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What is the best way to meet frequent flyers and flight crew members?

I am trying to gauge the experience of people that fly frequently. I would like to help improve the air-flight traveling service and am I trying to figure out the best way to approach the people who are most affected by the industry.

I am mostly looking for people that do international trips between NYC and the London, but any frequent international traveler has tremendous insight for me.

Are there any resources or networks you recommend I reach out too? Do you maybe have people in mind that you could potentially connect me with?

Thank you!

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Varun Mehta
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Varun Mehta Entrepreneur
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It seems like if you're working on this problem you should already know a lot of people like that. However, I'd recommend becoming a contributing member of communities like FlyerTalk (http://www.flyertalk.com).
Marc Makebakken
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Marc Makebakken Advisor
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Hello I fly NYC London, LA London monthly marc m
Stuart Thomas
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Stuart Thomas Entrepreneur
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Hi, alternatively you could contact some travel agencies that you've heard of. They will have regular tour leaders who frequently fly long haul flights a number of times a year. Getting in contact with them will definitely give you some much needed insight.

Cheers,
Stuart
Irwin Stein
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Irwin Stein Advisor
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Most airlines put flight crews up in one hotel in each city hotel, often at the airport. It should not be that difficult to find out which airline uses which hotel. Park yourself in the lobby and strike up a conversation.
David Friedeberg
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David Friedeberg Entrepreneur
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There are quite a few forums such as Flyertalk.com where you can find frequent flyers. You could post directly on the forum, and I'm sure those folks would be more than glad to help out.
James Cowen
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James Cowen Entrepreneur
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I just flew Chicago to Europe to Santa Ana, CA.
There is a United Premier group on Linked-In. Probably are similar groups for American and Delta too.
John OHanlon
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John OHanlon Entrepreneur
Owner of Banks Printers
Because of privacy factors you are on a hiding to nothing. If it were me I would approach either the airlines direct or air miles companies.
Dhaval Doshi
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Dhaval Doshi Entrepreneur • Advisor
Cloud Architect | Technology Leader
Or try attending one of the events of FTU -https://ftuniversity.com
You will find travelers who clock more than 100,000+ miles attending them.
Larry Ferrere
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I am happy to have a dialog with you. While NY is not my normal base of departure or return, I travel thru NY as a gateway often. Specifically I have flow over 5M miles (including the Concord from London to NY), was based in London for over a year making monthly return trips (to/from DC). I also flew regularly NY to LA back in the '80s and have moderate-to-heavy travel experience to AsiaPac as well. I am one of 500 "Sky Advisors" to Delta Airlines (selected by Delta's CEO), have flown the non-stop all business class service from Newark to Singapore, and Upper Class services on Virgin from NY to London, and can offer a cross section of points of view and perspectives. If you want to talk, give me dates and times that work best for you. My email is [removed to protect privacy] and my cell is [removed to protect privacy]
Judy Parrish
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John OHanlon had the same thought I did. In my experience, online forums are not particularly welcoming to people who have some sort of agenda, but every forum is different. A big question is how you want your data. If you need something like a random sample, you're not going to get a lot of help from forums and would almost have to contract with an airline, travel agency, or the like to have access to the kind of sample you need. On the other hand, if you are content with anecdotal data (which can be very skewed but still useful), you can probably get what you need from a forum like flyertalk.com
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