Holtz’s connections give him access to ticket pools, such as distressed airline inventory, that don’t show up on Kayak or Expedia—which translates into discounts as deep as 20 to 40 percent on first- and business-class fares. Holtz, whose nickname is Mr. Seat 2A, launched SmartFlyer in an effort to create a new breed of advisory firm that not only crafts bespoke leisure and business trips but also addresses complicated, unglamorous transportation logistics head-on.
Top tip: A lot of airlines claim they have reliable Wi-Fi on board, “but you have to know fact from fiction,” Holtz says. For great Internet on transatlantic flights, look to Eva Air, Etihad Airways, and American Airlines’ 777s, he says.
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