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Name 98103

From Seattle

Registered Mar 2007

25years

Columbia, MD USA

Feb/03

3dfan 3timesalady

USA Orlando! Dubai

Jul-09 Sep 2005

4s.alcaraz

BCN

May/07

777Brit

London, England Nov 2001

83aggie

Dallas

Jan/09

998R AA SLF AA711

San Marino Coppell, TX PHX Jan 2001 Dec/08

May-09

AAPlatinum

New York, NY AA Feb 99 Executive Platinum

ab_initio

Thousands Oaks, Dec 2005 CA, USA Dec/08

abosamer

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AC*SE

New York, NY. USA

Feb 2000

Accurate

Bristol UK (7.1 miles from BRS)

Feb-09

aflyer

May 99

Aggie Girl

DFW, TX

Oct 2005

Airbus 330 airchristophe

OSL PVD/BOS

Jan/09 Aug 2006

airoli

Weisslingen, Switzerland (ZRH)

Aug 2000

airportfan

Germany

Aug-09

AirportMgr

Los Angeles, CA

Jun-09

Akela8

Vancouver, Canada

Apr 2000

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AKL/XIY

Sky/NZ

Dec 2006

alcathiax

Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua

Jun 2007

Alexputh AlphaSigOU

Jan/09 Wylie, Texas May-98 (DAL/KDAL) soon to move to Kwajalein (KWA/PKWA) Washington DC - Jun 2001 HH Gold VIP

always_delayed

alwaysjetlagged

Dec/08

Amaran

Germany

Aug 2006

anbrand

ARN

Jan 2006

Andrius

Caversham (not Aug 2004 too far from LHR)

andyandy

Aug 2004

AngelMcD

IAH

Jan 2008

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AnnaS

Chicago, IL (ORD) UA PE, Starwood Platinum, Hilton Gold BUD

Jan 99

apostol

Jan 2005

Applefan

Irving, TX ,USA

Jan 2000

AquaDyne

LAS

Oct/08

aquaguy

FRA

Jul 2007

ASCJSTEP

Atlanta, GA

Mar 2000

ashague

MIA

Jul/05

askworldtraveler

Los Angeles, CA Mar 2001

Athena53

MCI

Aug 2002

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ati

Jan 2000

AtlMan

Palm Springs, CA Mar 2000 (via MDT, DAB, MSP & ATL)

attorney28

Currently traveling around the world

June 2002

Aubie

Cleveland, OH USA

auh2o

Orange County, CA

Austman

Stockholm, Sweden Austin, TX USA

Mar 99

AusTXHiker

AutoMotoPhoto

Capitola, CA

Oct/08

aviationkiwi

Miami, FL

Dec/04

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Axey

Toms River, NJ, USA

Jan 99

AZ_MISMAN

Lakeside, AZ, USA, in the beautiful White Mountains of Eastern Arizona (Home airport SOW; Major airport PHX)

Nov 1999

B Watson

b1513

Grand Rapids, MI July 2002 USA UA 1K, AA EXP, SQ PPS, Hyatt D, Hertz Plat and AMEX Cent PA Jan 2004

B747-437B

ATL / BOM

Aug 2000

backinnewyork

New York, NY

Oct/08

backseatflyer Baggycat

Europe UK

Jul-09 Jun-09

baglady

Feb 2001

bagold

Boston, MA. BA Oct 1999 Gold, UA 1K, DL Gold, AA Gold

bajong

Hawaii

Dec/08

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bakerson

Dec/08

baobab

Cambridge, MA / Frankfurt, Germany

barcafc Baritone73

Sydney,Australia Jan/09 IAD/DCA Jan/08

Baze

San Jose, CA, Jul 1999 USA (SJC, SFO), UA Premex, HHonors Gold

bdschobel

Princeton Feb 2000 Junction, NJ DL 2MM/PM/FC United PE Marriott Platinum

BeanTownBoy

IAH; BOS

Nov 2006

BearX220

Edmonds, WA USA

Jul 1999

beaubo Beckles

cleveland New Orleans, LA, USA DL GM, SPG Gold, HY Plat GP, HH Gold

Apr 2000

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BelfastFlyer

Belfast

Mar 2006

BellaB

Atlanta, GA

Sep 2008

BellaRaina

Miami

Mar-09

belle3388

atlanta, ga, usa

Apr 2000

bengggggg

BOS

Nov/07

Benjh

LAX

Mar/06

bentong

Philippines

Jun 2005

berlinflyer

Berlin/Germany

July 2004

bernie

Duesseldorf, Germany

Sep 1999

bhatnasx

Greener Pastures Feb-03

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Big Top

NY,NY, LH FTL

Oct 2001

billedr

Oct 1999

BIMMERKID2 BingoSF

St. Cloud, Minnesota SF, CA

Nov 2007 Jun, 2001

birdstrike

Mountain View, CA

Oct 2000

bkwee

TUS PHX

Dec 2005

blackshu

DCA

Mar 2002

BLADE

Philadelphia, PA, Mar 99 USA

BlindPilot

ATL

May 2007

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BlondeBomber

Calgary, AB Aug 1998 Canada--AC SE, AF/ UA zot-NATURE BOY

blondeterp

Brentwood, CA

Apr 2005

bmw303 boardshop boatman UK Atlanta, GA

Feb/08 Jan 2006 Jul 1999

Bob & Deb

ATL

Mar 2008

BobCharlap

Dallas, Texas USA

Nov 1999

bobrownson

Seoul, Korea

Aug 2004

Boomer

New York

BostonBoy

Boston, MA -DL Jan 2000 PM, AA EP, UA 1K, CO GE, TW E1, US GP, SPG PL, HL GLD, MRIOT PLAT, HY DMND, IC 6CC

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braniff77

June 2005

braniff-brat

Kentucky

Aug 2007

brarrr

SEA

Nov 2006

brendog

HPN/LGA/EWR

Mar 2007

brilove

CMH -- DL GM

Jan 2000

British Airways Concorde Bronco

RSW MD

Jul 2006 Jan 2002

brosnan6

Sammamish, Jul/05 WA/Santa Clara, CA

BTMiller

alexandria, va

Jun 2000

Buicis bulkhead

RIX Dec-08 Leamington,Engl Jan 2000 and

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burkey

Philadelphia,PA USA

May 1998

bver100

Northwestern University

Dec/06

caladezi caleo Calgon Canada Flyer

Feb/08 Jun 2007 Little Rock ,AR Canada Jan 2006

CanadianFlyer

Thornhill,ON,Can Jul 1999

canard

san francisco bay Sep 2001 area -- AF enthusiast

Captain Mike

San Diego, CA

Jun 1999

Captain Oveur

Saint Louis

Mar-05

CaptainsDaughter

Bay Area

Jan-09

Catch22returns

The Mother City & Maputo

Apr 2003

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catchphrase

LAX

Sep 2005

Cathe

BHM

June 2004

Catherine Boyle

Weehawken, NJ, Sep 1999 USA

Catman

Jersey City, NJ 07306

Catman's Ghost

Jersey City, NJ

May 99

Celestar340

Half the World and More !

Mar 99

cellphone

Feb 2007

celticanvil

YYZ

Jan 2001

chaim kaplinsky

Jul-09

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chalf

Cambridge, MA, USA

chazas

Washington, DC, USA

chefcaw

ORD

Jan 2004

chelseaboi chemist661

Bangkok Quartz Hill,CA ; US Chairman's Preferred,UA Premier Exec., Hilton Gold

Oct/08 May 2001

chexfan

Seattle, WA: I have a stack of SWUs

Mar 2000

ChicagoKev

Chicago

Oct/08

chipper

Dallas, Texas, USA

chontz

Oct/08

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Chris L

Oxford, UK CO Dec 1999 Gold, AS MVP, KL RW and AZ nothing, plus Airmiles collector !! With the AZ / KL split now who knows ? New Windsor, Mar 99 NY; AA Platinum

chrism

ChrisMoss7

Crystal Springs, MS USA

Oct 1999

christiant

St-emile, PQ, Canada

Cinnamn112

Ohio

Aug-04

Citrus

United, KLM

Apr-09

civicmon

San Diego, CA

Apr 2003

Cla1r3

Germany

Sep 2005

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ClassicalGal

Houston, TX (CO Dec 2000 Silver, HHonors Gold, Starwood Gold) Charlotte, NC US Gold Preferred, HHonors Gold, Starwood Gold (FWIW) Dec 1999

CLTFlyer

C-man

Australia

Jan/09

CMHChrisO

CMH

Dec/08

CMK10

Tempe, AZ (PHX)

Jul-02

coachrowsey

CLT

Sep 2003

colpuck Comicwoman

ATL/IAH Chicago, Il USA

Jul 2007 Jan 99

Confederate Hokie

VA-US

Jun 2006

Conservative Soldier Controller Kyle

Jan/09 Los Angeles, CA Jul 2008

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Counsellor

courier couscous San Ramon, CA

Jan 2007 April 2001

CozumelJen

New York City, New York, USA

Dec 2000

cpmairtight cranrob

Phoenix, AZ

May 2005

cressers

Cranbury, NJ UA Oct 2002 1K, BA Gold, AA Platinum, SPG Platinum, HH Gold DFW Aug-04

crews1

tx

Feb 2000

crju cstead

Los Angeles, CA, USA LAX/BUR/SJC/S Jul 2005 FO/OAK

curt

HAM, LH FTL

Mar 2000

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CV990

Portugal

Nov/08

CVO 1K 2 Million

Corvallis, Oregon Apr 2001

CXray cybergrrl

pdx

Feb/09 Dec/08

DaBenz7898 DAL767-400ER

Hamburg, Germany Dallas, TX, AA PLT, HH Gold

Jan/09 July 2005

dallasflyer

Nov 2000

Damian

Little Rock, AR; Royal Palm Beach, FL - DL Silver/TW Elite/Marriott Gold/SPG Gold

Jan 99

danielfigfoz

Figueira da Foz/London

Apr-09

danielos

Tel-Aviv, Israel

DanTravels

tropics

May 2006

davaller

Perth West Australia

Nov/08

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Dave&Linda

Northern Virginia Dec/08

David C

New York, NY

Jan 2007

DavidinNJ dba BOS

May 99 Jan 2006

dblakeart dbmaury

newnan, GA ATL Feb 2006 ORF & AUS May 2001

ddschur debi_zyx

Oct/08 Jerusalem, Israel Apr 2006

Deborah Quest

San Francisco, CA

Aug 2008

debua1k

Las Vegas, NV USA

Jan 2003

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delacpa

California -- AA Dec 1999 Plat & Hilton Gold & CO Gold & TW Elite!! Miami, FL Dec/08

Delta Victorian

demeter

see post under who we all are

derechin dereiziger MSP

Feb-09 Feb-09

Derek Webster

SNA (Soon to be Nov 1999 DCA!), always on AA

dg1

dgolds

The Airport, Aug 1999 USAirways Chairman's Preferred, Marriott Platinum, Hertz Gold, Hilton Gold, Hyatt Platinum, Starwood Gold SFO -- CO Apr 99 Platinum Elite

dgray

Perkinston, MS USA

Nov 1999

DIESEL1337

YYC

Nov/08

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dilbert

Fairfax, VA, USA Jan 99

dimigau dimples

Nov/08 Colorado Jul 1999 Springs,CO,USA

DisgruntledGoat

ORD. Emperor of Nov 2002 the Asshats. Team OP-FOP Special Ops, FT Troll judge, LWES chair, AA EXP, SPG Gold Guam, USA

diver

Djlawman DK_1KGal

Haddonfield, NJ San Diego, CA, USA Oct 2001

dlnewbie

Silver Spring, MD, DL Silver

Aug 2002

DMark

LAS

Nov 2006

dmdesign22

Dallas, San Diego & NYC

Feb 2007

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dmfriedman

Elgin, IL USA -- Mar 2001 UA PremEx; SPG Gold; Marriott Silver

dnastudios

Aylesbury, UK

Jan 2008

doc

May 99

doggieball

Raleigh, NC

April 2005

Dogstar

N Vancouver, BC, Canada

Oct 2000

Don

Connecticut

Jul 2000

Dottie80

London, UK`

Mar 2008

DoubleHaul

NC

Jan/09

Dovster

Yiron, Israel

July 2003

Druid's Dream

Ann Arbor

Sep 2007

dsearls

Jul-09

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dsimon

Westfield, New Oct 1999 Jersey, CO Silver, HP Silver, SPG Gold

Dudster

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Feb 2000

DuhWane

Houston,Texas USA

Duke777

PDX(home)/RDU May 2007 (school)

Durban American

Durban, South Africa Sep/06 Apr 2000

Jul-09

durkinjt EaglePutt

Tavares, Fl

earthgirl1975 ebayj San Leandro, CA Feb 2004

Jul-09

ECOTONE

DC region

Jul 2007

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Ecuacoflyer

Ecuador

Nov/08

egon.olsen

Warsaw, PL

Feb 2008

El Boocho

The District

Aug 2002

electrique

FRA / TLS

Apr 2008

ellenkd elll

Oregon Houston, TX

Jun 2008 Mar 2006

ElmhurstNick

Chicagoland

May 2000

ely3256874 eMailman

telaviv St. Moritz, Switzerland

Aug 2009 Feb 2000

EMD

Bloomington,IL USA

Empress

Toronto, Canada May 99 CP Executive Platinum, Starwood Platinum

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envie

Sep-08

epsilon0

usually SFO

Oct/08

erdehoff

SFO/OAK/SJC

Nov 2006

erdoc Erokkss

Albuquerque,NM Jul 1999 US Surrey, England May-09

esl1007

Aug/06

essxjay

PDX -- UA PE, DL SM, Starwood Gold, Hilton Silver

Estranged

Apr 2008

evanjill

Aug 1999

ewrfox

Jersey City, NJ

Jun 2004

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ExitrowPlease

Baltimore, MD

Jul 2005

exits are located here fabulousflygirl

UK Southern CA

Oct/08 Jan 2008

fallinasleep

JFK/LGA (AA Jan 2000 Plat UA Prem Ex CO Silver)

fargo

Fargo,N.D.

Mar 2000

FCYTravis

Richmond, CA

July 2004

feefee2003 Felix-55 fellybabe fimo LHR Sin- SQ PPS

Jul/08 Nov/08 Feb/08 Dec 2001

findingneema

San Francisco

Mar 2006

finlandia

DCA until I move back to HNL

Oct-07

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FinsUp99

Illinois

Dec/05

fisolahmad

Malaysia

Jan/09

fjord

Cincinnati, OH

Mar-09

FlierLie

Westerly, RI

Aug 1999

Flight_Medic

Buffalo, NY

Nov/08

flo

VIE, MEL

Jan/08

Fly By Night

orinda, CA, U.S.A.

Mar 2000

FlyAAway

Jan 2000

flyastrojets

DCA/IAD

Aug-03

Flyaway

Toronto, Canada. Air Canada Elite/ Marriott Rewards Gold Elite/ Hertz #1 Gold

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flygirl

Colorado Springs, CO USA

flygirl (new)

DEN

Dec 2003

flygirly flyguy

new york and philly West Palm Beach, Fl, USA

Apr-09

FlyingBear

Berkeley, CA

Sep 2006

flyingcircus FlyingGameBoy

Kansas City

Apr 2005 Nov/08

flyme2

Montreal, Canada

Apr 99

flymyst

Maui, Hawaii

Jul-09

Flynn

STR

Sep 2005

flyphilrun

Reunion Island, Indian Ocean

Nov/08

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folashade

NYC

Jan 2005

forbesy Fox Trot

DUB SFO Nov 2001

Jul-09

freefaller12k

Las Vegas

Mar 2000

future elite

Jun 2008

futureDALfa FXWizard

Shelby, MI, USA Oct 2002 Port Moody, BC Oct/08

g7mcmug Gajules

Toronto

Apr 2008

Atlanta, GA USA May 2003

Galskygge

Louisiana, USA

May 2006

GardyLoo

Seattle, WA

Feb 2002

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Gaucho100K

EZE, CGK

Aug 2000

GeckoSnow General_Flyer Seattle, WA

Nov/08 Oct/08

geo1004

Alexandria, Virginia - - US Airways Gold Preferred

Jan 99

GeoGirl

IND

Dec 2004

GeorgeJ

San Diego, CA, USA

georgielondon

London

Jan 2008

getonboard

Seattle, Wa, USA Apr 99

GG

LEX, SAN (some Dec 2000 of the time); DL GM, Marriott Platinum, HH Gold

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GITU

NY/MA

Feb/09

GK

London

Jul 1999

Glumech

JFK/LGA/EWR

Dec 2006

gmitchs

DEN

Oct 2007

gnedge

LGA/JFK

Oct-01

Goldlust

Denmark *** AC Nov 2000 Elite - SK Silver Hilton Gold VIP Starwood Gold

goldmedallionflyer

New England; DL Dec 2001 PM, HHonors G, Hertz G 5-star

Goldwatch

Sydney/London

Mar-09

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goodo

Melbourne, Nov 1999 Victoria, Australia

Gopher Puck Guy

MSP

Aug 2005

grbflyer

cheeseland, WI

Aug 2003

Green Dragon

Gainesville, FL, USA

Mar 2003

greg99

Cupertino, CA USA - UA 1K

Sep 1999

grenouille

france

Dec 1999

GRR_Flyer

Grand Rapids, MI Jan 2000

gsrather

Dec/08

gucciluxury

Oct/08

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Guest

Apr-09

GWM160 HamdhanA380 Hamilton guy

BOS

Dec/07

Mombasa,Kenya Feb/09 The Hammer Sep/08 (YHM)

Hammertoad

MCO via DFW, Mar 99 FSD, BDS, DSM, ORD, OMA

hauteboy

Austin, TX; AA EXP 1.7MM+ ; HHonors Gold; QF Platinum

Mar 2001

Helsinki Flyer

Helsinki, Finland Aug 2004

heramato

BCN-MAD-EZE

Mar/07

hhui

San Francisco CO Plat, UA PE, SPG Plat

hiflyer66

Japan/Middle East

Aug 2005

HJCYYZ

YYZ

Dec/08

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hkgweilo

HKG

Jul 2005

HK-UMICH

HongKong/ Ann Arbor Michigan

Apr 2000

hockyinsider

Midland, Michigan, USA CVG

June 2005

HollyHP

Jul 2001

Hong Kong Flyer

Hong Kong soon to be London

honu

Kailua, HI

Sep 1999

hoyateach

SCE

Jul 2004

hsxagent

LAX

Aug 2006

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hsxagent2

LAX

Aug 2006

Hughdal

American in Scotland California, USA

Nov/08

huts

Sep 2005

I live in Mombasa,Kenya,East africa. I012609

Chicago - AA April 2002 EXP, UA PExec, Marriott PL, Starwood PL, Hyatt Gold

Iflew1stClassOnce

JAX

Jan 2008

imissaster ImustbeinLA

The Bay Area, CA, USA Los Angeles / Orlando FL

Mar-09 Aug-08

Indogulf

Pittsburgh USA / Feb 99 Mumbai India

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Indurain

SNA, LAX

Aug 1999

Infant

AMS

Jul 2005

inkoherent

ORD, SIN

Feb 2001

islandcub

Charlottetown/Ott Feb 2000 awa, Canada

j379pa

PHX, Budget Traveler

Apr 2000

jAAck

New York, NY Dec 1999 USA **Executive Platinum**

Jailer

Long Beach, CA

Nov 1999

JALFAN

New York City

Aug 2006

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James V Root Jr

Hoopeston, IL

Dec/08

JamesTheRod jamez

Albuquerque, NM Springfield, MO Sep 2006

Apr-05

jamiel

Atlanta, GA USA

jan_believes

On my way to Feb 2006 Texas thru Tennessee with a stopover Washington, DC, Nov 2002 USA Pueblo, Colorado Aug 2007

jar

Jason Archambeault

jason8612

KRK/ORD

Nov 2005

Jassy-50

Santa Clara, CA

Mar-02

javafox

The Garden of England

Mar/08

JayFly JayJ

Hollis, NH, USA Seattle, WA

Aug 1999

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JazzieCazzie

DCA, BWI

Dec 2007

jazzy413 JDiver

Florida NorCal-SMF

Nov/08 May 2000

jdls22

Brick, NJ

Oct 2006

jebaanandhan JeffInIndy jeffreyt

UK IND DL PM/MM & AS MVP who lives in/works in SEA and LAX Sykesville, MD BWI, IAD (only if I have to)

Oct/08 Sep/08

JeffS

Jenbel

York, UK

Oct 2002

Jennygarth jer Geneseo, New York

May 2008 Mar 2001

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JerseyVics

NJ

Jun 2006

jesslyn

Brooklyn, NY

Jun 2004

jgommeau

Paris, France

Jul 2007

JHeroX Jim_B

London, UK Wherever you are, there you are

Nov/08

JIMBOLIGUY

Melville, NY

JimJ321 jjj0923 JLaw725

Chicago

May 2007 Oct 2007 Sep 2005

Denver, CO

jms8090

new york, ny,usa

joanek

washington, DC

Feb 2000

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JoeTPA

TPA

Nov/08

johannesj

St. Kitts and Nevis

Nov 2005

John Rinker

Denver,CO,USA Jun 2000

johnincolumbus

Columbus, OH

Nov/08

johnmcgrath Jon Toner

California Oct/08 Florence, MA Apr 99 (BDL, PVD, BOS)

JSD

Currently homeless -- UA 1K, AA PLT, Marriott PLT Starwood PLT, AmEx PLT

May 2002

jtrockefeller JudgeJ

Fort Lauderdale, Dec/08 FL Paris, France Jul 2007

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Jumpgate

Berkeley, CA, USA

Nov 2003

kajrare

May/06

Kal

Singapore

Mar 99

Karen2

Morgan Hill, CA USA

Feb 99

KarenPercy

Folsom, CA

Apr 2000

Karl S

London & Durban Jul 2004

Karl Stevens

Apr 99

kat99

Austin, TX

June 2004

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kathiel

Armada MI

Jul 2002

kcc

Santa Monica, ca Jun 2000

KChar kebosabi

South Windsor, Connecticut LAX

Aug/08 Jul 2006

kempis

Sweden

May 2000

kendalh KenHamer

YEG Vancouver, Canada

Sep/08

kerala kgisborne

Kerala Leeds, England

Dec/08 Jan 2004

kiam

BKK

Jan 2005

kidpachinko

Tokyo, Japan

Apr 2000

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kipper

?

Jun 2004

kiwicounter

TRG

Jul 2007

kiwitravelwriter

new zealand

Feb-09

kmansixty

SIN

Dec-08

KrisKringle kyklin

North Pole Pasadena, CA, USA

L-1011

Orange County, CA

Aug 2000

lac-flygirl ladiflier

Texas NY

Dec/08 Oct 2006

ladycmd2b

June 2005

lance

Malm", Sweden & Dec 1999 Des Moines, Iowa, USA

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larojg4

Boston

Jan 2008

LarryLat

MSP

Aug 2000

LAS+CDG lax 100K

LAS LAX - United 1K

Nov/08 Jan 2001

LAX 1K

Rowland Heights, Nov 1999 CA, USA - UA 1K

lazza

Newcastle-upon- Mar 2006 Tyne

LD75

Jan 2008

LEB

New Hampshire

Feb 2001

lemfc lemieux66

PHL and often LBB MUNICH, GERMANY

Apr-09 Nov/08

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LeoRawrs81

ORD

Jun-09

letiole

Alamo, CA -- CO Jun 1999 Gold; UA PE; Hilton Silver; Starwood Gold

Leumas

Wellington, NZ

Mar 2003

Leyla A

Chicago, IL

Dec/08

LGB

Long Beach; LAX Mar 2007

LHFrequentTraveller LI DEBBIE

MOW LOng Island, NY Apr 99

Feb-09

Library Dragon

Athens, Alabama, Feb 2000 USA

lindadavis

Toronto

Mar 2008

Ling

EUG 97405, PDX, NW silver, SPG gold

Oct 1999

Lipton***

Germany

Jan/09

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Lis

Vienna, Austria

Apr 2004

LizzyDragon84

MCO

Jan/09

llidotaja

WAS

Feb 2005

LLUMom

Western USA

Jul 2006

lmwong1977

SFO

Jun-09

lo2e

Maineiac, USA

Aug/01

Lokahi

Honolulu, Hawaii Jun 2001 USA

lombardo Long Zhiren SFO

Aug 2005 Feb/08

Loose Cannon

Orange County, CA

Aug-04

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LostInAmerica

Charlotte, NC

Feb 2006

LOSTINHNL

HNL

Jul 2005

Lowender1234

BOS

Oct/08

Lowfare

Sarasota, Florida Jul 1999

Lowjet

SFO

Apr 2000

lpy LRocksCan

SFO/SJC/OAK London, ON

May 2005 Apr 2005

lskohn

South side Chicago

Mar 2005

Lucky Loser

Houston

Nov 2007

luckybills

NYC

Aug 2008

lucyinthesky7

Dallas, TX

May-09

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Lvjava

NJ, USA

Mar 2000

lyss710

Toledo, OH

Jul 2001

Mac_A380

Bangkok, Thailand

Nov 2006

macbookguy

Dec 2006

MadDoc

Peabody, MA, USA

Jan 2000

mag

MUC

Jun 2001

magic111

SFO

Jan 2000

MagnoliaBeauty

Oct 2007

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MaireadRua

Orlando, FL

Apr-09

majorwibi

SLC, UT

Nov 2005

makfan

San Francisco, CA

Feb 2004

malbarda

Atlanta, GA, USA Nov/08

manar

London, UK

Aug 2005

Mandafly

Carrboro, NC

Aug 2006

Manifest Destiny marbe166

PHX NRK/ESSP

Mar-09 Feb 2005

MarkB

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Jan 99

markbach

Delaware, USA (Starwood Gold)

Mar 2000

markmaciejewski

MSP

Jan/09

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markp

hilton diamond, Nov 2001 co elite, ua premier, marriott silver

Marlowe73

Germany

Jul-09

marmitik

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Oct 2004

martin

Bristol, UK

Sep 1999

Marvella

South Beach, Flordia

mary finnigan massage guru Matt Wald Kauai, HI Bethesda, MD USA

Nov/08 Sep 2008

MatthewG

Victoria, BC, Canada (YYJ)

Jan/09

mauifirstclass

irving,texas USA Dec 1999

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mauld

New York, NY

May 99

mavi

Canada

maximolly

SFO

Jul-04

Mayfly

Kansas CIty, MO Feb/09 USA CLE New Jersey Aug 2004 Nov 2006

MBM3 mcl11

mcott

Ottawa, ON Canada

May 2001

MDT

Middletown, PA

Apr-09

mdtony

Bethesda, MD USA

Apr 2001

me4yankees mechman megamiles

TRI / NYC Seattle Toronto/New York/London

Jan-06 Feb 2007

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metelchik2326 Metralla

fl San Jose, CA

Oct/08 Dec/04

mevlannen Mfoste3

Dec/08 Jan/09

MichaelEI Michigan_Traveller72

Dublin, IE Bay City, Michigan

Jan/09 Oct/07

mijne

San Diego, CA

mikecart1 MikeEMT609

Jan/09 Los Angeles, CA Aug 2006

MileageAddict

Seattle - I fly Alaska and Horizon along the west coast and UA for everything else..except for UA Shuttle. Friends don't let friends use the Shuttle! Simi Valley, CA USA Apr 2001

MileCompiler

MileCrazy

pensacola, fl, usa

MileKing

Washington, DC

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Miles Heighway

CT

Feb 2004

MilesAMillion

Italy

July 2004

mileshog

May 99

mingdrille

Massachussetts

Nov 2006

Miramar missydarlin

London UK

Dec/08

Seattle, WA Apr 2001 USA, GO MARINERS!!!!#5

Mizu

FMO/SFO. LH Apr 2000 SEN, UA PremEx

mjm

Tokyo, Japan (Sometimes Shanghai and Singapore)

mjm572

OKC->NYC

May 2005

MMM

ADL - Australia and RIG - Brasil Germany

Jan 99

mmsteidl

Nov/05

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MoreMilesPlease

Clearwater, FL

Jul 2001

Morrissey

Los Angeles, CA, Jul 2001 UA Premier Executive, Bon Vivant

Mr_Moonlight

Florida

Aug-04

mrspilot

Marion, TX

July 2003

mspman

MSP - DL, CO Apr 2001 Plat, HIlton Gold

MtRoot

Pittsburgh, PA

Feb-09

MuAT Mvic

Orlando STL, MO, USA

Jan 2005 Mar 2000

mwg25

NJ - between EWR and PHL

Jan/09

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mws

Houston, TX , CO May 2000 PLT

myleguy

Denver,CO, USA Aug 1999

N153US

MSP

Jan/09

n301dp

Grand Forks, ND Feb 2008

nabvol

STL

Nov 2003

Name nananananana

From Brooklyn

Registered Nov-08

nanologs Nanook Santa Monica, CA Feb 99

Jul-09

NatalieLovesMiles

Tucson, AZ

Mar 2000

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nathan detroit

lake forest illinois Jul 1999 usa

naxos

alexandria, Virginia usa YUL

Jul 1999

nchinetti

May-09

ncvet61

AVL

Jun/05

ndwaldo

DEN

Dec/08

nearSACTO

near Sacramento Dec/05 CA

Need A Beach

Chicago, IL

Jul 2004

neilyork

LBA/MAN

Jul 2003

nekowaji

Scootsdale, AZ

Aug 2006

NeverAtHome

YYC: AC SE, HH Jan 2002 Diamond

newself

Long Beach, CA, USA

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neyoisles

san francisco, ca 94123

NightyNite

Sicklerville, NJ, US

Dec 1999

nitwit nj_flyer

CLE new jersey,usa aa plat,spg plat,ua pe

Apr/06 May 99

NJDavid

NjoyFLT

Dec/08

NJTravelers

NY/NJ

Aug 2004

nliedtke no longer atc

ORD, EWR, SNA Jan/09 Small Sussex village/LGW Feb 2003

Nobbi Non-NonRev

Alameda, CA USA/ MIA FLL

Jun 2000 Apr 2000

nopeanutsforyou

Jan 2006

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NRTHNL

Tokyo-HawaiiHouston

Jul 2007

nuggets

SFO

Dec 2007

nuttymama

Germany

Oct 2004

NWDC94Ever

Cleveland, Ohio

Jan 2002

Nymph

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Oct 2004

Odysseus

NYC

May 2005

Old Gold

oldbold onedog

Tucson, Baja Arizona, North America, The Earth, a Minor Planet in the solar system. . . . Un-Licensed . . . UnHobart, Nov 2000 Tasmania, CA, Nov 1999 los angeles, USA

onefreeman

Scottsdale, Arizona USA Registered Aug 98

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ontherun

Owings Mills, MD: BWI-UA Premex

Jan 99

onthewineroute

ORD

Nov/08

opus17

SJC, CA

Nov-99

ORD12

ORD [via OMA, ATL, AUO, & AMS]

May 2000

otambalkar

San Diego, CA

Aug-07

Owlchick

Seattle

May 2005

Oxford

Either 33,000 Dec 1999 feet, or a hotel, or one of many apartments throughout the world Jun/08

Ozark187

ozstamps

Sunny Sydney, Australia. Star Gold UA1P Starwood Gold

Jun 2000

ozzie_chic_au

Feb 2006

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Pacha

LAX / TXL

Apr 2001

paffendorf Pagodaswan

Italy North Yorkshire, UK

May 2004 Jul-09

Pam at Webflyer

Colorado Apr 99 Springs, CO USA

pamfitz99

Denver, CO

Dec/08

PanAm916

Stapleton

Jun 2006

PanAmFT

Sep 2006

PappaG

Helsinki, Finland January 2003

Patrick Vassallo pattas

NY AMS

Jan/07 Aug 2006

PAUL PALMER

Great Britain

Sep 2000

paularmor

Tallahassee, Florida

Mar/08

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pberrett

pbuntrock

New Hampshire

Aug/08

PCRFan PDXOutbound

Portland

Mar-09 Dec-08

PDXracer

Portland, Oregon Jul 2000 USA

PerrySSoCal

SoCal, USA

Jan 2000

petal

California

Mar-09

peteropny

covington, ky, Jan 2000 usa - DL-PM, Hyatt-Plat, HiltonGold, TAROM

Phil

Allentown, PA USA

Oct 1999

philforest

Arlington, VA, USA

Philipperv

Philippines

Apr 2003

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philsand

SEA

May-09

pinayexpat pinktristar

Frankfurt Newport RI

Apr 2006 Nov 2006

Pixie-Stix pjasnica

Austin, TX Kuwait City/Romeoville IL

Apr/08 Jun 2007

pjaucutt

pjs

Boca Raton, FL USA (PBI/FLL)

Mar 99

PJTSytms97 pkane pkfloyd7

DC SEA Aurora, Co. U.S.A

Oct/08 Jan 2006

Plato90s

Boston, MA AA EXP, UA 2P, HHonor Gold, SPG

Feb 2000

pltwannab

SDF

Apr 2005

polo123 ponygirl

Illinois Jul 2007 Upland, CA, USA Sep 2002

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powlan prala PremExec

Sausalito, CA washington, dc

Nov 2003 Jul 2001

Saginaw, MI Sep 2000 USA, Star Alliance Gold/UA PE- Starwood Gold, Hilton HH Gold

Princess1

Phoenix

Apr/08

PrinzII

Chicago, Il USA

Oct 2003

Priority Clubber Lang prncess674

Dec/08 New Orleans, LA Jun 2001

protomartyr

Chicago

Mar 2000

pseudoswede

Denver, CO and Apr 2001 my company doesn't love me enough to fly me everywhere to get elite status in ANY program Kent, UK Sep/08

ptbird

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ptcflyer

ATL - DL-PM / CO-SE

Dec 2001

Punki

Seattle

Purpleeagl

Washington DC

May 2004

pushbutton-getbanana QF WP

BWI Brisbane, Australia

Dec/08 Feb 2003

QuantumLeap

quartermoon

DEN, UA PE, Feb 99 Hilton Gold, ** Reactivate Delete Feature** IAH Dec 2007

Queenzjade

NYC

Dec/08

QuietLion

Kirkland WA

May 1998

Quinny_Martinez race911

Jun-09 Oakland, CA Nov/08

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raeban

Scottsdale, AZ USA

ragde77 ralfkrippner

MEX FRA/STR/NUE

Apr-09 Sep 2001

Ramz rand0m ranles

YYZ Seattle Downey CA USA

Apr 2005 Apr-09

RDU Flyer

Raleigh, NC / RDU

Jan 2002

RDU Guy

Goldsboro, North Jun 2001 Carolina, USA | USAirways Silver, Former (and disgruntled) Midway FF pdx May 2001

RDY3238

reckless31abandon

Colorado

Jan 2006

Redbeard911

Broomfield, CO

Nov 2002

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Redcenterflyer

Jan 2007

RedTeam10 RegistramoGirl

Indiana

Nov/08 Dec/08

Rejunvenated ReneeMoss

YYZ HKG AKL Miami Beach, Fl. USA

Dec 2003

renofett retirentravel

Florida Washington DC

Jul 2004 Feb 2002

rewardgal

Maryland, Pennsylvania

May-09

rewardplanner

Colorado Springs, CO

rexpokinghorn rfrost

Jan/09 new york, ny, usa Feb 2000

rhw88

San Francisco, CA USA

May 99

Ricechex

San Diego, CA

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richard

UA PremEx, USAir Pref Plus, 1K in '00

Sep 1999

Richard Logan

May/08

RichardinSF

Palo Alto, California,USA

Sep 2002

RichardLC

Tokyo

Nov/08

RichardMannion

Swindon, UK

May 2000

RichardMEL

Melbourne, Vic., Dec 2000 Australia, UA: 1K

RichG

New York, NY. May 99 UA Premier, CO Silver, Starwood Gold. Former UA PE, AA Gold, Marriott Gold

rickumali

Arlington, MA

Aug 2006

Riddle08

Gainesville FL

Feb 2008

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riseley11

Nov/08

RKG

SFO-NRT NW Feb 2000 Platinum Elite UA Premier Executive

robhakari

Lansing, MI

May/06

robmach RobotDoctor

Ann Arbor, MI Colorado

Sep-04 Nov 2002

RogerB

IAD

Dec/08

rollyo11

Bellevue, WA

Mar 2000

ronirp

Omaha, NE

Apr 2000

Rosemarie

West Springfield May 99

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rtpflyer

Wake Forest, NC, USA - US Gold, HHonors Gold, Starwood Gold, Marriott Silver

Jun 2000

rubicon

COS

Nov/08

Rudi

CH-8142 (ZRH)

Russ21Atl

The Official April 2000 Unofficial Land of DL/CRC Customer Service in ATL

ryguy1977

Aug-09

Ryu2

PVG/SFO

Mar 2001

sactoroy

SMF

May 2001

SAFLYER66 sailrob81

Texas MEL

Jan 2006 Aug 2006

salfcl

YYZ

Nov 2007

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Sam - DFW

Dallas, Miami

Apr-04

SameerUCLA

Sand Wedge

Los Angeles, CA; Dec 2001 temporarily in Pensacola Beach, FL; no, I have NO elite status in ANYTHING yet but working on AA Lifetime GLD Colorado Springs Feb 2000 CO USA

Sanosuke

YYC (soon to be Oct 2005 Tokyo)

SAPMAN

Ohio

Oct 1999

sarahwestcott satori Eureka, California

Nov 2007 Nov 1999

sbrennan007

ORD

Mar 2007

schadenfreude13

The Sand Trap

Apr-09

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schreibsman

YUL and MGW May 2002 (morgantown, west virginia [essentially PIT])

SCLgal

Santiago, Chile

Feb 99

SCMM

Winnipeg Mar 99 Canada, Cambridge England. CP - EP San Diego, CA USA Mar 99

Scooter

scoow

STL

Jul 2006

Scott the flier

-- UA1K -- Hilton Jun 99 Diamond -- San Jose, CA and wherever my travels take me. Dec/08 Paris Albuquerque, Mar 2001 New Mexico USA Aug-09

scottleibo Seaba Seat 27D

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Seat 2A

Ester, Alaska

April 2001

Seattlenerd

SEA

Dec 2004

sechita_M secrettips4u2u SeniorChief

BUR/LAX BWI

Sep/08 Jun-09 Aug 2006

SFOJFK

SFO/SJC/JFK/D Feb 2001 CA AA EXP

shadow

PDX/LAX DL Jul 1999 GM/AS MVP/SPG Gold/HH Gold/HY Plat

SharpDoggy shawbridge Concord, MA

Jan 2006 July 2005

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shisochou

Lawrence, KS

Jun 2005

Sidug Silver Fox SingaPaul

Vancouver, Canada UK, Hampshire SINUSA

Dec/08 Apr-09 May 2005

skAAtinsteph

DCA

Aug 2006

skibumkt22

Atlanta, GA

Jul-09

skilly SkyBlue41

Aberdeen SFO and PSP

Feb-09 Jan/09

skywalkerLAX

LAX/DTW/DUS

Jul 2005

SMessier

Silver Spring, MD Dec 1999

smibay

BOS

Jul-07

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SMLBoops

San Diego, CA, USA Irvine, CA - AA Exec Platinum Hilton Gold Hyatt Platinum

Jun 2000

SNA_Flyer

Jul 1999

snowgal Solipson

Colorado Springs, CO USA London/Dusseldo October 2003 rf

somuchtosee

SFO, SEA, PVG, Jan 2006 SEL

sonarbiscuit SouthsideJAX

Oregon JAX

Jan/09 Nov/08

SOX-Guy

NYC...HPN

Jun-09

spartacus

Charlotte, NC, USA

May 2000

speechguy2

Minneapolis, MN Dec 1999

Spiff

Louisville, KY

May 2000

spiffy_dude

Bay Area, CA

Aug-04

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spikegomez spitz1

Nov/08 Mendota Heights, Jun/04 MN

SpuddBrother

Travel Product Manager -Airline Ticket Awards

Mar 2001

SQ4000

Jun/08

srwhittington

Alameda, CA SF Bay Area

Nov/08

St Vincent

South of England Mar-09

stanontour

UK

Nov/07

starflyergold

Dublin

Apr 2009

StarG

JKT - SQ PPS (QPP8)

Jul 2003

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stargold

the back seat, Jul 2000 bouncing back and forth between UK and Korea

Stars4SA Starwood Lurker II

Texas Singapore

Jun/07 Apr-05

Steffo

Gila, NM, USA

Sep 1999

stetchworth

Perth, Australia

Mar-09

stevevan

Ottawa, ON Canada Seat 1A

Aug 1999

stimpy

Feb 99

Stir Crazy

LAX

Mar 2007

student

Philadelphia,PA, Apr 99 USA

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studley

Dallas, TX, USA

Apr 2001

Sugarbaby54 superEGO

Jan/05 OKA (Okinawa, Aug 2005 Japan) and AUS

Susie Stewardess

The Soul of Texas

Feb 2007

svpii

Hickory, NC USA Jun 2000 AA Gold, US Silver, Honors Gold, Marriott Silver

sxpsxpsxp

Westchester, NY Feb 2002

Syrupska

Melbourne, Australia

Oct/08

tartetatin

GRR

May 2000

tazi

Ellicott City, MD USA

Sept 2002

tclem001

ORF

Nov/08

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TCologne

Cologne, Germany

techgirl

Dallas, TX

Mar 2001

tedhl

Hong Kong

Tempus

COS

Nov 2005

ThatAdamGuy

San Francisco, CA

Jun 2005

The Bill Mattocks

Lakewood, CO, USA

Jan 2000

The Monk

Jul-09

the phoenix

Long Island NY

Jan 2004

The_Daddy

Italy

Feb-09

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the_traveler

PVD

Apr 2005

thegoderic

S.W. Scotland

Jul 2005

thepla

TheRoadIsLife thesilb

Highland PArk,IL,USA -AA Exec Plat, Starwood Plat, Holiday Inn Plat Mill Valley, CA

Nov/08 Feb, 2000

thesmithiz

Tampa Bay Florida

Feb/08

Tiffa16

bos

July 2002

Tifosi

YEG

Oct/08

timchen

Fullerton, CA

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timo469

Madison, WI, USA

Jul 2003

timothyp_787

Tidewater, VA

May 2006

TIMP

Hobart

Nov 2005

tkey75

MCO, MLB

Oct 2005

todorovic

College Station, TX

Jun 2007

Tom92591 tonyflo04 tonywestsider

Ontario California Dec 2006 RNO (Renoe/Tahoe) LAX Apr 2006 Dec 2007

toppshelff

Indianapolis, IN, USA Dallas, Texas, USA

Apr 99

TrAAveller

Jan 99

TransWorldOne

Tempe, AZ

travelgurl4life

Dec/08

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travelingwith2kids

Dec/08

Traveliter

SFO area, CA

Sep 2004

travellingcari

NYC

Apr 2007

Travellingswede

Sweden, Europe Feb/09

Traveltalker

MN

Jul 2007

traveltoomuch

Cleveland, OH

Jan 99

TravelWeary

Olympia, WA

May 99

t-rev TribeFlyer

MSP Maryland (DCA, BWI); US Silver Pref

Oct 2004 Feb 99

TropicalFlyer

Honolulu,HI, USA

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trujvagi

Willoughby, OH, USA

Dec 1999

tummyg

bangkok, Thailand

Jul 1999

turing

SFO/SJC/OAK

Dec 2005

twiz

Alamo, CA

Aug 1999

UA vs NW

Baltimore, MD,USA

Jan 2003

UA_Eagle

Alexandria VA

Jan 2001

UA_Flyer

Bethesda, MD

April 2003

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UAX@SFO

SFO

Jan 2002

UCBeau

San Diego

May 2007

uncle1k

Reno, Nevada

Jul 1999

United_Flyer3

UK

Dec 2005

United757 ursa usaf

Seattle Washington DC newburyport.ma

Mar-08 Nov/08 Jan/09

USCgirlie

Silicon Valley & SFO

Mar 2006

V.G.E.

CWL

Jul 2006

Valerie

San Diego

Sep 2006

valree

DCA

Jun 2004

Vantzy Vaportrail67

Paris

Mar-09 Nov 2006

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vecta

Sydney

Feb-08

Verito

Jun-07

Viking51

France, Aug 2007 Germany, Swiss

violist

Boston MA US

Mar 2000

vivrant

Queens, NY, USA

Jun 2004

VolFanDave vr4playa

Florence, SC Chicago

Mar/07 May-09

VTFreiherr

BOS

Dec 2003

Wainwright

SBN

Apr 2007

wanderlust

SFO, don't ya know.

Apr 99

wanderlust_jules

JFK, SMS

Apr 2005

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Want2fly

Queens, New York

Dec/08

Water Polo Ref

Jackson, MS, USA - DL PM

Feb 2001

wb9tio

SAN

Dec-08

WDWMom2

Long Beach

Mar 2000

WebCrawler

Norwalk, CT USA Jun 2000

Weez

Louisville, KYOnePass silver elite

Mar 2000

wharvey

West Henrietta, NY, USA

Jul 2000

WHBM

London, UK

Jul 2001

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Wiggums

SNA

Aug-01

wijomas

Auckland, NZ AKL

May 2008

William Allen

Nov/06

WinginIt

Sydney, Australia Jul 2001

Wingless wingnutz work2fly

Redondo Beach, Feb 1999 CA Kansas Oct/08 Walnut Creek, CA Oct 2002

world_citizen

Arlington, VA

Mar 2007

Worldtraveler36

Malibu, California, USA

Dec 2001

wsucougarchick05

Middle of nowhere, SW WA

Apr 2008

Wyatt Riot

Mankato, MN

Apr 2006

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xinerevelle

Panama City Beach, FL

Nov 2005

YH TAM

Singapore

Jul 2008

YHZScreeningGuard

YHZ

Mar 2008

yonatan

G"ttingen, DE/Cupertino, CA

May 2000

yxetrent

Canada

Feb-06

YYCWoMaN

Calgary, AB CANADA

Jul 2005

z6p6tist6

Austin, TX, USA

Sep 2002

zcat18

Chicago, USA

Aug/08

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Zhaunk

Antioch, CA

Jun 2005

zico77

Trondheim

Aug-09

ziggystardust Zilvermyner Zombie

Liverpool, UK

Mar 2008 Mar-09

YYZ

Jul 2001

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Notes Location: Seattle. DOB: More than 21 years ago. Marital Status: Single, and not allowed to marry if I wanted to, but still hoping to meet someone so I don't have to deal with the damn single occupancy supplement. Occupation: Government Analyst. Travel: Yes. Whenever I can. Work is mostly to the nation's crapital, with other visits on occasion. Last U.S. Domestic Travel: SEA-DCA-SEA (Big fan of AS 1,2,3 and 4) Now that I've been lurking on this board - and learning a lot - for the past year, I keep seeing the message to “Tell us a little about yourself in the Community forum." So, here goes. I joined last year (10-07) in anticipation of a trip to Bangkok on Singapore Airlines. After reading, I opted to do the non-stop from EWR to SIN. Executive Economy was everything I hoped for. (I paid for this flight!) Stayed a few days in SIN, then, onto BKK on Singapore Airlines. Without a doubt - the best flights I have ever had. I still remember the gentle way the hostess would "present" a beverage to me. Name: Valery Smith Proffesion: Web Graphics Designer UPDATE: So it's been almost exactly 2 years since I first posted to this thread, and so much as changed!! First, I am 2 years older (31 now), but also, I am no longer living in ORD or working in NYC. I quit my job with my consulting firm last year and re-located to exotic Dubai, where the winters are better, but where the miles and hotel points are sadly lacking. Even without the travel, FT is still fun (a big to all my friends here, esp the RTGL ones!!!), so I continue to post here and hope to be updating this thread in another 2 years! And oh yes, I continue to enjoy mini-Toblerones for any celebratory occasion. ORIGINAL:: Hi, everyone, I'm 3timesalady. Been around for a few months, lurking for awhile before then, but only getting around to introducing myself now! I'm awfully quick to conjure up conspiracy theories, so for fear of big brother, I believe I'm registered under a fake name. If I ever meet any of you in person (and I hope to!), I'll consider divulging my real one. I'm 29, your typical MBA-cum-consultant, currently racking up the miles and hotel points during my weekly commute b/t Chicago and New York. When not on the road, I enjoy mini-toberlones, long walks on Dear Members, My name is Alejandro Alcaraz I am 24yo and I live in Barcelona, SPAIN. I am currently enrolled in a Law & Master degree in ESADE Business School in Barcelona. I am a Platinum Charge Card member for almost two years. I have been reading this post for a very long time and I find it very useful. Cheers, Alejandro Alcaraz ..and next, we have 777Brit! So, where do I begin? Well, a long time ago, in a dark, damp hole, there lived a future FT'er..... Seriously folks, I'm David, 30 yrs old, born and raised in London, England. I have my wife (Mrs.777Brit), an older brother (34) and my Mum, and that's my close family. My Dad passed away in January 2001 during emergency surgery. I miss him, but I know he's always with me. My interest in travel started when I was about 8 years old. I took my first ever plane ride (I was a late starter) on a BA 747 in Club to Sri Lanka, on the BA033, routing LHR-BAH-CMB. I was (motion) sick as a dog for the whole flight, a problem that was to blight my early travels, up to the age of 18! My grandfather was the co-founder of Air Lanka, back in 1979, and was my inspiration to work in travel. I joined American Airlines as a reservations agent back in 1991, then moved up to Stansted the following year, where I worked as a Passenger Service Agent. My career with AA continued until 1997, when I left to work for a corporate travel agency as their IT Manager! After two and a half years, I went back to Sabre Inc. as a programmer, and then became EMEA Senior Business Just rediscovered this site! I'm from DFW (Texas) and run a computer security and computer forensics firm. Travel internationally 6-8 times/yr. Mostly Europe (LHR, AMS, FRA, WAW) trying to build our EU operations and South Africa (JNB, DUR). Like to play golf when I go (time & weather permitting). I like to book my own travel and get somewhat frustrated by the airline sites, and the normal other sites (orbitz, etc.). Sometimes tough to arrange multi-city travel on the sites. So I hoping I can get some tips, etc. from this site. Also use TripAdvisor quite a lot, I find it very helpful. Any recommendations on good golf courses near LHR, FRA or JNB would be welcome. Cheers, Kelly Posts: 1 From San Marino, Europe. Hi, I'm Mauro, 53, living in Republic of San Marino, in Europe. Love travelling, I visited most european countries, NYC, Niagara. I lived in Detroit when I was 1 to 8 years old, my parents were imigrants. I work as a legal expert Just a bit older thahn the last time I posted, but still the same ole me. That is - - an ole redneck cowboy from Texas who has spent TOO MUCH time in one of those there silver tubes Not sure if I have the right site or post but I am new to Flyer Talk and this is the best that I could find to tell about myself. My name is Phil, I live in Phoenix and have been an aviation buff for years and once upon a time I was actually a Student Pilot. I still have by log book and look at it once in a while. Spent too many years in the Army being where there wered no flying clubs. I'm a Manhattanite who lives to travel. All of my travel is personal and I always book the cheapest fare available. I've accrued 1.6 million miles into my AAdvantage account which I opened in December 1983. As most of my travel is International, I've found that it's a good idea to dress nicely, smile politely, and be NICE. I've had a pretty good average of getting comp upgrades (to biz). Traveling domestically I upgrade with my stickers, but only if a snack or meal is being served. I'm realtively new to the this, but have enjoyed eavesdropping for the past few months and have posted to this thread on the urging of my friend in Dallas, TrAAveller. Don't know if anyone still reads this, but here it is: 24 year old Caltech PhD, former Management Consultant (the world could use one less), COO of a biotech company, and now a tenure track university professor. I travel quite a bit to Hawai'i (Maui and Kaua'i) for fun, and all over the world for research conferences, lectures, and collaborations. SS my name is elharith sirelkhatim ihave just come back from along trip using your fantastic planes to kualalambour me and my son ienjoyed the flight and now iwouold like to add this trip to my miles &points thanks to all of you and also please convey special greetings to cap. habeeb alansari for his nice take off and good landing at BAHRAIN AIRPORT SALAM TO ALL

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I'm 32, and I am a Canadian foreign service officer. I am presently posted in New York (which I will like much better when I don't have to live here). Prior to this I was in Hong Kong, which I loved, despite the fact that I was trying to survive on a frozen, junior officer's salary. I have also had a short stint in Beijing (which I was lucky enough to be in before the explosion in road traffic). My favourite part of that assignment was the Embassy bike--it had cute little diplomatic plates on it! I will be cross-posted to Seattle this year which I am looking forward to. I grew up in the airline business. My father was a pilot, and I almost wept the day I graduated from University and had to give up my passes. I am addicted to flying. It is my only vice. I drink in moderation, I don't do drugs, I don't smoke, but I freely spend money on plane tickets like it is going out of style. Like Islandcub, I am prohibited from collecting points on official travel, but I fly enough personally to accumulate over 100K annually. (Which, I think, speaks volumes for my fanaticism). Islandcub: are you with the Government? My bargaining unit is currently in negotiations with TBS, and it is going very badly indeed. Hello! Thought it about time I introduced myself, I have been lurking for rather too long. My name is Simon and I live in Bristol UK. I am an Auditor and have my own business, specialising in the profitability of Restaurants, Hotels and Public Houses. Regrettably my profession does not entail much business travel, so any mileage I do is for leisure purposes, generally in the back of the aircraft. I look forward to making a further contribution once I have found my feet. Hmmm...didn't know this was here...here goes... I was born in Santa Cruz California, live there now. I went to Sonoma State University for my undergraduate degree in Psychology, then to McGeorge School of Law (part of UOP) in Sacramento for my law degree. Been practicing in a traveling job but it got to be too much for me so now I'm practicing on my own and working at a church. I'm still adicted to the miles, though. (was before the job, too.) In my year and a half on the traveling job I made diamond in both hilton and hyatt, gold in sheraton. Premier Exec on United, Platinum on American, MVP on Alaskan, and was for one year Silver Medalion on Delta. I am now limited somewhat in my mileage earning, but still have enough VDB vouchers to take AAdvatage (pardon that.) of some promotions for the next year (such as the 100K Oneworld promo that I just tonight bought tickets for. I'm 27, male, married, and my pantry is FULL (literally) of Diet Coke. name: Mary. profession: manager of a team of call center associates (not telemarketers!). location: DFW. I don't get to travel much with work but have started feelin' the itch to travel. I'm not picky about where I'll go -- big cities, country, beaches, anywhere! Since I'm funding my own travels, I'll definitely be looking for great fares from DFW to...pretty much wherever! I've sort of come to FT backwards though -- through one of my closest friends (Tech Girl) who (whom?) I know IRL. She's introduced me to a few other FTers who are pretty cool so I thought I'd come and meet some more! My name is Jan-Kåre , and 38 years old. Living near OSL Gardermoen Norway, Lillestrøm. Hi everyone, I'm a newbie here ... I've been reading through some of the self-introductions ... quite amazing. I really like reading people's experiences on "my" airline. My name is Christopher. I am 26, living in RI, commuting to BOS. I work for a major European airline ... I'll let you discover which airline. Discretion is my motto. I like commercial aviation, photography of commerical airliners, good eats (going to good restaurants), and above all Francophone culture. Fortunately my job does have its perks. I have been able to travel all over Europe (above all France), to Mexico (Mexico City), Argentina (Buenos Aires), and Morocco (Fez, Rabat) and will soon add Korea and New Caledonia to the list. In addition to getting to know airline products a little more, I have gotten to know the hotel industry. My best friend is a mystery client for the Sofitel Hotel chain. I love their "MyBeds" . His experiences have opened my eyes to what really is good and what is not good, making me even more picky ! I look forward to discovering as many luxury hotels as the budget can afford ! Looking forward to reading all of your contributions. Write away ! Finally I manage to say hello to the world. I love to fly since my first day of school. That's 12 years ago now, which makes me 18 and last-year student at Kantonsschule (High School) Rychenberg, Winterthur. Yep, another swiss guy, living some 30 kilometers out of Zurich. Besides school I work as a web designer and PC supporter to earn some money, and I just love my computer. Might sound odd, but I fell in love with these strange machines at the age of 3 when I first played PacMan. Other favorite hobbies are trampoline jumping (there's a local team where I live, and no, this is not a common activity in Switzerland either), skiing, cooking, and of course travelling. After graduating from school next spring I'll study communications and journalism, hoping to end up somewhere in the advertising / corporate communications sector somewhen. My addiction for airline marketing is obvious on my "just for fun" airline site. Despite the image one might have of a Swiss I'm not saving my money but spending most of it on travel, mainly on SR and the Qualiflyer partners, where I also accrue my miles. My father's a Travelclub member and I hope to make it to the "club" by next March, Hi, I like airports. Actually, I work as a software developer for a German airline. It's not one of the really big few (like Lufthansa), but it's not a small one either. Most Germans probably know it. Because of my job, I do know my way around terms like PNR, Fare Rules, SSR, PNL, etc. - but still not nearly as well as you guys. I'm not a frequent flyer (yet?), but I love aviation and while flying in First is still a dream for me, I very much hope it's a dream that sooner or later will come true. I work with the Navitaire NewSkies system our airline is running, so if you have any questions about that, feel free to ask. However, I can't disclose any information specific to our airline as that would probably get me into trouble. Well, that should be enough about me Looking forward to reading all the interesting threads here on FT and maybe even being able to answer a question here and there. My name is Sean Moran I am 21 years old I currently Work in Customer Service for Old Navy I am trying to get into the airline/ airport industry I currently attend Mt. San Antonio College in Los Angeles working towards a transfer to Cal State LA for a Bachelors Degree in Aviation Administration. Hey all, Just another newbie here. found this site about 2 weeks ago and I'm addicted! Hmm, a little about myself - I'm 40, male, live in Vancouver BC and it seems I spend my life travelling. I currently work for a Medical equipment manufacturer and cover western Canada. I'm SPG Platinum, and Canadian Gold (although with the current state of that airline.... my points and I are getting a little nervous) Thought I might be able to make the Montreal "Meeting" but our mtg has been moved up to May instead.

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Hi there, I'm William and I'm 24 years old currenly working for Department of Labour in NZ. I was from China 10 years ago now living and working in NZ. I travel mostly between AKL and XIY as you can see from my user name. I can travel up to 4 times a year to China from New Zealand if I'm required to. For short holidays I travel between New Zealand and Australia, simply there are more things happening than NZ, and of coz good shoppings too. Living in NZ it's nice and queit. However, there are not many flights to other places, because it is too far away from anywhere else. So when you fly, it is more than likely you will be flying long haul. Anyway, happy flying and welcome to China and New Zealand. Okay, maybe you can't hear my artificial Texas accented English, but here are my vitals: Name: Robert. Location: Currently: Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico (across from El Paso TX USA). DOB: The same day and year that Elvis Presley died! Marital Status: Single and looking forward to change it soon! Occupation: Unemployed software developer looking for work. Travel: Wish I could do more, but alas: I am fresh out of college and low on funds. Last U.S. Domestic Travel: ELP-PHX-LAS-EWR-LAS-ELP. Last International Travel: CJS-ELP-CJS by foot across the Rio Grande in search of work. Next trip: ELP-ATL-EWR-ATL-ELP if I can find someone willing to co-sign a $8000 continuing education loan with me! :-). Pets: Two cats: Simon and Cash. All jet-black fur, outdoors, and Simon drools too much! Fun Facts about Me: I bait Nigerian 419 scammers who lurk on eBay, I am 0% Hi, this is my first time being here. I have been a loyal customer with Northwest Since 1987 as platinum Elite. I am little bit concern about the recent merger with Delta? What should I do? Should I stay with Skyteam or any other better Alliance is out there? Original FlyerTalker back in action again. Back to participating in the forum after several years of inactivity! Originally joined FT back in 1998; still work as a design drafter and just accepted a contract job in paradise; better known as Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. (2200 miles SW of Honolulu.) It's a two-year contract job working at the Reagan Test Site, which is part of the Pacific Missile Range. Don't fly as often as I used to, but I'm gonna be racking up some serious mileage! I was born in Alexandria, VA but was only there for 10 months (military brat). I have lived in San Fran, CA, Tampa, FL, Seoul Korea, Layton, UT, Tucson, AZ, Fairbanks, AK, and now in MD. I had traveled to all but 9 states before I ever entered the workforce, so needless to say I had to get a job that involves travel. Now the only states I have not visited are N & S Dakota, and Vermont. I guess I should hop on a plane and knock those states out.. but it's on my list of things to do. I recieved my Bachlors degree in Business from the University of Maryland, College Park. GO TERPS!!! I currently work for a national trade association in Alexandria, VA simply to test my stress levels (commuting from MD). I love talking to strangers! I am that person who says hello when you pass me on the street or entering an elevator. We are all strangers until we meet and you never know who may be sitting next to you on a plane or working in your building. They could be your future best friend or business partner. Life is too short not to be friendly. I guess I have to say that I am single, but my sister got married and had "the grandson" so some of the pressure is off. I'll get there eventually, but I Hello all! For over a year now I've used this as my encyclopedia for all travel related advice. When in doubt, I knew some FTer must have wondered the same thing - sure enough, I've always found what I'm looking for. Since I've mastered the art of "taking" from this forum, I decided (pre-new years resolution I might add!) to finally start "giving" back. I hope I live up to your example. Hi! I'm also quite new here and am quite glad that I found FT as it is extremely interesting, so I read here almost every day. I live in a (from an American's point of view ) small town in Germany. My "home-airport" is Munich. I am studying English and Geography (educational business) at a university. Having studied business administration before, I also lived in HEL for 4 months (internship). In my spare time I read a lot and create websites etc. I really adore travelling (must be the genes ), but cannot travel as much as I would like to (limited time & money). Which doesn't prevent me from planning (also for others) and I'm also quite good at "optimizing costs" of all kind (ok, sometimes I'm a bit stingy ) Usually I travel together with my family for leisure, but 1-2 times per year also alone as my partner lives in Northern Europe. FT has been really helpful and interesting for me so far and it is really nice to be here! Hello there! Just like someone above mentioned I am not sure about the proper etiquette for this thread. Since I am also a newbie (not to flying but to FT), I would appreciate to be enlightened regarding the custom if I‟m “out of bounds”. My thirtieth birthday is around the corner. I work as a Business Development Manager for a sign manufacturer and my main business is to do “start ups” for new distributor and/or to help our existing ones throughout the world with marketing and sales. Our departments head office is located in ARN were I also live. Since I travel out of Scandinavia * Alliance (have always preferred LH to SK) is the natural choice. Glad that I discovered FT and enjoys reading about air travel and travelling in general. My name is Andrius Uzkalnis, I am 34 at the time of writing, male, married, two daughters. I was born in Lithuania and I spent the past 11 years in UK working for a major media company, first as editorial staff and now as a manager in our very international operation. Through business and leisure travel, I fly perhaps about 70,000 miles per year, although part of it is on airlines which are yet to discover meaningful FF programs. I am not particularly knowledgeable about aircraft, although I can tell most of the makes apart. I get a massive thrill out of take-offs and landings; I like strange cities, high-rise hotels and top-floor bars with views of metropolis lights at night.My favourite airport in the world is Osaka Kansai; partly because this is where I arrived when I first travelled to Japan. I also have a thing about guidebooks: buy at least a couple for every destination I travel to. When I find the time, I write reviews on Amazon.com. My job is often highly stressful and sometimes very, very lonely. Exiting an airport in a strange land, getting a taxi and going to the welcoming warmth and lights of a large hotel is a dose of medication which safely keeps me on this side of Well, I'll jump in. I'm a lawyer (boo-hiss) and worked in insurance defense for a number of years. Now I'm practicing criminal law for the state and keeping the bad people off the streets. Mrs. Andyandy and I live in a 1916 bungalow with our two dogs and four cats. We love to travel, and Flyertalk has been an invaluable resource to us. After years of lurking, I'm trying to be a bit more active in the Hi! I just found this site a few weeks ago and after lots of lurking, decided to sign up. Through C&P'ing some of the more interesting posts, I also got my brother (Iflew1stClassOnce) to sign up, too! (By the way, PC = President's Club.) I'm currently in a small Texas town and, through virtue of my relative proximity to IAH, am learning the wonders of obtaining Elite FF status. Thanks for all the advice and laughs so far and I'm looking forward to more!

