I have just booked Dad and I on a two week trip to Germany (and Austria and Switzerland) for next October. I paid 310,000 miles and about $300 in taxes/fees (most of which were German airport and passenger fees). I wanted to get us business class seats both ways, but that would have been 500,000 points since business class didn’t have any saver awards available (yet), so we went with business class over, and economy class back. I already have Global Entry, and Dad completed the application for it last week, so we should be good to go and will get to come back into the States easily.
Grammy is babysitting while we’re gone (we debated taking Daughter Person with us, and ultimately decided to postpone her first international trip until the following year), and is looking forward to it. The tickets are changeable for free in case something happens between now and then (Grammy is 70 after all), and cancel-able for $100 (plus the $300 we already paid). We declined the travel insurance because of that.
Now to plan out where we’re going and where we’re staying while there.
Good for you Mom. Planning to take in the Ocktober Fest (sp?) are you? I’m sure you guys would enjoy a little couple time anyway.
It’s mostly weather related – we both hate traveling when it’s hot. October offers a chance to see snow at the higher elevations, but not where it would interfere with transportation, and it’s not terribly hot at the lower elevations. We just have to dress in layers. Oktoberfest just happens to be a bonus 🙂
That sounds awesome! I hope you write about your specific plans for while you’re there!
So far, we only have a vague idea of what we’re doing. I’ve been to all three countries before (several times), and so I’m relying on Dad to suggest things he’d like to do while we’re there. The flights are booked because United just opened their award booking for the time period we wanted, and I wanted to make sure we got tickets. My only concern is making sure we book our accommodations in Munich well ahead of time because of Oktoberfest.