Can you tell I’m excited by the number of exclamation points in the title?!?! Well, I am.
This is one of those situations where procrastination paid off, for once. As I mentioned, my husband and I planned a bit of a last minute European cruise last week, which will be the first trip we’ve taken without our daughter that is more than a few days long. We were eyeing flights all last week after we booked our cruise, but none of them were quite right. Flights arriving a day before our cruise would mean we would miss an important family event, but all the flights on the following day didn’t have award availability. That meant we were looking at paying $1100 plus for economy seats as our only option unless we missed the family event. This is not a bad price, but we knew we’d be in for a painful flight experience flying in economy all the way from the West Coast to Europe and back.
Low and behold, I checked one last time this morning before resigning myself to a less than ideal flight experience. And I was pleased as punch to find that United’s award availability had opened up! We were able to snag business class saver tickets both ways (100,000 miles total). We have to change planes twice on the flights from SFO to Rome and also have a 6:00 am flight time (ouch), but those are both small prices to pay for a lie-flat business class seat with flight times that otherwise work for attending our family event. And it’s a bonus that at least one of our legs is on Lufthansa, which is a superior airline to United. We will also get to fly a short TAP Portugal flight too, and the flight geek in me is excited to try a new airline.
My husband and I have both flown international business class a few times for work travels to Asia, but this will be our first time traveling business class on a leisure trip. Look out for a trip review in a few months. And, for those of you who are procrastinators, let this be a lesson to you that your waffling can sometimes work to your benefit when it comes to award travel!