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O.K., time for some info on me... I'm 30, live in Chicago and I am a PeopleSoft consultant who does not work for PeopleSoft. I've been a MileagePlus member since 1992 when I went to Alaska for vacation but last year was the first time I hit Premier/PremExec. I've been on assignment in Boston for about 1 year and fly back and forth every week with the occasional staff meeting in Bethesda (never lived there, but been there! ) I flew about 80,000 miles last year and fell 8 segments shy of 1K I'm single and enjoy leisure travel (& work travel), wine collecting, reading, volleyball (haven't played in a while though), movies (avid Star Wars fan and not a geek!), music, theater....I could go on & on (Probably already did! ) Can't wait 'till the Boston FlyerTalk shindig! [This message has I'm a teacher/actor living here in BUD as you can tell. I've lived here for 10 years, and my wonderful wife is Hungarian. She and I and are two year old son travel regularly to and from the US. (My son is great on board, he's had a Lufthansa FF card since he was six months old). We also travel around Europe quite a bit, although mostly on the many LCC that now serve our city. I love the culture of flying and all that goes with it. Like wandering around airports. My favourites are the biggies like FRA, LHR and JFK with planes big and small from all over the world. I feel lucky whenever a layover crosses paths just right with arrival or departures of AIC, ETH (great airline) or RKA (to name a few). If any other FTers need advice on where to go or where to stay in BUD or Hungary, drop me a Well, I guess I have been putting off my entry into this thread and should just do it. I have been lurking at this site since October and started posting in January. I have been flying all of my life (I'm almost thirty) but have never concentrated on one program until the postings on this site convinced me to start trying to. Living in the Dallas area, American is the logical choice but I have had many bad experiences on the airline from years past. Since the start of the year I have about 31,000 Onepass miles and have made Silver Elite. Almost all of my traveling is on my own dime on weekend trips. I have also made Platinum with Hyatt and Silver with Hilton. Now that I have a "real job" I can afford this hobby and I'm having the time of my life. Thanks for everyone's great advice. By the way, I'm trying to make the Flyertalk event in Montreal in July to meet some of you. If your ever in the DFW area just let me know if you have any time to meet up for a drink and discuss travel stories. We even have Krispy Kremes here now. Thanks -James Hi all! New member here, making my inaugural post. My name's Dan, and I recently started a new civilian career after finishing 20 years in the US Military. With the new career comes new travel! I live in Las Vegas and fly about once a month to the DC area. Based on the LAS-IAD nonstop flights on United, they've become my airline of choice, and I just earned Premier level for this year... first time at any status level in a frequent flyer program for me, so I'm scouring the internet for tips and tricks... which led me here. Looking forward to learning a lot from you guys. Off to post in the United MP section for more specific questions. Hey there. I also wanted to introduce myself after reading for quite some time in this very helpful forum. I live 30 km south of FRA. I am 32 years of age. I work for an electronic components distributor as a material planner and logistics engineer. My flying is mainly leisure mostly on weekends from FRA to SZG to my fiancée. My nick comes mainly due to the fact that I love the ocean. In my free time I play squash. So long. Aquaguy Well I've waited long enough so here goes ....Ive been around FT for a while now(right before the Pguy newsbreak) and must say that I'm addicted I will do just about anything to accumulate miles. I'm 37 and work for the USPS (so ozstamps i may be contacting you soon . I have a son, daughter & a very understanding husband when I get on here!!! I don't travel as much as I would like, but someday I will! So in the meantime I will just collect those miles. I would like to personally thank Randy for giving us such a useful tool (FT) The knowledge on this board has helped tremendously, not to mention all the FT friends I've made I am an the veteran of 56 cruises world-wide. I live in Miami but I also have a place in Exuma in the Bahamas which is one of Delta's newest destinations out of Atlanta. I have been going there since I was 5 years old and I can honestly say that it has some of the most beautiful, peaceful beaches in the world. The little cay just next to Little Exuma is where they recovered the "chest" in Pirates of the Caribbean; Dead Man's Chest. Every year in April they hold the Family Island Regetta which brings in people from all over, including more than the usual celbrities, to watch the native boats race. It is an incredible experience. My wife has several companies one of which is a wait staff company which brings workers from the Philippines on HsB visas to work in country clubs. Normally the fly Northwest and last year we had the opportunity to fly to Manila on Northwest in Business. It was my wife, her mother/partner and myself. We flew from FLL to Detroit and then on to Japan and then Manila. The connections were convenient and the service was fantastic. I was very impressed. We just returned from Paris on Air France in Business and I believe that Northwest was better. I must be in the mood for writing – discovering Webflyer, the incredible resources, and growing list of friends and a very special angel – who you all know, and I‟m becoming aquatinted with her magic. It's now time to post on this link. Almost anything you would care to know about me, and many things I can‟t believe I wrote can be found on a pet project of mine called Infinite Humanity, and is located at www.123456789.net. It‟s a free site, free project – to preserve individual stories for future generations. I‟m a native Californian, living in Los Angeles. My travel lust began at a young age. At 15 I boarded a TWA 707 and crossed the USA and the big pond for Milan – alone – the true passion for travel really began. I spent a wonderful year at the American School in Switzerland, - went back to the US to finish high school, and five exciting years at ASU (with a year off to work as a handyman at the Alta Lodge in Utah – and those of you who know snow – there are few places finer then Alta). The professional career was (and is) diverse – centering on the development, management and consulting of specialized trade centers around the world. In the last 15 years, I owned my own I'm a 51-year old travel fanatic who's an actuary the rest of the time. It pays for plane tickets. Moved to KS a year ago after 25 years in NJ. When I was little, my Dad used to fly out of CAK on sales trips- sometimes all 5 of us would line up with Mom at the chickenwire fence and plug our ears as the jet engines backfired and the plane took off. I always wanted to go to Europe- can't explain it, since none of my siblings cared one way or the other. I took a few domestic flights in college between exciting places like CAK, CMH, CVG and Indianapolis, and finally went to Europe on my own at age 25. Went again 3 years later, then married a spendthrift whose idea of fun was deep-sea fishing. I still get seasick when I think of those trips- and the cost would have paid for 2 R/T airfares to Europe with money left over. But, he was a miserable traveler. Even on trips to MYR to see my parents, he blew up at every little inconvenience. Motherhood also slowed me down, although I managed to get to Europe and other great destinations a few times on business. Casualty Actuarial Society meetings brought me to places like the Boca Raton Resort, Bermuda, Disney World, Marco

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Hi, I recently found this forum because of the LatinPass 1M promotion. There has been a lot of useful info here, and I hope to go on my first mileage run in May. Anyway, I'm 35, live in London, UK, but I am Dutch. I used to fly a lot (more than 100k miles per year), but I never got any miles for it, as I generally travelled on industry discounted fares. I recently changed jobs, and now work for an Internet company, where I do get miles, but fly much less. I am still KL Royal Wing, but will probably lose that next year - especially since I've started to take the ferry to Holland (but hey, I did make the gold level on their frequent sailor program). Finally decided to throw my name into the hat, as so many of you have already done. I have been a member of flyertalk for a few months now, and have chosen the topics I reply to carefully. Some I feel like replying to, but decide against it. More and more, I'm finding myself posting on a variety of topics, which means my comfort level is increasing. That's a good thing. I'm Bryant. I am an extremist when it comes to aviation. Began flying with my grandparents when I was about two years old. Typically, we'd take the predawn DL flt from BWI-ATL, heading south to visit relatives, some of which live in Hotlanta. From there, we'd sometimes connect to CAE or MGM. Over time, as I continued traveling with them and began visiting my father, who lived in ATL, my interest in aviation increased. I was simply fascinated with the idea of flight, and still am to this day. My username, AtlMan, stems from the fact that I absolutely love that city and its airport. I have since age 6. What normal 6 year old falls in love with a city and airport? If anybody out there can relate, please let me know. Since that time, I have visited ATL dozens of times, and have not lost one bit of interest all the LH Sen, BA Silver, HH Diamond, SPG Gold; Now that I have been a member of the "1,000 post club" for a while, I might as well write a few sentences to finally introduce myself...apologies for the delay and for starting a new thread - the other one was already very old and five pages long . My name is Daniel, I am in my early thirties, from Germany (with my mother originally being from Korea ), and, as my handle indicates, I am a lawyer by training. Why have it in the Flyertalk user name? Because lawyers are notorious for their lack of creativity and I had no better idea when I signed up ...I used this name once when I had to register at some other website at the age of 28 while I was still working in the legal department of a large media company...and kind of stuck with it. Now that I have noticed that this user name seems to irritate some people who have an aversion to lawyers and that I have seen some better ideas like OverpaidSlacker and many more, I would like to change my name, especially since I don't even work as a lawyer anymore (even though I am admitted to the bar in New York and in Germany). But, if I changed my name on Flyertalk...then it would take sooo long http://aubie34.tripod.com/index.html, this is my homepage that I just updated in my profile. I will write something about me and add it to this post. Me? - well... I am just a bill...on top of Capitol Hill... *L* my homepage: http://members.wbs.net/homepages/a/u/b/aubie34.html Rudi, I only know English, my girlfriend knows English, French, Italian, and Dutch. I figure as long as we are together, she can always translate for me, so I can be lazy . She wants me to learn French, but I dislike French because of the protectionistic attitude. I want to learn German! for some reason my girlfriend doesn't like it that I want to learn German? If not German, I think I would like to learn Spanish. But I do know the langauges of BASIC, Pascal, JCL, COBOL, Fortran, RPGII, Assembly, FDL, Dyl280, CLIST, and HTML how's that for a lot of langauges? Rudi, My girlfriend moved from Brussels to Rome. I just got back from Rome on Monday. My name is John Goldwater(I hope that answers baobab's he/she question). I am 26 years old and was surprised to learn that I am not the youngest participant to Flyer Talk. I hold that very generic job title of Consultant, am single, have a Blue Point Siamese name Jed (see Catman there are more of us out there), and last week relocated from San Francisco to Orange County. I have not gotten used to living behind the very conservative Orange Curtain, nor flying 757's out of SNA. Although, I have been a UA Mileage Plus member for 10 years, I started flying frequently in early August this year and will hit 1K the day after XMAS. I look froward to meeting everyone. For those young folks like myself who may tend to travel on their own $ (actually anyone), if you find yourself in OC and don't mind sofa or spare bed space, please feel free to contact me. Oh my gosh! I think you do more travel than some flight crew! Some SAS staff once told me that to work Scandinavia to Singapore and back takes them around a week. So even they would be hard pushed to do as much as you! Perhaps FlyerTalk should open up a new Forum just for your (lengthy) travel schedule. My name is Mark. I am in Clinical Research (human trials). Pharmaceutical companies hire my company to ensure that investigational drugs (drugs not approved by the FDA) are used and tested in accordance with federal laws and FDA guidelines. I am 30 years old and reside in Austin, TX (a transplant from San Francisco, CA). With the job comes the traveling. I go wherever the drug I am assigned to gets tested. I've been to every state in the US (with the exception of ND and SD) and have been to just about every continent (except South America and Africa). With all this traveling, I have MM and PM status with DL and Platinum Elite with CO. I usually fly 160K base miles a year. Thanks to my parents, I am a die-hard SQ fan, having traveled on SQ's Raffles and First class since the mid 70s. I love nature (and trees), hiking, rock climbing, and skiing. I am an avid tennis fan and know everything there is about the sport but sad to say, I don't play it at all. (I will be cheering for Rudy at the PiP-- hey, he's played in Wimbledon). Hello all! My name is Andrew and I'm a Professional Motorcycle Racing photographer who covers the AMA Superbike Series here in the US and when there isn't a clash of schedules, the MotoGP World Championship. I'm also Senior AMA Photographer for RoadRacerX magazine, maintain a column with Cycleworld online, and am consitently published in numerous motorcycle magazines worldwide. I live on the West Coast of California, a few miles north of Laguna Seca in a small town called Capitola. I travel extensively around the US and then elsewhere around the globe depending on assignments. I have visited this site many times and have gleaned very useful information from it's depths and wanted to join to be able to maybe offer something in return and have some questions answered (which I'll post in due course...) That's all, more about me (and my whitterings) can be found below which is my blog, which then links to my website... Thanks for listening. Name: Angel Ramos. Profession: Aviation Civil Engineer (Airport Design) Birth Date: November 5 (currently 28 yrs old). Location: Miami, Florida Favorite Airlines: Delta (Skyteam) and American. Love to travel. I do it both for Work and Leisure. If you like to talk about Airports and Airplanes I'm there. I always have something to say about those 2 subjects

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Having just found this board a few weeks ago (and lurking ever since!), I guess I should introduce myself too.. I'm a 19 year old (Did I beat everyone? networking consultant based out of New Jersey. Most of my travel comes from visiting our company's data centers all around the country, LAX & PHX being my most frequent stops.. My parents got me hooked on flying, both having worked for the UN during my early years. I'm a lowly Premier on UA, having flown about 45k miles last year... That will probably increase by a third or so this year. Maybe I'll be UA's youngest PremEx? Regardless, from my lurking, I've grown to love the tips and inside discussion on this board. To the regular posters, keep up the good work! I'm 34, married and live in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona... 50 miles from the New Mexico border. It's a great place to live, 7000' with mild temperatures, and just enough snow to enjoy. The population here is about 3000, so Christmas shopping is a breeze, even today. (Although, I did drive by Wal-Mart, and the lot was packed!) Started travelling with my job three years ago. Don't get out as much as most of you... generally only about 50K/year. Unfortunately, it all comes within a short period of time, so my wife gets to spend large periods of time alone. My office is actually in the Bay Area of California, but I don't seem to go there very often. As a project manager, I telecommute from a home office 365 days a year. It's not as great as you think... you tend to get lonely. And it's only going to get worse... I've told I can only travel four times in 2000! Personally, we have one dog, and three birds. We enjoy to go hiking (the natural forest is 100 yards from the front door,) and spend time outside. Someday soon, we hope to open our home as a Homestay (small Bed and Breakfast.) They're popular in our town as people from Tucson, Phoenix, and New Mexico like to come HI My Name is Barton Watson and I split my time between Grand Rapids, MI and Vail, CO. After a 10 year career as an investment banker with a global firm, I left to form my own companies. I am the Chairman and CEO of The CyberNET Group which we use to create technology companies world wide. As a result of this geographic diversity, my travel plans tend to cover 6 continents and keep me on the road 3 weeks per month. I am 43 years old, married and breed horses as a hobby. I tend to spend most of my time on the AA, NH, UA, SQ, CX and BA boards since these are my primary airlines. Since 2004, I've been a member of Flyertalk so thought it was time I chimed in on the "Who we all are" thread. Location- Northeast Pennsylvania. Personal Information - Married with one son; went to college in PA and have worked, for the most part in my family's business, until it was sold. You know the old story. The first generation starts the business. The second generation grows it and the third generation sells it. Since then, I've spent much of my time volunteering for the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation. Sjogren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease affecting about 4 million people. I volunteered my way up to Chairman of the Board of Directors which is my current position. Hobbies- Reading, travel, football and, of course, reading Flyertalk. Last Domestic Travel- AVP-DCA. Last International Travel-PHL-CDG in October. AVP-NAS in October. Next Travel- AVP-SAN in Jan. AVP-PHX in Feb. . Paris is my favorite travel destination. Glad to be a member of Flyertalk. There's no travel question that ever goes unanswered. Bobette Oh what the hell, I have nothing to hide. My name is Sean Mendis and I am a twenty-something who has been fortunate enough to have been travelling for most of those twenty-something years. My dad is the head of Inflight Services for an international carrier, and as a result I have grown up around the industry and the family has been posted in places as varied as London, England; Perth, Australia and Bombay, India. I stopped keeping a log of my flights a while ago, but my estimate is that I have around 1.6 million miles flown on a wide range of carriers (most of it non-rev though). I came to Georgia Tech in Atlanta to study Aerospace Engineering, but soon got distracted with that and joined a police department for the excitement. I spent three years in law enforcement, but then quit to concentrate on my studies (and changed my major to Industrial Systems Engineering). Last year, I founded a start-up company with some old college friends that takes up a lot of my time (and provides a lot of my travel). I also have another start-up in the pipeline - this one dealing with providing a niche travel service. In the meantime, I have worked as an operations analyst within the Suspended Hi from an ex-hotelier! Hi - My name is Christine and I live in the NYC metro area. I just left Starwood Hotels & Resorts after 5 years so I lost my employee discount and joined to learne more about the best deals, etc.... I have been to a lot of Starwood properties, so feel free to ask me a general question about them! Today's new kid on the block; retired former military and civil pilot living in the mountains of eastern Spain. Four dogs, demanding garden, bad back, good wife. This is my first time in a travel forum... I normally hang out in UK political ones... and, no, I'm not sad! My need for interaction here is based on my return to frequent flying and the best way to regain my Star Alliance Gold status, last held in 2001. I've already got 11k miles in the bag this year, am about to do another 12k to Hong Kong but would really really like to make it up as fast as possible to Gold without having to do all the miles in what's left of this year! It's quite possible I would make it anyway with at least one more trip to HK pretty much guaranteed. So any suggestions on this would be much appreciated. My membership is with United who have told me this morning that there are no challenges available... should I believe that or wait until tomorrow to try someone else. Hi! I've become a FT addict since I signed on Valentine's day this year stuck in Denver after a misconnect. My name is Stephanie and I am VP of sales for a manufacturing company in NE. I fly mostly for business (around 150,000 miles per year), both domestic and overseas. Fly UA the most, stay at Marriott too much (am typing from my Marriott room right now in Orlando), but love to travel. I started flying when I was two ( 30+ years ago) when my dad was flying over 100k per year. I work too much, travel too much, but love the life I lead. Would love to meet some fellow FT'ers sometime. Love this board. I've learned so much and appreciate everyone's help. It's great to be part of such a fun community! I have been posting messages on the board for a few months so I thought it is about time to introduce myself... I am 26 years old currently living in the States. I grew up in Hong Kong but had my education in England so I traveled at least 50,000 miles a year between Hong Kong and England and other vacation places for the 11 years I was studying in England. I then moved to the States to work for an IT consulting company and surprise, the work requires a lot travel! For the last two years I have been on international assignment and racked up a lot of miles. Last year was my record with over 210,000 actual miles. My favourite program / airline is BA for its household program, and its 1st class beds!!! I have been a BA Gold and United Prem Exec for the last three years. I am now working back in the States this year and will be flying mostly United since it is my company's preferred carrier and maybe I can Hello all - Mele Kalikimaka from Hawaii. I just joined a few days ago. I hope I can contribute and benefit from this forum. Mahalo!

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Wife and I are retired. I traveled alot on business and still have United miles. United was very good to us for years when I was a frequent flier. nice upgrades and super personal service. of course that is all gone now, but i am still loyal to United and used to use a Visa card to rackup United mileage. Now i am using a Marriott rewards card as hotel stays are more important. we charge everything we can on Visa cards and always pay it off monthly. Seems to be a good way to get miles or hotels. Look forward to an exchange of information to make travel more rewarding. CHEERS! This may be a bit of an odd topic, but after reading various threads today, I respectfully ask some of our members to provide a little more information about themselves. This is not a big-brotherish request - it's more that I am interested to see where people are/what they do/what activities thrill them, and some are very mysterious blanks... Jim_B is somewhere in South America? auh2o has an interesting name, but what sort of mind comes up with that handle? pjaucutt provides all sorts of information, but seems to spend more time in Paris than at a university in Wisconsin, Jetdillo has a job which allows him the opportunity to critique BA's stewardesses outfits... Many of the regular contributers change their profiles regularly (and perhaps those who don't should dust theirs off?) Mine may seem strange, but it is all true...kyklin (and others, perhaps)... time to update not only the "who we are" listing for yourself, but the profile we see when we hit "info" for you. Or are you just in denial about moving away from the lovely People's Republic of Cambridge?? (only comrades allowed... no Matt Wald!) NJDavid - all I am asking for is that contributers fill in their profiles... I asked Age: 15. Want to go to barcelona After several years of anonymous lurking and several months as a silent but attentive member, it seems to me that a brief introduction is long overdue. In my professional life, I'm an engineer for a major US-based corporation and travel several times a year, both domestically and globally. I've logged most of my air time on United and Continental, with a few foreign carriers thrown in for variety. I've found this site to be both helpful and entertaining over the past several years, and I look forward to participating more Hi all, I am 41 and live in the Bay area of California. I was born in the birthplace of the United States, Concord, MA. Moved to Santa Barbara, CA when I was 3. Moved to San Jose, CA Fall of 1997 to take my curent job as a Sr. Customer Support Engineer working with Scott the Flyer. I am single with no current love interests. 95% of my flying is on business. I fly United exclusively and will make Premier Executive about the middle of December. My interests are Astronomy, computers, sports (as a spectator), reading fiction and science fiction and watching movies. I am 6'2" tall with long legs so I love my upgrades. Succesful on 21 of 22 segments that I could upgrade, including the elusive upgrade to London and back in October. And got these as a Premier. I spent 9 years in the Navy from 81-90 in Nuclear power working on submarines. Well now you all know more about me than you probably wanted to. Jim [This message has been edited by Baze (edited 11-29-1999).] I've been around a couple of years but never bothered to provide personal information here (although anyone who has read my posts knows more about me than they probably want to know!). Anyway, here goes: I'm an actuary (look it up if you don't know what it is) living in the NYC area (Princeton, NJ) since 1990. I have a full-time job with a life insurance company (specializing in tax matters), but I also do a good bit of consulting, particularly international consulting, on social insurance programs. (I worked for SSA for almost a decade in actuarial and policy-development positions.) I am active professionally, serving on two boards of directors of professional associations and chairing a number of committees. Various meetings of these and other groups take me all over the country and the world. Throw in traveling for pleasure, and I'm on the road a lot -- roughly 250,000 miles per year for the past 3 or 4 years, not quite as much before then. Interestingly, my first trip outside the U.S. or Canada was in 1984, when I volunteered to assist Liberia with some social security problems (in response to their request to Greetings, I am a lawyer for an international energy company, based in Houston. I work live and in Houston during the week, but return to the Boston area on weekends. I pick up the costs of this commute myself, hence frequently have the lowest possible fares and am always surprised when I get upgraded on CO. Otherwise, I am in seat 14A or 14F. I like wine, cigars, golf, tennis and running. I frequently do my best work cranking through long, turgid documents on long-haul flights, with just the right amount of wine or scotch in my system to keep me interested but sharp. I enjoy meeting and corresponding with other frequent flyers. Even though I accumulate about 250k to 300K BIS miles a year, I don't consider myself a real road warrior, but do enjoy the travel. Used to fly AA to Europe and Brazil a lot. Now fly CO domestically and SQ to Asia. Happy trails to all FT'ers, and I look forward to connecting with you Gee, I never got around to posting one of these. For those who are interested, I'll keep it brief... I'm 39 years old and live in the Seattle area, where I'm a creative director for a Web technology firm. My job is basically to come up with interesting and strategically useful ways to apply interactive tools. My biggest recent project was the design of an interactive VIP visitors-center environment for a telecom firm in the New York/New Jersey area, hence numerous SEA-EWR runs and Gold status on Continental. I'm married with one son, aged five, who in my care has become a well-behaved veteran flyer. He can conceive of no higher excitement than a transatlantic overnight run in a British Airways Economy window seat. I, of course, have him beat: I can conceive of First. Give him a few years. My first flight was on a QANTAS 707 from Idlewild to London Heathrow; I was not quite two years old. Since then I have logged about one million miles, averaging 80-100k per annum at present. My most memorable flight came thanks to my prior life as a producer for a network TV news division, before this interactive stuff made life more interesting. I was travelling around Europe My Dad (Jules B.) is the major concert promoter in Cleveland Ohio and parts Midwest since late 60s. His production people were Wendy Stein andd currently Stacey Harper. Sound familiar. Well, since just about everyone else fessed up, I guess I will too: I'm 25, male (I only say this, because after I started using this handle online I realized it didn't really make clear that I was a male and there was some confusion sometimes ...), living with my girlfriend of two years here in New Orleans. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (basically, it's everything you need to know to design a ship) from a very small school on Long Island (Webb Institute, approx. 80 total students). I currently work in the IS department of a large shipyard here in New Orleans managing and working various projects (internet/intranet/extranet stuff, R&D projects, Y2K, computer modeling and simulation, and other fun stuff). I traveled a lot for work when I first started this job over two years ago, mostly related to a couple of R&D projects that are now winding down, but I've started traveling a bit more for personal trips and should be able to maintaint DL Gold Medallion for at least another year (though it will probably again be close this year, but I am getting seven segments in the next week!). One other thing I forgot is that I'm going to

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Hey! Figured I might as well put something down about myself!. I'm Kris from Belfast (shock! ). I've been watching this site for about 2 years and even though I only recently joined I'm still trying to find my feet so to speak. I work for a major UK bank for roughly the last 6 years and have recently returned from a 3 month break to Australia (well, ended up being oz with trips to Christchurch, NZ and San Francisco, USA). My fav airline so far is UA, my flight from SYD to SFO was impressive compared to the shabby flight i had with VA LHR-SYD-LHR and the FA's made it interesting!. In my spare time I plan travelling, I'm a big movie buff and take an interest in politics (not local). Any Q's you know where to get me! Hi Everyone, New poster, heard about this site from Cholula, so thanks. Clinical scientist, widowed, native Atlantan (so a Delta girl), love skating, symphony, baking, SEC football (and most sports) and travel about 60% of time giving scientific presentations, mostly domestic; however, also to Europe and Israel. BellaB Hello All Currently in Miami, FL but originally from the Northeast; Connecticut to be precise. I've been lurking on FT for a while now and joined last month. I mostly hang around the British Airways forum. I've been flying alone since I was about 11, flying back and forth between parents for the holidays so I love flying. I love flying but I also have a fear of flying if that makes sense. I get anxiety and panic attacks the last few days before a trip but once I'm on board and in the air it's all over and I feel fine. I've flown AA all of my life, except for one segment last year CDG-LHR-FCO where I flew BA and fell in love. I've done a lot of domestic flying but my first TATL was last year. I no longer fly for work so now most of my flying is for pleasure: MIA-SEA, MIA-LAX to see friends MIA-JFK to see family. I am new to FF programs and I've got lots of questions that I am sure can be answered by the FT experts. I have learned a lot by lurking but now I hope to become a very active member of FT. Bella Santa has also suggested that i snugged in a brief bio to help the lucky person who is sending me a gift... i am of chinese origin, born in sumatra, indonesia... graduated from u. of waterloo, canada, bachelor of mathematics.... an ex-producer, had my own music production company in taiwan, now retired, by CHOICE not by age my no.1 passion: travel my heroes: those who travel far and write well (that include quite a few of you here)and my father main hobbies: skiing, MOVIES, music, learning to speak french i am stressfree, worryfree, able to fall asleep almost anytime anywhere (long flights, no problem) happily married to the best dentist in the world (IMHO ), who does not like much to travel (hey nobody is perfect!) no children regret: should have studied Film Editing instead of Math [This message has been edited by belle3388 (edited 11-22-2000).] Hi, I'm Ben, living in Boston, MA. I've been reading the FlyerTalk forums quite a lot before making decisions about FT programs (I'm *G on BM, *S on LH, and GLD on AA), booking rewards, the AA challenge etc. Today I've decided to write my first post. I'm flying mainly on the East coast and towards Europe. Best, Ben Feet in LA, ID in France, Heart in Israel, Soul in New York. Hi all, It's so rare to find a forum that's also a real community, it took me hundreds of post and years of activity to realize I'd actually like to introduce myself! Travel is not only part of my life, it has led to what my life is today. Born in Paris, France, lived in New York, studied in Michigan, and now in Los Angeles. I love to travel, as long as I'm heading west! I unfortunately never get to travel for business, but a lot for leisure, and because my friends and family live in far-away cities. I pay for every single one of my tickets, and that's where Flyertalk comes in handy. I used to buy the cheapest ticket, get to the airport 3 hours early, and end up in a middle-seat. Now I'm a faithful traveler, I show up right for boarding and seat in an exit row when my upgrades don't clear. A little time on Flyertalk goes a long way... PS: I'm currently looking for a job as an assistant in Movie or TV production, LA or NY. If you'd like to help, send me a message! I just moved to Hollywood! Follow my adventures, in French, on my blog: Un Français à Hollywood! After being so silent on the forum on the past months..I realized to introduce myself.. Name: Miguel Profession: Brewing Company Age: 28 Likes: Travel and surfing the net What I expect from Flyertalk: Learn more things and to help newcomers.. tado. In this life he laughs longest who laughs last. Hi, just a few facts about me: I am 29 years old and live in Berlin/Germany.I work as a freelance designer in the marketing and communication business and work for brands and customers like audi, volskwagen, european union, toyota, some airlines and many advertising companies. most of my work consists of practical design, but also includes brand and communication consulting. i mainly travel for busines reasons (90% europe), but also enjoy my weekends in some nice cities around europe and the us. even though travelling has become a regular part of my job, i am still fascinated by airports, hotels and all the nice people i get/got to know!! Well, here I am. Started posting (and reading!) just yesterday and I'm fascinated with all your tips. I'm 47 yrs and live for the most of my life in Duesseldorf, Germany, which is - by the way - a lovely place to live. Not too big a city. but (pop. 500.000) big enough for all the amenities of life. DUS is one of three german aiports for UA, which makes travelling to the US quite easy for me. I'm a self employed business consultant. Specialty is training and coaching of small sales organisations. My goal is not to have just some meetings, but accompanieng those sales people for a longer period nof time, 'cause I think, this is the only way to change behavior and old habits. Most important is running a "motivation programm". I'm actually (for more than three yrs) consulting a munic company and launched their printed city maps onto the net. This could be interesting for all of you travelling to Germany. Their excellent maps are on http;//www.stadtplan.net . They are in German but easy to navigate, if you know that "Strassensuche" means "street list". Training and coaching of sales organisations includes incentives and incentive travel. I've just finished an incentive with some 40 Greetings All, My name is bhatnasx & I'm a Flyertalk-aholic! I joined FT over a year & a half ago. Before I joined, I thought I was the only one who was all about miles & points - then I read an article in the Washington Post about the DC Happy Hours (join us if you'd like) & logged on that same afternoon & spent the rest of the day at work doing absolutely nothing but surfing FT! Since I joined, I've met a great community of people that I've grown to know & trust, I've flown to Iceland for 61 bucks roundtrip and got so drunk that I blacked out & (selectively?) forgotten some of it, I've had the my name mentioned in the Washington Post (everyone loves their 15 minutes of fame), and I've done mattress & mileage runs (which I didn't even know existed til I joined FT!), and most recently, I've gotten a free iPod (and created a headache for the mods - sorry!) & a free TV. I've randomly met other FT'ers with the Flyertalk Luggage tags in AMS & DTW and went to a Sunday morning afterparty in DC & ended up meeting an FT'er there. It took me about 2 months before I had the balls to post something in the Mileage Run form because I had no clue how to even understand how to route

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Hi to all-I've been following up on ft with a passion for about 6 months now and finally decided to register this month. I'm a NYC based Architect and have been addicted to flying/traveling since I was a kid. I grew up in Paris, New York and Frankfurt and have a German passport. Unfortunately, I don't get to travel as much for business as many of you guys do, but I try and make up for it in my free time with weekend trips to Europe. This has "boosted" me to LH FTL and I'm working on SEN. That's it in a nut shell, I'll see you on the board (is that what you call it?). here goes......35 M....frequent reader, occasional poster.....live in ny, originally from texas........work in television (as i always say: "beats working for a living"). early on travelled primarily for work, now equally for pleasure. platinum for life in continental, gold in aa. enjoy sports, travel (duh), outdoors. collect old wooden hand crank movie cameras and very old maps. best travel experience was laying on the back seat of a open air jeep in the middle of the botswana bush on a nightime "photo" safari.......more stars than you could imagine and not a sound from the modern world.....no planes over head, no tv or radio babble. helped put my life into perspective, would recommend to anyone beaten down by deadlines, dilberts and road rage. Ok.. since we all know who we are now.... well who "aren't" we? btw... I'm Brandon A little about me…My name is Elaine and I‟m a born and raised San Franciscan. I‟m glad to be back here living in the City by the Bay, but not all my time has been spent in this fair city. I spent my undergrad years in New Hampshire (brrr!), and later spent my grad school years in Philly. It always helped that my mother is a New Yorker, so jaunts across the country were the norm from a young age. I am a strategic management consultant for a large systems integration firm. Fortunately, I love to travel and my assignments have been fantastic – NYC, DC, Portland, Philly, SF. Plus, the job helps my pursuit of frequent flyer/stayer points while giving me something challenging to think about during the daytime. My travel bug really hit when I was 13 on a trip with my parents to England, France and Germany. They made it seem so easy. Now I try to get abroad whenever I can spare some time (and some $$). I studied in Italy in college for a term and that spurred my adoration of that great country. I‟ve been back a dozen times since. You can‟t imagine the smile on my face when my sister announced she‟d be spending this (school) year in Rome! I‟ve already been over twice. I'm Rick Hyde, 40's, wife and two cats (Binky & Starlight) Catman told me to mention the cats :-) I work as a System Engineer for iPlanet and fly infrequently for travel. Most of my work is done through phone and e-mail. I'm new to this board, but not the Internet, having had accounts at MIT and Stanford when the Arpanet had <20 nodes and HTML was yet to be conceived. Both my wife and myself are private pilots, scuba divers, and collect carnivorous plants. We love to travel Internationally, especially to warm water destinations. Having only flown International business class for the first time recently LAX - NAN, I've now become obsessed with upgrading -every- international flight we take - and that is what brought me here :-) The advice has been outstanding. Thanks Finally dragged myself away from the MR forum long enough to discover this section of the site. Name: Brennan. Occupation: explosives engineer (seriously). Age: 26. Live: in Tucson Arizona but work takes me to Nevada quite a bit. Found this site after NW gave me silver elite status as part of a targeted promo. I was looking at websites talking about the perks of elite status and came across FT. A few newbie posts and a lot of reading later and here we are. Looking forward to a possible 110 degree TUS golf outing I'm a Philadelphia native, and just returned to the East Coast after 8 years living in San Diego. Right now, I'm kicking myself for having taken an oath of poverty to return to graduate school to chase my MBA. I worked for a consulting firm in San Diego, and still work for them but in a different business practice. I'm also learning to like the cold. Okay, maybe not... I swear I heard my car sneeze this morning... I used to surf on a semi-regular basis (any info on East Coast surfing is MUUUUUCH appreciated) before leaving my 9ft baby behind and coming out here. My hobbies are spending money at Home Depot, driling holes in my wall and then covering them up only to drill again, searching the internet for fares to take me someplace warmer, and doing outdoor stuff (sports, hiking, camping). The great thing about my particular location is that I'm close to Home Depot and close to REI. What a mean trick. Domestically, whereas I used to do the AA SAN-DFW-DCA/IAD/BWI route a lot, the only places I seem to wind up with any regularity are SAN and LAS. I'm always ready to go to LAS, just say the word... Happily single, no pets, but one very hardy pothos plant that Santa has asked me for a little more info. I am 28 years old, married four just under 4 years with no children. I work for a provider of competitive retail electricity in deregulated markets called NewEnergy. We are a subsidiary of AES corp., one of the world's largest independent power producers. I travel about 70% for business, but my wife and I love to travel for vacations. We have two cats (a trend among frequent travelers?) and own a town home in Center City Philadelphia. My wife works full time as a recruiter of teachers for the Philadelphia School district. I was born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan. My hobbies includes Computers (I am an adhoc tech support at the office), golf, and frequent flyer mile collection. My wife and I live a truly uban life as we eat out or take in about 6 nights a week. This has been my first year of extensive business travel and, as such, my first experience with elite status on any airline. I am currently Gold on American, Silver on Continental, and Preferred Plus on US Airways, Silver at Hilton, & Gold with Starwood. My favorites are Continental (unlimited upgrades) and Starwood (consistent upgrades and great awards). I am having a John here. Been living in Atlanta since January 2006. Born and raised in Chicago. My day job is as a manager for one of the world's respected companies (at least I hope the company is respected ). Except, when raining, I ride my Vespa to work everyday. In my previous life, I was a relatively accomplished advertising photographer. Work were published on national magazines, newspapers, annual reports and billboards. I still do occasional work for some advertising companies. I will even do weddings but rather selectively. I quit doing photography as a fulltime profession because the travel got too much and I figured that getting a paycheck every 2 weeks, on a regular basis, would be cool. Portfolio here. I just started blogging about my travels here. Why "blindpilot"? Because I have been trying to learn how to fly a small plane and I can't see without my glasses or contacts on. Been flying every other week or so for about 3 1/2 years now. That's me, in a nutshell.

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Haven't posted here yet but since I'm now in most wanted photo gallery, here goes. My interests are those listed in my profile (love the outdoors and nature). I was born in London UK to Finnish and British parents and moved to Canada at age 6 (other choice was Rhodesia). Married at 19 in 1970, our 29th anniversary this year. One 17 year old daughter who is into music (as a performer) and horses. Started my own environmental consulting business in 1978 and have travelled to all continents except Antarctica and South America. I do a lot of work with conservation organizations and I am doing a volunteer project in Cameroon in Africa in addition to those at home. My mom convinced me to start collecting miles (I always said I don't fly enough!). Now I am Air Canada Super Elite and have redeemed over 1.5 million miles (about $US 40,000 worth of travel) since 1992. The travel bug is serious in our family. My mom is the most adventurous and she regularly goes on "difficult"/off the beaten path trips (e.g. Yemen, Uzbekistan) as well as more popular places. She is now visiting the Middle East where my brother lives and they just got back from a trip to the Maldives. PS. the I'm Carla, 23 Female. I live in the Brentwood area of los angeles. I have lived in various cities/countries. I generally fly LAX to DCA, IAD, BWI, JFK, EWR, LGA, LHR, LGW, and YOW. I am hoping one day to fly to Japan, or Australia, they are next on my list of places I would like to visit. I'm single and looking for a partner that enjoys travel as much as me. I am in Client Relations for a major Pro Audio repair center who fixes stuff for many big name artists. I'm always up for chatting...my screenname on aim is redyelllow. i'm more of a lurker on here. oh and im a gourmet cook. Hello, I am a long time lurker of flyertalk and first time poster. Just wanted to introduce myself. I am a DL Silver, and your forum has been very helpful. Hello everybody, I also joined flyertalk today and this is my first post here. My first name is Lukas and I live in the UK. I hope, it`s gonna be nice here :-) cheers lukas I've been lurking for about three weeks now and have found the board to be very helpful and informative. This place reminds me of the forums back in the "good old days" of Compuserve. Very cozy, with just the right s/n ratio. I live in suburban Atlanta, GA with my wife and 2 kids. I am a marketing executive with a medium sized specialty chemical manufacturer focused primarily on the pulp and paper industry. I was not a frequent traveler until about a year ago and am just now starting to learn the tricks of the trade. I now fly fairly often, maybe 60-70 legs year, mostly to areas with large concentrations of paper mills. Because of this, I fly THROUGH a lot of large hubs on my way to a final destination at some podunk junction in the hinterlands of N. America. For instance, I've flown to YYZ 8 or 10 time in the last three years, but it was only last month that I got to leave the airport in anything but an airplane. (What a nice town!) I love seeing the country, but hate the time away from the family. (If you click on the "info" icon above, you'll find a link to my personal homepage where you can meet my kids and see how easy they are to miss! My interests/hobbies are pretty well covered as Newbie Intro --------- Hello everyone. My name is Bob, wife is Deb. I am an Environmental and Safety Consultant in the ATL area and travel primarily on DL, but occasionally fly other carriers. I was Platinum on DL from 1993 through 1998, but stopped air travel altogether for a few years due to a company/job change. I am back in a travel position and recently achieved MM status on DL. I can't believe that I never knew about this website until it was referenced in a news article on Fox News! After browsing many of the forums and reading so many helpful and informative posts, I decided to register. As business generally consumes most of my time, I will likely be more of a reader than poster, but I did want to at least let you all know who I am! Thanks for keeping a forum for those of us who are "on the road" (Deb's term for whenever I am traveling) frequently! Many regards to you all, Bob OK count me in! I find if I use my real name as my sign in name everywhere it makes life a little easier.I only discovered Flyertalk Boards last year but have been a avid follower since! It all started in a 5000 watt radio station in Fresno California......STOP! Sorry I couldn't resist, that was Ted Baxter's bio from The Mary Tyler Moore Show! OK take #2.....I hail from Montreal but have been in Dallas for the past twenty years.I work in television sports as a technician and work is in a different city each weekend.My main client is ABC Monday Night Football.I'm the guy who creates the lovely yellow 1st down line on your tv set.The downside of working weekends makes for strange relationships which brings me to the fact that I just hit 40, single (and looking)! I have a couple of cats,Beatrice and Dee. Almost all my travel is domestic and about 90% on American ( the 800lb gorilla in DFW) I get a treat from time to time during Olympic years and get to go international.I do love those 777's.Looking forward to running into some of my fellow Flyertalkers down the road! You can always reach me at bob2@techie.com ------------------ AA..just plain old Platinum Instant Great books of Philosophy have been written on just this same question. That is not what is called for here on FT so here is the Brief: Name - Bob Work - VP of International Business Dev and also President of Korean subsidiary. I have lived in Europe, Singapore, Korea and US. Live - home in Boston, MA and I commute to Asia monthly and RTW twice annually to visit my company plants in Germany and UK. I have an apartment in Seoul. I have been working internationally for over 40 years which translates to many millions of miles. The good news is that it keeps me feeling young except right after one of my 30 hour commutes - BOS - ICN. I enjoy the FT site and still learn a lot even after all these years. Bb The name is Jeff, but most people call me Boomer. It's a reference to one of the all-time great hockey players, and I've had the nickname since I was 4. Which was 32 years ago. I'm a freelance computer trainer, based in New York, Single, no kids(that I know about) I travel approximately 100,000 air miles a year, and another 2000 or so via Subway(no upgrades, no miles, no meals, but no baggage delays either). I vowed that I'd write a brief bio by my 100th post. Well, I'm up to about 330 and I'm finally getting around it... I'm 27 years old, originally from New York. I attended Brown University as an undergrad, then I worked for a year in Tampa, FL, where I met my girlfriend. I guess our eyes have never parted. I was originally undecided between law and business, but after spending that year in a Tampa law firm and realizing that I enjoyed the business side more than the legal side, I knew that business was right for me. My girlfriend and I both moved up to Philadelphia, PA, where I received my MBA at the Wharton School and my girlfriend attended the law school. After we both graduated, we moved up to Boston, where she is originally from. She got a job at a Boston law firm, and I found an amazing job too. We might be moving to New York in the coming months because she is trying to get a better job in New York, where lawyers are in high demand, and my company would like me to move to the headquarters there. I'm not sure if I want to move or not. I grew up in Manhattan, but love Boston. Plus, I'd have to change my handle if I move. About that amazing job...I work

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As for me, I'm a business consultant based on Manhattan. I grew up in the New York suburbs, and still live in New Jersey (1 hour 40 minute commute by train). My travel volume varies greatly. Last year: about 45,000 miles. This year: about 2,000 miles. I love the City, and my wife and I hope to move in to Manhattan some day. We love theater and museums. Our two boys also like the city (they just don't like the trip in). Hello everyone! I just found this site and I am learning a LOT! Like the poster above me, my first flight on a plane was at 10 days old. I am considerably older than 19 though! :-). I am in my late 30's and possibly the last generation to remember Braniff. Before I venture in the world of Mileage Runs I would like to know if there are any ex-Braniff people on here? I call myself "Braniff-brat" from the term "Army brat, Military brat, etc." I am SURE there have to be some more 30-40 somethings out there who flew with their parents on Braniff. My father worked Reservations from 1956 to 1982 at DAL and then DFW. It is really sad that the majority of people now have never heard of BN and remember the "flying colors." Just wanted to say "hi!" howdy... was browsing around and saw erdehoff's post and figured I'd do the same since it seems like the same story I'm 27/M/single, living in seattle and hit MVP on alaska for the first time late last year, with no MR's to do it (well, maybe not- I went to Maui last year when I didn't need to just to visit friends and because I knew if I didn't I'd end up 123 miles short of MVP- whole trip cost me 500 for 5 days including food and drinks - great deal!) Will likely retain it this year, but with a MR or two now that I know about them and can use the great tools and community here. FT is also a great place for me to procrastinate. I learned about the site when reading about the Kip Hawley(?) is an idiot story in the news. I'm finishing up a PhD in materials science but am also taking MBA classes for fun and planning to enter the world of startups. Right now it's nice to be in school and not be paying for it. I travel mostly for fun with a little here and there for school/research work. I fly to ski/board all over the place (slc, den, bze, eagle, montrose, reno), and visit friends in the CA (san, LA, bay area, sbp) fairly often, weddings wherever they may be, as well as family in norcal and Hmm, I guess it's about time after 18 months on FT that I finally posted here. I am The Brendog (Stupid college nickname that stuck...) and I am a 30-something Sales Engineer/Program Manager for a big GPS company and based just north of NYC, but rarely ever home. In theory, I have a wife (Who is an attorney, no less...), as well, but she's generally on the road, too, so it's hard to say anymore... On the very odd occasions that I'm not working, posting on FT while waiting for a plane, or travelling, I'm generally hiking, brewing/drinking beer, and sleeping. I generally hang out on the CO forum and on Omni, although I do occasionally make my way onto other boards and try to spread my hatred of WN... While surly, I'm always up for a drink and I become much more easy-going Guess it is about time I properly introduced myself... On Friday I will turn 33. I live in CMH, where I was born and raised. Currently I am a sales manager for a large copier/printer manufacturer. When I am not working I like to travel, preferably to a place where the fish are easy to catch and the beer flows freely. A unique hobby of mine is entering sweepstakes. In the past 3 or so years I have won a ton of stuff -- mostly minor prizes but a few big ones too! My travel history only runs back about 5 years. I started out flying about 4 times a year to different cities on business. Each year the business travel seems to have increased. This year I already have 35 segments in the bag, with another 50 scheduled by March 20. Most of my flights are less than 500 miles, so I LOVE the fact that the airlines recognize segments as qualifiers for elite status. My carrier of choice is Delta. I also belong to the FF programs of United, TWA, America West, Continental, and US Airways. Something new to me this year has been my qualification for SM status on Delta. I LOVE it! I have read many of the stories about elite flying on FlyerTalk with interest and even a twinge of jealousy -- and I'm Brian And I just Joined a minute ago I thought it was time to make this post. Hi everyone...my name is Tim, a 32-year old IT worker from Baltimore. I've lived in Maryland most of my life, with a short stint near Sacramento and college in Tucson. (University of Arizona '93 - Bear Down!) I've done a lot of domestic travel-been to 42 of the 50 states so far (mostly for pleasure) but my international experience is pretty lacking compared to some others here. I have made one of the longest flights you can take though-LAX to SYD. Thankfully that was in biz class using my dad's miles, back in college. I've had the handle Bronco for over ten years now-it was the first alias I chose on the internet, and yes I do root for the NFL team in Denver I've enjoyed talking to some of you in chat the last few weeks...thanks for the warm welcome to I've been posting here long enough, I figure it's about time to introduce myself formally. I'm a 22 year old recent college grad (SCU) living in Santa Clara/San Jose, CA. Without going into too many details, I'm currently working in the advisory/consulting practice of a Big 4 accounting firm. I was recently moved into a specialty subset of my group that keeps me on the road nearly 100%, generally going back and forth to the same city for many weeks/months at a time. Lately and for most of Jan/Feb 2009, I'll be working in LA (Manhattan Beach). Feel free to hit me up for drinks or dinner sometime! Who knows where my future travels will take me Hello everyone. I've been reading the boards for several months and finally decided to introduce myself. I work in the IT department of a major retailer. I got the job last year and have been traveling ever since. In the last year travel for this job has qualified me for gold status AA, silver status on USAir, a comp silver on Continental and I just missed it on NW. I live right under the flight path of DCA in Alexandria Virgnia, right across the river form Washington DC. One of the best things about this job is that it has allowed this opera fan to see performances in DC, San Francisco, Chicago and New York all in the same season. On the down side it also means that I can't subscribe because I never know where I'll be. Thanks to everyone on the board, I've learned a lot! Posts: 2 I'm Andis Jucevics, 37, living outside Riga, Latvia. Approx 6km from RIX airport. Hello fellow FT'ers. I thought it was about time I made time to introduce myself. I'm a 34 yo analyst in the Telecoms industry, living in Leamington Spa, England. I share my life with my wife and our two cats, Ralph (handsome but stupid) and Mabel (all fluff, but cute with it). I recently became a FF again after a break of several years, and at the moment travel mainly between the UK and Montreal, New York and Genoa in Italy. Previously I spent a lot of time travelling to the far east. I only became aware of FT and is associated web pages in January when someone pointed me in this direction in response to a question I posted on another newsgroup, so I've had a lot of fun catching up reading the back catalogue of postings. My airline of choice (actually my employers choice, but I like it too) is BA, though I rate Swiss/Cross-air higher within Europe. At the moment I have BA Silver status, but I am getting close to Gold. Things I like about BA are the club world cradle seats, space and punctuality. I can't wait to try the new club world beds. Things I dislike are the lack of champagne prior to take-off (Swissair can manage it) and their reluctance to start the main movies till half-way

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So, in the spirit of updating things, since my last "Who we all are" posting, I've completed med school, residency, and have joined the Cleveland Clinic Foundation as medical staff, and primarily care for inpatients, however, starting later this fall, I will be opening a Tropical & Travel Medicine travelers clinic at one of the suburban Cleveland Clinic health centers. That said, the things that haven't changed include, still single and looking; no kids that I know of; still travel AA; and still have many friendships and stay in touch with many FTers from way back then! Hey friends, so I've been bumming around this site, mostly in the UA and CX forums, but haven't really introduced myself to the community at large. I'm currently a college student at Northwestern. I love to fly, but can never seem to find the time/money to do all these mileage runs, so i just have to satisfy myself with slowly accruing BIS miles, with a handy Premier Pass to keep those company. Frequent Destinations: TPE, HKG, SFO, SJC, ORD Hi from 2 travelers. Travel is enlightening! And we are on a quest to see the World! Thank you for opening up more possibilities! So hello! I'm 30, female, grew up in California, went to college in the mid-west and have lived in NYC, DC and Australia. Hey everyone !! I just joined FlyerTalk ...and say hello to everybody .. : ) In fact dont know what to say ...so have a millions frequent flyer miles !! Hello. I'm new here, so I guess this will be like an introduction. Screen name: Canada Flyer. Occupation: Travel Agent. DOB: August 2, --N/A--. Interests: Travel, music, pop culture (the medias). Location: --, Canada. Favorite Movies: Flightplan, War of the Worlds, The Aivary. Favorite Songs: "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac, "What You Waiting For?" by Gwen Stefani, "You and I" by Celine Dion, "Only Time" by Enya, "Amarantine" by Enya. Favorite Professions: Flight Attendant, Geographer, Writer, Travel Agent. Favorite Airlines: Alaska Airlines, WestJet, Air Canada I am 54 years old, married (to CanadianHoneyBun) with 2 adult children. My daughter is 24 and my son is 22. Both are still at home. This is both and . I am self-employed (for 18 years) as a computer consultant but have no other (outside of family) employees. I live just north of Toronto and have lived in the Toronto area my entire life. My travel is personel only BUT I always make at least one "business" call and it becomes a "business" trip. I visit the islands and Las Vegas for vacations. Visit LV at least 2-3 times a year. I have never been overseas. I was a AAdvantage member since it started but have not used AA for a number of years (prices too high). I have used a number of the "Charters" that fly out of Toronto but I hate them because of the cramped seating. Started using CO in the spring because of the great discounts (coupons) and the prestige packs. Also signed up for CO's RewardOne. I fly about 17,000 miles with 15 segments this year (will not be flying anymore this year). This is about normal, so I have never got to Elite status in any of the FF programs. I do not belong to any of the airline "lounges" but have coupons (from RewardOne)for CO I have lurked for a year and posted for a few months so it's finally time to introduce myself. My name is Michael, and I'm from Palo Alto, California. I just moved home (yes, I live chez mom and dad) after finishing up a double BA in French Studies and International Relations at Brown University, which included a year-long study abroad program at the IEP-(Sciences po) Paris. At the end of my senior year I suddenly realized that I wanted to become an architect, so I'm currently working on my portfolio and applying to graduate programs, while working as an intern at a local architecture firm. For as long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with every aspect of air travel. My dream is to design airport terminals, working for Paul Andreu at Aeroports de Paris, living with my exboyfriend Damien, whom I left at his chambre de bonne in the seventh arrondissement. As for airline preference, by default, I fly UA most of the time (as a Bay Area resident). Since I'm still a student, however, I usually seek out the cheapest fares between UA, AA, DL, and AS so I haven't yet obtained elite status on any one program (I share my love). My favorite airlines used to be both AF and Since I'm beginning to get to know some of the folks who post on this board, I'd like to introduce myself..... I'm a frustrated airline pilot. I wanted to fly those "big boys" since my mom took me on my first trip to Los Angeles at age 7 (44 years ago). But it was never to be. Allergies and asthma squashed any hopes of becoming a pilot, and I returned to Wisconsin in tears after "interviewing" (visiting) United Air Lines headquarters in Chicago at age 19. I still wish to this day someone at United had advised me to come to work there in a non-flying capacity, but no one did, and I was not mature enough at the time to figure this out myself. So I finished bachelor's and master's degrees in child psychology, and now work as a school psychologist in San Diego! I'm an employee of a public school system, so I do not travel on business at all. Frequent flyer programs are my hobby, and I'm green with envy of folks who accrue 80,000 or 100,000 miles per year on business. I toil along, mounting up VISA card miles, and only travel to visit wife's kissy-face family in Wisconsin once per year (God, they're smothering). I'm married to a teacher, and our kids are 17 and 13, both He's back...... Hey everybody, Just wanted to say hi to everybody. I haven't posted in some time but now I'm back from my long sebaticle in the deep forests of burma. Its been a long time but I'm ready to get back to civilization and meeting the old crew and meeting some of the new ones. Hope everybody has been well. Get me Ham on five, hold the Mayo. -Captain Oveur Posts: 1 New to Flyertalk. I've been reading posts, trying to gain enough insight / "courage" to post my first post (this is it!) I'm not exactly new to flying, I took my first flight on a commercial plane at the age of 5, my older brother seated off somewhere else in the cabin and my father flying the plane. My younger brother had been born just a few days before and had come home from the hospital the day before my Dad took the two of us to Los Angeles. Disneyland. I remember the FAs taking me to the "stewardess" lounge area on the plane to make me up, dress me up, and keeping me entertained. But, that was definitely more than a few years ago and things were very different then. These days I fly frequently for work, mostly domestic, occasionally international, although not frequently enough. Last year I made it to 1K for the first time, and am trying to take advantage of UA DEQM promo to get the max benefit. Last weekend I took my first "mini" MR (SFO-DEN-BOS-ORD-SFO) and am contemplating DME this w/e. This is a great, and I originally joined Flyertalk back in 2002/3 under the alias Catch22 and have been riding an African desk since my posting days, which is to say I haven't done any flying for the past 3 years outside of South Africa. However I'd lurk the boards once in a while for some armchair travelling and to keep up on trends. Attempts this year to repost under the old username went ignored and emails to Admin were unanswered, so I've reincarnated under this username. I live and work between Nelspruit and Cape Town, South Africa and I travel often into Mozambique. If any flyertalkers desire Mozambique insider info, please feel free to pm me.

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I'm Alan, soon to be college graduate of a UC Santa Barbara with a BS degree in Biochemistry. Traveled very infrequently in the past (mostly with family), and just recently studied abroad in Korea with solo backpacking trips in Thailand and Cambodia, I am infected deliriously with the travel bug. I'm very interested in working abroad as I didn't find myself missing the states much, even if the native language of the country I was in was about as foreign as FF acronyms to a newbie. I love to travel, meet new people, share what I've learned and learn about everything else out there. I am based in BHM and fly DL mostly due to my location. I am in my 50's and am a director of accounting services for a newspaper company. Unfortunately, I am one of those that travels only 16 states in the US. My job is great as is the company I work for. Most of my travel is to PA,KY,NY,TX,OK,IA,MN,IL,IN in the smaller communities. My hobbies include travel to warm weather destinations, reading, swimming,and meeting new people. A little quiet here @ work so I thought I post a quick blurb. Heavy phones @ work and some traveling is involved. I work for a securities firm based in Jersey City, NJ (FYI Catman, that would be Grove Street)for which I am attached to a headset for most of the day. I travel to see accounts in the U.S. maybe 6x a year. Unfortunately it's hard to accumulate miles since none of the traveling is to the same place twice. I've tried to keep as much as I can on Continental but the in-house travel agent handles this travel and calls the shots as to the airlines used. I also have what is probably one of the longest distance relationships around. He's a transplanted Long Islander who's been living in Denmark for the last 20 some-odd years. For the past 5 years that we have been seeing each other I've done more traveling with him then in all the years of my life previously! He's now doing about a week-a-month in Windsor, UK so we meet up there more than anywhere else (Virgin)besides here in NJ. He travels frequently as he lectures (mostly in Europe) and comes here for conventions (& me). We've traveled together to a number of these conventions/meetings. He's really the frequent For information on who Catman is, go to NJDavid's photo site. As far as I know: I am a year old (as of 12-31) but nothing else has changed in the FlyerTalk software upgrade. CATMAN Hello and MEOW Neighbor Catherine from Eddie, Yaz and Meow-self! I know Grove Street very well... That's the station I take to get home from teh Shop Rite near Newport Center. And if you really love cats, your dear will not mind if you get another. I could not live without at least TWO cats!!! OMNI: I worked at my college radio station WNYU (New York University's radio station, 89.1 FM) int he mid 80's. Learned more about the business and broadcasting there than in my classes, sorry to say. Met some good people (the sad thing is we all lost touch! ) I am the spirit of the great and wonderful and handsome and smart and good hearted and everyone's best friend CATMAN who was deleted (But thanks to the webmasters at Inside Flyer was resurrected and can MEOW again.) I am ageless and one of CATMAN's human identity's NINE lives who is an elite member of every airline, hotel and car rental program (being a ghost, my miles and points never expire or I will HAUNT THEM!) I love to travel, first class of course and for those who are nice to my ulter ego CATMAN I bring good luck and happiness and love. For those who make the CATMAN cry I haunt them day and night until they apologize to the nice CATMAN. My distant relative (three times removed) is Arturo. I don't deal with Emmett, Nancy and Roberto because they were nasty to my mortal cousins YAZ & EDDIE SO for CATMAN's Friends on the board and ELSEWHERE -- Have A MEOWY DAY!!! FT Readers: Celestar posts extremely long messages again! I think there might be some curiousities as well as doubts about my travel patterns and my extensive knowledge in the travel industry. Let me set the records straight. I am a Chinese guy, originally from Toronto, Canada. I've lived between there, Vancouver, HongKong, Singapore, London, Sydney and Melbourne. I have residences in a few cities. I am 36 years ago and single. (Thus, I get to travel whenever I want!) My main profession is a travel counsellor and have worked in the travel field for the past 15 years but not am not working actively in it now. Due to my personal experiences, and expertise, I have been able to take advantage of the best fares and promotions available in order to achieve maximum points. I do not get travel industry rates or privileges. All of my travels are personally funded. I have business interests in Media Events, Fashion Design, Publishing, & Food Processing. Some FTyers have expressed concern that I may have comped a majority of my frequent travel cards. This is untrue (there is only one comped card)but the explanations from each programme below Hi all, Long time lurker, first time poster. My name is Jacky, a 21 year old guy, and I believe I'm addicted to flyertalk. I've been reading flyertalk for the past 6 months or so (mostly the UA and MR forums) and finally decided to join today. I'm a student studying computer science in Champaign, IL right now where we just had a foot of snow, but I grew up in HKG and Chicago. I look forward to meeting many of the interesting people I see on here, possibly in one of the DOs. Here's some more about me: Goals in Life: Reach the million mile status (following in my father's footsteps), travel to each continent, which I'm only at 2, and I don't think I'll be travelling to Anarctica anytime soon, and listen to channel 9 as much as possible. Interests: Computers, Cell phones (hence the nick), LEDs (ooo... shiny...), actually, almost all things electronic. I'm also interested in chemistry, and, of course, flying. My Favorite Aircraft: The Lockheed Tristar. I'm sad that they're slowly disappearing one by one, since the design was so advanced at the time. The all flying tail and the galley elevator within the plane are both nifty. Anyways, for modern and current aircraft, I'll choose the 747, I caved... Have been lurking here for a couple of years and resist posting whenever possible as I want to win the award for longest term as member of the less than 100 post club. Other ambitions include being founding member of the zero PM club....oh wait ! I just awarded myself that earlier, wasting my 58th post and taking me a teeny bit closer to the brink ! Anyway, I'm a stock broker/investment advisor guy. Live about 2hrs N of Toronto in 'the scenic city'....(don't everybody google at once). Love to travel and if personal situation allows (eg, mrs anvil sez ok) then I will go anywhere. Love collecting points (and actually using them) so am forever indebted to FT and the FT'ers for their generous contributions. Mrs Anvil really hates to fly (kept a coat over her melon entire flight from MCO-BUF this winter as it somehow helped her cope.)...but she likes staying in hotels so she thinks that I like to go to the zoo, concerts, see friends, conferences etc when in truth I like to accumulate points & stays under the guise of having fun with the family. I have the two best boys in the world, ages 6 (until next week) and 3(until next month)...no its true...they literally are the best. I whats up. hello i just joined looking forward to chating im flying next week

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I've been reading and posting on the board since sometime in early 1999 (at least), so I should probably put up self-identification. Currently I have no elite status, though was Delta SM last year. Long-distance flying has been curtailed since I went back to school in Sept. 1999, but previously had some business travel from BOS-SVO on DL/SR (while that great partnership lasted). All was in coach, of course (the 'reward' of working in academia). Most travel currently on US, though by destination and price more so than choice. Major criterion is whatever is cheap and not inconveniently routed. DL and CO are also frequent choices. I've always loved traveling, starting with family vacations, have worked stints in both Moscow and London, and wouldn't mind doing so again. While gainfully employed (rather than my current role as a parasitic student), I conducted research and technical assistance projects on Russian economic reform (any problems are not my doing) for a university-based research group. I'm currently a 1L at a certain Boston law school, looking forward to returning to the working world and of course looking for more ways to earn miles. [This message has been Well, I've posted enough now that it's my turn to fess up. My name is Charlie (sometimes I put it at the bottom of my posts), and I'm a partner at a major DC law firm. I do corporate and securities work. Oddly enough, I actually like business travel, but with e-mail, fax and phone, I only do so 8-10 times a year, and even then mostly only to NYC or Chicago. My great love is international travel; in addition to a domestic weekend trip every month or two and an occasional quick and cheap winter trip to Europe, my partner and I try to really get away (often to Asia) for 3 weeks every fall. Accumulating enough miles for business class on those trips is my main goal, and I've been pretty good at it so far given my limited mileage-earning opportunies (mostly credit card charges). Since 1994 when I joined the Aadvantage program and got serious about it, I've redeemed several awards on JAL and AA to the far east, as well as a couple of upgrades for a quick trip to Mexico. While I try to stick with AA, living here in DC without a real hub or a usual destination makes it difficult. For Catman: Our two cats rule our roost. Oedipus Paisley, or "Opie", is an 11-year old Cornish Rex. Nero .Hi all. I am new to flyertalk but have been lurking about 6 months. Name: Chris. Location: Chicago (ORD or MKE). Occupation: nonprofit fundraising consultant . Age: eligible for AARP. I love to travel but family responsibilities have kept me home. This year things have changed, I will make GLD AA for the first time ever. Having read about others trips and challenges, I am signed up to start a PLT challenge December 1. . Now I need to read more to find out how to maximize my EQPs. I currently have trips booked that will give me just over 7000 EQPs. . I look forward to meeting the Flyertalk community Hi all. My name is Michael, originally from the UK now living in Thailand. I look forward to meeting and having lively discussions with you all. Welcome to my world As my username states, I am a wastewater chemist. I enjoy my job; my schedule allows me to do lots of travelhoweve, I do nearly zero travel for work. I need to be creative & watch for the bargains since it comes out of my pocket. In the following paragraphs, I will give you some of my past travel history pre FT & then after. I have had the travel bug since I was young. As a teenager, I rode my bicycle almost 50 miles in a day. (that was the day when I rode a single speed bike in the early 70's). Always wanted to discover new places. I started driving a old Chevy pickup when I was 18 in the mid 70's and then I got a more modern "car" in 1978. I went to Ontario (Canada), various parts of Michigan, & Indiana. I didn't get to fly until the University of Texas invited me to fly to Austin in 1980 for grad school. They gave me only $125 for air travel. Doing 3 segments each way, the ticket cost me $275. In 1983, CO had a $38RT IAH-JAX fare & triple miles. You can say that was my first mileage run. (Now the taxes/fees are more than that! ) In 1984, I flew UA for first time & joined the UA freq. flier program. For the next 15 years, I would fly on bargain airfares with little regard to Oh man how rude do I feel. I have been somewhat of a contributor on the boards for the past few months but have never made the time to introduce myself. (How rude!) Anyways, I feel that I am one of the younger FT'ers out there ranking at the age of 23. Graduated from college 2 years ago and found myself traveling to Texas very frequently for a year. I found an affinity for collecting miles on AA. In Sept. 99, I made the move from NJ back to the Philly area where I went to school. I have since found my itineraries booked on US due to their HUB in PHL and I don't regret that mistake at all. I am a software consultant by trade. But for fun, I am an active rower for Malta Boat Club in Philly. I also love top attend live music concerts and trading live tapes/mp3s of bands, mostly Phish. I was introduced to the board in March due to the "Pudding Guy's" hype and the article that was in Time. That's how I got here, but the FT community is why I have stayed! I plan on moving to SEA in Sept 2000, and I am anxiously looking forward to starting over (again) somewhere completely different. Again, I'd like to thank everyone who has answered my questions and for I'm Kevin, currently in Chicago. I recently found myself with time to spare, so I'm researching a winter OneWorld RTW trip, and found FlyerTalk to be the best resource, bar none, for that. I usually only do one truly international (beyond Canada/Mexico) trip a year, plus sporadic work travel and lots of short vacations. Being based in Chicago is convenient for getting anywhere in the states, but the central location makes it that much more difficult to leave the continent for shorter trips. I am a management consultant with a small firm that works with multi-national pharmaceutical companies. I went to school at Colorado College then went on to U. Washington in Seattle for an advanced degree in Statistics. After Seattle, I joined my current firm and was told to get a passport ASAP. I filled it up in 2 years (and then LOST IT!) working all over. In one two week span from Chicago I saw Bogota (then back home), then Mexico City then Jakarta. I was in Chicago for two years, then San Francisco for three years. I recently moved to Dallas. In Chicago I was 50/50 United and American, but SFO is a big United hub so I was at PE for the last two years. When I moved to Dallas, I got American to put me to Platinum early, but I made it on miles in December. Most of my trips are domestic hops to SFO, Chicago, Indy, Philly or Newark, but I was down in Sao Paulo 6 times in 1998 and Mexico City 6 times. I am one of those crazy people who is relatively comfortable in coach, so I do not upgrade very often, but when I want to, I almost always get it. I spent 3 weeks in Argentina in 1996 on vacation and 2 weeks in New Zealand in 1997. When I fly overseas I Hi I've just joined the forum and trying to get up to speed. I'm a UA Premier and mostly travel for work to the Middle East and Central America (starting to log some Continental miles). Great to join and I'm enjoying the education!

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OK, me too before = Who we all are 1001... This 34 yo male was born and raised in South Africa, in the "good" old says of apartheid, where in high school I had this unbelievable geograpghy teacher <Liz Powell> who instilled in me a desire to see the world... Its such an amazing place. Despite studying accounting and then teaching, I was 23 and unhappy with my life, before I managed to get to travel anywhere at all, and then went off travelling to Europe. and the US. On my first visit to the US I discovered FFP's and was attracted to the idea - good old Worldperks. Some weeks after I arrived here in Europe my father had a heart attack, and I returned briefly to SA, for 6 days. At that point I knew I could never live happily there again ! Eventually I returned to South Africa, and was dreadfully unhappy - I was too far away from civilization !! I moved to the US, and attempted to make a career as a freelance travel writer, but discovered that I am not disciplined enough to make it. ( Nor good enough as a writer - but that's beside the point ! ). Joined AS's Mileage plan, and despite having NEVER flown AS have earned well over 150000 miles on them - and yes am Elite too, Hi, I'm Chris Mcdonnell and I live about 60 miles north of NYC with my husband of almost 39 years, Bill and our Siamese cat, Puss. All the kids are raised and on their own now so we pan to travel a lot. Bill is retired and I will retire on August 27 (4 months and 29 days but who's counting?)from the world's biggest circulation magazine Reader's Digest. And no, I do not pick the sweepstakes winner. I'm in the editorial end. Everyone always asks about the sweepstakes. We are Elite on TWA but plan to expand either to Star or Oneworld for better choices of places to fly. Have no complaints about TWA just about the lack of good destinations outside the US that we would like to go to. After reading Rudi's plans for trips around the world I'm thinking of planning something like that for us. I never would have thought of it if not for FlyerTalk. I also have my entire family signed up for the 25000 mile MCI offer I learned about here. Next I'm going for Healthy Choice double miles. This has been the greatest find in all my surfing. I'm getting all these About two weeks ago Santa asked me to post a litte about myself. That alone should tell you a little something about my procrastinating lifestyle. Let's see....I have always lived in Mississippi, graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Music Education and am now teaching percussion(drums) in the Jackson area. My mileage life began when I was 18. I was performing with a drum and bugle corps music group from New Jersey and had to fly to rehearsals about every 3 weeks. By the time my first complete year had rolled around, I was Platinum with Delta.....or was it Royal Medallion? Anyway....I was sitting in Firstclass most of the time and I liked it and I liked the miles so I started going on short weekend trips etc.....then some friends asked me to come to England to teach and I did and now after about 7 years I have over 800,000 base miles to my name. All on Delta. But now with this alliance game going strong and Delta lagging behind, I may have to begin using someone else. But since DL has the best connections to everywhere I have ever needed to go, that may be hard to do. Anyway.....my only real interests are teaching music Hello everyone... My first name is Christian. I live in Canada in the province (state of Quebec). I'm a civil servant there and i'm computer analyst. I've never got to much chance before to travel (when i was a student all my money was neccessary to go to university, and i was working every summer for this purpose...). I'm the kind of man that invest a lot of times in is hobby and do it like if a was alcoholic. The last three years was spend listening classical music (i've got a little collection). Before that i was volonteer in the sport of soccer (that's not to frequent in North America so imagine here in Canada the home of hockey). I was the trainer of different competitive teams through the years (5 or 6). Right now as you can see in my profile i've only one idea (to see the world). I't can be great museum, great cities (Paris, London, all the capital of Europe ,New-york...)One of my greatest love as always be History so...I also want to see scenic places (the forest, the montains and the rivers). I hope i will be able to fulfill some of my wish but something is sure : i't will be a lot easier with all the great tips you fellows folks write in FlyerTalk Thanks Christian P.S By the way Hey all! I'm brand snew to this forum, and have been having a blast reading the pages. I guess it's time to introduce myself to everyone! My name is Jen, and I'm 19 years old (three months shy of being alive for two decades)! I'll be a sophomore at Ohio University this year, majoring in Psycholoy. One day, I'd like to become a child/family therapist. I like spending time with my family & friends, music, concerts, art, going to movies, reading, writing, good conversation, playing The Sims (I'm completely addicted!), and star-gazing. I also have an addiction to strawberry smoothies, and think watching a thunderstorm from a balcony beats almost any other form of entertainment. I also have a fear of elevators. Well, I think that's about it!! I look forward to spending more time on this Hi there! I'm originally from Amsterdam, Netherlands, but currently studying in Boca Raton, FL. Thanks to my parents I have so called travelitus, and take every opportunity to travel somewhere new. To date I have seen pretty much all of Europe, A lot in Asia, and have yet to discover Africa and South America (this year's goal). Unfortunately I never realized the huge benefits of miles until recently, but now dedicated to getting my free upgrades Currently holding 23000EQM on UA and 14000EQM on KLM, so I hope to reach some silver soon! I discovered flyertalk a couple of days ago, and am really enjoying all the tips & tricks on how to reach some more miles. So thanks guys! Enjoy the flying! Citrus I never made an introduction... figured I may. I'm 25/m college student (don't ask.. I didn't go after HS i'll leave it at that) who discovered the joys of international travel at the age of 22 and hasn't stopped since. Been to 13 countries on 4 continents in the past 3 years alone, inc. returning to a couple of them. born in Wilkes Barre, PA, lived in Staten Island till I was 12, job transfer took my dad from NYC to SFO (Marin County specifically which I hate and i'll also leave it at that) now currently a 4th year at the Univ of California San Diego. I've had frequent flyer accounts since I was 12 or so, flying back/forth from NYC-SFO a few times a year. Never discovered the joys of int'l travel until I was 22 and the post-9/11 travel firesales that were happening at the time. Been to Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong/Macao/China, South Korea, England, Mexico (city), Panama, Argentina, Brazil, Netherlands, Belgium, China, all in that order In just 3 short years. Use FT to discover what elite status can do. Now an AS MVP with over 150k banked in about 4 years. Got a tip from an FT'r who told me about the CO award "Intra Latin America" fare which got hiya, im claire (a new member) living in germany i dont travel so often...but i like it to be up to date in whats going on in the world...i speak different languages (5) and let me tell u the english is more heavy then the japaneese ...im an artist also (oil on canvas), and my favorite pastime is playing videogames...YAY oh...i forgot!.. antiques are my passion...hehe

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My name is "ClassicalGal" because I'm a classical music radio announcer. I work at the National Public Radio station in Houston (KUHF). My name is Regina. I'm single, over 21, with no kids. Grew up in NY and came to Texas about 20 years ago. Had a few stints living/working/school in CT, WI, IL, NC, CA. But I've lived most of my adult life in Texas. With all my years flying on CO, I've never had status, but will have it for the first time this year...by the end of April. "A lowly CO Silver at IAH..." we all know what that means. Anyway, I love this board and look forward to meeting my first fellow FTer sometime soon. My other interests include movies, reading, wondering if I'll ever get upgraded as a CO Silver out of IAH, and planning my trip around the world...someday! Realized it was time to finally post here - so here goes: Lurked around here for a good while and finally took the plunge into registering and posting late last year. Was always impressed on the depth of knowledge out here - and used it to book my Envoy seats for a late Fall trip to LGW and also to get up the gumption to get in on one of US' rare challenges to move up to Gold. Without FT, I'd have known zip about either. And I'm happy to offer whatever kernel of knowledge I can offer once in a while. But I learn far more from y'all and am happy to be educated by all of you. As my user name notes, I'm in Charlotte, and thus a Charlotte flier. I'm a litigation attorney who actually gets to try cases and enjoys working all over North Carolina. As a Charlotte flier, whenever I have to fly (mostly in state) it's on US and thus my elite status is US only. But my travels also gave me gold status with HHonors and Starwood Preferred Guest. But I'm on the road less now, and maybe that'll finally get me to get a dog (my mother would prefer that I just hurry up and get married - but I'm enjoying single male life carousing in Charlotte in my early 30s - and I think I need to work up C-man checking in, from Australia, I am a builder and put house-lots of building materials on my CC thus getting lots of FF points. hope to give and get some good infro here. need to learn all the abv. you guys use. Cheers! oh yeah bigg hello to cybercaddy for turning me on to this place! Hello All - A friend of mine who is a self-proclaimed "mileage junkie" referred me to this sight. Well, I mentioned that I found an answer to something about flying on this message board and he exclaimed "FlyerTalk.com!" I am hooked. I am based out of CMH. I am currently Silver Elite on NW and have been since the beginning of November. The amazing thing is that I started concentrating primarily on NW the very tail-end of August and reached Silver in a little over two months. I am the director of entertainment for a restaurant and bar company based out of CLT. We have locations near DFW, CVG, DTW, RIC, PVD, BWI/IAD, CLT, and GRR. I have earned most of my status in segments as opposed to miles. I did some estimates and I fly roughly 40 weekends out of the year. If I fly roughly 65% of my flights on NW/DL, I will reach Platinum by the end of the year. I absolutely LOVE this website, although I wish there were some sort of compendium for all of the abbreviations in the vernacular. If there is one floating around here, please direct me to it. Looking forward to getting to Platinum! Chris O. Posts: 1,360 I realized today that it has been nearly five years since I posted who I am and my life has changed quite a bit in that time period so here we go again. My name is Charles and I do not go by any diminutives of it. My handle comes from my initials and my birth month of October plus my childhood love of the DC-10. I'm 23 (which sometimes depresses me) and entering my 6th year of living in Tempe, Arizona. I grew up in Rye, NY (just north of New York City) and attended Arizona State University. I graduated in 2006 with a degree in US History and English Literature. Naturally this led to some pretty narrow job openings and after stints in healthcare, the Management Training program at Enterprise Rent-a-Car, an office management position with a fly by night internet mortgage company, I finally found a job I'm proud of. I work in Inside Sales with Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED) in Scottsdale, AZ. I'm lucky that every six to eight weeks I get to travel for my job. While my trips will only be domestic ones, I don't think I otherwise ever would have visited Tupelo, MS. Apparently I'm the only person in my 106 person training program who chooses Dont think I've posted in this: US employee 22 years & worked for DL 1 year & Air Florida before that. LEO before airlines. Work 2nd shift CLT Mo_FR. If anyones going to be around shoot me a PM & I'll see if I can get away for a few min. Post mostly in "Travel Safety & Security" & OMNI. Once in awhile other forums. Opinions expressed here are my own & not that of my employer or any One day I would love to start a small business out here in Krakow. grew up in Joliet, IL USA. now residing in Krakow, PL for most of the year with traveling to/from USA. I speak both Polish and English with a tad of Spanish. single and one day hope to find a nice So, it might be mine turn. I am one on the many consultants on the board, but one of the minority of women. Oh well, story of my life. My name comes from my AOL account and I picked it because I sometimes do stand-up comedy. The travels have reduced my show time. I really don't want to be on a stage out of town and find out the client was in the audience. I fly out of ORD and for the past 6 months I have been working in Denver. That location is due to change soon. Interests have even included the occasional cigar. But the Cuban cigar almost killed me. I hit Platinum on AA this year...I did not travel so much in prior jobs. The board is great and learning to know all of you is my newest hobby. I posted way back on #2 or #3 (maybe it was #4). Much has changed, so perhaps it is time for an update. Now in addition to AA Platinum, I got UA to comp me to Premier Exec. Since I commute from ORD to DEN, either airline works. Over the years I have preferred AA cause it is less crowded in the terminal and upgrades are easier. But now I am also going to Minneapolis from Denver, so I thought I would demand the UA comped status. And it worked. I commute 900 miles Name is Tim, and I live in SW Virginia. I'm 44, and am a Medical Equipment Specialist for a Fortune 500 Medical Supply Co. I spent over 20 years as a firefighter/paramedic, so I kinda eased into this side of the medical business. My corp mostly uses US Airways for it's east coast employees, so I'm kinda stuck with them. The biggest problem is that the closest real airport to me is GSO or CLT. About a 2 hour drive southeast from here. It's cheaper for the company to book me out of GSO and connect in CLT. The flight is so short, the pilots don't have time to raise the wheels! On the upside, I get to keep all my miles. If I need to go somewhere, I just call my corporate travel office and they make the arrangements for me. Works pretty good so far. I'm fairly new to FT, but I've had a blast so far and have learned quite a bit. Some really great folks here. I'm also getting my FT Yellow bag tags ordered today, so maybe I'll run into some of you on my next trip Safe travels! Tim Does this make sense to anyone? I love to travel but the hours before flying are very stressful, full of anxiety, visions of heavy turbulence and aborted take-offs. New to these boards ------------------------- Hey everyone! I'm new to this website and this board. I was referred by Steve, whom I ran across at the In N' Out next to LAX a few days ago. Like most everyone here, I'm always surfing the web for aviation-related sites. I'm a private pilot and work for the FAA as an air traffic controller, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

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OK, I'm a guy, not in the running for youngest by any means, but from internal evidence nor am I the oldest. However, I'm closer to having my picture on Willard Scott's piece than in the "newborns" column. I'm an attorney, specializing in public international law (Volkerrecht, for Rudi), employed by the Government which moves me around like a houseplant. Currently they think I look nice situated in Asia, but I have been, do visit, and hopefully will again be posted various places in Europe. I've been a frequent flier since before the "miles" programs were begun, and in 1981 was converted to Mileage Plus from United's earlier program where one got bronze-, silver-, and gold-colored metal strips bearing the name of each town you flew United into. (Anyone else remember that?) Since they institited Premier, I've been one every year except (I think) 1990, and frequently make it to Premier Executive. Never made 1K so far, but I can hope. Also participate in other FF programs, but United is by far the one I use most. Other matters: single (affianced), like good wine, good books, solving logic puzzles, and spazierengehen. [This message has been edited by Counsellor I work for one of the delivery companies that delivers delayed baggage. I joined the forum to answer any questions and be sort of an ambassador for the abused couriers. As I am approaching 2000 posts, almost 4 years on this board, I figure that it might be time to introduce myself. I'am a 38 years old male born in the South of France, I have been living in the Bay area for almost 14 years. I love the Bay Area and I'm proud of calling this place home. I grew up with the aviation bug. My dad is a pilot, he works for Airbus industries and will retire in less than a month. He strapped me in an airplane seat when I was 5 and showed me the world from above (sometimes upside down as well !!). My sister is a flight attendant for Air France. I did not end up in the industry but travelling is my passion, my drug. Finding deals, planning trips, the experience of travelling, the perks, the comfort, the recognition as an elite flyer.. I love it. I am a regional Manager for a retail company based in the Bay Area. We specialize in outdoor living. (www.smithandhawken.com). My territory is Northern California and Colorado. I'm married to a wonderful attorney (yes, they do exist) and I have two wonderful boys from a previous marriage. We love going to Maui where we own a timeshare. We go to Europe at least 3 times a year to see the family and discover new cities. My Hi everyone and thanks to everyone for sharing all of the great stories and tips! I feel like I now have many friends I could visit wherever I travel. Like many others, I learned of flyertalk through the exploits of PuddingGuy, though I guess I have been somewhat exposed to frequent flyer programs and tactics through my dad (who used to fly EA) and one of my ex-boyfriends (who was a solid supporter of NW and Hilton). We would travel all over and I saw how he always got upgraded and often, I did too as his companion. I could never understand why we would have to change hotel rooms or return the rental car in the midst of a trip, but I do now. He would haul this huge pilot-style case on the plane, and spend hours ripping open his mail, looking through the offerings from hotels and so on, and keeping them all rubber-banded together. Some background - <GEEK> I think that my history and life is pretty boring. I am basically a nerd. But, I am a nerd that loves to have fun. It is just that my idea of fun (writing a new Java applet) may be different from that of others! Luckily I like other things too. I started out studying Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech and 30 yrs old. Consultant in the Pharma industry. Travel every week, all over the midwest, and parts of the east. I fly, Delta, and America West. cpmairtight: comes from my bosses take on my ability to close sales . . . "airtight"! :D is my favorite emoticon I'm Rob, and live in Cranbury, NJ (Just down the road from Princeton Junction - Hi bdschobel!!!) I'm a Security Consultant (computer security, not airport security), and work for a large computer & software manufacturer in it's Professional Services organization. Travel takes me to every corner of the world, but with the economic downturn, I haven't been travelling as much this year. (The bright side of this is that I now have time to visit flyertalk.com, and I get to burn some of the miles I've been earning over the years) Very glad to be here. Hi!! I am pretty new to this forum, but was never one to be shy!!! I am 28, a technology Specialist for in DFW where I work for the world leading cell phone Manufacturer! We travel a lot for pleasure, using up the free flights! And I travel a lot with work, mainly to Finland/Europe and around the US somewhat. Lived in Finland from 2000-2002 and thats when I got into the mileage programs, I was traveling a lot with work, but got into the mileage things wastefully late!!! Have collected all my miles the hard way, few here, few there, but I think the mileage run sounds something I will try and work into my trips! Glad I finally found this forum!!! Violist, sorry that it took me so long to see that you are going to PHX to see some spring training games. I just returned. If you are a sports fan, there is a very good steak house in Scottsdale with the most sports memorabilia that I have ever seen. Don and Charlies, I believe it is on Indian School Road - not far from the Scottsdale Stadium. The stadium is on Osborn Rd. From Phoenix, take McDowell Road (or from the airport, take 202) to Scottsdale, turn left on Scottsdale Rd (by the way, the old shopping center at the southeast junction of Scottsdale Rd and McDowell is where they are going to build the new ice hockey arena for the Phoenix hockey team), turn right on Osborn Rd and the stadium will be on your left. Hope you enjoy it and if you get the chance, check out Don and Charlies. I always go when I'm there. I would be willing to pay an admission fee just to see all the items there. Literally almost every Here I am: http://www.fortunecity.com/olympia/relay/412/HOLLYparis.jpg I am the guy. Holly is the girl. [This message has been edited by crju (edited 02-19-99).] I just searched the thread and couldn't find a post by myself...I can't believe I never introduced myself! I am currently 24 years old, and joined Flyertalk between my 4th and 5th years of undergrad. At the time, I had been working as a consultant to various student organizations, traveling almost every weekend and getting acustomed to a lifestyle I knew I had to have. Recently, my travel has been centered around weekly commutes up to the Bay Area (SFO/SJC/OAK) to visit my girlfriend, and I fill in the gaps with the occasional weekend trip to NYC or IAD. I am currently preparing to move up the Bay Area and am looking for my next challenge in life. I have met some truly incredible people since becoming part of this community. Every time I step onto a plane, I think about how FT has enriched my life. I started off here to learn the Game, but I've stayed for the laughs, the friends and the adventure I found out about this great board in January 2000 and lurked around some time...Got registered in March and started posting to the LH and Star boards. I'm in my early 30's and teach at a university in Germany. As a student job I worked in a travel agency and flew quite a bit as a nonrev on PA. My travel was and is mostly long-haul to the US and Canada. I'm FTL with LH but I doubt I will become SEN. I like some travelling but not too much. As *Silver I try to stick to that alliance but unfortunately they don't fly to my favorite islands: the Seychelles... Well, Air Seychelles, here I come. BTW, they are quite decent for an airline with only two jets (one 767-300 and one 767-200) and four Twin Otters and one Islander...

