MilesAhead is a luxury travel concierge, founded in 2012, that wants to bring the human touch back to travel. Whether for business or leisure, with points or cash, and for a weekend or a month, our travel advisors look forward to showing you how great your travel experience can really be.
MilesAhead holds a focus on reward point optimization and the client experience. Our clients have said that they "will never go back to normal travel agents", and we look forward to continuing these strong relationships with our past, present, and future clients. With every new client, comes a new adventure — a new experience is created, a new relationship is born, and a new story is developed.
So come work with us. We're already excited to plan your next adventure.
Valerie Wilson Travel— Our unique partnership with a preeminent luxury host agency has enabled hundreds of relationships with global suppliers who “unlock” added value for MilesAhead clients.
Virtuoso — Some benefits that come from our association with Virtuoso travel includes preferred rates & room upgrades upon availability, daily breakfast for two, $100 hotel/resort credit, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
MilesAhead is a luxury travel concierge that began in 2012 with CEO & Founder, Rob Karp. At an early age, Rob developed a passion for the travel industry and a drive for customer experience. As he progressed in age, Rob learned about the power of points. He continued to develop his airline knowledge and began helping out family and friends with their travel in his spare time.
What began as Rob's hobby and passion developed into the company it is today. Rob purchased the software needed to run the company with the $600 he had from soccer refereeing and hasn't looked back since. The company grew instantly once Rob started at Cornell University, where he met most of today's employees in the School of Hotel Administration. Now, MilesAhead consists of employees all over the country.
"Leader of the Week Around the Ivies. " — Harvard College Leadership Review
"He’s a Frequent-Flier Mile Genius. " — Fortune
"All of a sudden, I had a solution to my problem. " — Forbes
"He turned his passion for airlines and his prowess for numbers into a travel consulting company. " — Cornell School of Hotel Administration
Meet our Team
Rob karp — ceo & Founder
Rob Karp, a 20-year old rising senior at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, was named one of Travel + Leisure’s International Rising Stars in 2017. He is now a 2018 Virtuoso Rising Star nominee. He founded MilesAhead as a high school sophomore, initially helping family and friends turn their frequent flyer miles into inexpensive plane tickets for family trips.
MilesAhead is a luxury travel concierge founded in 2012 by Rob. At 14, he developed a passion for the travel industry and a drive for delivering a best-in-class customer experience. Self-taught, Rob developed his airline knowledge by learning about points, and began helping family and friends with their travel. What began as a hobby and one-man operation throughout his high school years developed into MilesAhead. The company grew exponentially during Rob’s freshman year at Cornell University, where he met most of today's employees at the School of Hotel Administration. Today the company is powered by more than ten dedicated and passionate part-time college students. Rob and his team have visited over 300 hotels since 2016, spanning from Italy to Bora Bora to Japan. The team utilizes their time off from school to travel the world and deliver first-hand knowledge to their 500+ clients.
Rob has been featured in various news outlets, including New York Times, Travel Weekly, Travel & Leisure, CBS, Fortune, Forbes, Bloomberg TV and various Ivy League publications.
NELSON BILLINGTON — DIRECTOR OF CLIENT OPERATIONS
Nelson is a student at Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration. He loves building relationships with clients and suppliers to create amazing experiences around the world. Nelson spent his last summer on the road conducting site inspections and planning travel. He also was fortunate enough to intern with NBC Sports at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. A passionate supporter of enlightened hospitality, Nelson works hand in hand with Rob to shape the future of MilesAhead.
grace mcbride — director of marketing
Passionate about design, marketing, and travel, Grace works with the MilesAhead team to let everyone else know why we love it so much. Grace spent her last summer interning with JetBlue which sparked her passion for combining all of her interests. When she isn't designing or writing, Grace can be found reading a new book, scoping out new hotels, or searching the web for the latest social media trends.
aj arena — senior travel advisor
AJ is a student at Cornell's School of Hotel Administration and spent last summer interning in the rooms department of the iconic Plaza Hotel. When AJ isn't planning out multi-country itineraries and working with MilesAhead's private client group, he can be found planning his own international itineraries. Outside of MilesAhead, AJ enjoys hiking, biking and exploring the outdoors.
JONATHAN FRIEDMAN — senior travel advisor
When Jonathan plans on a trip, he seeks to change the way people travel, from the moment they first step into the airport. Jonathan prides himself on his unique ability to leverage frequent flyer miles and incentives/benefits to create ultra-luxury experiences for his clients, while saving them money. Jonathan knows premium cabins and luxury hotel markets like the back of his hand, from what champagne Singapore Air serves in Business Class to which hotel is the best urban retreat in Hong Kong. Jonathan first started working with miles when he was 12 and claims that he has gotten the best sleep of his life in Cathay Pacific First Class.
sam dorfman — travel advisor
During her time at the University of Maryland, Sam studied abroad in Barcelona where she caught the travel bug. In 5 short months, she traveled to 45 cities in 16 countries. After graduation, Sam’s passion for travel turned into a full time career, planning itineraries for clients around the globe. Sam’s favorite travel experiences include skydiving over the Swiss Alps, watching a bull fight in Madrid, and road tripping down the Pacific Coast Highway. Her current travel goal is to hit every continent by the time she’s 30!
ARTHUR BELFER — TRAVEL ADVISOR
Arthur is a junior at Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration. He is from New York City and spent last summer interning with the Philadelphia Union professional soccer team. While he recently worked in sports, Arthur has spent multiple summers interning with travel agencies in NYC. Arthur has traveled to 22 countries and really enjoys helping people find the best routes and aircraft to fly to their destination. In his free time, he can be found trying out new hotels and restaurants as well as attending sporting events throughout the country.
Sarah is a student at Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Originally from Canada, she has always had a passion for exploring new countries and learning about different cultures. When she isn’t creating customized itineraries for our clients, Sarah can be found traveling herself. Outside of MilesAhead, Sarah enjoys running, trying out new restaurants, and spending time with friends.
Michaela is a senior majoring in Hospitality and Communication at Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration. Michaela studied abroad in Sydney, Australia and enjoyed visiting Tokyo, Bali, and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her golden doodles Milo and Theo, being a foodie and dreaming of her next adventure.
George has been involved in the hospitality industry since a young age leading him to move around to places such as Los Cabos, Miami and Puerto Rico. This is George’s first job in the travel sector as his previous experiences have been in the hospitality industry. He loves to embark on culinary adventures and hopes he can share these experiences with our guests. Outside of traveling, George enjoys playing golf and fighting for diplomacy on his Model UN Team.
Alexa has worked in the travel industry for a few years now and if she has learned anything—it's that the fine details really make a trip. That's why Alexa works with our VIP team to make sure everything is set for our clients prior to departure to make for a stress-free and memorable trip. In her time outside of work, Alexa loves to travel and meet new people. One of her favorite things is living abroad and being able to immerse herself in different cultures.
Emma is a student at the College of Charleston studying International Business and Hospitality and Tourism. Born and raised in Charleston, SC. Hospitality is in her blood. Emma is eager to be a part of the MilesAhead team and to help make sure your next adventure is splendid. When not helping with your VIP experience, she’s busy practicing her Spanish or planning out her next adventure.
Rachel is a senior at Farmingdale State College and loves all things travel and culture. She studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland where she got to travel around Europe and learn about all the best spots. Outside of MilesAhead, Rachel loves reading, playing with her dogs, and watching the New York Yankees.