We here at ID90 Travel love what we do. Sure, it’s super gratifying helping a well-deserving community save a ton on travel, but it’s much deeper than that. It’s stories like Freddy’s where we get weak in the knees, a little bit weepy, and say “This. This is why.” Freddy reached out to us the other day to share this super sweet story about his family’s adoption of a new member, and we about tripped over ourselves asking if we could share it as well.

Freddy Robaina is a Miami-based aircraft maintenance supervisor for United Airlines and an ID90 Travel member. Parents of three boys and one little girl already, Freddy and his wife felt moved to adopt yet again (after bringing home Hope Isabel in 2010 from Moscow, Russia). The logistics of getting the entire family to and from China felt daunting (and frankly pretty pricey), so the Robaina family tuned to us, and we’re so glad they did.

Helping people connect to what really matters in their life is what we like to think we really do here. So read on to see the Robaina’s touching story, straight from Freddy, below. We promise you’ll walk away truly touched and inspired by how this family’s using their non-rev benefits.

In April of 2013, the Robaina family was matched with a beautiful Chinese princess who we named Faith Amelia. Faith because that was what the adoption was based on, and Amelia to circle back to aviation’s Captain Earhart. From the moment we signed the acceptance letter, we wondered how we going to handle the trip to China (with or even without our children) while flying standby. We weren’t even sure when the process would have us heading that way!

So we anxiously awaited hearing from our adoption agency, CCAI, as they were diligently working to get the adoption behind us. The deadline dates we were finally given, to meet Faith Amelia and legalize the adoption, were during the Christmas time frame – and you all know what that means for non-revs!

My wife ended up winning the argument that decided it was important that all 4 of our children go to meet their new sister – in China. That meant we needed 6 seats going and 7 seats coming back! We padded extra time thinking we might be able to see the Great Wall of China, and knowing the tendencies of flying non-rev. Our initial plans as we set out were FLL-EWR-PEK.

FLL-EWR went off without a hitch! But we were bumped in EWR, from the Beijing flight, and had to spend the night (lying to the hotel, telling them we were only a party of 4 and sneaking the kids in via the side entrance). The following day’s EWR-PEK flight was solidly overbooked, so we huddled and prayed.

Turns out the solution was literally one gate away, and that was EWR-NRT! The second solution? ID90Travel.com. It dawned on me that during our first Russian adoption of Hope Isabel (in 2009), we had used ID90travel to help us with the multiple trips to Moscow – via different routes and on different carriers, and again, during the Christmas timeframe!

ID90 Travel helped me make all the NRT-PEK arrangements while waiting to board the EWR-NRT flight! My memory is not the greatest, but I do remember being treated exceptionally well with out-of-the-box thinking and my arrangements were made fast.  ID90 Travel helped us cut down immensely on the overall adoption costs (that being airfare).

We took out a second mortgage to fund both adoptions, but we still wouldn’t have had enough money to meet the cost if ID90 Travel’s services weren’t there. I can’t thank all of the team members enough that were directly involved with both of our adoptions. It was a double-whammy, as far as life-altering events go, but it’s brought us unspeakable joy. Thank you ID90 Travel!

–Freddy Robaina

Thank you to Freddy and the rest of the Robiana family for sharing their sweet story! Just an update on the fam… after their adoption of Faith Amelia they’ve since opened their home again to yet another family member. This time they opened it to a little boy named Liam Matthew (pictured below), and fortunately this time there was no traveling involved (“Thank goodness!” said Freddy).

If you’ve got a sweet story you’d love to share about living the #NonRevLife, please let us know by emailing social@id90travel.com or by leaving a comment in the section below. Until next time, Interliners! Safe travels, and keep your eyes on the skies.


Author: Emily (@ID90 Travel)

Emily is the Content Marketing Manager here at ID90 Travel. An avid non-rev flyer (she grew up in the industry), and passionate private pilot, Emily can’t get enough of all things aviation. When not writing awesome ID90 Travel content she can be found on a Texas patio, being one with nature, or annoying her ID90T co-workers with her many, many, crowdsourcing questions.