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Hello from Portugal. Hi! Just to let you know that I've just joined this forum. I've been an aviation fan for many years, I'm married, 3 kids, 2 grown up boys ( one studying in USA now...) and one little girl with just 4 years old. I hope I can add good information regarding portuguese aviation including historic aviation too. Anything you need I'll try to give a help on that! I hope I'll stay for many years here! Best regards This thread just compels one to post. My travel started early. I went from high school directly into the Navy (my dad brought a recruiter around to nudge me and I had a reasonably low draft number about the time of the Tet offensive) but I never went to sea on a ship. I was involved in the "detection, localization, and prosecution of Soviet submarines" in Bermuda, Iceland, and northern Japan (I was in Hakodate when the Mig 25 defected; we dissected that plane before it was returned...similar to what the Chinese are probably doing with our spy plane). That job was fun but the military promotes 'prolonged adolescence' so after a short stint leading Mt. Fuji hiking tours, I returned to the US in 1980, went to school, and became a database Guru (Progress). That's where all the miles come from. There are only a handful of people in the world who specialize in the Progress database (that's probably why you've never heard of it even if you're in the IT world). I live in Oregon but the company I work for is in Georgia...a so-called "virtual employee". Some travel tidbits: I've been to Wengen, Switzerland (didn't meet Rudi though) where opening the window of our hotel New here and followed link so just checking in, thanks! My name is Becky. I've lived in Portland, OR for 10 yrs and Wichita, KS before that. I work in the technology field maintaining several computer labs in an educational setting. I love to travel and enjoy finding travel deals on the internet. I belong to several ff programs but have enough points in only one for any trips. With the economy the way it is, I plan on using information from this site to utilize ff programs better so I can afford to travel in the future. after lurking around for a couple months, i've finally joined....hello Hello guys, my name is Colin. I'm 21 years old and from the beautiful city of Hamburg, Germany, and a regular flyer on Delta, though my last trip ihappened almost 2 years ago . I'm the same DAL767-400ER as on several other forums, so some of you might know me. Looking forward to contribute to this forum, especially when it comes to Delta, HAM, XFW and JAX Hi, my name is Larry, and I am a flightaholic. I have traveled for business for over twenty years. Started before I was old enough to rent cars and now I am 43. I am married, two kids, work in marketing in the real estate and mortgage field. Travel alot, almost every week. My brother, den1k, introduced me to flyertalk and I have been hooked ever since. Used the Platinum challange to get status with AA and then flew 3 mileage runs to europe for the eur00 bonus. Love the board, have learned tons, thanks everyone. I don't think anyone recognizes me, but after over 200 posts I decided to introduce myself. I don't want to end up on "Who we all are 74" . Come' on, I've been on this board since December '98. Ok, here it goes. I'll hit 21 in May this year. I was born in Poland where I was raised, and at the age of 18 came to U.S where almost 3/4 of my family lives in. At first I went to Cleveland, OH where I was supposed to be living with my aunt, but then I moved to Little Rock, AR and have been living here since then. My plan was to come to the U.S for Christmas and New Years Eve and then go back to Poland and finish my tour ( I'm a vocalist and play on 6 different instruments ), but my family did everything they could to change my mind. So, I decided to stay few more months, go to school, learn english ( I had no idea about english at all ) and go back home. Well, things change, people change, and finally my plan of going back home got changed too. I finished IELP ( Intensive English Language Program ) at the University of Arkansas and started to taking university classes. Last summer, I moved to Royal Palm Beach, FL and was supposed to go to Florida International University, I'm a English teenager living in Portugal since the age of eight. I do nor belong to a frequent flyer programme, although I am a relativley frequnent flyer (2008-6 flights). Name: Daniel. Favorite Airline:Transportes Aérios Portugueses Airlines which I have travelled on: TAP Lufthansa BMI. Tangney Tours(religous charter company, I dont belive that they have their own aeroplanes, but I don't remember the actual carrier). Better late than never My name is Dany Schapiro, I was born in Argentina, and for the last 20 years I'm living in Israel. I work for an Israeli company in the Data Communications area, as their Regional Sales Manager for South America. I fly out from Israel once a month for like 10 days, allways to several destinations in South America. I have elite status in ElAl and in AA (Platinum). In El Al I allways get upgraded. (El Al has a good program. You get upgraded only for half the millage (actually points) of the flight you are being upgraded at. And you don't need a lot of points to get bonus tickets (2.5 two way flights to the States will get you a two way ticket to Europe, or 4.5 flights for a ticket to USA) The downside?: points expire after 1 year, and the food is the worst. In AA, I've never got anything. I have like a zillion stickers for upgrading in US domestic flights, but as I don't travel much inside the States, I just collect them. The only reason I fly this combination of Airlines, is because of their schedules. I have two daily non-stop flights to JFK from TelAviv, and then AA from there or MIA to anyplace in South/Central America, several times a day. I suppose that flying Star I'm a thirtysomething recovering IT guy, transplanted from ex-PHL to the tropics, working wherever science, technology, education and policy messily collide, and providing an outlet for some miniscule amount of the free world's tax dollars to go for something other than politicians getting into sex scandals. I have family and friends in North America, Europe and Africa who I sometimes visit on personal travel, and maybe once every few years I officially get sent somewhere "on business," but most of my travel is just to attend conferences and keep up with what's going on in fields I need to know about. When I'm not butt-in-seat or working my butt off, I like outdoor activities like biking, hiking, swimming and sometimes running. I also enjoy learning a little bit of new languages, and am to the point where I can greet people in... probably fifteen or so. I'd like to go to Australia/New Zealand, somewhere in South America, Cape Town, and Irkutsk. And I'd like to cut back to 75,000 EQM a year. Just joined today after recieving my new Braun 5700 shaver thought this was to register it but I am here any way

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New members Dave & Linda Burns here. We live in Northern Virginia; I work in DC for the federal government and Linda is a government contractor. I'm a Premier Exec member with UAL due to a fair amount of job related travelling, primarily to Europe. We've got five kids and since the youngest graduated from college back in 2001 and left the nest we made a pact to get out of Dodge at least every three or four months and visit someplace, preferably warm, before we need walkers or wheelchairs. Thankfully, Dulles Airport is pretty close by. Looking forward to surfing the site and seeing what you folks have to say. And oh yeah, ended up here after hearing about the forum on the Timeshare Users Group (TUG) site since we have timeshares here in Virginia, in Mexico, and the Caribbean. Glad to have found this site and looking forward to being members. Hello All, I'm a new member to the community and I would like to introduce myself to everyone. My name is David C. and I am a travelholic... I live in Northern NJ and work in New York as a Consultant. I'm in my mid-30's and I've traveled extensively for clients, whom are predominately in the entertainment and media fields. I've found myself in major cities throughout western Europe, down to Eivissa (Ibiza) and through to Ayia Napa (Cyprus). I'm currently one of the moderators at Executive Travel's new site at http://www.executivetravelmagazine.com which deals with everything related to business travel. I'd like encourage you to share your tips, experiences and thoughts, plus tap into the insights and learnings fellow frequent business travelers contribute. You will catch me here and there so don't be shy and say hello! All the best, David C. http://www.executivetravelmagazine.com/account/David_C. I think this was primarily for new members, as we can see your old posts in the old thread. Besides, after the last crash, we are all junior members with no profile anyway! Hello, I've been reading FlyerTalk for a while but am only just getting ready to start posting. This looked like the right place to say "hi" so here I am. I grew up thinking I would be a travel agent, but it didn't work out. Then I thought I'd be a tour guide, but that didn't work out either. I actually applied for a job as a TWA customer service agent back in 1982, but after making me fly myself to New York for an interview they decided they weren't hiring anyone new. I used to fly quite a bit but I'm out of practice. Right now I have 3000 legacy miles on AA that I never used up, and all the rest of my miles on all the programs have expired. Maybe I'll start racking them hey ya' all , I'm Dan down here in Atlanta. Rolled on the asphalt all my life , now I'll try high in the sky. ( no drug pun intended, kind of ) my art- home page isssssssss, http://people.tribe.net/artdan And if that doesn't scare you off..... Finally got around to getting over here and posting. User name dbmaury, which makes sense since my name is D. Blair Maury. Parents cursed me with a female name, but am very male. I played college football and was an offensive tackle, so I am what they refer to as large. Age: 35. Location: I am seemingly stuck right now outside of Norfolk, VA. I used to commute between here and Austin, TX but I never get back there anymore. The current Mrs. Maury lives here (as does a former Mrs. Maury) so I suppose the roots will stay here a while. Children: I have two sons (12 &5) from a former marriage who split time between me and their mother and I have a 6 month old daughter with my current wife. Born: Richmond, VA. I studied in Paris as an undergrad and still speak passable French. My wife was a Russian major, so we can't get jobs in 2 languages. Occupation: I have been in government sales for technology companies but am toying with the idea of breaking off and starting my own company. Interesting fact: My wife is about to make Silver Medallion on DL next week even though we have never paid for her to take a flight. I fly her all over on my bump I love to travel... will likely be traveling to Europe only! Fly Lufthansa and Air France...primarily. Love to ocean cruise and will try Euro River cruise next year! Hi Everyone, As you can see from my huge number of posts, I'm relatively new here. I heard about FT about a month ago, and have been lurking around and asking a couple of questions since then. I'm Debi, born and bred in London England, and living in Jerusalem Israel for the last 27 years. I'm married to a Frenchman (yes, it really works ), and we have 3 children - 14, 12 and 5. I'm a computer programmer by education, and my current job is QA Director at the largest hi-tech company in Jerusalem (>900 employees in J'lem, >2500 world-wide). Since my husband and I both love travelling (in fact he's in Paris as I write), FT is the perfect site for us. Luckily my job involves a reasonable amount of travel, to different parts of the world, and we try to take holidays abroad 2 or 3 times a year as well. I must say that I just luuuvvv FF miles I hope that I'll be informed, entertained and be able to inform and entertain on this site. That's all for now. (And if any of you worked out yet who I am, send an email my way - I promise that I'll answer) Greetings -----------------------------Greetings everyone -- I'm Deborah, an off-and-on lurker and first-time poster. I'm a 30something government attorney in San Francisco, on maternity leave until September with my second child. Not a full-out road warrior at this point in my career, more of a business-trip-every-couple-of-months person, plus leisure trips (if you can call flying with a 3-year-old and a baby leisure trips...) at roughly the same frequency. Many of those trips are cross-country -- I'm a pretty recent transplant to San Francisco after living and working various places throughout the Northeast the rest of my life. I'm amazed by the knowledge and good nature that FlyerTalkers bring to the table. I am in the midst of a somewhat quixotic quest to find a treasured lost object (no $ value, just sentimental) that I left on a United plane flying SFO-IAD. Is there an appropriate place I could tap the FlyerTalkers' collective wisdom on that question? Glad to be here and looking forward to participating more. I just discovered this thread, thanks to the talkmail that I also just discovered. My name is Debi Blanco. I am a CPA and an Oracle Consultant and my work keeps me on the road. I love to travel for business and pleasure. I am 45 years young and sometimes pretend to be 6 years old . I am 1K on UAL and Silver Medallion on Delta. I am Diamond at Hyatt, Hilton and Best Western . I am Gold at Marriott and will make Platinum for the first time this year. I am Presidents Circle at Hertz. I was raised in Las Vegas and still live there on the weekends. I have two grown daughters, aged 24 and 21. They are the light of my life. My oldest daughter works at NYNY in Las Vegas in VIP Guest Services and is going to college. My younger daughter lives in NYC and is a student at the Alvin Ailey School. I am presently single, having split up with a long term boyfriend a couple of months ago. I have a cat that really misses me when I am gone. I have met a couple of FTers and would love opportunities to meet more! I have not been able to make it to a DO yet, but keep hoping that I can fit one in soon.

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Following Santa's "gentle nudge" -- and in the hopes of getting a real neat gift (just kidding!!) -- here's the info on me: Yes, I'm a Certified Public Accountant in Los Angeles. However, my origin was in Philadelphia, over 50 years ago. Came West when I was 12 and lived here ever since. Just celebrated anniversary #31 last week -- in London (twelve days, also touring South: Stonehenge, Salisbury, Brighton, Royal Pavillion -- all interesting & surprisingly in good weather!!) Travel mainly AA -- Gold this year -- and usually in business via purchased upgrades, on a discounted ticket: remember, as a CPA I watch the bottom line! This is a cool forum. I've flown with all of the major carriers and the only thing of note, is that I love the Biscotti cookies on Delta flights. I fly about 6-8x a year and have done so for about 8 years. Also have flown to destinations like Rome, Italy - Berlin, Germany Buenos Aires, Argentina - Dublin, Ireland, - Vancouver, Canada - Anchorage, Alaska, and pretty much all of the major cities in the USA from Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Chicago, La Guardia NYC, Columbus, Omaha, Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, ....etc..... I actually hate traveling. The people I meet make it worth it but not a big fan of changing scenery, I can see that on my computer any time. burkey - I guess I should say in six years, I will be the female version of Carter....sorry guys, I don't really watch the show but do know enough of the characters to make some sense to myself. As to how I can find the time to surf the web, well, it's all in the time management skill....it also doesn't hurt in the fact that I am on a three year paid vacation - I am doing my thesis work right now. Of course, I said that jokingly. PhD work is NOT a vacation, but compare to the med school load, it is a lot lighter and more manageable. But thanks for asking! I don't usually post personal information, so what I usually do is give clues as to the kind of person I am. Here goes: To find out my real given name, all you need to know is my username and some Roman mythology. If you don't know much about mythology, here is another clue: what you eat every morning is name after my name. To find out where I currently live, it's one of the most historic city in the American history. It's also called the "Bean Town". To find out what I do, well, I have given that away somewhat in some of the postings. But six years from now, I hope to be just like George Clooney but the female version of him. Or nice lo be apart of this Hi my name is Jacob and I live in the washington d.c. area. I have been seeing some posts for the past days and would like to take advantage to say thanks to all the people in this community for the great and valuable information in this site. A little of Me Name: Daniël Cronk Profession: PACS Administrator (I work with computers) Birth Date: 20-11-79 Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA Birth Raamsdonksveer, Netherlands Favorite Air Carrier: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Comments: I love to travel and experience new things..... 17 year old high school senior - Orange County, CA. I'm the son of an AA captain, but have no intentions of becoming a union laborer. I'd condsider being a CEO, though. Early Decision app to Wharton got deferred to regular. I somehow found this site from www.PlaneBusiness.com. It's kind of interesting. If only non-rev's got frequent flyer miles... I thought I was special because I went to Boston for lunch. You guys just refer to this as a "weekend". It's pretty nice to be a 17 year old and not care that much about first class any more. I guess I like it more because it's not coach. Not Coach is more important than First. Although, I wouldn't refer to rows 4 and 5 on an F100 as "First Class". Other interests include website design for spending money and I worked at the Gallup Poll for almost a year. I spent a month in France last summer sailing in a world championship. - Derek ------------------ 50 cents an hour not a big Advantage? Be paid $20-$120 an hour with BePaid. http://www.bepaid.com/users.rhtml?REFID=10063853 I'm (almost) 23 and I work for a large computer company for which I travel extensively domestically. I live in Pittsburgh (but only technically since I spend much more time in Raleigh and other cities), and have been married for nearly two years. My wife doesn't like all my travelling but she's definitely beginning to enjoy the extra service I get for being elite.... she's going to refuse to fly coach soon enough I also have three cats (two for a while, got the third just recently) named Slash, Dash and Jackie and no kids. Internationally I travel to Canada often and been to Paris in February this year for Valentine's Day. Next year I hope to hit London and the year after that Rome (I don't particularly like international travel except for the mad miles).

Hi, everyone. My name is David and I'm a San Francisco-based independent consultant in the computer software field. My clients are large companies that hire lots of computer programmers, and I train and mentor them. I have done a lot of software development and project management in the past, and at one time was a founding partner in a multimedia company that developed screen savers and CD-ROMs. Like many others who do systems work, I have no academic training in computer science whatsoever. My college work was in Russian and abstract mathematics. I have an office at home, but virtually all my billable work is out of town. I travel about thirty weeks a year, all of it in North America. I am trying to get some time off the road this summer to develop some new training materials that I hope to begin marketing in fall of this year. This is my third travel job - the first was as a tech support rep in my early 20's, the second as a consultant in my mid 30's, and now this. I guess I have spent about 7 of my 20 professional years on the road. I grew up in Coral Gables, FL (near Miami), went to college in Nashville, lived in Washington, DC and on a commune of I am 25 years old and from a small town in Southern Mississippi, near Biloxi/Gulfport. I have only been traveling for a little over two years. I met my current boyfriend the first time I flew and I have been hooked ever since.....to him and traveling. I am about 5'2" and have long blonde hair. People usually think that I am 17-18 years old. I have been asked for my id several times in the Crown Room. I have three younger sisters, two of which are married, and 2 nephews who I enjoy spoiling. I graduated from college almost 2 years ago with a bachelors degree in Computer Science. I work for a telecommunications company based out of Plano, TX. I travel to customer locations throughout the U.S. to make sure our product functions properly before it is turned over to the customer. I am usually gone between 3-6 weeks. Luckily, I have had the opportunity to work in some nice places like Hawaii, Puerto Rico (not that it is anything worth bragging about), and Germany. I don't have a car of my own nor a house/apartment. I live out of a suitcase and only drive rental cars. I spend about 300 nights a year in hotels. I am PM on DL, Platinum with Starwood Preferred, Diamonds with Hi Guys. I just wanted to say hello. I love traveling. Main airport is YYC. Have been numerous times to YVR, YYC, IAH, LIH, OGG, HNL, JFK, SEA, FRA, MUN, OTP. I am a fan of Tarom, and of Lufthansa. I hope that they will change the a330 to an a340 for Lufthansa 494/495. I am addicted to frankfurt airport. I think it is the most amazing airport on the planet. Thoughts??

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Hi, I should introduced myself earlier but here it is. I'm Dan Hahn and I live in Fairfax, VA which is just outside Washington D.C. I'm a software engineer and work for one of top three defense company. Like Dilbert, I'm a cubicle dweller, and I could identify a lot with Dilbert; hence my username. BTW I have been Dilbert reader from its early days. I'm 34 years old and married; no children yet. I'm a Penn State graduate. I fly mostly on AA and UA. I have flown about 20K miles last a couple of years for both personal and business trips. My most traveled route is IAD-LAX for business trips; three times last year and about 1-3 times this year as well. My hobbies are books, web surfing, performing arts, and traveling. I just came back from Paris trip and my wife and I loved it. We can't wait to go back! Lastly, my most recent hobby is collecting frequent flyer miles. New here! My name is Dimitri. I like trips and I am always interested in new destinations and trends. Reason why I signed up. Alright, here is little old me I was born in Stuttgart, Germany where I lived for most of my life and studied in general, and specifically foreign languages in different European schools. At age 15 I had to move to the States and hated it. But then I realized what a great country this is! So now I am going to the University of Colorado here in Colorado Springs, where I will get a BA in Communications next spring . I am working on my EMT certification as well, because firefighting really caught my fancy. I also found my future husband here, and a great job (can you guess?). Frequent flyer miles are of course important because Germany (family) is an ocean away. And in the meantime I have been trying to learn and smile as much as I can [This message has been edited by dimples My name's Goat. I'm 26, and I live in downtown Chicago near a fellow FTer who's an UA 1k who likes to peep into my windows at night. My business card says that I'm a software architect, but my job generally involves R&D, cleaning up other people's issues and rebuilding poorly engineered processes to make projects work. I was originally hired for my shapely legs, but eventually recognized among my peers for my technology and management skills. I also volunteer at a large Natural History museum as a docent/stand up comic. I also am a member of two world renowned yacht clubs (CYC, RTYC) and am an active sailboat racer who has done some large North American regattas (both Mackinac races, Newport-Bermuda). And I start on private pilot certification in February. And working on that MBA, albeit very slowly. In my spare time, I raise a choir of squirrels that do a song and dance routine to Madonna's "Like a Virgin." I am widely considered a voice of reason and the best looking Executive Platinum on American Airlines. Most importantly, I am loved by all who meet me and respected by those who walk in my shoes. I wear a size 12E OK I give in. I will finally tell you about myself. Since grad school, I have worked as a high school marine biology teacher, a flight attendant, a scuba instructor, college professor, and computer trainer. I currently hold the last three positions simutaneously. I live on Guam and fly mostly CO and NW because they are they only US carriers servicing my area. I earn about 100,000 miles a year and most of my flights are international. Most of my travel is for dive trips or backpaking. I enjoy scuba diving on Guam and on all of the surrounding Pacific islands including Saipan, Rota, Yap, Palau, Truk, and Pohnpei. I am single and have never had any children. Glad to see other Cornellians here, Kyklin. Class of '78 here. I'll give my full details (at least any that I haven't already given away on the full-fare vs. upgrade and antitrust threads) only when arturo provides full details! I work for a "Tier One" IT outsourcer and am currently the CTO for their West Coast operations. My husband is a lurker, not registered, who has decided to take up my challenge and go for the 1K card in 2002. Both of us have lived our entire lives here in America's Finest City (San Diego) but LOVE to travel. Lucky for us my job takes us all over the world -- but we always come home to our house, our cats and our friends. DK (initials) 1K (my goal every year) Gal (and proud of it) Hello Everyone, My name is Brian and I am a 25 year old IT Specialist for an engineering firm in Bethesda, MD. I am usually over on the Delta board lurking around. I live in Silver Spring, MD, a suburb of DC, which is great for a flyer since we have our choice of IAD (good choice of flights), DCA (convenient), ad BWI (inexpensive). I occasionally travel for work which is usually last minute walk up fares, but mostly travel for fun, (LAS,ATL,SFO,DFW,LGA). I like flying so the idea of taking the three-stop to get max miles instead of the nonstop is no problem for me New guy here. Was born in central Illinois and lived there until graduating from college (SIU). Then lived in Chicago, NYC, Berlin, Germany, Los Angeles and now a full-time, happy resident of Las Vegas. Mostly, I have been, and currently am, a teacher. However, I have worked a lot in the legal field and worked for a major film studio in LA for several years. I like to write, like movies, and love to travel - when I lived in Europe, I pretty much hit every country in Western and Eastern Europe. One teensy-tiny problem is that I really hate flying - that said, I still do fly, and if anyone is offering, feel free to send me airline tickets. I just don't enjoy getting on planes and am one of those nervous fliers, especially during take off and landing. However, my logic always wins out and I get on planes and go whenever the opportunity arises. The nice thing about living in Las Vegas is that you seldom have to twist anyone's arm to get them to come and visit. I have seen relatives I hadn't seen in 45 years (no joke) and almost every German I know has flown here to visit. That is how my website came to be - I simply got tired of answering the same questions over and over, so figured I Hello Everyone My name is Dixy and I'm a new member to the community. I would like to say I'm really happy that I found out about flier talk!! I Love Traveling, Architecture, cultures and making friends. I would like to say special thanks to my cousin's roommate Jason and his friend Peter, from Munich. They informed me about Flier talk. I recently move to Dallas, TX from San Diego. I know it sounds crazy but I did it because of work. Ironically I'm responsible for the west Cost so I spend a lot of time in Southern California, where I still owe a small condo in San Diego. I work for a Swedish Company as a Program Manager. I'm in my mid-30's, single, no kids. I hold a Bachelor in Architecture from Kent State University and I've traveled extensively since I was a kid. I‟m originally from the Dominican Republic, move to New York City when I was a teenager with my parents (they still live in Manhattan), then Kent, Ohio, Florence, Italy and Vico Morcote, Switzerland for college. I lived in Vienna Austria for a short period of time. While I was in Europe for a year, I traveled to every western European large city and few cities in Eastern Europe, however, I still feel like I haven‟t

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Alrighty then, I'll hop up on the stage next and take a turn...My handle is a symptom of my complete unwillingness to develop new handles everywhere I go. That, and through the wonders of technology, I figure at some point anyone can do enough digging to find out my real name anyway (or, in the case of United, digging wasn't really necessary), so why bother. Okay, so you've got my last name... the first is Dave. I was thrilled to stumble across FT just a matter of months ago -- In my travels across the Internet, I never bothered to look. Thank goodness it fell into my lap! Although I've been accused of being 40, 50, or depending on my mood 60 or more, I'm actually 27 years old, and an engineer for a software company. I was born and raised in California, and moved to Chicago just last summer along with my wife (well, she's now my wife -- we weren't even engaged then!) to be closer to her family. (We get even closer to them in a few months when we move to IND.) I've been travelling ever since I can remember (and even before, since my memory these days lasts a matter of minutes, it seems). I began the "corporate" life at 17, travelling around the country for Visa Hi All, I'm old enough to not particularly want to be reminded how old I am. I've been working in IT for over half my life now and have spent the last 15 years in jobs which required some degree of travelling, though most of it has been intra-Europe. I got curious about how people accumulate points/miles/etc. and what people do with them and found this web-site when researching that. Now I'm hooked. Hi everyone! My name is David and I'm an FT'er. /dnastudios I travel a bit! Also a somewhat famed pathologist of some repute is "stationed" there! Interesting (and quiet) place for sure, but I'd probably stick with the Stockholm and Uppsala visits in early summer (zummer) - ideally befoe the rain(s) ! I actually love Sweden! Been NW Gold in the past, but now just Silver Elite due to a dry spell in international action" I too have "Been NW Gold in the past, but now just Silver Elite due to a dry spell in" NWA customer service! I have been reading this board for a while but have yet to introduce myself. Recently moved to Raleigh, NC area for a new job and the nicer weather. I do travel a bit and when I do its always my own dime never for biz. Europe is my favorite place to visit as I am huge RUGBY fan and like to catch a game while I'm over the pond. Cheers! Yes, I AM CANADIAN! [*slogan from wildly popular Molson Canadian - I Am Anthem commercial] Intriguing thread & fun to find out about those behind the nicknames. So who am I? Born & raised in Montreal, QC until late elementary years, lived in Edmonton, AB through mid-teen years, finished high school in Vancouver, BC, back to Montreal for first-year university, then ended up again in Vancouver thereafter. <phew> With all of the relatives overseas in the UK we travelled regularly through my childhood years. I still have my BOAC passport & wings! Proudly remember early flights on British Airways, Wardair, CP Air, Canadian Airlines, & subsequently Air Canada; in recent years I have experienced Air New Zealand, United, America West, & Cram-it-in-3000, to name a few. But we weren't restricted to air travel, oh no, there were the family trips in the car... Montreal to/from Key West (twice), Vancouver to/from San Diego (once), Montreal to/from Vancouver (3 times; both sides of 49th Parallel), back-n-forth across Canadian Prairies & Rockies, & so on. I LOVE TO TRAVEL! My wallet & time have trouble with it, though. Realistically, as a small business owner (without any justifiable reason to travel for business), happily married man of ten years, & father of a four year old, I have to keep trying to creatively justify my need to travel. I'm grateful if I can get on a plane once or twice a year, ecstatic if it's more! This year's been good to me... went on a cruise in the South Pacific in Jan/Feb to celebrate our ten year anniversary (flew AC/NZ Int'l J using points; surprised wife on New Year's Eve with tickets), accompanied a friend to ATL for a weekend in the spring (AC J using points again), fun-filled summer weekend in YUL with wife (AC J using points again), repsotioning mini-cruise YVR to SFO with family never weeks from (collected Alaska Miles on Amtrak but folks know me as GLA to visit relatives in Nov (AC/BD JDon, living You'd a few guess ago my cleverly disguised UserName, return!)& just booked Don. Mid-40s, writer, married to Mrs. using points about a half-hour from Hartford. Most all of my travel is domestic & leisure & Y. Flew for business in the early '80s & deeply regret not paying attention to FF programs back then. So many miles wasted … live, learn & get on with it, eh? Every "Dream Maps" listing that comes in under $150 gets my attention - am slowly building stockpile of DL Skymiles and HHonors points. Tips from you good folks at FT make the process faster & infinitely more fun. Favorites: Widebodies, DoubleTrees, BDL-SEA LUser fares under $200, LAX (the city and the airport), Outbacks & KK. Non-favorites: CRJs, Dunkin Donuts, and BDL - a stupendously dreary airport. My name is Dot and my husband works abroad quite a bit. I work in a school, so most holidays I fly off somewhere to meet him. Zanzibar, Australia, UAE, Maldives, Israel ~ my next trip will be to Singapore. I am a Silver Member of Skywards, my husband is Gold. We usually fly Economy. I love upgrading to Business, especially the complimentary car!! Recently found Flyertalk Hello FTers. I have been a longtime lurker and finally decided to join to take part in the discussions. I am a former airline industry employee, consultant, and GA pilot/CFI (I guess I am still technically a pilot, although I have not been current for several years). For a few reasons, I currently do not fly at all at this point (as a passenger), which is ironic considering that I have always been pretty much a commercial aviation geek (I mean, uh, "enthusiast"). I still follow the industry closely, however, and hope I can contribute. My username is a tribute to my fly-fishing hobby, in which I don't get to indulge nearly as much as I would like. I came to this thread in the hope of finding out who I really am. My friends and family know me as "Dov". On Flyer Talk, I am called "Dovster". By profession, I am a satirist and my work appears on the internet under the name of "Josh Wilde". My ex also has some names for me, but I prefer not to repeat them here. I was born in Brooklyn but at a tender age ran away to Vietnam because it was safer. When I got out of the Army, I immediately became a journalist -- much to the dismay of my parents who hoped I would become something more respectable, like a serial murderer. (I made an attempt but failed because of a foolish error. I thought it was spelled "cereal murderer" and spent several months knocking off Snap, Krackle, and Pop.). In 1979 I moved to Israel and developed a passion for cybersex. I soon had a torrid romance going with a Japanese woman who became cyberpregnant. Eventually she gave birth to a healthy 9 pound laptop, but we are still fighting over custody. Hi, I've been around for a couple of months and I LOVE FlyerTalk. I live in Ann Arbor; retired; and I love seeing new places/new cultures. I usually fly Northwest or other Skyteam. I'm an avid reader of history, historical fiction, general fiction and science fiction. I like poetry. And my beloved debonair dog's name is Druid Veteran flyer, new to flyertalk. Just joined. Good to be here. More than anybody needs to know is in my Wikipedia entry. Of possible interest is the 10,000 or so photos I've taken out the windows of commercial airplanes. I fly United almost exclusively, and have been a 1K member with them for a number of years. Looking forward to finding my way around the forums and helping out where I can.

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After lurking around on the boards for some time now, I figured that it was time to properly introduce myself My name is David and I am a 24 year old who lives in Westfield, New Jersey. I have a share in a commercial-industrial paint contracting firm in Elizabeth, and enjoy that very much. In fact, we do some work for CO and UA at EWR, and it is always fascinating to go over there and look at the job sites and be up close and personal with the aviation indsutry. Perhaps Catman could get me an "in" with the UA folks . I am originally from here in Scotch Plains, NJ, but have spent the previous four years in PHX doing my undergraduate work at Arizona State. Needless to say, I did a lot of commuting between EWR and PHX and accrued miles rather fast. My sophomore year, I achieved Elite status with HP and enjoyed wonderful service (contrary to many opinions, it seems, on this board) from them and remained loyal. During my senior year, I realized that I would be heading back east and focused my mileage deposits on CO and OnePass with many CO and HP code-share flights. I only fly about 45K miles per year, which on this board, seems to be not all that Well, after being here for about 18 months, I suppose I can finally introduce myself. My username is derived from my first name, Dudley (rather clever, yes?), a name that my parents cursed me with to ensure that, despite the fact that I can never remember anyone's name, they almost inevitably will remember mine. Until August 1999 I lived in Austin, Texas. Austin is a city which I dearly love and is the only part of that state worth living in (despite being a 5th generation texan, I don't hold the state up in esteemed reverence as do 99.9999% of the other native Texans). Leading up to my departure from Austin, I worked for a now defunct dotcom for 2.5 years. It was during this time that I completed the AA platinum challenge and developed my interest in flying, though I had always been interested in travel. Before entering the dotcom world I spent a long time obtaining what I thought was a rather useless degree in petroleum engineering, also in Austin at the University of Texas. Being a visionary and prognosticator, I decided that the dotcom thing wasn't all it was cracked up to be and perhaps a career change would be in order. Not wanting to endure a job search, I I'm 35, live in Houston, TX and work for a large software company that's based here. I have a major telecommunications customer that has me either in NYC area, DC, Chicago or Columbus, OH every week or so. I usually get in a couple of international trips in each year (going back to Barcelona in May) and just returned from Fiji, where I kidnapped my wife for our 5th anniversary and had a hell of a time deciding to come home (was getting used to wearing NO SHOES). I have been a Onepass member since 1986 and currently hold Infinite Elite status (and all of the glory that surrounds that designation). I've been a member of a.net for the past several years and I just found this site a few months ago. I've spent hours and hours since I've joined trying to learn as much as I can about the industry, travel trips, mileage runs, and places to go. Let's see… I'm a 19 year old college student at Duke University. I'm not exactly sure what I want to major in, but I'm leaning toward a Major in Public Policy, with minors in Economics and Political Science. I absolutely love Duke. Go Blue Devils! I lived in a tent for 5 weeks to get into a basketball game, along with over 1000 other students… I'm nearly fluent in Spanish. I've spent 6 weeks studying in Costa Rica and Tarragona, Spain. Starting this fall, I'll be learning Arabic. I've grown up in Portland, Oregon, but decided I wanted to go to college somewhere new and exciting. I first flew on a commercial aircraft when I was around 10 days old because my mom wanted to go to her high school reunion. Since then, I've been fascinated by commercial aviation. I can identify nearly all commerical aircraft and annoy my friends whenever I'm near an airport. I want to get my Pilot's License when I have time. I wouldn't mind working in the New too ! I have been on another forum for a couple of years and thought I would give this one a try. I live in Durban, South Africa and fly frequently to the US, Europe and Australia to visit my extended family. ( and friends, of course ! ) I hope I can catch up with some of these posts ! Retired Continental Air employee, ex-Travel agency / restaurant owner,reside in Red Bank, NJ Long time lurker, first time poster. I've been dropping in once a week or so for a few months, so I thought it was about time to add my 2> worth. Especially after seeing the talk about baseball and Don & Charlies in Scottsdale. You see, I have signed a couple of items on display there. (with all the humility I can muster) After a (too-short) playing career, I still wanted to be involved in baseball but didn't want a coaching position. So after a couple years of 'bird-dogging' (an independent free-lance scout), I am currently employed as an advance scout for a major league club. All of my travel arrangments are booked by the organization, but I've picked up a few tips to wrangle an occasional upgrade. Although I seem to have better luck upgrading rooms rather than flights. I'm looking at 50 flights and aprox 70 - 80 motel nights, so the upgrades are really appreciated. Schedule permitting, I would like to try to attend a gettogether sometime. As Rudi alluded to in another thread, I am sure that there are some 'insider' tips passed along in those meetings. Or perhaps I could meet someone for lunch and a couple of brews sometime. So, thanks for the tips and hints - even though us Hi new to the forum, just wanted to say hi. Been traveling a bit and decided to be smarter with my miles, hopefully I can get some help here. I just found this thread - great idea. I have posted here on and off for a few years. User ID: ebayj (My name starts with a J and I live in the East Bay - I am not an Ebay shopper. Name: Justin. Location: East Bay suburbs. I live just a few miles from OAK, which I use for most domestic travel - I usually use SFO when traveling outside the US. Age: 45, pushing 46 with both hands. Random: Been unemployed most of the summer, which has been GREAT - going back to work in Payroll Management next month. Travel: As often as I possibly can, and rarely for business, thankfully. 2006 Trips:. March: Caribbean for my cruise this year. March: Calgary for World Figure Skating Championships. Several Phoenix business trips this spring. July: Vegas for July 4. August: Provincetown . August: Santa Fe. August: Vegas again! Sept.: New York City. Sept/Oct.: Bike tour of Provence. This board is a treasure trove of useful information and helpful people. New to the DC region - I grew up in PHL. I'm (currently) 26 years old, and work in healthcare marketing - spending roughly 17 days a month on the road. My current job has me doing heavy travel for the first time in my life and while I've found it exciting....it sure is tiring too! Looking forward to hundreds of thousands of miles next year though - with my eye on that prize, the travel ain't so bad. Other than that, I'm a huge PHL sports fan, a big foodie at heart (if i quit my job, i'd head to culinary school), addicted to the weather channel & discover HD theater, and used to tour around the country with Phish. Been with Flyertalk since 10/06 (changed usernames) and rarely go an hour without checking in. -Matt

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We moved from the US 20 years ago to Ecuador. I work part time in the flower industry but our purpose for being here is as so called tentmaker missionaries. I travel to Asia about once a year and Europe and/or Russia two or three times a year, along with South American and North American trips. Most flights are on Continental or Copa. Hello everybody, Dzien dobry from Poland, I just realized that I still haven't introduced myself. My nickname is a bit misleading because I'm pure 100% Pole. I simply loved the Danish comedy with Egon Olsen I travel mainly throughout Europe due to the fact that LO is in *A I decided to get married with LH group. I work in automotive company as a marketing manager and as many of you I'm addicted to travel Luckily my girlfriend is FA so she's sharing my way of living. I've already met some of FT'ers and I must admit I'm really impressed by the people. Anyhow, whenever you're planning to visit WAW don't hesitate to contact me - I'll be happy to meet you and to give you some advices how and where to go. My name is Steve. I've lived in the DC area for the past 4+ years. A auditor turned consultant I travel a bit for work. Unfortunately, I have been on DC assignments for the past 6 months, alas, little travel. I try to fly Delta (PM) but often find myself on USAirways. I'm considering changing airlines but I'll wait to see where my next long out-of-town project will take me before doing so. I've been to one DC Happy Hour and plan on attending more. Hope to see more of you there. Seems to be my turn now. Alright, I am a german girl called Jana, currently dividing my time between Toulouse, France and Frankfurt, Germany. I became involved at LH at the premature age of 16 as an apprentice (CSA) at their DUS station and becoming a FA at 18. After plying up and down the route network for some years it was time for a change and I was transferred to crew training, currently occupied with developing and assessing procedures for the Airbus side of the fleet (that's why I spend a good part of my time at the Airbus plant in TLS). I do work flights regularly though, usually covering crew shortages or special flights. When (if...) I get some free time I enjoy riding as many rollercoasters as my stomach will allow me, or spontaneously travel somewhere (that's how I maintain my Sen at M&M). Mh, guess that's it then... I just registered, so I'm very new here. Interested to share tricks of travel. I'm off to find some sort of "my account" thing so I can fill in details about who I am. User Name: elll (my name's ella). I live in Houston, work for financial management consultant, travel for pleasure rather than business. . I love to explore areas I've previously not been, but I'm also addicted to NYC theater (been to NYC 2x this year). I'm single, fifty-something and have worked the past few years on getting my nieces and nephews infected with the travel bug - and teaching them the "right" way to be a traveler (respectful, good manners, etc.). I really enjoy reading all of the threads and have learned quite a bit. Hopefully, there will be a point at which I can contribute something positive. As you can probably guess, my name is Nick, and my FT name is a cautionary tale - think through the selection. I thought I'd post a couple of times and that would be it... doh. I don't live in Elmhurst (IL), anymore, I live in a different suburb of Chicago. I work in downtown Chicago. I'm a Principal at a boutique managment consulting firm that specializes in government transportation policy, analysis, and software. Before that, I spent nine years at Northwestern University's Transportation Center as both a doctoral candidate and then after that an Assistant Professor. I'm 40 now, which isn't as bad as I had thought it would be. I don't travel as much as I used to when I first joined FT. I no longer have responsibility of day-to-day management of projects, so the work travel frequency is about half of what it was at my peak but concentrated on running design sessions and relationship management activities. I travel primarily to whatever state capitals where we have projects (these days, mostly IND and ALB) and to our company's four other offices. I've lived most of my life in Chicago, with the exception of a three year stretch at our company's Boston hi to everyone. my name is shlomo. my age is 14. my home town is telaviv israel. im a new friend in the forum. i love my home airport Ben Gurion International Airport I work for an US Information Technology company and live in Switzerland. Got degrees in Philosophy and History, then went to graduate school in business. I spent 4 years in Germany with the US Army, and one of those years was spent with the German Army, as I studied German in high school and at the University. Learned to ski in Austria and drove around Europe as time allowed. My most perfect travel experience was in 1988 when I was able to spend my birthday skking in St. Moritz. At the time, I had no idea that I would be able to return to Switzerland, much less be able to have a home in St. Moritz, where I try to ski at least 40 days a year when not travelling to LHR or DFW. There are still many mountains to be skied and museums to be visited. If the computer industry craters, I figure I could be a travel guide in Switzerland, Austria, and Germany... 31 - (32 in two weeks!!!!!!) - attorney turned consultant for a large insurance company. Newly transplanted to Illinois, so I like to travel home to the East Coast (Philly-town) as often as possible. My "region" includes NC, VA, MD, DE and the D.of C. - so those are my major destinations. I also have had the great pleasure to travel to some awesome destinations recently for pleasure (New Orleans for Mardi Gras, Key West) Love NW (I know, I know, I'm the only one on the planet who does) and am trying to gather enough miles to take my 9 year old niece to China to visit relatives before she's 11. Love this forum - for the uninitiated - it really is a friendly and funny group of people who just happen to have this crazy hobby. So what's the story with everyone else? Happy Trails - EMD Okay, okay - stop the begging and pleading - EMD will reveal herself!!!!!! Seriously - this is really a great forum and I usually get quite a few laughs out of you guys. EMD is an attorney-consultant for a large insurance company - I travel to the East coast quite frequently, often at the last minute (love those full fare tickets) - and I have friends all over the country and not the income to visit Celestar340: Is it possible to tell me more about your profession? My son is looking for a job that involves a lot of travel, he loves travel and I am sure he would like the sort of job you have. What sort of travel counselling tdo you do and how to get started? He is 21 now, just graduated. Regards, Empress

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i thought you were predatory beasts hello there, i work in air operations for a large agency and i came to know FlyerTalk through a very unpleasant experience with a certain persnickety Aamerican carrier. i was alerted with great fanfare the users of FT were so cool, smart enough to figure out pricing the same airfare on another website was going to use a different plating carrier - which would get them a cheaper price. Even better, the FT peeps were so awesome they even knew that price difference was YQ taxes -- the dreaded fuel surcharge (that is by no means a tax under any law). After an awful fright of a debit memo, an Office 2007 upgrade so my Excel spreadsheet could have more than 65,000 rows, etc., I was able to remember you guys were cool in your own way. I decided not to hate you at all. in fact, i really have to love you for the YQ thing - admire, even. fuel surcharges are not taxes; you don't get to just declare a tax and pocket it. they need to raise the price of the base fare if they need some gas money. but i feel weird reading different posts encouraging people to go out and take advantage of a poor fare filer's mistake not typing enough zeros. in this Hey, I'm an engineering student, currently a junior, going to school in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm originally from upstate New York, and most of my flying is for trips back home (4-6 times per year). I usually fly United, because until relatively recently it was the only US carrier that flew to China. I only fly Economy, except when I get bumped and get a F seat on the replacement flight. Also, I'm on track to get 2P this year. Let's see, Epsilon0 was a legacy from a period in high school when I was really obsessed with physics. Hi, all. I've been here for a few months but just now got around to posting a bio. I'm Liz, 27/F/single, live in San Francisco, and work as a journalist. I do very little business travel; what little career-related travel I do is rarely reimbursed. I found FT through an LA Times article in fall 2006, and when I first visited, it occurred to me to check my UA EQMs for the year -- turned out I was just 5K or so short of 2P. Within a week I had scheduled my first MR, and it's been downhill from there! I've flown many different airlines, but UA has always been my first choice, largely because 1) I grew up in Denver; 2) my dad has always favored UA, so I grew up thinking UA was the way to go (weird, I know); and 3) I'm 5'10", much of that in my legs, and I really, really, really appreciate E+. It was largely for E+ that I decided to take the MR in order to get 2P. (Yes, I know I can buy E+ access for $300, but I like the other perks of 2P, too!) Beyond that... I've always loved to fly. Sure, it can be hellish sometimes, but I still get that excited feeling in the pit of my stomach when I get to the airport. I'm going somewhere! For all my seatmates know, I might be doing something important! I'm not, Steffo: I probably buy some of your organic produce at the Coop. Thanks. An aside relating to the ATT wireless string. They are now in the process of negotiating spaces for towers in ABQ so you may be able to get a slightly more local number. Hope this is helpful. My name is Erik and I was born in Miami in '71. I was an "airline brat". My mom is retired Delta, 35yrs+ seniority. My first flight was aged 6wks and I flew continuously(often in first or business but a fair bit in econ) on standby until I became an "Adult". I loved to fly!But I became fearful, for a variety of reasons about 14yrs ago. Suffice to say I knew more than I wanted to know in regards to commercial flight with a number of friends and relations in both aviation and security. Consequently I only flew (in emergency family situations) twice from '97-2002, the final flight bringing me back to London where I went to school.(airline brats get transferred too)! Now my attitude is changed. I flew with my girlfriend to MIA to visit my Mom and Uncle and do A LOT of fishing! With a bit of help from my GP I travelled on BA in WT+ and all was as I remembered. Calm and professional. Thanks doc! Now I've got the bug again! Thanks to FT I can pre-plan to ensure a relaxed trip and enjoy the experience. Our next trip is back to MIA on the 8th july in club world and Ill try to put together a report on the whole shebang. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated Middle East Mamma. I have been working and traveling around the Middle East, primarily the UAE and Oman for the past six months and am about to jump over to India for a few weeks. Have no idea where I will go from there although the company has bought me a one way ticket back to the states. How do I cash this in as it was purchased using their credit card? My turn! I consider myself a native Oregonian, having known no other home. My birth records indicate that I was born in Omaha, which is where my father, an airman 1st class, was stationed. I don't remember anything about Omaha since we moved to Portland just after I turned a year old, but a good many of my baby pictures show my father holding me out of cockpit windows, sitting on his lap in the pilot's seat of military jets and so forth. I guess the travel bug is in the gene pool. I was a lucky kid. I got to travel a lot starting at a very early age. When spending summers with my dad, he'd let me hang out in the control tower with him when I wanted to (gets boring after a while, actually). For my 10th birthday, he arranged to let me ride in the jump seat of a 747. (Those were the days.) He was also a private pilot and I remember that same summer doing lots of flying in remote areas of Alaska. I felt very special somehow, knowing that most of my peers had never even taken a plane ride (let alone in a private plane), sat in the cockpit of a 747 or hung out in a control tower. But it was just another day in the life for me. There are few things more exciting to me than a taking a Hello World!!! This a a very useful site and thanks to the moderators and everyone's effort. This is my 1st post since I joined about 2 months ago and could not have achieved my status now without joining this commitee and the info gathered here are very much appreciated. Thank you! and look forward to become a contributing member to give back to the community!!! Well, here goes my entry... My name is Evan Fleisher. I live in Dubuque, Iowa with my wife Jill and our one year old daugther Kathryn. We just moved here from Chicago as my wife is a college professor and teaches here locally at Loras College. I work for Sears at the corporate HQ in Chicago, and telecommute for oart of the week. Come January 1st, I'm leaving Sears to venture out on my own as an independent consultant/contractor in the field of logistics, transportation, engineering support, you-name-it! Have not flown and/or traveled much for business in the last three years, but was a logistics consultant for two years before that and basically lived on the road, so I am a well seasoned traveller. I got the "mileage bug" during those consulting days, and have been crazy ever since then (although my wife will tell you my lunacy began long before that!). This board has been a great place to learn, share, and investigate all of the various "deals" out there, and I'm glad I found you all. My main hobbies/interests outside of what I've already shared are...golf, golf, family, camping, golf, golf, cigars, snowboarding, golf, collecting FF miles, golf. BUT...not necessarily in that Not Sure If I replied to this thread, If I did, oh well My Name is George, and I‟m an Alcoholic... Oops wrong place... Seriously I‟m not an Alcoholic, and a very modest drinker... I‟m 20 years old, maybe the youngest member of FT? I‟m a college student, seems like I've been spending more time here, than at College... Hehe... I live in Jersey City, NJ right across the Hudson River from NYC...

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Longtime Flyertalk Lurker (with a couple posts too!) ----------------------------------Hi everyone, I have been a member of flyertalk for several years now. I have found tons of useful info to help me with my hobby of maxing out FF miles and points. I traveled full time for about 5 years but for the last 5 years I have owned my own business in Baltimore - so sadly I have had no status in any FF program for some time now. I would love to earn status again but dont relish the thought of traveling non-stop again. Perhaps one day I will fork over the $$ for a centurion amex just to get status I take 2 or 3 biz trips a year and 2 or 3 leisure trips. I am always looking for an excuse to hop on a plane and go somewhere (especially somewhere new). I do my best thinking when I am traveling alone and I need at least 2 trips a year to clear my head and get some new ideas or problems solved in my business. Hiya! I'm Filipe and I'm from the UK.. I've always wanted to be cabin crew seeing as I'm only 16 but I'm currently doing my National Dip in T&T at College and it's really enjoyable. What's up?! My name is Monica and just joined this forum yesterday through the referral of my friend who also likes to travel. I am fabulous, love to fly/travel and am of course a girl... just like my username implies. I live in and am originally from Southern CA. I have traveled most of the world and continue traveling regularly. I have degrees in the aviation industry though I currently do nothing with them (but not for too much longer!). I look forward to discussing topics with all of you and contributing my knowledge, experience, and stories. First, I wanted to say that this site has my two thumbs up as the best travel site on the Net (and that I am probably spending waaaay too much time hitting the refresh button everyday in hopes of reading more words of wisdom from the gurus here). Since I enjoy reading about everyone else, I figure I should post my bio before I turn 30 soon and finish the second year of what was supposed to be a four-month sabbatical from paid employment. I have spent the time overlanding/traveling across Asia (for the second time), trying my hand at starting my own company, and catching up on sleep (I can sleep anywhere anytime anyhow). Nowadays, I am waiting for the right opportunity with the right company before rejoining the workforce. I live 30 minutes from JFK (when "the bridge" is down for those of you familiar with the Belt Parkway) but have just landed silver status on CO, so I will probably be flying out of EWR more and more this year (at least whenever there is a great deal or AA doesn't offer a good alternative). I first reached elite status on AA in 1996, when I started traveling more regularly to Europe and Latin America for work (in my previous incarnation, I was I am 49 soon to be 50 Name is Sherman have lived in ND all my life. I am a project manager for a construction company, just started, was self employed for thirty years, my first real job. I enjoy travel and adventure. Almost all my travel is for pleasure usually only two or three trips per year. In the summer like to take back pack trips with sons and grandsons three of each. In winter take vacation to somplace warm with wife who is not into outdoors. We vacationed in HI in Jan 1 week Maui 2 days Oaho. was very relaxing used award miles for trip. I have never reached any elite status although that might change this year as I hope to get to Europe a couple of times this year, as well as a couple of domestic trips. Have always flowen on NW although United Express also flies into Fargo. I have been able to get quite a few FF miles on Contintal about 100K without ever flying through phone and other promos, as well as quite a few on NW also. I am new to computers as well as relearning to type. I enjoy topics and learning new info on this site. My name is Travis, and while I've enjoyed flying for years, it's not until this year that I've been able to call myself a frequent flyer. While I am pursuing a degree in journalism, I am very lucky to be able to pursue my other love in my spare time: road racing. I'm the public relations director for a professional sports car racing team, and travel to race venues around the country by air from my home base in Richmond, Calif. - departing from OAKland International Airport, mainly. I average about two trips a month during the racing season - sometimes short hops to PHX, but more often multiple-connect trans/midcons to BHM, ELM, MCO, CMH, RDU, MEX, etc. I started becoming a mileage junkie when... well, I'm racking up thousands of BIS miles on the company dime, might as well take advantage of them. Hoping to make it to a Do in the future - PSP beckons? a forum newbie, thanks randy!! Afternoon all, was just bibbling about trying to find a flt to EZE. Came across this place. Looks nice here, might stay a while. Anyway, in a previous life I worked for a Big Airline in the UK, now with an online travel agency, making the most of AD75s. Am felicia 4rm nigeria.just relocated 2LONDON 2start a family with my french husby Well, now that I've hung around for a spell and planning to attend my first FT-do, I guess I should also contribute to the WWAA thread. Let's see, I've been based in SIN for the past 4 years, which is also where I spent most of my youth. Born in TPE, grew up SIN, went to college in Bawlmer, Mrrelen, hung around to work, went back to school and got myself a graduate degree in public health/epidemiology. Before graduation, one of my classmates/tutees offered me a job in Paris which I happily took, sight unseen. What the hey, it's Paris!! Pay was purdy crappy - thank god for the housing provided, miserable as it was (I called it un trou de souris). The 18 months I spent in Paris was great, but I had enough of living in a shoebox and making little money, so I decided to high-tail it back to Singapore. Having worked in the US and France, I wanted to work in Asia, so came to SIN where the rents are and began job hunting. Due to the lack of opportunities in public health without a medical degree, I had to shift gears a little. I now work in I find it ironic that I'll be posting this after Confederate Hokie. My name is Neema, I grew up in southern West Virginia (next door to jimcfsus) and probably not too far from Confederate Hokie. I live in San Francisco, I'm a Ph.D. student studying Biophysics, and I'm planning on selling out and doing strategy consulting when I graduate (I hear McKinsey likes us science folks ). I found FT when I heard about MRs from a friend who was fuzzy on the details of exactly how they worked. If only I would have heard about them last year, who knows, I could have been US Gold! And finally I'm a HUGE West Virginia Mountaineer fan. I think those Hokies got too scared of us and had to run to the ACC to avoid a Blue and Gold whipping! I figure that when I get some money and a job that requires travel, I'll be ready. YTD EQM: 18822 YTD Segments: 19 Ooh, never did get around to posting in this thread. I've been on this site for a while now. I'm an expat from Hawai`i living in the DC area, although do I get to go home once a year. My most common business trip these days is a drive from DC to New Jersey and back. Although I do fly to LAX a fair bit. I'm a contractor at the Navy Yard in DC doing strategic planning for the Navy's combat systems ship integration and test group. My office is a block from the Nationals' ballpark; unfortunately, they stink and we won't get decent bars nearby until that changes. Fortunately, it means tickets are easy to get when the Dodgers or Braves come to town. The name's Larry, though my friends have invented innumerable variations.

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I'm 36 and a television newscast director in Illinois. I am not a frequent flyer (as opposed to most here). I'm always looking to fly for free or next to free (call it a hobby). So many places to go, not enough cash (television, believe it or not, pays crap wages). Parting words: I really enjoy this forum. I envy many of you here. Hope to stick around if you'll tolerate me. Hello all and good morning (it is 11.00 am here in Malaysia). I am Fisol Bin Ahmad, male, 57 yrs old, A General Practitioner. Married to another General Practitioner. Have two grown up children (under graduate). It is high time for me to leave some of my work behind and travel the world a bit. I would love to travel to Moscow in the near future and hope to find some tips on cheap flights and travel information. And of course I would like to welcome you all to come for a holiday in Malaysia. Fjord here. I am based in Cincinnati and have been plagued with no traveling for five years because of college. While in High School I was privileged with a parent in Delta Airlines that gave me unlimited free travel around the globe for a bout two years. I currently work as a software developer and starting to travel extensively thanks to FT. I'm still looking for the job that will put me to travel and hopefully find it one day. With that said, I am happy to join a good community. Cheers! Hi, everybody. My name is Jim, and I live in southern Rhode Island with my wife and 5 year old daughter. We are expecting another child in November. I am currently designing control systems for a small company specializing in machinery for the extrusion industry. The job requires me to travel domestically and internationally. I have been "lurking" for a few months, but only started posting Well I finally found this sort of page... FT is huge and it took an overnight in STL for me to see all these "new" pages. My information can be found in my profile. I think that I filled it out fairly complete. If you have anything else you need or want to know about me... ask, I am an open book. Aiming for 1P for 2009 Hello I am not exactly new to this site but given my low post count, that most people probably do not know me plus that I never posted to this thread before, I think I finally found my way to posting here. My nickname is an abbreviation from my real name, Florian. I am from Vienna, Austria and I'm 23, alas one of the younger members here. I study communication at Vienna University whiles working full-time for a local public relations agency (well ok, they are a part of an international network). I've been an aviation enthusiast for basically all my life. I took my first flight when I was 8 months old - my parents took me along for a trip to Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia on Singapore Airlines. Over the years I came to fly about all the Singapore Airlines aircraft there were: the DC-10, the 747-200, the Big Top and Megatop, the Airbus 310's they used for their hops to DPS that I took, the Celestar, Jubilee, and in the meantime I also had the chance to take the Airbus 380 and the 777-300ER. The only bird I never took was the Airbus 340500 and I probably never will because paying long haul business out of my own pockets is, well, pretty damn hard for a student. I was Hello, everyone! I've been lurking for the most part since around Latin Pass Million Mile time, made a few posts, but until a few weeks ago had no computer. Now that I built my first, I am not at the mercy of the library's hours and should be more of a participant here. My name is Steve, I'm single, and closer to 50 than I thought I would ever get considering my past youthful indulgences. Lived most of my life in Contra Costa Co., east of Berkeley, CA. My first job away from home was in Yosemite National Park, stayed there for 8 years off and on. I Then studied Horticulture in college, landscaped for 15 years or so, was a mechanic for a while, then studied massage for general interest, and decided to do that as a part-time career. My first travel was to London on the SS United States @ age 2 (with John Wayne on board- I have the passenger list!) I hitchhiked to Alaska at age 19, via the perimeter of the United States (16K miles on my thumb that trip!). Didn't realize that regular air travel was something within the realm of possibility for me until I discovered courier travel in 1997. Flew to Beijing for a month of travel with a friend and her son in China for $250rt! I was hooked on This was posted elsewhere; I was kindly guided to the current thread. Here we go again. I hope I have posted in the correct place; sort of a long and winding road to get here. Those of you who have drilled far enough past the info icon would already know that my given name is Steve. I am an aerospace professional in the manufacturing sector. I assist airlines with their maintenance programs. The idea is to provide spares and materials (via top-notch forecasting) that will allow the jets to return to revenue service on schedule. I have been able to see several airline maintenance facilities up close and personal. My choice of carriers is very deliberate. We all assume that our lives are in the hands of the pilots when we fly. Recent evidence would inidicate that the best pilot will not overcome shoddy maintenance. This job entails frequent travel and has taken me around the U.S. and Europe. It is also my privelege to fly with the United States Air Force Reserve. I fly as a Boom Operator on the KC-10A which is the military derivative of the DC-10-30CF. This job has literally taken me around the world. I have flown within 200 nm of either pole, landed in the Arctic Hi everyone. I just found out about this thread, so I thought I'd post a little bio on myself. I'm new to FlyerTalk. I signed up many moons ago and never visited really until leaving the airline world for a new world that keeps me on the road a bit. I subscribed to Inside Flyer and soon found myself reading the FT boards. I can't begin to describe how informative and helpful everyone has been in helping me transition to a life where miles really do matter. In any event, old habits die hard, so I don't want to post too much info on here as I'm unsure how my old bosses would feel about things that I opine about in regards to the airline business. But a brief history of me: I worked for American Eagle and American Airlines for over ten years in a handful of roles, most recently as Customer Service Manager at one of AA's ten largest airports. I've managed both Passenger and Ramp Service. Prior to that, I was in Maintenance Operations...essentially the "internal FAA" performing regulatory compliance inspections at AA supplier facilities worldwide. I left the airline for those much vaunted "greener pastures" several months ago. And while I miss my AA friends, and AA Okay, I guess it's about time I tell everyone who Flyaway is. I am 26 years old and own my own business in downtown Toronto, Canada. I do enough traveling to trade shows around the world (New York, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, Vancouver, Paris, London and Kingston (Jamaica)) to qualify for Elite status with Air Canada Aeroplan. I 'discovered' frequent flyer programs when I studied in Leysin, Switzerland and Paris, France and used to fly between Europe, North America and the Caribbean to see family and friends. I speak fluent French and English (I went to secondary school in French in Montreal) and really love to travel. Bon, voila! Flyaway

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You guessed it onefreeman! My name is Roseanne and I handle the print advertising for InsideFlyer Magazine- Americas and Asia also for The Official Frequent Flyer Guidebook. In response to flyguy, I guess I should ask you the same question?! I chose the name flygirl because I like to fly as a passenger and as a pilot (small planes-150's, Tomahawks,etc) and the term flyboy was used back in my parents days for a guy who liked to fly. I have lived in Michigan, Arizona, New Jersey, California, Florida, Oklahoma and now Colorado. I've traveled to England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Jamaica, Canada and Mexico. In fact last September I vacationed in Switzerland and Germany and had a wonderful time, it was my second visit to both countries. I speak very little German even though I did learn to read, write and speak it a few years back, however I don't use it now and I'm forgeting most of what I learned. Oh one more thing to Merry and onefreeman, I used the terms "our fearless leader" and "Big Kahuna" because RP is our "leader" in frequent flyer knowledge in the world, and Big Kahuna as in "wise or knowing". Hope this helps give some insight to Here's flygirl: This am not the same flygirl that posted in this thread in 1999. Her login must have expired and I scored. I work for a little known hotel company installing yield management software and training Directors of Revenue Management on how to use it. Love the job (although it is a lot of work), love the company. Most of the travel for me has been in Europe...right place, right skills, right time, when I obtained the position! I usually lurk, as my saracastic humor goes mostly unappreciated. When I'm overseas and the only TV I can watch is typically Friends speaking in French or Southpark in German, I find myself enjoying the antics of a great bunch of people who I know by a screen name. It's quite amusing...thank you. I seem to move ever two to three years...DEN to MCI to SAV back to DEN (this is all just since 2002), so even though I am a hair away from Platinum on Delta, now I have to start over w/United...same thing happend with AA moving from MCI to SAV. Thanks for the entertainment! Chris Posts: 5 hello. my real name is carmel. now is going to be real funny. now i work for amtrak out of ny but i been flying (I so scare to fly) alot from ny to la (no cheap flights out nwk but got cheap flights of jfk) because of my 7 month son living out there. Flygirl, I recognize the term flyboy as I was in USAF. Surprised that name flyguy was not taken early! By the way, I too like light aircraft as I learned to fly at age 17. Flyguy is Jim, an older aerospace engineer located in South Florida. Most of my travel is business related and averages around 3 trips a month dealing with government and aerospace firms. I don't post often, fly mostly on Delta, and enjoy learning from the pros out there like Rudi and Catman. Punki, A profession with a LOT of travel. I have a friend in Dayton, Ohio who does the same. My company does some at major airshows around the world, but we contract out the setup. Punki, congrats on 1000. We do know you are Seattle person, married and not much more. flyguy is south florida guy who is aero engineer designing jet engines. Ask my what airplanes to fly! I also model for department store cataloges. Flying is my primary means of earning miles/points. Where is auturo's info? Thanks B2 for new post. My name is Inigo Montoya.. ok, maybe not, but that's what I always think in these intro things I'm Wil. I'm a mechanical engineering grad student (actually recently promoted to Ph.D candidate) at UC Berkeley. I'm past my prime (26 :-P) Including undergrad I've been up here 9 years now and do enjoy the quality of life up here compared to Los Angeles I started browsing FT while looking for advice for conference travel and eventually got sucked into the UA forum. I'm glad I've had a chance to meet a bunch of interesting people in the events that have taken place out here. I'm a light MR'er only filling in the gaps to make 2P. But I am dumping in a ton more personal travel. A combination of wanting EQM and want to explore the world before wrapping up grad school. I've got a trip lined up in Jan to Boston over MLK weekend to check the city out and catch a couple of Bruins games and then down to NYC for a Rangers game and home via PS C! I can easily be described in two ways, FT and hockey. I'm a goalie by night, although mostly in rec coed leagues. I'm a huge Anaheim Ducks fan; however, given my geography, I'm also a SharkPak holder. (If anyone here would like to I'll add my profile to the group. 37 years, divisional sales mgr for Med Device company. Cover everything west of the Mississippi. Love to read, fish, smoke a good cigar . . . I'm a freshman at college who is pretty big on the gaming scene. I've only flown two times so far, one being a roundtrip from Virginia to Las Vegas, and the last being an international trip between the United States and Russia. I'm going to be flying back home pretty soon since Thanksgiving is coming, but I have a feeling that I'll be traveling much more often as time goes on. Anyway, nice to see At Santa's urging, I've decided to come clean about my checkered past. I was born in Oxford, England some 43 years ago. My family emigrated to the colony known as Canada when I was only 18 months old, hence I lost out on a sexy British accent. However, being an anglophone in Montr,al provided an English Canadian accent to my French language conversations...a compensation of sorts. After graduating from Marianopolis College, I dropped out of McGill University's Journalism Programme to enter the family business in the prepared food industry...a temporary measure designed to augment the spartan fortune of a starving student. Twenty three years later, I'm still there, only now I'm looking to augment my spartan intellect by temporarily applying to my potential alma mater , McGill University, to further my suspended education. I met my wife, Brigitte, 19 years ago. We've been together for the last 18 of them. She's my soulmate and my best friend. You wouldn't know it from some of my recent solo FT get-togethers, but we're seldom apart. We've no children or pets so there's nothing stopping us from taking 10 or 12 holidays a year. That's our passion. Travel. Aloha, I am Mysty, New to flyertalk today. I live in Maui, Hawaii, Love it, Life is Good. I am the Charter Sales manager for The Red and White Fleet in San Francisco, Ca. I love to travel, Gardening, growing my own food mostly, Tomato's, I love them some flowers are nice too., taking travel photos, taking family and friends photos, Cruizeing the beach, get out on a boat, airplanes, electric cars and alternative energy, sustainable living practices, spending time with loved ones. Life!!! After a while I even found this thread and decided to greet y'all as well. I joined FT on sept. 2005. Lots of interesting posts on here. I am 28, soon to be 29 located near STR in Germany. Still having problems what all those abbreviations mean, but slowly getting better. Philip here. I'm British, I live in Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean and I fly for holidays, going back to Europe and as a passion. Lucky enough to have my first First recently (round trip Mauritius Perth on Emirates) and am about to embark on a round Africa business class trip to visit various friends dotted around the continent. Thinking of doing a trip report on that.... good idea? Phil

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name: folashade. profession - marketing/business development in the QSR industry (aka fast food). I work in lower manhattan. Born and raised in Bklyn, NY. Lived in the city during college. Travel a great deal for work as well as personal. Don't travel as much as I used to since most of my travel buddies are now married/children. Have always been a points junkie since college. In my spare time I plan group trips ie. ski trips cruises etc (like the points, perks etc) plus I get to travel free. Love to read, photography, more likely to listen to music vs watch tv,and am a gadget junkie (more so than some of my male friends) and love to shop. This site has been a great resource and has really helped me maximise my points New Here Too. Hi, I commute on a weekly basis between the UK and ROI, working in Dublin. Have done so for the last year, and am a frequent browser of FT - just thought I'd jump in and contribute. Hello Fellow Flyers! I joined flyertalk back in 2001 as I have been frequent flying since the age of 3, and I'm now 33 Was off the boards for a few years as I was consumed with work; running my own business in the IT industry. Decided to make a career change and now am back to contributing on flyertalk. My real name is Monica. I chose Fox Trot as it relates to my trotting around the globe; and may have some military influence as I studied International Relations at University and interned with our government. At that time I planned to go into the Foreign Service, and who knows I may end up there one day I enjoy contributing trip reports, photo's, reading and keeping up with the constant changes, challenges (promos/MR's/ qualifiers) in the travel industry. I'm currently working for the family business (commercial scales and food machinery) as a consultant and in IT. This makes for some flexible time and I enjoy the perks of attending conventions and the travel. However, the majority of my travels are done on my own dime. Concurrently sending out my resume to several companies I'm interested in working for; as I'm willing to travel 75% of the time and enjoy meeting people at Hello all, Time to intoduce myself. If been poking around for about 4 months and posted a few questions. I am currently living in Las Vegas (or at least keeping my stuff there), but working from Baltiomre. I travel to from every couple of weeks and often weekend trips in-between. I work as a project manager/consultant for a full service IT company. As people at work joke, almost everything is "on the way" home for me. Anyway, just wanted to say Hi. I look forward to a gathering soon. Look for my Flyertalk tags.... Hi, I was a (very) sporadic board reader for a few years. Recently, because of the amount of free time due to my current summerunemployed student status, I started reading more frequently, lurked, and finally decided to register. I am addicted to travel and "wanderlust" is a word that definitely describes me. I spent fall of 2007 as an exchange student in Singapore, traveled around Southeast Asia, and visited Australia also. I also did a short study abroad program in Scotland in summer of 2006. I developed the travel bug really early on because I made trips to Taiwan where I have family and also as incredibly cliche it is because of reading/looking at pictures in National Geographic. I spend a lot of free time plotting trips in my head and reading Wikitravel (currently: can I make a trip late this summer/year? where should I go for my mega-grad trip?). Whenever I go to bookstores, I almost always visit the Travel section. Also, one of my favorite shows is Globe Trekker. Anyways, that is a little about me and my travels. I look forward to reading and posting more in the future! My name is Mike, I'm 20 and I live in MI. I'm a full time college student. I think that my major is Russian, but that's subject to change. I love to travel but don't get to fly as much as I want. I plan on being a f/a for Delta, hence the screen name. I'm Brian, and I live in Port Moody (outside of Vancouver), BC. I don't travel a lot but when I do it's usually related to pyrotechnics or special FX - and before you ask the answer is no, I don't transport the stuff with me. Hell, I don't even wear any "themed" clothing when I fly. My next (planned) trip is next February to Lake Havasu City by way of Vegas for a fireworks convention. I registered here because I've been reading the forums for some time and find them very useful and entertaining; I hope to be able to offer constructive input from time to time. My name is ben. I travel every week to different state for my job. I am in consulting and have been on the road for the past 5 year. I spent more time in the state than in canada even though I am canadian My name is Julie and I live in Georgia,thus my username, GaJules. I love to travel. So far our best vacation has been three weeks spent in Australia, New Zealand,and Fiji! My husband must travel to Europe every month so he's not too eager when I book our next adventure, although he always seems to enjoy it once we are there. I am not sure how much traveling we will be doing in the next year because we are expecting a baby girl in April. Although I don't post a lot on this board I do enjoy reading all the great advice. I am actually a travel moderator on a coupon board and often send people to this board for good information. Gajules I have a habit of leaving my profiles blank so people who are out to get "something" won't harass me. But anyway, I'll share my info here. If I have to add stuff to my profile just let me know. I'm a 20 year old female (just stating that since most think I'm male due to the universal screen name) from the states. I live in Louisiana and just began traveling on December 31st of last year. My profession would be trying to make it as a freelance writer, lol. I really don't have any friends who enjoys traveling, except for two. One of which is in the marines and the other is busy with work and college, so that leaves me with not many friends at all who enjoy to travel let alone hike. So, I hope I can find many people here to discuss traveling with. I registered with FT a couple of years ago but have really only been paying attention since this summer. The trigger was the realization by my spouse and me that our days of daily work obligations might be numbered in the sub-thousand range, so given that travel is our passion it would be well to position ourselves among the knowledge elite in that world. And, when one thinks of elites, well.… Self - 50+ (that's plus), named John by my mother. Currently Seattle, previously Alaska, Scotland, Oregon, SF and LA. I work with a nonprofit as a developer of housing for homeless families with children, so a somewhat different workplace culture from many road warriors or other business flyers. My work currently entails roughly zilch in business-related travel, except the odd conference or such. Previous lives have included gigs as a local government manager in Washington State and the Alaska bush, partner in an architecture and planning firm, university lecturer and traveling consultant* in Scotland, US federal employee, student, child, infant.… *As in, "Give me your watch and I'll tell you what time it is." Spouse, younger, asks to remain nameless so that if I'm captured she

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I‟m not sure what the proper thread etiquette is in this case, but since I‟ve had a radical change in who I am since the last time I posted on this thread, I though I would give it a go again, my apologies if I‟m breaking any rules. I‟m an ex finance guy turned wine Merchant. After some 11 years in banking (having lived in 7 different cities), I decided that Id had enough of the corporate world and hung up my suit & ties – and returned to my native City. I started a couple of ventures related to the Food Industry, with wine as a central part of my business. When I first went into banking, I started developing an interest in collecting wines, and as my cellar grew… I grew increasingly tired of paying retail prices for my favorite wines. That was how I finally decided to buy up half of a Fine Wine Retailer here in Buenos Aires. I still travel a fair amount, although it‟s mostly within Argentina – although I do regularly visit CGK for both business and to see good friends. I‟ve given up on all my Frequent Flyer habits and don‟t really know what status I have on all those old programs… although I still have a couple of miles/points hanging around here and there. My original FT name is I'm a 5 year 1K and EXP, and just found these forums today... strange but I never thought to look before. Anyway-I fly my 1K flight tomorrow *sigh* for year 6. I will not however re-qualify for EXP so that is a sign that things are going better! I'm a Community College student living in Auburn, Washington (At the moment anyway before transfer).. And I'm 19, a hopeful international transfer student to some good university here in the US. I'm from Asia, specifically Indonesia.. Usually flies off about 2x a year to indonesia.. roughly 21,900 miles by Economy; 26,750 miles by Business; or 32,800 by First, and 3-7x around the US a year. My preferred carriers are Star Alliance Carriers and I've joined about 1/2 of those carriers' mileage program. I know my username might be a little weird, but that's me.. a general flyer that almost always use Economy or (about 1/12 of the time) Business.. Looking forward to joining the community here, asking questions, maybe answering some too.. Usually flies with United and Virgin America (after its introduction this year) for domestic travels; and with Singapore (starting last year) for international flights; and Silk Air (starting last year) for Regional Asia. I've had a lot of experiences trying out different carriers, and hope I can Hey all. I'm new to the board, relatively speaking compared to our "founding fathers" (CATMAN, RUDI, et.al.). Unlike most on this board, I travel almost exclusively for pleasure and solely on US AIRWAYS to maintain my Pref. Plus status. I live in DC and fly solely on the deeply discounted tix, upgrading as I go!!! A couple of well timed European jaunts and a few west coast runs (with interesting routing of course...) each year allow me to keep my Preferred status. I THRIVE on travel (it's my therapy...) and can not imagine a more exciting place than an international airport. I am TOTALLY JEALOUS of the monthly itinerary boards posted in the BUZZ. I'm a ff mile miser, route myself for the most milage possible on any given trip (MIA-BWI-DCA, for example)and have finally dipped into my account for a Business Class ticket on Quantas for this summer....can't wait. One day, I plan to stand in the LHR receiving line with all the limo drivers and porters with a sign that says CATMAN or RUDI or MATT WALD and see who shows up!!! I raise a pint of Guiness to all!!!! My love affair with aviation began at Andrews Air Force Base at the age of 5 or 6. Saw the USAF Thunderbirds Handle: Geogirl (It's "geo" as in "earth." NOT the car.). Location: Indianapolis. DOB: 6/17, during Watergate. Occupation: Small Business Strategist and Coach, InnerBuild Services. . Education: M.A. Social Psychology, University of Iowa, Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and Certified Reiki Master-Teacher. Spare time: What is that? Spare time? I.don't understand. Just kidding. In my spare time, I read a TON, work out with my tormentor- I mean, trainer, cook, and work on a couple of my other small businesses: PopQuotes, FlyerFlak, and my SO's software development and domain services company. And I fly. Hobbies: Traveling. Reading. Crafts. Writing. Languages. Collecting geodes, rocks, and mineral specimens from interesting places. My list is long, but my time is short. Travel: All but 9 of the United States, Canada, Grand Cayman, and Mexico. Starting my "official" international travels in November, 2006, after a lifetime of dreaming. Favorite place: I haven't seen enough places to decide yet. I suspect Paris and Scotland in general will rate highly. Currently, nonspecific mountains and nonspecific oceans rank near the top. Here's my bio...I run a niche company out of the San Diego area, selling edited audio tapes of radio stations around the country to other radio stations & air personalities; and video tapes of radio personalities in the studio, on the air. So my travel is to record stations in top 50 markets across the country and I usually do 30-40,000 miles a year at the lowest advance purchase tickets, and visiting several cities on each trip to keep the cost low. Since I'm carrying fragile audio & video equipment with me, I carry 2 bags on. When United started that 1-bag experiment in Des Moines unless you were a Premier, I started giving most of my miles to United to Hi everyone. Just started travelling for work a bit. Trying to keep it to just a couple of FF plans rather than scattering miles around.. Live in London, work for a big media company. Mainly travelling in Europe. Spent a good hour or so reading some of the tips on here. Bye now. I'll be posting again soon. Georgie I guess I would still qualify as a LURKER....I havn't done much posting since I still suffer from an identity crisis. Somehow by pure accident I acquired the handle of GETONBOARD, which to some extent is not a bad name, unfortunately, I had already met some FT's and introduced myself as DTTB......to clear the air, I am I, and I am going to the PIP confirmed as DTTB..so you all figure it out! (and if anyone has any input on how I can regain my identity, PLEASE SHARE!) My name is Jane Dennis, and I live in Lexington, Kentucky. My husband, Scott, is also a Flyertalker; he's LexPassenger, as some of you already know. He was a lurker on FT for more than a year before something he said made me decide to come and have a look. And I liked what I saw, and started posting, so he started posting, and we had dinner with Captain Mike, and we did a sort of mileage run, and I wrote a trip report and... whew! A busy three months! I don't know if I'm the only person here who's ever admitted to being afraid of flying, but I spent quite a few years as a real "white-knuckler". But not for the usual reasons: I've been flying practically all my life. The first flight I really remember was in the co-pilot's seat of a Cessna 172, with my Dad as the pilot. I was about 5 then. I learned to bank... and how to talk to the control tower... I can still see the sky from those windows. As a teenager, I used to fly at least twice a month between LEX and STL to see family - wish there'd been FF programs in those days! I had my share of "adventures" as everyone does if they fly enough - those never fazed me. Then, for reasons that are still unclear, I got more and

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Wanted to say "hello" to those that came before me. Hi. I'm Chris, a college student and traveler based in NY/MA. I've been reading FT for awhile enjoying the topics. I especially like the Security Forum. I travel more than I study, and love it. I'm frequently in Europe and will be traveling to the Middle East and Asia for my university research. I'm based out of an extremely small aeroport and seem to rack up miles on every airline because of it. I'm currently looking to go to one programme, but I don't know which (yet). If you have any tips or recommendations for navigating this huge site, please pass them along. I want to say hello to everybody, and I hope I can add to the topics here in a meaningful way. Shadow.. I can sense that you are concerned.. 1) I travel with one case only. 5 shirts, 2 suits and an assortment of other clothes. That is it. Everything either gets worn until damaged (by hotel laundry) or discarded and replaced by something else. I avoid really cold places, so that makes packing easier. I am also incredibly unfashionable. 2) I used to have a 3 bed house of my own in the UK. It is all in storage. I will be re-united with it one day. All the stuff I buy en-route I send back to my parents in the UK. They use this as a means tracking me down. Either that or thry have opened an ethnic handicraft shop. 3) No homebase at all. I will most likely move within my company at some stage in 2000, but whereever to is not predetermined by a home. Hope that answers your questions ! Great to have this forum to communicate with while on the road sometimes. Hello All!! My name is Eli and I am M-21 living in New York City. I work as an Administrator of a Continuing Legal Education nonprofit organization. I also own an online business. I fly for leisure only. I somehow fell upon FT in December of 2006. I am proud to say that I have accumulated more than 1/2 million miles!! My travel history goes back to 1999 when, as a 13 year old, I traveled for the subsequent 3 years to many places including France, England, Israel, Canada and Germany. In 2004 and 2005 I traveled to Moscow as well as local flights in Russia. In 2006 I traveled to Kiev, Ukraine via Frankfurt Germany. In the past few years I traveled to Florida,California, and Toronto numerous times all for vacation. Most of my travels at this time are with CO, and I've been Platinum for the past year or so. I have had my share of other airline travel including: 7 flights with FL, 4-5 flights with AA, 8 Flights with LH, 1520 Flights with BA (no miles were accrued), I also have flown some other airlines as well AC, DL, SU and more. I paid once for a full Y fare from EWR-LAX-EWR, Otherwise I buy the cheapest flight available. In general I really love traveling and especially flying! I am Hello. I joined this forum a couple of months ago having found it during a google search for business class seating. I was hooked instantly and used my first couple of posts to inquire about travel J class to Korea. One FT'er reccommended that I pass on a direct YVR-ICN flight aboard either KE or AC and instead head to SFO to fly the SFO-ICN aboard the new 77W with SQ. I took his advice and I will never be the same. My father is a retired pilot so I have spent a lot of time in and around airplanes and even though my non-rev days are long gone, I still try and travel as much as possible. Now it is mostly for work but I still get excited before any trip that involves a plane. The amount of knowledge and experience on this board is truly overwhelming and a huge resource. I think the Trip Report threads have been my favorites. The details, the pictures and the quality of writing almost make it feel like I was on board. Anyway, I am glad I found FlyerTalk and hope to have the opportunity to run into some of you. After nearly 3 years of reading and posting, it's my turn. My name is Geoffrey. I'm 25 years old and I live in various Starwood hotels. When I'm not traveling, I vacation at my apartment in lovely Battery Park City, Manhattan. I first visited Flyertalk when a friend directed me here for information about United's Mileage Plus program. I've been hooked ever since! 90% of my travel is workrelated. I work in sales for a large software company as a Technology Specialist. Basically, when selling software to large corporations, there are three people involved. Account Managers manage the overall relationship and uncover opportunities. Then, solutions people delve into the opportunities and try to hash out the business needs. Eventually, you have to call in someone who knows how the software actually works and can keep the sales guys honest - that's me. I work in the Media and Entertainment Group and travel around meeting with various people in various departments of various subsidiaries of various media conglomerates. 75% of my work-related travel is back and forth from JFK-LAX, 15% split evenly between ATL and IAD and the remainder at random All right, all right! This is really seriously overdue I do not want my bad conscience to nag me anymore so I will attempt to tell a little about my gracious self. If you want more intimate detail there are some to be found in my trip reports (not meant as a commercial). I was born in Denmark and have lived here (and briefly in Sweden) all my life. I live pretty close to Copenhagen making CPH my base. I fly Star Alliance, primarily SK, AC, and UA. I am 19 (and a half!) and I finished the Danish high school equivalent last year in June (2000 graduate, the Danish high school is kind of a hybrid between US high school and first year of an Associate's Degree). I joined the military briefly and have since worked for a dot-com, a recruitment and management company and a supermarket (and I am planning to start sweeping the streets very soon, no: just a quick up-side-down career). I am starting Law School in September and my master will take five years. I joined FlyerTalk in September after doing more flying than usual (back and forth each week) and I have been addicted more or less ever since. I attended my first event in March and another (even better) in May. FlyerTalk is such a I've been a DL flyer since mid-96 when a job change took me from Seattle, WA (where I grew up) to sunny Huntsville, AL. The company I worked for then had a nice deal with DL, and we regularly received the 21 day advance pricing on tickets purchased 24 hour advance. I became G within 3 months of joining this company, and needless to say, my position as a software consultant kept me traveling to such places as Korea, Japan, Brazil, and Turkey. About 18 months ago, I took a position with a different company and relocated to chilly New England. It's not been quite the culture shock that SEA to HSV was, but I do miss the relaxed culture and warmth of the South Years past, I have always been just short of P each year, but things changed last Sept. While the rest of the country avoided the airlines post 9-11, I've found myself in a seat just about every week since - including at trip from/to Europe almost every Sat so far this year. Unfortunately all this travel keeps me away from my three favorite hobbies - restoring 65/66 Mustangs, nature photography, and hybridizing/exhibiting roses. I hope that this will change a bit later this year, and that I'll have time Hi, came across FT whilst looking for seat reviews on the net. My name is Declan, I run a company in Sydney, Australia although originally from London, UK. I am fortunate enough to travel a fair bit with a few London visits each year. Married with one daughter, twins on the way! Cheers

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Hi, I thought it was about time I signed this. My name is Simon and I‟m 20 years old. Goodo is actually a nickname given to me quite a few years ago by one of my school teachers, and it has stuck ever since. I‟ve been hooked on FT ever since a school mate used to give me his Dad‟s Inside Flyer magazines. I‟ve been a member since 1999 but my posts have been pretty sporadic – I‟m not someone who could offer much advice but I do when I can. Of course that doesn‟t mean I don‟t spend too much time every day reading posts from everyone else. I‟m a student at Monash University in Melbourne. I‟m studying Computer Science / Engineering. It‟s my first year at uni, after taking 2 years off after finishing high school. I spent this time studying and touring in some fascinating places – such as Israel, USA and Canada. I‟ve done quite a bit of traveling for someone my age (or so I thought until I read „who is the youngest EXP?‟). I‟ve been overseas 4 times. My first was at the tender age of 10, when a 25 hour trip on OA was exciting. Since then I‟ve done 3 RTW‟s. My first one though posted to AN, which meant goodbye to 31000 miles. My latest trip was earlier this month OK - FWIW: I'm Dave, in my very very late 40's (oh all right - I'm 50 this month), work as a consultant for one of the bigs. For the last 6 years I've been on the road from Sunday night to Thursday night. Recent gigs have been CLE, CHI and SJC. Home base is MSP (guess what airline). Actually I'm a fan of our home town airline, also a Marriott points junkie. I've been looking for a FT type site for some time now, stumbled on it I think due to a reference somewhere else regarding the NW mechanics strike. So far I'm really impressed by the breadth of topics, looking forward to wasting a lot of time with travel technology, community buzz and travel buzz. Hello all, I have been posting for the past couple years and just recently discovered the Community and OMNI threads. I could spend hours on here and not read everything. Born 7-7-80, just waiting til 7-7-07. Planning a trip to Vegas for that B-day. Anywho, I work at a bank and go to school. I have an addiction to travel, looking up prices, booking trips for family and friends. Some say I may be wasting my time and money, but I know the people on this board know better than that. Its my refuge. Ive been to London, Paris, Rome, Northern and Republic of Ireland and countless places in the US. Las Vegas and SFO being my favorites. Will be staying in Italy for a month come February. I will be volunteering as a press assistant for the 2006 Winter games. I also worked at Mount Rushmore in SD for a summer. If anyone needs any tips or info on the Black Hills feel free to ask. I have only met one FT'er so far, looking forward to meeting more in the future. Just look for my FT tag on my baggage. Mitch Hello all! I've been a lurker here for years, but only just started to post in the last year or so. Since all my travel is for pleasure, I felt a bit, well, like the retarded step-child However, I've realized that most of you don't care, and are warm, wonderful, sick and twisted folk - just like me! I'm 38, married, and living with my husband in Florida. I'm a CPA who prepares tax returns (individual and business), have my own art business (beaded jewelry, digital fantasy art and photography) and work full time at a medical devices manufacturing company as a Financial Analyst. I have 3 cats and a dog (boxer)... each cat has a very distinct personality! I have recently taken my parents in after they retired, and the four of us live in (mostly) harmonic bliss. I am an incurable anglophile, and travel there whenever I can. I fairly drool over anyone with a british, scottish, welsh, irish, south african, australian or kiwi accent. I love flying, especially when taking off - despite always being in coach. However, some day I will be in First!!! I am also a history buff, especially history from the British Isles. As a result, I like dressing up in medieval costumes with my friends We go to ren fairs, have Hi, all - I've been around here for - wow - a year, and I never got to posting my "who we all are" entry. No time like the present, since I'm heading for my first FT in-person event. I'm a corporate and securities lawyer in the Silicon Valley, representing young technology companies, as well as the venture capital funds that invest in them. I've been with my firm for about 6 months, now. Prior to turning to the dark side with my freshly minted law degree, I traveled a great deal before law school as a visiting student at Worcester College, Oxford during my undergrad stint, as an associate with a venture capital firm in Switzerland and in various business development roles for a couple of start-up companies in the utility industry during and following law school. For the latter, I traveled extensively to Europe and Asia and planted a flag in New Zealand, India, Pakistan, South Africa a few times and Peru. Unfortunately, my law firm is so flush with business from the Sili Valley that we're not really traveling much outside of a circle centered 20 miles from SFO. This means that for the foreseeable future, my miles are all on my own nickel. I've been a UA 1k since I have been waiting for a very special occasion to talk a little about myself... So today is THE day! I will soon be 40, am a French citizen and a Star Alliance addict, well not that much in fact. It depends on the fare. I began flying 20 years ago, when I used to work on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. I also have been a FA for one month and I currently work both as a male nurse and a teacher. What I like best is to travel worldwide, with two or three stays in the US/year. I teach French as a foreign language, and would be glad to make a deal with airline companies in need of a special language training for their crew... I can't bear Air France and their "do as little" policy both in flight and offices... My next planned trips??? NYC in March, China, Chicago in May, Praha in November and maybe Buenos Aires one of these days... Last (but not least): sorry about my English! PS: this was my 30st post!!!! THE special While on the flyertalk chat area tonight, Catman suggested that I post a 'bio' to the who we all are area. Like many others, I've been a lurker over the past 4-5 months and have learned quite a bit. I work in the marketing department for a manufacturer in the music products business and have been traveling pretty regularily for about 3 years. The GRR part of my name stands for Grand Rapids, as in Michigan (not Minnesota). Funny story about that, one time some Japanese from our head office flew over to the states and were booked to Grand Rapids Minnesota rather than Michigan. If you've ever been there, you'd understand what the look of shock on their faces must have been. It's not the end of the world, but it's close. I suppose I can say that having grown up in Minnesota. That can explain my loyalty to NWA as well. (and Best Buy, and the Vikings, and Daytons/Target) I started traveling about 9 years ago when I had a job as a piano player on a cruise ship in the Caribbean sailing through most of the Islands and even South America. After being around people from so many places and cultures, I realized that I was a very small part of this world and wanted to see as much of it Just signed up today, 12/17/08. Have traveled to many countries ... although as time goes by, can't remember details on trips from many years ago! As a matter of fact, trips from earlier this year are starting to fade. Anyway, thought I'd sign up in case I might be a resource to others .... and, obviously, looking for ideas and suggestions for our future trips. Take care, Geoff Rather, Tulsa, OK a fashion fans

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Really am a guest - Honest I have always wondered what parents go through when choosing the name of their first born - well mine really hit the jackpot - A - then to have the surname of Guest - what can i say.... Also - I have also worked into the hotel industry being duty manager was always interesting - yawn Anyway these days - I spend quite a few night a week in hotels - mostly at Holiday inn - I must really thank the forum for supplying really good info and threads - I wondered if anyone has some feedback on taking up the Priority club Rewards visa credit card and found that the points offered after activation - never actually arrive - and when you ring Priority visa or Priority club ...well you wish you had never bothered..... My name is Chris. I live in Boston and work for Dunkin' Donuts. My team is responsible for the development of the Dunkin' Donuts units you see popping up in airports around the US. Hello i am a flight enthusiast. My name is Patrick and I am in Market Conduct Compliance for a major Canadian life insurance company. I am based out of Toronto, but live in Hamilton about 60 km west of Toronto. I just started with the company earlier this year and my job involves extensive travel to the far east where we have insurance oeprations (five trips this year, usually CX to HKG and then onto whichever operation I am visiting). I am married, no kids, a 21/2 year old dog named Rex who is a pound puppy that we got from the local animal shelter when he was six months old. I enjoy boating and have a 34 ft express cruiser, which we have just moved to Lake Erie My name is Jeff and I've been lurking around this board for a couple of months. I've really enjoyed reading the posts and especially more about this ecletic group. I'm 33 and live in sunny Orlando Florida. I've been a semi-frequent traveller since my days in the Air Force (joined TWA FFB in '86). I now work for a software firm that specializes in credit card and consumer loan software (we sell to banks and retailers). I travel mainly for business. It seems all of the relatives from the frozen tundra (DSM, FSD) would rather come here to see me. I've already reached Aviator's Elite this year (thanks to the dollar tracking). My MCO-LHR-NRT-SIN-SYD trip next month should put me well on my way to UA Premier (unless someone can suggest a better way/carrier?). 1 wife, 2 cats (biff & harley), no kids (that my wife knows about anyway!) Hammertoad's is the name of the bar I will open someday. Featuring perfectly poured pints of Guinness and the very best merlot. A fine selection of smuggled Cuban cigars will also be available to select My name is Jordan and I'm a frequent flyaholic. I was born 32-ish years ago in Nottingham, England. I've been a traveler since I was 10 months old, my first airplane experience was on a trip back to the States to visit my grandparents near Pittsburgh. My parents decided to stay and we lived on the family farm until I was 6 before moving to Charlotte, NC. I've certainly had the travel bug from an early age, although most of my early trips were to England to visit my dad's relatives. The bug must run deep in my family, my (mothers side) great grandparents, grandparents, and mother had traveled all over the world, to Europe, Africa, Japan and China. I had been across the pond 4 by the time I was 16, the 4th trip was the first time I flew by myself. My future as a travel junkie was sealed when I opened my first Frequent Flyer account at age 17 (USAir). I was heading off to college at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh and decided flying back home to Charlotte was better than a 9-hour drive. I had developed an interest with computers in my early teens and by the time I entered university (1989) I had learned to navigate and book flights on Easy Saabre. It didn't take Hi! I´m HelsinkiFlyer and I´m an alcoholic. Whoa! Wrong place, I think? Ok, a new start. I´m HelsinkiFlyer. I´m from Helsinki, Finland as you could guess from my FT handle. I´m currently finishing my studies I started many years ago, that I somehow failed to complete. So, I´m a business school student and about to graduate any time soon. This should´ve been done some time ago, but work sort of took me away for several years. I am married. No kids yet. I´d like to have a few. No domestic animals either. What else? I´ve been reading FT for like 3 years and writing for almost 2 years now. I like movies, beer, football (soccer as Americans would call it), ice-hockey, travelling with my wife and stock trading. Day-trading is what I enjoy most. Maybe that´s a reason why my Hi all, Name: Hernan. 33 years old. Borned in Buenos Aires and love that city. Actually living in Barcelona after living in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Firenze, Lisboa, Palermo and Madrid. Occupation: Hostel owner. Travelling every 45 days to Brasil to visit my 4 years old daughter for a week. Visiting Buenos Aires very often and trying to include a visit on my way from BCN to Brasil, like a stop in NYC, MOW, BKK, CUN, HAV, SYD, YUL, TYO, CPT, etc. Airline: Every C class deal or LH/LX/AF in Y. And very happy of being part of this helpful community. hey, I just found this thread and wanted to throw in the following: - I lived in Bethesda, MD, too, for a period of time (Montgomery Blair HS) - flew 77000 or so miles last year - I bet I'm actually the youngest flyertalker, I think I beat you, megamiles. *grin* yup -- my sister's been UA Premier since she was 13, I think, and my parents moved to Hong Kong. Boy does she get carded in the first-class lines! (off-topic) axey -- you beat me (agewise) by a month or two.. I'm in the same business you are, I think -- colocs in PHX and LAX as well.. maybe we'll run into each other at Sky Harbor some day. Wow, this thread goes WAYYYYYYY back. What the heck, I'll add to it... I'm Tim, 39 yrs old and I guess you could say I am employed by the DOD (hah!). I've travelled all over the world in various modes of transportation; stayed in 5-star palaces and sleeping bags under the stars. I've eaten on 5th Avenue and in Thai Mess Halls. Right now, my employer has me milling about the middle east, my home (Japan), the USA, and a point or two in Europe. I like to write reviews on here (FT Reviews), because they serve two purposes--advice to fellow travelers behind me and they serve as kind of a personal log. I also like to read your tidbits of advice, and kick myself for not finding this board any sooner! My wife worked for a national airline (YX) for several years, and we nonrevved all over the USA. As such, I really didn't get into the mileage game--in fact, we were pretty spoiled by the Best Care in the Air until the financial crunch hit them. I decided to start banking mileage and hotel points over the past two years. My "epiphany" came about recently. Coming back to the states (after flying all over the far east), I was on a Delta Flight. I had no idea what the hell I have been travelling for several years and continue to enjoy it. It is good to see I am not the only one. I am Toronto based and travel primarily to Asia and Mexico.

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From SoCal originally, got hooked on FFP's flying back and forth to school on the east coast. Live in Hong Kong now working for a sporting good mfr. Averaged 180-200k miles per year for the past eight years (half of that sitting in the back!) but this may be the first year I have to work to reach 100,000. Both from personal experience, as well as reading this forum, have become the go-to guy in my company for how to squeeze every perk you can out of the system. Unfortunately, my company travel dept can't coordinate my travel as well as I can (I even find cheaper fares!) so I seem to spend a lot of time (more than I should!) booking my own trips. At least I can fall back on a career as a travel agent if I ever have to. thanks to all the posters here for your advice and suggestions! Here comes another Student! My name's Jackie and from my ID you can tell I am from Hong Kong and now studying at University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, MI. I did all my previous educations in HKG until the BSc (1st Hons) at HKPolyU. I am now persuing my Master in Architecture. I didn't participate activities in UM at all but during my Highschool and Undergrad: -Chairman of Photographic Club, Computer Society and Chief Editor of School Magazine. -Exco in various joint-school functions. -Camp leader or various HK-China Student interflow camps -President of Study Tour Committee at my Junior year (LAX and SFO, visiting consturction sites and buildings) -... I like to go hiking and camping in HK, I still finding my chance to continue this hobby in Ann Arbor... Hong Kong is such a small place that no domestic flight available, so not so much chance to fly. I've been to some cities in China, Japan, Singapore, US and Canada. And will have my first landing in Europe during coming Thanksgiving. My primary airline before I went to Ann Arbor is UA and NW, but now AA taken place. That is because AA not serve HK until recently it offer good fare Intro Hi everyone, I finally found a place to post an introduction. I registered several days ago after learning about this excellent resource through the New York Times. Anyways, my name is 'hockeyinsider' and I'm a 20-something professional hockey referee. Additionally, I am in university and I study PolSci with a pre-law emphasis. Looking forward to becoming a regular contributor. Ok, I resemble that remark, and now that I'm in triple digits in posts, I guess I'll give a synopsis (for the full story, you'll have to buy the autobiography ). I'm in CVG and work for a large consumer products company headquartered here (that should be enough of a clue w/o me posting the name 'cause it goes w/o saying I don't represent the company here at all ). I've lived here all my life. I work in Information Technology -- sort of anywhere they need me. My handle is my name. I've never flown HP in my life (they don't operate here). I just have a hyphenated last name and this is the same handle I've used everywhere on the internet since I got on it. I'm soooo unoriginal. I've been married for 8.5 years to a wonderful man whom I met on CompuServe back when it was all text -- WAY before internet dating became a trend. Mr. HollyHP is an historian by profession and is a dedicated NONflyer. He has NEVER flown. He swears he never will. But he claims to have some level of understanding for how much I love it. We only have (and only plan to have) children of the four legged variety. Cats for now whilst we're apartment dwellers but will add a dog once we get into a house. I suppose it is my turn. I graduated from Stanford and from University of California @ Davis Law School. I worked for a bank in San Francisco until earlier this year. Now I work for an investment bank in Hong Kong. As a result of my the numerous reound trips to the states which accompanied my relocation I will be a 1K on United this year. However, starting in '99 most of my travel will be intraAsia so I will probably be switching to Cathay Pacific and oneworld. David James Speaking of real Italians, I've been posting (not so often) for a couple of months, so it seems only appropriate that I should introduce myself. I grew up in Italy, with a *very* travel-phobic mother (to this day, she hasn't set foot on a plane). I must have got my genes from dad, however, because at 19 I caught the travel bug, and it hasn't left me yet. Problem is, many of the places I visit during my travels end up becoming my home for a time. So in the past 20 years, I've lived in Germany (briefly), Holland (not for long), India (a bit longer), and finally landed in the US (for the last 16 some years). Here I seem to be gravitating towards the West Coast and beyond. After a good start in the People's Republic of Santa Cruz, I moved for three wet years to the Pacific NW (mainly PDX and SEA), then returned to sunny Santa Cruz in plenty of time for the earthquake and stayed there for more than a decade. At 32 I decided to go "back" to college (never really had a chance to start sooner with all that moving around), and after getting a BA at UCSC, I found it necessary to continue to an MA at the university of Hawai'i. And here I am now, living with my husband of two years My name is John. I went to Georgetown U for college (hoya) and was briefly a 4th grade teacher before returning to grad school to get my PhD in education policy (teach). I'm originally from Boston and shook with joy this past October when the Sox finally won it all! Woohoo! I've been a traveller since I was an infant, going from BOS to NRT every couple of years to visit my mom's side of the family. My parents relocated to Tokyo in 1991 and I finished high school at an int'l high school there in 1994. Mom and Dad are still there and I visit when I can -- more often now that I've discovered FT. In fact, I used to pick the cheapest carrier even if the difference was just a few bucks. Since signing up for FT, I've returned my regular travel to NW and fly them when I can. I figure I'll be silver come the end of March for the first time since 1996. Thanks, guys. My one big hobby is photography and I'd love to hear from any FT shutterbugs about good travel photography locations. I write a lot, too, but that's as much a function of being a grad student as it is something I enjoy. My dissertation is looking at the history of challenges to the teaching of evolution in public schools in the Okay I am new here and I was told this is the place to show who we are. So here I am!. User ID: HSXAGENT but feel free to call me Anthony or Tony. Location: Los Angeles, CA. DOB: 1/10/78. Occupation: Concierge for an Upscale Doll Store. Yeap they have Concierge Services. Travel: Transcon travel all the time, Europe at least once a year. Last U.S. Domestic Travel: LAX-PVD (UA) Visiting my Mother. No review to follow. I'm sure you don't want to be bored with my mother's rantings!. Last International Travel: London, England (LAX-LHR-LAX) on UA. I am now free on weekends and would love to do 75,000 miles in less than 2 months for under $1000.00, on UA. Do you think I can do it, Do you think this lonely Premier can do it? . So help me do the impossible, send me any and every MR fares you find from LAX on UA. . LMAO.

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Hello, My name is Anthony and you can usually find me posting in the UA and Mileage Run forums, and since I want to meet more Flyertalk people I thought I would introduce myself here also. I currently live in North Hollywood but I grew up in New York City. My first experience with UA was when I ran away (flew) at the age of 13 to Stockton, CA where my favorite aunt lived. It was a wonderful experience, even though I was grounded for the rest of the summer. After that trip, I caught the flying bug with UA, and I try to fly only UA whenever possible. I even worked for UA for 9 months at LGA/CS during the Hell known as „UA Summer of 2000!‟ I graduated from RIC (Rhode Island College) with a B.A. in Film Studies and I now work as a Concierge at a Doll Store in LA and part time as a Personal Assistant. Here is some other info about me: My Ultimate Goal in Life: Is to travel to each continent at least once. So far I have been on 3. (Europe, Africa, and North America) Planning on visiting Australia for the '08 Australian Open. I love music, especially Film Music... But if you want to see my taste in music, visit my site here: http://www.last.fm/user/anthonypizarro My Dale Hughes. American but live in UK. Married with one daughter at university. Occupation : Oilfield trash. Travel: Every 35 days= Aberdeen - Amsterdam - Kuala Lumpur - Labuan Malaysia. 35 days later= back the other way. In Between: USA - Australia - Vietnam - Indonesia – etc Airline: KLM (bad seats, horrible food, no movies but great crews and FFP). Seems like an appropriate place for a first post, after lurking for a while ... Name: Andrew. Nationality: Australian. Current residence: California. Programs used and abused: I have a fairly large bank of QF points from my days working in PNG and Australia (made it to QF Platinum, then got transferred to Africa, so didn't get much benefit ... except my residual gold status let me status match to UA 1P and CO gold when I moved to the US earlier this year). Clinging precariously to CO elite status for next year (helpful on my routine trips to Houston). Looks like I'll renew UA 1P for 06 (thanks to a December business trip to London and the double EQMs promotion), and that's where I'm trying to focus my points-gathering activities. Will continue to lurk and learn, and hopefully find the opportunity to add something every now and again.

Hi everyone! I guess I'm going to take my turn now... I just found this site in April - and I can't believe it took me that long! But I'm hooked now and am looking forward to meeting some of you on the SIN run in September. My name is Lisa, and my handle comes from my work ID at a job a few years back. Somehow I started using it for everything I sign up for on the web. I'm 28 years old, and I grew up in Pennsylvania, about an hour east of Pittsburg. I went to Notre Dame (go Irish!) and then moved to Chicago where I still reside...or at least where I have a perm mailing address! I'm a software consultant and I travel every Monday and back (or somewhere) on Thursday or Friday. I love to travel and will not be happy until I've seen everything...multiple times! I went to school in London for a semester and that was my first overseas trip. I fell in love with the city and it will always be one of my favourites. In the US I'm a huge fan of both Boston and San Francisco and will happily spend time shopping in either city. I have travelled through most of western Europe, and in December finally made it to the land down under with Hi, I'm Chris. I'm from New Hampshire, but currently living in Jacksonville, FL. Although I am presently a neophyte in the world of air travel (FWIW I've done it pretty often IMO, I am only now realizing that my "pretty often" actually equates to "might as well be never" when compared to the people on this board), I am finding this site to be an invaluable source of traveling information (e.g., when using the restroom in EWR someone in the urinal next to me may be getting a free show of my bare backside! http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=784699) When I first attempted to read some of the threads on this site I'll admit, I was taken aback and I literally caught myself making a face as though I had just pushed open a bathroom stall door and the toilet was clogged, yet the three people who went #2 before me didn't seem to care...but I am diligently working to expand my vocabulary (specifically abbreviations) in an effort to become one with the formerly esoteric jargon that is strewn about this website as though it were fresh, warm maple syrup on a fresh-from-the-toaster peanut butter ricecake. Regardless, I think I deserve some bonus points About I'm 28 and live in the Bay Area. New guy, here. My basic stats: Live and work primarily in LA, fly to MCO every two weeks to spend time with my son. My elderly mom is also there, so I hang out with her, check to make sure she's cool, we stay with her to give her some activity, then I'm out either early, wheels up by 7am, or preferably in the afternoon, usually on DL 1430, home by 10:30-11pm. So basically, I get to see my wife 26 weeks out of the year. He graduates in three years, man. Then he can truck his butt out here to UCLA, by God. (Crossing fingers.) Speaking of my wife; yes, she is as a matter of fact, a saint. Delta man. Platinum. Used to Love United, but, you know... That's about it. Nice to meet you guys. Probably know some of you. James I came across the board while traveling in Europe and found it very helpful from day one. It's nice to see a group of people who are so willing to share info and help each other out. Though I have to admit that I've lurked around for about a month and finally got around to posting this. So here goes, I'm 24 (male/single) from Pittsburgh and a graduate of George Washington U. and the U of Pittsburgh majoring in intl biz / public health policy. I have been involved in my family's consulting business (healthcare) for the past two years which has led to extensive travel ( mostly international ). All of our tavel is organized in house and we try to combine flexibilty with price and use upgrades and discounted tix whenever viable. We also do a lot of ticketing ex India due to the lower costs. Most of our clients are in the West Asia / mid East / eastern africa region while our technology partners are mostly in Europe. So travel is almost always long haul and with a lot of different airlines ( some good and some not so good!). Although of late, I've tried to concentrate on Star alliance and KLM/NW. For this year managed Star Gold - through AC ( s. elite )and UA (premex) as well as

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Gotta be good, Santa's checking his list! My name is Peter Wang. I was "made in Taiwan" but my folks are from mainland China. The family emigrated to the United State of California when I was 10 and I've lived in SoCal ever since. Having turned the corner to "thirty-something," I've discovered everything they've told me is true - hair falling in clumps, waist size doubling every 6 months, can't stay up late anymore... but who's complaining? I'm what you might call "careerly indecisive". I wanted to be a pilot all my life, but coke-bottle glasses kept me out of USAF pilot school, and commercial avaition emptied my pockets before I got my private ticket. A shot at the Sheriff's (but not the deputy) went south when I hit a drunk driver and couldn't re-qualify after my physical expired. So I ended up being an engineer/firefighter at this telecom/semiconductor outfit, which brought me to the world of geekdom. I had accumulated 40 hours of flying lessons before having to take a break. I blame the new job, but in reality its because I spend my weekends in THE City (SFO for those not familiar) with Honeybaby, who has completely replaced all other reasons for my being. Hi, My name is Rene. I'm 27 years old and from The Netherlands - I live near AMS. I travel quite frequently, more often than not to the USA, both for leisure and business. My favourite carrier is United, with whom I'll obtain 1k status this year. Favourite cities are New York, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and San Diego. I work for a global .NET system integrator as a senior consultant; currently in The Netherlands, but will move to one of our US offices next year. I am the father of a 1 and a bit yr old (Dylan) and his sister or brother is due to be born late October this year. Regards, Rene Hello, Just thought I'd jump in on the GSB connection. I'm 22, home airport ORD/MDW and am in the senior year of my Econ program at the U of Chicago while working part time at the GSB Alumni office helping with communications, events and other um, chores. I live in Hyde Park, and was wondering if anyone else does. So it's rather possible that you've got my emails, opened envelopes sealed with my saliva, etc. I don't do nearly as much flying as many folks here, but schlepp back to SIN (home) at least once a year) and fly as much as I can. That's pretty much all about me ;-) Thanks for the BF, dgolds, or I never would have noticed this. I'm one of those new folks, arriving when the Globe and Mail (Toronto's National Newspaper) had an article about FT. I'm 32 and live in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. I travel a little for work (I'm a computer technical support specialist), where we're not allowed to collect frequent flyer points, not even to donate to charity. I travel a LOT for my union, which does allow me to collect points, seeing as how they don't pay me for evening or weekend work. So I travel between YYG and Ottawa up to three times a month, with other trips to Toronto, Montreal, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Fredericton, Saint John, Quebec City, and Kingston on occasion. I never actually joined a frequent flyer program; a friend who worked for Canadian got annoyed with me and signed me up without my knowledge back when I was a student and flying standby all the time. Since then I've used points to travel all over Canada and the United States, as well as sending tickets to friends and family. Trips planned for this year include San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, and possibly the Netherlands. I am indeed, Richard. It gets weird next It's raining in Phoenix today, so I spent the afternoon reading through all these, and realized I'd never posted! Here goes… I'm in my early 40's, a native of Kentucky (go Cats!), and live in central Phoenix. I'm the regional director of a camping program for children and youth owned by a non-profit. Never married, but have the requisite FT cat! I did my master's at a small school in Nashville, and hope to finish my doctorate at an even smaller school in Oakland next year. Most flights are on Southwest, with a trip to Las Vegas on business almost every month. I'll occasionally fly Delta to get back to KY, and avoid America West whenever possible. I've racked up fairly significant miles with Delta, United, and Continental using primarily credit cards, internet services, phone deals, and i-dine (I'm eating my way around the world!). I'm also amassing points with hhonors. Being in non-profit, these have helped me afford trips overseas for vacation each of the last several years, and I've got enough in the bank for at least two more years. New Zealand is already booked for this August, and I've got enough banked to do a couple-month RTW with Delta et.al. next year when I get a Ok, I'm going to add my little life story to the rest. Since I've been meeting more and more FTers on the boards and for real (Hi, dgolds and johna!), seems like the right time to introduce myself to the rest of the crowd. As you can probably guess from my username, I'm Jack and I fly AA pretty religiously. My partner and I have lived in NYC for about 4 years and we absolutely love it here. We're both from Texas - me from Houston and Scott from Ft. Worth. We met in school at the University of Texas in Austin and later moved to Dallas for about 4 years. While we return to TX frequently to see family and friends, it's a safe bet that we'll never live there again. The 90+ degree temps this Memorial Day Weekend in Houston reminded me of why I don't miss it! I work for an internet solutions company that's based in San Francisco. Though I officially work out of our NYC offices, I'm rarely there. These days I'm spending most of my time in SF, though over the past few years I've also spent lots of time in LA, Dallas, Miami, Seattle, and Chicago. I do a bit of international travel as well, to our offices in London, Singapore, and a few others coming on line soon that I Hi. I am Barry Rubin. My first official FT interaction was the Hawaiin Party In Paradise, and I'm wondering, aren't we supposed to have a party once a month in a different exotic local? I mean, where do all my membership dues go to anyway? I'm a 41 year-old criminologist. I have a small company (30-odd employees) that contracts with the California Dept. of Corrections and Fed. Bureau of Prisons to run community correctional centers (hence jailer, so anointed by cousin craig6z). I was also involved in a start-up electronic house arrest firm, since sold. I teach criminology now and again and have a side-practice of writing private probation reports. I always have a nice cell available for FT members with substance abuse issues. Lived in England for a couple of years, and did my graduate work at Cambridge. Don't travel extensively for business, more for pleasure. Most of my frequent flyer awards have been on my cousin's mileage dime: Kenya, Turkey, Thailand, India, Nepal. Craig6z's wife refuses to fly. We've parlayed her phobia into some great trips. I met my Chinese-American, travel-loving wife in Europe in the late 70's. We took quasi-separate DOB: September 14, 1973 Country of Origin:[B]Born in Tokyo, Japan (Mother:Japanese; Father:British) [B]Marital Status: Married with 1 daughter (actually wife has second daughter in the oven... ready to give birth any minute now). Occupation: Assistant Manager in Marketing&Public Relations Coordinator for major Japanese corporation. Travel: Visit family in Japan every year and travel extensively worldwide. Last U.S. Domestic Travel: Honolulu, Hawaii on CO (EWR=HNL). Review to follow in the next couple of days. Last International Travel: Tokyo, Japan on JL (JFK=NRT). Review to follow in the next couple of days. Well that's about it.

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I am recently retired and have miles in five different airlines. The biggest is Continental Airlines (118,000). My question is....Can I transfer these One Pass Miles to use for hotel rooms. There was a posting from about 10 years ago that said they tranferred One Pass Miles to Amtrak and then transferred the Amtrak Points to HHonors Points. I can't find anything on Continental's site that will let me transfer to a hotel....Is it possible to transfer One Pass Miles to use at any hotel????? JVR-Cornjerker. James V Root Jr Posts: 25 In the US air force, and travel quite abit for them from Albuquerque. I guess this is the best place to start. I am an Implementation Consultant for a healthcare software company. I just recently moved into this position from a software support position, so business travel is relatively new to me. But so far I really enjoy travelling and enjoy working with clients face-to-face. I mostly fly out of Springfield, MO (SGF). I do not have a territory that I fly to most often, due to the fact that we have clients in all 50 states. my name is Jamie Leyerle, I currently live between Tampa, FL (job)and suburban Chicago, IL (house, girlfriend, life...). I work for the international division of one of the RBOC telephone companies setting up cellular systems in South and Central America (so you can take your US cellphone down there and use it just like in the US, and vice versa). My background is in marketing (Michigan State '85, U of Cincinnati MBA '86) I got started as a frequent flyer in my first job out of college--I was a quality auditor/mystery shopper for Kentucky Fried Chicken Corp. I traveled continuously for 10 days at a time in '87,'88,'89 (yes, '88 was the year of triple miles, and I am still working off my Delta miles). Good job right out of college! Hi, I'm Jan.....(extends her left hand out to shake with yours). Nice to meet ya!!! I am a former airline employee (not an expert by any means) who recently left her job to monitor her home schooling son, who was falling behind. I have pretty much been in the travel industry most of my adult life, having also worked with SATO (the military booking agency). I have hopes of moving to San Antonio this year. I like to correspond on line with friendly people. I especially would like to correspond with any military in Iraq right about now. Thanks for your service! So as not to seem like I am using this as a personal ad, I will wrap this up for now. If you have any questions, if I can help you with my 2-cents, just email me... I've been a member of flyertalk for a while, but I must admit I follow along more than posting. I'm an electrical engineer in the Washington DC area, and I travel both for business and pleasure. I've been a UA flyer forever, but now I've started to fly to South America a lot so I'm building miles on AA and DL. Too bad UA lost some good routes when they went in bankruptcy, but it's I am a brand new member to this forum and site. To be brief, I am a student pilot and have been studying aviation for 23 years. I currently hold a student certificate with 17 hours and am working to become a professional pilot. When I'm not working, I can be found doing flights on the computer using Flightsim 2004 flying for United Virtual Airlines. We can be found at http://www.unitedvirtual.com for any of you interested in joining us. I look forward to chatting with you soon. Haven't added myself here yet. I'm Jason K. student in med school in Krakow, Poland. early 20's . interests include everything from computers from networking to building and repair and web site design and hosting, aquariums, scuba diving, skiing, TV, and oddly business and real estate. Hello! My name is Jassy-50 and I'm a travel junky. It started at an early age -- one of my first memories is of flying on AA from Oklahoma City to SFO with my mother and my 6 week old baby brother. I was 2 at the time (my poor mother!). It was such a wonderful adventure! I loved it. I still have my Sky Cradle Club Certificate of Membership from that AA flight -- it is over 50 years old, so that tells you how important flying has been to me. My entire family has been airplane-oriented. Both parents were career civil service with the USAF and I grew up outside of Travis AFB, my brother was a loadmaster (AF) on C-141s, my uncle was a pilot instructor in WWII. Father, brother, uncle and cousin have all been private pilots. I, however, prefer to be a passenger and let others do the driving while I watch the world go by below. So, as to the personals: I am past the half-century mark and am an attorney specializing in patents and trademarks. After many years in the corporate world and the successful IPO of the company where I was Patent Counsel, I decided to "semi-retire" a few years ago and started my own law firm. The semi-retirement was wishful thinking, as Hello everyone, I've been lurking here for a while and decided it's time to introduce myself. I am an American now living in the UK. I'm an academic, and currently in the second year of my PhD. I'm a qualitative sociolinguist/linguistic anthropologist/discourse analyst, interested in cabin/flight crew communication onboard a commercial (as opposed to private) aircraft, and cabin crew identity construction. My interest stems from my background as an anthropologist and about a decade working in the commercial airline industry in the US. I'm always interested in talking about my research; feel free to PM me for further information. When not working on my research, I love being outdoors, doing pretty much anything: running, walking, horse riding. I'd say biking but I don't have a bike at the moment! I also enjoy playing World of Warcrack -- oops, I mean Warcraft ; discovering delicious red wines, particularly Malbecs; travelling to new destinations; learning; watching far too much TV for my own good; and snooker. Looking forward to Welcome FlierLie And thanks to Nanook for the love story ------------------ Wishing you safe journeys, JayFly Hello, I guess it is about time that I become a part of the community and join in on Who We Are? My name is Jay, if you hadn't guessed, and I have been a member of Flyer Talk from close to the beginning. I had been longing for a place to exchange information on Frequent Flyer programs and have some fun doing it. I don't post that often but I am not shy about putting my 2 cents in, even if I am wrong. I believe if you are going to make a mistake, make it a big one. A little bit about myself. I work as a Commercial Aviation Operations Manager for ground handling company. My company was recently bought by a certain Swiss Airline Group which means I am some how related to Rudi. I presently am assigned to a station in the city of Khabarovsk, Russia. I usual get time off every 2 to 3 months and usually spend it traveling with my wife. We mostly fly on DL because, until several months ago, they flew to where we wanted to travel and we could travel in first class for a coach class ticket. I am a PM on DL this year but will probably just make GM next year because DL has indefinitely suspended their co-share with KE and that makes it hard for me to get from SEL to my favorite

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Just wanted to pop in and sort of introduce myself and say a huge thank you to the founder, the mods and the knowledgeable posters whose writing I've been reading now for the last several hours. I am obviously a newbie (number of posts and join date make that clear) but I have a feeling I'll be spending a lot of time here … I am about to make my very first MR a week from Monday and before today I didn't even know there was a name for it! Realized that I was going to be 1200 miles shy of Silver on US Air (I know it sounds like small stuff in comparison to what a lot of regulars here have, but I think it will still be a good first step). When I told my coworkers about it, they all had the same reaction: "So where are you going to go before the New Year to get the bump?" And they ALL agree it is totally worth it (we all travel a LOT for our job). My husband thinks I am stark-raving mad but he doesn't travel much for his work. So I'm flying down to Florida to do my holiday shopping at my favorite mall and when I come back I'll be Silver And now the sky is the limit ... who knows, next year at this time I could have worked my way up to Platinum at Marriott (I think I have a good shot Hi Im Jazzy...love music, traveling, and the cold weather. Currently living in South Florida.....looking for travel deals and specials so that I can travel the world!!! Who the dickens is JDiver? Handle: JDiver (I'm José, a Master Scuba Diver diving 50 years in 31 countries with about 26 certifications so far; yeah, I do like it. Location: Sacramento, California and many other places. DOB: HAH! Let's just say I am an early Vietnam veteran. Country of Origin: México (immigrated to US 1963.) Natal language is Castilian / Spanish. [B]Marital Status: Married three times. To same woman. Uh, yes, she's from the east coast, we met in Japan and married there - once in the Tokyo ward office, once in the U. S. Embassy, once in the chapel. We've been together 40 or 120 years, depending on whether we are serving concurrently or consecutively. Occupation: Management and Training Consultant (behavior is workplace and diversity issues specialties.) Travel: 7 continents, 70 countries - LOVE travel, the best education there is. Favorite place: Many. Favorite aircraft: DC3 (first commercial flight AA DC-3 MEX-MTY-SAT) Spare time: None , I'm a volunteer Moderator here (and was on CompuServe and GEnie before that.) I also do some freelance writing. Hobbies: Our Rhodesian Ridgeback. I love: early morning walks on the banks of User ID: jdls22 (J. LaSalle. Location: Brick, NJ (1hour South of NYC). DOB: 20 Sept 1974. Country of Origin: US. Marital Status: Married with with no kids, 2 on the way . Occupation: Director of Global Product Sourcing. Travel: Mostly to China, some domestic US, some Europe. Last U.S. Domestic Travel: EWR-PHX. Last International Travel: EWR-PEK. Upcoming Travel:. EWR-LAS 10/28. EWR-PEK 11/11. EWR-PEK 12/11. EWR-PEK 1/15 NAME: JEBA ANANDHAN A; Residence: UK Nationality: Indian Frequent flyer club: Skywards My name is Jeff, and I have been travelling since August, so I'm kind've a newbie at this. I am travelling from Indy to Delaware mostly, and have been staying at Staybridge Suites. I am an instructor by trade, and fly out here mostly every week. Not having DSL anymore (with a connection of at least 500Kbps), I am now working out of Seattle during the week and only have dialup. It's pretty sad. So I only go to certain areas on FT, and missed these threads. Does anyone really care who I am this late in the game? Well I guess it's my turn. My name is Jeff(duh), I'm 43 and live just outside Baltimore, MD. I am a Field Service Manager for Beckman Coulter, Inc. We manufacture research and diagnostic instruments for the hospital and pharmaceutical industry. Most of my travel is to southern CA and Indianapolis. I fly UA almost exclusively thanks to the great fares I get out of BWI. I have a wonderful, understanding wife and two boys 16 & 12. I am originally from San Jose, Ca and have lived near Philadelphia and in New Jersey. BTW, one of my brothers works for UA at SFO. I spent a little time(6 yrs) in the US Navy on submarines. Any other submariners on FT out there? Anyway, I just found FT a couple of months ago and enjoy checking in and learning from some of the I'm a 29 year old (staring at 30 in three months ) expat Scot currently residing in Yorkshire - anyone free to help me move house in a fortnight? My name is Jenny, my handle is my old university log-in name. So that means I did go to university, where I studied ecology, enabling me to become a professional ornithologist. My specialism is advising airports on bird management (bird strike prevention), which means that to do the work I have to travel to the airport in question - usually on KLM, but I have been known to slum it on most of the major Europeans. I work principally as a consultant. Have also been doing more marketing in the past few years which has bumped up my travel even more - although its looking less so far this year. Travel extensively, mainly in the UK, but also overseas. I'm currently single but at the moment, life is easier like that! I found FT during a dull day of data entry, and quickly got hooked! Results so far: am now AA Gold (and took the DL comp for gold there with them)and flying to LA in April on an outrageously Hi all, My name is Jenny and I love to travel with my sister. We've been as far as Asia and Europe and are looking forward to Australia this winter. Looking forward to sharing travel tips! Jenny Hi all, This has to be the best thread I've found yet. I've been wondering who all you people were.... As for myself, I'm 34 y.o., married with no kids (clock is ticking, according to my wife) living in the small town of Geneseo NY, 30 min south of ROC. I teach international relations at the State University of New York. I've been traveling since I was six weeks old, when my folks moved from NYC to SIN, and then on to NRT, GVA, MNL, HKG, AMM, and CAI, with stints in PHL, DEN, CDG, and MSP, among others. I am an addict. For some reason, being in an airport or on a plane feels like the normal course of events, and time in between is just filler. Prior to coming to SUNY, I worked for a number of years with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on the civilian side of peace-building operations in the former Yugoslavia. I specialize in elections and democracy building, as well as political reform and human rights training. All told a rather hopeless endeavor. I was also involved in the UN operations in East Timor two years ago, which as you know, was not the happiest mission. As the mid-thirties kick in, I find the college prof lifestyle increasingly

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Here's my introduction, after a year on FT: Location: Northern New Jersey, Bergen County, New York City suburbia. DOB: Just turned 25. Marital Status: single, too busy to be looking, but you know... open to relationships. Occupation: manage a small but busy luxury ground transportation service in the NYC area Travel: love it! do it mainly for leisure on my own dime, which is getting really expensive so I'm looking for a "Road Warrior" job currently... but even after getting my Masters in Information Systems am having a hard time deciding what I want to do for a living... if anyone has any suggestions I'm all ears! Last Domestic Travel: Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) my favorite destination, visited the Everglades for the first time (after about a dozen trips in a little over a year) did an Airboat ride and a Gator Show, it was awesome. Some of my previous explorations of South Florida included a road trip to Key West solo... nobody wanted to go with me and I don't blame them, it was super boring. And of course roaming South Beach, everything from Deco Drive to the actual beach I'm a big fan of. Last International Travel: I walked into TJ, Mexico for a few minutes and ended up Well, hello, all. I'm brand spankin' new but looking forward to getting to know the FT folks -- I hear y'all are a friendly bunch. My name is jesslynn and I jumped on FT after seeing a friend post. I'm a 25-year-old American woman, born in New York, raised in Atlanta, and currently, for work purposes (I'm a Web journalist) going back and forth between the two quite a bit -- hence you're most likely to see me on the AirTran forum. Single, with no pets (sadly) and one little brother. Since I tend to travel for work, and since my office operates on the principle of "We're a dotcom! You fly business class on your own time, Buster!", I have only a smattering of FF miles in what seems like a zillion programs -- here a bit on Delta, there a bit on AA, and so on. (I'm not even Elite on AirTran! I know, I know . . . ) I don't really have a favorite hotel chain though I do seem to be booking at Marriotts a lot lately. And I'm planning to do quite a bit of travel this fall . . . I may be asking for some advice! Hello everyone, I just joined the forum and I thought this was the thread on which to introduce myself. I'm French and I live a few miles south of Paris, I'm a scientist at a Pharmaceutical company, I'm 30 and born on Saint Patrick's Day (also I've never actually made it to Dublin for the party - I miss that). I loooooove to travel and discover new cultures, I have been a US Dividend Miles member for 14 years now (and still not even Silver Preferred !!), and my travelling has been mostly between France and the US, which I love. I have lived in MA and PA, visited New England as well as NY, CO, NV... and I'm looking forward to AZ/CA/NM in November :-) Last trip: New Years in Vienna, Austria. Next trips USA (2007) and Japan (2008). Dream trips: drive coast to coast through the US and stop everywhere to make new friends. Cruise to the North Pole to see the bears. Fly to Japan and see Fuji-San and blossoming cherry trees. Looking forward to know you all !!! Name: Jason Darren Wong. Profession: Sixth Form Student. Birth Date: 27 March. London, UK. Favorite Air Carrier: Singapore Airlines. Comments: For the love of aviation I always thought I'd get around to updating my profile and putting a web page together, but it hasn't happened, so: My name's Jim Ballentine, and I know live in Santiago, Chile. I work for a large, multinational software company, hence most of my travel is work related, either regionally to visit clients, or to Silcon Valley, to visit the mother ship. Prior to Chile, I spent 10 years in Germany, hence me corresponding with Rudi in German. Before that, California was home. I've always enjoyed travelling, and love airlines My turn.....better late then never As you can probably guess from my screen name -- my name is Jim. I am 29 y/o, work for Arthur Andersen in their International Tax practice in New York. I live on Long Island and enjoy it. Have been an AAdvantage member since July 1989 -- coming up on 10 years! Can't wait to see my anniversary present! I fly a medium amount of miles -- from 1,000 miles in 1989 to 53,000 last year and projecting around 60-70 this year. You can find me flying from LGA and usually through ORD or DFW to my ultimate destination -- which these days has been Phoenix. Travel Likes: First class, friendly flight attendants, telling me what is delaying us and the approximate delay time, FlyerTalk (ok -- I am an adict -- I check 3 times a day), surprize upgrades, AA, Marriott, National Car rental, US Airways Dislikes: United Airline (esp. the rude gate agent I had to deal with), Hertz Customer Service (Clueless), flying coach on an oversold flight, middle seats, rude flight attendants, clueless travel agents and gate agents I am known as the FF geru in my office and most people come to me for FF advice. Some have commented that I should be a travel agent I work for a juice company and travel to exotic places like Mitchell, SD and Tyler, TX. my initials are jjj. I was born on 9/23. I now work for a Private Equity Firm in Southeastern Pa. I am retired from the NSA. I have many hobbies and they do not include spying any longer, but I remain very inquisitive. I'm a VP with a major media company and cover the whole US. On the road almost every week...all domestic. Based in Denver, but division office in NYC and company office in Texas. Fly UA about 95% of time, remaining 5% on F9, DL and CO if I need to connect out of ATL or IAH. 1P on UA, on track to be 1K by October. CO gold-matched. Born and raised in Chicago, wife is formerly accountant (and former 1P) who is stay at home mom to 3 year old daughter. Love FT and have learned alot, and have even saved some $$ on airline tix and car rentals with secret codes. well, i must admit that this is not the most original topic discussed here, but...since we're on the subject (name and address N/A), I'll give a background brief on myself. I am a graduate of the Univ. of Maryland College Park, (1992). I used to work in radio advertising, financial markets, and now am involved with my family business as well as a wholesale venture on the side. If I can help anyone with auto parts questions, feel free to send them! Planes..why am I here? Ever since I was a little boy, I've always loved planes, airports etc. I love to fly, and love to accumulate miles. Gone are the days of getting 2000 miles per trump shuttle segment. this is why i have so many continental miles. My biggest accomplishment to date is getting two first class tickets to and from Hawaii with a stop in Las Vegas on my honeymoon, free of course. profile? I guess that's all for now. happy holidays everyone. I've recently been chided for not getting in on this thread, so here's the short version. Like a handful of others onboard, I grew up in Bethesda, MD. After college in Boston and grad school in Evanston, I returned home and put that fine education to work (or waste, as some would say) and took a job as a dj at the big rock station in DC. Floated through a few other stations, taught at a community college and the U of MD before joining the govt. I'm now your tax dollars at work--- employed as a reporter and music is my beat. My speciality is roots stuff ---americana, folk, bluegrass, acoustic, that kind of stuff. (I'll be glad to make some recs to anyone interested--and also tell you who and what to avoid) I'm lucky enough to travel to great festivals in the US and Canada ---the downside is I'm working and not running around having fun. Ok, I manage to have SOME fun, but only when the work is done. (if you're looking for a great festival, Merlefest is my number one. Calgary and Edmonton folk fests are also great, as is the SF Blues Festival.)

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Newbie looking for a preferred seat assignment. Hello everyone, ahh, looks like only center seats available. I'm Joe, a roughly 10year frequent traveler from Tampa, FL. I primarily fly Delta and stay at Marriott, and have been trying over the past several months to try and hold onto status with both after being laid off for 10 months, re-employed, and slowly getting my travel frequency back up there. I work in high-tech as an IT security engineer for a company that makes encryption-related products. In my spare time, I volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol - so my aviation interests are both commercial and not. Given the parallels between IT security and physical security, I am always interested in discussions on aviation security (and have unsuccessfully tried to point out flaws to the TSA - but don't get me started...). I am a technology junkie and am constantly searching for tech ways to make my travel more fun, productive, and entertaining. My area of responsibility is currently the southeastern US, but in my past jobs I have traveled all over the US, Canada, and to Europe and Asia a few times. I'm glad to be flying with you. I do wag my finger from time to time, hopefully Location: St. Kitts, for now. I often relocate to other Caribbean Islands after 3 years in one location. . DOB: 7 Dec. Occupation: Retail Banking Manager, FirstCaribbean International Bank. . Hobbies: Traveling. Reading. Writing Financial Literacy articles. Favorite place: Thus far it would be a toss up between Belize, Anguilla. The history, nature and culture of Belize are amasing. Anguilla is heaven for a wary traveler. The best white sand beaches on the planet, a slow island pace, fabulous cuisine, friendly people and some of the best resorts and villas in the world (recommend staying at Cap Juluca). Last International Travel: SKB-SJU-MIA Customer Service benchmarking exercise. Next International Travel: SKB-SJU-MIA Regional Banker‟s Meeting early December. Languages: English (primary), French creole (patios), and currently learning Spanish. Hoping to meet Fellow Fter‟s in person soon. PM me if you plan to visit St. Kitts soon. quote: Originally posted by Celestar340: FT Readers: Celestar posts extremely long messages again! I think there might be some curiousities as well as doubts about my travel patterns and my extensive knowledge in the travel industry. Let me set the records straight. I am a Chinese guy, originally from Toronto, Canada. I've lived between there, Vancouver, HongKong, Singapore, London, Sydney and Melbourne. I have residences in a few cities. I am 36 years ago and single. (Thus, I get to travel whenever I want!) My main profession is a travel counsellor and have worked in the travel field for the past 15 years but not am not working actively in it now. Due to my personal experiences, and expertise, I have been able to take advantage of the best fares and promotions available in order to achieve maximum points. I do not get travel industry rates or privileges. All of my travels are personally funded. I have business interests in Media Events, Fashion Design, Publishing, & Food Processing. Some FTyers have expressed concern that I may have comped a majority of my frequent travel cards. This is untrue (there is only one comped card)but the explanations from Hey guys, I've been reading this site for a little while, but decided to get registered so I could post here occasionally. My first love is Airliners.net, buuuuut I don't feel like paying for the membership :-) Obviously my name is John, and I live in Columbus OH. Originally from Atlanta, I spent most of my life there, with a few years spent in Ohio for College. Spent about a year living in DC, then moved to Columbus. Being from Atlanta, my favorite airline is Delta, and I have always enjoyed flying them out of my favorite airport, HartsfieldJackson. I am a starving freelance photographer, but manage to do a fair amount of "traveling" for work here and there, mostly short flights. Someday I hope to have some interesting long hauls to post about. Here's my flight memory just for the heck of it! http://my.flightmemory.com/nakedyak Hi I am John from california. I am a fan of F1 race. Looking forword for good time here. Name is a given. Grew up in the Peoples' Republic of Cambridge (Mass). Career brought me to Western Mass, met my beautiful bride and have 3 wonderful children, ages 4, 2 (in May) and 9 months. I work for a company called Hansco Information Technologies. We write accounting systems for the concrete, aggregate and asphalt industry (talk about your niche markets!) I travel to train our customers. Baseball is a passion. When on the road, I always try to take in a game. I prefer minor league and college baseball - guys there are much hungrier than the pampered (I've always wondered if that term shouldn't also apply literally) major leaguers. I coach my oldest daughters' T-Ball team and am pitching coaching to a 13 year-old team. I really like this forum a lot. I've learned incredible amounts of stuff from lurking. I don't remember if I posted an introduction on one of the earlier two threads, so I'll just give a quick run down. I'm 33. Born in Boston, raised in the Peoples' Republic of Cambridge. Moved to Florence, MA (about 30 minutes North of Springfield, MA). I work in a very small company (7 people). We do accounting software for the Concrete ReadyOkay, here goes. My name is James, I'm 27 years old (28 in a month), and I'm addicted to FlyerTalk. I'm a consultant currently working for a client in Boca Raton, FL. In my four years of consulting, I've travelled more or less every week and have had the pleasure of working for clients in San Francisco, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, and now Florida. I grew up about 1/4 mile from the beach in Santa Cruz, CA, just south of San Francisco. I spent my first 18 years in this laid-back surfer/hippie town and then moved to Boston to go to school at MIT. Since then, I've bounced around between SF, Boston and Dallas. I recently moved out of my apartment in Dallas, which I suppose technically makes me "homeless". So far I've found that being homeless has incredible benefits - I can go wherever I want on the weekends! The downside is that I'm pretty much living out of a suitcase at the Boca Marriott, but I don't really mind. I love travelling, and have been through most of the US (40/50 states so far), and through much of Europe. I've recently started I was on FT a while back and dabbled here and there, and decided to return. I'm still amazed at the number of people here! I really enjoy learning about everyone's travel around the world. I'm soon to be a dual-citizen (US/Irish) and excited about getting a EU Hello everyone, I just joined the forum and I thought this was the thread on which to introduce myself. I'm French and I live a few miles south of Paris, I'm a scientist at a Pharmaceutical company, I'm 30 and born on Saint Patrick's Day (also I've never actually made it to Dublin for the party - I miss that). I loooooove to travel and discover new cultures, I have been a US Dividend Miles member for 14 years now (and still not even Silver Preferred !!), and my travelling has been mostly between France and the US, which I love. I have lived in MA and PA, visited New England as well as NY, CO, NV... and I'm looking forward to AZ/CA/NM in November :-) Last trip: New Years in Vienna, Austria. Next trips USA (2007) and Japan (2008). Dream trips: drive coast to coast through the US and stop everywhere to make new friends. Cruise to the North Pole to see the bears. Fly to Japan and see Fuji-San and blossoming cherry trees. Looking forward to know you all !!!

