Edward Pizzarello

About the Author

My goal in life is to fill my family’s passports with stamps, creating buckets of memories along the way. You’ll find me writing about realistic ways for normal people to travel the world, whether you’re on a budget or enjoy luxury. I also enjoy taking us on the occasional detour to explore the inner workings of the travel industry.

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My Interview With American Airlines Senior VP Kurt Stache

Just over a week ago I had the chance to participate in the retirement of the American Airlines MD-80 at a celebration in Roswell, New Mexico.  Taxiing past the rows of retired airplanes, we arrived at a hangar where we got to hear stories from team members on the history of the Mad Dog as well as crawl on some MD-80s ourselves. When I got invited to the event, I asked American Airlines if they could make time with an executive to talk about the MD-80 retirement and what the […]

18 Years After 9/11

18 years ago, I didn’t have children.  Heck, I wasn’t even married yet.  Life was very different for me. And, on a quiet drive to work in the morning on September 11, 2001 I had no idea how to expect what would come next. Shortly after we realized it was real (like, really real) my employer sent us home for the day.  I don’t remember if we came back to work the next day or not.  All I really remember was sitting on my couch not being able to take […]

American Airlines Gives The MD-80 A Super Send-Off

American Airlines retired the last of their MD-80 aircraft this week. You might be wondering why that’s significant. Heck, for you it might not be. For me, it represents well over 500 hours of time in the air. The Mad Dog and I grew old together in the sky. For one of us, that journey has come to an end.

Don’t Wait! One Of The Best Promotions Of 2019 Gets Extended Another Week

For normal folks who don’t rack up tons of points from business travel or credit card spend, you need to take advantage of opportunities to score deals when you can.  In one of the rare instances I can recall, one of the best deals right now involves Delta. The promotion debuted just about a week ago.  Richard Kerr dug this one up and trumpeted the value of Delta SkyMiles.  Normally, I disagree with him.  But, I’m 100% in agreement on this. There was a feverish few days where myself and […]