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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?

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?

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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.

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6X6x Marriott Bonvoy Points on each dollar of eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
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  • Intro Offer
    Limited Time Offer: Earn 125,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 5/3/23.

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    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
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Why We Chose It

The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

Pros

  • 6 points per dollar on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • 4 points per dollar at restaurants worldwide, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and U.S. shipping
  • 2 points per dollar on all other eligible purchases
  • Earn a free-night award each card renewal month (up to 35,000 points)
  • Receive 15 elite night credits to jump-start status
  • Transfer Marriott points to 40+ airlines

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  • Airline points transfer ratios are poor
  • Must spend $60,000 in a year for second free-night award
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 125,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 5/3/23.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • 6x Marriott Bonvoy Points on each dollar of eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status with your Card.
  • Terms apply.