Apr162018

Booking European summer flights when all routes lead to Rome

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Interesting post! I traveled to Lviv, Ukraine this past New Years. I actually picked that location after reading your post on Jan 3, 2017 about it. Very few chain hotels there, I ended up with three nights at the Ibis Styles. There is a Ramada, but it was booked for my dates and also I believe it was located far out from the old town. I felt completely safe and found Lviv to be one of the cheapest destinations in Europe. A family of four going out to dinner and ordering drinks multiple drinks never cost more than $10.

    I’ve also been to Tallinn twice. Last summer I stayed at that Park Inn for 15,000 points. It does have a great old town and I recommend it, but personally Riga was my favorite city in the Baltics. That said, I am a big fan of Art Nouveau and I did an Art Nouveau walking tour in Riga that probably helped me fall in love with the city. Riga is actually one of my favorite cities in Europe, I would love to live there.

  2. Kelley and I decided we will try Riga in the off season when there are not loads of cruise ships depositing tourists in the city.

    Lviv is of more interest to me than Kiev. Hopefully, one of these days. There are cheap flights from a couple of airports in Poland or a bus ride from eastern Poland.

  3. Crossing the land border between Poland and the Ukraine is rough. I was there for over three hours and I’ve read stories of people being stuck for over six hours just on a normal day. I was in a car and I think the buses go into a different lane, but I still saw them sitting there. Flying may be a better option!

    I have no idea why it takes so long crossing the Ukraine border. I just finished a Balkans trip and crossed the land borders in a car into Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, and back into Hungary all in less than 20 minutes each.

    Also, from one of your posts I booked the DoubleTree in Sighisoara, Romania for 5,000 points a night. Great redemption! The hotel was centrally located and my window had a fantastic view of the Old Town. It also had free parking, which is kind of rare for European chain hotels.

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