Two trips to Europe this summer meant planning an itinerary with over 30 hotel nights and six or more flights. The first trip is a little tougher to plan due to only holding a $150 one way ticket to Barcelona, Spain on the new Iberia Level route from Oakland in June.
I found a return ticket last night for $502 through Momondo.com flying Oneworld airlines back to California in June, then back to Europe at Christmas. This morning the lowest ticket price I see is $577 and nothing like the other itinerary I liked.
Still, I established a routing for my trips allowing me to book most of the hotel stays.
Hotel Chains in our travel plans
Club Carlson = 11 hotel nights (57,000 points + $515).
Wyndham Rewards = 3 hotel nights (9,000 points + $200)
IHG Rewards Club = 6 hotel nights (20,000 points + free credit card night + $100 London night).
World of Hyatt = 1 free credit card night.
Best Western Rewards = 2 to 4 nights (redeem $130 hotel travel cards and pay difference).
Independent Hotels = 2 nights ($120)
Choice Privileges = 6 hotel nights (60,000 points).
Places in our travel plans include:
Funny thing is I am taking my wife to many of the places I visited on solo trips over past three months.
I wanted to tour Romania this summer, but looks like that has to be my solo trip scouting adventure sometime over the next year to see if Romania is the kind of place Kelley would like to visit summer 2018.
And I am still trying to fit Portugal, Hungary, Ukraine and Croatia into my future plans for the next year, along with travel back to Greece for Aegean Gold elite status in 2018.
So many places.