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I'm currently a grad student at UC Berkeley, and I've been at FTer for about a year. I'm originally from SAN, but I've lived in WAS and NYC as well as PIT. I really enjoy flying, traveling, etc. a LOT and I have since I was a small child. I've a big US travel buff, and I've been to 48 states (sorry Kansas and North Dakota), but internationally I've only been to Canada, Mexico, and Israel. Actually, I *say* I've been to Canada and Mexico but in reality I've been to Niagara Falls and Tijuana. I went to college in Pittsburgh, PA, so all of my miles and status are still with US Airways. Now that I'm in the Bay Area I fly United a lot, but still credit all my flights to my US account. We'll see if that's a mistake or not quite soon I bet .... I'm one of those strange people that enjoys to fly and actually flies for the sake of flying. Hence the reason I love flyertalk. Aside from flying, I enjoy going out, reading, movies, and cheesy reality television. After I finish my master's degree I hope to begin a career in the airline industry. I'm in the IT field, and I'd love to be able to affect the performance and efficiency of airlines by improving their IT infrastructure. I think a lot can be studied in this area, and I'm chance to fly to/from Amsterdam/New York for free in business class, and to take some. I live in Los Angeles and have a 7 year old daughter. I would love to go with her and show her Amsterdam - that woudl be so much fun. So i would love to get this chance - - I can go any day that the ticket is valid on. Please please let me win it :-) Hi! I'm relatively new in posting here although I believed I officially registered late last year. Anyway.... Born in Singapore 32 years ago. Working as Financial Planner for 4 years after 4 years with a bank. Met my wife in the Singapore's U 10 years ago. Been married for 6 years and blessed with a 5-year-old boy. I travel mostly on my own expense (with the family, of course). Although occasionally, the co. will send me to seminars. Never was a FFP member because the now-discontinued Passages was lousy (my opinion). ... UNTIL I stumbled into this forum. I learned a lot from day 1 - lurking and reading the posts in this wonderful forum. I didn't know back then there are so many ways to earn miles AND without flying, too!! So far, from 4th quarter last year, I became members in the following: MP for star (coming to 20K) AA for ow (to take advantage of 100K Promo soon) CX as above MH for M'sian domestic travels NW (to take advantage of KLM Asia - Europe Promo - in dilemma after AA & CX introduce the 100K promo) Hyatt - Platinum (I'm partial about GP like Beckles) Hilton - Gold I think that's all folks! ------------------ Regards & Seize the Day, I was born in LA, a real CA native. One of our houses is now under LAX! When I was 10 we moved to Oakland, then a year later to Phila. We ate a lot of cheesesteaks but at Luigi's in Willow Grove. I finally had one at Geno's and Pat's about 2 yrs ago on a trip to show our 16 yr old daughter the old haunts. Luigi's was better! Also you could sit down... Left Philly for CA in 1962, settled in San Jose. Boom times - both of us at Lockheed. I worked as a programmer, then later in real estate, finally on city council in Saratoga. I spent 1976 to 1978 in Vancouver, shopping like all the rest of the Canadians in Bellingham, WA. I became a smuggler. There, I confessed. We would be so exhausted from our smuggling all day that we would have to go out to dinner - thereby eating our profits for the day! I lived in the San Fernando Valley which is where I sold real estate but moved to N CA in 1979. After 19 yrs in Saratoga, have moved to bucolic Morgan Hill, south Silicon Valley. We have 3 grown, married kids (with grandchildren for us), and one caboose due to graduate HS yr 2000. Then my husband will retire and we will be off for parts unknown. He is a marketing mgr for Hello everyone! Not sure how many people still read this string but I thought I'd introduce myself. I am supposed to be working from home today but instead spent the last 3 hours reading Who We All Are 1-6. Every post, no kidding. I now know all of you better. What a super interesting group of people from around the world!! And all with a variety of interests! Here's my mini-bio: 32, single (never married). Work like a slave at Intel where I figure out how to get "chips" to computer manufacturers (all of em like Dell, Compaq, HP, IBM, Gateway, etc etc) Been there since I graduated college where I got a B.S. degree (BS is my specialty) in Bus. Management with minors in Psychology & Music. Grew up in the Bay Area (Karen2...I grew up in Saratoga, CA) college in So. Cal at Univ. of Redlands (near Palm Springs), then back to Bay Area, until I got transferred in 93 to this great town near Sacramento, CA. LOVE to travel but since I do zero travel for business it is all on my dime. I am combination jealous/happy for all you frequent travelers. I would love it, but also hate it as some of my travel experiences have exhausted me. I don't rack up FF miles at any quick G'day all. My name is Karl, I am 27 and live between Hillcrest near Durban in South Africa and a small surburb of London. Due to my job, I spend 200 days a year on the road, spending time in Australia, New Zealand and most of all England. I work as a freelance strength and conditioning coach for several top rugby players. My rugby career was ended in 1997 when I was involved in a serious car crash in California. Although I was born and bred in London, I have a South African father and Russian/French mother, which leads to a very interesting accent! I have enjoyed travelling ever since my father took me on my first flight in 1983 which was to travel to his birthplace Durban, a city where I have since made a home. I have travelled all over the world since, and am currently thinking about planning my first RTW trip. This site was first recommended to me by a former FT'er based in London, and I have been lurking on the site for over a year before deciding to post. I am going to be spending a lot of the next three months in the Seattle area with regular weekend jaunts to DC and New York. If anyone fancies getting together for a beer, to talk travel or rugby or just generally I am a crotchety shell of a man. Worn down by time and travel, I am most interested in decreasing my rate of climb. I serve no interest but my own, and am undiplomatic and unapologetic in my approach to the world. I am least interested in those who are selfimportant, overly poetic or think that they are smarter than they are. I have made a living of laying these types low. I have already made some enemies on this board, which pleases me greatly. I measure my success by the nature of my enemies. You can call me a troll, but I am the voice of truth, justice, reason, and the AMERICAN way. What makes me smile: Accuricy, exactnes and doing it rite the frist time. And those who would point out the lack thereof. Props to you, Baobab, for your forthrightness. You are clearly a busy executive on the "go." See you in (or, for many of you - from) the skies. Well after reading this site for a while (and the occaisional post) I thought I would post my bio. My name is Kathy.. I'm 20 something (okay turning 30 next month). I live in Austin, TX, but really only spend about 8-10 days there a month. I work for a National Builder Owned Mortgage Company. I travel between out 38 offices in the US Monday - Friday (that is why I rarely am in Austin). I've resorted to answering the questions I get from co-workers... Do you have a husband? Do you have kids, pets, plants, etc...? With the same response "I have nothing that dies if I don't come home!!!" I have been traveling for a little over 2 years, and absolutely love it. With my busy schedule I sometimes forget to log on and check the site, so whenever I get the flyertalk email I jump on and spend about a hour going through things. I haven't met any other flyertalk members yet, but I'm sure I will run into someone soon. Kathy

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Unemployed in Michigan, er I mean between positions. Pleasure travel to Europe once a year, Canada about 3 times a year and one domestic (USA) trip each year. I am older than some and younger than others. Completing a Masters degree in the humanities this semester (anyone know of any propective jobs for me?) Happily married 25 years in a few weeks, together over 27 years! Have a few spare moments at work so thought I would jump in with a few details about myself. Ever since I was young I have loved to travel... loved airplanes, loved staying in hotels, loved running around cities. In fact I scared my parents half to death in London by leaving the hotel to explore while everyone else was sleeping off jetlag (this was at age nine). Read about this board appropriately enough on a business trip where I flew first class for the first time and experienced my first airport lounge (where I saw no free food). Lurked for a few weeks and started posting. Have greatly appreciated all the advice I have received and hopefully will be able to give some in the future! Like chexfan, I think I'm one of the younger posters at 23 and am greatly jealous of all the trips I read about. I live in Santa Monica now but previously lived in San Francisco. And moved to there from Texas. I work in retail and travel mainly for business to visit clients (mostly to Chicago). Manage to work in a few long trips here and there (planning a trip to Australia in the next two years, Hawaii this year, and Thailand next year) but mainly short hops ro visit friends and family. Working on gold on American Hi everyone! My name is Karen and I live in South Windsor, CT. I am finishing up a degree in accounting this week. My favorite place to travel is Hong Kong. I will be going there for the month of February and hope to meet with some FTers. Name: You can call me K, for now!. Location: Los Angeles. Age: Just turned 26!! . Profession: Operations Management, part-time translator for the entertainment industry. Education: B.A. in Japanese Language. Currently seeking: A new job that pays me much more $$$! LOL If anyone wants a person to settle Japanese business partnerships, I'm your man. I can speak the language fluently, and since I'm single, I am available to fly anytime, anywhere on a moments notice. I guess its my turn to tell you who I am. I am one of the newest to this board. Only been here for a few weeks and I really enjoy this place. I check it out every day so far and I will probably continue to do it, if you are looking for some chat I am often on the Flyertalk chat around 4 PM Et. So who am I? I have asked that question several times myself As you can see I live in Sweden, is in my mid 20s and is one of the few here who is actually working in the airlines business. Working for a major swedish airline(oh, thats a tuff one to figure out). I live in a small town in the north parts of Sweden(no we dont have any polar bears on the streets). When I dont work I like to travel(who doesnt on this site) Got any questions? Dont hesitate to email me. Hi Doc! How do you know about Umea? I actually live 100km south of Umea(one hour with car). Speaking of Umea I used to study there for 1 year Hey All, I am 23 years old, with a Bcomm and am a CFA candidate. Working for one of the big consulting firms. Started 2 months ago and will be making platinum in 2 more weeks at SPG, as well as Elite on AC. Travel a lot, but dont mind it at my age! I'm a Field Support Technician for a firm in Vancouver that manufactures state-of-the-art navigation systems for ships. This requires me to travel extensively around North America, often to Coast Guard and Naval bases, and to places like the Welland Canal and the Great Lakes, where there is a lot of commercial ship traffic. Once there, I do installations, upgrades, repairs, training, and so on. I spend a lot of time sailing on ships, as well as flying, so as I like to say, "Between ships and planes, my feet never touch the ground." The nature of the work is that while I mostly travel by commercial jet, I sometimes get on to a ship at sea by everything from helicoptor, to hovercraft (considered an aircraft when in non-displacement mode), to lobster boat. It is often the most exciting part of the trip. (Sometimes, it scares the hell out of me. Try climbing up the side of a ship in 10 foot waves.) Of late, my travels have taken me overseas to places like India, Thailand, England, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Turkey, and next month, to Lisbon. Mostly I travel on Canadian Airlines, and its oneworld partners, American Airlines, and British Airways. I do about 150K per year, but will probably be My name is Joy Antony, m/34, from Kochi/Kerala/India. I am working for my tourism portal kerala.in. I'm a 46 year old (male) IT manager in public service in Leeds, England, who travels totally for leisure. Thank heavens for credit cards and flexitime! I was introduced to FT a couple of years ago by BDLord - I mainly just read the AF/KL Flying Blue forum occasionally, and am more of a lurker than regular poster. My travel history goes back to 1973 when, as a 12 year old, I accompanied my parents to Zambia where my Dad was starting a 6 year teaching contract. To keep me quiet on the plane they bought me a "Travel Log", and the Martinair plane (on loan to Zambia Airways) gave out a useful info sheet, detailing sights en route, staff on board, even the aircraft registration. And hence to this day, I can (sadly?) list the registration of every plane I've ever flown! Returned back to England in 75 for education reasons, but had 3 free (contractual) trips to visit my parents every year and so got that travel bug and became adept in my teens at requesting flights with different airlines and via different places, as well as travelling independently. Most of my flights during that time were with Alitalia or Zambia Airways via Nairobi, but I flew several other carriers, Name: Kiam A. (I have a long last name) - Kiam is pronounced like KIEM. Origin: Bangkok, Thailand Work: I am an engineer at one of the major Oilfield Service Companies ~ 6 yrs so far. I am at my late 20's. 2000-2004: Worked and lived in Bakersfield, CA, then Houston, TX and then Perryton, TX. During these 4 yrs, travelled all over the places...e.g. within US, England, Scottland, Paris, Germany, Italy, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia...etc Current assignment: Bangkok, Thailand covering Vietnam, Myanmar and Bangladesh (and Malaysia when needed) Plan for 2006-2007: MBA; 3 months prior to MBA: Around the world trip !!!! CAN'T WAIT !!! Hobbies: Besides reading and traveling, I am a Points/Miles Freak (same as most of everyone else on here, I hope) + being as active Greetings, All! I've been posting for just a couple of months here, and am slowly expanding my sphere of influence (annoyance?) beyond just the ol' AA board. I've lived in Japan for about 7 yrs or so, 4 yrs by KIX (and Itami before that), and the last 3 out here by NRT. <Figured that'd be easiest to understand to all you FFs!> Taught English at local high schools for the first 4, and have since reluctantly embraced (I don't get it, either) the role o' businessman, as "Import Manager" for a large Japanese company. Flew UA until a couple of years ago, but have switched to AA. Four Japan-US trips last year vaulted my back o' the bus self to Plat, and I haven't flown AA since! Got married officially in March 2000, but are having the ceremony/honeymoon in late July. (If you're headed to Bali's R-C Hotel, be sure to leave us alone!) It's a non-qualifying JAL flight, dangit! I've enjoyed "meeting" a host of people here, even though not much seems to happen in the Tokyo area. Anyone with a couple days in town is welcome to contact me at kidpachinko@yahoo.com. My travel's been limited to US-Japan runs, but I'm hoping to get a bit more exotic when I'm older! (29 now)

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Ok, since I don't think I've ever posted anything here... I'm Wendy, my handle comes from the Mick Inkpen books about Kipper the Dog. I'm married, and my husband is the one that introduced me to the books and the animated series. Most of my travel is typically personal, as I switched jobs, and really fields when relocating. We're currently living with my parents, so DH can finish his degree. Prior to moving in with them, we were living in Virginia, and I was working in marketing, with a stint in accounting on a government contract that had me living in a hotel for quite a while. I typically stay at Hilton properties. Outside of all of that, I'm a beer snob, and met my husband at a bar, where he was visiting his ex-girlfriend, who was one of my best friends at that time. We started dating when he visited the next weekend for a beer festival. She was having a girls' night in, and wouldn't let him stay there, he was going to sleep in his truck, but having a 3 person apartment to myself, I said, "You can stay here." I'm conservative, like guns, and have my concealed carry permit. I do carry everywhere. I used to say I would never have a gun in my house, but after living in some not so I'm kiwicounter, living in Tauranga, NZ (TRG)at the moment. I will be attending university in Christchurch (CHC) next year for 5 years, so will be doing a fair amount of domestic travel on NZ and QF and hopefully some DONE4's as well as a few trans-tasmans. I'm aiming for an AA PLT challenge next year and getting at least silver on QF before then! hello from down under in new zealand when I signed in I intended to get back promptly to the site and flesh out the details about me: I didnt get back . so a little more ... I am a travel writer My web page is also XXXXX and I'm you'll find more about me there . including about my book, Naked in Budapest: travels with a passionate nomad. I have just returned from a week in Thailand, a great trip on Thai Airways . one of the worlds top airlines. Let me know if you have a publication and would like some of my travel tales, cheers Heather Last edited by Cholula; Apr 9, 09 at 7:20 am. Reason: Edited out possible commercial links Posts: 2 Hi everyone, Am I the only one from Singapore??? If you don't have the money or the miles, marry someone who does. That is what I did. Ha. Been Married almost 20 years and hubby is now elite on all the airlines, 1k etc... My job is now to maximise points and miles accrual. I get high just thinking about all those miles we collect. Don't let them tell you they don't treat you different when you fly on frequent flyer tickets, THEY DO!!! Still free is free. Name: Saint Nick Profession: Global Delivery Service Birth Date: NOBODY celebrates MY birthday! Location: North Pole Favorite Air Carrier: Antler Airways Comments: Oy! I've got more frequent flyer miles than even Mister (Since 1292) Martel! Unfortunately Megamiles beat me as the youngest contributor to the boards! I am a '96 grad of Cornell double majored in chemistry and Asian Studies (a curious combination, I know). I am now a business system analyst in a database marketing company after being an analyst at a managed health care company (another curious career path). While my current job does entail some traveling, I have not been with the firm long enough to take business trips and start racking up those ff miles and full fare tickets. :-( I live in Cambridge, MA, USA b/w Harvard and MIT. I travels almost exclusively to LAX (girlfriend) and Taipei (family) on United Airlines. However, just came back from a good trip to Maui which should put me over the 50k mark required for UA's Premier Executive. (Yeah!) Like many that have commented before, I have not received ONE upgrade certificate yet! Like Megamiles, I always buy the cheapest advance fares since the money comes out of my pocket. Because I am young and thus no $$ and will not likely fly as often next year, I guess I will appoint myself the spokesperson for keep the qualification threshold for elite level at the current level... Ken Here it goes: I found this group just a few weeks ago through the newsgroup rec.travel.air. Someone referred to this group in a thread about the new rules for Delta FF. I replyed to a post and found that I was a "Junior Member". That was enough incentive to hunt all the threads to see where I could spread my "wisdom" just so I could graduate . It only took me about a week to become a "Member". Now, let's see how many years it is going to take to be an "Evangelist" That said, it's should be clear that I am a Delta flyer. Platinum for the fourth year now, but a Medallion member since I switched over (or was I forced to switch over) from Pan Am. I had had Platinum status on Pan AM for a couple of years prior to that, but IIRC, Platinum on PA was only 50K miles back then. Those were the days of travel! $99 fare from LAX to JFK in coach. Upgrade one class when you book the ticket and get to the airport with the standard question: "There can't be that many people on this flight. Is there a chance you can upgrade me " So there I was, flying FC across the country for $99! But, I am getting ahead of myself. My real name is Per, but I am tired of the butching of the Hello from Texas - I am a snow skier going to France and want to know a bit more about Flying Blue Hey there, been a member for a little while, but just found this thread. Who - Marj. Where - NY, born and raised. Never lived anywhere else but would consider!. Occupation - SVP in the Banking world. Travel - love both leisure and business travel. For business, its domestic (with rare to Canada), but leisure is all over. Found FT about a year ago and I'm addicted. My business travel is spikey based on when we've got a potential acquisition in the works or new client coming on board so there have been years where I'm on the road every other week, and other years where months will go by. I prefer the busy ones, and now that I have found FT I'm realizing all my missed opportunities for miles! I used to cater my travel to most direct routes and no loyalty thinking I'd never get enough miles to go anywhere, but boy have I changed that tune!! Having only reach a lowly Silver status on Delta, and a few leisure trips in First Class to Maui and Barcelona, I now realize the value of loyalty and I'm working hard on reestabishing some status! My company is great in that I book all my own travel and keep all miles and points. I also use my own cc to so I get the Amex Hello all! I'm Lady c, and I really want to travel, but alas, no one that I know shares my passion for travel. It's a wide world out there, and I want to see it all! I hope to learn more about traveling through this forum, as I'll probably be traveling alone in the beginning. I hope this doesn't sound weird, but if any 20 something females are also looking for a travel buddy, pm me! Heres a little something about me... I'm 26 years old, from Des Moines, Iowa but currently I am living in Malmo, Sweden. I have been living in Sweden since 1997 and I just graduated with a masters degree in European Politics... (go ahead, admit it, it probably sounds boring) :-) I have also lived in Austin, TX and W. Palm Beach Florida, but I grew up in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia! My parents (whom are both originally from Cleveland, Ohio *gasp*) went to work in Saudi and ended up working there 25 years... hence I grew up there and spent half my life there. I think thats kinda interesting :-) And yes, I love to travel.. I've spent my whole life traveling the globe and traveling is my favorite hobby. While I belong to many FF programs, I am most loyal to NW/KLM (KLM is one of the few Int'l airlines that flies into Malmo) and I have been an elite member of NW's progam a while. My second choice is,not surprisingly, SAS. :-)

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Hey! I'm James.. 21 years old from outside Boston - currently finishing up my last semester at a college in North Carolina. I've been reading posts on this site for months now and finally decided it was time to join in the fun! I'm Silver Preferred on US Airways.. looking for Gold in '08! Travel has been my life lately and I'm looking to jump into the industry when I get my degree in May. What are you guys doing for work where you get to travel so much? I want a job like that! 2008 trips booked: PVD-DCA-FLL-DCA-PVD, PVDIAD-GSO, GSO-CLT-SFO-CLT-GSO, IAD-JNB-CPT-JNB-LVI-JNB-WDH/WVB-CPT-JNB-IAD, BOS-LAS-HNL-KOA-HNL-SFO-PITBOS Hope to see you up in the sky! (and not waiting at the airport b/c of hours of delays..) Greetings everyone! I'm very new around here even though I did check the board first time months ago, and read the newsletters every month. I was born almost twenty-five years ago in Latvia. Ever since I remember myself I always loved to travel, and explore. Be that by walking, hiking, biking, driving, or now by flying. When I was a kid my parents and grandparents took my on vacations to Russia, Kazahstan (on then brand new Aerobus IL86 jumbo jet), Crimea, and Caucasus. When I was a bit older I traveled with my neighborhood friends to Tallinn (Estonia), Leningrad, and Kaliningrad (K"nigsberg). But until the very day I immigrated to Canada I have never seen a stone outside former Soviet Union Republics. Fast forward five years and I graduated from an IT college in Toronto, and got myself a software developer job with an IT Consulting company in Connecticut. We now have clients all over US, and I work for one of them in Minnesota. Our company has a policy that allows us to fly home every weekend. The company covers the ticket price up to what it would cost to fly home with a ticket purchased three weeks in advance. So, that is where my five years of Bonjour, Martin Las Vegas NV Wife & I travel to Europe 2 times a year. Well here goes. My name is Yong. I'm a Oracle Financial Systems consultant. I have been travelling extensively over last three years (40K in 1998, 100K+ in 1999, 125K in 2000, 35K+ so far in 2001). Before 1998 I flew only 15K in my lifetime . Made Northwest Silver in 1998 and United 1K since 1999. Hope to reach 1 Million mile flyer with United someday... I've been to many different places: Seattle, Vancouver, SF, Napa, San Diego, NY, DC, Orlando, Oklahoma City, Minneapolis, Denver, Las Vegas, Dallas, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Milwaukee, Toronto, London, Paris, Seoul, Tucson, and other various cities/towns. I actually spend more time out of LA where I live than in LA. I love travelling. As much as I enjoy travelling, I don't particularly like flying aspect of it. I also avoid Turbo prop planes at all cost. I was connecting through San Diego to LAX from IAD due to IAD to LAX plane problem. When I arrived SAN, my plane (only jet service) was late 2 1/2 hours. I had choice of flying turbo prop planes but I passed. I waited 2 1/2 hours for the jet. Also being an avid baseball fan, I travel to cities with Major league baseball team. So far I Well here it is... My name is Fred Donatucci, I live in Los Angeles, CA. I am 30 years old, italian (6 foot tall dark hair,etc).. look for the frantic italian guy. So what can I say, I started flying 5 years ago when I first worked with Deloitte and Touche. I was living in Philadelphia, PA and flew US Airways...first Prefered Plus, the Chairman's Prefered. I started staying with Hilton and got status... then while working in LA, met my wife... got married, moved to LA, switched to United. I live in a one story house, love to garden (never knew what fun it was until I moved to California with Green winters). I have been married for 17 wonderful months. She is my inspiration and a gift from the Lord. I thank Him for her everyday. I work as a consultant doing ERP (computer related) implementation projects, so I fly up and down the west coast and sometimes to Texas. I always fly United when I can. I fly out of LAX to PDX alot.. (so if ever in the two airports, you may see me at the RCC or 1K room). I also want to admit I am a mile-aholic. I have an addiction to Miles.. but practice my addiction in a safe environment (Flyertalk). So, if you every in PDX, LAX, (or currently in the Morning/Afternoon/Evening all! I'm new here and just having a look around. Thought I'd say hello. Just about to take my first steps into a Business Development role, becoming responsible for Sales/Marketing in Europe for an Indian Pharma company. Looking forward to the challenge, and to getting a few interesting trips in! Anyway, looks like there's an interesting community here who can help me as I get to grips with life as a full-time business traveller! I guess I'll work it out, but would love some hints on WTH all the Hi I just joined today at the urging of my brother (another FT member). Already I spent a somewhat obscene amount of time this afternoon reading some very amusing and informative posts! A little bit about me- fly out of the most crowded airspace in the nation (or is it the world?)- yay! Just started traveling for business in this job which is another reason my brother told me I need to get in the FT know.... Look forward to conversing more with all of you, getting (and hopefully one day contributing) flying tips, and being thoroughly entertained (which I can tell from just reading the posts today, is a definite)! I've been learning to be an FT'er since sometime last winter and I learn something new almost daily. Grew up in Nebraska, with a few years in South Dakota (Air Force) and Wyoming (Radio). With over five years in Radio I thought that would be my career, but then I became interested in electronics and computers. I eventually moved out East to Bangor, ME to take a job with the FAA as a navaids tech, which meant lots of flying to OKC for training. That really hooked me on flying, both working on the navigation equipment (VORTAC, ILS, DME, TACAN, Comm Radios, IVR, etc..) and flying to OKC for training. Nothing like sitting at the localizer as a C5 does touch and gos overhead (you'd swear it's going to hit you) or the Concord comes wafting in like a bent paper airplane doing a chin-up. After a while I decided to try work in the public sector again and moved over to New Hampshire and worked a few years in digital audio at the now defunct New England Digital. That led to more gigs (programming) in digital audio, then to desktop business mapping apps, and finally internet mapping and business locators. Lots of programming over the years which has evolved into Posts: 16 Hello I am new to the FT Forums. I wanted to say hi! I use AA and Hilton quite a bit for business and leisure travel. Hi together, being around in this great forum as a silent visitor for a long time, I now finally have my "comming out" as an active member. I´m 32 yo, living in Munich, Germany. Through my job as a sales-team leader for Hewlett Packard retail business here in Germany I travel around quite a lot. Mostly within Germany, Austria and Switzerland, but also traveling to other European countries from time to time. I use to have about 70 hotel stays, 150 flights and 80 car-rentals. So overall for sure I´m not on the top of the foodchain of all of you "full-time frequent-travel-professionals", but it´s enough for my wife and our 5yo son missing me during the working week. Looking forward for my new "hobby" here. Best regards from winterly Munich, Andy

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Howdy! I've been lurking on the boards for a few weeks and finally decided to become a more active member. I figured it would be appropriate for this to be my first post. So..... Home Airport - ORD (Chicago). Occupation - Program Analyst for the US Department of Labor. Age - hitting 28 in 1.5 months. Airline - Trying to focus on American Airlines because it's the contract carrier for work, but since I'm just starting to stick my toes in the loyalty program waters I'm mulling things over. Also enrolled in UA (ORD - duh) and DL. Have about 12,000 miles in each program to date. Destinations - Mostly Midwest destinations for work, but I make the occasional ocean crossing to Asia or Europe. Next trip - Domestically I'll be flying to DCA on 7/3 to celebrate the 4th in the capital. Internationally I'm heading to Athens, Greece on DL due to the "Sale of the Decade" fiasco a few days ago on 10/13. Favourite airline - JAL, but that was almost 10 years ago so my memory is foggy at best! Favourite cities - Chicago, Tokyo, and Washington DC. Interests - Travel, I'm 35 and a former newspaper and TV reporter who "retired" to travel more and do lots of unpaid work for my 10-year-old son's school. He attends a semi-private school that does a lot of travel so of late, I'm planning nine months of itineraries for 48 munchkins. My husband is in the air traffic control division of the FAA - those guys whom the airlines like to blame for all the delays. I travel for leisure and average about 100,000 miles a year - most at relatively low cost seeing as I'm always hunting for bargains. I'll go to whatever destination is a bargain at the moment. Lately I've been chartering sailboats for weeks at a time in different places with a wacky band of friends whom, like me, will travel at the drop of a hat - it's lots of fun, but unfortunately no hotel points. We live outside of San Francisco, where we spend our free time sailing. [This message has been edited by letiole (edited 07-14-1999).] Well, this is my 500th post, so I think it may be time to introduce myself… My name is Samuel. I just spell my name backwards to have my username. Clever, uh? I thought so… I live in Wellington, NZ, although I was born in HK. Apart from a couple of years in London, UK, I‟ve roughly lived half my life in HK and the other half in NZ. I‟m 30 now, so you can do the maths… . I was first introduced to the Qantas‟ Frequent Flyer programme by my Mum about 10 years ago. However, being a student at the time, I wasn‟t active in it until I started working. I work for a global IT company, but my job doesn‟t allow me to travel. The client office, if I need to visit, is just down the road. Having said that, I was introduced to premium class travelling from a previous job. I‟d to fly from WLG to LHR, and I couldn‟t face a long-haul in economy ever since. (I‟ve done it, but it wasn‟t pleasant…) I became actively collecting and managing miles especially when I was living in London. With the frequent travel (all non-work), I thought I must be able to get more out of my money without flying budget airlines… It took me a little while to find this site, but I‟ve learnt a lot since joining – managing Hello! I am new to the Flyertalk. I am starting my own marketing business and currently working with a client who is a travel agent mainly travel to the Middle East and Turkey. I'd post their site but we're COMPLETELY re-doing their site and I will be writing their travel blog. I also have a personal blog http://www.sundaymorningsoliloquy.com where I talk about my life in Chicago. Getting hit by cabs, screaming at homeless people, etc. I am an avid traveler. I've been around the world. IN FACT, I love nothing more than travel, dining and wine! I am really excited to join this site. i have no idea what that means. Travel is my life...hear me sound off! http://www.sundaymorningsoliloquy.com Hi all! I obviously live near the Long Beach Airport but I usually fly out of LAX because there are hardly any flights from here. Sometimes I fly out of John Wayne Airport too since it's close. I found this site through a friend, and hopefully I'll learn a lot even though I don't fly that much at least not as much and everyone seems too! Hi everyone!!! Name: DMITRY. Profession: Student. Home City: BUE and MOW. Birth City: MOW. Favorite Airlines : LX, LH . I count myself so lucky to have found this board. I've learned so much from all the experts here and had so many good laughs. I'm a stay at home Mom living on the south shore of Long Island with my husband, Bill and three teenage boys. Bill is the frequent flyer (grounded recently- they need him in the office) and I am the "keeper of the miles and frequent spender." Almost everything from cable bill charges to college tuition goes on the AA Mastercard. We're very lucky that when we do pay for a flight,our neighbor who is a gate supervisor at LGA for American has gotten us upgraded to first everytime. So when we fly, we fly American! I'm glad to know there are others on the board who are earning their miles while on the ground. Thanks to all of you, I've been able to earn over 40,000 miles since February. That's a big deal in this house! Regards to everyone, Debbie Hi, I guess it's time to reveal a little of myself. As you can probably guess, I am a librarian. I work at a Catholic school in Alabama. Originally from S. Calif (my husband is originally from NYC), settled here after travelling with the Army. Lived in Germany, Belgium, and Italy. My professional involvements have led me to travel more by air. So, I come humbly seeking advice. Oh, yes, we're the family of four (two boys 17 & 10) that can travel for a week with only one large suitcase and three carryons for the entire group Hey everyone...I'm Linda, I'm a film student in Toronto. This is my first time on these boards... hopefully we can chat and share travel stories. I've been to Europe once when I was younger, I'm planning a trip hopefullly this summer, probably gonna backpack it with my bf. I've got the bug!! Who am I? Well, Santa emailed and he needs help. So, I have raided the humidor and produced a fine Montecristo 3 Habana to clip and smoke while I type away. The Panda has died, and I am sad. And I had just cancelled a trip over the Thanksgiving week to DC because of work. Basics? Born 1957, in Oregon, female. Chinese, single (never been married, and I'm not going to rant stories about how this or that man treated me, and he was a scuz ball, a dirt bag, a lowlifer-con-redneck, etc...Naw, it's history, I don't remember), and no children. I do have four cats (Bill..the mom, Eddie Grey, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and Black Butte Porter), all females. They are all wild; I don't spend enough time with them. Lived in two different cities for the past 24 years, alternating the amount of days in each one accordingly...school, business, jobs, etc.; commuting between Eugene and Roseburg, Oregon. Am in the restaurant business, so my working hours are mainly at night and on the weekend. My travels started young...driving to Vancouver, BC, or San Francisco to visit relatives. I've been to Hawaii, SoCal, LAS, Arizona, NYC, Florida, Belgium, France, Switzerland, London, Hi, I'm lipton, 21 years old. I'm from good old Germany

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I discovered FlyerTalk in 2004 after my first-ever (independent) trip from Australia to Europe. I had read in a Lonely Planet that it was worth joining a frequent flyer program and my travel agent recommended UA. Bless them, because that Y trip to Europe yielded me enough miles for a trip to Tahiti 12 months later. Needless to say, I was instantly hooked. By this point I was also working for a medical publishing company and managed to collect a decent swag of miles flying QF regularly for business (and a little bit of pleasure) as well as running a lot of expenses through my AmEx. Since 2004 I have traveled through a small part of the US and the Pacific; spent time in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore and India; and am slowly combing my way through Europe. Right now I am living in Vienna, learning German and working on a travel magazine for backpackers. Although my hotel brand of choice is Hilton, my work is rapidly making me a connisseur of backpacker properties! Hi, I'm an older member returning under a new handle since my old one was too revealing of my actual name. Plus, this handle matches the one I use on many other websites. In any case, it's good to be back again and I look forward to sharing travel thoughts and insanity with you all. Hi, my name's Daina (pronounced like Dinah) and here's a bit about me... Location: Bethesda, MD. Preferred airport: DCA, but often fly out of IAD, try to avoid BWI. Favorite airlines: Midwest (I grew up in Milwaukee) and United. Number of trips per year: varies. Certainly not as many as a lot of FTers. Thus far this year it's only been four, past few years averaged about 10-15. My current job does not require travel, so currently only traveling for family and pleasure. I spend too much time reading FT, but have certainly learned some useful tips and good advice from the forums. Thanks! BTW, lidotaja means flyer in Latvian. About me: Work in Laboratory management, 2 grown kids (one a math teacher, one a physician), married 30+ years to the same guy. Travel history: as a teenager, flew regularly between Seattle and Ephrata in E. Washington while in boarding high school, deplaned a DC3 in 1963 when my mom told me about JFK/Dallas. First int'l trip in 1998 was to Tanzania with medical supplies for a remote hospital taking up our checked luggage allowance. Survived 3 weeks on the road with one carry on bag - thanks to websites and packing lists. Now am hooked and get out of town as often as possible - Russia, Poland, Prague, Spain, UK, Germany. Some trips with hubby, some with a girlfriend, some alone when I can get by with it. Anything to get away from my pager, although I travel with an unlocked cell phone. Going to FRA soon to hook up with a great-niece and her parents. Favorite airport: Hmmm. LHR's only redeeming feature is the Bendicks Bittermints in the chocolate shops.. Favorite airlines: AS, AA, sometimes UA. Travel some for business - conferences, peer review inspections, training. When at home, I like to watch the fruit trees in our yard, sing choral music, Hi, I'm from the SFO area and work for an entertainment internet site. I usually don't travel much as I am very low on the totem pole so all my travel is leisure and my family is all here in the area. I found out about this site awhile ago actually during the whole foreign exchange fee topic over from Fatwallet. Bookmarked it and popped in once in a blue moon. Since this year I have a lot (for me 3 is) of leisure travel planned, I signed up. I've just come back from ORD and have San Diego booked (for Comic Con). I hope to get to the UK sometime later in the Fall. I've already found tons of information for my overseas trip. Since I don't travel much most of my FF programs have very low/0 totals. I only have Southwest and United active. Guess it's time to introduce myself after years of being a member here on FT! My name's Adam. I'm a teacher by trade and a traveler by hobby, and I can easily say I've been traveling most of my life. My aunt and dearly departed grandmother would take my older brother and I on vacation every summer starting when I was about 7. We went a lot of different places, including Las Vegas at age 12! (My first mileage run was at age 7 when we all went BOS to DEN via DCA and ATL on the old Eastern Airlines!) Glad to be here! Mahalo, Shadow, for bringing this thread forward. My name is Steve Okino. I've lurked here since last December, and I am an INfrequent flyer these days. As a freelance writer and independent video/television producer, most of my work is done in Hawaii, although there is occasional (like once a year) business trip to the Mainland U.S. But I've managed this year to string together enough travel to complete the AA Gold challenge and take advantage of the multiple Hilton promotions...and I'm having a great time doing so. Have been in Hawaii for the past fifteen years, after completing a postgraduate fellowship at the CORO Center in Los Angeles...an experience which helped me change gears after my career with CBS News came to an abrupt and involuntary end in the mid-80s. Working as a network news producer, though, meant living on the road, and I still have 60K unused Delta miles left over from that previous incarnation. Although I've lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Dallas, and was born and raised in the Midwest, I consider Hawaii my home. It's a wonderfully diverse and pleasant place to live; faults it has, like any other locale, but i'm lombardo, a writer. and i have to say some of the FTers here should have been writers instead of lawyers, consultants, and whatever else the most popular FT jobs are. there are some very good wordsmiths/humorists in here. Hi everybody. I am in the SF Bay Area. I travel a lot for work and play--Asia, Africa, Europe and North America mostly. I speak several Asian and European languages. I don't particulary enjoy hanging out in airports or being on airplanes though, so if I travel, my employer sends me; or I prefer travelling at minimal cost--like frequent flyer award travel. My favorite travel involves being outdoors hiking, backpacking, backcountry skiing, SCUBA, etc. I try to avoid cities when possible, except in transit. My name is Dale Parkes. When I'm "home" I live in the western part of Orange County in the south part of California. LGB is the closest airport, SNA next closest and LAX third closest. I'm 42 and single. I drive a truck for a living. For my first ten truck driving jobs I pulled a trailer full of cargo, usually a 53' dry van but occasionally a 48-footer a 57-footer or a 28-footer (called a "pup") or two 28footers (called "doubles"). So far I've been to or thru all 48 states except Vermont and I've been to BC several times and once to Calgary. My latest gig has been shuttling different types of trucks so the vehicle itself is the cargo. Consequently I've travelled by air more in the last 4.5 months than I had in the last 20+ years because I usually have to travel somewhere when it is time to pick up a truck and often have to fly to get home. My father (retired since October 1988) was a captain for American Airlines; for many years he was on the B-707 (back when they were called "Astrojets" and back when there was no security checkpoints). For a short time he was on the B-727 and he ended up on the DC-10; by the time he retired American divested itself of all its 747's. Consequently I went

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Hi all. I joined FT in February after lurking for a while. I have found many helpful posts here and joined so that I might (hopefully) have an occasional contribution myself. I just noticed this thread and thought I should say howdy. So, "Howdy y'all". I guess I can best be described as an itinerant software developer. I have always gone places, but only in the last 10 years did that include air travel. I love road trips and have been in all 50 states. These days golf is getting more and more of my attention and I have even taken a few trips just to play. So far I don't travel much for business and am always on the lookout for a good getaway deal. I know I will continue to get great ideas here and hope that I will be able to add to the community. As an aside, I tend to be cynical and sarcastic in my views toward many recent "security" measures and the government's role in our everday lives. So please do not take offense with my take on current events or my sometimes obscure humor. I do not mean any of it to be personal. So many places and so little time... I've only roamed this site for the past two 1/2 years and I didn't even bother to see if a thread like this existed. So here goes: From Hawaii. Like many, I would love to travel more if I had more money and vacation time. One child, one husband, one marriage. Numerous jobs in legal field. Last U.S. place I visited was San Francisco (I LOVE it there). Last (and only) international place I visited was Italy (LOVE it there too). I'd love to visit Greece, Morocco, Brazil, India but that will have to be in another life, or until I win the lottery. I think the people here are extremely knowledgeable and excellent in sharing this knowledge. I am a newbie so I can't offer much in info. Heck, it was only yesterday that I found out what a DBC was because I got one from United. Try Googling DBC voucher.....you won't really get a definition. Luckily, I remembered that FT had the glossary and now I'm stumping my traveler friends at work with my new acronym of the day, 'Got a DBC from UA, you wanna buy it from me?'. Great site, wonderful people....don't ever The name's Lowender1234. It's a reference to 4-stringed electric bass, which I play a bit. What drew me here was an interest in planes and travel in general even though I don't fly all that much compared to you guys probably. Couple flights a year, tops. I used to be aerophobic, but I conquered it about 3-4 years ago. Good to be here! Well for starts let me say again how helpful you all have been. I am a confessed "lurker" with only one other message. My husband and I have done quite a bit of traveling mostly with American. We have a small manufacturing business in Sarasota Florida which gives us an excuse to travel and call on customers. Our children are grown and we enjoy our six grandchildren whenever we are in Hi everyone. Glad to be part of such an interesting group. My last name is Lowton, and I will go out of my way to avoid flying on those prop things, hence the UserName. Not very exciting but it seemed easy when I had to enter my first username awhile back, and it's easier to remember the same one everywhere else on the web. I live in northern CA and primarily fly out of SFO which of course has a massive UA presence. I work out of my home and have two perfect (really!) school-age kids and one old and a bit curmudgeonly cat. I came to FT after reading the TIME article on PuddingGuy (as did many others, I've observed), and this I've been a regular ever since. (My spouse would 2nd that!!) I'm not flying all that much, but with the information I've gleaned from these boards I have made some adjustments to my mileage accumulation practices and benefited from all the tips you all have generously shared. [This message has been edited by Lowjet (edited 06-11-2000).] [This message has been edited by Lowjet (edited 06-11-2000).] Home Airport: SFO/SJC/OAK. Occupation: Business Manager/Semicon Company. Travel: like to travel if have time, on business or in leisure. Last U.S. Domestic Travel: SFO-JFK-SFO. Last International Travel: SFO-YYZ-SFO. Next trip: SFO-IAD-SFO Excuse me, could you please tell me how to get to the introduction page? Oh it's here? Ok then. (If I'm wrong, please let me know.) Hello all! I've been directed to the best little community on the web by one of your regulars--techgirl . So here I am! I'm LRocksCan or Roxx, Rocksie, Lester or what have you. I live in a nice little city in Southwestern Ontario in between the two Great Lakes-Erie and Huron. I don't fly much (except to go visit tg in Dallas) but am very opinionated (OMNI anyone?) and like to chat with others. I work in Marketing/Communications for a law firm but am looking for something else that actually allows me to, you know, work in M/C. That's hard to find outside of the big T-O. Oh and I'm almost 30, am not married and have no little rug rats to chase after. So that's me, in a nutshell, and if you want to know more, please feel free to ask. Otherwise I'll be over in the corner reading the user's manual in order to figure out how to understand this place. Anyone interested in providing afterschool tutorials is more than welcome to join me. Hi! In honor of three-letter searching being added to the forums (fora?) today, I'll introduce myself:. Location: South side of Chicago (hence my opposition to a Chicago Olympics in 2016 - the construction will be murder on my commute ). Age: Sigh - old enough that my younger son just graduated from college (loans almost paid off! ), not old enough to retire and spend my time on MRs. Occupation: Recovering lawyer, thwarted engineer/mathematician => labor arbitrator and mediator. Travel: Mostly to the hot spots of IA, WI, IL, OH, MO, and IN for business, with frequent side trips to DCA and LGA for business/family matters, and occasional flings in Mexico, YCC, LIH, BKK, England and points east -- a tough way to keep elite status! Love listening to CH9 on UA - reminds me of flying in small planes back in the day. Secret dream: To have an excuse to spend a year in France or Italy at someone else's expense...after taking a 6-month MR to Australia and New Zealand. I LOVE FT - I have learned so much that has made my travel I wanted to to say hi to everyone on this forum. I have been browsing the forum for a while and finally joined. I have several accounts Citi Platium Amex, Citi Professional MC, Bank of America Amex, Continental One pass silver, and Marriott Gold. I hope to have a good time and find out more about other cards that I never heard of like the never ending Chairman Card thread :lol:.. Hi everyone - I'm 26 years old, live in NYC and work in finance. I travel every few weeks for work and as much as I can when I get some time off. I have the benefit of a younger yet wiser brother who shows me the ropes on how to maximize miles, and also occasionally offers me his hard earned miles for award travel. I'm excited to be a member of FT, and I look forward to learning and likewise contributing (as best as I can) to the FT community. I am a FA with AA and love this site. I would add more, but there is not too much to tell.

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Hello to all I am probably the strangest individual on this board, for you see - I hate to fly!!! Give me a valium and a stiff drink and I am good to go. Only kidding - wellllll maybe; maybe not. I only fly because I must (work) and I love to travel - plus, if I didn't force myself this fear would definetly get the better of me - so off into the wild blue I go! Granted - medicated sometimes, but I'm going! I live in NJ - lived in LA for a bit - born in NY - work in NY. I graduated from Rutgers College with a BA in Psychology and did some post graduate - research, and the like. I am 31 (female) and still deciding if I would like to go forword with a PhD program...(go figure) Yet, what I do for a living has nothing to do with my schooling. I am a self employed photographers' representative as well as a photo stylist/assistant on occasion. I travel for work often, but not often enough for the elite status yet - am hoping to gain some extra mileage through all of your wonderful advice! Which by the way, thank you all very much - I have already learned so much. When I travel for pleasure it is usually with friends of mine in the travel biz so I do not get the miles, but hey most of the tickets are free - so Interesting topic - kind of nice to know some background info on others on the board. I'm born & raised in Cleveland, OH, spent the last two years of high school in the Cincinnati area, and went to college and the University of Toledo (Go Rockets!)- hence the reason I am now living in Toledo. So I guess you could say I'm an Ohio girl. I graduated college in 1999 with a bachelor's in business administration, and am now working as a 401(k) plan administrator for Dana Corporation, a Tier 1 Automotive parts supplier in Toledo. I'm not really much of a frequent flyer - happened to travel twice last year for work, which is highly unusual, and my husband and I took a trip to Italy in March which is where I earned most of the miles I have. I'm more of a budget traveler and typically look for the good deals on airfare rather than searching for a specific airline. I love to travel - there are very few places in the world I wouldn't go (okay, The Sudan, Libya and a few others, but that's about it). Aside from being a budget travel junkie, love working with kids (why I'm a 401K administrator, I'll never know - should have been a teacher), am a die hard Cleveland sports fan, and I am addicted to the Hello, My name Mac. I'm 13 years old. I live in Bangkok, Thailand. I love Thai Airways. My favorite airport is Suvarnabhumi Airport. My favorite aircrafts is Airbus A380, Boeing 747, Boeing 777. My favorite website is HFlight.net, ThaiCabinCrew.com, SkyScraperCity.com, and FlyerTalk.com. Some of you know me from the UA and DL forums already, but I guess this is the *official* intro yourself forum, so here I go. My name is Eric. I am 23 years old. My day job is working as an editor and reporter for Horizon Publications of Ohio. On the side, I consult for companies and organizations in MSP and Chicago, as well as various Internet ventures. Prior to joining Horizon, I worked retail for years. I live in a town just west of Wapakoneta, Ohio, named St. Marys. It's where US 33 turns north to head to Fort Wayne after hitting I-75. I was born in Pontiac, MI. I've lived in Sterling Heights, MI, Indianapolis, Columbus, OH, and Marion, OH before moving to St. Marys. I've flown in to or out of DTW, ORD, IAH, IND, CMH, DAY, ATL, MSP, STL. I'm a SkyMiles and Mileage Plus member. Don't fly enough to have actual status on either, but I earn the miles and hope to get there one day. I've been reading a lot of posts on here with people's status listed and I'm impressed Anywho - I'm off to sleep and read the excel spreadsheet in the I'm a new member here, and shadow suggested posting a bio -- here goes! I'm a management consultant in healthcare who lives in the Boston area. Most (oops -- actually ALL) of my clients are several hundred/thousand miles away, so my frequent flyerness went from moderate to mega about 8 weeks ago, which made me interested in these forums and this site. Otherwise, my wife and I have four kids (twin boy/girl [10], two other daughters [4,6]) and two dogs (meatheads). While I love what I do and how I do it, leaving home is the hardest thing -- but my wife has become an expert at making the kids think that dad really comes home every night (I tried telling them the truth about my travel about a year ago, and the result was worse than the last act of Carmen, so we let them believe I come back late every day, and leave early every morning). Anyhow, really enjoy the thoughts and comments here! Dear all, with my first ever posting in this board I would like to introduce myself briefly... I hope, that is o.k. I am frequently visiting FT and reading your posts for maybe a year now and have a lot of fun with your trip reports and other experiences, but due to my job, I wasn't really flying a lot in the last years but I think (hope) I will do more business travel soon... and of course I will share my adventures with you! (And I thought I'd better watch the boards a bit until I start asking those stupid questions for the 10th time...). I am 30 years old and living in Munich (MUC), Germany. I am working for a international company here and I am currently "LH Frequent Traveller / *Alliance Silver" due to some international long distance flying in C Class. (My company does not focus on a special airline alliance for all the corporate travelling, it seems they rather negotiate with the carriers on the best deals for a destination, which means we often fly with different carriers and cannot collect so many miles with e.g. *Alliance in a short period of time.) I am generally interested in all things related to air travel and flying (even did some studies at the Institute of Aeronautics and Hello I am a 53yr young graphic artist by vocation and soccer referee by advocation who lives in the wine country north of San Francisco. As I said in an earlier trip report I have an agenda of places to go and things to do before dying and recently have added going to a FT event to that list. All my travel is leisure and I enjoy flying. My first FF membership was with PanAm some years ago who well ever forget triple miles and 30k transatlantic awards. I became a DL medallion by default when PanAm went into the wild blue yonder. I now do most of my flying with NW/KLM and BA but still belong to Delta. Several years ago I wed Jerbear - my high school sweetheart - after we remet at our 25th reunion. All her life she had wanted to travel and her first two husbands did not so now when she has vacation we travel together and I still travel by myself for my advocation with my extra vacation. We have a yellow lab who thinks it is a human and we have a calico cat who thinks it is a god. We have plenty of grown children between us so it is easy to find pet sitters when we travel. In addition we own one time-share in Las Vegas which we use to trade and we own another in Greece Been reading the forums for awhile, more recently "joined." I'm Sarah, 25 yo Executive Asst based in DC. I travel 1/2 time for work and 1/2 time for leisure. I'm originally from FL, but have been up here for 3 years now. Prior to living/working here I worked on political campaigns all over the Southeast US. Now I work for an Investment Brokerage Firm and am loving it! Since I started travelling a LOT for work this year and was new to the whole FF thing, I will just barely make Silver with US (yeah, flew more than one airline/alliance and now have miles scattered throughout). Hopefully I'll be at least Gold next year (depending on workload). Most of my runs are short trips, so I qualify on segments, not miles (which might change if I do more international travel next year).I love camping and going to music festivals of almost any kind. Also am a huge nerd that likes to fiddle with the occasional computer and luvs going out to eat in DC (very yummy international food- especially Ethiopian)! Hit me up if you are in the DC area and want to

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Going home to Ireland for a month Hello, I'm from Ireland, lived in England and Spain, been living in Orlando FL for 17 years. My husband was in the US Navy for 22 years, so we've flown Space A a few times. My favourite flight ever was on board a Galaxy C-5 from Mildenhall UK to Charleston SC. I've flown most of the Airlines crossing the Pond, and on Friday evening I leave on British Airways from MCO to LGW. Will be met by my son and grandson Thomas Patrick, who is 23 months. Then I'll be going to Ireland for a few days on Ryanair, which is always an adventure! I have been to all States that had a disaster in recent years, as I am contracted to FEMA as a damage inspector. I drove to Louisiana and Texas after their 2008 hurricanes. User ID: majorwibi. Location: Tooele, UT - bedroom community about 30min W of SLC. DOB: 10 SEP 1978. Country of Origin: US. Marital Status: Married with with no kids even planned. Occupation: Senior Test Director for US DoD. Travel: Mostly to DC, Detroit, Ft. Hood TX and the sandbox. Last U.S. Domestic Travel: SLC - DCA on DL. Last International Travel: SLC to Suriname (cant remember the airport code but it was a small podunk airport) I am into my second year of being 39, and I live in San Francisco with my partner of 9 years. We got hooked on elite status when we bought J tickets on CP from SFO-YVR-HKG-NRT-YVR-SFO. The service was fantastic and it really opened my eyes to the idea of paying up for good service. Sadly, I think that is a thing of the past, at least on US domestic carriers. I hit 1MM on AA last year, a lot from flying. I am finding the second MM is going faster because of the 100% bonus the last couple of years as a PLT. We own a condo in YVR and used to go up there nearly monthly. Unfortunately, SFO-YVR fares have indeed risen substantially, especially during summer/cruise months, so we have been taking fewer, longer trips in the last two years. I develop software and partner sells Wanted to add my comments as I joined the board back in November. I am a global frequent flyer now based out of Atlanta. I fly about 350,000 miles per year, mostly on Skyteam. I am a lifetime platinum elite member with Flying Blue and "regular" platinum elite with Delta's Skymiles. I have been globe-trotting since 1991, and my very first business trip ever was when British Aiways took me from Amsterdam to London. My very first flight ever was in '79 or '80 with CSA on (probably) a TU134A from Amsterdam to Prague in what was then still communist Czechoslowakia. I am truly grateful to have peeked behind the iron curtain a few years before Gorbachev raised it for good. I remember that pre-flight, once the doors were closed, the plane was "fumigated" with a mist from the overhead vents. Being an impressionable high-schooler on a field trip with his final year class mates we obviously theorized about what communist plot might lurk behind the chemicals... The flight itself was uneventful, although the little turbulence on approach scared me somewhat, as I had obviously never been on a plane before. I also vividly remember the arrivals hall in Prague. It was Wow - what an impressive thread. I'm Manar, 33 and from London. I spent most of he last two years studying (MBA) in Asia. Prior to that I spent a decade doing Internet things. No idea what I'm up to next yet - taking some time out to travel the world! . Started out with a one world explorer so I'm AA - thanks to FT for the challenge info! - but I think I'm going to be in United's FF programe with an EK/UA rtw soon. I am a very recent convert to the FF world after shying away from them due to my privacy instincts. Boy do I regret that now given my 4 LON-SIN + numerous short haul trips last year. Live and learn! Hello! I've been reading at FT for about two years, but posting rarely. I'm just starting to feel like I have some useful info occasionally! I'm sitting in the *Gold lounge at JFK at the moment and thought I should finally introduce myself. I'm a 38 y.o. woman managing health programs in developing countries for non-profits, currently based in the US. I travel from RDU to Asia several times a year for work, and a few other places for pleasure (this year it has been Costa Rica and England). I lived in Asia for a few years fresh out of college, and didn't collect FF miles - it haunts me now. Thanks for amassing this library of tips and strategies! Just the new guy. Here to learn from you all. Living in PHX AZ. Well, I thought I'd add my profile as well: My name is Martin and this spring I graduated from university with a Master of Science degree in Communication Systems Engineering. Since 01JUN2006 I've been working at the Swedish CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) in NRK as a Flight Safety Analyst. My new job hasn't given me any air travel yet, but a few trips are planned for the coming months. I'm male, 27 years of age and I live in central NRK, about 1.5 kms from the threshold of RWY 09 . Unfortunately, I haven't been flying much at all in my life (see the link in the signature) but now that I have gotten myself a job with a decent salary in the aviation business I intend to change that . Take care! /Martin Okay, I registered here back in January but only started posting regularly in the past week. My real name is Mark Betton. I am 27, was born in Shrewsbury, UK where I still live (I have no ambition!) and work as an project manager for and electrical installation company. We work all over the UK mostly in the food industry and will soon be working worldwide if all goes to plan. I'm not really a frequent flier as of course, my travel is for pleasure. I have friends in Asheville, NC which is a lovely little city and fly to the US to stay with them as often as I can afford. The USA is a wonderful place and I only wish I could travel there more often. I could really do with a new job that would involve fly to the US once or twice a month! ------------------ Some men see things the way they are and say "Why?", I dream things that never were and say "Why not?" - Robert F. Kennedy I also got "coerced" into posting by Santa My name is Mark, I'm 18, going on 50. I lived my entire life in Delaware, which, when mentioned, evokes one of three responses: a) "oh, that small state" b) "oh,you guys have no sales tax" c) "dela-WHERE?" I am currently a "First Year Sophomore" (I was awarded sophomore standing from APs and summer courses) at the University of Delaware. My major as of right now is Computer Engineering, with minors in Math, Economics, and Computer Science. Basically, I'm taking everything I like, and studying it. My hobbies include computers, and travel, and my family's four cats. I am the business coordinator for the local Linux Users' Group, and I run Linux full time. (As a rule, I don't use any Microsoft products, but I make execptions for anything QuietLion helped write ). Being a student, I have no time or money for travel, but I manage to find both. I've never been out of the country, so that's one of my goals. I found FT in January of 2000, when searching for some USAirways u/g info for my dad. I joined in March, and started reading the US and UA boards. FT has helped me immensely and I'm grateful to Am in international investments, live in msp, kwi & hkg. United global service 1k on united. qatar, nwa are also favored airlines. wife is 1k and is professional traveler.

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Hey here is an original nickname that reflects my real name of which is Mark. Well I travel commercially to and from work every 7 days. Yee haa since 9/11 things have really sucked on the airline front for us. We purchase last minute full fares the day of or just prior to travel which as you all know pings on the Security front. I no longer carry on any bags which I must say is starting to feel good. Never imagined how nice it is not to grab bags as I'm headed for a conection. I am on the road in theory 162 days a year. But when I'm off I'm off. No pagers or phone calls. We are primarily users of the Hilton Family of hotels which vary widely in their comforts and decor. I'm always looking to hook up with folks on the road for dinner and drinks etc... If anyone is interested let me know and I will send you my email pager address so we can keep in touch. I never know where I will be until the day before so short notice is all of the lead time I can give. I'm getting really tired of only hanging out with folks I work with. Anyone else run into that problem? I give extra credit to anyone that can guess my profession Great Site ... Hi all, just found this site a few weeks ago and it has become almost a nightly activity to browse through all the interesting stuff that is discussed here. I am a regular traveler enrolled in several FT programs (see my flight history at flightmemory.com), but I'll probably never become Gold/Platinium in anything. I am located in Germany, working for a university, so business traveling is limited to 3-4 international conferences per year in economy. Plus, officially I couldn't even use the miles I collect for private travel... that sucks, but it is still better than not flying at all... Anyway, I enjoy the forum ... keep on posting... Gday all, Like most, I am predominantly a lurker but post every now and then. I have yet to meet anyone off this forum, but hope to do so soon. There's really not much to me, and can be somewhat of a bore. Getting on in years, turned 26 last August. Having said that, I am looking forward to the big 30 in four years time. I hail from the land down under. Melbourne, Victoria to be more precise. I live with my partner and 58 other creepy crawlies, consisting of; parrots, fish, lizards, a duck and a dog. Needless to say, the homestead is never dull. I recently established my own software development and consulting firm, predominantly catering to the private primary sector and SMEs. hmm, think that'll do as i'd hate to bore you all with my inherent "dullness" (vocalising my own internal dialogue but echoing all your sentiments). My interest in commercial aviation stemmed from years of travelling between Australasia and Europe, primarily for business. It was a "join our circle or else" situation. During those years, i had the privilege of tasting a varied number of airlines. These days I consolidate my international (and local/regional) travel with One World (specifically Hi everyone. Here's a liitle about me. I'm 48, and live with my wife and 3 boys (16,14,12) just south of Bristol, UK. I was born and brought up in the north of England (Yorkshire). I work for one of the 'big 5' accounting firms, and much of my work is with multinational companies. I spend quite a lot of time helping with corporate acquisitions. Most of my travel is to the US (5 business trips there so far this year). Funny how, even with 'europeanisation', so many UK companies look west when it comes to business development. My main hobby is playing guitar, which I've done for many years. I lead the contemporary music group in my church, and also play in a Christian rock band. My eldest son sings, and my yongest plays percussion, so when we want to we can make music (well we think it's music!) Otherwise I'll be found walking our 'Heinz 57' dog, Max, who's been part of the family for 2 years since he came from the local dog's home. Nearly all my travel is with BA. I'm Silver status, and also a member of Virgin's Flying Club. My next trip to the US is in January. Such a good time of year to visit Southern California from the UK! Martin Well as you all know by now, Marvella is a Queen, a drag queen to be exact. Marvella resides in South Beach, Florida and performs at various night spots throughout the Miami area. Marvella lives with her husband, aka Kitty Meow (we are cat and also dog folk). Kitty Meow is not into the drag scene to the extent Marvella is, in fact Kitty Meow's usually occupation is lawyer. Both of us being divas, can create quite the spectacle when things go awry when travelling. Flight attendants, gate agents, reservation agents, Red Carpet Room receptionists are sorry when they cross us -- we are demanding and usually with enough ranting and raving we get our way. Marvella racks up the miles flying from venue to venue (she performs at various locations throughout the US and other countries). Of course, Marvella's performance are marvelous. Marvella is the savvy traveler (sorry Rudy) in the family. Kitty Meow has it made, she just packs her bags and follows Marvella. Kitty Meow seldom interferes with Marvella's decision on travelling, except when accomodations are in the form of a tent in the bush in South Africa. No roughing it for Kitty Meow, even if their is a bathroom in first day, first hour on the website, brand new member with first post. two cats and live in Chicago and travel AA and stay at Marriotts a lot. going to Barcelona soon. happy flying... mary finnigan Aloha everyone im new here cant weight to meet everyone in the massage business ..... lol This sorely needs to be updated!!! My name is...well I guess you all know that already. I work for the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association, a non-profit 501(c)6 trade association representing over 3,200 electronic security and life safety companies in North America, the Carribean and (a few) around the world. As Director of Government Relations, I am ultimately responsible for NBFAA's federal, state and municipal relations programs. As you can imagine, being responsible for licensing requirements in 50 states keeps me on the road to state capitals quite a bit. But being responsible for over 17,000 municipal and local governments, well...lets just say that the glamor international segments are NOT where I earn my miles (although Des Moines sometimes FEELS like a different country.) I like to say I earn 'em the hard way: 500 - 1000 at a time!!! And I'm a deep green over you folks who earn 3,000 - 7,000 miles every time you fly. It ain't fair. As those of you who read the United board know, I am based out of the DC area. I am a 1991 alumnus of Virgina Tech (go Hokies) and am staring 30 years old right in the face. My wife also works for an association (the Hello, My name is Matthew. I work as a Baggage Handler in YYJ for QX + WS, so I qualify for Non-Rev travel. I try to fly QX at least once a month, even if it is a quick YYJ-SEA-PDX turn. While I do not collect any miles, I love doing the trips and the fact that it costs me very little is quite nice! I've been reading this site for some time and I figured it was about time to register and say hello! First off, Thanks Everyone so much for the great info. I have really learned a lot since I started reading these messages. A special thanks to the people who mentioned the 500 mile bonus on AA last year for every trip taken.- all I had to do was make 1 phone call to get it. I live in Dallas and am a Senior Consultant with a well known accounting firm. the job requires a lot of travel. I am AA Platinum and CO Gold. It tends to be a nice balance. I also have Marriott and Starwood Platinum status. My favorite vacation spot in the world is Maui. I will be in Seattle from 4/15-4/28, so if anyone else will be there at that time maybe we can get together for a drink. Once again, Thanks to Everyone for all the Great advice.

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As the Institutional Sales Manager for a very larg US bank, I have managed our offices in NY, Altanta & Dallas in the past and now run NY & Chicago. I am based in NY and thus use CO out of EWR frequently to keep an eye on things. The Banks HQ are in SF, so I travel out to the west coast about 5 or 6 times a year. My husband's travels consist of LAS (or anywhere there is sports betting), so he is not quite as frequent a traveler. We also have 5 cats at home, and someone has to 'clean out the litter'. I am a Platinum on CO (Gold for the past 4 years), a Black Marquis in Marriott, a Gold in Starwood and a Platinum (soon to be Diamond) in Hyatt's programs. This year I've travelled to Dublin (Feb), Paris (Mar) and Belgium/Luxembourg (May). I will be going back to Paris in Nov thanks to a free ticket AF gave me when they screwed up--and have a 900 credit on NW for use sometime in the next 2 years due to their overbooking-- so any suggestions would be welcome. The foreign trips were quick (3 or 4 day long weekend) vacations. I found this site by accident sometime in mid April and have been hooked since. (I made "Member" last week) I love the hints, travel reports Hi, I think it is time I had introduced myself as well. I am mostly one of those "behind the scenes" people. I have been following this board for several months now but posted only a few messages. I do not write much, because I do not have much to say yet, as I am not travelling a lot these days. But this might change soon, as I might start working as a consultant in the US. Actually I love travelling and used to travel a lot before. I am a member of AC Aeroplan, UA MileagePlus, Delta SkyMiles, USAirways Dividend Miles, and Swissair Qualiflyer. Currently I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada but might soon move to San Jose, California. And what else... Oh, I am one of the female members in here. Well.. That's all folks!.. Back to "behind the scenes" now... Hi, I'm Molly, and this is my first post on Flyertalk. I'm 32, and have just moved back to San Francisco from northern Italy, where I was a design professor. I'm United 1K, and do what I can to maintain my United status (am already 1P for next year, and am hoping to hit 1K again, so will be doing a mileage run or two, especially to Europe). In addition to Italy and the US, I've lived in Germany, the Netherlands and France. It always seems surprising to gate and flight attendants that I am a 1K... I look several years younger than I am, and I'm not a typical business traveler. Curious about other people who don't fit the typical profile. Anyway: glad to be here! I had never heard of this website until today when I heard it mentioned in a report on National Public Radio's Day To Day program. I'm a nonattorney legal rep for Social Security disability claimants appearing at hearings before administrative law judges. I have clients in about a 10 state area in the US midsection. Fly 25-30 x year. Live in Kansas City, MO. Will be flying to Italy (via AA miles, I I am a Project Manager for a Legal Technology Consulting Company with specialties in electronic discovery and document management. I am quickly approaching 40 and live in the Cleveland area. I love to travel for work and play & usually fly CO. Hello fellow FT'ers. I've procrastinated long enough! I had to check my records to discover I joined FT in Nov06 and it's long past time that I posted something. I live in NW New Jersey with my wonderful husband and a 'rent-a-cat' (she actually belongs to a neighbor but lives with us most of the time). It's a rural area (for New Jersey) and we have regular visits by deer, possum, chipmunks, turkey buzzards and the occasional bear! We are actively pursuing 'Platinum for Life' as our goal for 2008! I've worked in the travel industry for a 'couple of years' (this to justify my age as '29 and some months', working with airlines and a travel agency – all positive experiences. I travel for business & leisure as often as I can (stand)! My goal is to visit all 50 states (39 down 11 to go) and as many countries/continents as I can. I really enjoyed reading the posts about 'who we all are' and have already enjoyed (and used) much of the advice in other forums. Looking forward to spending more time with FT colleagues in the future and thanking you I too have been reading these for a while, so might as well post. 28 years old, soon to be 29, living in the cold right now (minus 34 C with the wind as I'm typing). The handle is a combination of my initials, Matthew Connolly and the city I live in - MCYOW seemed a little odd, and I adopted it before joining this board. Working in the travel industry I have to say that the forums here keep me entertained and informed, and able to update coworkers on interesting stuff before the corporate people whose job it is to do so! I'v met a couple of people from the AC forum, and emailed others, and look forward to meeting more. Will probably be going to LHR in March, and will post flight info when plans are finalised. Thanks for the info, and keep up the fun (all in good fun)! Posts: 2 Formal Intro. Name: Harrisburg International Airport. ! Middletown, PA (Hence FAA code: MDT). Occupation: Airport. Hobbies: all things aviation related. Relevant Facts: Currently served by 6 major airlines to 13 nonstop destinations with 100s of connections. Harrisburg International Airport, the HIA Observation Deck Well, I guess it's my turn. Where to start? I live right outside of Washington, D.C., thus the name MDTony. You might have also guess my first name. No, I am not a doctor -- my sister is -- nor do I play one on TV. I'm 32 years old, and sell advertising. Thus, I do a lot of flying all over the place. While I'm not one of those road warriors, I get enough miles in to get elite status. I was born in what I consider to be the most beautiful city in the continental US, San Diego. And not only did I have the good luck of being born there, I was born in the most beautiful neighborhood there, La Jolla. Unfortunately, my folks moved when I was six and I couldn't really pitch a fit and say we gotta stay here. So I moved on out to the burbs of DC, and grew up there. Then I went to college at Illinois, and graduated with a psych degree from there. Unlike Hugh Hefner, I wasn't able to talk lots of attractive women into taking their clothes off for me so that I could publish them, so I came back home and took a wide range of jobs until I ended up where I am now. I am a very active person, and love go do things that get me sweaty. Right now, it's softball, in the fall, it will be flag football, in the winter, it I can't remember if I ever posted to this thread or not, but I'm me4yankees, a 12-year frequent flier, college prof of French and Spanish, travel assistant for two companies, travel blogger, Avon Independent sales rep, and Southern belle! Hi Everyone... I too am from the beautiful area of Seattle 32 Male... I have a little insight into the travel business, since I work for this great Seattle based airline... ASA... fly early and mid-week..mechman..flowers for missy Axey beats me as the youngest on this forum (I'm 21) - I've been AC Elite for a couple of years. But since membership is open to those below 18 - I don't think I was even the youngest Elite - they must be some 12 year old somehwere who's parents take him/her everywhere and racked enough to be Elite. Hmmm, I'm probably, by far, the youngest person here on FlyerTalk. I'm a senior at the University of Waterloo in Canada (about an hour drive from Toronto) majoring in Chemical Engineering, minoring in Computer Science. I'm interning in Seattle for Amazon.com from January-April 1999 and I interned there previously during Summer 1998. My family is very geographically dispersed so I've ended up travelling enough to be a frequent flier (around 40K/year or so) - but unlikely many other contributors, my tickets are (almost) always advance purchase / consolidated / net fares - so I'd bet that I spend the least money for the distance I travel of anyone here !!! :) Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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hi my name is Amanda i am 21 i live in Florida i have a husband and 2 dogs and a wonderful home and life Greetings, I have been a member for some time, and have never posted. Time to fix that. I'm an Australian who has been living in San Jose, CA for 10 years or so. I'm a consultant for Hewlett Packard, working out of the Cupertino site in Silicon Valley. I'm a solution architect for the design and installation of VoIP Contact Centres based around the Cisco product set, so I'm often engaged on long projects at customer sites, typically flying out of San Jose for points east on Sunday, coming home on Friday night. I certainly rack up the miles, almost all on United Airlines. I've been 1K on United for the last 6 years, though San Jose is very competitive for upgrades - we have a lot of 1Ks here, as you can imagine. I almost always stay at Marriott hotels, so am Platinum with them. I fly to Brisbane each year to spend Christmas with my mum and brothers and sisters, and travel to Europe on business a couple of times a year on average. I have made the long haul to Bangalore out of SFO on two occasions. Most of my flights are out of San Jose, with the international flights out of SFO. Strangely enough for a Bay Area resident, I have never flown out of, or into, Oakland airport. I'm writer, editor, colliery viewer and general transpacific gadfly, giving this a try. Hello Flyertalk-ers - I joined Flyertalk because I'm interested in using Marriott Rewards Travel Packages for a trip to Australia and New Zealand in early 2010. I figured this is the place to learn how to maximize rewards points. Other than Canada & the Bahamas, this will be my first trip outside of the US, so I want to make sure I get everything right! Hi All! I'm Michael, and am from Dublin, Ireland. I joined this site because it looked good and very friendly. I am very interested in commerical aviation I have no idea what to say other than I'm working on a trip report atm. Hi everyone! I'm Craig from Bay City, Michigan. I'm a 35 year old (for one more day) high school history teacher. I get to travel quite a bit with my job by applying for a variety of free programs available to teachers through such organizations at the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, National Council on Economics Education (which sent me to Romania for a week's study tour) and the Rotary Club (which sent me to Sydney, Australia for a month's study tour). In addition, my partner and I travel whenever we get the chance. During my spring vacations over the past few years we've been to Bavaria twice, western Hungary, and France. This coming spring break we've traded in Delta Miles to fly to Vienna. In the summer we generally travel to Québec, although by car. When we fly, we generally fly either Delta or Northwest. (Of course, NW will soon be no more.) Luckily we have the option of three airports within driving distance: MBS, FNT and DTW. I've been reading the posts here for a couple of years, but have never gotten around to posting. I'm looking forward to getting more involved. Hello, my name is Ren, Mijn,. I'm 32 and was born and raised in The Netherlands. Moved to N.Y. in 1996 for my employer(the largest Dutch bank). After two years in N.Y. decided to move to San Diego to work for a friend of mine (private money manager). Most of my travel is now between San Diego and London (business) and Amsterdam (home). Started flying (more)frequently in 1992 and after a little fling with KLM (sorry but don't like their program) decided to fly BA. I have been BA Gold since mid 1994 and fly 50-75k per year. Hi everybody! Just joined because I'm tired of paying huge money on flights. I just booked a flight from PIT to HNL for $550 and I'm quite angry. I wish flying was like $100 a flight. I just joined the forum yesterday (August 5 2006), so I guess I'll tell you a little about myself-My name is Mike and I work for an ambulance service as an EMT, on the job for 21 years. Born and raised in Los Angeles (still live in the house I grew up in). In my spare time I like to spend time with friends, usually at car club outings or shows, or spend time with my three dogs. Hi! Many of you already know me and many more are familiar with my website, Mileage Workshop. This started out as a simple hobby and a way for me to learn HTML but has grown into a source of income and has a loyal following of over 500,000 visitors a month! I thought I was alone in this world with my mileage interests until I found FlyerTalk and started meeting many of you. I now know I am normal! However, many of you have a sick obsession! I grew up in ye olde historic village of Haddonfield, New Jersey (not to be confused with the Haddonfield in the Friday the 13th movies). Went to college in Florida at The University of Tampa and graduated in 1987. Packed up my stuff and moved to Seattle that summer and have loved living here ever since. I am now 35 years old, live my my wonderful wife and our 20-month old boy who loves to travel (see his picture at www.mileageworkshop.com/logan.html). We currently live in the suburbs east of the city. We have two cats; a black and white genius that I swear can read the labels on the cat food cans and the world's smallest runt of a Maine Coon who is so stupid that I am convinced she has only a brain stem that allows her to eat, purr and spit up hairballs. Other interest include alpine skiing, collecting licenseknown of Flyertalk for awhile but only recently decided to become more toddler son everywhere with us and at his very young I have plates (my garage wall is covered!) and of course, travel. We take our actively involved. I enjoy the bulletin board very much and have found it useful. I am married, 2 kids, and work in a job that affords me about 12 business trips a year. I travel about 2 or 3 times a year for pleasure. I am AA Gold, AWA Silver and Hilton Gold. I have had to be a bit creative to get that status, but its well worth it. This year I will earn Gold again on AA, and perhaps Platinum if I do a mileage run or two and I expect to be Hilton Diamond as well. I just booked 3 free tickets to BWI to take the family to DC this summer, I bought my ticket to get the miles. I will probably get most of the rooms free from my Hilton points. (pssst, financing a mortgage thru Countrywide earned me 53000 points on Hilton last summer). I look forward to continuing my participation in the group and sharing with everyone. Happy Travels well, there's just something about the 100th post that makes me want to finally jump in here. my name is dan. i own a small computer consulting business in the pensacola, florida area. i originally started the company in hawaii in 1990, and moved to pensacola in early 1997. i still enjoy returning to hawaii about 3 times a year. i also visit europe (mainly england and germany) about twice a year on vacation. i worked for the french space agency in washington, d.c. in the late 1980's, and since twa had a dulles-cdg non-stop at that time, i built up quite a few miles on them, and have tried to stay loyal to them even during their bankrupt years. i'm elite1 on them now (the old royal ambassador), premier with united, and silver med with delta. i have really enjoyed the camaraderie on this site. i've only met one of you (auh20 in biloxi this past mardi gras weekend), but look forward to some of the mini-get-togethers in the next few months, and the BIG one in hawaii later this year. aloha. And I thought it was he who dies with the most miles wins!

