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Frequent flyer Q&A: Agustin Aguero, from Buenos Aires

Feb. 21, 2020
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Frequent flyer Q&A: Agustin Aguero, from Buenos Aires
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This January, I joined a very special flight, traveling from Frankfurt, Germany to Bogota, Colombia, with three fellow aviation geeks. Gino Bertuccio and Cherag Dubash flew on the port side of Lufthansa's Airbus A340-600 first-class cabin, in 1A and 2A, with Buenos Aires-based travel agent Agustin Aguero seated with me on the starboard side.

I had plenty of time to chat with Agustin during the 12-hour journey. I learned about his adventures, including self-funded travels around the world. It's common for travel agents to get discounts or even complimentary nights at hotels and resorts, but premium-cabin travel is rarely included; if they want to fly up front, they're often left to buy a ticket themselves, or book or upgrade using points and miles. Agustin provided some insight into how he gets it done.

Question: What do you do for work?

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Answer: I'm a travel agent. I prepare personal travels, flights, hotels and activities.

Q: How many miles did you fly in 2019?

I flew 69,000 miles last year.

Q: How many nights do you spend at home each year?

About 300.

Q: How much of your travel is business vs. leisure?

100% of my travel is leisure.

Q: What’s your favorite first-class product?

Singapore Airlines, but I prefer the 777 over the A380.

Q: And business class?

Qatar Airways Qsuite.

Q: Do you ever fly economy?

Yes, for short-haul travel.

Q: When was your first international first-class flight?

Bangkok to Doha with Qatar, in 2017.

Q: What are some of your favorite places to visit?

Sydney, Istanbul, Tokyo, London and Amsterdam.

Q: What are your preferred airlines?

I prefer Asian airlines, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific, and also Qatar Airways.

Q: Do you have a preferred hotel chain?

I prefer boutique hotels, since they’re more private.

Q: What’s your biggest travel pet peeve?

When people get too drunk when they fly.

Q: Which credit cards do you use on a regular basis?

Tarjeta Visa Signature LATAM Pass, from BBVA (only available in South America).

Q: Aside from your passport, what are some items you’ll never leave home without?

My credit card, and my iPhone 11 Pro.

For a closer look at what it’s like to travel like Agustin, see:

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  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
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TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

    Earn 80,000 ThankYou® points
    60,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent, Good

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases