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."

Top 5 Countries I Want to Visit Next

The summer wanderlust is real. As temperatures rise, I want to just get on a plane and discover new places. For the past year I had been planning a trip to Asia for my graduation (more on that later), but in the interest of time, I had to leave out some countries I wanted to visit. While I decided which countries would be cut from the itinerary, I began to think of some of the other countries I wanted to visit. I thought of many place, but here are my top 5 countries I want to visit next. Colombia...

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Should I Switch From American to Delta?

Throughout my entire life, I have been an American loyalist. The airline offered the most connectivity out of Puerto Rico, and their product was not that much better or worse than their competition. However, over the past years, American has been slowly becoming worse and worse, making life more difficult for elite flyers. For example, adding a spend requirement and not offering a waiver has been very upsetting. The reduction of SWU from 8 to 4 and the termination of many of their codeshare partnerships have made the airline less attractive. Now, after studying all other airlines in the...

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The Next First Class Airlines I want to Try

For the past few years, I have had the chance to try out a lot of new airlines. From Ryanair to Emirates, I think I’ve been across the whole spectrum. Of course, my favorite class to travel in is First (whose isn’t it? lol), and so far I have a few airlines under my belt. As learn to finesse the means to obtain more points and achieve elite status, I am becoming more creative with which airlines I want to try out. For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to piece out the list of the top airline...

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Benvenuti: Kuwait Airways Adds Milan Malpensa Flights

The Persian Gulf is home to some of the world’s most aggressively expanding airlines. Saudia, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar are all located in this region, and are known throughout the world. However, the region is home to smaller airlines, such as Oman Air, Gulf Air and Kuwait Airways. These airlines are also expanding, but at a slower pace than their bigger neighbors. Kuwait Airways has been slowly retrofitting its fleet, from very old A340s, 777-200s and A320s, to newer A330s and their flagship 777-300ER. The airline has introduced a new cabin both aircraft. The 777-300ER offers one of the...

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Thalys First Class Review Cologne to Brussels

TL;DR As opposed to many other train First Class products, Thalys does offer a full meal service at your seat. Although this only applies to certain times of day, it is a very welcome service thought, especially when you are transiting to/from Brussels. The food was not a gourmet meal, but it hit the spot. It was also the first time I had fish on a train! The Good: Solid hard product, with the included meal makes for a pleasant 2 hour train ride. The Bad: The Deutsche Bahn lounge at Cologne was very basic, only had beer and...

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The Airlines I want To Try At Least Once

There are so many airlines throughout the world that trying them all seems like an impossible feat. I have flown with over 25 airlines in my life time, some of them no longer fly (such as TWA), and some have merged into others (AirTran). I am glad to have flown all these airlines, but as an #avgeek, I long to try new airlines every time I can. For the past month, I have been seeing how many of my friends who graduated this year from college have been trying out new airlines. In their many, different graduation trips, they...

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Peace at Last: Ethiopian Resumes Asmara Service

In 1998, Eritrea and Ethiopia were at war. Although a ceasefire was agreed upon in the year 2000, the countries were not officially at peace. At least until now. This weekend, the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea met for the first time since the start of the war, and finally signed a peace agreement. This is a momentous occasion, as the war was very costly for both countries. Eritrea and Ethiopia are some of the poorest countries in the world, and the war only made things worse for people on both sides. The news was heralded throughout the continent....

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Sri Lankan Business Class Review A321 AUH-CMB

TL;DR Sri Lankan offers a solid product on their A321s. Although not as comfortable as a lie flat seat, for the 3.5 hour trip from Abu Dhabi to Colombo it was perfectly fine. It scores better than any domestic US seat. Service was excellent, they offered a complimentary meal, and even brought out amenity kits for passengers. The Good: Solid IFE, great service and an amenity kit. The Bad: The seats aren’t very well padded, making them uncomfortable for a long trip. The Noteworthy: The flight was ⅓  full in business class, and 100% full in economy. They didn’t...

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Aww Nuts! Southwest Ends Peanuts on All Flights

Southwest is one of the most fun carriers. From their seating process to the quirky flight attendants, the airline is a breath of fresh air every time I fly them. I also appreciate the fact that they offer 2 free checked bags and free snacks and drinks onboard. For many many years, the airline offered packaged peanuts onboard its flight. Well, those days are gone, since Southwest is ending peanuts on all flights.   Say It Ain’t So! After serving peanuts for many years, the airline announced they will no longer provide the packaged nuts. They state that the...

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Big Shocker: jetBlue orders A220s In a Blow to Embraer

Yesterday, Airbus unveiled their A220, their rebranding of the CSeries. The aircraft has been touted as much needed addition to Airbus’ portfolio of aircraft. With airlines such as SWISS, airBaltic and Delta have already placed orders for the jet. With the new backing of Airbus, and the upcoming Farnborough Airshow, I expect that more orders will roll in soon. I did not, however, expect the order that was announced yesterday, well after the A220 was debuted to the public.   jetBlue Orders A220s American carrier jetBlue has ordered 60 Airbus A220s in a huge shift from its current fleet...

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