Travel Style: Ben Schlappig

Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without.

Name: Ben Schlappig  

Occupation: Travel consultant (pointspros.com) and blogger (onemileatatime.net)

Hometown: New York

Residence: Tampa

Twitter: @Onemileatatime

Facebook: Facebook.com/Onemileatatime

Bio: Ben is a travel consultant, travel writer, and avid points collector living in Florida. He travels over 300,000 miles per year and spends around 100 nights per year in hotels. He has visited over 40 countries on six continents, and loves sharing tricks about how others can use miles and points to do the same. In 2010 Ben founded PointsPros.com, a travel consulting service to help people utilize their miles for dream vacations.

How often do you fly: Typically around 300,000 miles/year. I take at least one international trip and several domestic trips per month.

How many countries have you been to: 47

How many continents have you been to: 6

Favorite American city: Los Angeles

Favorite international city: Hong Kong

Least favorite country: Qatar

Favorite World Heritage Site: The Taj Mahal – words can’t do it justice

Favorite airline: Three way tie between Lufthansa, Swiss, and Cathay Pacific

Favorite aircraft type: 747 for style, A380 for comfort

Aisle or window: Aisle

Favorite airport lounge: Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt

Favorite U.S. airport: Detroit Airport (DTW)

Favorite international airport: Singapore Changi

Favorite hotel:  InterContinental Hong Kong – the views are unparalleled

Favorite fancy restaurant: BOA in West Hollywood  

Favorite hole in the wall: The Cow in Queenstown, New Zealand

Favorite food: Anything Italian

Favorite travel movie(s): Despite the depressing message, “Up in the Air”

Five things you bring on a plane: MacBook Air, Bose Quiet Comfort 15 headphones, travel magazines, a travel wallet with all the necessities, and chocolate for the crew

What do you always seem to forget: An international adapter; fortunately hotels and airline lounges usually have spares

Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: I was flying in Qantas first class from Melbourne to London via Singapore. When we landed in Singapore I completely forgot to change out of my pajamas that were distributed at the beginning of the flight, and figured it wouldn’t be a big deal to visit the lounge in pajamas. Let’s just say that wasn’t the case, and the horrendous looks I received that night have ensured I change out of my pajamas at least an hour before landing nowadays.

What’s your dream destination: Of the places I haven’t been, I’d have to say Bora Bora.

Favorite travel website(s) – besides JohnnyJet.com, of course!: BoardingArea.com (though perhaps I’m a bit biased) and FlyerTalk.com are where I spend most of my time

Best travel tip: Be nice. Understandably people get stressed out when traveling nowadays, though you’ll get a lot further with a good attitude.

 

Comments

  1. LOL, the PJ story is hilarious. I did something similar flying on Cathay Pacific in FC from HKG-JFK with a 2 hr stopover in YVR, I kept my PJ on when we had to disembark and worked on my laptop for 2 hrs b4 re-boarding. I stood out like a sore thumb, but priceless.

  2. Shane McKenzie says:

    Can’t believe you gave The Cow in QT a shout out! I grew up visiting QT since my dad was from there and we would always have dinner at The Cow…. I decided to move to QT for a couple of years and it took living there to discover that Winnie’s in fact has better pizza than The Cow… give it a try next time you visit… also try Lick for amazing Soups and Garlic Bread!

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