All flight plans are in place for summer travel to Europe and our Club Carlson hotel stays on points bonfire. Scandinavia touring has been whittled down to five nights in Copenhagen staying at the Radisson Blu Royal Copenhagen and eight nights in London staying at four different Radisson Blu and Park Plaza hotels, still to be determined. Those 12 nights eat up 320,000 Club Carlson, perhaps more, if we choose to upgrade to Business Class rooms with premium rewards.
The cost to fly to London was less from Copenhagen than the price to fly to Stockholm. Ryanair has twice daily flights to London Luton Airport ranging in price from $33 to $64 round trip for any date in July. I picked the best flight schedule with afternoon flights rather than early morning.
Copenhagen to London $33 to $64 round trip RyanAir – July 2015
Ryanair ticket fees
RyanAir charged $8.50 USD for a seat assignment when I first checked fares. Somehow I ended up going through the Danish site with lower priced seat assignments around $7.00 and the price remained lower when my credit card payment shifted everything to US Dollars at the end of the purchase. We are traveling light and minimalist, so no need to pay for checked bags which would be $35 each way, if needed.
Final ticket price was $68 round trip all-in Copenhagen-London round trip on RyanAir to London Luton Airport.
RyanAir and London Luton Airport transportation to London
In November 2014 I tackled both London LGW and London LHR public transportation from the airport to the city. Heathrow is easiest with direct Underground Tube trains from airport to city center. London Gatwick required a train and tube to get a price around 7.00 GBP.
From Luton there is National Express bus service to London Victoria Station.
RyanAir offered Luton Airport bus transportation during ticket purchase on National Express to London Victoria for about $35 round trip each passenger.
Purchasing bus tickets online at National Express reduced the round trip ticket prices to 21 GBP for two or $31.75 USD. We are traveling for 5 GBP per person each way, with a 1 GBP booking charge. $8 USD per person each way is a great deal for the National Express bus to central London. RyanAir charged over $17 USD each way to buy the same ticket on their website during booking. Travel time is 85 to 90 minutes between Victoria Station and London Luton Airport.
WOW Airlines to Europe, even with a $250 round trip fare Boston to Copenhagen, turned out not to be the best summer travel deal for us from California. I made the best of our situation by dividing the trip into three destinations with 36 hours in Boston with Kelley before we fly to Iceland and Copenhagen on WOW Air. Lots of bloggers have written about WOW low fares. I will write about the real WOW experience in July.
We have three days and nights in Copenhagen, then London for eight days and nights and back to Copenhagen for two nights.
We will return to Boston and tour Boston an additional four days. I had to justify paying $200 more to fly to Europe from Boston on a low cost airline than what I could have paid to fly out of San Francisco. I have not toured Boston in 20 years.