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Hi! Nice to meet you all!. I am an academic with a rather well known university here in the US (hint : it's in New Haven). Found out about FT about a year ago, and now I wouldn't do anything on travel stuff until I have consulted/searched/read obsessively the threads here on FT!. Eugene Well, just some bio, as a newcomer… Maurizio, italian, 40yrs, manager for an US company in EMEA. Having EMEA responsibility, I fly from PSA every week... average 150 flights/yr... since 5 years almost... that amounts to some million miles I barely use ! I like LH and BA for the service, blame AZ for the frequent cancellation... have to admit AF in SkyTeam is far the best, from lounges to services... Favourite airport is LYS, where I never missed a connection, even in 15' time ! What a service !!!!!! My partner luckily works with me, same life, same flights almost, same room in hotels... we'll stop one day, wherever we want... we will have so many miles we will be able to fly back to Italy every w.e. I used to be a frequent visitor and poster on this board. Then it degenerated into arbitrary and capricious censorship. Couple that with an inordinate amount of technical problems and the forum has become a shadow of its former self... In its most recent iteration, FT has made me and several other "senior" posters personna non grata. That's OK -- I've been PNG'd by third rate countries before and at least they were honorable about it... [This message has been edited by mileshog (edited 05-23-99).] Hi everyone. I've been reading FT for sometime, however, just joined recently on the advice of my brother who reads it all the time. My user name is mingdrille which is a combination of our two favorite restaurants, Woo Loon Ming and Cafe Escadrille. Born in Massachusetts and still here. Until recently I worked as a meeting planner at a large well known computer company. I hope to work part time now as a meeting planner through a contractor. . I flew quite a bit on my job and hope to do more of it. I had the pleasure of visiting some great places (Scotland, Ireland, Amsterdam, Spain, Austria, Greece, France) and staying at 5 star hotels. I will certainly miss that part of the job. Nice to meet all of you. Hi All, Another Newbie ! Very confused with BA / VA / BMI programs here in the UK, and wanting to get the best deal (don't we all). Regular traveller with VA LHR-BOM/DEL, plus European / UK with BMI. Here to learn - and help others as my understanding update: As for me, I'm older, my kids are older, and my baseball team...well they're having issues. I still think Alaska Rocks the House.. although the fact that they issue my paycheck creates a bit of a bias. Hi all, Well, I'm Missy, 31 year old divorced mom of 2 from Beautiful Seattle, Washington. I grew up here and then spent 9 years away as a military wife, being stationed in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, and that tropical paradise otherwise known as Adak, Alaska. In my tenor as a Military wife I was also a floral designer. 3 years ago I disposed of the spouse and the floral career ... I really do miss the flowers .. and came home to the Northwest. I love to travel, and wish my budget allowed for more of it. Last year I went to Vietnam, with a stopover in Hong Kong and a side trip to Bali. I've been to Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, and a few places in Alaska. I'm leaving for a 17 day trip to Northern Italy next week, and next year, its either Scotland or Costa Rica...I can't decide! As a Seattle girl and mostly west coast traveler, I am right along side Punki in the "Alaska Rocks the House" club. When I was living in Alaska, I found my then 1 yr old had cancer, and Alaska Air Aaaaah, coming out time, eh? Well. Here's my story - or at least the part, that's relevant. Sort of. My real name is Michael, but my friends call me Mizu, in order to distinguish me from the other Michaels on this planet (and it reminds them of my email address). Sometimes I think Michael is more like a category of people than a personal name... Mizu happens to be the Japanese word for water, which is OK, because I was born on March 1st and am therefore a member of the Pisces family (as is Rudi ). I am 28 and work as a lecturer at a German university in the field of information systems. My research area are workflow management systems and since I am involved in an international standardization body, this is one reason why I travel frequently. The other (and obviously more important) reason is my girlfriend . She lives in SFO, so I travel between FMO and SFO as much as time and money allow me. Luckily, this often coincides with international conferences at the westcoast, so I have an even share between business and private travel. For budget reasons I fly mostly in Y, but I will use my miles for upgrades occasionally. My university only pays for eco travel, After well over a year here and almost a century of posts, here goes...... My name is Mike, and I am going to be 36 y.o. in October. Grew up in Berkeley and have been on the move since I was 17. First stop was a lazy couple of years in San Diego. Got to use Air Cal (and PSA before it evolved) during that period. Moved to London when I was 20 and went on sabbatical from school for a while. I became a despatch rider and then controller for a couple firms. 12 hours a day 5 days a week on a 500cc Moto Guzzi and hoping for snow that stuck so I could earn an extra 5 pounds a day. Saw a lot of time on Pan Am flights bought cheap in Victoria. Moved to Heidelberg for a year in 88-89 to finish my studies and then returned to London. Did a few trips in the Viscounts from Oostende to England. (Cannot recall the airline). Returned to the U.K for a brief stint to convince myself that it was not Athlete's Foot but rather the old Wanderlust making me shuffle my feet. Packed up and went to Japan after a brief stop in the Bay Area. Have been living in Japan for more than 10 years now and am married to the most lovely person these islands produced in the year 1963. I met her on My name is Matt. As you can see I'm OKC->NYC. Born and raised in Norman Oklahoma by an OU Professor of Microbiolgy and an Accountant, both from Chicago. Next year I'll be going to New York University to study Finance and International Business (had a lifelong obsession with travel, especially international) even though I've never been to NYC before! I have no relatives there, so it's going to be a definite awakening to the real world. The change from college town Oklahoma to big city New York will be pretty drastic, but that's what I wanted college to be: something entirely new and life changing. HI,... I am really enjoying your forum ! born: southern Brazil now: ADL - Australia (for another 2 years on a Uni position). FFlyer: VARIG (1st), AA, JAL and QF (this won't last long ,... don't agree with their policy of account keeping fee !!) Flew about 60k last year (US,CAN,JAP,NZ...) regards to all Mauricio German, 35 for a couple of days more, also own my own small consulting firm that is specialised in international development issues. Be faithful to your wife and to your airline, it is rewarding!

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My real name is Audrey and I've been hanging around FlyerTalk for a few years now. I am a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer and Registered Vascular Specialist. I mostly do short-term traveling assignments and go to a facility for anywhere from one week to three months at a time. I started becoming a miles/point junkie when my other half became a road warrior. I wasn't traveling very much then so decided that my new hobby was maximizing his airline miles and hotel points. He was a bit confused for the first few weeks but finally settled into the routine of being quizzed on his flight/hotel arrangements and getting e-mails of promotions he couldn't remember signing up for. Now that he has made lifetime gold on American and has had "free" vacations the last two years he's in the groove. I have participated in a few on-line exchanges with other FlyerTalkers and am waiting to see a Flyertalk tag somewhere. Maybe one day I'l even make it to a Do!_________________Always remember you're unique, just like OK...I'll bite. My real name is Greg, and I am a youthful 34 years old. I work for a "major New York bank" in downtown Los Angeles. Alas, I don't get to travel much in my job, other than the occaisonal BUR-SFO flight. Of the 61,000 miles I have flown thus far this year, only 2,000 of those come from biz travel. Although I only registered for FT in July 2001, I have actually been lurking here for over 2 years! I finally decided to register and contribute since I've been doing a lot more flying and finally have something to say. I fly almost exclusively on UA and Star Alliance. I've been a UA Mileage Plus member since 1991, but until last year, I was only a General Member. This year however, I actually made PremEx, through a combination of many vacations and 5 mileage runs! Getting four weeks of vacation comes in handy. I'm orginally from Connecticut, but I have no desire to move back to the East Coast! Traveling is without a doubt my favorite activity. And I also spend WAY too much time on the internet. If any of you use ICQ, AOL IM, or Yahoo I just joined this evening. I reside in Orlando, Florida but recently began to travel and plan a move to Okinawa, Japan. I returned from a three month trip there February of 2004 and wish to go again. I currently work two jobs and do other side projects to keep busy with for the time being. I enjoy electronics and mechanical engineering and occasionally design parts for my robots or inventions. Hoping to take a trip to Manila next June as well. _ My aka is MrsPilot because CrashTestDummy was already taken! More about that later. We live on a small cattle ranch situated between Houston and San Antonio, the latter where I work as a hospital administrator. Originally born in Huntington, NY, I was recruited to San Antonio following nursing school graduation in 1977. I married a Texas Gentleman who's my soulmate and I still love dearly after all these years. (FYI Ladies: he still opens my car door, gladly gives up his seat for a woman and yes, he does have a brother but forget it because he's happily married, too!) Dave is a firefighter/paramedic by trade which helps to support his private pilot flying habit. Our son, also a private pilot, graduated last month from UND Grand Forks to pursue an aviation career as an Air Traffic Controller. To say we're a travel-loving family is an understatement! While other families negotiated who would use the family car on Friday nights, we decided who would use the 1961 Cessna 172 that weekend. It only cruises about 130 so we fly commercial for longer distance trips (although there's nothing like a cross country road-trip at low altitude!). I'm not a world-class traveler in that Hey cool! I am originally from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where I was born and raised. When I graduated from high school, I was already on my way to a BA of violin performance at the U of Miami. I went to Georgia Tech right after HS, and started engineering, filling in the stupid classes for my BA, and started a Master's program at Emory in Fine Arts. I had a great time in college! I finished up both programs in late 1998, when I started working for the company I do now, a consulting firm. Now I'm a road warrior consultant. In my opinion, it's a bit of a waste. But hey. I'm mostly a Delta man, but I foray into the CO world occasionally. DL's been pushing me away lately, but that's another story altogether. Right now I'm on a project in the SF Bay area and hope to be finishing it up relatively soon. Like end of this week. Oh yeah.. I'm a huge football fan. GO DOLPHINS! I live in Minneapolis, MN, with my fiancee. I love the Twin Cities, as does Kristine, and we plan to remain here for a while. I'm also a huge wine fan. Been to Napa several times, have a collection of my own (as large as one can have in a studio apartment! ). What else? I'm involved in the American Mathematical Hi All Just joined the great community. Thanks to all for interesting and valuable information. I'm a researcher in some engineering field (not aerospace, sorry!), moved from Japan last fall. Been a M&M FTL for almost 10 years by traveling to 3-4 conferences each year (mostly North America, some Asia, less Europe). Turned to SEN last year thanks to the job change (interviews, househunting, relocation) and also thanks to my new position that allows me to travel in C My goal this year is to requalify for SEN to remain *G for another 2 years and look into other programs as I'll be flying on US airlines more. Best, MtRoot - MtRoot Student here, fly to go home or to programs and stuff. Yay! FT is one of my favorite places on the web. A group of fun, interesting, and above all decent people as has been confirmed by this thread. I found out about the site by reading a WSJ article about Pudding Guy and his healthy choice caper. My name is Marco (another one ) and I am 31. I grew up in Italy, attended boarding school in England (Canterbury),college in Chicago, and Law School in Washington DC. In law school I started training to be an Opera singer and am still in training though have had various other jobs over the years to support my habit. I am currently in STL(not a bad city, nice people and lovely big park that we live next to as big as Central park in NYC which is great for our dog Lupo) following my wife around as she is doing an Allergy/Immunology fellowship here (Capt. Mike e-mail me if we can be of help). We have been married for 10 years now and have had the opportunity to travel to/dine in many wonderful places around the US, Canada, and Europe (though my wife traveled solo as a young woman throughout India and China before we met and is ethnically Chinese though born in MN, USA) and our favorite is SFO(Masa's)/South Wow. I would have definitely put a little more thought/creativity into my "bio" if I had known it was going to get featured in the TalkMail newsletter that showed up in my inbox this morning! Hello! I'm a conductor (performance and education) living in central NJ and working there and in NYC. I've been traveling all my life, though for school/work reasons for the past few years it's been limited to "official" travel (i.e. auditions, tours, etc.) - which is great, and a wonderful way to see places for free (Japan, UK, Hungary, Mexico, and various US destinations), but it's not exactly a vacation! Luckily, I'm now in a situation where I have more potential for leisure travel, and want to learn how to earn/utilize/use miles and points (I don't have nearly as many as the rest of you, but hopefully before long!) and learn more things that can help inform my future trips . . . Thanks in advance! Looks like this is a fun place.

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Ok, I'll jump in. I am in my mid-thirties, married, father of 2 small boys and live in the Great State of Texas. I travel approximately 2 to 3 weeks a month for business, exclusively domestic, about 80k to 100k miles/year. I am a big CO fan and cringe when I have to fly any other airlines. I am a diehard baseball fan, particularly the Cleveland Indians, and try to see games in every city I go to. I am not a very active poster on FT, but I like to contribute when I believe what I have to say could be helpful to someone. Sense of humor is important to me, and I really appreciate some of the humor of some of the folks around here, especially since online humor can be difficult. I guess that's it. I guess I'm overdue to talk about myself also, so here goes...I have lived in Denver since 1982. I have been practicing law here since 1984. About a year ago, I attended an aviation exposition and one of the local colleges (Metro State) had a table touting their aviation program. I saw they offered a degree in aviation management. Deciding it was time to think about doing something else for the second half of my working life, I enrolled last September. Will finish a year from now. The best part of this program is the internship I have lined up with Frontier Airlines at their Denver HQ. I actually started a few weeks ago and I already have done stints in the training department and in marketing. Hope to work in a variety of departments by the time the summer's over. Like many here, I suspect, I find the airline business fascinating and I am enjoying learning lots of details about the industry. I also really like the entrepeneurial, start-up ambience at F9. So, I am really having a great time these days. As far as my life as a frequent flyer, I buy my own tickets so I go with whoever's cheapest. Consequently, I don't have elite status with anyone, even though I fly 12-15 trips a year. I am a long time lurker who just joined. I am 24 (nearly 25) years old, and live in Richfield MN, right under one of the MSP flight paths. I am currently a laborer for a non-profit charitable organization. My dad and his side of the family live in LAX and ORD, so I travel for leisure at least once a year, and am always looking for new trip ideas, especially overseas! Trips planned this year so far are LAX in a few weeks, hopefully MDW this summer (want to try WN and see my Twins play the Cubs!), and TLV later this fall. I have been an airline buff for as long as I can remember. I love to read about the history of the industry and keep up with the current happenings. Two reasons I joined here: To keep my eye out for new services and deals, and I just got tired of the amateurish, backbiting environment of a certain other large forum. Greetings everyone! I'm n301dp and I've been lurking for a while after hearing and being referred over here by another aviation forum I frequent, FleetBuzz. I'm a university student studying aviation and education...graduating in May but beginning a Master's degree in August. Most of my airline travel has been related to work and participation I've done with CISV, an international youth peace education organization. I'm also a recently converted mileage runner, having done two trips to Europe recently out of Grand Forks. I'm a commercial pilot, and will be finishing up my Certified Flight Instructor certificate soon. If you have any questions about that end of the aviation world, I'm happy to answer them! I'm a 47 year old married woman living in St. Louis, MO. My husband and I travel for pleasure, mostly on AA because there aren't many other choices here if you want to travel internationally. Hubby and I are the proud "parents" of two dogs and three cats, all rescued from shelters or the streets of St. Louis. I work in the legal profession and my better half is a contractor. Our favorite destinations are the Caribbean, Paris, Bali and Sedona Arizona, but we're still looking for new favorite places. I grew up in Africa and travelled through Europe at the age of 7, so travel is in my blood. I'm lucky to have found the perfect travel companion. I usually lurk on Flyertalk and have found the advice here to be invaluable. We've also been able to meet other FTers in Paris. I'll try to post more often and look forward to meeting other fellow travellers in the near future. Notes hello FT! Just wanted to say a quick hello to the FlyerTalkers of the world. My name is Brett (my FT username comes from the Japanese name for a Boeing 777) and I live in Brooklyn, NY. I've always loved to travel, but took my first mileage run in November and fell in love with the concept. Haven't had much time or money to travel recently, but have been enjoying watching other people's progress on FT and living vicariously through them! Hello all. Just signed up the other day. Got a burgeoning interest in travel and people's holiday habits, as that's the kind of thing I enjoy reading about and researching. But I also love going away myself, of course! Looking forward to posting with you all. Three is my lucky number and this is WWAA 3, so it's my turn to post who I am. My name is Nancy B. and I live in San Jose, CA. I'm not working now (by choice) so travel only three to four times a year. But I looooove to travel and would do more if only I had the money (wouldn't we all?). I've been married to my husband Karl-Heinz for 20 years this coming December. I lived in San Francisco in 1979 and met Heinz when he was just a bartender on the Royal Viking Sea. I used to visit the ship with friends when it would dock in San Francisco and Heinz and I got to know each other from those visits. He decided he wanted to try life on land once again and so he signed off in San Francisco. I didn't know this until I ran into him while attending a bon voyage party on the ship and saw him sitting in the bar having a drink. I knew he couldn't drink and work at the same time so asked him if he was off duty that evening. He told me he now lived in S.F. and was trying to find my phone number and I gave it to him never really expecting to hear from him again. A few days later, he called and said the house he was living in was being sold and could he come and stay at my apt. for a few Can't tell you how much fun I have had reading here and how much I have learned from all of you! Thank you so much! It is also really nice to read about everyone, and thank those of you who gave me such a warm welcome when I first joined. A little about me: I am owned by a wonderful cat (Meow at ya Catman) and paid by an airline....rather shy to post a lot here! I grew up in Montreal (SMessier: bonjour!), travelled all over the world before I was bright enough to join any FF programs!!! Then began traveling as a travel agent and couldn't earn any miles! Now all I do is standby travel and still can't earn miles. My goal is to become a million miler any which way except by frequenting conga lines too often, sorry (ducking)! Hobbies include furniture painting and mileage hunting and enjoying the beauty of Tucson and good food! All in the wrong order though...I am a real mileage geek. Hmmm, is geek masculine or feminine? Maybe I am a mileage geekess!

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Derek: you have very correctly described the difference between UofC and NU econ-bus, incl MM and MBA programs. It was not always so; 20 years ago (and earlier) UofC was much more practical and NU just becoming one of the best, now the best (Kellogg) by some rankings. You sure have a blue ribbon group listed and this old fellow wishes you all the best in your pursuit of the best. Samantha: if you come to UofCLaw, you will find profs still teaching, or, if retired, taking a few pupils, who studied with Hayek, von Mieses, Friedman, and others from the Austrian School. That's in econ; bus school is what I referred to above. LVJVA I also have a dog named maxwell and hate flying, but love to travel. Most of my travel is for pleasure and I have attempted to instill the love of travel in my almost- grown children. With an academic schedule, I often have log periods in which to travel- limited only by financial considerations. This bulletin board has been an informative and fun opportunity to collect and share information. ----Home airport - YUL (Montreal) Occupation - IT exec fixer/cleaner (i.e. I am brought in to clean up after IT execs who have been fired, or sometimes help with the actual firing) Age - Old enough to make funny old man noises Airline - Air Canada, Elite status; not my favourite, but good enough as long as I fly Executive First Destinations - All over, but lately Europe and SE Asia Next trip - Leaving in 36 hours on an 8-day tour of SE Asia, YUL-YVR-HKG-TPE-MNL-SIN-HKG-YVR-YUL ... whew Favourite plane - 777 (until I fly in an A380 Favourite TV show - Mayday (seriously) Favourite cities - Montreal (of course), London (UK), Vancouver ... Interests Computers/IT, plane-spotting, grilling on the Primo, Ducati, (big) guns, single-malt scotch, salmon fishing (West Coast) ... Who do I really care about - Wife, 3 kids, the malamute with an attitude I'm a disabled veteran living in the Smoky Mountains of NC. I enlisted in the Army to go to Nuclear Power Plant Operators School. The Berlin Crisis altered that and I was assigned to an infantry unit. Just when I though things couldn't get any worse, my life went to the dogs.... literately. I was reassigned to the MP Corp as a Dog Handler. So much for a good education and career. I did manage to get a degree in Tallahassee, Fl. "Go Noles". Traveled some internationally in my younger days. Now travel for leisure as the miles accrue. I'm one of the CC warriors. I haven't paid money for a seat in many a year. I dabble in RE investments and thats a good source of mile too. I learned just about all I know about FF miles right here on the FlyerTalk Forums. I am also new here, and have enjoyed lurking the last few weeks. I live in Denver, CO, and travel somewhat frequently as a technical service representative for a food and beverage packaging manufacturer... Mostly short trips, out-and-back in a day or two to the West coast. FlyerTalk looks like a great resource, I look forward to popping in here! Just joined FT a few months back, slowly getting acquainted to the board... tons of information. I wish I knew it existed years ago. I've been looking/searching for information that is posted/available in many threads on this website. As for myself, I'm a retired military guy, working for the government now, so I try to take advantage of either military or government rates if lower than other special rates advertised. I've been around the world at least twice both on official or business and leisure travel. Favorite place was on a classified mission to Kwajelein Island, had the most beautiful, relaxing, soul searching and spiritual time in my life... the stars at night are within an arms reach. I look forward to learning all the abbreviations and lingo in the threads... I gotta keep looking at the glossary to figure things out. Hi everybody! My name is Greg and I work in Equity Research on Wall Street. I'm almost 30 here in Chicagoland and I'm in the process of moving to NY. I learned about FT while reading the WSJ sometime over the past year, addicted ever since. Friends and family now think I'm a little nutty but I have FT people to console me. I've always loved flying and seeing new places. I'm actually considering a career change to find a job that will require a lot of travel I like seeing places outside of the US and I can't wait to go to some places in Asia I'm going to get myself to a DO eventually. Looking forward to meeting everybody! Hi all, I've been an FTer for a number of years, most active in the BMI British Midland forum. So, here's an intro about me: Name: Neil. Age: 32.75 (the extra bit was important when I was young!) Occupation: Disaster Recovery Analyst with UK based bank I do most of flying via work but that tends to be limited to UK, so when travelling abroad it's out of my own funds. My next pleasure trip is an F class redemption with LH from Frankfurt to Dubai. I'm very excited as it'll be my very first time in F. I'm always happy to meet up with fellow FTers and always place my schedule in the Itinerary section so do drop me a note if I'm on one of your flights. Have yet to attend an FT do so if you're running or know of one, please drop me a note. Regards, Neil. Granted, I have been passenger to many a CRJ.... 300's and 700's *makes a face* Along with my fair share of 777's *yay* and the lesser planes, but it's all starting over for me. I now have a boyfriend who enjoy's the air as much as I do and I think it will be something good for me. I hate flying alone, and now I don't have to. It's nice to know that someone is impressed by the fact that I can identify planes without having to look at the safety packet, which sometimes happens to be labeled for a different plane than one could currently be on. I am not here to rave about my new found companion, I actually want to know a little more than what I think I may know. I offer a humble request to all that read this.... Useless knowledge.... fill me up with useless flight knowledge, either about planes, their habitants, or airports. Hit me folks... I am always eager. I only found FlyerTalk a couple weeks back (link from the www.errorplan.com site causing AC so much grief!) and can't believe how much time I've spent here in such a short time. And I foolishly thought I knew something about travel! Anyway, I'm a mid forties computer Project Manager working just outside Washington DC (Herndon VA) for a small private networking company while living in Calgary AB Canada. I make about 25 trips a year and work from home the rest of the time. Hence, the origin of my handle! In the eight years with my current wife, I've probably only been home for 3 years, the rest on the road somewhere or another! If I had only known a few years back what I've just learned here! I'm an RCMP brat, meaning my father was a Mountie who moved around every couple of years while I was a kid in the 60's/70's. Reading Seat 2A's bio brings back many fond memories of growing up in Whitehorse Yukon in the early 70's - now that was a place to be a kid if you liked the outdoors. But all that moving around pretty much gave me the wandering lust early on. I consider myself rootless, although if pressed, I will say I'm an Albertan first, a Canadian quote: I always have a nice cell available for FT members with substance abuse issues. Hey Stimpy, we have to be careful, Jailer lives in Long Beach also. I think he even lives in our neighborhood. But, a couple trips to Joe Jost's might loosen him up!

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Hi All, Ive been reading this thread for the past week and have finally decided to post some info about myself. I must say, I was suprised to hear that I'm not even close to being one of the youngest on this board. Sign of the times I guess. Every body has to fly these days. Anyway, I grew up in NYC but moved to San Fran to go to school at Berkeley. Graduated in 95 and worked as a database analyst for a couple years at a retail company. Since then I have gone into consulting where I work for a big 5 firm. I average about 200,000 flight miles a year, as I travel back and forth to the client site every week. I just got my Executive Platinum status on American a few weeks ago. I feat that I did not think I would get. I switched to Continental for a few months, and did not qualify with the normal 100,000 executive platinum points. Although I flew over 100,000 miles on American last year, I did not by full fares on the majority of the tickets. I think I qualified based on the number of segments I flew instead (101 segments) though I never confirmed this. Anyway, this year I think Im going to switch allegences to United only because I enjoy flying the wide bodeied planes Hi, This is my first post. I travel over 40 weeks per year as a professional speaker. I have been in 47 states and 21 countries. At age 57 I am growing weary of travel, but not speaking. I live in southern New Jersey, just across the river from Philadelphia, therefore, US Airways, gets most of my biz but I flew on 13 different airlines this year. I spend over 220 nights per year in hotels. I never have a choice. I go where my clients have there meeting. We had a cat, but he liked the heat under my Vette! My wife and I enjoyed three weeks in England, Scotland and Ireland in Sept 99. The only cost was food. Rewards did the rest. Yeah! Peace and NightNite. Based out of CLE, new FTer. I fly all over the US as a software technical rep. This new job has added 20lbs to my gut with all the eating out, much to my wife's dismay....bah, we just had our 11th Anniversary, so she's stuck with me! Welcome everyone.. and it just took a year for me to make member. At least I dont have to worry about requalifing every year

Where am I? Who can really answer that? It's sort of an esoteric thing intertwining my reality with the cosmos. After all, are any of us really here? A new hompage with more bio than you could want WWW.Danto.com My family, career, pictures..... If you look, it's because you wanted to.... For all of the new members: (As was mentioned) I set up a "rogues gallery" for photos of all of the contributors to this forum. If you E-mail me with an attached JPEG, I will post it with your first name and Username. The URL is: HTTP://members.aol.com/flyerpics/wanted.htm If you don't have access to JPEGS or a scanner, please feel free to e-mail me and I'll give you instructions for sending me a photo via snail-mail to scan and return. My E-mail address is as in the Info above, or use my new one: David@danto.com Hi Everyone...I just joined the forum...Dont know why i did not make it to this forum earlier...I guess I was not mileage savvy .... I like the discussions and information .... it was useful in helping me getting aware of how to maintain my gold status next year...also I subscribed to Starwoods Card .. thanks for all the info and look forward to interact with you. Hey All! I am Tom! I live with my partner in a village outside of NYC in NJ close to EWR. I used to be a consultant with a company that specialized in retail jewelers. I now work for a small (six) stores family owned company in NNJ. I love what I do. My partner and I love to travel and used to stay current on elite status on leisure travel alone. I love this site and have gotten a lot of very good information and find it is a tremendous resource as well as a lot of fun! Figured I'd say hi. I read about the site in the LA Times in December. I'm a grad student based at ORD/EWR/SNA, fly a lot decided to go for elite on United last year to get better service. Cannot wait for my first MR in a few weeks. Love the posts keep it up everybody. Hi all...my twopence worth...been a lurker for some years but only recently started posting. Some background FWIW....... Born in Liverpool,UK 1964,ardent LFC fan-see the big flag outside my house for the game tonight? Suspect I'm lowering the tone of my genteel Sussex village ! First job ? Air Traffic Control at Speke airport ( now known as John Lennon International ), after a few years I followed the man of my dreams into the Airline biz and joined British Caledonian . Several very happy years until the BCAL/BA merger, and then several more working on the ground at LGW for BA. 2 kids followed so left BA, husband now a B744 skipper with BA.Spent a short time freelancing for Maersk at LGW but don't work now. Travel with the other half quite a bit-but not as much as I'd like! Last trip ? LHR-BKK in Feb with husband-next trip-same again ! Keep a 40ft Catamaran in Mallorca and spend most hols there, as the last thing M wants to do on leave is get on a 'plane and fly long haul.....too much like a busmans' holiday. I guess I missed the current Who's Who. Put this in #7 rather than # 8. Here it goes: Hi, after a few posts, I'll add my info--for those interested.time for my Nobbi is"intro" legal - I'm a 4th generation Californian who has spent the last found this boardresult of a Hello, guess it's Although belated not a post name, it is my nickname that everyone uses. I originally nine years (the through my job transfer) in the 4th-world hellhole known as South Florida. The job (midrange IT at a company related to a certain "proud bird with a golden tail" airline) and its flight benefits kept me placated, until a spinoff a few months ago resulted in loss of said bennies. Oh well ... So I've seen both the non-rev and the rev sides of business and leisure travel (hence the name)... My two passions in life are sports (especially baseball) and music theatre (my definition for opera with a focus on the drama). The nonrev priveleges afforded me many chances to travel far and wide to follow my favorites - the 1989 NL Pennant season for the SF Giants was the most memorable - I think I hit every NL staduim except San Diego that year ...and yes I was at the 'Stick on Oct 17 '89 ..... Because US opera companies tend to be pretty conservative in staging, the nonrev priveleges have allowed me to see innovative productions in places like Salzburg, Munich, Copenhagen, Pesaro, Geneva, Paris, Hamburg (where I saw a mesermizing "Lohengrin" in which all the Jay here. Have been a lurker at flyertalk.com for a while but havent really actively posted. I am a management consultant for a major consulting company flying almost every week. . I am 28, married, born and brought up in India. I came to the US 4 yrs ago for my MBA and stayed on. Have vacationed in almost every famous part of india - from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. . I used to enjoy traveling every week for work but i recently got married and travel suddenly has started to suck. I cant imagine how much worse it gets once you have kids. Anyway this will be the first year i will hit Exec Plat on American on segments (goes to show that i fly too much). Will start traveling to Kansas City or Atlanta location in the new year but no travel planned for work this year :-). I plan to go back to India next year on vacation and maybe to Europe on a second honeymoon. Jay

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Found this board a few days ago...never was serious about miles but now...I am a believer. User ID: NRTHNL. Location: Tokyo, Hawaii or Houston. DOB: 10/2. Marital Status: Single. Occupation: Consultant M&A alliance mgmt. Travel: hop, skip and jump...aanywhere and everywhere my job takes me. Last U.S. Domestic Travel: OGG-HNL-OGG-HNL-IAH. Last International Travel: IAH-NRT-IAH-SMF-IAH-HNL. Next trip: NRT-IAH-HNL-OGG. Pets: Cat- more visa's than most humans- a true world traveler. I am sure I will make elite durring my next trip and am very excited about being in the game, again.... I'm 39 and an a currently retired tech industry manager living in San Fran. I say currently because I may go back to work sometime this year. I've flown United ever since I was a kid (dad always flew United). I'm a UA 1K member. Great website. I wish I ran across this years ago. Mmmm, time for me to introduce myself since I've lurked here in the past and finally registered and posted some. My name is Heather and I'm 26 years old. An interesting fact about me is that I'm deaf. I have profound sensorineural hearing loss in both of my hears. I lost my hearing when I was around 1 years old. I first got hooked in traveling when I went to England as a exchange student in 1995, although I've traveled before that but only within the US. Every time I boarded the airplane, I've always wondered what its like to sit up front instead of the cattle class but I had no idea about the frequent flyers program and such until my mom signed me up for USAirways Dividend Miles program in 1997. I don't travel as much as I wish due to having 2 sweet sons at a bit young age. I'm still in progress to get my bachelors in IT field even tho I'm a computer nut and have pretty extensive knowledge about it. My husband also works in the IT field. Since we've recently moved to Germany (my husband is from Germany), I think I will be able to travel a bit more, maybe once a year back to the USA to see my family relatives and good friends. We currently live about 20 km from Bielefeld. To celebrate my, uh, second post I've decided to introduce myself too. I'm an 18 year old college sophomore/junior (graduation date/credit hours) attending Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. No, that is not a military school. Right now I'm on the track to completing a B.S. degree in Molecular Biology and a B.A. degree in German Language and Literature, hopefully (!) by May 2004. Before Cleveland, I attended middle and high school in the Indianapolis, Indiana vicinity. I still visit my family often in IND (by their request; I don't complain when they pay for the 4 segment trips). Of course this is where my screen name comes from - with all the CLE-DTW-IND-DTW-CLE I fly, I'll be flying Northwest's DC9s forever! This I find is the best way to reach elite status on Continental's OnePass. Before Indianapolis I lived in the RaleighDurham, NC vicinity for a few years, and previous to that, near Atlanta, GA for six years. I've also spent a year in Calgary, AB, Canada. As far as flying goes, I frequently fly Continental and Northwest. Right now I'm attempting Silver Elite Status on CO Hello from beautiful downtown Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas! This is my very first post on Flyertalk. I thought that introducing myself would be a nice way to start. I am 29 years old, married with no kids. We have a beastly 80lb English bulldog named Lord Byron Maxwell (sometimes new people at the vet's office call him "Lord" and I find that hilarious!) and a rescue cat named Dakota who likes to bat around treasures from the trash on our bed at night. I have worked in our family's insurance brokerage business since graduating from Hendrix College in 1997. I majored in Business with an emphasis in Economics and minored in Religion. I really hated every moment of Economics and lived for my religion classes! I have been traveling since I was very small. I'm an only child and my parents most always took me wherever they went. I am currently trying to learn personal fiscal responsibility and my travels have been limited to driving distances only. However, I have become increasingly restless and must hit the air soon! Thanks to all of you, I'm learning so much about everything and now I'm starting to utilize your advice. I'm earning miles without currently I just joined, but I thought that I would be polite and introduce myself. my name is zach, I am an international sales manager, I am 38 and I have been flying quite a bit for 16 years. I average about 200 legs a year, maybe closer to 250, about 140 nights a year on the road. for 3 years I did about 700K miles a year, but that was my most crazy time. I have traveled in >65 countries, done business with >90, lived in 5 and had people report to me from 20. I am now based out of a suburb of NY, but in recent years I have lived in Israel, india, and germany. I have a very patient wife and a 3 year old son, both of whom have great collections of clothing from around the My name is Paul, I'm not all that old, in my mid 50s. Originally from New Jersey,I live in Tucson, Arizona with my 3 cats and my wife Cathy, (First and only) who I met while visiting the Galapagos Islands in 1980. I love to travel, started to play the frequent flyer games in the early '80s, when United was offering a First class ticket for 7 segments and 7,000 miles. At that time I was in Tucson, and traveled often to Phoenix, (got the segments but not the miles) my brother in N.J. was regularly traveling to LA. (got the miles but not the segments) It didn't take long for the kids from Jerzee to put 2 + 2 together! Boy did we have fun with those tickets, once I went from Tucson to Newark, joined my brother and a couple of friends, then on to Hawaii, and back to Tucson. Those were the days! Today most of my travel is leisure, I have Infinite Elite status with Continental OnePass, so I've got it made as long as they can keep their act together. At the end of April Cathy and I are going to Italy on BizFirst reward tickets, maybe we'll see you in the sky! Hello there. I should probably introduce myself. I'm Oldbold - there's old pilots and there's bold pilots, but there aren't any old, bold pilots. Then I'm not a pilot. I did work in AA so deep in various non-flying jobs collecting those jet have also beenalmost have every quote: Originally posted by SFOJFK: the airlines my blood now that I'm for a period, and I models now. I a travel agent. Aside plane I've been on except for the MD80 and the A300. I must be sick!!!! Great hobby. I also sort of collect model airplanes. I try to collect models of planes I have actually flown own, so mainly my collection is of planes I have flown on long haul routes as I am able to buy the airplanes from the duty free catalog. I guess since I fly the MD-80 so much, I should try and track one down for my Geez I'd better get this done now that I see my wife, who normally lurks (not posts!), has seen fit to contribute... Hi I'm Marty and I'm a quasi Mileage-aholic... Oops -- wrong forum... I'm 36, married to raeban (the greatest woman on the planet). Raeban failed to mention our other four children -- four doggies -- 3 min pins (Names: Lady Prancer, Bailey PITA, and Nikki) and one wire-haired red step-dog we inherited (Sam). Grew up in the San Diego arean of SoCal -- if it's north of Orange County it's a separate country! Graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (BBA in Travel Industry Management). I have a MA in International Relations from the University of Southern California (thank you Miami for beating dreaded UCLA so they won't invade us for the Fiesta Bowl!) Owned and operated several retail travel agencies. Also did lots of mgmt consulting in the retail travel industry. Moved on to the computer business and the internet. Currently at work for a service and maintenance firm. Special interests include golf, cigars, resorts and the burning desire to retire as soon as possible...

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Since I'm not traveling this weekend, I thought I'd send in a short infosheet as I spend alot of time lurking. My name is Mark, I presently live in Maryland after moving here after my recent divorce. I work for a Software firm and presently spend 49-50 weeks traveling and installing computer networks and software in automotive dealerships in the US. About three quarter of the Mon-Fri trips involve flying, the other quarter are driven. On top of that, I also drive from Maryland to Michigan and back every three weeks to visit my three children. As you can see, most of my time is spent in hotel rooms. In my spare time (what?!) I'm a scout leader, and I love to camp, hike, scuba, rock climb, explore new places. I also collect antiques, Scouting memorabilia and United Airlines memorabilia. If it wasn't for my love of traveling (my father was in the army for 22 years, so I have lived in Germany, Japan, Italy, Hawaii) I think the airport/hotel/car hassles and grind would have driven me crazeeeeee. Thanks for listening, Mark Lurked for a while and then started posting when I had something to contribute. Thanks to FT for all the advice I have gotten recently. In August, I started a job that requires extensive travel, mostly short segment stuff in the midwest but an occasional trip out to the home office in Portland. Life got easier once I achieved Platinum status on AA, thanks to the information I got here. I was able to sign up for a Platinum challenge in October and now trying to figure out how I am going to get EXP in '09. I am in the wine business so I also eat and drink out all the time. It would be nice to meet some fellow road warriors and share a glass or two. Minneapolis, Detroit I can't find my original post either; no great loss, it was either totally out-of-date, or I just made stuff up, anyway (can't remember)?. I consider myself a semi-original here ? I lurked in the very first days, when almost all the airline threads had no posts. I soon lost interest, but a co-worker steered me back in 1999, and I?'ve been here ever since. From 1992-2000, I was flying on transoceanic trips about 7 times a year (mostly work, for a company who didn?t believe in business class), so I turned to the teachings of Our Dark Lord Randy in order to find clever ways to sit in the front on the plane. I had a huge success rate (97%) in getting upgraded. I never cared much about free trips, just upgrades. My frequent flyer loyalties have shifted over the years from Eastern (R.I.P.) to American to Continental to United to Delta. In my peak travel years, I was a Delta Platinum and a United PremEx. My current job had less travel, although in the last 6 months, I seem to be on an airplane every week. So far this year, I've flown F or C on Air France, Delta, Continental, America West, Alaska, Northwest and United. Somewhere, Our Dark Lord is laughing. I?m 48, married, no kids. I've I'll throw my hat into the ring even though I'm considered an extreme newbie. Though I've only got a few posts, I was a lurker for about six months -- posting mostly to a different board called PlaneBusiness (where I recently achieved at least a few minutes of fame for my selection of "Si Oui Fly (and it shows)" in the name the Aeromexico, Air France, Delta, Korean Alliance contest. Like most of you, the more I read FlyerTalk, the more I become addicted... I enjoy reading and learning from seasoned travelers, and some of the mileage advice is incredible! I mostly travel on Delta, Air France, and United; but never quite enough to achieve any type of status. As my career advances, I anticipate this will change, particulary as I endeavor to pursue work in Europe! Anyway... ORD12 is Gil Neumann, a consultant with the Aviation Consulting firm Landrum & Brown. I work in the Chicago office primarily on operations planning for O'Hare. Obviously, ORD is a fascinating airport with numerous planning constraints, so work is a neverending challenge, and I love it! As such, my work week is never-ending (which explains why I'm procrastinating from work on a Hi Been a passive reader of FT for the past year now with a post here and there. I used to do a lot of international business travel up till 2003 but change of jobs has thwarted the fun days. 2008 and 2009 has shown a little promise in terms of business travel but it was all domestic US travel. I love aviation photography and go crazy taking pictures whenever I am flying. Name: Omkar Tambalkar Sunny San Diego, CA USA Profession: Computer Network Engineer Age: 32 When the economy gets better, I am gonna switch to a consulting job that involves lot of travel....single and travelling.....sweet!! Cheers!! I thought I'd responded to this thread a long time ago, but apparently not (must be one of the other ones like it)… I'm a game writer/designer, working primarily on MMOs. After a three year absence, I've moved back to Seattle, the most beautiful place in the world! Yay! After seeing FT mentioned in a WSJ article, I checked it out and signed up about two years ago. While I don't travel extensively, travel itself interests me quite a bit. Since joining FT, I've been able to rustle up enough miles to finally get status on United (even if it is just 2P). I've met a number of wonderful folks; ran through airports with a couple of them on unfortunately literal mileage runs; and enjoy the community here tremendously. I too have been lurking around here for a few weeks, and have started to make a few posts. I am an American, but I live and work in London, where my company's headquarters are. My girlfriend and social life are in Washington DC, where I used to live. I've been living in London for a year and a half, and will probably be here for a little more than another year until I go back to DC. Since my girlfriend is in DC, I usually fly over there two weekends a month. I'll take off Friday and fly to DC, then take the red eye back to London on Sunday night. I travel extensively, and almost all of my travel is on BA. I fly about ten times a year to CVG, and since BA doesn't cover that route, I fly Delta, giving me PM status on them. When I'm not on the road or at my REAL home in DC with my girlfriend, I'll be at my little, lonely townhouse off of Berkley Square (conveniently close to the US Embassy, should I need it). ---------Consumer Goods Business. Development. Travel mostly in the U.S. to do business with corporate offices of chain drug, supermarkets, and mass merchandisers; and to meet with manufacturers with brands distributed in the mass markets. Cities most frequently traveled: Chicago, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Dallas, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Boston, Providence, BWI, Harrisburg PA., Miami, Tampa, Minneapolis, and Bentonville, AR Based in Midwestern City. Travel mostly on AA (Lifetime Platinum) Favorite Rental: National (Exec. Emerald) Favorite Hotel: Marriott (Lifetime Platinum) Time I posted here I suppose! Mine is easy ... color photo with Russian AK-47 even, and background info! www.GlenStephens.com/whois.html [This message has been edited by ozstamps (edited 07-06-2000).]

hi. im new here. well, im 24 yrs old oz chic. i love to travel and its hard to locate where i am coz i travel a lot. ..been around the world in 80 days...LoL...of course im kiding. nice to meet y'all! hugs

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My name is Dion Schiedhelm, and I was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. Moved out to L.A last summer to study cinema, and am finishing up my first year as a student. My first transatlantic flight TXL-FRA-LAX was when i was 5 weeks old, so i guess the love for flying was layed into my cradle... All of my flying is for leisure purposes only, and I should be LH SEN, and CO silver by the end of the year. I just can't stay put in any place for more than a c ouple of weeks. Looking forward to meeting some of you guys at a gathering or in the sky's..... Name: Luke. Profession: IT Consultant. Birth Date: the last day of the year.... and the year was 1978. Location: Milan, Italy. Favorite Air Carrier: No jokes, buddy. Proud to be PPS by SQ! Comments: I love Aircrafts, Computers and Disco -Music (TUNZ TUNZ!!). Ello all from North Yorkshire. I'm Ally and I'm an avid traveller...or at least I try to be. I usually cruise at least once a year and that invariably means getting on a plane and doing a longhaul to somewhere exotic...the next one being a 41 day cruise that starts in Singapore and ends in Rome next spring. Last year I was in the Far East and Houston, so I do tend to get around a bit and always as Sorry it took me so long to post a response to the "Who We All Are" question. I'm the managing editor for InsideFlyer. I work with a great staff, some of whom you are already familiar with. We publish the Americas and International editions from our department, as well as provide a lot of the content you read on WebFlyer. We love reading the comments of all you frequent flyers and we're constantly amazed at all the things we learn from you. You can read my staff page on the site, but here's quick bio: I'm a Colorado Springs native who recently returned home to work at InsideFlyer. I don't travel nearly as much as most of you, but I am making my way through the world of miles and points. Feel free to contact me at plewis@insideflyer.com. I'd love to hear from you! -----------------Hi, I'm not new to travel, and about 120K away from Million Miles on United - wonder if I'll get there while they are still United? I am not proud to say I have status on various airlines, hotels and car rental places. I guess I'm here checking out any helpful hints. I do about 200 segments a year traveling in a sales engineer capacity working in the US primarily, with some outside US business travel working with the banking industry - very fun right now Glad to meet you all in advance! So, I love my dogs, I love getting my hands dirty in my garden (small!), and I am an absolute fan of rugby: once watched, forever hooked ...! My other sporty addiction is swimming. Hopefully, this is sufficient info for you all to identify me, and hopefully I haven't bored you all to tears! Anyone who wants to know more: drop us a PN! Best wishes, V.G.E. Better late than never ---------------- 56 years old, currently a business owner. Was a corporate employee working in international divisions and flying overseas on regular basis for 20+ years, originally in first class and then, after business class was "invented", in biz. Started flying internationally in the mid-70's, and chose my "handle" since most folks think American was the first with a frequent flyer program. It was, if you define it as earning awards based on mileage, but PanAm's Frequent Traveler (FT) program was actually first. It wasn't self-selected, you had to be "nominated" by a travel agent (remember them?) as a high-revenue passenger. Nor did you earn awards based on mileage, but you got perks, like lounge access, special luggage tags, and early boarding. The biggest deal was the right to sit in the special "FT" section between first class and coach on an economy fare. In those days, my company paid for first class on overseas flights, and PanAm didn't fly domestically, so I never took advantage. Some genius postulated that people might pay extra for something like the FT section and thus business class was born some time around 1980. And coach service Hi everyone! When introducing myself in public situations I usually say that I don't like when people tie small plastic bags, because they can be so hard to open again. Nowadays however, I've started doing it myself… I'm a Swedish male of the age of 24. An interesting FT-fact about me could be that I didn't join any FFP until september 2002! I had always enjoyed flying even before that but mostly flew domestic Sweden. Around that time however it was time to fly intercontinental which I hadn't done in a couple of years, and my flying-nerves got all active again. I started following the forum at Airliners and occasionally there was a reference to FT there. I looked at FT but thought it looked boring and didn't click on this site for another few months. Luckily, after many more references to FT I decided to look closer at this board. What I saw was deals such as BA WT+ for 20$ and ARN-JNB for SEK 960. Apart from that there seemed to be tons of information in this board (and indeed there is!). I registered and have been following this board mostly daily since then. I'm studying human resources at Lund university in Sweden. Hoping to get a job involving travel, my career choice Hi: My name is Patrick Vassallo. I live in Liverpool NY, about 10 miles outside Syracuse NY. I retired in Sept from the Dept of Defense. I would like to travel a bit while in retirement. I find this forum useful and look forward to chatting with others about travel. time to step up.. i´m a 37 year old male working in the fashion-streetwear industry. somehow managed my way in there after finishing my business education, and have been in the same industry ever since. recently switched companies after almost 9 years with the same employer. my travel include 8-10 trips a year to the LA headoffice, plus another 15 or so within europe visiting the various offices. in my early twenties took advantage of all the free time as a part time student, part time store employee and traveled to interesting places such as nicaragua, yemen and bhutan. these days i´m lucky enough to be traveling in business, and I will never forget my first ever upgrade in the mid nineties. spoiled for life. despite a heavy workload, I manage to check FT daily, so that Greetings! My name is Paul. I had never participated in anything like this before! That is why my handle is so boring, it is just my own name! I work for a big University in London, and get to travel far less than some of you do but quite enough to keep me amused. I visit the USA 2 or 3 times a year, and the rest of my peregrenations are in Europe. My interests are varied, I am told that I am a good cook, and I love the theatre and cinema. I am 51, try not to look it, and today actually feel it. I speak several languages, do the Daily Telegraph crossword every day, read extensively, train in the gym (trying not to get too bored), and love entertaining guests in my home. I have been in the same relationship for 24 years, and would love to have a dog except that we are gone too often. I love animals, loathe this particular government (UK ), and am pro-euro (in principal). I have visited 29 states of the USA. My favorite food is fish, and my favorite drink is Champagne. I first flew from Croydon Airport (when it was still one of London's airports) in 1952 in an Avro Consul. When I was very liitle, I was terrified of aeroplanes, now I love aviation and everything to do with it. My first jet flight Jumping on Board Greetings, FT Family. I've been lurking for a while and have learned a lot. Decided to get actively involved. I travel a fair amount just for pleasure. Returned from Montego Bay a few days ago. Thanks for the friendly cooperative spirit on the forums.

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Hi all I am 33 and I work for the Australian Taxation Office in Melbourne Australia as a Tax Auditor in their Large Business & International area dealing with service industries including air transport. I hold a Bachelor of Business degree from Monash University Gippsland, Graduate Diploma of Taxation and Masters degree in Taxation from the University of New South Wales. I hope to be studying for my Doctorate in Philosophy in tax at the University of New South Wales shortly. I am a member of more frequent flyer programs that I can count on both hands but do not fly all that much although I may be called upon to do some interstate travel in the future. My interest is in the area of getting free miles by signing people up to frequent flyer schemes, taking advantage of special bonuses and filling out surveys that give you free frequent flyer miles. I slao run a website devoted to the hunt for ultra cheap airfares. You can find this at http://www.tbsa.com.au/ferrett/deepspace.html I get around 400-500 hits per day to my site which is pretty good for an Australian site. My other interests are ten pin bowling, ballroom dancing, amateur radio, south park the odd live I'm Paul and I live in Rye NH just off of the beach. I'm 52, married (25 years) and have three children. 1 son at Vtech and 2 daughters in high school. I also have one huge dog (Newfie) and one large dog (Lab). I'm the CTO of a technology company the creates custom software for big coporate IT shops and product engineering for large ISV's. My client are through out the US, I travel to meet with them on a regular basis. We also do engineer work in both the US and China, I spend a lot of time tarvelling back and forth to China. I'm writing this note from Suzhou China. I'm on a lot of planes usually about over 300k miles per year, mostly Usair domestically and Business Consultant Business consultant and a road warrior of sorts. Last edited by PCRFan; Mar 28, 09 at 10:02 pm. I travel mostly in the PAC NW and have loved seeing the posts and recomendations. I live in Portland, work for an insurance company in claims and have offices throughout the NW in PDX, HNL, SEA, ANC and BOI . Sometimes I go to MT too. Now I just need to start traveling for fun, 190,000 miles later, need to do something with them..... Hello everyone !! To formally introduce myself, my name is Mike I live, and have lived all my life in Portland Oregon (except for 4 years in Spokane when in grade school). Went to HS at Lakeridge High in Lake Oswego, graduating in 1987. Various college courses here and there, and then going back to school FT in 1996 at ITT and Portland State. Currently working as a Drafter/Designer for an Electrical Engineering firm. Most of my travel stems from working races for the CART FedEx Championship series (indycars). Been a flagger/course observer/corner worker for SCCA and CART since 1991. Most hobbies include anything outdoors. With Fav's being Snow Skiing, Softball, and Mountain Biking. Fan sports include being a HUGE hockey fan, and of course Motorsports (F1, CART, Sportscars, Club Racing). Travelling to a total of 10 trips this year to work races. Including the races at Mexico, Long Beach, Portland, Indy 500, Toronto, Mid-Ohio, Road America, Vancouver, USGP at Indy, Vancouver BC, Laguna Seca, and Fontana. I am new to this frequent travel stuff, but my buddy on this site, CARTFlagman, is showing me the ropes (and I am learning REAL quick). My turn. I am 35, as you can tell by my UserName I live in Southern California. I am working for a Great Plains VAR (accounting software). We have shown Great Plains that we can handle large National & International accounts, so that means I get to travel. I didn't travel much before last year (a flight or two every few years), then the floodgates opened. I flew over 40 segments & will probably do the same this year. I am married with 2 beautiful children. When I travel I hit as many brewpubs as I can. For fun we are involved in a Living History group reenacting the 1800 fur trapper days. My Job is high tech but my relaxation is no tech. I'm new too! -living in Marin, CA; mother of three beautiful daughters and two dogs (involved with animal rescue ); married; love to travel and discover the world; love fast cars-CHP doesn't love me ; always looking for a great deal; born in the Bronx, lived in Belfast (grew up next to the Falls Road), New Jersey and now CA; want to learn how to surf. I could go on... Hello everyone, I've been on Flyertalk for a while but just found this thread. Anyways, my name is Peter. Born in Thailand but have been in the US since I was 2 years old. When I was in high school, my parents took me to Europe almost every year. Travel curtailed a lot in college. I have a BA in Economics from Univ of Penn. Worked for a real estate syndicator for 2 years in the Philly area. Then I returned to school for an MBA at Cornell (in Finance). Job after grad school was doing Commercial Real Estate Finance in Loan Workouts for Travelers in Hartford. This is where significant travel started. I traveled quite a bit for work then (don't remember how much exactly its been 12 years). I then moved back to Buffalo, NY (where I grew up) to work for Marine Midland Bank (now HSBC) in the same field with responsibility for all the Philadelphia accounts (commuted there every other week). Next job was as general manger for a large office building in Buffalo. Although I didn't travel for work with this job, my schedule allowed for pleasure trips. I had accumulated significant mileage in my US account (w/o status), so cashed out an award ticket in J on NW to BKK (now I go at least Hello. I live in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and have been flying -mostly Northwest- between 120,000 and 200,000 miles a year for the last twelve years. Until I retired last year I was director of Domestic Disaster Response for the Lutheran Church... so accomodations ranged from Marriotts (where I am a platinum member) to four-walls-no-roof. I am about to finish my twelfth and final year as a Northwest gold/platinum... February will take me back to silver. I am enjoying being home and working in the garden... and enjoying travelling now to places that are fun ( like Germany last month for the Christmas markets and good beer). I enjoy reading "Flyer Talk", and wish the accumulated wisdom had been around when I really needed it ! I went to a "travel seminar" once, which was supposed to teach us how to travel better for less. It did help some... it was the first I ever heard of back to backs, when that was still an unfamiliar practice. But I think some of you should be running the seminar. Keep up the good work, and good luck in your travels. I have been a lurker on Flyertalk for awhile, and have found it helpful. I retired recently from disaster response work for the Lutheran I'm retired from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (since 1983) and I work as a consultant to the housing industry on finance matters. Before HUD, I was in the Army, where I was trained as a Foreign Area Specialist in Russian. At HUD, I used my Russian language fluency in executing the "US-USSR Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Housing and Other Construction". I also held a sub-cabinet post for a short time at HUD. I work actively with the National Asociation of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Mortgage Bankers Association Asociation (MBA) on housing finance issues and I'm frequently called as a witness in lawsuits related to housing. Is that the kind of stuff you were looking for, baobab? I don't mind exposing myself, but what does it Guess I should get around to my introduction: Name: Scott Profession: women's clothing and accesories retailer/importer Age: 39 tomorrow Likes: Travel, meeting new people and anything to do remotely with computers. Dislikes: Things that cost more than they are worth. What I expect from Flyertalk: Everything I am currently getting but a MNL DO someday would be great.

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Posts: 1 Hi, I am from the Seattle area. We fly quite often to Germany since my wife's family is in Dresden and I have family in the Saar region. We have our miles with UA and try to use other Star Alliance members (SAS and LH) for our travel needs. Unfortunately, SAS is dropping their SEA-CPH route in a couple of months so we are now limited to LH or UA. I am retired and my wife is a consultant. We want to move to Germany for a year to see if we want to live there permanently. Hopefully Flyertalk will provide us with interesting and fun flight ideas. Name: Melissa Petri Profession: Numerical Analyst Location: currently in Frankfurt, Germany # of trips/yr: 25-40 (will slowly dwindle down as I am pregnant) Hi folks. Page 72? no one is going to read this ;-). Geoff checking in from Newport, Rhode Island. I was born in Stevenage, England the family house eight miles from the end of Runway 26 at Luton Airport. My handle PINKTRISTAR honours Court Line Aviation's L1011 G-BAAB which was an almost daily sight over the house in the early 1970s. The other Court Tristar was G-BAAA - but ORANGETRISTAR was just too long to contemplate!. Moved Stateside in the early 1990s, (love will make you do strange things!), and finally settled in Rhode Island. My lovely English accent can be heard on 99.3 WJZS-FM (jazz and blues) www.993wjzs.com over the weekend. During the week, I am the morning producer for the folks who report the traffic news on Providence area radioand TV stations. . Away from broadcasting I operate a courier/messenger service. Now I wish I could score mileage for PDQ/VIP/express cargo on the airlines, although Northwest kindly gave me an upgrade to first out of PVD last month for the business!!. Oh - I am one of those British plane spotters! I travel to see new planes! And photograph them too! Its just frustrating that some people think Name: Adina. Live: Austin, but I'm never home. Profession: I'm a clinical research associate/ project manager for a small biotech company out of San Fran specializing in oncolytic viral therapies. Hopes: To save the world.... without that whole I am Legend bit. Hey all I've been on this board for a while now, but just found this thread. I figured I would post some of my info. I am 26 years old and I am from a town about 40 minutes south of Chicago called Romeoville. I am however working in Kuwait as a government contractor working on Ali Al Salem AB since Dec '06. I am only able to travel 3x a year, but since I have joined FT, I have learned how to get the most out of those trips and have made elite stauts good through the end of 2009. -Pat Well, lets see. I have taught management courses in both France and the US. I currently am a partner at my own venture capital firm in the US and in France (hence the French connection.) I love Chateau Margaux and Moet et Chandon. I enjoy a good Davidoff cigar, and I love to run. (lately been letting that slack) I goto the Opera Garnier as often as I can to see the ballet and the opera. That is about it. Everyone else seems to live more interesting lives, and catman seems to have 8 more interesting lives than me. Phillippe Hi, my name is Paul also and I'm as boring as PAUL PALMER in that my handle is just my initials. I grew up in Southend, England (until age 11) and flew to places like Spain, Israel and the US with my parents on good old Pan Am and TWA. After we moved to Florida in 1982, I visited England several times and always enjoyed flying. One interesting experience to tell: When I was 14, I flew over by myself on British Airtours (a charter) to stay with a friend's family for about six weeks. On the way back, we were scheduled to stop in Bangor, Maine (for fuel) and Orlando (to let off some passengers) before landing in Miami. There was a hurricane in the gulf, so we ended up stopping for the night in Bangor. I don't know how many here have been to Bangor, but there are not a lot of hotels that can handle 300 people arriving at the last minute. They put the 3 unaccompanied minors at the airport Hilton (in one room!) and farmed everyone else out to local B&B's and Inns all over the countryside. I thought it was great fun, because they gave us dinner and breakfast coupons and I got a bed to myself (I made the 12 year olds share b/c I was older and bigger than them!) The I live in the DC Meto area. I like to travel. We own timeshares in Mexico and the Bahamas. New to FT, Reside in Seattle. Work in the Technical arena. Greetings. Some info about me I am 50, married, grown kids, just ask me about my grandkids. I work for P & G and travel every week. Lots of trips from Denver to Cincinnati, and then to other cities. My travel seems to run incircles--Last 4 years Denver to Phoenix at least every other week, and points west other times. Now East. No foreign travel so far on business. Hobbies: include Denver Broncos fan, Chess, Travel(non business), technology/computers. Username is reference to Pink Floyd under old DOS stuff. Well, I suppose I should do one of these too.… My name is Joe, and I got into FlyerTalk thanks to my brother, kyklin, who signed up in those early days of 1998. My first experience with FF programs was when he signed me up for the AA Platinum Challenge. After that, I spent a couple of years being highly amused by his FF obsession and the occasional mileage runs. There was that time he was stuck in New Zealand on a mileage run..… A couple of years later, he's the one being highly amused by my mileage run shenanigans. I'm in my twenties, and work in information technology. Basically working on computer servers, storage networks, networking technology, etc... The help desk for the enterprise infrastructure. If I do my job right, I spend all day sitting in front of my computer doing nothing except watching the monitoring software. Plenty of time to spend on FlyerTalk with nothing better to do than watch the carefully monitored backoffice servers chug away. Had a lot of fun and a great ride on the New Economy boom of the last few years. Went through 4 different companies from 1997 to 2000. Biotech, software, and telecom startups. My longest stay at any of Long time lurker and member for 2yrs and I see this link for the first time. User ID: pltwannab. Location: Louisville, KY SDF. DOB: aug 26. Marital Status: Married with with no kids. Occupation: Software Consultant, Own my little Consulting firm. Travel: anywhere and everywhere , lately for leisure. Last U.S. Domestic Travel: SDF-SEA-SDF. Last International Travel: SDF-TLV-CAI-AMM-TLVSDF. Next trip: SDF-IAH , SDF-LIM. Pets: Dog - snowball (a spitz-chow-mix). Always travel with the FT tag on my bag . i am from west central illinois.i am 30 years old.i own a couple payday lon stores. With all of the talk floating around about my previous handle, I think it's time to set the record straight. My name is Jennifer, born and raised in Upland in So. Cali., 19 years old, and a sophomore at Chapman University majoring in Legal Studies. Yes, many of my family calls me Counselor, so feel free to join the crowd. I'm used to it by now. Both my parents are also fellow FTers; fparker1 and blondie_36. My first event was in San Diego at the Brazilian Steak House, which for those of you who missed it, it was great! That's where my Dad's attempt at humor made its debut. Everyone received name tags at this get together, and mine said "Hands Off." Needless to say, this was changed quickly. I now go by ponygirl (because I drive a Mustang, not because I ride horses), but my fame as Hands Off still lives on. I've met some lovely people through FT so far, and I hope to get to know many more over time. Take care

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I'm a Rabbi but in order to make a living I'm also a financial consultant. I'm in my 60's and am a ardent Sun Devil fan. My wife's a retired DDS, younger and better looking than I am and an ardent University of Texas fan. okay, i'm super new (from washington, dc. travel about once a month, when work allows, and am 25). but i loved the long distance story! its sweet! Now batting...MBS PremExec. I hail from Saginaw, Michigan, born and raised...Currently 25 years old, and I'm single. I've been flying for as long as I can remember, and still get a little giddy every time I get on a plane. I'm employed at my family's import/export company...My traveling comes from going all around the country to exhibit at trade shows...I also do some of the buying for the company, which takes me to Asia between 3-5 times each year. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Management from Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan, 1997...After working full-time while attending college (still finished in under 4 years), I needed a break from work so I started on my Master's Degree three weeks after I graduated from college, and moved to Phoenix, AZ to attend Thunderbird-The American Graduate School of International Management. I graduated in 1998 with a Master of International Management (MIM) degree, which is basically an International MBA. Looked at other employment options and had offers, but my heart was in the family business, so here I am. I love rugby (which I picked up at Thunderbird), football, baseball, and hockey. I I live in Phoenix, teaching history and government to young teens and mentoring a plethora of new (and not so new) teachers. I only do about 35k a year, to conferences, seminars, some leisure. I've learned a lot on this forum- spread my handouts and materials so they don't look so dangerous to TSA, that I'm not alone in finding certain personal articles missing from my checked bags, how to handle a high-end hotel staff when my room starts flooding from the ceiling and I have to present with 2 hours sleep. I appreciate all the advice! My life is feast or famine- either too busy, or time off but pooped. Have learned to love the gym (yep- new grandma here and don't want to look it), crazy about exploring new places (comes from parents who are both world travelers). Headed to Seattle and Portland soon, possibly Boston after that. Not too much time on planes, but enough to understand. Although I am not a member of the 1000 post club (yet), I figured I would create a bio. Basically, my user name on FT ( and a few other forums I am registered at) is a variant of my actual name. One of my most "endearing" qualities is that I have a healthy sense of humor and the jokes on the name don't faze me. As far as traveling is concerned, I have been to a wide variety of places ranging from Rockville, IN (Covered Bridge Festival) to Frankfurt, Paris, Lucerne, Brussels, Bern, The Caribbean, and Hawaii. Besides travel, my interests include cars, bowling, fishing, softball, golf (I suck at it), Auto Racing (especially drag), movies, driving, fine dining, computers, billiards... to name a few. I am single but working on getting engaged to a very special woman. I have no children (yet). As for career, I am a Help Desk Analyst who is working on attaining his certifications so I can afford to take more trips. Right now, I am trying to find a new job since my company downsized me back in October. I haven't met any FTers yet but I hope to do so in the I am a front office manager at a Holiday Inn property in upstate New York. I joined this forum in hopes to better understand my PCR guests and to hopefully help answer any questions that may arise. I guess it‟s about time I post to this thread. I joined FlyerTalk in June 2001 when I had an innocent question about Continental Airlines. Another consultant that I was working with couldn‟t answer my question and he said to post on the crazy frequent flyer board that had all these gurus. Little did he know that he unleashed me into a whole new crazy world! I got my question answered and started picking up all kinds of tips and tricks that I passed onto my colleagues. I am now the official frequent flyer guru of my group. During our monthly calls I now have to give my tip of the month. I have even had partners at my consulting firm call me with frequent flyer questions. They just think I am really smart. I never tell them where I am getting my info. About 6 months after joining I started perusing Community Buzz and found out that there would be a DO in my home town. I figured what a great way to get to meet some of the crazy people. I figured if they were really weird I could always run home and only be out an hours time! Well they ended up being great people and I met such wonderful people as Techgirl, BingoSF, AnnaS, ljp99 and others I can‟t think of right now! I was Well I've been hangin' around here for awhile now so I'd better say something about myself. I'm forty-two and I used to do alot more traveling than I do now (I met my French wife in England in '82). Seven years ago we had twins (boy/girl) and became the on-board nightmare of all of you good people. We now also have a three year old, so the only travelling we do for the moment is an annual trip to France (pour rendre visit a la belle famille). We're registered with United and American and already I've picked up some great info off these boards, merci beaucoup! Incidently, I learened about this site when Pudding Guy appeared on a local talk radio show. To celebrate my 30th post, and becuase I think it's a cool idea, I decided to start a new WWAA page since WWAA8 is about a month old and three pages long... My name is Lawrence, 25, and I love to travel. I grew up in a small town in western Kentucky, but it was where most of my world travels were based from. My father--immigrant, doctor, accomplished mountain climber--saw to it that we got out of town for 2-3 weeks in the summer to get away from a place where most people were content to just live and die without leaving the county. Unfortunately, we took so many different airlines, we never had frequent flier privileges. Nor did I care. I got to travel with my family and see exciting places. Fast forward: After high school (1994), I bid farewell to Kentucky to attend college in St. Louis. Graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1999, and started working in the IT field. Last year, I married my high school sweetheart, an exchange student from Sweden. Long-distance relationships do work. Best of all, we never used e-mail--just phone calls, letters, and a lot of trans-Atlantic trips. After a brief stint with a dot-com, my wife and I packed our bags for Denver, where my Hi. Di - live in UK (where the history comes from) and mainly fly AA, but have a BA blue member card too. Found you lot when I was on TA posting about AA status - learnt too late about a Platinum challenge! However I am now at last a Gold earned through normal means. I don't travel for work - purely for my holidays. I have a timeshare in Tenerife but I always exchange to Florida or Carribean. Me and my bloke bought a house in Ormond Beach in May this year so we earn our points from visiting there twice a year. I have been lurking for a while but not found anything to post about yet. Just trying to learn the hints tips and tricks of AAdvantage useage. Diana. PS - my moniker is PTbird cos I have a PT Cruiser and I am a bird....

