The Unaccompanied Flyer

Max Prosperi is a business management major based out of the Midwest. A college student 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 and travel cheaply even in premium cabins.

Trying Out Airbus’ VOOM, The Uber of Helicopters

It seems nowadays that every transportation start-up company aims at being the Uber of their industry. With the sharing economy popular not just among millennials, companies are looking to make luxury services like private jets, luxury vacation rentals, and helicopter rides more affordable. Airbus’ VOOM, a helicopter service, wants to become the Uber of helicopters. While other services aim to provide similar services, VOOM might be the closest helicopter service to actually offer an Uber-like experience. Here’s what the full VOOM experience is like.

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This Card Got Me Free Champagne, 15% Off My Meal, and Free Sides in NYC

There are a plethora of black cards out there. With so many start-up black cards, it’s hard to cut through the noise and find a true black card experience. Some black cards are simply too expensive while others are affordable but lack benefits. On a trip to NYC for Mother’s Day, I treated my mom to a tasty meal at a popular restaurant and put the SELECT Black Card to the test. Here’s why our dinner only confirmed that the SELECT Black Card is worth it.

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Review: Marriott’s Moxy Hotel is The Perfect Hotel For Try-Hard Hipsters

In preparation for the first flights at Seattle’s Paine Field, I had to arrive in the Seattle area the night before the first flights. With only a few older mid-range hotels located directly around Paine Field, I decided to stay in Downtown Seattle. As a traveler who considers himself fairly loyal to the Marriott Bonvoy program, I decided to first check Marriott’s website to see if there were any properties that were of interest to me and were within my budget. Seattle has grown increasingly pricey with nightly rates for a standard three-star hotel routinely starting around $200 without taxes and...

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One Year Later, Virgin America’s Final Flight and The Airline’s Legacy

On April 24th, 2018, Virgin America operated the airline’s final flights. On April 25th, a day later, the airline was fully integrated into Alaska Airlines. Operating a network consisting almost entirely of point-to-point service primarily on the west and east coasts, Virgin America’s appeal, for most travelers, was the airline’s unique brand and onboard product. The airline gained somewhat of a cult following among coastal hipsters and some aviation enthusiasts. However, the airline was never a staple in the markets it served. The airline’s size is often over-estimated with Virgin America carrying fewer passengers in 2018 than Hawaiian Airlines,...

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Review: WestJet Plus is a Surprisingly Enjoyable Experience

WestJet, Canada’s original low-cost-carrier, is making a rather rapid transition to a full-service carrier. Nowhere is this more clear than in the airline’s increasingly premium Plus product. Launched as a premium economy product, Plus was originally, rather standard and resembled an economy comfort product. Over time, additional amenities were added and on new aircraft, a new business class product was launched. We flew on a WestJet Boeing 737-700 still featuring the original product, and while the seats were not much of an upgrade, the in-flight service and amenities are a significant and welcomed upgrade.

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Your Questions About American Airlines Premium Economy Answered

Even with most reviews out there indicating that American Airlines Premium Economy is of great value, I completely understand why a traveler would still be hesitant to book or upgrade to premium economy. The fact of the matter is that, for many US-based travelers, premium economy is a new concept. So, after months of questions from TravelUpdate readers, I’ve decided to answer some of the top questions about American Airlines Premium Economy.

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Southwest Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX Isn’t All That Bad

Southwest Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX Is A Passenger’s Dream — If You Have to Fly Coach Earlier this past week, my work required that I fly to Omaha for a night. While I had my fingers crossed that I would be booked on a connecting flight operated by either American or Delta, I ended up being booked on a non-stop flight operated by Southwest Airlines. While many travelers dread airlines like Frontier and Spirit, my least favorite airline is Southwest. I certainly wasn’t thrilled knowing I would have to fly my least favorite airline however, I managed to put...

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WOWair St. Louis to Reykjavik Review, plus WOWair’s ‘Big Seat’

Trying Out WOWair From St. Louis to Reykjavik, Iceland – plus WOWair’s ‘Big Seat’ WOWair was founded in 2011 by an Icelandic business mogul. It wasn’t until 2012 that WOWair launched the airline’s first flights. Initial operations were very modest, to say the least. The newly launched low-cost carrier operated a handful of routes between Reykjavik, Iceland, and mainland Europe. With tourism in Iceland continuing to grow, WOWair was able to capture the low-cost lesuire segment of flyers in Europe. Rival Icelandair is a full-service carrier with fares to match. It wasn’t until WOWair purchased Iceland Express, another low-cost carrier,...

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I Couldn’t Use My American Express Card at the American Express Lounge Mexico City

During a recent visit to the American Express, The Centurion Longe Mexico City, credit card readers went down which kept servers from accepting American Express credit cards. Though this was an issue The Centurion Lounge’s end, multiple servers attempted to get me to pay cash for my $4 dessert. Some servers claimed the dessert would be on the house while others insisted I had to stay in the lounge until the credit card readers went back up. In addition to the American Express, The Centurion Lounge not accepting my American Express card, poor customer service, and a rather hostile environment will keep me out of this lounge in the future.

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