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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #20 on: February 24, 2011, 08:59:42 PM »
Virgin Atlantic Upper Class (compare to first class) is available from IAD and ORD to LHR with a connection on BMI to EDI a few hours later.

Or cheap ticket on BA to GLA.

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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #21 on: February 24, 2011, 09:00:57 PM »
Go to Alaska. Have a bush plane drop you off at a cabin in the wilderness. Bring your fishing gear.

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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #22 on: February 25, 2011, 12:46:01 AM »
I have on hold now
Ewr-Iad e hoping availability will show up from JFK or Lga-would that be a free change?
Iad-cdg bf
Cdg-Zrh b
Zrh-lhr b
Edi-Fra b overnight
Fra-JFK b
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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #23 on: February 25, 2011, 12:56:31 AM »
My ticket priced out with $350 taxes and fees. Which segment is that pricing out so high for? Is there any way I could receive a credit on that on my Amex plat?
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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #24 on: February 25, 2011, 01:01:29 AM »
I have on hold now
Ewr-Iad e hoping availability will show up from JFK or Lga-would that be a free change?
Iad-cdg bf
Cdg-Zrh b
Zrh-lhr b
Edi-Fra b overnight
Fra-JFK b
What airlines are you flying?
My ticket priced out with $350 taxes and fees. Which segment is that pricing out so high for? Is there any way I could receive a credit on that on my Amex plat?
LHR normally adds quite a bit with all the assorted taxes and even more in premium class.

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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #25 on: February 25, 2011, 01:08:01 AM »
Ewr-Iad-cdg co
Cdg-Zrh-lhr lx
Edi-Fra-JFK lh
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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #26 on: February 25, 2011, 01:11:38 AM »
Option 1: your stay in switzerland is to short. You arrive after 12:00 , so you only have half a day. You can ask the other guys who went lately. Also if you only go to lucerne, you will only get there 14:00 or so, thats way to short. Switzerland is one of the nicest countries in europe. You need at least a full day...

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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #27 on: February 25, 2011, 01:12:34 AM »
LHR is expensive, I think FRA is also.
They can give you a breakout of the taxes line by line.

I have read reports of AMEX Plat covering (up to $200) of taxes paid on award tickets.
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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #28 on: February 25, 2011, 01:15:18 AM »
Ewr-Iad-cdg co
Cdg-Zrh-lhr lx
Edi-Fra-JFK lh
Is that option #2 above?

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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #29 on: February 25, 2011, 02:00:26 AM »
Yeah. Except I got a later flight out of Newark. And coming back thru fra
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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #30 on: February 25, 2011, 11:10:41 AM »
So my flights are ticketed. Here they are
Ewr Iad aug 14 19:25 20:55 co x
Iad cdg aug 14 21:45 11:25 co i
Cdg Zrh aug 17 20:20 21:30 lx I
Zrh lhr aug 18 20:25 21:10 lx I
Edi Fra aug 25 18:05 21:00 lh I
Fra JFK aug 26 10:25 12:45 lh i

Still hoping to leave from Lga or JFK on the outbound thru Iad.
Also hoping for better on the return. Not ideal overnight in Fra. Stay at Sheraton at theme airport but still...
Or at least hoping first opens up on that flight from Fra.
Other than that I am all set
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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #31 on: February 26, 2011, 05:12:55 PM »
enjoy your trip.

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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #32 on: February 27, 2011, 07:29:30 AM »
good choice. You have a full day in Switzerland.
I dont really think its worth upgrading your return flight to F on LH. Its a day flight, business is good enough. LH F is nothing special, besides for the F terminal. Not worth paying extra 15k co miles for that

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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #33 on: February 27, 2011, 09:31:26 AM »
good choice. You have a full day in Switzerland.
I dont really think its worth upgrading your return flight to F on LH. Its a day flight, business is good enough. LH F is nothing special, besides for the F terminal. Not worth paying extra 15k co miles for that
Tough call.  F will get you lie-flat which J won't AFAIK, but it is true that LH F is currently nothing special (though it will be soon once all planes are retrofitted)
And the FCT is an experience.  Arrange for kosher meals, do some damage to their very impressive liquor selection and ask for the Panamera to chauffeur you and it may be worth 15K miles.
Plus as he's overnighting in FRA he'll be able to just go straight to the FCT to check-in, so it's much less of a shlep that getting there when transiting.
I wouldn't be so quick to discount all that for just 15k miles.
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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #34 on: February 27, 2011, 09:50:34 AM »
Tough call.  F will get you lie-flat which J won't AFAIK, but it is true that LH F is currently nothing special (though it will be soon once all planes are retrofitted)
And the FCT is an experience.  Arrange for kosher meals, do some damage to their very impressive liquor selection and ask for the Panamera to chauffeur you and it may be worth 15K miles.
Plus as he's overnighting in FRA he'll be able to just go straight to the FCT to check-in, so it's much less of a shlep that getting there when transiting.
I wouldn't be so quick to discount all that for just 15k miles.
LH will be much nicer with the new outfit but watch the availability drop tremendously.

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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #35 on: February 28, 2011, 01:22:03 AM »
If LH availability will drop, others will open up more.

FRA has not been my friend so far.

Arriving with a LH F, wasn't admitted in lounge, as well as, departing with a business connecting same day to a F same story.

Instead of Panamera, I get stuffed in a van, as they have people going to the same aircraft (I asked for a Panamera).

In FCT I never received a KSML.

Walking, lots of it...

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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #36 on: February 28, 2011, 01:44:17 AM »
i got the ksml Panamera and made FULL use of everything there! definitely worth the miles,especially in my case where i was connecting to an overnight flight to china!

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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #37 on: February 28, 2011, 03:21:59 AM »
If you can make use of the liquid refreshments (especially to go ;) ) its well worth the visit...

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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #38 on: February 28, 2011, 09:22:53 AM »
If you can make use of the liquid refreshments (especially to go ;) ) its well worth the visit...
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Re: Ergel's August 2011 trip planning thread
« Reply #39 on: February 28, 2011, 02:22:04 PM »
Trying to book two nights at the park hyatt in paris (august 15-17) and when i try to book them together it says no availablity and when i try and book them seperately it works. Why is this happenening? Should I just book them seperately?
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