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Michael Holtz

LocationNew York
Experience28 Years
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The ultimate jetsetter and original Smart Flyer, Michael is tireless in his pursuit for the best in luxury travel.

No matter the distance, SmartFlyer’s indefatigable Founder and CEO has been known to pick up and go, often at a moment’s notice, to spend the weekend in a city on the other side of the world. More impressive still – Michael is always reachable, even in the middle of an African desert.

In 1990, driven by his love for air travel, Michael founded SmartFlyer upon graduating from Washington University. In the travel industry, Michael is known as Mr. 2A, named after his choice seat on every plane, and is sought out by SmartFlyer VIPs to design once-in-a-lifetime itineraries. Michael is consistently recognized among Travel + Leisure A-List agents, and sits on hotel advisory board for Marriott Luxury Brands, Two Roads Hospitality, IHG Luxury Lifestyle, as well as the Residential Condo Boards of One57 and The Richard Meier Buildings.

What is your most memorable travel experience?

Landing in St Barth’s the first time!

How do you prepare for your trips?

I wing it.

What’s your strategy to overcome jet lag?

I don’t think about it – I just keep going.

What inspired you to become a travel agent?

Going to University in St Louis and going back and forth to NYC on TWA made me love traveling and I wanted to share it with others.

Which destinations/hotels do you go back to again and again? Why?

I don’t, I love new locales!

Which destinations are you looking forward to visiting and why?

My next trip is always the one I’m looking forward to most; today it’s Melbourne. Nothing gets me excited like heading to the airport.

What does you perfect vacation day look like?

A great airport lounge is always included!

Favorite Travel Tip

Always pick a plane with wi-fi on long haul flight.

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