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When the playoffs conclude for Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez, he’ll be taking a trip and possibly utilizing some points and miles for the journey. Here, A-Gon, one of baseball’s most consistent power hitters, shares what he dislikes most about travel, the vacation he has enjoyed the most and the airline he’s been loyal to for more than a decade.
What was your favorite trip?
That’s an easy one. It was not a baseball trip. It was personal. Eight years ago I took a month-long trip to Europe and it was amazing. I absolutely loved going to Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Venice and Rome. If you can ever take a month and do Europe, it’s something that you’ll never forget for the rest of your life. There is so much beauty and culture there.
What do you dislike most about travel?
Travel is a big part of the job. We’re always flying from city to city and we don’t have control over things like the weather, so what I really hate is travel delays. Those are nightmarish. I think if you talk to most of the guys playing Major League Baseball, they would agree with me about the delays. People who have any job that requires a lot of travel would probably agree with me as well.
Window or aisle seat?
Definitely window because I bring a pillow, which I need for every flight.
What items can you not travel without?
It’s the pillow I mentioned because I have a herniated disc. I can’t travel without one, I would be in too much pain. That pillow is more important than anything I have in my suitcase.
Southwest, hands down. I’ve never had a problem with Southwest. They do it right.
That’s surprising since Southwest is a low-cost carrier…
That’s fine. I love Southwest. I’ve been flying them for many years. I don’t need anything all that special. Their employees are friendly and they treat everyone great. I have no issues with Southwest, just good things to say.
Are you a points person?
Yes. I pile up points and I use them for flights with Southwest. I’ll also use points for hotels. If you get all of these points, why not use them? I know the points will keep coming my way and I take advantage of them.
I’m not TSA-PreCheck approved. I go through what everybody else goes through with the TSA and it’s fine.
What’s your favorite weekend getaway?
It’s got to be a place in California since I’m a California guy. I love going to Napa. It’s so beautiful and relaxed. That’s exactly what I need when you consider what I do for a living. It’s the perfect place to unwind.
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