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I have been reading & occaisionally posting to FT for since last November. I live in Peachtree City GA -- Hence PTCFlyer. I grew up loving travel since my first trip to the airport with my Grandfather when I just got out of diapers. I live by my motto: "You will never die wishing you visited fewer places!" Travel provides me with the experiences of variety -- and Variety is a spice of life. I am a DL PM out of schedule convenience and the corporation I work for has hefty discounts with DL. My wife is the love of my life and she is GM. I hope to have my 2-year old son with Medalion Status soon, although it is very convenient to "use miles" for his travel. I owe the bulk of my travels around the globe to the existence of People Express who was later bought by Continental. While in college, I figured out how to get bumped on PE over and over and over again for free tickets. When I traveled, I had lots of free flights, but little money. I would camp and sleep in rental cars just to "be there". I earned lots of ff miles and segment bonuses which all transfered to CO. While in college, I used to fly when I got hungry. Go figure. I Yes, flyguy, I am a Seattle person and married (for almost 30 years). You can learn more than you'll ever want to know about me and my company from our website (AND see a picture of me during my 1st trip to Hawaii). www.exhibitd.com I travelled over 100 business trip segments last year and never even began to get tired of it. I am AK-MVP Gold, UAL-Premex and NWA-Silver Elite. If I fly any other airline, it is almost always Alaska Award Travel and always for fun. We live in a old house on Queen Anne and have two mostly grown children (22 & 24). Our children and business have both now matured to the point where we are finally able to really enjoy ourselves. We love to go to the theater, ballet, symphony and opera, and bike, travel, explore, garden, ski, sail, cook and eat, but most of all we love to DANCE! Swing, waltz, foxtrot, salsa, tango, hustle, even zydeco. Oh yes, I (but not Joe) love to shop. My sisters and I run off on a few trips a year to check out the stores in various parts of the country. I am Really looking forward to meeting everybody at the PARTY IN PARADISE and will be so happy if all of you can come. (It would especially fantastic if baobab I am a 41 year old IT director in the Washington DC area for a small division of a global publishing group. I am a native Washingtonian, yes I was born in the District proper. I have been working with Computers and Telecommunications systems for over 20 years. I am married have two kids and a dog. l recently moved to Southern Maryland, which is a heck of a commute but we have a nice house and a large yard. I tend to travel for business once or twice a month. This is much less than I have been accustomed. I still try to get out of town personally for at least a long weekend every other month. I have made it to 48 of the 50 states and 5 continents. I love Flyer Talk and although I have not posted much, I have been a "Lurker" for a couple of years and learned quite bit. I tend not to post unless I have sometihing dirct on point. I look forward to posting my experiences in the future. Kind Regards, Richard Jumping in the pool after years of lurking. pushbutton-getbanana I watched my parents from 1977 travel overseas to far flung destinations courtesy of owning a successful insurance & financial planning firm and having our biggest "supplier" (one of Australia's largest insurers) send them on bi-annual conferences (with every alternate year travelling with friends). I started work in 1984 straight from school with that supplier, then in 1987 moved into the family financial planning business. My goal was to emulate my parents' travels and through my father's Irish heritage, I was fortunate to acquire a dual passport. I already had the travel wanderlust, gained from my mother's stories of living in London and their trips. I joined my first FF program in 1987 (Australian Airlines Flight Deck, the precursor to Qantas Frequent Flyer) and my first marriage (1993) was to a Qantas CSA. Whilst it was a short marriage, I learnt a lot about the internal workings of QF, the lingo and staff travel. The divorce only further fuelled my desire to travel extensively. I used to think nothing of flying to see my best friend in SIN for a weekend, flying back overnight and going straight to work. Like stimpy above, my annus horriblis was 2001, when I was diagnosed My name is Bill Fickas. I am 37 years old and live in Denver, CO. I am a firmware engineer for a major manufacturer of computer hard disks and tape drives (Guess which one, it starts with Q :-D) Since starting the job last September I've been out to our location in MA four times. Being a comfort oriented guy, I decided I'd better accumulate enough status to upgrade those uncomfortable economy flights. I love reading FlyerTalk! I travel because I work for a large motorsports sanctioning body, traveling to races and other places I need to be. I don't travel as often as some FT'ers, only 15-20 times a year. But it's enough. Based in Houston, so Continental is my airline of choice.Amazingly, I had almost never flown until I started the race travel about 10-12 years ago (let's just say somewhere between the ages of 40 and 50). Since then, I've achieved status every year. Mostly I travel around North America, although I've also been to Australia 4 times, Japan twice, and Europe twice doing international races. I can still remember my first full year of travel. I didn't quite grasp the concept of status, and when my Silver Elite card arrived unexpectedly in the mail, I was amazed. Boy did I feel important. Back in those days before automatic upgrades, you had to call your special Continental phone number the night before and request an upgrade. I did that on the next flight, and as my colleague and I walked down the jetway with the FC boarding, he asked "are sure this isn't costing us any money?" We were awed. Naturally, since then we've become accustomed (or tried to, at Hello Everyone Im new here from NYC Hello everyone im new to this site pretty cool site ;o) Im Jade From Queens NY 24 years old a single mother of a wonderful 8 year old boy. I am looking forward to winning a contest one day hahaha. Well hey I use to win Drawing contest one two inmy lifetime was a great feeling. Well hope to meet great people on here . I'm Richard "Quiet Lion" Brodie. I've been on FlyerTalk forever although these days most of my travel is to play major poker tournaments, which I write up on my blog www.liontales.com. I live in Kirkland, Wash., a trendy suburb of Seattle and the home of Costco, with my wife Heather, also known as Shortstack and Hunnybear. If you search the archives you will find many trip reports through the years. I was a 1K on United for many years but mostly fly Alaska now since my most common run is Seattle-Las Vegas. I was a Harvard dropout and an early Microsoft employee. I wrote the first version of Microsoft Word, released in 1983, was Bill Gates's assistant for a year, and contributed to the first version of Microsoft Access. I've been retired since 1994 and have been pursuing hobbies since then. I have published two books, a self-help book Getting Past OK and the first book on the science of memetics, Virus of the Mind. More information is at www.memecentral.com. Hi, i am quinny, traveling around the world is one of my ultimate dreams , i am an engineer... New Registrant. Not sure why/how I had not heard of the site before. Looks great, and hopefully I'll be able to contribute as I do on the Porsche and auto racing forums I'm involved with. Ken Shahoian

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My turn I guess...as most of you know onefreeman & I were recently married-we have 6 kids-2 grandkids & 1 on the way, grandkid that is! (we work fast) Born & raised in San Diego now live in AZ. I graduated from Mundus Institute of Travel & Tourism this past January and dabble in that. Love the beach (see you in Hawaii in Nov.) or going to the cabin up north, sit on the porch with a glass of wine and listen to Rifkin. That's about it for me. Laid back & easy goin'. I'm from Mexico City currently living in Monterrey (México). I discovered FlyerTalk about a month ago and today I just decided to join the community. =) Ragde Hi everybody! After a good 2500 posts it may be time to join the elite 'who we all are' members circle... I'm Ralf (who would have guessed that out of my handle...), 33 years old and live in a small town in the middle of nowhere (between FRA, STR and NUE). I've studied economics in Paderborn and engaged into politics as I was elected member of the students council where I occupied the press bureau. After 10 years in PAD I moved back to my hometown to join my fathers company as he planned to retire. The company manufactures high-tech membrane switches (if you want to be bored visit www.tastatur.de ). After our honeymoon to Canada 5 years ago, first time to North America, I decided that I really like flying scheduled carriers instead of those charter flights to PMI... I joined KLM Flying Dutchman later on. As my wife is not to keen on flying much more than some holiday trips a year I convinced some of my friends to travel with me, mostly to US and CA destinations. As I could not allow spending more than a limited budget on travel I started combing through the web to discover cheaper fares and discovered Flyertalk.com. What a great source of information! Of Hi my name is Ramzi I live just outside of Toronto, Canada. I am newly seperated and going to take time to travel on my own, and get to know myself all over again. I hope to meet some of you folks in my travels along the way. So until then. Hi guys. I'm Kevin from Seattle. I fly mostly along the west coast to Portland, Vegas, LA and SD with Virgin America or Alaska. Can't ever pass up a good deal to any of these destinations. Looking forward to meeting everyone here and catching up on some info. We are ranDY and lesIE Gibson of Downey CA. Both worked for Unocal until recently, now just les. I was in environmental and compliance, she is in project finance/ She still flies intl and domestic (1-k UA, diamond H). I was elite with AS with material miles on AA and UA and gold with Sheraton and Diamond for 8 yrs with Hyatt. Now I keep track of her programs and am working to round off my various accounts into even tickets. Hyatt let us combine (thanks), wish more did. We are early mid 50's, have one cat and feed another plus pet and "love" 5 neighborhood dogs and three additional cats. Zoos, aquariums etc are our hobby, all over the world. I really enjoy this site and wish it were active back in the early 80's when everything was new in the points arena. Thank you all! My name is Ryan. I live in the wonderful *rolls eyes* city of Raleigh, North Carolina with my girlfriend, Kim (who is also an FTer). I am forced to live here because I am a freshman majoring in Business Mgt./Marketing at North Carolina State University. Before moving to Raleigh, I lived in a tobacco barn (never mind...living near all those tobacco fields does not make a house a barn) in the eastern part of the wonderful state of NC. I am originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, thus forcing me to fly USAirways. (don't believe me? look at the "Property of USAirways" stamp on my arm! ) This year I rocketed to gold status on US after being silver status for many years. I do this while only making 4 to 5 round trips a year (visiting my dad who lives in SEA...he pays for the tix so I don't complain! ) ...had it not been for bi-weekly PHL-RDU trips this Mar.-Jun. I would have never made gold status. I have never flown in first class. I hope to make this history when my dad (hopefully!) uses his NW Worldperks to upgrade me when I fly RDU-IAH-HNL in March. OK, I'm tired of typing...I think I'll stop now. Hi, my name is Ryan, I just moved down here to the Raleigh area after growing up in Philadelphia. I am 17 and started my passion for traveling when my parents got divorced 2 years ago and my dad moved to Seattle. Since then I have been to Seattle about 10 to 12 times. I have also been to a numerous amount of airports for connections and other things (CVG, CLT, BOI, SEA, PHL, PGH, IAH, EWR, etc.) About 10 months ago I became a USAirways frequent flier and about 6 months later I became a Silver Member of the USAirways Dividend Miles programs. I refuse to fly Midway Airlines (see my profile). My dream trip would be to take a trip between the top 20 airports in the US. Just like most other teenage guys I like to go to Myrtle Beach for the weekend, lay out on the beach and look for a sexy girl in a hot bikini. I would like to have some job with an airline. My favorite places to travel are MYR (Myrtle Beach, SC), SUN (Sun Valley, ID), and SEA (Seattle). I just joined today and look forward to posting here in the future! British, relocated permanently to USA '96. In a previous life I worked in the Music biz as Concert Tour manager for 20 years. Probably been to every sleazy club, theatre and arena in Europe and USA several times over with various clients. Experiences too extreme and silly to repeat. Love to travel still, after meltdown in '92. Currently live in Portland Or married to a wonderful girl from Hawaii I met in Mexico. We have two lovely Akita dogs. Trying to get a job with an airline but so far to no avail. Discovered I could sell, so currently have a company selling upmarket home improvements to homeowners, but tomorrow, who knows? The road (skies) beckon! Started collecting mileage to bring my kids over from UK, then got hooked. Did my first mileage run May 01, want to make Elite status. Enjoy this board. Thank you all. In a previous life I worked in the Music biz as Concert Tour manager for 20 years. Probably been to every sleazy club, theatre and arena in Europe and USA several times over with various clients. Experiences too extreme and silly to repeat. Love to travel still, after meltdown in '92. Currently live in Portland Or married to a wonderful girl from I'm new to FlyerTalk, and don't get to travel as much as I'd like....yet! I live in Colorado, 25 years old, graduated from South Dakota State University... Go Jacks! I work in magazine publishing, (not what my degree was for!) Just your average country girl from the sticks..! I was thinking of writing a witty dissertation on the origins of the universe, but I figured that I would get flamed faster than a SSM thread poster in the Christian Travel forum. So...just the facts. My real name is Ernie, and as many know, I am currently living in China. I got here by annoying the wrong people back at my company's corporate headquarters in Broomfield, CO which is also where my home is. My wife and I, and all our children were born in San Diego, but we relocated to Denver area in November 2000. Actually, I'm working on what is the largest petrochemical project currently underway in the world as a project controls manager, looking after cost and schedule. I figured, "What the hey...get some international experience, do a little travel, eat some fish heads and I'm all the better in a year and a half." After spending a few months in Shanghai, we moved to Aotou, about 40km up the coast from Shenzhen/Hong Kong. To get to the airport for us is similar to going from Ensenada to LAX, including the border crossing. I came here with Mrs. Redbeard and little Miss Redbeard, who are leaving when LMR is finished with school in July. I had travelled with work

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Alright here it goes: I've been a lurker and member for a while but havent' really added much except for a trip report. I am married with two small kids. I am a yank living in Australia working for a US defence contractor. I love to fly but it only happens these days when I can afford it...it isn't cheep to move 4 people around. I fly mostly American, Qantas and United although I haven't flown United since I was in the US army some 4 years ago. My last Domestic (in Australia) trip was from ASP-Mel. My last international trip was ASP-SYD-DEN-SDF-ASP in international business and AA first. My next planned trip is Aug 10th from ASP-OOL via ADL and AUG I am from Indiana. I currently am a junior at the Indiana Kelley School of Business studying accounting and finance. Hello! I am new here and am not sure where to post. I formerly traveled a ton domestically and internationally and am just now getting back into the swing of things - expecting a ton ton of travel in the next couple of years - just getting back into it after a back injury. All the new routes, rules, connections etc have me confused. I think all my AA gold/platinum stuff has lapsed and I'm just now getting into WorldPerks, United, etc etc because of some recent domestic business travel. Specifically, I want to ask about transatlantic flights from the U.S. to Europe ---- but in general terms (i.e. not price, not a particular airline, not a particular seat-guru config). I'm trying to build the first of several upcoming itineraries and need general advice. My recent jaunts through Denver, EWR, etc kind of scared me - delays, cancellations, switched aircraft, changed seats - this is not the same as 1986! I have to plan a complicated itinerary through London and am confused. For example, do some airlines generally have worse legroom (not seat guru) overall (I noticed a flight from NYC to Long Beach on AA was insane! Sardines!) - are the flights to Europe on AA like that now?? etc User ID: Rejuvenated. Location: Toronto (Richmond Hill), Canada / Hong Kong, SAR / Auckland (Manukau Suburb), New Zealand. Occupation: Corporate part owner & Sales/Marketing. Travel: 70% work-related, 30% leisure. Last International Travel: AKL-SYDWow! I'm really impressed with all those credentials out there in FF Land. For all claiming to be the "youngest" - maybe I'm the "oldest" out there? Name - Renee Moss -C.C.N.Y Class of '55 - Still happily married after 45 yrs, now retired to Florida -Mother of 4 (all married) & grandmother of 7. Retired Antiques Dealer & Certified Appraiser. We enjoy sitting "up front" with frequent flyer mileage, and rarely PURCHASE a ticket. Probably one of the most avid collectors of miles without flying for them. I haven't been elite anything since the old Pan Am went out - but that doesn't stop me from enjoying free (mostly business class) seats. I don't use my mileage domestically, but save the mileage for comfort on long haul flights for my "old" bones. Out of the 309 Official Countries listed in the Traveler's Century Club, we have visited 105 since 1985. I love this board, it has been such a help to me - so Thank you to all and have a really great and joyous holiday! I am 21 years old, living in Florida, home of 9 months of blistering heat & construction for tourism and elderly natives, and 3 months of annoying tourists and elderly visitors. I'm not yet "retired" from DC. Don't get to travel very often, butI grab at the chance when I can. Graduated from PSU and only moved to this interesting area 3 years ago. Just wanted to let you all know how much I appreciate this forum and all the helpful tips you all have to offer. Hi! I'm new here! Name: obvious! ! Maryland now, eventually Pennsylvania. Occupation: education field for 34 years, retired 1 year and now back working to earn travel $$$$$. Other relevant facts: married, one grown son. Hobbies: travel, camping, hiking, whitewater rafting, scrapbooking. Places traveled: camped in 47 states and Canada, "deluxed" it in England, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Bahamas (TOO FEW!). I am currently in the process on planning our trip to Washington state for August 2009. Well, NJDavid, I'll be the first of the 'InsideFlyer' staff to respond. My name is LaDonna, I'm pretty young (23), lived in Colorado most of my life (except for my Air Force time) and I work in the award planning department of Frequent Flyer Services. I do not have too many frequent flyer miles, I just like to help other people use theirs! I am going on my first "free" ticket to Hawaii in June, and hope to go on many more. Now who's next??? Hi, new to the forums and a casual flyer. Looking forward to reading and posting! I'm sorry that this is so overdue. I have been meaning to do this for quite awhile, but kept hoping for a quiet moment that I now suspect will never arrive. Sooo... I'm female, of what the French would call a cetain age, an attorney. I work for a large publishing and information company, and primarily in the areas of litigation, antitrust, libel and copyright. For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to travel, and have loved doing so since I began. My other great passion has been the ballet, and I've had wonderful times combining the two. (The destinations, except perhaps for Detroit, have generally been well-selected.) When FF programs came along, I thought they were the greatest thing since sliced bread, and was a relatively early member of Pan Am's and TWA's. (I later branched out, though I now concentrate most of my flying on UA. ) I've had some wonderful trips courtesy of those miles, though now that hardly anyone's expiring miles, I tend to hoard rather than use them. My significant other lives in Denver, and we both like to escape somewhere else on weekends, so we do a lot of 2= and 3=day trips to new places. I don't often travel internationally on The fact that this topic continues to generate attention leads me to introduce myself as well. My name is Ronald, and I am the founder of an Internet start-up in San Francisco. That basically means that I am joining every second person in the U.S. who it seems is starting an Internet company. However, I can claim that this is my second Internet start-up - the previous one (called Ironlight Digital, and after a merger is called Novo Interactive...don't ask how we evolved to have a horrible name from such an awesome name as "Ironlight" :-)) I grew from 1 employee (yours truly) to about 60 people. I then left to start the new company. BORING... Flying-wise, most of my clients in my previous companies were in the eastern half of the US, Europe and Asia, so I amassed miles to take my wife on our honeymoon to South Africa (LH First Class from Frankfurt in the wonderful sleeper seats...even *I* slept!). I am a dedicated United flyer (only because of the mileage golden handcuffs) and typically come out at the top end of Premier Executive (only one year as a 1K...meaning I flew a thousand miles, right? - just joking, 100,100 or thereabouts thanks to a same day As my profile says, I am a Social Worker with the government. Presently, I work with Navy Child and Spouse Abuse offenders and help to provide treatment for them. Philforest, at what GS level did you retire? If thats too personal I totally understand.

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I was born in Los Angeles, California. Recently I moved with my wife, my 9 and 10 year old (girl and boy) to the Washington DC area for business reasons. I don't like the area much (I live in Northern Virginia in a neighborhood called Mantua) yet but suppose it will grow on me yet. I have been married for twelve years, my wife works from home in the law business. We have a dog, an American Eskimo, who loves my wife almost as much as I do and follows her around like her shadow. I run an Internet technology start-up. I love my work very, very much, it is terribly exciting to me. I do a lot of domestic flying, probably 2 - 3 times per week or more, mostly on AA and US. I hate flying coach but do it on shorter trips. I am Gold on AA and Preferred Plus on US. I don't do tons of personal travel, but I just vacationed for a week in a condo in Palm Beach. On vacations I like to go with my family to places where we can swim, boat, eat, drink, cook, hike, sail. I am looking forward to meeting some of you on Flyertalk. My only challenge is finding the time because my schedule is just incredibly intense between raising money, developing new business, hiring people, and a million I am an International Trade Consultant living in Jakarta and Canada. I am presently in Delhi India and am still a little confused how these site work. I am aware that there are terrific opportunities but I have zero knowledge on how to get the required information to be beneficial to both my travel and hotel opportunites. I would be delighted if someone would direct me. OK, OK, I go by "Dick" but I learned early in my online experience that I shouldn't use that name in news groups, chat rooms, etc. Sadly, I'm getting close to 60, but kept young by the very best way to be kept young -- having a young girlfriend! My company makes telecom test equipment and since telecom is a worldwide business, that means I do get around, although mainly to places that have a stable electrical network. Well, in addition to that, I also visit the Northeast U.S. I am divorced, with two boys, now both in college. I enrolled in my first FF program back in the prehistoric days when the airlines hadn't figured things out and you could get miles on a free flight (also when free flights were really free!). I enrolled my older kid in HIS first program just after birth, and thanks to 10% international infant fares, he travelled on his first award right after his second birthday. Yes, the airlines have figured that one out, too. I am a FT junkie and will keep coming back as long as the many gurus on FT keep announcing useful things ahead of everyone else. I have already picked a significant number of my hotel stays in new cities based on FTers' recommendations as well. I've only met a My wife, son and I are moving to Tokyo, with our dog, from Phila. for about 3 years. We are in the process of searching for a place to live. We are torn with several locations and were wondering if anyone had insight to share. Our son will be going to school near the Shirogane/Takanawa station. 1. There is a nice apt near the school and within walking distance to the Tokyo American Club. 2. There is a apt in Azabu Juban. Great location. Lots of expats with kids. 3. Nice apt. in Roppongi called Roppongi Green Terrace, which is close to train, lots of expats but very, very urban. 4. Fabulous Apt overlooking nature park in Shirogankanedai area, close to the Shirogankanedai station. We would really appreciate any thoughts people might have. Well seen as there are so many young people on FT posting up here, I thought I might as well join in , and I've just noticed that i'm past the 750 post mark.… Can't believe how many young peopel there are now on FT, maybe we should have a under 25's only FT meet somewher ein the US. I joined FT back in May 2000 as a young 19 year old, after finding FT by mistake whilst looking fo something else! Now after 2.5 years on (and now 22 as of yesterday but still single ), I have learnt a lot due to the helpful people here at FT. I tend to hang around the Virgin Atlantic and American Express forums for some reason I really should have put some more thought into my FT handle, as it made it all too esy for both Virgin and AmEx to find out who was behind all the information/secrets posts. I have been known to also post in the Hilton, Starwood, Community and BA forums. I work for a little known Seattle software company as a Technical Lead, and have been there for 3 years. Before that I was an Infrastructure Consultant for Selfridges(little department store in London, Manchester and next year, Birmingham) in the UK. For those counting the Well guess it is time for me to jump in. Been hanging out in The United forum since December and have also been in the Star area, and recently have taken to annoying the folks in the Qantas forum. <stands up> Hello. My name is Richard and I have a problem..... I love my new 1K card, and wonder where there is a 12 step program to help me? Seriously though, more on me: I'm 30 and work as an IT Consultant. All my travel is out of my own pocket, and I mostly fly RTW itins to meet friends or attend conferences and the like. Currently I'm a Star Alliance man, but who knows where I may be seduced? Although I would enjoy making million miler on UA at some stage. My interests are mostly travel related - I strongly believe that travel is one of the best things you can do - to experience a different culture (and of course meet fellow Flyer Talkers!). I also enjoy Classical Music (Yay for ClassicalGal and NPR!), a bit of sci-fi & fantasy and other geekish activities. I am happy to have met Rudi and indulged in the famous Sidecar! Potted History: Degree in Computer Science finished in 1992, then a stint of working for the local university's Aerospace Having no food in the refrigerator, and trying to avoid going in to my office on Saturday Night to use the printer, I decided finally to get autobiographical on "Who we all are". I'm 48, still single, and a proud native of New York City. Except that some years I spent twice the amount of time elswhere as here. I work (nominally) for a well-known media company that everyone has heard of , and spent the years from 1975-1998 travelling to most of the news and sporting events that had any significance . Almost all of this business travel was domestic, but about 20 years ago I got into the vacation travel habit, and have made at least 30 trips to the U.K. and a dozen to Caribbean islands during that period. Went to Hawaii on business in 1978, didn't go back until stopovers on the way to & from Tonga (long story) in 1991. I'm an original member of AAdvantage, joined Mileage Plus a few months later, & had reached Premier before they required requalification every year and then lost it. (But more recently have qualified for Premier or PremEx about 6 years running). These days, I'm on leave of absence from my erstwhile employer while I serve as Secretary-Treasurer of my local Union Hello to everyone on this thread. I'm a technical consultant. I spent a lot of time on conference calls, WebEx, and e-mail. And for three to six days a month, I'll travel to some client. . I was born in the Philippines, but was raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. I am your garden-variety geek, with my early technology being the Vic 20 and the Commodore 64. I am now married with one daughter, living in Arlington, Massachusetts. Peace! Rick Hows it going? I'm christopher (chris) new to Aviation Forum so here is a little about me. I am a senior in high school and just got accepted into Embry Riddle. I live in Gainesville Florida (Go GATORS!!!) anything else let me know.

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I am frequent traveler to West coast cities, use us airways...and they are very good to me as i am loyal to them as Chairman. Yesterday i was denied using my us airways c/c because of a $7.50 purchase i made @ Skyharbor airport last Wed. I could not buy anything with that card. When i phoned they told me that i need to PHONE them if i leave my state again & plan to use that c/c or I will be denied. HAH-a c/card with an airplane on it...anyone ever heard of that new security procedure-My limit is over $12,000.00 & i owe only $500.00 on flights...i guess it is time for a new c/card Hello everyone! I am relatively new to FlyerTalk. I have been reading along with you all for the past 5 months or so. I live in the SF Bay Area. I have been flying for business for the past 4 years or so for a number of the Bay Area's High Tech companies. My flying has been mostly from SFO to many Asian cities. I fly into Tokyo's Narita airport so often - it sometimes seems like I am arriving at home! I fly mostly NW. It takes me everywhere I need to go. They have been good to me over the years. I love business travel. It not only lets me meet new faces all the time, but it is great to get out of the office. My best trip was a 19 day business trip to Tokyo, Manila, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Taipei. After a while, it was hard to remember what city I was in when I awoke in the morning! Anyway, I want you all to know that I am enjoying all of your postings. I have learned so much over the past few months from all of you. Thanks so much for a great forum. I may not post a great deal - but I am always reading along. I check in a few times a day. Thanks again! [This message has been edited by RKG (edited 03-10-2000).] My name is Rob (hopefully obvious) and am 23. I'm a 1L in law school. I enjoy flying. Have been flying by myself since I was 8 or 9 (granted it was 2 or 3 years of unattended minor status before truly alone), most of it flying from upper michigan through ORD and on to DFW and back. Find it hard to post on this site for some reason. I guess it's since most of the posts are fairly on topic, and I'm used to sites where it isn't. But I rotate through forums from time to time and will go back and forth. I'm Rob 25, Canadian currently living in Michigan travel for work and working for travel! As my FlyerTalk name indicates I work in the Robotic Industry. I am a Field Service Engineer for the largest supplier of industrial robot manipulators in the industry. I have been in this profession for 15 years. My responsibilities are to support our customers in any need that may arise once our systems have shipped. This means that I am responsible for electrical and mechanical repair, hence the my name RobotDoctor. I also program the robots for customers, do process analysis, provide technical assistance and conduct training classes. My company is based in Switzerland (Sweden for the Robotics segment) but I am domestic bound. My territory is generally the West and Midwest. However, as one of the "elder" members of our field service team, I have experience on robotic systems we have produced since 1982. Therefore, my realistic territory is the continental US. I would welcome the opportunity to travel internationally but unfortunately this is not a severe need as we have service organizations worldwide. I am on the road between 30 and 40 weeks a year to resort destinations such as LaCrosse, KS, Crossett, AR, Stilwell, AR, Versailles, OH, just to I travel from IAD to ABQ quite regularly, several x per month, teaching on a homeland security contract. love to travel and fly united with 1k status. next year I will come up short about 20k for 1k status based on schedule so I may do some extra travel in the coming year. Still learning the site I guess it is my turn to scribe my name on the wall. My name is Dan, I'm 24 and work for a small consulting firm located in the Bay Area. "But Dan, your profile says that you live in Bellevue, WA?" Ahh quite the reason that I have an interest in this board. I have travelled weekly since starting this job last July. Flying 70% of the time SEA-OAK and the other 30% spread out over the rest of the country. AS is my carrier of choice for west coast trips. MVP Gold last year and should hit gold again this year sometime before June is up. I am a graphic designer and when asked what I specifically do my answer is typically "I make consultants look good!" Basically I create the visuals for all of the business presentations that we conduct. I freelance on the side doing odd design jobs, but travel seems to consume most of my free time. Born and raised in Modesto, CA, attended college at San Francisco State, and moved to Seattle 3 years ago. Worked at the Evil Empire, Microsoft (yes they should be broken up) for 2.5 years before accepting my current job as a consultant. Dan, what does your login mean? For those of you who enjoy frequenting Las Vegas as often as I do you I guess it is my turn. I teach Industrial/Organizational psychology (a little known brach of psychology - psyc in the work place, related to HR things like training design, personnel selection, etc.), and did very little travel until I started to do some consulting a few years back. These past few months have included a lot of travel (for the last 3 months I was away from home for more than a month!). I enjoy the travel to a degree, but miss home and the kids when I am gone. Unfortunatelly there is also more work (both at work and at home) when I return... I grew up in Israel, and family is still there, so we try to get there once a year or two (we are going this summer), so that adds to the travel. I really learned a lot from this group, and it is fun! Have not used my FF for much yet (I fly on multiple airline - not my idea), but one of these days - I will try for a great vacation. I just started browsing again on Flyertalk and thought I would overcome my bashfulness. I was born and raised in Springfield, MA my entire life and moved to NYC after graduating from Amer. Int'l College with a degree in accounting. Landed a position with the government and have been there since except for moving back to my hometown. Started a real estate career and spend my free time surfing the web, beaches, and now traveling for fun. Best trip ever was to Paris in April and now looking forward to more travels in Europe and then beyond. Dream trip is to travel around the world with enough frequent flier miles! Enjoy traveling and all of the great advice from everyone which has been invaluable. Randy was absolutely wonderful in getting my neice her FFM and ever since, I have been reading Flyertalk. I'm single and have two adorable neices that I want to show them the world and experience the cultures that they can only read about in school. Lastly, I have a great dog, a Sheltie, named Peeky's who will be taking her first trip with me next week! I look forward to chatting with everyone here and contributing to the board.

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My love of travel probably started with my families long car trips across the country when I was growing up. My parents were both rural mail carriers and when they went on vacation, they just loaded up the car and drove. The longest summer vacation of this sort was from our home in Florida, out to California (via the Carlsbad Carvern and the Grand Canyon), through Yosemite and the Redwoods up to the Seattle World's Fair (1961), then back via Yellowstone, Devil's Tower, Mt. Rushmore, and the Black Hills. While I have since learned to like flying, travel by car would probably still be my preferred means of vacation travel if I had the time to properly enjoy it. I grew up in Florida and went away to college in Massachusetts and Illinois before returning to Florida to work. I spent about 20 years working in South Florida before my company informed me that my paycheck, if I wished to continue collecting it, would be available to me in North Carolina, so I decided to move to a place in the country (now suburbs) just north of Raleigh. I am married (no children) and have been working for the same computer company for over 25 years now. I have one older brother who Hi - first time post. Certainly not a road warrior like many here, about a dozen trips a year from COS, some international. My first question is - which forum would I post to get tips about finding a cheap airfare for my military son who is trying to get home from Hawaii around Xmas. Sadly, the executive economy NS from EWR is now history. Coming up - IAD to TLV on a mileage plus award ticket from UA. And, yes - I am reading the UA and LH and Swiss forums faithfully. (I still don't have all the abbreviations down.) I stayed there together with Stanley Matthews jun (son of the famous english soccer player, the father still played for England when he was over 40, the son was then english tennis champion, back in 1964, the year Churchill died). the 'Tudor' must be the first or last house of that Fish street. MarkB: I am not sure, but I think, back in 1964 I stayed, on a tennis promotion tour, on our way to Cardiff, at a Tudor mansion/pension (a 16th century house?) in/near your home-town - is this lovely place still there? My main client is ABC Monday Night Football ... no Monday Night game this coming season for my 49ers thank (all of) you for your bio(s) Perhaps the most relaxing aspect of my European journeys came from my visit to Switzerland. I made my way up from Interlaken to a beautiful small town called Murren (at the base of the Schilthorn). The air was so crisp and clean, and obviously the view was breathtaking. just looking now (before driving home this Sunday evening) from the Wengen balcony to 'the other side' = M?rren - as PremEx did and reported here on the board two months ago. You find his report (photos, a walk from M?rren to Gimmelwald, etc) at: Hi everyone. I've been on here for nearly two yrs, and never knew there was a "Who We All Here" thread; I would have filled everyone long ago. So....about me: Well, from what you may have gathered from my FT handle, my name is Russ, at one point I was 21 yrs old (approaching 24 this summer), and I live in Atlanta, GA. I grew up here (about an hour or so south of the city) and have lived in town for about 4 yrs. I have just one brother, who's getting married this year, and I'm honored to have been chosen as the best man (I think the rules states he has to, but I'm glad he picked me anyway). I graduated from H.S. in 1996, and attended the Univ. of Georgia for just a yr. (I got wrapped up in a fraternity, so needless to say, my grades didn't reflect the 4.0 I had in H.S.) When I moved back home my parents wanted me to still better myself, so I got a job with Delta (with a promise made to myself to finish college ASAP). I started on the ramp, yes the ramp. I did it for about 13 months, but from day 1, I knew I needed to be elsewhere. Luckily a friend of mine worked in the CRC, so he got me an interview. Now, I've almost been here 5 yrs! (where does the time go?) Hi all, I've lurked here as a guest a few times and have some friends that are regulars here. I can't offer much in the way of mileage upgrades and such but I can offer some perspective on things from the other side of the cockpit door. I'm a pilot for a large international carrier that shall remain nameless on the 747-400. If anyone has any operational questions I'd be happy to try and help answer. Keep in mind that we don't deal with passenger issues such as ticket problems or fequent flier programs but if you want to know what that funny noise is before the engines start I may be able to help. Take care all! Hey all -- I've had a FT account for a while now, but never really used it until recently, as I've been travelling a bit more, and most of my life isn't being consumed with work anymore for the time being... =) Now, I've been logging on daily and hoping to integrate myself into this community. I've been based in Shanghai, China for the last two years, working for a multinational developer of video games doing some R&D work here -- with the occasional stint or two in Europe from time to time. No, we do not just sit around and play video games all day and it does have its share of 90+ hour weeks! Before, I spent 28 years of my life (born, bred, educated there) in the Silicon Valley area. Indeed, pre-Shanghai I never really lived further than 10 miles from my childhood home for more than two months at a time. As a Chinese-American, I've had a keen personal interest in the East Asia region, particularly China, Japan, and the DPRK (North Korea), and actually coming out here has confirmed it. To this end, I'd like to stay in East Asia for several more years, getting more experience in the gaming world under my belt as well as improving my language, business, and cultural My name is Roy and I'm not sure exactly how I learned about FT but I joined in May 2001 and only have 155 posts, most of them fairly recently. I didn't fly much as a kid and only for leisure until I joined a Big Four accounting firm in April 1999 as a sales tax consultant. I am now a manager with the Firm. I probably lost out on a bunch of miles/points in the two years before joining FT but have been addicted ever since. I don't really travel much for business except for the occasional out-of-town assignment and training. I used to let our corporate travel office pick the airline but now fly exclusively on UA or *A because of their routes, *A partners, and non-flying mileage earning opportunities. I also almost stay exclusively at Hiltons because of their double dipping program. I was born in HK, raised in the SF Bay Area and now reside in Sacramento with Mrs. Sactoroy and daughter, whom we adopted in Sept '03 from China. I attended San Jose State University and obtained a BS in Accounting in 1987. My international travel began as I met Mrs. Sactoroy and we decided to visit Thailand in 2000. Since then we have been back to Thailand 3 times, China twice (once for MS Sammigaile C. from Tx. DOB 9/11/66. My Job ??? wish not to say, takes me all over. Mom of 3 kids and a Fiance Hello All, I have travelled pretty extensively as a backpacker and seen a fair bit of Europe and North America in my time. I am now lucky enough to travel a bit for work and last year ended up in a conference in Szczecin, Poland. I manage a tall ship in Melbourne and we do a lot of work with not-for-profit groups and schools. I went to Monash Uni and NC State (Go Pack!). Have summered in the Hampton‟s, driven a car across Eastern Europe, gambled in Las Vegas, stayed in a capsule hotel, and flown MEL to LHR in J. 26, single and a cyclist, I play dodge the trucks during the morning peak. Cheers. Rob Kudos to all ...I started last year just visiting the CX site ...recently, I started exploring the other forums ...I am hooked, visiting this site every day. Learn lots and hope to be able to contribute more as well.

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Ummm. Like flyastrojets, I just found out about this thread - actually, I just found out about this forum. In locating this forum, I became instantly upset that I am missing the AAsia trip this weekend. I'll be among the first to RSVP for next year, though. And, in the interim period, I promise to be social and attend functions in MIA and DFW when possible. I found FT by accident during a routine Google earlier this year. Since that time, I have been amazed by the wealth of information here and the helpfulness of all the members. Business travel is relatively new to me. I qualified for Platinum on AA last year with zero business trips (and no idea a platinum challenge existed). That being said, I am conquering the learning curve with help from FT and those involved. I now work in Miami for a South African manufacturing company. We make gold jewelry in Virginia South Africa and sell it into Europe and the United States. My job is to handle the US retail accounts. That puts me in front of customers in exciting locations like Bentonville, Akron, West Chester, Plano and Irving. Oops - XNA, CAK, PHL and DFW. But, mainly I am on 1614 or 1945 between Dallas and I suppose it's about time I posted mine, so here goes: My name is Sameer (big stretch of a handle, huh?) and I'm 26. I'm a doctor for the U.S. Navy, which means that right now I'm exiled in lower Alabama (I mean, Pensacola, Florida) while I learn to fly airplanes as part of the Navy's Flight Surgery training program. (what's a flight surgeon? go here: U.S. Navy Flight Surgeon Training http://www.nomi.med.navy.mil/NAMI/SFS%20Recruiting.htm ) Anyway, as you may have guessed from the second half of the handle, home is Los Angeles, California. I graduated from UCLA in 1996, U$C Med in 2000, and completed my surgical internship at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego in 2001. So much for the academic stuff… Traveling has been a huge part of my (and my family's) life since I was born. My parents and I moved to Los Angeles from Scotland when I was a year old, so my first flight was logged at the ripe old age of 14 months. No FF miles I'm afraid! Since then, I've been to Britain, Switzerland, France, Kenya, Tanzania, China, India, Canada, Grand Cayman, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and all over the continental U.S. (I I'm also new to the forum (posting wise) although I've been reading for months. I'm 52, live in Colorado where I am a Logistics Mgr for a defense contractor on an Air Force contract. My interests are golf, sports in general, reading, and an occasional turn in the kitchen preparing a Cajun dish (born and raised in SW Louisiana). I've recently resumed traveling after an extended period where I travelled very little. I've learned a great deal in the short time I have frequented the forum. Hope to become a more frequent contributor once the miles start accumulating. Hello! I'm Bryant. I am hearing-impaired and I love to travel! On top of that I love to ride my dirtbike around on the ranch/farm like crazy and enjoy my freedom when not travelling. I enjoy meeting people from around the world, too. I love Japan immensely and have visited there twice already, next year being my third time. Places I've been to: YVR, SFO, LAX, SLC, SEA, HNL, NRT, YEG, YYZ, ORD, IND, AUA, and KTP. Next trips upcoming: SYD+ADL (Full month Jan) followed by NRT(Mar-April) then LHR in June-July time frame for 2006. Sanosuke! I guess I have posted enough that I need to leave a short bio. I have been in FF programs from the Start (about 1982 I think). The best deal was the CO "We're Sorry" program shortly after they took over People's Express. My wife and I got 6 free RT tickets to Europe, NZ, Australia, etc. If the Web were active then, it would have made Latin Pass look like small potatoes. But without easy communication - most people didn't benefit. Also I volunteer for "bumps" often. Unsually get 4-5 a year (either free tickets, $$ vouchers, etc. Once in HI I "lead" a family group of 10 for vacation on UA (back in the old "1st Class voucher for 6 segment" days. We all earned the voucher + each got a $800 bump on the return (when $800 could buy something). I write letter to airlines, hotels, etc. (good and bad experiences). Some seem concerned, other probably just hit the big round file. My home is in Ohio, but I am on the road (air) almost every week. Accumulate lots of miles and points - so most vacation travel is very low cost. Work travel is usually in Midwest, but also in France and Germany about 6 times a year. Enjoy traveling, so do not get weary of flying and new cities. But it hey... i hope this is where i can introduce myself...im sarah!!! uh, im kinda bad a talking about myself so PM me if u wanna chat but i hope to see u around the forum. I just figured out the title of the thread from Smessier's comment about "45". I've been popping up here and there in various threads over the past few months. I am a public school teacher who runs a computer lab in a small (100 students) K-8 school in the Redwood Country of Humboldt County, California. Ironically my frequent flyer travel began about ten years ago, up here behind the Redwood curtain, as a college student member in the National Education Association. I had one year as an unemployed student with over 100,000 miles flown. This is the land of exhorbitant airfares and gasoline. (We have been paying $1.80 for a couple of years so the recent gas hikes don't seem so drastic.) This is a one horse, I mean airline town dominated by United, though Horizon/Alaska came in a couple of years back and meets some of our needs if you are heading to the far north. I am a Californian but have spent about 15 years living in other states and countries. Last year I decided I really needed to indulge my travel needs after several years of limited flying. I happened on the Healthy Choice promo last April and got a fair amount of miles from pudding (My wife refers to me as Sean, been traveling for a little over 15 years now, 42 years old. Have been working for the past 15 years now as a Telecommunications Consultant Engineer for an Insurance Company and have traveled to many a Catastrophe site as well as our other large call centers throughout the country. Favorite carrier to date I think has to be United, with maybe Lufthansa as a close Posts: 3 New to FlyerTalk, very old to flying. Based in the Middle East (for now), fly back and forth to the US West Coast, almost always via LHR. Very bad at watching my Frequent Flyer programs...actually, more like a bit disorganized. I know I am throwing away tens and thousands of points/miles each trip. I fly business on long haul flights, but scour aggregate sites for the cheapest possible deals on continental US flights. Hi.

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my turn, my turn.. i'm brian, 19 years old, university student. you'll find me in montreal at mcgill university [faculty of management], and during holidays my hometown of morgantown, west virginia. yes, people actually live there. after 4 years in a rural PA boarding school (by choice...most people ask "what'd you do?" when i mention it), coming home to WV isn't much more than my family and a couple people i've kept in touch with. hence all my time online IMing with classmates, old and new. growing up an hour south of PIT, US was the only carrier worth flying with a hub so close by. i'm slowly transitioning to UA/AC/*A due to looming troubles, but can't beat the non-stop YUL-PIT for weekends at home. for at least 2 years, i was faithful to rec.travel.air (gasp!) and only semi-knew about FT until something back in may sent me back and i haven't returned to r.t.a. the spam and childish bickering among those there should have deterred me years ago, but alas i wasn't aware of FT. i pop into FT chat at times, still trying to make a name for myself and get to know other FTers. anyone coming to YUL, just let me know, peel pub awaits Hello, My name is Claudia Collao. I live in Santiago, Chile. I graduated from Santa Maria University here in Chile and my degree is Electronic Engineering. I work at the major Telecommunications Carrier here in Chile as a Director for International Projects. I'm 30 years old and I'm married. I don't travel a lot but I LOVE TO TRAVEL. I have some miles with Mileage Plus from United Airlines. I'm planning a trip to USA for this Aug or Sept. with my husband and I like to read the topics here at the Flyertalk so I can learn and plan a better trip to USA. Hi, I see other newbies have posted and so thought I'd throw in my bio to the thread. I'm Stewart Mann, 42, live in Winnipeg Canada, with my wife Sally and 4 children (oldest 15, youngest 9, 2 girls, 2 boys) . We moved from the UK last year, I still own a printing company near Cambridge UK and commute back for one week each month (on CP). We have started a specialist catering company and a restaurant in Winnipeg, and I have a management company that runs them all. I hope to start a travel agency soon and so will combine my three main loves of travel, reading and fine foods & wine. Stewart. Time to quit lurking and dive in... My name is Scott, I'm 24, and I live in San Diego. I am a product designer for Interaction Architects (www.interactionarchitects.com), and I don't travel as much as I would like. Too busy!! On averavge, I'm a 40-50k mile-per-year coach class flyer, most of it personal trips, and my preferred carrier is UA. In addition to UA, I'm currently enrolled in 4 other frequent flyer programs. These include DL, HP, NW, and AA. My passion is travel, and I'm known for my spontaneous 'weekend warrior' trips. My last one was a long weekend flying to AMS and back - just for the heck of it. Next weekend I'm flying SAN-SFO-BOS-SFOSAN. And three weeks from today, the trip I have been waiting for for quite some time: Australia/New Zealand!! Two weeks of pure vacation down under. Can't wait. My Schedule for '99 (already flown or guaranteed for the year): SAN-LAS HP 737-300 LAS-SAN HP A320 SAN-DTW NW A320 DTW-AMS NW 747-400 AMS-DTW KL 747-300 DTW-SAN NW A320 SAN-SFO WN 737-300 SFOSAN WN 737-300 SAN-SFO UA 737-300 SFO-BOS UA 767-200/ER BOS-SFO UA 757-200 SFO-SAN UA 737-300 SAN-LAX UA I've lurked around the site for a while, and gotten some great info. I finally joined & with the generic/odd name, thought I should provide some explanation. SCOOW is Scuba Chick Out Of Water -- learned to dive living in the SE, then moved to the Mid-West. Lots of water close by, but diving in the "Mighty Mississippi" isn't my idea of a good time! And, looking at catfish and airplanes sunk in a quarry doesn't compare to warm Carribean water teaming with fish or watching cuttlefish in Indonesia. I love to travel & a few years of flight benefits (working at DAL - that's Delta since I now push stocks for a living) after school really fed the bug. Now I'm flying on my own $, so keep those budget tips coming! Well I've been posting for about a month now so here goes. I was born in Bellingham, WA but grew up just outside of Vancouver, B.C ( good times! ). Did some travelling as a child, spent 1 year in school at Bathampton, England and sowed my wild oats throughout Europe after high school. Left Canada ( not exactly the job capital of the world ) and joined the U.S Navy and flew all throughout Asia and the Middle East for almost 18 years. I met my beautiful wife in the Philippines and are coming up on 21 years together. We have one son in college, 3 dogs and 4 cats. ( Catman has Yaz and Eddie, I have Balky, Friski, Cosmic and of course BoBo ). So I have a very full house but wouldn't have it any other way. I love to travel, golf, play Ice hockey and chat on the FT boards. I'm looking forward to meeting more of you in my travels and if the opportunity presents itself making more of the get togethers. Cheers Scott Hi I just signed up i have heard great things about this site. I am looking to plan a trip leaving DTW on 1/5/09 for a week thinking about going somewhere in Mexico or at least somewhere warm. Would like to use miles. Can anyone assist me? Hi there ! I'm Mathieu, a french guy, living in Paris. I grew up at Reunion Island. I'm 21. I'm studying information technologies. And I'm here thanks to Chrissxb =]. Nice to meet you all *incline* Okay, I am hooked. I found this site last week and now it is the first thing I click on when I go online at home and at the office. I am known as the "road dog" at work because I travel more than anyone else, almost always ABQ to DCA on TWA, and, for some reason, I usually get 27D, hence the handle. I am a lowly Elite I on the soon to be defunct Aviators plan, and was absolutely thrilled when I reached the point where I could "board with the babies". My name is Diana, I'm 49, single (divorced) no kids, 7 cats, one arthritic dog and a Mom who moved in with me in October because of her bad health. I am the Director of Sales for the Albuquerque Convention & visitors Bureau, and my market is DC/VA/MD. I have been traveling this route for 1.5 years and will be ramping up to every other week beginning in July. My very first flight was from London to NYC in 1957 (sorry, don't know the proper codes) and my Dad was in the USAF so I learned early how to fall asleep to the sound of B-52's (the aircraft, not the rock band or the drink). In my years on this earth I have been a secretary, police officer, shooting range owner & operator, and the last 12 years in the hospitality

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I discovered Flyertalk some months ago but due to work restrictions (Very limited computer access out in Denali National Park where I work) and my recent travels, I have been unable to devote more time to perusing this site until recently. Now that I have, I must say I‟m most impressed with the collection of intelligent, well spoken folks who comprise this community. Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Elton Parks. I am 44 years old and live in the tiny enclave of Ester, Alaska, located a few miles outside of Fairbanks. No pavement here, only one business open to the public (The Golden Eagle Saloon) and an interesting and eclectic collection of miners, artists, dog runners, drinkers and university professors. My kind of town. I live in a 16 X 24 cabin, no water, and oil heat just a stone‟s throw from the Eagle. Moose occasionally visit the neighborhood. For the time being I am happily single and looking forward to joining friends in Australia later this winter. It‟s a good life. Over the past fifteen years, I‟ve been working in Denali National Park driving the busses that ply the rugged road that wanders 92 miles into the park. The road is closed to private traffic to minimize impact on the environment and wildlife. My work day takes me on a nine hour 135 mile round trip through incredible scenery I'm not certain who actually reads this thread, but: In non-FT life, I'm a Seattle-area based marketing executive for an education publishing and technology company, requiring me to be on the road nearly every week (recently, CID, MSP, RDU, EWR, BUR ... you get the idea). Luckily, I like travel and what I do. I've got something of a lengthy history (and avocation) as a news media commentator on technology and marketing trends, both as an interview subject and as an author and broadcaster. Used to be in journalism full time, years ago. But marketing is what has paid the bills for the past nearly two decades, and I spend almost no time doing commentary these days simply because I'm too busy. I truly enjoy travel. My wife and I try to schedule a trip to Europe at least every other year, traveling simply (it helps that one of my consulting marketing clients was Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door -- lots of good tips and people there). Though we do occasionally splurge with Starpoints for a high-end hotel. And we visit Starwood timeshares in Hawaii and Colorado. We (me and Seattlenerdette) live outside of the Seattle area, in an area known as My name is Sechita. i am a advid traveler and student. my favorite place so far is Agra India 'Taj'. Thanks again. I'm new here. I am an online freelancer and I love to travel Greeting all, Realized that I never introduced myself. I am a retired US Navy Senior Chief. Spent most of my Navy career in and around Asia and the Mid East. Lived in Japan and The Philippines. Since retiring from active duty, I moved into a contracting job supporting both the US Navy and international navies mainly doing Test and Evaluation of new systems. I fly quite a lot on United and prefer to stay at Hyatts. Found FlyerTalk when I was looking for a way to track BIS miles. Been basically lurking ever since. Post every now and again (more frequently recently). Based on some of my reading on the forums, I think I fit right in as I tend to enjoy my G&T, beer and Sake a bit more than my Dr. and wife appreciate. But hey, if your gonna live life, live it large! Take Care, SeniorChief OK, I have been reading the boards for quite a while and finally started posting about a month ago. The AA threads have helped me much through my travels over the past couple of years. I'm a 28 yr old male living in the SF Bay Area. I grew up outside of DC in surburban Maryland. I went from one bay to another. I did some major traveling when I was younger on NW to see family in Asia. That started me on my love for flying. I got a high school trip to Europe and flew BA; I fell in love with travel. When I got my drivers license, I used to planespot at DCA and BWI. It got me into trouble a bunch of times. I went to undergrad at the University of Maryland Baltimore County which made spotting a lot easier; BWI was only 3 miles away. Didn't do too much flying except to BUF, CLE, MIA, and JFK for conferences and vacations. Went to grad school in Philly at Drexel University. PHL really sucks for planespotting. Got a job offer from a startup in the Bay Area; dropped my masters and flew AA to SFO. Ever since then, it's been history. SFO and SJC have pretty good spots to view. My job with the startup had me do some intensive domestic travel with 1 I've been a bit vocal in the 26 days since I registered on F-T, and hope I've added to the groups mission. Here is my bio: Born in the Baltimore area, spent most of my life there eating steamed crabs, oysters and all types of Chesapeake Bay seafood. After doing an Army Reserve stint after school, got a sales job with a chemical company and never looked back. Have traveled the Orient, a little bit of Europe and tons of US & Canada. Left MD for a job in NJ (Mt. Laurel)and lived right behind NFL Films HQ. Spent lots of time in PHL eating soft pretzels with mustard & Jim's & Geno's cheesesteaks; played a lot of darts with Aussie & Brit pals at the Dickens Inn on Headhouse Square. Took an offer in PDX 4 yrs ago with a how-to-book publisher as Natl. Sales Mgr. Currently with a $100Mil magazine publishing co. as Key Acct. Sales Mgr, but work from home office in Portland area. We publish 60+ different magazines each month. Re-married for 7 years to a lovely lady from Winnipeg, who is a writer and business trainer. She does free-lance work, traveling all over the world doing seminars, as well as writing for 3-4 of the magazines that my company publishes. We have 3 cats Name: Michael. Profession: Chemist. DOB: 6/23/82. Fav. Carrier: Continental. Trips per year: Less than 24. Hey everyone, Just wanted to introduce myself. This looks like a great place, and very happy I found it. Tons of valuable info from awesome people I have been reading/posting for a while. I'm 51. I manage/co-own a small consulting firm with multinational clients. I usually fly business class to Europe (these days London, Amsterdam and Paris), Malaysia, Australia, and occassional other venues plus coach to NY, Tennesee, and various other scenic hotspots. Over the years, I've had clients in Venezuela, Uruguay, Argentina, Peru, Indonesia, Colombia, Germany, Kuwait, China, Canada, and probably other places I can't remember. I'm on the boards of two Canadian companies, which means a few trips a year to Toronto and Calgary. And then there are lots of vacations with my wife and/or teenage kids (in the last 12 months, Australia, NY, Mexico, Paris, Nicaragua, Rome). I have been picking up useful tips on FT on getting well-taken care of by airlines and credit card companies. Since I'm Lifetime Platinum on American, I'm considering building up elite status on BA and using my QF flights to make that happen. I don't know what one needs to be an elite on BA. I always feel badly treated by AC (rarely mean, though occassionally, but bureaucratically officious) and would love to see if being elite got better

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Been here for a while, but never formally introduced myself to FT. Not sure who keeps track of these, but whatever. I am a graduate student at Kansas, currently working on two MA degrees: Japanese Language & Literature, and Russian & Eastern European Studies. I am fluent in Japanese, and I'm struggling to attain that same level in Russian, but I find that language extremely difficult. I will be taking the GMAT later this month, since I will likely be pursuing an MBA as well. So when all is said and done I hope to have 3 Masters degrees and a decent job. . I find myself surprisingly productive on flights, and I look forward to flying longhaul so I could get research done without distractions. I suppose my crowning achievement during a flight was writing an opinion essay on the territorial dispute between Russia and Japan (the southern Kurile islands); I submitted it for a competition and won the award for 2006. I wrote that essay during an MR earlier this year, and I suspect the bulk of my MA thesis will be written from my laptop at 35000 feet. Other than reading FT, my hobbies include scuba diving, exercise/powerlifting, video games, and watching too much TV. And A Newbie here and greeting to all. I would like to start to do some posting but have had trouble finding a "New Thread" button, most likely under BA Executive Club area. Any suggestions? Posts: 1 Blimey This is a mine of information ! I "do" golf forums a lot (I have a part time business that keeps me sane as a clubmaker/fitter and am more than happy to answer questions on that) and in my "real" job I fly LHR-SFO a lot, well enough to be a Been on this forum for a while but didn't thot of posting a note here till now... So here it goes… SIN is where home is and will always be… But I‟m currently a student in the states and yes, at 34 I‟m still a student… And because of that, I do most of my flying for leisure only… Usually with Star Alliance airlines… Coming from the east to live in the west is a great opportunity to experience and immerse one in a totally different culture… And there is no better way to do that than to travel and see things with your very own eyes… Diversity is one word that drives and challenges me to explore various things… On the one hand, I‟ve attended a Nascar race with men dressed in sleeve-less shirt and baseball cap… And on the other, I‟ve attended musicals with men dressed in their Sunday best and fedora… On the one hand, I‟ve been to football games and enjoyed the passion of feisty young men…. And on the other, I‟ve been to bars and enjoyed the mellowness of matured gentlemen… On the one hand, I‟ve indulged myself with a feast for my eyes on a nude beach… And on the other, I‟ve pampered myself with a feast for my mind (and tummy) in the Amish country… On the one OK I'll add mine in.... I've lurked for over a year actually, I have NO idea what took me so long to actually get a user name and password and contribute! UserID: skAAinsteph Name: Stephanie. Location: DCA (used to be DFW) Born: July 1975 making me 31 now (how did that happen????) Random: Single, government work, yes I used to skate now I teach seasonally, I am one of those who drinks at the bar in the sky in F! Best AC story as I am totally an AC brat: season finale of Desparate Housewives this past season - in DFW AC C, flight delayed from DFW -ABQ was set to board at 8:50, show would end at 9, I had to make it to another terminal, AC rep said she wouldcall over to make sure I made the flight so I could watch the last 10 minutes of my show New to the Site. Hey yall...just happended upon this site... My name is Jeff and I am 29 years old in live in Atlanta, GA. I moved to the South about 3 years ago from CA, where I was born and raised and went to school (UCLA)...quite a change! I am Director of Reporting and Budgeting for a company called ExamWorks that performs Independent Medical Exams. We plan to acquire several smaller companies across the country over the next 2-3 years and then take the company public. I do a bit of work travel going to look at potential acquisitions and then assimilating them in to our finance group. My wife and I love to travel internationally, we quit our jobs in 2006 and spent 5 months traveling around the world. Recently, we have been back to the Dominican Republic and Cozumel and just booked a trip for August to Siciliy and the Aeolian Islands...can't wait! Given that we live in Atlanta, we fly primarily on Delta, and I am interested in any ways to gets miles, medallion points and upgrades. I am currently a Gold Medallion and working Hi everyone, I am a short chubby balding bloke living in Aberdeen, Scotland in my mid thirties. I came across Flyertalk by chance, but I look forward to posting here. Hi all -- glad I fly for work a bit. I've been an aviation nerd since I first grabbed my stuffed animals, lined the lot up in lawn chairs, and flew 'em to the Faroe Islands (which I thought were tropical) when I was 5. Gotten a lot of helpful tips about UA over the last year; looking forward to more, and adding a few once in awhile. Hey all ! Just found this thread while doing a random lookaround... So a few details of mine: FT-ID: SkywalkerLAX. Name: Sebastian. Location: LAX/!DTW!/US-Eastcoast + Germany. Random: 26 y/o, single, too busy to enjoy the perks of mileage redeeming. Occupation: Travel Industry. Favourite airline: AA (AC addict). Longest MR: AONE5. Last flight: DTW-LGA. Plans for this year re. FT: Attending a (few) DO. Have a good week all ! Seb. After (finally) catching up with this thread, I figured I too would post before we go to Who we... 45. I'm a 30 yo Ph.D. student in College Park, MD, though I am originally from Montreal. I started flying a lot 6 years ago. I was studying in Albany, NY and met another foreign student, from Germany, there. She went back to Germany after a year (and I back to MTL), and it has been a long and very long distance relationship since. [Though I am happy to leave CB with the longest distance relationship award! <g> ] Over the last 6 years, she has been in Germany for 3 years, then 2 years in Japan, and is now in Argentina. All this has meant a lot of travelling... my first trips to Germany were on my mother's frequent flyer miles, which was certainly a great way to travel... Such a bonanza couldn't last though, so since then I have flown mostly AA and KLM/NW to Europe (and JAL a couple of times to Japan). It's been a real blessing to find this board given that my girlfriend (and many friends) frequently mock my addiction to FF miles. Then again, I don't see them flying to Argentina for free using miles solely from MCI sign up bonuses! <g> I hope to meet fellow Flyer Posts: 7 Hello from long time lurker in Boston. I've been using this site for a couple years now since my AA Platinum challenge (met with one trip to NRT to visit a friend). I've managed many upgrades, have earned an absurd amount of miles for not much cpm, and have rationalized many more fun trips than I would have otherwise. I'm a 30 year old avid outdoorsman (whitewater kayaking, cycling, winter hiking, backpacking, etc) and I'm happy to combine trips/mileage runs with some of these fun activities. Feel free to PM me if you have any of these interests... especially if you travel from BOS (I fly AA mostly, some DL/NW). I'm not sure how much I'll add to most of these forums, but I am a researcher in systems analysis (BS: Math/CS, MS: Operations Research) and love the mile/$/route optimization problems so maybe with some more practice...

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Name: Scott. Occupation: work with taxes on computers. Live: San Diego. Born: Waterbury, Vermont. Favorite Destination: Australia or New Zealand. I noticed today that I only have 34 posts (35 after this one) even after being a member for nearly 5 years now! I've always been reading, but started posting more lately. Thanks to everyone for all the interesting reading. Scott I've been lurking around this board for well over one-and-a-half years, but recently started posting last summer. I'm a 27 year old Systems Engineer for one of the big data network hardware manufacturers. I was born in Melbourne, Australia, and raised in Long Beach, CA, and now call Irvine, CA home. My UserName reflects upon my favorite airport: SNA (John Wayne Orange County Airport), which is 10 mintues from my front door. I have always loved flying, airplanes, airports, and traveling, and have acquired a recent mileage addiction in the past four years I have been an Elite FF. I pretty much travel exclusively with American, and their oneworld partners. I'm Executive Platinum with AA, Gold with Hilton, and I'm going to work on Starwood Platinum this year. In addition to travel, I like Scuba Diving, Wine Collecting, Beer, Food, and Electronic Music. No, Hammertoad I am not flygirl. Close though, same company. hello everyone! about time to introduce myself. my name is udo, i'm german and 37 yrs old. working for a packaging graphics company in the uk, functioning primarily as the global spare capacity for everything, which explains my 24hr pw airborne preference:) my current location is listed as london\duesseldorf, which is not strictly true. have lived in london for 5 years, but moved out, to just put my stuff in storage for a couple of weeks until i find something in nottingham. hm, that was in january 2003.… and there it still is. as is my stuff in stuttgart, hamburg, chicago and all the other places where i lived and moved away because of new assignments. i am really looking forward to collect it all in a couple of years time, once i have found a permanent place:-) apart from being chased by storage company accounts departments, i camp out near d-dorf in my girlfriends house at the weekends, who, by the way, is the one in a million who's afraid of flying. i am a trained economist, which explains why i moved into consulting after university. did the usual 3 years and work since 97 for my last client. My name is Mia, originally from San Francisco and currently based in shanghai china for a time being for work. I discovered FT a while ago and been hooked ever since. I think its one of the best web sites on the internet. I love sharing travelling secrets and finding other like-minded people just makes me feel so "normal". I have learned so much from it from re-routing to mileage runs. Just several months ago, I have expereienced the Cathay Pacific First class lounge in Hong Kong airport for the first time. (Any first class lounge for that matter) I usually just flight direct but decided to detoure through HK on a business class and what an experience that was, thanks to FT. Anyways, I will be keeping my eyes out for anything unusual and keep you people up to date. Hello everyone! I have visited flyertalk on and off for the past couple of years and I finally decided to join. I and from Oregon and am currently going to college for computer science. I love to fly too! My name is Pete, and I have been flying for business since Jan 2007. I telecommute for a company based in the San Francisco Bay area. In my job I travel domestically, but I don't really have any routes that I fly consistently. We cover all 50 states. I recently moved from Allentown PA to Jacksonville FL. I have loyally flown US Airways, but I will be making a change in 2009, yet to be decided. Love the forum, I find it to be a wealth of information. Hi everyone and greetings from the rainy Hudson Valley. After reading occasionally (and in secret) for a long time, it was overdue for me to sign up... not sure if I will be able to catch up with those of you who have 10.000+ posts, but I'll try. Name: Christoph Profession: Finance Compliance (Sarbanes Oxley) in a Fortune 50 Company DOB somewhen approx. 30 yrs ago Home City: currently somewhere north of NYC , prior to that LAX, WUX and NUE Birth City: NUE. Where you find me in the plane: far away in the back :-( Thanks to the current economy, the rule is "Cheapest Flight - for everyone"... Favorite Airlines : 9W, LX, LH, UA Least Well, I feel like a seasoned veteran here, so after prompting from Catman to tell my story, I'll give it my best. I'm 40 going on 25 and have been in CLT for three years, preceeded by five in Tucson, four near Frankfurt, Germany, two in Great Falls, MT, six months in South Carolina, two years in Omaha, two years in San Antonio, two years in SFO, and a long stretch in Las Vegas, broken up by active duty Navy time. Well, as a Navy brat to start with, having lived in Naples, Italy at the ripe old age of five, I have always had the bite of the travel bug. Nothing thrills me more than the rush of air travel, but a good sightseeing tour by auto can also be good for the soul. I have two wonderful boys, ages four and 1 1/2 who live with their mom in Iowa, a recent situation. But I get to see them often as I take advantage of the many miles I have banked over the years. I am quite the packrat and rarely use many miles, so now they are coming in handy. From 85-97 I worked as a civilian for the Air Force, which will explain many of my changes in location. I also had the "opportunity" to travel several times a year in that capacity. Now I travel a lot for leisure and an occasional business trip. I Finally, after many months of lurking, and about 6 months of letting my username go unused... My handle comes from the fact that I teach communication and coach speech and debate at the college level. I teach at a small liberal arts college in one of NW's hubs. I do some traveling for that -- not as much as many of you, but usually when I go, I'm bringing lots of students with me. And since I tend to have more students than budget money, finding good fares has been very important. I'll post more in a couple of the other introductory threads. Thanks for the community that's been here on FT. I'm Spiff from Louisville, KY. I'm a Professional Engineer and a college Professor. I travel a bit for work but more for leisure these days. I'm hoping to get more business travel in by doing consulting, possibly overseas. My work schedule permits long weekend travel and I can usually take my work with me if I have to, so it's rare for me to pass up a terrific sale, especially to Europe or Asia. I have three sweet (but often naughty!) cats who love it when I'm home, which doesn't seem to happen very much these days. They are all named after professional ice hockey players, which is the sport that I also play (not professionally, though!). I usually play forward, occasionally play defense and never goalie - that position is for crazy people! I took my first solo commercial flight when I was 6, flying from Honolulu to New York for Christmas. I was amazed at how big the seats were, since I was able to crawl under them! Now I've become quite a bit taller and do my best to sit in business or first class whenever possible, or in an exit row when doomed to coach. My favorite destinations are Frankfurt, Tokyo and London. I have recently discovered a new favorite, Hong Kong, name is amit. been a subsriber to Mileage email for quite a few years, finally joined FT in aug this year. am SW engr by profession, based in Bay Area, california. very loyal united flyer.. mainly fly for personal/pleasure.. became PremEx last year. also *wood Gold

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Hello i'm a newbie here, Name: spike gomez I feel interested with this site, i looks cool. Just who am I anyway? I am a father of four daughters. I don 't travel much right now. I travelled a lot for two years when I was contracting. Back and forth between MSP and that small MHT. I am not elite anymore, but have a lot of miles saved, which I hope will still be around when I want them in a couple years. I am a Mask Design Engineer for LSI Corp, formerly LSI Logic, in Mendota Heights, MN. I made a mileage run in 2005 to keep my elite status in 2006. I enjoy lurking a lot. FlyerTalk is very entertaining, as well as useful. In my spare time, I play poker, sing karaoke, and play disc golf. I hope to visit my brother in Hawaii (big island) in a few years and play both disc golf courses there. That's about it for now. Hello, I've been here a while, so it's probably time to introduce myself. I'm a manager at a $100 million travel agency that specializes in travel award fulfillment for major credit card companies. I can't name them here, but many of you do business with them, I'm sure. It is very challanging, but I really enjoy it. I decided early in life that I wanted to have a career in travel. I went to Europe a couple of times as a kid, and was hooked! College was wonderful, due to the fact that most of the material was of great interest to me. I received two degrees in business management from a small university in Rhode Island -- graduated #1 in my class both times with a 4.0 GPA. My job facilitates a lot of personal travel. I've been to approximately 30 countries, and traveled on about 20 different airlines. My goal is to see 6 continents before I'm 30. I've recently fallen in love with cruising, having gone on two sailing this past year. Please feel free to email me if you'd like. u28rt59@hotmail.com I log on to the forum today and got a mild „telling off‟, something I deserved. So I thought I better pull my fingers out and post something. Well, a bit about myself. I think that I am lucky to have found Flyertalk, not only it offer me hours of enjoyment and amusement reading various wonderful postings on a subject I love – travel, and the endless useful advice and ideas to make my next trip more enjoyable. It is also the first forum remembers my birthday! It was a wonderful surprise when I receive a birthday greeting in my email. Thank you (admin@flyertalks.com)! I am very old. Retired from a lifetime of travel financed by HMG (in case you were wondering, it stands for Her Majesty‟s Government) and for my holidays. Now I am retired, I still get a nice trip from time to time doing some consultancy work, mainly on China and the East. My trips take me mainly to the United States, and the Far East, with the occasional trips to other parts of this wonderful world of ours. I use Star Alliance almost exclusively, as its member airlines served most my travel need, most importantly, it provides me with a refuge (airport lounges) whenever I am on the move. On the whole, I Steve Whittington. Hello all, I am new to this site. I just retired early do to medical reasons. I was introduced to the site from a friend who travels extensively. After telling me about some of the great trips she has taken for next to nothing, I decided to check it out. I love to travel, and now have the free time to do it. Any help or suggestions for me would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to surfing for the great deals and mistakes, and taking some nice trips. Happy hunting...... Hi, I've just joined Flyer Talk today and thought I should introduce myself. I found the site through a consumer site that linked to the Virgin Flying Club Forum. Having had a look around the site I was really impressed with the number of different topics covered so thought I‟d join. I‟m 48, single and living & working in the South of England. Unfortunately there is very little opportunity for business travel at the present time but I do a fair amount of leisure travel both within the UK and overseas. I‟m always on the lookout for good deals and like to collect loyalty points where I can so I think this site is going to be really useful. I‟ve built up points in a few hotel and airline loyalty programmes and with the current financial situation and the weakness of Sterling I think I‟m going to need to use some in 2009. I‟ve already had a couple of free hotel nights this year and have enough BMI Miles to get me a couple of European flights. I‟ve also managed to build up 115, 000 Virgin Flying Club Miles which, if I decide to blow them all on a bit of luxury, will get me an Upper Class trip to my favourite destination Las Vegas. See you all around the forums. Cheers Clive Hello my name is Lee I am from the UK and travel to the Middle East and Far East about 10+ times a year. I have gold cards with Emirates, Etihad & Qatar airways, and silver with Sing Air. I also have Platinum with SPG, PC Platinum Ambassadar (After 3 years as a RA) and recently got Platinum Hyatt via a status match after reading this forum. I have gained alot from this forum over the last 2 years thanks and hope i can offer some tips and advice in the future. Time to share… Well here it goes, my name is Thomas, 39 years old and I‟m based in DUB and SNN (tend not to fly out of SNN though). I work in the public sector and have been a frequent traveller for most of my adult live. My very first flight was with Interflug (the old East German state airline) from SXB to SVO on a study trip to Moscow and Leningrad at the time. Return was on an old propeller aircraft operated by SU. My flying took off in 1991 when I became active in international politics. Mainly European destinations out of TXL. I made LH FTL at tender age of 23 and became LH SEN at 24 and kept that for 13 years. In those days LH SEN‟s were identified on board with a pin which was part of your welcome package to put on your lapel, no fancy codes on your BP then. Your card also acted as a form of credit card and you could book flights with LH directly with an invoice sent to you some weeks later, how times have changed. LH SENs also had their own account manager. I still have some friends who work as lounge dragons in FRA from those days. Then they had a lot less customers and they remembered you. Moved to YYZ in 1994 and was Hi everyone! I am 26, soon to be 27. I was born and raised in Indonesia, studied in Southern California for my BA and MBA, and currently I am based in my home country. I am working in a property development company, although in the past two years I have been concentrating on a tiny retail business of my own. I love to travel both for business and pleasure. I travel primarily on SQ due to its excellent product & service offerings and because SIN with its numerous connections, is just a stone throw away from JKT. I collect 1:400 model airplanes in my spare time, still yet to get my hands on the new SQ A345 model. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif In just a few days, I am going to get a taste of how it feels like being in an aircraft for 16 hours straight - and believe it or not, really looking forward to it. Anyway, all the best to all of you for 2004!

