Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Europe In March

We're returning to some of our favorite haunts in Europe after confirming we could use the international upgrades we received as UA 1Ks on a flight to Munich.

It's getting harder and harder to use those upgrades, and we spent a lot of time looking for them. The new UA is valuing cash spend over loyalty. To give one parenthetical example, they have just announced their third or fourth revised boarding procedure since the merger and their "Premier Gold" (Star Gold) customers are in the same boarding group as "Silvers" and credit card holders. What's in your wallet?

We'll be flying Chicago to Munich both ways in lie-flat Business seats. Whew!

We're finalizing the details of our itinerary. We've reserved tickets for three operas in Bratislava, we're looking at some time in Vienna, and we plan to see a little bit more of Croatia, which up to now has been limited to one cruise-ship port on last summer's Mediterranean cruise. We'll probably utilize a multi-day multi-country rail pass to get from one place to another.

Lots of details to work out but we're got a start on it.

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