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As many of you remember and some were able to take advantage of, Delta ran an insane fare “sale” to Europe last month and I was able to book three trips: two to Stockholm and one to Copenhagen – all for $150 total roundtrip each. Due to a hectic work schedule, I only had weekends free, so I’ll be leaving on a Friday night and returning Sunday morning on all three. On the way back from Copenhagen I built in a 6 hour layover in Amsterdam, so that should be fun 🙂
My schedule is already making me nervous because so much of it is in coach. Even though I’m a Delta Diamond, I can’t use my upgrade certificates because I’m booked in the lowest fare class (T) and Delta requires Y, B, or M on international fares. C’est la vie, at least I have exit row window seats on all of my flights and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a hail mary upgrade (due to flights being oversold) or even better – volunteering for a bump in an overall situation, which for international flights usually nets $800 in Delta vouchers and confirmed business class on a different flight.
My travel schedule for March/April
March 9-13, Barcelona, Madrid
March 18-20, Stockholm
March 25-27, Boston
April 1-3, Copenhagen
April 8-10, Stockholm
I’m pretty tired heading into this (St. Patrick’s Day celebrations certainly didn’t help), so I’m hoping I don’t get sick. Sleeping on planes, in coach no less, isn’t my idea of fun, but the mileage accrual was just too good to pass up. On my three quasi-mileage runs I’ll net (courtesy of gcmap.com):
23, 575 base Skymiles + 29, 469 Diamond 125% bonus, + 23, 575 Medallion Qualifying Miles
So for $450 I’ll net 53, 044 miles to be used for award travel (more than 1/2 of a business class ticket to Europe) and 23, 575 towards my elite status requalification. So in essence, I’m paying 1.9 cents per elite mile. At that rate I could earn Diamond status for $2,375 and plus, I get to see Stockholm and Copenhagen – both cities I’ve never visited.
Both of which are also extremely expensive. I lucked out with Stockholm and used my Starwood points for cash and points redemptions: 4,000 points and $60 for rooms at the Sheraton Stockholm, which is centrally located and gets good reviews. I still haven’t booked Copenhagen, so if anyone has any suggestions, feel free to comment or email me.
If anyone has suggestions for Stockholm and Copenhagen, let me know as well. I only have a day in each and I’ll probably be tired/jetlagged, so I’m mostly looking for restaurant or must-see type things. I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a ton of time to research! I have a friend of a friend who works at Noma in Copenhagen, so I’m currently on the waitlist. It’s supposed to be one of the best restaurants in the world, so I think it’s worth the splurge. I’ve been on a foodie kick lately, eating at The French Laundry and Alinea within the past 6 months, so I’d like to cross another off the list. I’ve been meaning to do a recap of my French Laundry experience since it was a couple weeks ago in their private dining room – I’ll get around to it soon!
Safe travels to all – wish me luck in coach! With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.
With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.