Michael Holtz

New York City, NY, USA

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 Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Luxury Brands, IHG Luxury Lifestyle, as well as the Residential Condo Boards of One57 and The Richard Meier Buildings.

Favorite Memory

Being at Borgo Egnazia with Carlos for Virtuoso Chairman’s was one of my favorites to date. Our dinner party in the Owners Villa was the ultimate example of how lifelong memories are made in these special settings amongst friends, family and dear colleagues.

Insider Tip

At SmartFlyer, we are sure to educate our clients that every one of the properties in the Querido collection one is family-owned and run. In turn, this connection to the culture creates a guest experience that equates with being looked after at a local host’s home.

Next Dream Trip?

Sublime Comporta in Comporta is on my short list; Portugal is rich with history and in my opinion, remains largely untapped. I’m looking forward to rediscovering it through this gem.

Cannot travel without...

I can’t travel without my wife, Megan, and our jetsetting puppy, Bagel (who has a doggy passport)!