As many of you may know, I am a college student by day and the amusing, yet mystical, Bengali Miles Guru by night. After traveling almost 100,000 miles since January, I knew that my upcoming spring break trip would have to be amazing. It would also have to help me attain my 12 months, 12 countries goal.
After giving it some thought, the best idea was to include my friends into the crazy trip I’m about to embark on.
I didn’t know where to go but naturally, I thought that maybe it should be Europe since I just flew to Asia a month ago. I set my sights on a Eurotrip themed adventure! I knew that it would have to be awesome and that my friends would have to be amused as well. I finally settled on this proposed route plan:
1 night in Frankfurt (Hotwire a Hotel)
Drive to Amsterdam
2 nights in Amsterdam (Radisson Blu Amsterdam)
Drive to Paris
2 nights in Paris (Radisson Blu Champs Elysees & Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel)
Drive back to Frankfurt and visit cities a long the way.
Frankfurt- Los Angeles
Last time I drove in Germany, we somehow got this car:
The hotels alone were an absolute wonder to book. In Frankfurt & Amsterdam, I resorted to Hotwire and was able to get great rates that were sub $100 per night! The best feeling was going to hotels.com and seeing that the Radisson Blu Amsterdam was $296 on the nights I wanted to go. I got the same hotel on Hotwire for $86 plus tax!
In Paris, I elected to use my Club Carlson points to book two nights at two different hotels since we have a lot of people going. I was able to use the free bonus night stay that comes with the Club Carlson card and for 100,000 points, I got 2 rooms in Paris for 2 nights each (4 nights total for the price of 2)
In Paris, the hotel prices were about 330-430 Euros/Night depending on the hotels so I think I got great value from those points! (2.1 Cents)
It proved to be a stellar trip but I yearned for more, and that’s exactly what I got.
After booking my friends on a LAX-ATL-FRA-ORD-LAX flight (in Business Class because, you know, college students need to travel in style) for 100,000 miles, I looked into my own flights. Sure, I was going to all these cool places with my friends but I also wanted to make a great Trip Report out of it. I also wanted to get the most value out of my mile.
I sat down and thought about other routes till I could think no more. I came up with this masterpiece:
Los Angeles-Frankfurt in Lufthansa Business Class (A330) Part of US Airways 90K US-Europe-Asia
Paris-Kuala Lumpur in Malaysian First Class (A380) 105,000 Amex-British Air Points
Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok in Lufthansa First Class (Yes, it’s not wrong) United 70K First Class Award. Picture could change based on flight availability.
Bangkok-Hong Kong in Thai First Class (A380) United 70K First Class Award
Hong Kong-Frankfurt (Lufthansa 747-8i 70K United Award)
Frankfurt-Los Angeles (Lufthansa First Class 70K Award)
To make things more complicated, I used a 90k US Airways redemption to go US-Europe-Asia. I scheduled Europe-Asia as a later trip in September so technically, I end in Europe for now. I then transferred some Membership Rewards to get myself on the Malaysian Airlines A380 from Paris-KUL. I was never supposed to come back to Europe from Malaysia but I realized my flight wouldn’t make it in time to take a free ticket I had from Singapore-Los Angeles. That’s when I dipped into my United Miles to book a return from Asia-Los Angeles.
The Total Costs:
90,000 US Airways miles & $200 in Taxes
105,000 American Express Membership Rewards & $1,000 in Taxes
70,000 United miles & 100 in Taxes
The best part of this trip is that I get to test out a bunch of new products and hopefully report them back to you guys!
Some interesting tidbits about this trip include:
Kuala Lumpur – Bangkok is actually operated by Lufthansa. It is part of their Bangkok – Frankfurt flight so it goes KUL-BKK-FRA.
Overall, this trip should be fun for me and terrifying for my mom who will probably be worrying a little too much.
By flying this route, I’ll be at 4 different A380 First Class cabins in less than 3 months of each other! I’ve already flown Lufthansa & Singapore! Adding Malaysian & Thai to the mix will only leave me with Emirates, Korean Air, Air France, China Southern, & Qantas. I am most interested in flying Emirates and China Southern’ A380s in the future!
If you don’t see me on one of these flights in the upcoming days, you’ll surely see me at FTU DC in a few weeks! Hope to meet you all! You can also follow this trip on Instagram with the hashtag #flywithbmg.
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