Patrick Smith is a pilot with a major US carrier, but he’s also become a journalist with his informative web site, “Ask the Pilot.” He’s regularly outraged when he reads articles such as ones that purport modern aircraft can “fly themselves.”
I need to add New York Times writer Joyce Wadler to the pile.
Late last month she wrote a wickedly funny column about how impossible it was to get an award ticket to Europe this summer. The headline said it all: “How Many Miles Do I Need to Murder the Head of the Airline?”
Joyce couldn’t find an award ticket because she didn’t know how to look. It’s that simple and that complicated. Regular listeners to my Travel Minute know that snaring award tickets is a science that takes study. Which is why I’ve recommended ThePointsGuy.com and MileValue.com as two web sites worth noting.
And I have twice used with great success Scott Grimmer of MileValue.com to obtain award tickets for me this past summer—one to France, another to Qatar. He charges about $100 but he can save you thousands of dollars AND miles.
Too bad Joyce didn’t know that.