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Daniel Ross

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About Daniel Ross

Daniel’s passion of aviation first took root when he was a little boy and would go with his father and brother to the airport to “watch the planes.” A few years later, at the age of 13, he boarded an aircraft on his own for the first time to visit his aunt in Barcelona, and from that moment on, his love of flying was fused with a passion for travel.

His love of languages prompted him to pursue a degree at the University of Manchester in French and Portuguese. He lived in France and Brazil throughout his undergraduate studies to become fluent in those languages. When he’s not writing or flying you’ll usually find him brushing up on Greek and Japanese – his 7th and 8th languages.

His first job after college was as a travel consultant at Flight Centre followed by a stint as a business development manager for the same company. Daniel wasn’t satisfied just selling trips. At age 26, he took his love of flying to the next level by getting a Master of Science in Air Transport Management from the University of Loughborough.

He has written for various sites since graduating in 2018, including Insider, Simple Flying, and The Points Guy, and has covered everything from route launches and inaugural flights to aircraft deliveries and the hottest fare deals.

You can follow his adventures on Instagram.

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United Airlines to Fly From Guam to Both Tokyo Airports

United Airlines to Fly From Guam to Both Tokyo Airports

The U.S. territory of Guam is set to welcome a new nonstop flight to Tokyo. Chicago-based United Airlines will launch the service to Haneda Airport (HND) in the Japanese capital from its mini-hub in Guam on May 1, 2024. “As…

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American Announces Nonstop New York to Tokyo Service

American Announces Nonstop New York to Tokyo Service

New Yorkers will soon be able to jet off to Japan’s capital, Tokyo, with American Airlines, thanks to its new nonstop service from New York’s JFK. American’s daily service will take to the skies for the first time on June…

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Oneworld’s New Amsterdam Lounge Opens to Passengers

Oneworld’s New Amsterdam Lounge Opens to Passengers

Oneworld is slowly growing its network of branded airport lounges. The first of its kind in Europe, and in collaboration with Aspire Lounges, opened its doors to passengers in Amsterdam (AMS) on Thursday, February 22, 2024, following swiftly on from…

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Huge Etihad Guest Loyalty Program Changes Coming in June — What To Know

Huge Etihad Guest Loyalty Program Changes Coming in June — What To Know

The national airline of the United Arab Emirates has announced a slew of changes to its loyalty program that will take into effect this June. Updates to the Etihad Guest program include reduced GuestSeat pricing and status earning, the introduction…

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[Expired] [Deal Alert] Get a $35 Discount Off Avelo Round-Trip Flights With This Promo Code

[Expired] [Deal Alert] Get a $35 Discount Off Avelo Round-Trip Flights With This Promo Code

Avelo is approaching 3 years of flying this spring — and if you haven’t traveled with the start-up airline just yet, there’s an enticing offer that may get you onboard. “It’s Presidents Day weekend and what better way to celebrate…

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Spirit Doubles Down on Tampa for Spring Break

Spirit Doubles Down on Tampa for Spring Break

It’s that time of year again when planning for spring break is in full swing. Spirit has recently announced they’ll add 4 new nonstop routes to Tampa International Airport (TPA). Beachgoers and sunbathers flock to Tampa and nearby Clearwater Beach during spring…

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SriLankan Airlines Airbus A330-300 Business Class Review [MLE to CMB]

SriLankan Airlines Airbus A330-300 Business Class Review [MLE to CMB]

Airline: SriLankan AirlinesAircraft: Airbus A330-300Flight No.: UL116Route: Malé (MLE), Maldives, to Colombo (CMB), Sri LankaDate: November 27, 2023Duration: 1 hour, 9 minutesCabin and Layout: 1-2-1Seat: 1KCost: $508 Rather than flying back to the U.K. after a weeklong Virgin Atlantic press…

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Avelo Adds 3 New Routes on the East Coast

Avelo Adds 3 New Routes on the East Coast

Avelo has announced the addition of 3 new routes to its East Coast network. The airline chose February 15, 2024 — exactly 1 year after it established a base at Raleigh-Durham (RDU) — as the day to unveil the new…

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Coming Soon: Apple Vision Pro Access in Beond’s IFE

Coming Soon: Apple Vision Pro Access in Beond’s IFE

Beond, a Maldivian airline based in the capital of the Maldives, Malé, is taking its in-flight experience to new heights. It was announced on Thursday that select passengers will be able to use an Apple Vision Pro during their Beond…

