Many of the current frequent flyer travel bloggers are quite young. Others tell tales of the genesis of their interest in travel and award booking going back to when they were in their teens or younger. That’s why, when I saw this story, entitled
in the Ossining Daily Voice (note: Ossining is a town in Westchester, New York), it caught my attention. I thought of Canadian Jeff and Amol, Tahsir and Scott of Hack My Trip, Ben of One Mile at a Time, and even Brian, the Points Guy. I introduce to you, Robert Karp, 16 years old of Briarcliff, New York:
According to the article:
Robert Karp founded Karp Enterprises in November 2012. The travel consultancy firm specializes in affordable luxury travel by helping travelers get the most out of their reward points.
Sound familiar? The article continues:
Karp has 80 clients and has turned a profit. His business is affiliated with nine travel consortiums and various cruise and tour operators. Karp does all of this while still attending classes at Briarcliff High School. Eighteen months ago, Karp’s dad asked him to help plan a family trip to Israel and find a business class fare for the same price as economy class.
Update: Mr. Karp found me on Twitter and we DM’ed. We have one coincidence after another, including the fact that I went to the same high school as his mother went to, and my brother was in her class.
here’s a link to an interview of Mr. Karp on Bloomberg TV entitled Meet the Teen Who Built a Travel Booking Business.