L.A. to Vegas on a private jet charter? Yes, please!

Abby Tegnelia


Don’t I look like I belong on a private jet? I am finally getting my chance! And I get to help four newcomers to Vegas at the same time. Swagbucks and El Jet threw a contest this spring to win a trip to the StripΒ on a private jet charter — and they asked me to assist the winners with the planning of their stay. Since I love showing off my adopted hometown, I jumped at the opportunity. As it turns out, both winners of the contest are coming to town for the first time. So exciting, don’t you think?

Since neither winner had ever been to Las Vegas, they had a lot of questions! In the end, we planned two very different trips for the women, both avid users of Swag Bucks, the online coupon/rewards site, and their plus ones. Restaurants, spas, shows and casinos — they are in for quite a trip!

But first they have to get here.

Part of the win is that El Jet will provide private jet charter from the ladies’ hometowns to L.A. — and then to Vegas. And I get to fly to L.A. to welcome them, and finish any last-minute itinerary loose ends. What I didn’t realize until I received the flight details was that I’m the only one flying from Vegas to L.A. Having a whole plane to myself, even for an hour, is something I never thought I’d experience.

Flying private whenever I need to go to L.A.? I could get used to this!

Special thanks to my friend Troy Floyd, who took my portrait. You can see more of his work, portraits and travel pictures taken around the world, at Fogg Odyssey.

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I'm a life-long travel junkie journalist who works hard to find adventure in everyday life after two years of travel and expat living.

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  1. What!!! That sounds like a blast. I’ll be waiting for details.

  2. Oh you certainly live the life Abby!

  3. Oh my gosh, this is so cool!

  4. My husband has flown either once or twice in a private jet for business and said it’s absolutely amazing! He says it’s the ultimate luxury, sigh πŸ™‚

  5. Yes, sigh. I’ve dropped people off at private airports (like my dad) but never actually gotten to fly!

  6. You look hot in that photo and I’m super jealous of your private jet experience!

  7. You really ARE the most glamorous person I know!

  8. Lol — for one hour only!

  9. Love, love, love your dress–you’re such a glamorous, jetsetter!

  10. You look like quite the jetsetter in that photo. Fah-buh-lous!

  11. Looking sexy! πŸ˜‰

  12. Too bad you don’t get a plus one! πŸ˜‰

  13. I could definitely warm up to Vegas if I got a private jet ride…

  14. Oh, Hogga, I knew I could do it!

  15. Glad you had a good time. It’s a bummer the pilot couldn’t take a side trip to Bali!

  16. I know! With no luggage on the plane, we would have made it there fast!

  17. That is incredibly awesome…best hour of travel ever!

  18. First off, holy hell, you look absolutely stunning. Second, that is freaking awesome. I love you and miss you.

  19. That sounds so amazing and you are by far the perfect candidate for the job!

  20. That is an amazing thing to experience πŸ˜€ Nice one!

  21. What a life – celebrities, blow outs, spray tans and now a private jet!

  22. Melissa W. says:

    You totally look like a blonde Jackie O!! So gorg!

  23. It’s so easy to get used to! But so hard to go back to commercial, much less to economy. But in the name of travel, it can be done. I used to fly private with my work back in the 80s. I loved how the pilots would just leave whenever I got there. No stress if running a few minutes late. You do look fabulous there, live wire.

  24. You look so glam – very Mad Men when flying was actually chic!

  25. How fun!!! πŸ™‚ You look totally glam and fabulous. πŸ™‚

  26. So coool! And you look so pretty!

  27. You ladies are too kind. πŸ™‚

  28. How exciting Abby! Relish every moment of it πŸ™‚

  29. You look fabulous! I’m jealous of the private jet. I’ve made that LV to LA trip a million times but never like that. Fun!

  30. mike snedegar says:

    the flight from LA to vegas can be brutal on PJ’s because of the wind! #anxiety

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