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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?

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.

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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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