This month long vacation was a very long time coming. It was planned years ago at the beginning of the pandemic that also helped to drive the price down to a remarkable level.
I thought with this intro post I would share the basics of all the bits that helped this remarkable trip come together and the massive savings by leveraging points and more to make it happen and the benefit of flexibly to move pieces around the chess board.
We all know points do not get better with age. Heck all you have to do is look at the simple joy crushing prices to fly Delta Skymiles to Europe in business class at just about anytime of the year to see my point. But I also hold points in a bunch of other programs and am working hard to spend all my balances down to low and reasonable levels. So here is the outline of the trip:
- One way car rental to Chicago O’hare – Hello Autoslash
- American Airlines Flagship Lounge – Worth it?
- Iberia business class to Lisbon – Alaska miles works
- Welcome PickUps – Perfect but not cheap
- Five days in Portugal – Less Bonvoyed the better
- Ebikes with Expedia – Shore excursion alternatives
- 21 Days Crossing on NCL – Suite life is sweet
- Two days in BA – Hilton free nights and perks
- US Credit Card “Blue Dollar” mostly working in Argentina
- My insane Welcome Pickups Airport ride
- Delta One from BA – A “cheap” upgrade?
The only part of this adventure I have already blogged about was my rather insane ride to the EZE airport in the middle of millions of football fans celebrating on the highway to get me home.
This was such a fun adventure to puzzle together and the savings were remarkable. It was a first class vacation for the price of coach and that really is the power of points that is making what seems unattainable real. It really is, as a wise man once told us all, to travel the world at prices we can afford! – René
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