5 Travel Writers 'Draft' Their Favorite Airlines - Business - The State Journal-Register

While your friends might have spent the last several weeks debating the merits of Lamar Jackson versus Patrick Mahomes, our travel nerds have been working on a fantasy draft of

While your friends might have spent the last several weeks debating the merits of Lamar Jackson versus Patrick Mahomes, our travel nerds have been working on a fantasy draft of their own: airlines.

In the spirit of fantasy football season, five of our writers set out to draft the best ‘team’ of airlines they could in our seven-round snake-style draft. Since there is no scoring system like in a traditional fantasy football league, we simply asked each writer to justify each pick.

Without further ado, let’s get to the draft.

Round 1

Pick 1.01: American Airlines (Sara Rathner)

With several co-branded credit cards that can be connected to your AAdvantage account, it’s easy to rack up 100,000+ miles by combining two sign-up bonuses. A fixed award chart gives me predictability plus the ability to utilize MileSAAver awards for multiple award trips just off the sign-up bonuses. Granted, I’ll need to fly economy to squeeze in multiple long-haul trips, but I’ll just wear compression socks and take frequent walks around the plane. I got this.

Pick 1.02: United Airlines (Elina Geller)

This was an easy pick; thanks to its membership in Star Alliance and its own wide network, United Airlines has access to a ton of award availability all over the world. For its lowest-tier elite level, Premier Silver, United offers access to Economy Plus seats and a 70-pound checked bag free of charge. These are two important perks at this entry-level tier, especially since airlines charge for bag fees and seat selection. United has several co-branded credit cards and is a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards and Marriott Bonvoy.

Pick 1.03: Southwest Airlines (Sally
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