Author: Jonathan Katz

Jonathan Katz has been working at Delta Airlines for the past 13-years as a Customer Service Agent, checking in passengers in the Sky Priority Division of Delta Airlines at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Terminal Four. He provides services First Class, Business Class, Delta Medallion, and VIP Passengers. Jon and his wife Maureen (retired USAir and Jet Blue Airways) have a combined 50-years experience in the airline industry and know the industry well. Together they travel approximately 40-weeks a year, mostly one day trips both domestically and to Europe, leaving every Tuesday and returning every Thursday. They’ve written travel blogs on most of these trips, sharing them with their email list of Delta and other airline employees.

Dublin, Ireland is the perfect one-day non-rev quick trip. It is just a little longer than going to Los Angeles. This city is easy to travel to in that Delta flies twin 767–300 and A330 aircraft to Dublin from New York, Boston, and Atlanta.  We feel that Dublin has two sides to the city. One side of Dublin is the elegant Saint Stephen’s Green Area, virtually Central Park in New York and Central Park South. There are several excellent hotels and restaurants right on the park. Also on this side is the famous Grafton Walking Street and the Saint Stephen’s…

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This trip was our fourth to Portugal, and as mentioned in previous articles, we were late to appreciate the beauty of Portugal. Still, we have caught up and have experienced and traveled to quite a bit of the country, both pre-pandemic and currently. This trip began as most European trips usually do, with the worry about applying for the Landing Card and the COVID Test for the European country we are visiting. However, this time filling out the Landing Card for Portugal was easier because we’ve learned two secrets from our last trip. First, when filling in your seat number…

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Palm Springs is an absolute pleasure to visit in the wintertime. You are virtually guaranteed 75-degree weather every day with perfectly sunny, clear, and dry conditions. Palm Springs is also a resort area that is significantly less expensive than most vacation destinations in the winter. Located just two hours from Los Angeles, Palm Springs is easily reached by car from LAX, but most airlines fly directly into Palm Springs via their hubs – making your arrival into this city so much easier than into Los Angeles. The Palm Springs area has many major resorts, excellent restaurants, and great shopping. When walking down this city’s main…

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Chicago has always been an excellent place for short visits. Whether visiting friends, relatives, football games, or others – Chicago offers many New York experiences, but with a mid-western flair. This trip was no different. The concept of the trip was to explore the beautiful town of Evanston, Illinois on Lake Michigan, and the home of Northwestern University. The scenery of Evanston and the university was wonderful, and the architecture of the buildings and homes was very impressive. Driving down Sheridan Road towards the City of Chicago was equally impressive, viewing the dazzling scenery of Lake Michigan and its shoreline. There…

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In what was to become our second European trip since the beginning of COVID, this quick shot was a 3-day adventure to the picturesque city of Cascais, on the Atlantic ocean just 45 minutes west of Lisbon. What makes this trip different were the issues and difficult documentation of COVID status for this country and inconsistencies within Portugal. Lisbon claims to be 90% vaccinated and now in herd immunity and that was great. To begin this trip, as always, was a local COVID PCR test, 2 days ahead of the trip, though not required, but necessary to make sure that…

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In typically “non-rev” fashion, we were on our way to Jackson Hole, WY. and missed the connecting flight to Salt Lake City on Delta Airlines and instead decided to go to Norway, via Delta to Amsterdam and then KLM to Bergen, Norway, because it was “kind of on the way”. We had always wanted to go to Norway and this was our chance. Bergen is the gateway to the fiords of Norway and a very cute, low key, but a very expensive city. In fact, everything is Norway is expensive, but worth the trip. Norway is very different, a very…

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The new, New York City ferry system is wonderful, and the best deal you can get in New York City. These new, sleek, and efficient ferries transport passengers up and down the East River, to view shoreline sights in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx. It is similar to taking the Circle Line, but for short trips and at an amazing cost of $2.75 per trip.  If you wanted to compare this type of transportation internationally, the mass transit system in Venice is commuter boat-oriented, well organized, fun and never to be missed. One ferry segment, from Wall Street’s Pier 11, very close to…

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This was our fifth visit to Mainz, Germany, the best little city just 25 minutes from the Frankfurt Airport  very easy by train – and a perfect one-day trip.   Early in my Delta Air Lines career, I asked several flight attendants why the Delta crew hotel was always in Mainz, and not in downtown Frankfurt, and they all responded, “go to Mainz and you will know why.” I did, and cannot disagree. It was a very pleasant surprise. Mainz was founded by the Romans in the 1st century BC as a military fortress on the northernmost frontier of the empire and…

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It has been remarkable, how many times we have traveled to both Zurich and Switzerland and it is because Zurich and Switzerland are remarkable places. So here is something special that the general tourist to Zurich (and some residents of Zurich) know nothing about. Several times a year during the summer, the temperatures rise over 90 degrees and Zurich residents do something very special and flock to the Werdinsel natural river park. This park is really an island with a divided river on both sides. One side is really for floats and rafts only and the swimming side is unique.…

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In many ways, it is comparable to traveling to the islands of Greece, but without actually going to Greece. We found Ibiza to be beautiful and at the same, time, very natural in how the villages fit in with the natural environment. The best time to travel to the island is probably during the summer, when it is very hot and wild, this island is a “steal of a deal” during the pre and post summer times. The weather is hot and the many beaches (80 beaches) on the island are excellent and beautiful. For 10 years in a row we have stayed…

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