The Unaccompanied Flyer

A freshman in college 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, travel cheaply, and fly as a teenager unaccompanied.

Front Desk Gave My UberEATS Delivery Driver Key to My Room

I’m Still in Awe; Four Points Front Desk Agent Gave My UberEATS Driver a Key to My Room I just got back from a very brief stay in Memphis, Tenessee. I flew down for a night to see a concert with some friends who are down there for college. Since Memphis has just a few flights a day, none of which appear to depart after 5 PM, I had to get a hotel for the night. I’ve been actively avoiding Four Points hotels since I started staying at Starwood Hotels. Four Points properties, with the exception of newly opened...

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American Airlines Adding Flat-Beds from BOS to LAX

American Airlines is Adding The Airbus A321 Transcon from Boston to Los Angeles But, It’s Actually Bad News American Airlines has been flying a fleet of Airbus a321-200s configured in a premium-heavy layout between a select few markets on the East and West coasts for years now.  American’s Airbus a321T (T for transcon) is one of my favorite aircraft.  Featuring only 72 seats in coach, 20 lie-flat seats in business, and 10 lie-flat seats in first class, the Airbus a321T is a delight to fly. Moreso, passengers flying in American’s Flagship First Class product between JFK-LAX/SFO get to take...

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Alaska Airlines Cutting Multiple Routes This Winter

Alaska Airlines Regional Subsidiary Cutting Flights and Eliminating Routes This Winter Alaska Airlines is cutting dozens of flights and routes from its Portland and Seattle hubs this winter.  These flights are operated by Alaska Airlines’ regional carrier, Horizon Air.  Horizon Air operates all of Alaska’s Bombardier Q400 aircraft and many of the airline’s Embraer E-175s.  These aircraft fly to many of Alaska Airlines’ short-haul and secondary destinations. However, due to an ongoing crew shortage at Horizon Air, Alaska Airlines will cut multiple routes this winter.  Horizon Air continues to face crew shortages with hundreds of flights having been canceled...

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Review: Aeromexico Business Class 787-9

Aeromexico “Clase Premier” Boeing 787-9 from New York to Mexico City Back in early August, Smiles, the frequent flyer program of GOL, an airline based in Brazil, was offering triple miles on select hotel stays when booked directly through Smiles.  Persuaded by an incorrect award chart, I decided to book a two-night stay at the Le Meridien in Dallas.  That stay earned me 63,000 Smiles miles, which at the time, I thought was enough for international first class. It turns out that Smiles miles are not nearly as valuable as I had thought and I was over 300,000 miles short...

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Alaska Airlines, Delta Awarded Best Airline Rewards Programs

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Awards Best Airline Reward Program, Delta Takes Home #2 Each year, US News releases its list of what the online publication determines are the best travel reward programs.  Today, US News-Travel released its 2017 rankings for best hotel and airline reward programs.  For the third year in a row, Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan took the number one spot on the list.  Alaska Airline’s Mileage Plan is fantastic and deserves the number one spot, however, some of the other rankings are just plain wrong. Additionally, at least in my opinion, US News completely botched the hotel...

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Delta Airbus a350 First Pics

First Pictures of Delta Airbus a350 Appear on Social Media Last night, Delta took delivery of the airline’s first Airbus a350.  The Airbus a350 is Delta’s new flagship aircraft and the first a350 to fly for a US-based airline.  Delta currently has 24 additional Airbus a350s on order and will take delivery of these aircraft through 2022.  The a350 brings with it new Delta ONE Suites and Premium Economy. Though exterior images of Delta’s first Airbus a350-900 have been available for months interior pictures have been harder to come by.  Finally, with the delivery of Delta’s first a350, interior...

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$70 Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse JFK When Flying Delta One

You Don’t Need to Be Flying to London to Access the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse JFK Over the past week or so, I’ve been considering taking a flight in business class on Delta from New York to Los Angeles.  On this route, Delta offers Delta ONE which features lie-flat seats, premium amenities, premium dining, and lounge access.  Though Delta ONE is not nearly as exclusive and premium as American’s Flagship First Class experience on the same route, it’s a great product that closely resembles their international business class product.  To make the idea of buying a Delta ONE ticket more...

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The Soft Spots of GOL Smiles Award Chart

There Are Soft Spots in the Smiles Award Charts, Here’s What to Book I recently wrote about a promotion Smiles, the frequent flyer program of Gol, was offering on qualifying hotel stays.  The promotion allowed Smiles members to earn up to 3x the number of Smiles miles on a stay.  Multiple bloggers managed to find stays that yielded 100,000+ miles for a one night stay.  However earning 100,000 miles for a hotel stay didn’t come cheap.  Rates that yielded the most miles were routinely priced over $1,000 USD.  Still, at the time, the promotion seemed to be worth it...

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Are $600 Transcontinental Business Class Fares the New Normal?

In the Past Few Years, Transcontinental Business Class Fares Have Plummeted When I first started blogging, I was very young and my travel was highly restricted.  Not only was my travel highly restricted but so was my budget.  I didn’t have a job and since I was blogging independently, I wasn’t making a cent.  Still, I wanted to be able to experience an airline’s premium products.  One way I was able to do this was by flying in transcontinental business class. In just the past few years, American, Delta, and JetBlue began revamping their transcontinental business class products to...

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Gol Smiles, The Fantastic Hotel Promo That Wasn’t

Gol Smiles Hotel Promotion Not as Lucrative as Previously Thought Yesterday, multiple travel bloggers discovered a hotel promotion through Smiles, a Brazillian frequent flyer program, that allowed members to earn an insane amount of Smile points for at little cost.  The promotion quickly went viral especially after some bloggers claimed that according to redemption charts on, just 140,000 Smiles points could get you a round-trip first class ticket from New York to Dubai on Emirates.  This is not the case.  Not only is this not the case but even with the hotel promotion, Smiles points won’t get you...

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