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Alaska Airlines Increases Frequencies From Portland

Alaska Airlines Increases Frequencies From Portland

Alaska Airlines is doubling down on Portland (PDX) in the coming months by increasing the number of weekly departures to some destinations. The increase in flights further confirms the importance of Alaska in Portland as the largest carrier at the…

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[Expired] American & United Elites Eligible for Virgin Atlantic Status Match [Until Feb. 14]

[Expired] American & United Elites Eligible for Virgin Atlantic Status Match [Until Feb. 14]

Update:The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available. Virgin Atlantic’s current status match promotion allows certain U.S.-based frequent flyers to match their status to the U.K.-based carrier’s frequent flyer program, known as Flying Club. If you’re a…

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Bilt Rewards Introduces Milestone Rewards for Every 25k Points

Bilt Rewards Introduces Milestone Rewards for Every 25k Points

Since Bilt came on the scene just over 2 years ago, the revolutionary credit card has quickly became a firm favorite in the points and miles world. In addition to earning points and elite status with the Bilt World Elite…

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Beond Receives New A321 Aircraft, Adds 3 New Routes

Beond Receives New A321 Aircraft, Adds 3 New Routes

Beond has achieved its next milestone with the successful delivery of its second aircraft. The Malé-based start-up luxury leisure airline has confirmed it has received an Airbus A321. “We are pleased to accept delivery of our second aircraft,” said Tero…

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Small Luxury Hotels Partners With Hilton, Parts Ways With Hyatt

Small Luxury Hotels Partners With Hilton, Parts Ways With Hyatt

We weren’t expecting this one. Hilton Hotels has announced it will be partnering with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) as part of a new strategy giving Hilton guests access to hundreds of new independent boutique-style hotels. “This relationship…

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Amex Offers: Earn 25,000 Amex Points on Flights With ANA

Amex Offers: Earn 25,000 Amex Points on Flights With ANA

If you’re planning a trip to Japan in 2024, then this Amex Offer could offer a generous boost of points on your next flight booking. This latest offer rewards American Express cardholders with 25,000 Membership Reward points when spending $1,000…

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Earn 1k Points and a Bonus Elite Credit Per Night With Marriott’s Newest Promotion

Earn 1k Points and a Bonus Elite Credit Per Night With Marriott’s Newest Promotion

Marriott is out with its latest member promotion, and it’s among the best we’ve seen in a while. Between February 13 and April 29, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn 1,000 bonus points and an additional elite night credit per stay…

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Austrian Airlines To Add Nonstop Service to Boston From Vienna in July

Austrian Airlines To Add Nonstop Service to Boston From Vienna in July

Austrian Airlines has announced the addition of a nonstop service from its hub in Vienna (VIE) to Boston (BOS) this summer. The Austrian flag carrier has yet to reveal the exact start date of its new route. However, the inaugural…

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Virgin Atlantic and China Eastern Airlines Launch Codeshare Partnership

Virgin Atlantic and China Eastern Airlines Launch Codeshare Partnership

Virgin Atlantic and China Eastern are strengthening their relationship within the SkyTeam alliance. Starting today, the codeshare partnership between the British and Chinese carriers will open up new possibilities for Virgin Atlantic and China Eastern passengers. “Our new codeshare with…

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An Unforgettable Stay at the W Rome, Italy [In-Depth Hotel Review]

An Unforgettable Stay at the W Rome, Italy [In-Depth Hotel Review]

After years of traveling the globe and visiting many of the most popular cities, it was finally time to see what all the fuss around Rome was about. What better occasion to do so than to celebrate the 50th birthday…

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Get Free Delta Medallion Status With Status Match [Applications Now Live!]

Get Free Delta Medallion Status With Status Match [Applications Now Live!]

Delta hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in 2023 when it made drastic changes to its loyalty program, ruffling the feathers of many of its most loyal and frequent flyers. After backtracking slightly at the end of 2023,…

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You Can Now Reclaim Your Lost Delta Elite Status — Here’s How

You Can Now Reclaim Your Lost Delta Elite Status — Here’s How

Lost your hard-earned Delta Medallion status this year? No worries: Delta is giving select Medallion members the chance to get back their elite status. Successful applicants will enjoy 3 months complimentary status with the possibility of extending until January 31,…

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