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."

Last Chance: Air China 777 Business Class Review Beijing-Tokyo

Note: I took this flight a few months before Air China retired their 777-200 fleet. One of their last international flights was from Beijing to Tokyo Narita. Today, this flight has been taken over by the A330, and their 777-200s have been put to pasture.   TL;DR Having a lie flat seat for a short flight is always great. The lack of IFE screens, though, sucks. My flight on the other direction a few years before was basically the same. Wifi was inoperable. Food was uninspiring. Crew was unattentive and ineffective. The Good: Having a lie flat seat for a...

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ANA A380 Hawaii Service What to Expect

ANA is the last new airline to take delivery of the A380 before the program winds down until 2021.The order is a holdover from their purchase of SkyMark Airlines a few years back. ANA intended to use the A380 on their Hawaii flights, with specially designed amenities and new interiors. I expect the flight to be successful, especially considering the ANA A380 Hawaii service will be so tailored to make the experience special.   ANA A380 First Class The airline will be debuting a new first class product on their flagship A380. This will be their first First Class...

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Etihad A320 Business Class Review Kuwait to Abu Dhabi

TL;DR Etihad Airways offers a solid business class product for such a short flight. I would not consider it industry leading, but it did make me feel like it was better than some carriers out there. We all have heard that Etihad Airways is in financial difficulties, but at least their premium product still stands out (although less than before). The Good: Affordable fares from Kuwait to Colombo. The Bad: The meal was honestly not very good, I was very underwhelmed. The Noteworthy: The cabin was 3/12 full, so yikes.   Kuwait Airport Checking in at KWI was a...

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British Airways First Class Enhancements

British Airways is offers the most First Class seats across the Atlantic. The airline has either 8 or 14 First class seats on their aircraft. For the longest time, their First class product has been subpar. If you want to know why, read my review on their Miami flight, or their Johannesburg to London flights. However, the airline has since improved some aspects of their First class experience. They added improved bedding and some better amenities. However, they have not revamped their First class product as much as they had done to their business class Club World. I have...

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ZIPAir Tokyo: The New Arm of Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines launched recently their newest innovation into the Japanese aviation market. Called ZIPAir Tokyo, JAL is launching a low cost carrier. The airline will operate as a true low cost carrier, think NokScoot, and will fly to destinations in Asia. Similar to Scoot, it has the intention to fly to Europe, and expand to North America in the future.   When To Expect ZIPAir Tokyo to Star Flying The initial plans for the airline were unveiled last year. ZIPAir plans to be ready and flying for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, so expect it to begin flying by...

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Cathay Pacific Investing in HK Express?

Cathay Pacific is one of the best airlines in the world. They have a solid business class and first class product.The internet rumor mill has been abuzz with information on Cathay Pacific’s potential investment in Hong Kong-based LCC HK Express. The airline issued a press release indicating that they were interested in purchasing a stock in the airline, but they have yet to announce an offer. With Cathay Pacific turning profitable again this year, I suspect that the airline is looking to get rid of competition by buying them out. But will Cathay Pacific invest in HK Express?  ...

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What I Want to See: New Routes Philadelphia

I lived in Houston for five years, and between IAH and Hobby I had a variety of airlines to choose from when I wanted to travel. Since then, I moved to Philadelphia, an airport dominated by American Airlines to a great extent. Although I am usually a loyal American flyer, my loyalty has recently been put to the test by American’s continuing poor performance (as a stock and as an airline). In order to boost up competition in the Philadelphia market, more airlines should fly to PHL. I have always wondered why there aren’t more airlines at/near Philadelphia. It...

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Great Deal: Buy LifeMiles with a 125% Bonus!

LifeMiles is one of the most lucrative points currencies out there. I don’t often purchase miles without a specific redemption in mind, except for LifeMiles. The program is the frequent flyer program for Avianca, an airline based in Latin America. Although there are downsides to hoarding miles, I feel that LifeMiles are generally such a useful currency to have that I tend to buy them when they are on sale. Now through March 14th, you can buy LifeMiles with a 125% bonus! To buy LifeMiles: follow this link. How Much Would You Get? The bonuses are tiered, but the...

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The New Beijing Airport: What to Expect Beijing Daxing

China is the world’s most dynamic airline environment at the moment. The country’s rapid growing population and expanding economy will make it the largest aviation market is years time. In order to address the booming demand for air travel, the country has been aggressively expanding and opening new airport facilities. Nothing seems to be a bigger deal in China’s air infrastructure than the new Beijing airport. The airport will be named Beijing Daxing International Airport, and will likely be the busiest in China.   Airport Design The airport designs have been out for a while. The best way to...

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Air China A330 Business Class Review Melbourne- Beijing

TL;DR Air China business class is a reasonable priced option for travel from Australia to Asia. My experience on this flight was far superior to my experience on my previous Air China long haul flight. Food was good and presented in a more business class-like fashion. Food was not the highest quality, but overall it as good. IFE was meh, service was timid, and there was no wifi. The Good: Affordable fares between Australia and Beijing. Fully flat seats with a good IFE screen. The Bad: Lack of Wifi and limited IFE selection made the flight feel longer, but...

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