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Daniel Ross

Senior Content Contributor

525 Published Articles

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.

Countries Visited: 56
U.S. States Visited: 17
Highest Hotel Status: Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite
Highest Airline Status: British Airways Executive Club Gold (Oneworld Emerald)
Favorite Airline Alliance: Oneworld
Favorite First Class: Singapore Suites
Favorite Business Class: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class (new seats)
Best Redemption Value: Qatar Airways First Class DOH-SYD for 105,000 Avios and $133 (cash value of ticket ~$9,800!)
Favorite Type of Points: American Express Membership Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: The Platinum Card® by American Express UK, British Airways American Express Premium Plus, Yonder

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Virgin Atlantic Upper Class (new seats)

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The Platinum Card® by American Express UK, British Airways American Express Premium Plus, Yonder

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JetBlue Vies for Scorned Delta Loyalists With Mosaic Status Match [Limited Offer]

JetBlue wants to be the shoulder for all of the heartbroken Delta loyalists to cry on. For a limited time only, the New York-based airline will give Mosaic status to Delta SkyMiles Medallion Members who are looking to take their…

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[Deal Alert] New York to Dublin, Ireland From $359 Round-Trip

Your dreams of visiting the Emerald Isle could finally come true thanks to these crazy low fares to Dublin (DUB) from New York (JFK). You can snap up a nonstop round-trip fare from just $359. Here’s the scoop. Fare Deal…

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[Award Alert] Los Angeles to London for 57,500 Alaska Miles One-Way

We’ll never say no to a trip to London, and thanks to wide-open business class availability from Los Angeles, it’s even more of a no-brainer right now. From as soon as October through March of next year, you can score…

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[Deal Alert] East Coast to Mainland Europe From $286 Round-Trip With PLAY

Low-cost PLAY Airlines is out with a deal for incredibly cheap fares from the East Coast of the U.S. to Europe with tickets starting as low as $286 round-trip. The Icelandic carrier is known for its super-low fares, but we’ve…

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New Elevated Welcome Bonus Offers for Marriott Credit Cards

American Express and Chase are offering higher welcome offers for their respective lineups of Marriott co-branded credit cards. This includes the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card, the Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card, and…

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British Airways and IndiGo Announce New Codeshare Arrangement

British Airways is strengthening its connectivity with India thanks to a new codeshare partnership with low-cost airline IndiGo — India’s largest carrier The codeshare will complement BA’s 56 weekly services to the 5 cities of Bengaluru (BLR), Chennai (MAA), Hyderabad…

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JetBlue Begins Nonstop Flights Between Boston and Amsterdam

JetBlue’s first-ever flight connecting Boston (BOS) and Amsterdam (AMS) took to the skies on September 20, 2023, with the first flight from Amsterdam back to Boston leaving the following morning of September 21, 2023. The route’s launch comes less than…

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[Award Alert] New York to Paris Nonstop for 11,250 Flying Blue Miles in Economy

Air France is practically giving away tickets to Paris, with all the recent deals to the City of Light. You can fly the French flag carrier for a crazy-low 11,250 miles from New York (JFK) to Paris (CDG). If you’re on…

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JetBlue Officially Launches Delayed New York to Washington-Reagan Service

JetBlue’s commuter route between New York and Washington, D.C. has launched, albeit 2 months later than originally planned. The new services, which were originally planned to be part of the now-defunct Northeast Alliance, took flight for the first time on…

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[Expired] [Award Alert] Houston to Cancun Nonstop for 7,300 United Miles

<p><span class=”highlight hot-tip”><strong>Update:</strong>The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available.</span></p> Never has it been more tempting to head down to Cancun thanks to these one-way redemptions from just 7,300 Miles and $46 in taxes and fees. There’s…

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Book Singapore Airlines From 29.4K Miles to Asia & 17.5K Miles to Europe [October 2023]

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer just keeps giving with its Spontaneous Escapes promotion. This most recent update means significant discounts on redemptions for travel in October. Notable additions include 30% off redemptions between Manchester, U.K. (MAN) and Houston (IAH) in economy from…

