Wishing You Could Meet a Millionaire in Midair? Fly Delta

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Delta airplaneWho wants to marry a millionaire? If you're trying to meet wealthy would-be significant others, the results of a recent survey might offer you some ways to increase your chances.

It's no surprise that many millionaires who travel prefer to fly (instead of, say, taking a train or riding the bus). But all airlines are not created equal when it comes to deep-pocketed passengers.

Two sites devoted to helping people find sugar daddies or fellow millionaires -- SeekingArrangement.com and SeekingMillionaire.com, respectively -- have released the results of a survey in which they found out some interesting flying habits. The survey findings could help singles strategize their travel habits:

  • The airline offering the best chance of meeting a millionaire: Delta Air Lines (DAL)
  • The airline flown by the most generous millionaires: American Airlines (AAMRQ)
  • The airline serving the most wealthy millionaires: United Airlines (UAL)
  • The airline favored by the cheapest millionaires: Southwest Airlines (LUV)

So according to the survey, while you'll find the richest folks on United flights, more rich people fly Delta. And American seems to offer the best chance at landing a sugar daddy (or mommy, presumably).

But here's a snag -- these wealthy flyers are more likely than the rest of us to fly first class, so if you're crammed in a narrow window seat back in row 31, you may be more likely to end up chatting with a teacher than a millionaire. (Of course, there are some teachers who have quietly amassed millions!)

Traveler Seeks Interesting Seatmate: Millionaire Status Optional

The odds aren't great of landing a millionaire simply choosing one of the airlines above. But if it's just an interesting seatmate you're after, that can be arranged more easily. There are many new services that can help you connect with certain kinds of people as you travel

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The Latvian airline airBaltic will soon allow passengers to select their seats based on "mood." The airline is introducing a service called "SeatBuddy," which aims to park you next to like-minded fellow passengers based on whether you're interested in relaxing, focusing on your work, speaking a particular language, discussing a certain hobby or interest, or networking to get ahead.

Meanwhile, Planely.com connects passengers with others who are likely to be pleasant or productive seatmates. Register at its site and describe your interests, and the service suggests seat buddies from among other members on your flight. It can even help you find friendly sorts with whom to share a meal at the airport or a ride to a hotel. Satisfly.com seems similar, but it currently concentrates solely on airBaltic flights.

KLM and Malaysia Airlines, among others, are also getting into the act, experimenting with letting passengers choose seatmates via data from Facebook (FB) and LinkedIn (LNKD) pages.


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In the grander scheme of things, no one should pin his or her retirement plan on someone else's riches. Sure, keep flying American Airlines if you must, but save and invest your own money for your golden years, too.

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Wishing You Could Meet a Millionaire in Midair? Fly Delta

The nation's wealthiest are worth a combined $1.53 trillion. Here are the top 10 Americans raking in the dough.

Rank: 10
Net Worth: $20.9B
Age: 61
Source: Walmart
Residence: Millsap, TX

Rank: 9
Net Worth: $21.1B
Age: 63
Source: Walmart
Residence: Bentonville, AR

Rank: 8
Net Worth: $21.5B
Age: 78
Source: Casinos
Residence: Las Vegas, NY

Rank: 7
Net Worth: $22B
Age: 81
Source: Hedge funds
Residence: Katonah, NY

Rank: 6
Net Worth: $24.5B
Age: 56
Source: Walmart
Residence: Jackson, WY

Rank: 5
Net Worth: $25B
Age: 71
Source: Manufacturing
Residence: New York, NY

Rank: 4
Net Worth: $25B
Age: 75
Source: Manufacturing
Residence: Wichita, KS

Rank: 3
Net Worth: $33B
Age: 67
Source: Oracle
Residence: Redwood City, CA

Rank: 2
Net Worth: $39B
Source: Berkshire Hathaway
Residence: Omaha, NE

Rank: 1
Net Worth: $59B
Age: 55
Source: Microsoft
Residence: Medina, WA

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And don't discount those frugal Southwest-flying millionaires, either. They likely have the habits and mind-set to keep building wealth instead of squandering it. As many studies have shown, our modest neighborhoods quietly house many millionaires who live in simple homes, drive far-from-new cars, and put many dollars away for tomorrow.

Longtime Motley Fool contributor Selena Maranjian, whom you can follow on Twitter, holds no position in any company mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Facebook and LinkedIn. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Southwest Airlines and LinkedIn.

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