impeccable. With wifi on their 787s, Apex Suites business class seats and good amenities, it’s tough to beat them. The Good: Great food, great service, great plane. The Bad: Basically nothing, I have no complaints! The Noteworthy: Try to order part or the whole Japanese meal, it is an experience!   Arrival at Gate: After spending some time at the JAL Sakura Lounge, we walked to the gate. Once there, we realized...

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American Airlines AAdvantage Improvements

This article is a part of a multi piece opinion on how American Airlines can regain investor confidence, passenger loyalty and general good public perception. For the index of the articles, see here.   American’s AAdvantage program is one of the most diverse programs in the world. They offer reasonable prices for sAAver awards, a variety of partners throughout the world, and the opportunity to redeem for First Class on other carriers. For elites, the program is sub par. The airline program is not a good deal for mid and low level elites. American has a lot to improve...

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American Airlines Investments in Economy Class

This article is a part of a multiple piece opinion on how American Airlines can regain investor confidence, passenger loyalty and general good public perception. For the index of the articles, see here.   American doesn’t just need to improve in the premium aspect of their product, but also in their economy cabin. If they want to lure passengers away from airlines like Spirit and Southwest, they need to offer a competitive product. There are many things wrong with economy flying in the US, compared to other airlines around the world, but let’s just focus on what American should...

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American Airlines Investments In Premium Experience

This article is a part of a 5 piece opinion on how American Airlines can regain investor confidence, passenger loyalty and general good public perception. For the index of the articles, see here.   One of the main places American can improve on revenue generation is with premium passengers. This group of passengers consist of their top tier frequent fliers, as well as price-insensitive corporate consumers. At the moment, American’s premium experience is sub par, and there are many ways to improve it. Here are some of them (in no particular order).   Meal Service American’s first class meal...

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American Airlines Non-Passenger Investments

This article is a part of a 5 piece opinion on how American Airlines can regain investor confidence, passenger loyalty and general good public perception. For the index of the articles, see here.   Beyond American’s growth in the US and abroad, they have a chance to improve their non-passenger aspects. Since I know very little about this topic, I will keep this entry very short and concise.   Critical Capital Expenses American has been purchasing aircraft like crazy. They have dozens of 787s on order, and the airline has even more A320neos and 737MAXs on order as well....

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American Airlines Investing Abroad

This article is a part of a 5 piece opinion on how American Airlines can regain investor confidence, passenger loyalty and general good public perception. For the index of the articles, see here.   Beyond their investments in the US, American has a lot of room to grow abroad. I agree with Gary Leff that American doesn’t need to expand that aggressively by adding routes abroad, but that there is merit in international investments. This is where I feel American could potentially expand most effectively.   China Connections American Airlines bought a minority stake in China Southern Airlines. That...

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American Airlines Investing in the US

This article is a part of a 5 piece opinion on how American Airlines can regain investor confidence, passenger loyalty and general good public perception. For the index of the articles, see here.   One of the key places where American can improve their stand is domestically. The airline has a robust network, but they neglect some key areas where they can improve.   New York The first place I think American can improve is with their New York operations. They have been cutting flights from JFK for the last few years. Although some of these cuts make sense,...

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