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[Expired] [Deal Alert] Miami to Baltimore/Washington D.C., Chicago, and LaGuardia From $38 Round Trip

<p><span class=”highlight hot-tip”><strong>Update:</strong>The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available.</span></p> Frontier strikes again with crazy-low fares from just $38 for a round-trip. This time, the fares are from Miami and include nonstop flights to various U.S. cities,…

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[Expired] [Award Alert] Los Angeles to Paris Nonstop for 18k Flying Blue Miles in Economy

<p><span class=”highlight hot-tip”><strong>Update:</strong>The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available.</span></p> If Paris is on your bucket list, then this deal could be just what you need to finally take the plunge and book that trip! We’ve found…

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Emirates and Maldivian Partner To Streamline Journeys to the Island Nation

Getting to the Maldives is already a long journey, but it’s not over when you reach the nation’s capital in Malé. From there, you need to take yet another flight (or a boat) to reach your final destination — likely…

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Brightline’s Orlando Airport Service to Miami Starts September 22

Orlando International Airport (MCO) will finally have a modern, reliable railway connection when Florida’s Brightline launches its inaugural service from the airport on September 22, 2023. The eco-friendly intercity rail company’s services will head southwards from the airport connecting West…

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Lufthansa Shares Details of A380 Flying Through Summer 2024

Lufthansa was one of several airlines that put its behemoth Airbus A380s into storage when the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the global travel industry. We thought we’d never see these superjumbos fly for Lufthansa again, as the airline said…

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SWISS Adds Nonstop Flights From Toronto and Washington, D.C. to Zurich

SWISS will soon be touching down in Canada’s largest city and the U.S. capital when it launches nonstop flights between Toronto (YYZ) and Washington, D.C. (IAD) to Zurich (ZRH) next year. The Swiss flag carrier is eager to offer more…

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Lufthansa Adds 3 U.S. Routes and 2 New Cities to Its Route Map

Germany’s flag carrier has announced a raft of new routes for summer 2024, including 3 to the U.S. The additions include nonstop flights to Minneapolis (MSP) and Raleigh-Durham (RDU) for the first time ever from Frankfurt (FRA). In addition, the…

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The Peninsula London Opens in Belgravia as London’s Newest 5-Star Luxury Hotel

There’s a new luxury hotel waiting for you on your next trip to London: The Peninsula London, which opened today. The Peninsula London stands proudly British in its purpose-built home in Belgravia, one of the U.K. capital’s most lavish neighborhoods,…

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New American Express Centurion Lounge in Newark To Open in 2026

Access to American Express’ Centurion Lounges is one of the most favored perks of holding The Platinum Card® from American Express, so when a new opening is announced, it’s big news. The newest addition is set to be constructed at…

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United’s Airbus A321neos Will Start Flying in December

It’s almost time for United’s shiny new Airbus A321neo jets to take to the skies. The first A321neo in the airline’s order of 70 jets will operate its first passenger flight on December 14, 2023, on a nonstop flight between…

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Alex Miller

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Amar Hussain

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Andrew was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and now splits his time between Chicago and New York City.

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Ashley Onadele

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Brandon Brunner

Former Content Contributor

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Brian’s first ever airplane ride was in a private turbo-prop jet. He was merely an intern boy trying to make a good impression, but it turns out the plane made an impression on him.

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Carissa Rawson

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Charlie Page

Former Content Contributor

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His earliest memory of visiting a flight deck was aged 8 and it was from then on that he was determined to become an airline pilot.

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Cherag Dubash

Content Contributor

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Chris Dong

Editor

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Chris Hassan

Social Media & Marketing Manager

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James Larounis

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Jarrod West

Senior Content Contributor

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Juan Ruiz

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Katie Seemann

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Kellie Jez

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Keri Stooksbury

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Lindsey Olander

Former Content Contributor

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Lori Zaino

Content Contributor

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Senior Content Contributor

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Susan Wright

Former Finance Contributor

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Victoria M. Walker

Senior Content Contributor

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