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Okay... Another student! (albeit significantly younger) Some people I've talked to on the chat will know already, but it goes like this: Real name is Joo-Hyung Maeng, but aka Charles Maeng in England (people find my Korean name too hard to pronounce/write) I'm currently a high-school student (17). I'm Korean but I have chosen to study in England. (Please don't get me started about the education in Korea) This guaranteed a minimum of 3 roundtrips per year from Seoul-London, hence my interest in flying. I went to England in Jan, 1995... so that's when I was 12 Some people find it hard to believe I chose to study some 6000 miles (am I complaining now? ) away from home since such a younge age, but at least for now, it turned out to be a very good choice. I've so far had a very enjoyable life in school. (boarding => yuk! well, actually, it's really fun ) Now I've reached that stage where I'm applying for universities... I'm praying I get into Cambridge, but if I don't, then I won't exactly throw myself off a bridge. What I do in my free time... Well, this (FT) eats up quite a significant portion... then there's piano. I played it since when I was about 5, but then stopped I thought I posted already but now can not find it. I am new to the board, fairly new. I have one daughter who is now in college and wants to start traveling with her mom - how fun is that? We are in Texas and loving it! Anything else you want to know? Just ask! Posts: 1,275 Hi all, I could not recall if I have made a self-introduction. Anyway, I believe some of the members do know who I am, and have met me personally. My name is Thyetus and I am from Singapore. Hobbies: Music: I have over thousands of CDs at home. Mostly in Chinese. I am also a freelance writer, usually reviewing CDs(which explains why I have so many of them). Movies: Also due to the nature of my freelance work, I get to attend a lot of movie previews, though I do not have time to review every single one of them. Bodybuilding: This comes as a surprise to many but I have been bitten by the bug since 9 years ago. Competed once. It is a totally different kind of lifestyle I must admit. So I welcome any member who is also a bodybuilder to write to me or drop me a friendly note. That's all. Happy FTing. OK, OK since you brought it up again, Shadow, I'll give it a shot. I'm 32, I have one step son (7) from my previous marriage who's very dear (and loves to travel with me!) and another boy who used to be my neighbor and adopted me as his replacement dad. He's 12 and wants to be a pilot. His mom works for an airline so he flys all over the place after school and on holidays just for kicks. Not my idea of a good time! I live on a small organic farm out in the middle of nowhere in NM. I'm not disclosing the exact location because in a prior post I admitted to having thousands of pounds of food buried in the root cellar, and while I'd love to meet some fellow flyer talkers, if things get ugly at the end of the year we don't want TOO much company! I am a non-profit development consultant, which means I help charities raise money and expand their programs, and I work on both coasts. I'm constantly tempted by attractive job offers on the coasts, and once took one for a little while, but I got homesick. I love it here, looking up at the high peaks, being surrounded by gardens and then the hills rising up to the mesas and then the peaks. The air is clean. Cows are the bit about me. 52 year old mum of 2, wife of 1, so maybe that should say mum of 3, travel to the uk from perth Australia. every year to visit family. Spend alot of time on our boat a 42 foot flybridge cruiser, small compared to most on our waterways at the moment, what recession. Anyway the boys are 13 and 10, and we have a good time together, they are great travellers, the eldest gets on plays games, sleeps, gets off, wont eat incase he has to use the toilets, the other one is up and down and all over the plane, loves, it chats to anyone and really enjoys the whole process. Weve travelled over the yaers on BA, Qantas,( served him brocoli for greakfast so thats them out) Singapore, Thai, malaysian and Emirates fantastic times to leave and arrive and connecting flights, all just brilliant, lovelly food too. So now we are skywards members, gone from silver back to blue unfotunately, but manage to upgrade using points the london - dubai leg each time, which is excellent, hate going further down the plane when we get back on to do the dubai - Perth bit, (the longest bit too). Have a great life, all very happy, stopping in Dubai on th eway over in June, staying at Atlkantis Hotel just for Hi there. Thought I would put my first post in here. I'm from Ottawa (YOW), Canada. I have lived here or nearby for most of my life. I'm 28 and will be happily married next summer. I am a database administrator, currently working for a large company, hoping to go independent. I have done some international travel but mostly domestic. If anyone is ever in this great capital, let me know! Steve As I vaguely recall posting on the 1st Who we are thread long ago, and as I have significantly changed my life since then, here is a fresh look at Stimpy. First off, I chose the name Stimpy without thinking as I thought I would only read this board once and never see it again. Boy was I wrong! It's been over 5 years and 5000 posts now, my gosh. When I first joined Flyertalk, I was living in the south of France working as an Internet/ Telecom technology person doing Sales/Marketing/Engineering and mostly Business Development. I soon moved back to Los Angeles and things eventually went to hell when the dot.com crash hit. Yet before that I met AuH20 at a UAL VIP party at LAX. Soon after UAL invited me to be a VIP member at the newly built Staples Center. I jumped right in an AuH20 followed and we had a great 5 year run at that place. Non-stop Champagne, celebrities and countless great memories. It all might not have happened save for Flyertalk. I also hosted some early large Flyertalk events in Long Beach (1999-2001) where I met many of the founding and sustaining members of Flyertalk. I've tried to give back some of what I've gotten from this board. Starting in 1996, I Hello everyone! I‟ve been reading up on several threads here on Flyer Talk to familiarize myself with the community, and I thought it was about time I introduced myself to you all. My name is Ryan, and I‟m with Internet Brands. I‟ll be here, participating on the forums as well as communicating with the moderators, so that all of you will have a voice to express your thoughts and concerns to the people at IB. As it has been stressed already, I want to reassure you that we are not here to start changing things around and futzing with the formula that has worked beautifully here for so long. The community here at FT, as it is now, is what attracted IB, and that being the case, we‟ve adopted a philosophy that more closely resembles the “If it ain‟t broke, why fix it?” mentality. I will admit that I myself am not directly privy to the intimate thoughts of our fearless leaders, but I assure you that any ideas for change that might come through the pipeline will be thoroughly hashed and rehashed, taking into consideration the wants and needs of the community and the expressed opinions of all the moderators, including Randy and Mikel. We here at IB recognize that the core value of Flyer My name is Malik and I am lapsed attorney. I am now in grad school at the University of Penn. School of Education. I am thirty years old but a "student" again. I don't fly all that often but with the help of webflyer and now flyer talk I have been able to accumulate miles. I sign up for all bonus and I average about 20,000 miles a year from long distance by switching. If MCI keeps the 25,000 I should break 80,000 this year. This along with the bonuses when I do fly and healthy chocie for lunch should help me continue flying when I set off to save the world. You guy have been a great help and are extremely knowldgeable and I want to be just like you when I grow

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For those new to FlyerTalk, the 250th post originally marked a change in member designation to one of "FT Evangelist". Of course, that designation no longer exists. But I still believe that it is an important milestone. I wanted my 250th post to be really special, so I decided that I would share with you a more detailed description of myself. O.K., just who the heck is Studley, anyway? Well, I'm a 35 year old male, going on 25 (hehehe). I still get carded when I go out to bars and dance clubs. Yes, I do look, act, and talk like I am younger! Of course, in those earlier years, I carried myself with the poise of an older person, then realized, I was going to miss out on having fun as a youngster. As a result, I am just as comfortable in a T-shirt and shorts as I am in a suit and tie or a tuxedo. I hold a degree in Government, with a minor in Business, after trying Pre-Med for a short time. I work in the transportation field as a Planning Manager. I live in Dallas, seemingly right under the flight paths of both DFW and DAL (but doesn't everyone in the Metroplex live this way?). I definitely prefer DFW, and have never flown from DAL. I am originally from a small town in Southeast Louisiana, Trophy Wife. My husband travels for business and I manage all his points, upgrades and bonus miles. Flyer talk is a very informative tool. Keep up the good work! Hello! I am Alan, 25, My wife and I recently moved to Okinawa, Japan since she is in the Navy. I am a software engineer working for a company in Austin, TX .. So I have/get to travel between the two a handful of times per year. Chose UA over AA (rather inconvienent since my US home is Austin [sort of]), but the connection to OKA was far more convenient this way. FT has taught me loads about arranging my travel to get the most bang for my buck. I have learned a ton about the traveling public (though I admit, I thought I knew it all from my years of flying). For example, you hate it when a crew cuts in front of you at security. I am not a "lurker" for the simple fact that it sounds quite creepy. Ask what you must, complain all you want, I will always smile and try to make it better. Susie B. Stewardess I feel a little like the day my jump instructor told me to jump out of a plane the first time, but here goes: I found this site a couple of months ago and am wild for it! I might add that I don't have my email in my profile because I'm nervous about a bunch of junk mail. I pull email from the road a lot and am intolerant of wasting online time pulling junk.. any feedback about whether those of you w/ email addresses in your profile would be appreciated. For the bio part: I am VP Operations for an internet company ( http://www.efin.com), which distributes credit application data between automobile dealers and banks. I'm an ex-marine, with a degree in management/marketing. My past experience includes VP Operations for an employee benefit consulting company, COO of a marketing research company, and Dir Patient Services for a children's hospital. I travel extensively to banks in our process of implementing them to interface with us. My interests are golf, wine, food, theatre and music. In a former life I sang for a living at supper clubs and have done quite a bit of community and college theatre. I'm married to a great guy, have great kids and live in the Well heck, why not post a few words about myself, now that I'm actually participating in this thing. So, hi, my name is Sergey. I live in the NYC suburbs and work in Manhattan. I just turned 28. I joined a few years ago, as you can see, but didn't get actively involved in the forums until recently. I do enjoy travel quite a bit. My very first flight in F was on my first business trip -- JFK-SFO on TWA. Back then my company was willing to pay full coach prices, and on TWA that meant flying in F. Needless to say that flight spoiled me rotten and I've been addicted to points, miles and upgrades ever since. Now my co-workers come to me for travel advice. I should be charging comission, damn it! My dream is to start an airline of my own. Of course since I work in IT, have virtually no business experience and no money, it is only a dream... But if *I* was running an airline.… Hi, New member & would like to introduce myself. Working in the New Energy markets – specifically in fuel cells. Based in Melbourne Australia – often travelling to: Germany (all over) France (Strasbourg & Paris) Netherlands UK (up north) Japan US. Being so far away has advantages AND disadvantages. you get to see the best and worst of airlines and travel in general! Looking forward to contributing and hopefully catching up. Trent I've been reading and posting on FT for just a couple months, but I'm hooked now - no turning back. Name's Lori, a 46 year old project manager for an international corp in Grand Rapids, MI. I've had the great luck to travel the world for both business and pleasure and am certifiably travel-crazed. I'm either on a trip, planning a trip (or two), or helping friends do the same. Been NW Gold in the past, but now just Silver Elite due to a dry spell in international action. Been married forever to a highly accomplished homebrewer. We have two great teenage kids and a pushy Belgian boat dog. Travel in pursuit of downhill skiing, sailing and good eats/drinks are the favorite ways to spend the travel budget. If the DJIA is willing and the creek don't rise, we hope to retire at 55 and get down to some really serious travel. Thanks for the invitation to tell my tale! Hi all! My name is Kathleen and I am a single mother of a 17 year old son. I love to travel and have a passion for islands. Up until a few years ago, I was married to someone who didn't much like to leave the state nevertheless get on an airplane. Now, my son and I go off on some adventure every summer and I travel quite a bit during the year to visit friends and go to parties. Unfortunately, I don't get to travel much for work. Up until last year I was an Architectural Designer for a local homebuilder. Now I am writing CAD software for Nemetschek, N.A., creators of Vectorworks ( http://www.nemetschek.net ). That's about it! It's great to be here and hopefully I will get to meet some of yous at one these get togethers I see posted It's good to know that I'm not the only nut case, hmm, concerned frequent flyer around here. It's kind of AA with frequent flyer miles. My name is Thomas and I live in Norfolk, Virginia (ORF). Norfolk is home base for the last 10 years. I tried several airlines before (US Airways, Delta, Lufthansa) before settling in with United Airlines. It works best for my trip across the country and across the Atlantic. Southwest Airlines which also serves the Norfolk airport, sent a rep to our office to talk about their company. I have refused to fly with them. As part of an Q & A session afterwards, I asked, "What kind of entertainment (XM Radio) do you have on board?" It was fairly embarrassing being told that there is no entertainment system on SW flights. I have been a 1K flyer with United for the last 3 years and it will take me another 5 years at this rate to become a million miler. Like many of us, I have had good and very bad flights. While lost luggage doesn't bother me anymore, being taking for granted pushes all my buttons. For right now, I'm still enjoying my time in the friendly skies. Hope to see you all soon.

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I am propably the newest member of this FF online-community... My name is Thomas Wessling, I'm 31 years old and work as the PR Manager for the touristic departement of the former capital of Germany (does anybody still know the name? I hope so, otherwise I would do a lousy job...). Travelling is one of the most important things in my live (what a great thing, that it is so closely related to my job). The US, Canada, Australia, Asia and - top of the list - New Zealand a my favourite destinations. Next March I'm gonna be downunder for the 4. time. Unfortunately I discovered the thrill of FF-programs much too late. I think I wasted some 100.000 miles in my life... Since a couple of month I'm a member of Miles&More as well as MileagePlus. As a novice in this subject I'm allways I had posted on one of the threads (7 or 8 maybe?) a few years ago but the post seems to have disappeared. It was no doubt out of date, so I'll just repost here. I'm techgirl... 32 years old and living in the DFW area about seven minutes due NE of the airport (the post office swears I'm in Lewisville, but I pay property tax to the city of Coppell because my house literally stradles the line). I'm a Texas native... grew up in Fort Worth, graduated from Texas Tech in '94 (hence the Tech-girl) with a political science (public policy emphasis) degree which I spun into a career in healthcare human resources. Ten years later, I've picked up a masters in accounting from UNT ('99) and run a healthcare intelligence consulting firm that we spun off as a funded group from the search firm I was with. I travel around the US now doing strategic planning and employee/provider relations for hospitals and health systems. Lots of surveys (patient satisfaction, employee satisfaction, etc.), focus groups, and managerial seminars. I also speak at healthcare industry conferences, primarily on generational dynamics in the workplace. My biz travel takes me far and wide... from Seattle to San Diego to As you can see from my profile, I'm from Hong Kong. I'm now 24 (in fact I'm pretty surprised too that I'm not the youngest on the board and there're so many young frequent flyers out there these days). I went to the States 6 years ago, spent 4 years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (upstate New York) for my undergrad and 2 years at MIT for grad. That's why I have had a chance to fly United pretty often these years, mostly when I went back to HK to visit my family and friends. 6 years ago I knew nothing about frequent flyer programs and joined Mileage Plus before my first flight to the States just because my family told me to do so. It was not until in 1994, when I received my first Premier card, that I started to know something about the different elite levels in the program. Since then I've been a Premier/Premier Executive with United until now (or, at least until Feb 2000). So I have had a chance to experience all those elite stuff since I was 20, relatively young I think. And, similar to other student flyers on this board, so far all my travel on United have all been on deeply discounted economy tickets, although probably the amount of travel I did was slightly above Long time lurker - finally posting. I'm a Satellite Systems Engineer who doesn't get to travel nearly as much as I'd like. Must have something to do with working in a cave all day. When I'm not saving the world, I'm probably outside or teaching swing dancing. Happy to be here - happier to be there. Cheers! I hope my palindromic intro is perceived as more amusing than sexist . I feel a bit funny posting here for a couple of reasons, actually. When travel personally OR on business, I always grab whatever happens to be the lowest fare (and reasonably convenient)... which means my miles are split over a zillion airlines. I think I'll have "extra special loved" status or whatever the different names are sometime in 2018 because of this. At best. I almost never stay in hotels for leisure travel (always stay with family or friends or at hostels, etc.), but on business I stay wherever the conference is, whatever happens to be cheapest (within reason, of course), and so on. So while I have silver status with Hilton now, I can't imagine getting gold status with 'em or any other hotels anytime soon. So I kinda feel like a bit of a travel-nonelitist-loser compared to the rest of you. But at the same time, I'm fortunate in that -- despite being a late bloomer travelwise (never left the country 'til I hit 26) -- I've had the pleasure of traveling quite a few interesting places and have enjoyed some fun adventures in the last few years. Some of my favorite cities so far include Stockholm I was asked to post a bio of some sort, so here it is, ready or not! 38 years old, bald, fat, bearded, bespeckled, and benighted. Computer software consultant, 100% travel. Based in Denver, hit both coasts with regularity, not as much in flyover country. Fly UA, just made 100K Premier on Dec 30th (just made it, too). I usually fly every Sunday and every Friday. I'm divorced (over ten years ago) no children, one hairy old fat cat. I like Spaghetti-O's and Little Juan's frozen burritos. And Mountain Dew. My teeth are rotting, thanks to the Dew. I usually am only home on weekends, this has been a rare 'down' week for me at home. Back on the road tomorrow (DEN-SNA-SFO-DEN). My hobbies are horology (collecting vintage men's wrist watches), guns (mostly the scary assault rifle type), writing, reading EVERYTHING, and computer geek type stuff of all sorts. I've been on the Internet since 1985 (yes, 85) and I used to run a pirate BBS in the bad old days. Statute of limitations is up, I believe, so there. I subscribe to Smithsonian, National Geographic, Conde Nast's Traveler (don't care for that one, though), Shotgun News, Guns-n-Ammo, and PC Magazine. I Hello, Hi everyone. I have used your forum as a guest for a couple of years but today I can't seem to find what I am looking for. Yes you guessed it "discount codes". I actually run my own forum which is an international forum for cigars. So I hope to meet some good people and have a little fun as I post and share. Hello everyone. I'm Mario, known here as the Phoenix. I've lurked the forum for a while but only joined last month. Some of you know me as mirrodie on airliners.net. I come from a family where 3 aunts work (2 recently retired) for AA, so I have always been partial to AA. I grew up around JFK and was lucky to be able to watch planes take off and land right from my front yard. There my love for travel started. In high school, I wanted to fly Air Force planes ,but upon taking the ASVAB (sp?), they said I would be great in the cockpit, but in the back seat, like Goose, from TOP GUN. Why? Although I have perfectly healthy eyes and vision, I wear contacts and glasses. And back in '93, LASIK was not an option. Uh, hello? Goose dies?! not a great selling point there buddy ;-) So I researched Embry Riddle and realized that flying would not be in my best interests as I am too social and wanted something require more face to face time with people. So I earned an honors degree studying Evolution of Vision in Primates in College and went on to Optometry school. Graduated an O.D. in 2001 and been practicing ever since. Amazing how one limitation opened another door, isn't it? Unfortunately, I have always been a lurker here. My AAunt tries to throw mileage tickets or D-3's my way, so my fiancee and I, Hi FTers, i just discover this Community recently and found it very focused and interesting. I hope i can contribute as well from now on with some relevant information. I'm an Italian based fashion industry manager. Being in charge for export, my job (and my leasure plans as well) push me to fly about 100.000 miles x year. Countries i visit more frequently are USA/Hong Kong and China/Middle East and Europe, usually two three times a year each in different locations. That's for now...see you around in the forum, and maybe sometimes in the future somewhere around in the real world. Best, The_Daddy

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Although I've been on FT for a couple of years, I never got around to posting a bio. Who I am the_traveler I grew up and lived in upstate NY (exactly 1/2 way between NYC and Montreal ), then moved to NV and AZ, until I moved back east to RI. I'm growing tired of the cold weather, so soon I'll be moving from one "island" (Rhode Island) to another (the Hawaiian islands)! During my time out west, most of my family was back east, so I did alot of cross country flying for many years. So much so, that now, including miles and points from things like credit cards, shopping, hotels, etc..., I have so many miles and points that I have not purchased a plane ticket since early 2002! (I have flown many trips during this time, and even sent my family on trips - including to Asia! ) And I still have many more to go! I have worked for the Internal Revenue Service for many years, but I am now retired from that job. During those many years, I was "based" in Las Vegas, but my "office" was 125 miles south, so when I went to "the home office" for monthly (or more) meetings, a hotel room was provided! Because of my free travels for the past many years, I am not elite with any airlines. But Hi, I'm a middle aged management consultant, who is probably a bit of a rarity amongst FT members. I wish I travelled a little less (or at least more selectively). I do get through 200ish flight segments and 150 plus hotel nights a year which does allow me to fund the sort of travel I do enjoy (BA FIRST for starters). My wife's only complaint about this is that I keep coming home! I hope she's joking. I am probably the airlines and hotels worst nightmare. My speciality is process excellence and when I see a broken process I feel the need to find the right person in the organisation and complain to them. I live in a fantastic location in S West Scotland, the only drawback being distance from the nearest airport (GLA) from where most places are two flights away. FT is a fantastic resource and I have the reputation within our workgroup of being the FF king. However, compared to many of you out there, I am but an amateur. Even though I rarely respond to these posts I do read through them often. I enjoy reading about all the activity out there. I am a consultant for one of the major Hardware Co-ops. I flew over 160,000 miles in 1998 (all domestic) and have reached Executive Platinum level on AA. I acquired Million Miler status on the same flight that gave me Executive Platinum status. Keep up the enjoyment for those of us that like to read through posts. "Our battered suitcases were were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life." - Jack Kerouac, On the Road, Part 3, Ch. 5 1957, but still worth reading Well why not! I'm in my mid 30's. I've been a travel freak since I was a kid. I don't know why I was so interested from birth. My Dad used to take me at age 5-6-7 or so to the airport to look at planes. One of my fondest memories is that one time he surprised me by just walking up and buying two roundtrips SFO-Stockton on Air Cal. I also would call all the airline's 800 numbers and ask to be put on their flight schedule mailing lists. I would then organize them in a small "office" I constructed in my closet and I would memorize the routes. At age 10, I tried to write a book called "Aces to Astronauts" and I wrote letters to the senior management of all the airlines asking questions about the history of the airlines. I grew up in San Francisco area but my first professional experience in the industry was in Austin, Texas where I was attending the MBA program at UT. I worked in the regional sales office for Continental while Frank Lorenzo was still at the helm. The office was eventually closed and its operations consolidated into Houston. After getting my MBA I started two nightclubs, one on Sixth Street in Austin and another one later in downtown San Antonio. I presented about So I am not really new here I just guess I fogot about the forum and never paid close enough attention to the emails. Anyhow my profile pretty much tells the details, married middle-aged traveling guy from Tampa Bay area in FL. I am a sales guy peddling wireless messaging solutions, yeah the evil text messages......... Say hi whan you see me sitting/standing around TIA or ATL seeing as all things go through ATL or so it seems.... Hi everyone. I‟m another lurker that is finally coming out and starting to talk. I‟m 20 years old, live in Mass and am a Junior at UMass Amherst. I‟m double majoring in Psychology (Mental health intervention) and Sociology (Criminal Justice) with minors in economics and history. My handle, Tiffa16, comes from my name, Tiffany, and the 16 from being accused of looking a bit young (a NWA representative asked me if I was old enough to drive last year!). I‟m so happy to see so many others that are my age here. I‟ve been a bit apprehensive about jumping into the forum even though you are all clearly great people. Anyways, I love to travel and try to as much as I can on my budget. I currently am trying to put together a trip with a few of my friends‟ next summer to Portugal for the Euro Cup. This will be my fifth trip to Portugal if we can pull it off (I absolutely love Portugal). I also fly to Canada a few times a year, Vancouver and Toronto. I just like to say this site is the best place I‟ve ever found on the internet. The information given here has been so helpful to me that I I've been reading this forum for a couple of weeks now, getting some ideas for a few upcoming trips and I figured this was a good enough reason for my first post. I'm a HUGE MotoGP fan, and a novice club racer here in Edmonton, Canada. Andrew, I bookmarked the blog and will definitely give it a read later. Some awesome pictures from my first, cursory glance. To say I'm jealous of your career is an understatement. Cheers, Rob Name: Tim Chen Profession: International Marketing Manager Currently in Brazil (12/18/98) DOB 02.24.70 Home City: Los Angeles, CA Birth City: Belo Horizonte, Brazil Ok, maybe my (very) early posting on the subject was a little incomplete. Here's a quick bio. I was born in Brazil in 1970. My parents are originally from Taiwan, who moved to Latin America in the late 60's- a very common trend in Asia at the time. While living in Brazil I got my education at a local catholic school and at the American School of Belo Horizonte. I also attended a semester in a private school in London in 1984 (I was 14 and flying British Caledonian by myself). In 1987 I moved to Bethesda, Maryland where I graduated from the Walt Whitman H.S. Then I got my B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing at the American University in Washington, D.C. Today I live in Los Angeles, California. Four years ago I founded my trading company, dealing mostly with Latin America. I represent many different lines of products from american distributors as well as asian manufacturers. I travel very often to Washington, DC, Miami, Sao Paulo Rio, and Belo Horizonte. I've

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Hi All, My name is Tim, but my friends in France call me "Timo". I am a Senior at the University of Wisconsin and am currently studying abroad at the ESCP-EAP in Paris, France. I have lived for 18 months in France (1 year exchange in High School, and 1 semester my sophomore year of college). I am 22 years old and will be graduating in May, and will be moving to Houston, Texas in July. I love to travel and have travelled throughout Europe. I made PLAT on NWA for the first time and will drop to a NWA nothing next year, as my job in Houston doesn't have any travel. There I will be working in the finance department at a large oil company. If anyone is coming to Paris, feel free to PM me. Cheers Timo Hey folks! Even though I joined FT almost a year ago, I'm just digging around on it recently. AMAZING info here. So I thought I'd officially "de-lurk" in the appropriate thread: about me: I'm 34/M/single -- but not for long on that last count. I'm an engineering professional and work with a small (>10) consulting group that just started up last year in the Tidewater (SE) area of Virginia. Prior to that I worked for a corrosion engineering firm for 8 years -- if it rusts, we know how to stop it from happening. Most of my travel has been in the form of highway miles; I've been in a field engineering profession that required me to carry a certain amount of tooling and equipment, so that coupled with the nature of the projects I worked on (smallish & regional) dictated that I drive, not fly. So while I racked up the hotel points, FF miles have been rare. It's only last year that my responsibilities changed somewhat and I began to log more airmiles that I decided to dig into FT. Man am I sorry I waited so long. As an Atlanta resident until just this past year, DL is my carrier of choice -- even though I'm only Silver, I fight tooth and nail for the upgrades and like the extra lbs for baggage. And even Hi, Been reading, finally joined. Live in Hobart, Tasmania Australia which makes getting flights that count for awards damnably difficult due to QF basically pulling out of Tassie and leaving us with Jet*. Now tend to fly Virgin Blue due to cost. Do a lot of intrastate driving, and have probably experienced the full gaumet of dogey hotels. Currently QF Silver, but will probably lose that in May due to lack of SC. Other than that, I have lived in the UK, and Qld as well, and love travelling but dont have enough holidays from the Uni to do it (PhD students are kept on a tight reign). Well, here I am having read the boards for a while and posted a little bit, but have yet to introduce myself. So here goes... Almost 31 and I've just relocated to to MLB after a decade in BOS in the music business. I became addicted to travelling when I got the opportunity to tour with a few bands. A new city every day - very exciting when you get to see more of it than just the parking lot of the venue you're playing. I have to give thanks to gleff for introducing me (wether he knew it or not) to this site and to the rest of the FT'ers for all I've learned from this site in such a short time. I've already got my first award trip (almost - return leg left to go) booked for myself and another, mostly with miles I've earned by following tips here. I'm stuck working locally now, but any excuse to get away Hi all, I've been around FT for a few months now and decided it was time for me to introduce myself to a larger audience .. Vocation: soon to be graduated grad student. Location: CLL (College Station, TX), as it stands now moving to ALB in a few months. Interests: tennis, skiing, reading (unfortunately no time for this lately ), and obviously travel. Places I'd like to visit: Tokyo, Moscow and an Well after so many posts and finally just now coming to this thread im Tom a 23 year old from Ontario California that is a day trader and a fitness nut that also has been upsets with aviation for over 20 years, yup ever since I was 4 years old! Name: Tony Flores Profession: Regional Account Rep for a Casino Gaming Company DOB: 12/19 Hometown: Reno, NV (Transplant)...Originally form St. Louis, MO Fav Air Carrier: Anyone but SouthWest Hello. My name is Tony. I am originally from Hawaii. I have been living in Los Angeles for the past 24 years. I work as an urban planner in public transportation. I essentially plan the big rail projects and I am a total travel geek. I am also an active member of the Transportation Research Board and I travel to conferences and also to research and study tours regarding transit systems worldwide. I just joined FT a few days ago when discovered what MR was by seeing a CBS Sunday Morning Show regarding MRs. I feel like I am a latent MR person. I don't like short segments, however, I will fly them out of necessity. I would prefer long haul. Flying for me is in my blood because my parents trained me to fly on airlines when I was very young in Hawaii. I would get on a plane every weekend because flying was the only form of transportation available between the Hawaiian Islands. FT is quite entertaining, crazy, and creative with very knowledgable people within its community. I am enchanted that this community can probably outgeek anyone else in the world of airlines and other connecting forms of transportation. I look forward to meeting fellow FTers in a future MR or Do New kid on the block, here... 31 SWPM who enjoys travelling, jogging, quiet romantic evenings,ISO 23-30 SPF... ooops,wrong forum for that (that would be an OMNI, I believe...) I am a relocated Canadian (or is that dislocated) who now lives in Indianapolis. I work in global marketing for a large pharmaceutical company. UA, AC, USAir, CO Elite member. Glad to be in the company of you Allow myself to introduce....myself? Howdy Ya'll. I'm a Texan AA Platinum member. At 23, I've enjoyed the oppotunity to travel all over the world. In my first year on the AAdvantage program I've accrued over 220,000 miles. Some for work, but mostly for pleasure. Last year I travelled many domestics as well as multiple trips overseas like Africa, London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Moscow, Rome, etc. etc. etc. This sorta thing is my bag baby....yeah! Will work for miles. Hello, My name is Alex. I am a 21 year-old Junior at Arizona State University, majoring in Finance. I live in Tempe, AZ, but am originally from Wisconsin. Airlines and travel have been long-time interests. My first frequent flyer experience was joining TWA's Frequent Flight Bonus Program when they were offering the "Mega Miles" bonuses in late 1993/early 1994. At this time, I earned the watered down Silver Preferred status. I went on to become Elite on TWA in 1997 and got frustrated with TWA's limited route structure and overstressed employees. I took advantage of the Continental OnePass Prestige Pack and am now Silver Elite. I am also a lifetime member of the President's Club. My interests are leisure travel (the source of all my actual miles), golf, and watching baseball (go Mets!). Another one of my interests is music, especially the Eagles. I've earned plenty of miles going to Eagles concerts, group and solo, and anxiously await 12/31/99's concert at the new Staples arena in LA. hi all! Hello! I'm Belle. I was just browsing through some topics and thought it would be nice to be a member so I registered. I hope I'll have a great time here.

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Most of the travel we do is with two preteen children in tow.When we've used pricelne without them it is no problem .however I fear what I will run into with all the uncontrollables when we have 4 in our party and need additional beds.We even prefer no foldouts nor cots and need non smoking.AND NO PETS. Is there anything like a priceline with ''requirements''? We had tried other places online and got such a nasty Daytona Beach Hotel we had to pay for another as we could not stay in that one and they had it rated 4 star and it was a 0.We had a [far]less than 4 star in DC when we thought we were paying for one also, neither was priceline as we had the chidren in tow. Does anyone have any suggestions? The chidren are very neat and well behaved and help us clean the places better Aloha from California I've been too busy checking out great tips in the Miles & Points section that I didn't even notice this forum... until cawhite60156 pointed it out to me (wave!). Turns out I know her from another online community. Small world! My name is Lani. I maintain a Web site called The Travelite FAQ (www.travelite.org) where I provide tips on how to travel with just your carry-on. Unfortunately, I don't get to keep it as up to date as I'd like, because my spare time is tied up primarily with producing content for MousePlanet.com, an unofficial Disney information/news site. I was once a United Mileage Plus Premier when I lived in Hawaii. Since moving to California, most of my travel have been by car... but with a few business trips this year, I am back at 2P again. With the double-status-mile promo this fall, I should make 1P for next year. I am a tech writer for a software company in the SF Bay Area. My most frequent drives are up and down I-5 to get to Anaheim (to Disneyland -- work-related for MousePlanet), and flying to Orlando (guess where). I'd been familiar with Webflyer for eons and only haven't spent much time on FT until now because... well, My name is Carianne but I answer to Cari or SK online because SKingList was my screen name just about everywhere for a long time. I'm 28 and for a long time I was an NWA flyer due to travel between the US and Osaka, Japan. I know DTW a little too well I think My travel has evolved recently and being NY based and in favor of direct flights (due to length of flights, segments are rarely an issue for me) I've switched a lot of my flying to CO (had old, somehow never expired, miles there) and AA depending on where I need to go. I'm a 28 year old NYU graduate student pursuing a Masters' Degree in Tourism and Travel Management and working for NYC & Company, New York City's tourism marketing office. That's me in a nutshell. Any questions, feel free to ask. I'm usually floating around somewhere in Travel Buzz, or the AA, CO or NWA fora. Hi all, Just joined the comunity. Originally swedish, Stockholm, age 43, mostly travelling in Europe and on regualar basis in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Weekly (or daily sometimes) in Sweden, from home to work from Stockholm to south Sweden, around 1 h on a plane one way+ transfer. Business trips mostly around Europe. Likes travelling in style but not to pay for it, haha, heard about that before? Due to personal life (no kids, we are both working a lot) we try to get some "escapes" to cities or places like Berlin, Naples, London, Paris etc. More vacation spots is places where there are good cuisine and lovely weather. ( It is mostly cold in Sweden, lovely summers but awful winters in my opinion). I am a heavy car rental user with about 40 to 50 rentals annualy, with about 150 days in total. Make about 150 single trips by plane and sometimes my life seems to be travelling around with my suitcase on wheels and my best friend is my Blackberry with all my contacts in it. Am I the only swede here? Kind regards. Thomas I found this forum a short while ago, but just found this thread now. I have finally started to admit that I really am middle aged. I live in MN with my husband and one cat. My interests are reading, learning new things, the water (the reason I still live in MN - or the reason I give to people who don't understand why anyone would choose to live in such a cold place) cooking and traveling. The place I dream of getting my husband to is Tuscany. The last place I traveled to outside of the country was to the French Polynesia in May 2007 with a friend. My next planned vacation is in February to Palm Island in the Grenadines. And after that, who knows? I can't wait Even though I am planning on sending in a pic to the gallery, here's my bio...... I work at the leading communication technologies company in the nation. I rack up my miles with business and pleasure. I prefer the pleasure travel to business. Love HOT, sunny weather. Dread snow, winter, and cold. One day I plan on living in a warm weather climate, 'til then....I'll fly there!!! I have been lurking her for months and just recently felt comfortable enough to join in. Not that this isn't a very comfortable place--it's my problem. Anyway, I do marketing for a company that provides online lottery services throughout the U.S. and the world. With 27 domestic customers alone, I travel a lot for meetings and presentations. I live and work in Olympia, WA, but the rest of my group is in Sacramento, CA, so I make frequent trips there. I have qualified for AK's next year's MVP gold next year already, and will work on NWA next. I love to hike so live in the right place. (My beloved cat's name is Rusty.) Essxjay: Being a two-time Evergreen State College Graduate, I would love to discuss epistemology with you some time. I took an entire quarter's class dedicated to the subject and loved it! You can smoke the cigar and I'll have a martini. dgray: I think I worked for your unnamed company for a couple of years. Do they still have that dress code or can women now wear pants? Name: Trevor. Occupation: IT Analyst/Project Management. Age: 28. Live: Currently in Minneapolis; hoping to move to Atlanta in 612 months for new job! Been lurking here for a while finding a ton of great info! Time to 'fess up as well. I've been following the board since last May, and am addicted! I'm one of the few females here (that I can tell), and 99% of my travel is of the leisure variety. I'm new to the DC area after 15+ years in southern CT, though my heart is still back in my hometown outside Cleveland. (Hooray for Southwest and MetroJet at BWI!) Thanks to suggestions I've read here on the board, this year I'm focusing on making elite on USAirways (I've already used your advice to upgrade to 1st class using miles instead of taking a free ticket to Phoenix earlier this year!). I also love international travel, planning a return visit to Germany in May 2000, though Paris is my favorite city. If it's in the cards, I'd love to come to the Party in Paradise in November as well. PS. to CATMAN; I don't usually post personal info to public boards, but I guess I'll keep it simple. I'm one of the minority of females on this board. My real name is Sylvia and I'm a Canadian living in Honolulu. Undergrad at the University of British Columbia and grad school at Sarah Lawrence College. Unlike Boomer, I'm married. Like him, I don't have any children (that I know of).<g> I work as the Hawaii state genetics coordinator at the Dept of Health. Before you ask, I don't clone people. If I did, I'd clone myself first so someone could handle the office work while I'm on the road. I do regulate genetic services, write legislation, administer grants, provide genetic education, etc. I fly about 85,000 miles/year attending meetings, conferences, and when I'm ordered to D.C. to beg for more money. When I'm on the road, I search for good food, great margaritas and even better chocolate. At home, I love to cook, bake (killer brownies are my specialty) and rubber stamp (yes, it's a hobby).

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As yet another new person to the Board, I'd like to introduce myself. I am a 29 year old social studies teacher in Willoughby, OH, a suburb on the eastside of Cleveland. I've just returned to Ohio after recently spending almost four years in Budapest, Hungary (two years as an English teacher in the Budapest public schools and two years working for a British venture capital firm). I loved life in Central Europe! It was a wonderful time to be there with all the recent changes. While living in Hungary, I accumulated the bulk of my miles, primarily flying Delta and BA, but also flying KLM/NW. Unfortunately, I never made it to any frequent flyer levels. Always a bit short. Most of my internal travel in Europe was via train. Since my return to OH two years ago, I've gone back to Hungary three times and have another trip planned for this summer. If anyone would ever like some info on Budapest, or Hungary in general, I'd be glad to help. Thanks to a friend, E, I found out about FT. Even though I haven't posted much, I'm always interested in reading the latest. Hi all. Guess it is time to post all about me. I admit, I still have to go back and finish reading WWAA2, actually i'll probably reread all of them as time goes by, quite a good idea baobob. Anyway, I was born and raised at the end of the runway in STL. Well, actually at the top of a hill, making me so close to the planes I could almost jump onto the wing. Now the whole neighborhood except oddly my hilltop is gone, as the expansion plan will mean my house too will be under a new runway, or at least the approach. At 15 I moved to a chicago suburb, and didnt sleep for months without those planes. Anyway, went to university in chicago, got my dog Lucah a few weeks after getting robbed in 1991, worked a few years and went back to STL for grad school, taking Lucah and moving in with Dad. Made my first trip to Asia on a summer break, fell in love with the place and went back every chance I had. Started accumulating miles, and they come in handy living 20K miles from family. oops, left that out, graduated and moved to work in Bangkok, just as the asian economic crisis took off. My beloved dog is still in st louis, my dad would have killed me if I even mentioned bringing him, and I hope my palindromic intro is perceived as more amusing than sexist . I feel a bit funny posting here for a couple of reasons, actually. When travel personally OR on business, I always grab whatever happens to be the lowest fare (and reasonably convenient)... which means my miles are split over a zillion airlines. I think I'll have "extra special loved" status or whatever the different names are sometime in 2018 because of this. At best. I almost never stay in hotels for leisure travel (always stay with family or friends or at hostels, etc.), but on business I stay wherever the conference is, whatever happens to be cheapest (within reason, of course), and so on. So while I have silver status with Hilton now, I can't imagine getting gold status with 'em or any other hotels anytime soon. So I kinda feel like a bit of a travel-nonelitist-loser compared to the rest of you. But at the same time, I'm fortunate in that -- despite being a late bloomer travelwise (never left the country 'til I hit 26) -- I've had the pleasure of traveling quite a few interesting places and have enjoyed some fun adventures in the last few years. Some of my favorite cities so far include Stockholm Hi, I am Zach and I am ten years old. I have traveled to 11 countries and I have no clue how many states. I am a Premier member with United and I really like to fly first class. I also have a lot of Hilton points that I got by transferring miles from other airlines. I really like to travel and I know I'm really lucky. I am interested in theater and theater technics. I am curently a DJ/student. You can visit my web page at http://members.home.net/theaterwiz/Turtle.html If you visit my page, make sure and sign my guestbook. -----------------Theaterwiz [This message has been edited by twiz (edited 08-29-1999).] [This message has been edited by twiz (edited 08-29I am Phil, a third year doctoral graduate student here at Johns Hopkins University-Bloomberg School of Public Health. I have been on flyertalk.com for about two years. Thanks for all the folks here, I learned a lot about air travel during these two years. Since I have family and friends in China, I travel once or twice to China every year. That is where UA vs NW comes from. Before I moved to Baltimore, I flew a lot on United and ORD is always an exciting place for me since United did not serve CMI(Urbana-Champaign University of Illinois Willard Airport). Until now I still don't understand why no United service at CMI. Ever since I came to Baltimore, I solely fly on the skyteam alliance due to higher fare and less miles when traveling on United--I am still a poor student. Sorry, United-but I have always help my friends book their China trip on you. (I have helped them book 5 trips on United this winter). Before I came to flyertalk.com, elite status for me is just a dream. However, after I came here, I found that it is not that hard to achieve it with one US-China trip every year. Last year, after a BWI-DTW-LAX-NRT-HKG-NRT-LAX-DTW-BWI trip, I finally became NW silver. Again UA_Eagle and I live in Northern Virginia. I'm a senior consultant for a major consulting company working in the software engineering field. I was born here in DC and grew up in Northern Virginia, except for stints at high school and college and stayed in the area until about 5 years ago, when I moved to Austin to join a startup as a software engineer. I took advantage of this relocation to fullfill my love of flying and start flying frequently between AUS and WAS and trips elsewhere. Around that time I came up on my own various frequent flying secrets, like always connecting instead of flying non-stop, etc. Around 1999 or 2000, I discovered WebFlyer & Flyertalk and after lurking a while, I registered in Jan/Feb 2001 as "UA_Eagle". The reason I picked this was that I have always loved UA and I was flying UA frequently at that time. The "eagle" part is because of my love of flying high above in the air. Early last year I was laid off from my company in Austin and took the opportunity to do a couple of quick trips (to Frankfurt/Munich and Zurich) while looking for jobs. After a too long search (although I did manage to get 3 free trips to VA in the meantime!), I found my current job and I did not notice this thread until 4 am this morning (the day after Thanksgiving Day 2004). I guess I had a little too much to eat and drank a little too much of Italian wine at the Thanksgiving Dinner last night that I have been up since 2 am feeling dehydrated. After spending the last 2 hours surfing the web, I finally came to the most interesting thread I have ever read on FT. As you can all tell from my handle, I am a loyal UA flyer. I joined Mileage Plus in 1991 when Pan Am and UA had a joint triple mileage promotion that allowed you to earn triplr miles in either program for any Pan Am/UA flights. I flew Pan Am until it died (1992) and UA got my business by default. My association with UA has been wonderful over the years. I have lived, schooled and worked in North America, Europe and Asia. I have two young kids (a boy and a girl). I met my wife while on an international assignment in Asia. We were both working for the same company (she was in the Asia division and I was in the US group) that needed a team to set up a practice in Shanghai, China. We had never been to China before we met, and we ended up staying there for 8 years – a lot of flying on UA between China

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I‟ve been around for quite a while, and really have no excuse why I haven‟t posted here yet, but I guess there‟s a time for everything. I‟m Kai, 21 years old, and a slightly different version of FlyerTalker. I‟m more of the “I‟m here to help” type of FlyerTalker, yet I do have a passion (boy do I ever) for travelling. I live in Petaluma, CA (45 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge sans traffic) and actually trek to SFO a couple times a week to work for SkyWest Airlines in San Francisco for our United Express operations as what I like to term “Airline Gate Nazi” (No seat for you! ), or CS Agent for the uninitiated. I‟ve grown up flying, from the time I was but 9 months old or so I‟ve been making regular trips to Finland to visit family and such. I‟ve always been a bit of a plane nut, and love getting on a plane, knowing it‟s going to take me somewhere fun (usually). My job satisfies me in the way that I help other people do the same exact thing. If you ask me to assist in planning a trip I just light up! So come see me I was always a bit of a oneworld nut, until I started working for SkyWest and converted to Star (and SkyTeam I guess). I‟m the proud owner of a SPG Amex card too. I Hi all, I'm Beau, just learned of this site a few weeks ago and signed up to get tips on an upcoming trip to HEL to visit my family. I'm originally from New York, now living in San Diego. I go to SDSU working on a Finance degree. I fly as much as possible, and love traveling. I work at a wine store here in town and plan on going into the biz full time once I graduate. I'm 24. Hi folks I'm 54 years old and live in Reno Nevada and have worked for the Legislature for the last 27 years. I've been a travel junkie all my life, spent my early years traveling the US-seen all 50 at least twice. Now my goal is to see every county, been to 63 so far. My job lets me earn a lot of comp time when the Legislature meets, I'm of the few who wants time off rather than be paid. Have been lucky enougth to take 2 or 3 months off a year for travel, realy like the out of the way places, that have not been discovered by the masses. Have reached the 1k level the last four years flying mainly UAL. Buy nothing but the cheap tickets, but end up flying business class 90% of the time because of the upgrades and other goodies one gets by flying with one airline. Take a lot off weekend trips to South America, Europe, and Asia using United's E fares. Have fallen in love with South East Asia, and plan on retiring their once I finish my 30 year job sentence. Will still be able to travel cheaply because of the great bucket shops in SEA. My motto is memories are what count, never want to be in the position to wonder what if, just do it. Life is good, travel is great. Happy flying Hi Everyone. I've been on FT for almost 2 years now and fell that I must introduce myself. All my travel is leisure based and its mainly LHR-LAS. I joined UA MP just over 3 years ago and built up a few miles and then *somehow* decided it wasn't worth collecting them and sticking to the same airline. How wrong I was!!! I discovered FT a few months after that thought and everything changed!! Not long after I got a new job (an IT Trainer) that takes me all over the UK and Ireland, and bits of Europe. Picking up on collecting miles and points I stuck with UA (making Premier for the first time) and Platinum in Priority Club. Things got even better from there, with me taking my first ever TATL flight in C (thanks to info off FT), and even managed to takes my Mom in C to LAS. FT paid off once more with me getting Royal Ambassador in Priority Club this year, and also making Premier Executive on UA (even though I've only flown 17K miles this year!). More about me ... I'm 27, single and virtually live in hotels due to my job. I estimate I'll stay about 200 nights away this year from home. (And that's going easy!!). I Love flying and all aspects of it. My last international flight was LHR-IADI'm young (in High School), I love to fly, and I think FT is just a bunch of old people... and I'm currently doing homework Hello! I live close to Washington DC and am one of the many thousands of attorneys therein. My non-business travel includes trips to pretty exotic places like Tibet, Patagonia, and Svalbard. I have been viewing FlyerTalk for some time, but this is my first post. 68 yr old guy, retired USAF air evac medic, senior crewmember wings.Didnt reach 20 yr retirement. Medical retired as a result of hypertensin.Was removed from flying status ,so i opted out.Did crew member status on C-118's,C-131's, C-9's, C141's in that order. Enjoy traveling, fishing, birding and of course, anything to do with aviation. Thats pretty much it Hi everyone, I too joined awhile ago but hadn't posted a mini-bio. I'm originally from San Francisco, and recently attended college at USC (Go Trojans!). Now, I work at a major company in Silicon Valley, CA. Unfortunately, I don't get to travel anywhere as much as I like now, but travel is always on my mind! If I'm not watching my set of favorite shows or ESPN, the Travel Channel is on in the background. In my spare time I love watching sports, relaxing, shopping, and spending time w/ family and friends. When I travel, I usually stay in Starwood and try to fly Southwest domestically whenever possible. Thanks to all who've made FT such a helpful place Hi there, everybody - like so many here I joined after reading the extraordinary thread by Dovster and BEYFlyer. My initials stand boringly - for my name: Vivian Grace Evans. But as I'm using that handle on other forums I don't want to change it, its difficult enough to remember all those PINs and passwords ! Because: I'm retired now, and do like harping on about it, as well as taking all the advantages which come with it (the disadvantages no-one talks about, and they do come anyway ...) ! I live in Cardiff, Capital of Wales, youngest European Capital (only 51 years old!), buzzing, modern and ancient in one go. I'm happy to bend anyone's ear about this wonderful city because I moved to Wales 25years ago when I married my own Welshman. I love travelling, I love flying my most cherished memory is a flight on Concorde before she retired. But: There are my two elderly dogs (Border Collies)! They cannot go into kennels, and as I'm a widow since last year travelling is out of the question just now. I am fairly new here too. I lurked for a couple of months before joining. My name is Valerie, I live in sunny San Diego, and my DH and I love to travel. He thinks I am the master of earning and getting FF miles. This board has been extremely helpful for me in that respect. I love taking miles to upgrade to FC. Let's see what else: Career: Corporate Interior Designer Age: 32 (going on 29 ) Travel: The last couple of years have been slow travel ones for us, but we hope to change that soon. Last trip i took was to Savannah, GA last weekend on US Air. Previous to that Tennessee to visit family on Delta (I usually fly that trip 1-2 times a year, but don;t really consider that a vacation) And previous to that - NYC last October. (We used to live in NYC) Last time I went international was in 2002 to London. Yikes, it has been too long! I guess if you consider Mexico international, we did take a cruise to Cabo in 2003. So, I am looking forward to learning more and meeting other like-minded travel people on this board. Hi all! I'm Valerie. I'm 28 and live in the DC area (Dumfries) and work in D.C. I learned about this site from the great techgirl. I am in awe of all you on this site. I travel mostly for leisure but with some business trips thrown in there for good meaures, I mean mileage. Now it's back to the United thread to see what other goodies I can find. Thanks for all of your travel knowledge New to Group Hi I am Vantzy. I am living in Paris and travel quite a bit but now it is slowing down. I love Vegas and thinking about Hawaii this summer. Any tips of Maui or where to go there would be appreciated. I can help out with info re European Cities and Age: 23; Sex: M; Interests: Investing, Reading, Kentucky basketball, Minnesota Twins, Distance running, Trance music

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Said a quick Hi in the thread a while back when I first joined and am now ready to expand. I work in Hospitality IT based out of Sydney, Australia. The region we cover is Australasia which covers all of Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, French Polynesia, PNG, Guam and all destination in between. In 2.5 years with my current company I have taken over 300 individual flights totalling over 700 flying hours. I really love the travel! Pretty much fly exclusively OneWorld airlines as a company policy so the miles rack up quite well. Always interested to chat with other .au FT'ers. Cheers, vec. Kinda new to FT Hi all, I have been reading this great forum for like 2 months, I really dont have too much time to post with 3 kids is tough! I was browsing around finding deals for our trip to Disney and run into this website. So far the plane tickets are the most expensive thing, with grandma coming along that makes 6 of us! Hope all are well Location: Mulhouse (France) working in Germany. DOB: More than 26 years ago. Marital Status: just married. Occupation: Engineer. Travel: trying to stop with "the travel like a dummy way of thinking". Last Domestic Travel: Paris (again). Last International Travel: Liverpool. Pets: none. Travel Facts about me: now I'm looking for native correspondents as to organize my travel, next goal NY an d Japan Airlines Flown: NWA, Singapore, KLM, CO, Sun Country; Residence: SDF; Former Residences: MSP, GFK; Countries visited: Canada, Guatemala, Russia, Vietnam, Japan, Holland, Singapore; Future Travel Includes: Brazil, England, Thailand; Occupation: Full-time HUM, Part-time MAR; Have Never: Traveled by train or been to the ocean, although I have flown over the Pacific and the NYC STAND UP! 27yo, born and raised in the city of NY (have lived in Brooklyn, Manhattan and presently in Queens), been on FT for a couple of years, and my acitivity here has been directly proportional to the amount travel I do (which in the last 24 months have been plenty!). I work in midtown, pharmaceuticals and do finance & IT work. I also recently started studying for a graduate degree (also in finance) and attend classes on weeknights/weekends. School has put a damper on my travel schedule a bit, but I personally have been enjoying the trade-off. As a frequent travler, FT has to be the most awesome resource I've come across. I've gained priceless knowledge and have earned innumerable points & miles. As some of you might have noticed, I am pretty active on the SPG forums, UAL, OMNI, SQ, and a few others. I have yet to meet any other FT'ers, but would more than welcome the opportunity to get together during the next NYCDO, or even any informal get together. Hi-I do help desk work for a large company. I joined this site in 2007 so I could read all about the now legendary US mistake fare to ART. Since then, I have taken great advantage of the tips and tricks of the frequent traveler and saved lots of time and money! Wow so much to say and so little time to say it, but here goes-. My name is Clint, I'm a 25yr old aspiring entrepreneur from Chicago and one of my driving factors for success is to the passion for travel. With my fiance, it is our goal to see all 7 continents and possibly run a marathon on every one(I ran the Chicago Marathon last year after witnessing the Zurich Marathon in Zurich, Switzerland in '07). As far as where I've been, I am a "road-warrior", mostly did family road-trips as a kid to the East Coast, but also traveled to Phoenix and LA when I was very young( 3-5yrs/old) and since I didn't remember much, embarked on a wonderful 14 day, 6200 mile trek from Chicago to PHX to LA and everywhere in-between in Jan '07. This was the longest of about 20 road-trips I've done in my lifetime, but as I want to get out more and until my entrepreneurial endeavors take off I will only have 2 weeks/yr to quench my thirst for travel, unless long weekends count which means more flying, something I'm not too fond of due to the costs involved(i.e. flying x2 means costs x2 instead of driving where cost is divided by 2 ) and of course the hassles of airport security and costs for checked luggage. I am 49, realized at about 40 that I should have been a commercial airline pilot (sigh) and have always been an avid traveller and flyer. The enthusiasm is somewhat dampened these days on domestic flights given the sad state of airline travel in the U.S. with the dreadful carriers and odious TSA and other government intrusion into our lives. My international travel has been extensive and continues to be enjoyable, especially if I fly a foreign carrier, it seems. Domestically, I prefer both JetBlue and AirTran to all others, as these two consistently earn high marks in their product and passenger service categories with me. My most-despised (but still oftenflown) airline domestically is that U.S. entrant in the "cattlecar of the skies" category - Southwest, a/k/a Southworst. My favorite international carriers (after the demise of my true favorites, SABENA, SwissAir and Braniff (not in chrono order there)) remain Icelandair, Lufthansa and AerLingus. If I am forced to use a U.S. carrier for overseas travel, I prefer United, even though they are among the worst domestically in my book. I find the state of the domestic airline industry precarious and hope that this latest round of Been hanging around long enough now… My name is James. I lived my entire life in San Diego, up until August that is. I finally finished at UCSD (B.S. and M.S. in bioengineering) and moved on to more graduate school, this time at Notre Dame (Ph.D. in Biology). Unfortunately grad school has sucked up my resources and I can't fly as much as I would like to, especially since it is all on my dime. I have no idea what I want to do when I am finished, but I figure that will work itself out with time. The only caveat, I want to be able to travel or travel for work Hi, my name's Bob and I'm addicted to miles. Hi, Bob. It all started when I found a forum on the internet. Now I can't stop filling out new credit card applications and making long distance prank calls to India with my MCI calling card. My wife and kids have left. My dog hates me. I don't care about my tv remote any more. I can't sleep. I just sit in front of the computer eating my Healthy Choice tv dinners, glued to webflyer, hoping someone will post something new soon so I can spend money on things I don't need, just so I can get MORE MILES, MORE MILES, I NEED MORE MILES!! I...just...can't...stop. You're not alone, Bob. We're here to help. Thanks. Thanks a lot. Um, anyone wanna sign up for an ETrade account? Hi FTers, My name is Julie, and as my handle might imply, I'm a wanderluster. I'm a freelance Art Director in advertising so in between 'gigs' I travel. I maintain my flying status enitrely on leisure travel and bouncing between home bases on the left and right coasts. Other than accumulating FF miles, I collect stamps in my passport. As a true Gen-Xer, I was born on an airplane. I was always that kid up front flying solo playing go-fish with the FAs on my way to spend springbreak, summer, christmas, etc with parent/grandparents. Too bad they didn't have FF programs then, I would have hit the 1MM by the time I hit my teens. (Does anyone remember Republic airlines in the 70s? Also known as 'big-chickie' airline?). My curiousity for other countries and 12+ hour flights began after high school when I went to Hong Kong and Japan. Before college I backpacked around Europe for a bit, made some smaller trips during college and when I graduated I was so poor my family had to sponsor the flights home for awhile. Now I travel.... a lot and whenever I can. Wherever I go I'm told that I'm 'cool for an American' so I guess that's a good thing. And oddly enough I

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I am a leisure traveler from NYC, have traveled to many corners of the globe in the past 20 years. Flying is a very enjoyable experience when things go according to plan. Then as a lot of you already know when things don't go by the numbers a journey by flight can be things our worst nightmares are made of. I have learned many things from Flyertalk forums lurking, ie: Expert Flyer, FareCompare, ITA, Flight Memory, ect. Thank you for having a sight dedicated to travel feedback and ff programs. I look forward to contributing relevant travel experiences past, present and future. From a Rail Service Worker in New York City I'm new, but, what the hey. My name is Terence Ma. I am a tenured associate professor of Anatomy and Neurology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. As such, I am supposed to be a professional scientist and teacher. I also have been playing around on computers since 1981. My first on-line accounts were on CompuServe starting in 1982. Currently, I oversee several web sites (professional and for water polo) and am a partner in a web design and consulting firm. A few years back, I returned to refereeing water polo. Unfortunately, there is no water polo in Jackson, so I have to fly to practically all my games. Within the past year, I've had a couple instances of driving off the road coming back from sites about 4 hours away by car; so no more driving unless it is under 3 hours. With my real job, I go to two or three conferences a year. Unless the meeting is in New Orleans, I fly there. This year, the conferences I plan to attend are in Chicago (just past) and in Nashville (late June). But, with water polo, I go around the country (and sometimes out of the country) many weekends (one year, I did water polo 43 weekends). I am currently a Greetings Hi all, I'm Scott here in SAN (but still find myself missing EAU). I'm a government flier so I don't always have the luxury of picking and choosing my carrier. I manage to stay gold on AA, silver on NW and Marriott. That's mostly from conference and training travel. I keep my miles with one of the major alliances. The TPAC miles to NRT or GUM really help. I usually don't get too uppity about lack of upgrades since quite frequently the last leg of my trip will be in a C-2A or one of the H-60's I'm going to fix. The accomodations at the end are more than likely to be a rack aboard ship. I'm an A&P mechanic and FCC GROL so its sometimes a little hard to tune out the aircraft when I am travelling. I'm really enjoying all the tidbits I pick up here on Flyertalk since with the combined audience, everyone here does know everything. I'm pretty new to FT, so here's a little bit about me. I'm 36 years old and work for a company named Boeing. I'm sure nobody on this board has heard of them. I have two beautiful kids and a really cool cat. I travel several times a year on company business and several more with my husband and children. Our favorite destination is WDW. We take the kids there at least once a year. My husband and I both love to golf and we intend to take advantage of the UA 5000 bonus miles between PHX and LAX. My favorite city next to Orlando is Toronto. I'm looking forward to a Long Beach gathering of FT folks! Anybody like the British Brewing Company? Max - From one All State Radio News performer to another (All state 1992 and 1994 Radio News and 1992 Group Improv)....welcome. I LOVED doing Radio news and was pretty unhappy that you can't perform in the category for a year after you go All State....what great memories. I grew up in Donnellson, Iowa and lived in Davenport for 2 years after I graduated. I moved there for a job, but since I am not sure how the company in viewed up there now since I left...I will decline to mention what job it was.... :-) Since I am on a roll with sharing here...my name is Stephanie and I have given up my Iowa residency to be an East Coast dweller. I live in Connecticut with my husband, my 6 month old son, and my cat, Cartman. We've been here for three years. I am a trade show director and part of my department's job is also to coordinate company travel. I lurked on the board for a long time before I became a registered user. I learned a lot of good info that helped me make travel a little less painful and in October I completed the Gold challenge on AA. This board is great and though I don't get a lot of chances to post and participate I make sure I read as often as I guess I'd better say hi. I'm living in Kentucky, been here for 18 months. Love living in the US, but sometimes need a translator, despite speaking English(well it is the South!) Born in Wales 32 years ago, but parents emigrated to South Africa when i was 6. Lived in Botswana after that and went to school in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. Dad believes that travel is best education so was fortunate to travel around South America, US and Europe as child. Went to boarding school in UK for last few years of High School and my sister and i became addicted to scoring upgrades (in days before FF). Went to Medical School in London, and travel restricted to pleasure, and limited by cash!!but am addicted to getting cheapest deals to exotic places! Sent to Louisville, to do some Research, and told colleagues that liked travelling. Don't think they realised how much until managed to get away at least once a month for last year. Joined lots of FF but now travel mainly CO/VS transatlntic and UA around US. I love this forum as it proves that its not just me addicted to getting miles, getting upgrades etc. Managed to score 2 elusive operational transatlantic upgrades, one VS in Dec, and Hello, Santa has nudged me into posting to this thread. So, here goes. My name is William Harvey. My partner and I just returned to Rochester, New York after a two year sabbatical (that is what I like to call it) in Des Moines, Iowa. BOY, do I know how to pick the best cities for air flying!!!! I am the Director for Worldwide Executive Education for Eastman Kodak. As a result of this new position, I have gotten to travel a great deal this year. This is actually the first year I have made any premier status on any airline. Just made Premier Executive status on United last week. I, like many of you, actually enjoy flying. In addition to flying, I love the theatre, movies, reading, and all sports. And, I am a Virginia Tech Hokie. Graduated in 1987. I grew up in Roanoke, Virginia. I look forward to meeting many of you in the future. William Well, after well over 1,000 posts it‟s maybe time to introduce myself. Awareness of flying started at an early age. When I was 4 years old aircraft passed over our house in Bristol, England, to the local GA field and my elder brother taught me to spot the difference between “monoplane” and “biplane” (I‟m showing my age here; much of the local training fleet was presumably still Tiger Moths). On hearing an aircraft in the distance I would rush outside and then report back to him with my findings. For my 8th birthday a friend brought to my party as a gift “The Observers Book of Aircraft”, which his mum had doubtless picked up by chance in a local shop. A little pocket book, one page per aircraft type, it fascinated me, surprisingly since I had no particular interest in aircraft until then. There was the Convair 990 Coronado, so new it was only illustrated by a manufacturers impression. It looked like something out of Buck Rogers (actually it was similar to a Boeing 707). Convair didn‟t have much luck, and only sold 38 Coronados, but I always had a fascination for them. I last saw one a few years ago in the museum at Lucerne, Switzerland. I had gone specially to see it, of course.

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Born and raised in sunny California, I have been all over the world but never quite knew how to do it in style before discovering FlyerTalk. It was instrumental in helping me fly in First Class on the same flight my nemesis was traveling in economy. Ho, ho, ho, that felt good! However, I did contribute a few things like the $106 PHX-CDG fare off of Expedia a few years ago. Last year, I took my dream trip all in business class through Germany, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Romania, Poland, and Holland on six different airlines. This year, I am going to Korea, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan on five different airlines. All that would not have been possible without FlyerTalk. I‟ve had new pages put in my passport twice, and have been to London more than 60 times, but I have never taken a subway or a taxi in London. I‟ve never been to downtown San Francisco either. All of my travel is now leisure since I have been laid off from my job as a proposal manager and am sitting on over 500,000 miles trying to decide where to go next year. Lately, I've taken interest in videotaping my travels and I have several videos in YouTube, one comparing United and Hi everyone My name is Will, and I live in Auckland, New Zealand. I work in the telco and media industry and travel reasonably frequently - and am just about to become QF Plat. I'm also a rather eccentric mileage junkie, so I will be keeping a close eye on the mileage runs threads and posting my own ideas if I come accross something interesting I've been a consultant to the housing industry for the last 20 years, so lotsa travel up till this year. So now that I've not made my gold elite for the first time in 20 years, I'm all ears about how to take advantage of the best airlines have to offer. I'll plug Continental somewhat. They've maintained a good attitude and actually granted me elite status for one more year. Ok.... so per the latest TalkMail I wrote out my Bio and tried to paste in the "bio" box on my profile and realized that it only allows you like a sentence ... I didn't want to waste what I wrote so here it is..... I have worked in the airline industry since I was 19 (yep… over 14 years now). I started as a CSR at the SFO airport with America West. I worked for a while in SEA and SJC (worked the CO contract in both) as well. After about 4 years I went to Las Vegas to start up National Airlines. Now that was an experience. I learned a lot (I was the 92nd employee) and was working there until the end. I worked at the airport and then moved into corporate. It was in Las Vegas that I discovered FT (thanks chanelcinq) and I did a few “do‟s” in SAN and ORD. Don‟t know if anyone remembers but I was the one who got those N7 lounge passes that were raffled off at a couple of parties. I got so caught up in FT that I did a few mileage runs even though I could fly for next to nothing. It gave me enough miles to get to Rio for Carnival and I had Gold status on CO for a bit. After N7 closed its doors I went to work for Hawaiian (corporate) in HNL. That was not only a huge change in living but In all the years I have been on the board I have never posted on any of the "who we all are" threads so here I go. My name is Cheri and I live in Redondo Beach, CA. I am thirty....... and I work for a mouse and I pour red stuff. Phil here from Kansas. Gonna be doing some extensive traveling in Europe shortly and thought this would be a great forum to find helpful tips. Hi Everyone! I'm Ron and I live and work in the SF Bay Area. I'm a former public accountant (tax) who recently changed jobs b/c I got tired of the hours. I'm currently a controller with a commercial real estate developer. I fly exclusively for leisure and I expect to fly now more than ever since I'm no longer working 60+ hours/week! I've got 2 goals in mind relative to visiting this board: 1) Find a way to bank enough miles for a 1st class trip for 2 to Europe and 2) have some fun, meet some interesting people and visit some great places on the Hi, I just joined the board. I was born abroad, and now live in Washington DC area. Currently I am juggling a full time job in Marketing and part time Grad school Mastering in Sociology. I have travelled all over and can't wait to read about everyone's experiences and share some of my own. Happy Travels!!! I guess I should do a personal bio. You can tell I am 36, native Californian(and proud of it!) as I am proud of being an American!. I have traveled to all continents save South America(unless you also count Antartica?, etc.). That would have been done if Brazil didn't require a visa!!! Just wasn't time to get that done for a last minute trip. I will get down there. Chile is high on my list. As it would be obvious, I love travel, flying, languages, other cultures, and learning about the beautiful world in which we live. I am engaged . Met her on the net. Friends for a long time, then talked on the phone for a long while and then met in person and proposed to her the weekend we had met. I cried when she said yes. I couldn't believe it was happening. I am amazed how many of my friends are jealous. Ah, why not get off the assymptote and find a wife. (duh) She is beautiful and very sweet. (hence, my pet nickname for her is "sweety" ) I call her everynight and I can melt by the way she answers the phone. Incredible. Ok, I am in love! October, fyi, is the big date. When she takes her glasses off(as I have the same), she could be a model. My friends hate me for that. I am an American So I'm finally venturing into other areas, after being here for a month or so… My name is Alina. I live in the most extreme SW corner of Washington state (so far down that sometimes, I think that we're part of Oregon). I work in social services, currently with children that have been removed from their homes for reasons of abuse, neglect, safety concerns or criminal activity on the parents' part (gotta love the folks who pick drugs over their kids *eyeroll*). That may change, though, as I'm currently seeking other jobs within the Social Services realm, preferably in the Juvenile Justice/Corrections arena. As my user name suggests, I am proud to bleed the Crimson and Gray of Washington State University. I graduated from the Vancouver campus in Dec. of 2005, even though technically, I was through on Aug. 13, 2005 (yes, I remember the date because it's my neice's birthday). Oh yeah, speaking of the munchkin, my neice is cuter than your neice. (But don't all Aunts and Uncles think that??? ) I travel mainly for leisure, but definitely not enough. So far, I've flown through every airport listed on the computer version of "Monopoly: Here and Now" (ORD, ATL, JFK and LAX). I usually I'm Wyatt. I work at the help desk for Orbitz/Cheaptickets. I don't fly much, although I would if I could. Um...that's it.

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OK, after being a member for almost a year, I finally figured out where this thread lives... LOL. I guess I didn't get the FlyerTalker Map in the mail with my welcome kit... Xinerevelle comes from my first and middle names: Christine Revelle. Friends started calling me "xine" in email about 12 years ago, similar to calling Christmas "xmas"... Revelle is a family name. I'm married to a former frequent flyer who has been extremely jealous that my jobs over the past few years have included travel. His position (paper mill superintendent) is pretty place-bound. We are expecting our first little traveler just after Thanksgiving. Therefore, my traveling has been reduced to the round-trip to the grocery store and the gas station lately. I am currently working from home doing some consulting work so that I can stay home with the baby. Not a lot of travel on the horizon for me, except for visits to family. In my professional life I've held a variety of related positions, most surrounding some form of marketing, proposal generation, and training. I'm a certified trainer for DDI and AchieveGlobal management products. These days I am doing some subcontracting work for a Hi everyone, im the newest member in this forum I am YH Tan from Singapore. I am current an undergrad in the National University of Singapore. My hobby is travelling and exploring interesting places around the world especially countries with rich histories like China and Egypt. Nice to meet you all i have no idea why there is an advertisement beside my post!! Good Afternoon Everyone! I am brand new to this website and I just wanted to make a post to introduce myself to you all.... For those of you who may be familiar with the airport I work at..or you may not be familiar with it...I am en employee at YHZ Airport....aka Halifax Robert L Stanfield International Airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada… My occupation is... as my name states, a Screening Guard..I use the bagge X-Rays and Handheld Metal Detectors and all sorts of devices to screen CHECKED, or Carry On Baggage… I have been working at YHZ for about 8 months or so and I absolutely enjoy my job.. I enjoy meeting new people and chatting about various topics...so if you wanna chat drop me a line.. Cheers ya'll Happy Early St. Patricks Day.. I've managed to miss earlier ops to introduce myself so here goes; please pardon the long-windedness - I'm rather lousy at being concise. My name is Yonatan G and I'm a 20 y/o undergrad. Since I was a kid I was fascinated by foreign countries and by travel. I think it's partly "in the blood": I was born in Israel, my dad in the U.S., and his parents in Poland and the U.K. I emigrated at age eight, and that day marked my first flight, my first time in another country (stopover in London), and plenty of other firsts. I loved every minute of it, and four days later, when I arrived in California, I said that I wanted to fly to London again. I had caught the travel bug, and have never recovered. For the next eight years, except for a visit to Israel (which marked my entry into the FF world with the opening of a TWA account), I was "grounded" in the Bay Area, and fed my interest by reading about other countries. By the time I finished high school, I'd decided that I wanted whatever career I would pursue to be international in some way. In 1996, I got my first taste of world travel with a visit to relatives in the UK, and after my graduation, I traveled through Europe with my 15 year old sister. Posts: 1 I'm am cleverly disguised as a responsible adult. Born in Sakatchewan Canada a long ime ago, I make a good part of my income writing about the auto industry. That particular industry is also the reason I wind up in so many planes and manage to qulify for a few upgrades. Not being on the A list means very few hops over water, but more than a few cross border trips on both AC and NWA, the two air lines that provide the best service to my city. When not strring it up in print, I enjoy motorcycles, scuba and training Bandit (our latest dog). I am a newer member: I have known about FT for a long time from "another" travel forum... FT has a reputation for being less-thanpatient with newbies so I have lurked for a couple of years ~ I finally decided the bark was worse than the bite and joined in July. I am late 40's widow. I love to travel, 100% leisure ~ so I am always looking for a hot tip, great deal or clever idea. I don't travel often enough to reach status thresholds so just accumulate points by running all my household expenses (prolly the only time a person can truly say: tuition ~ woohoo!) through points building cc's. I did get my late husbands 250K Aeroplan points with a copy of his Will and Death Certificate ~ I didn't get his status, but I was more than happy with the points! I, and sometimes one or both of my kids, have used them well and wisely.... I am presently a student but I am returning to the real working world in a couple months --- I KNOW working with interfere with my travel plans! My name is Phil. I live in Austin, Texas (by way of being born in Oklahoma City, and growing up in Los Angeles). I am 21 years old, and just beginning my foray into the FT way of life. I have no idea how many miles I have flown so far in my life, but it has included at least five intercontinental trips (I love England), a couple of trips to the Caribbean, and domestic flying since before I could walk. I will probably hit Silver Medallion on Delta this year for the first time in my life, as this is the first time I am flying for business much. I design Audio and Visual systems for houses of worship, performing arts centers, high schools, stadiums, etc. The love of my life goes to school at UNC in Chapel Hill, NC, so once-a-month trips to RDU are a must. (Side Note: RDU is one of the uglies airports I have ever seen) Next summer, my girlfriend will be moving to NYC to work for an investment banking firm, and chances are higher everyday that I will be following her up there. I have just received my first AMEX DL card, and will be 2/3 of the way towards Silver Medallion this week. So here's to flying the friendly skies. ------------------ Home:AUS / Girlfriend:RDU / Future:LGA+JFK+EWK? I split my time between graduate school--pursuing a Ph.D. in organizational communication--and working for a large lobbying association based here in Chicago (for the moment, although my passion is academia, and that's where I'd like to land, from a career perspective). I began taking Chinese languge courses in college thinking that it would be an interesting way to fulfill a requirement, but fast-forward a number of years, and I now hold a master's degree in China studies, speak Mandarin at about a 10th-grade level, and have lived, worked, and conducted research in a number of Chinese cities. Travel has been my passion since my first trip out of North America (to Paris and Amsterdam, as a 5-year-old), and I visit a minimum of one new country per year. By the time the second week in January rolls around, I'll have ventured to Costa Rica, Denmark (a return visit), Hungary, and the Czech Republic since mid2008...not terribly impressive for FlyerTalk, but I like to think that I get around quite a bit for someone who isn't wealthy or powerful and doesn't travel for work. My ultimate travel goal is to join the Century Club (100 countries visited), and I'm just over 25% of the

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Hi! I'm a high school special education teacher in Antioch, Ca. I've loved travelling since getting the opportunity to go back to the "old country" with my parents when I was a kid. I've been going on two or three trips a year (accompanied by my lovely wife) for about a decade now. We started out looking for the cheapest flights and the cheapest rooms available... I guess we're still looking for the cheapest flights but now we're looking for the cheapest expensive rooms to stay in. We mostly go to Western Europe. Amsterdam is our favorite city. Asia and South America are on the agenda. NW, UAL for flights. Hyatt and IC are the chains we use when we use chains. I've recently become a IC Royal Ambassador and look forward to suite experience this year. I've passed the test to get on Jeopardy for the past two years but the @#!$%'s have not called me! My name: Håvard. Nation: Norwegian. Lives: Trondheim, Norway. Occupation: IT Consultant. Closes airport: Værnes Lufthavn Trondheim (TRD). Favorite airport(s): FRA, ARN, OSL, BGO. Favorite aircrafts: Boeing 747; Airbus 330/340; Boeing 767; DC-10. Camera: Canon EOS350D m EF 18-55 ; 55-200 og Canon IXUS 750. Other interests: Car, mc, boating, martial arts (karate), computer (web design, database-technology. My pictures on Airpics.com ::: My pictures on My aviation.net I'm new here and liking what I see so far . I hope get things right when I post if not be patient as I'm a quick learner . I'm from Liverpool in the UK so if there's anything I can help you with just ask, oh and btw I'm a big Bowie fan too Trying to catch up. In the sixties I was a VC10er between THR and LHR. Those were the days when RTW was PA1 or PA2. Now retired and living in CPT with family in BRS, ATL and near EVV. Lots of SA miles, but how best to use them? Hi all, After lurking here for almost six months, I guess it's time for a bit of an intro. Let's see... where to start? I grew up in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, where I have spent almost all of my 25 years. I was born in a little town called Tillsonburg (which might ring a bell for fans of a certain folk singer named Stompin' Tom...). After graduating from a systems design engineering program in April 2000, I began working for a large ("Big 5") management consultancy, which keeps me in the air and away from home for the majority of the year - which is just fine by me. Although I technically live in Toronto, I've spent most of the past year in New York City, developing IT strategy for large financial institutions and indulging my passions of fine food and wines in Manhattan's many fine restaurants. My job gives me plenty of opportunities to explore another passion in my life - travel. I logged slightly over 100K miles this year in just over six months of active flying in 2001. Although my business travel mostly consists of short-haul crossborder and domestic US flights, I am able to take advantage of cheap web specials to fly to other interesting places for weekend

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