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."

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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Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Review

TL;DR Beyond Qatar Airways’ QSuites, their A350 offers their best business class hard product. As usual, the soft product shines brightly as well. I was a bit disappointed they did not offer a fruit smoothie for this flight, but I ate enough for days so it’s fine. The Good: Great seat. Not the most private, but great even for a long flight like this. Excellent food and beverages, nifty amenity kit. The Bad: Very slow and expensive wifi. The Noteworthy: Qatar Airways business class is superior to other airlines’ first class. Like, it’s that good.   Miami Airport: Since my...

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How Can American Airlines Return to Market Leader?

Recently, American Airlines stock reached its lowest point in two years. All its competitors, such as United, Delta and Southwest, have seen share prices rise over that time period. In some cases, shares are close to all time highs. What, then, has led investors to shy away from American’s (AAL) stock? I spoke with a few minority investors and some frequent fliers in order to gauge their opinions. I also include my own opinions, as well as some borrowed from Gary Leff from View From The Wing and this article.   How to Improve? Overall, I see four major...

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Etihad First Class Apartment Review Abu Dhabi – Sydney

TL;DR This was yet another magnificent installment of my experiences with Etihad. After an eye opening experience in my first Etihad A380 flight, second experience with their Apartment was wonderful. It surpassed my previous experience by quite a bit. I wish Etihad were more consistent with their crews, as the ones on this flight made all the difference. The Good: Excellent crew and an improved Food and beverage experience, although some of the appetizers were exactly the same as the previous flight. The Bad: Repeat of some food options as on the previous flight. The Noteworthy: Wifi on this...

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Etihad First Class Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

TL;DR The Etihad First Class lounge Abu Dhabi is great, but I would not consider it the best lounge in the world. Although I was able to score one of the Residence lounges for my use (without the butler service, sort of), the whole lounge experience was still great overall. The Good: The food was restaurant quality. The fact that the lounge was literally empty for two hours while I was there allowed me to meet most of the staff and basically have butler service. The Bad: You are now limited to a massage or a Style and Shave...

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Mileage Run 2018 Extravaganza

For me, the year 2018 has been full of new experiences and tons of work. Between the papers due for my degree, to the memos due for law school, I have found myself constrained to a library cubicle or coffee shop table. However, every chance I got, I have been planning mileage runs for my break times, such as Spring, Summer and Winter breaks. Thankfully, I have been able to fly this year during those times, and enjoy a plethora of experiences that I am very grateful for. I planned three mileage runs this year (between redemption runs, and...

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Etihad First Class Apartment A380 Review New York- Abu Dhabi

TL;DR Etihad offers one of the best hard product first classes in the sky. The apartment is one of its kind, and I loved my experience flying it. On this trip, I had the chance to fly them from JFK to AUH to SYD. The flights were amazing, a noticeable improvement from my previous experience flying them from Mumbai to AUH, and from AUH to LAX. The Good: Amazing first class suite, solid food and beverage options, very attentive crew, solid amenity kit. The Bad: The only noticeable thing I found to be bad was the seat was not...

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