QXatFAT
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Help With Trip I Am Planning

Tue Oct 24, 2006 11:44 am

So I am planning a trip to Europe this next summer and want to jump on the ball already. I have 100,000 AA miles and am wanting to go to Portual and Spain. What should I do? What airline should I fly? (I can fly partners with AA right?) What aircraft would I fly and what does that aircraft have to offer? Should I fly to Spain or Portual from the USA? Is there other countries I should hop to? I will be there for 2 1/2 weeks. I also have 150,000 miles with US but was wanting to use the AA because I have never flown AA out of the country before.

Thanks in advance  Smile
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RE: Help With Trip I Am Planning

Tue Oct 24, 2006 11:55 am

You can fly to/from Europe with less than 100,000 points you can go business class on either carrier. Before you go check with a travel agent about Europass (the name may have changed) for unlimited rail passes. The rail system is excellent way to get around in Europe. Do you have any specific destinations? I recommend you read up on it but don't make too many hard plans except your arrival and departure. You might see if you can fly into one place and return from another. I find it better to get there and take it however you prefer.
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RE: Help With Trip I Am Planning

Tue Oct 24, 2006 12:18 pm

For 90,000 miles you can fly to Europe from the USA on any of AA's partners in Business class:
Aer Lingus
BA
Cathay Pacific
Finnair
Iberia
LAN
Qantas
JAL
SN Brussels
Swiss
TAM
Turkish

those are all I believe of their partners who fly to Europe

If you are planning to go business class directly then I would suggest: BA, Finnair, Iberia or Swiss. Out of those BA would probably be my choice. The nice thing is that you could fly BA over there and Iberia back if you so wanted, you can decide what airlines for what routes!
I personally would keep to non-american airline for international travel when you have the option of a foreign airline.
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RE: Help With Trip I Am Planning

Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:52 pm

Quoting Alaskaqantas (Reply 2):
Aer Lingus
BA
Cathay Pacific
Finnair
Iberia
LAN
Qantas
JAL
SN Brussels
Swiss
TAM
Turkish

So what airline would be the best to fly to Europe. Which one will give me the best for my miles?

Quoting FlyMatt2Bermud (Reply 1):
Do you have any specific destinations?

Just right now is Lisbon and Madrid. Me and my friend want to see a Futbol game (Real Madrid).

In 2 1/2 weeks time what do you think I have enough time to see? I know we want to spend at least 3 days in Portugal and at least 2 days in Madrid and 2 days in Barcelona. The other week and a half are pretty much open right now. Thinking about Paris and trying to make our way to Rome and see how far we get. So maybe flying into Lisbon or Madrid would be good and then flying out of Rome or Frankfurt.

Could I purchas more tickets with my miles on my US card while I am there? I have 150,000 on it.
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RE: Help With Trip I Am Planning

Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:00 pm

Hi QXatFAT,
Being a Star Alliance member I can't tell you much about AA's rules but I'm sure you have more than the amount of miles needed for a trip to Europe  Smile Now if you're flying with your US miles, it's 50k miles for a saver award in coach and you can choose one stopover or one open jaw. Award tickets in Europe are available for 20k miles but I think you can't add a stopover or an open jaw inside the same region...
You can choose many options for your transatlantic flights, why not flying to CDG with US on their A330, then LIS with TP and try to catch SQ's FRA-JFK flight on a 744 ?
My best advice is to book your award(s) way in advance if you want to fly on a specific date. You can also add some cheap connections with Ryanair, EasyJet, Vueling........
By the way, I've been to LIS last year and really enjoyed the city. Spending 3 days there should be enough, I'm sure some of our fellow members from Portugal will give you some great infos but feel free to contact me  Wink

Be well.

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RE: Help With Trip I Am Planning

Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:27 pm

Quoting QXatFAT (Thread starter):
but was wanting to use the AA because I have never flown AA out of the country before.

Don't fly AA over the Atlantic, it's definitely not worth it. And not Iberia either.

If you love flying, how about trying AY's brand new biz seats on JFK-HEL-LIS/MAD/BCN? The intra-Europe sectors are very, very nice on AY (even in Y) and quite long: HEL-LIS is 4.5 h!

If you can split the trans-Atlantic flying on two carriers, you may want to take BA on the way back. However, connecting at LHR can be a b*tch.
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RE: Help With Trip I Am Planning

Wed Oct 25, 2006 7:18 am

Fly to Europe on LX or BA.

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