Can’t decide whether this is a good thing or bad thing. As usual, I’m sitting on about two million miles. I do my best to burn as many of them as I can (efficiently), but my mileage balance just won’t dip far below two million. The problem is that through the end of the year, I can’t take more than a four day trip, and that includes travel time. So for once, I’m actually looking for the most direct way to visit a destination. Shocking, right? That limits my options somewhat. But I’d really like to hit some new destinations. So, what’s on my list?
Dublin: Trying to get there on Continental, though their award availability sucks in BusinessFirst.
Shannon: I don’t know why, but ever since transiting there on British Airways Club World London City, I’ve really wanted to visit. Yet again, Continental doesn’t have very good availability.
Copenhagen or Stockholm: Two more cities I’ve wanted to visit for quite a while, but again, award availability on SAS is quite meager, especially for outbounds towards the end of the week and inbounds towards the beginning of the week.
Vienna: Haven’t been, but would really like to visit. Austrian flies to Washington Dulles and New York, but availability is awful up front. Onboard food looks amazing too.
Madrid: United has that new Aer Lingus agreement which I’d really like to try out, but availability is virtually non-existent. Iberia isn’t much better.
Helsinki: For all the blog readers that have told me to go to “HEL,” I figured I’d make your dreams come true. 😉
Amsterdam: Decent availability on United, but I’m just not going to pay the miles for the old first class suite. That would be painful.
Buenos Aires: I think I can actually make this work! I see availability one way in United first class on the 767 (which has a great hard product) and one way on Continental in BusinessFirst. But at the same time, Buenos Aires is a destination I’d like more time for and isn’t really one I’d like to visit alone. Not sure why…
So what do I do? Stay home and keep collecting the miles? Do a quick weekend in Buenos Aires? Obvious destinations with nonstop service from the US I’m missing?
Fortunately I have a German passport, so I don’t think I’d have to pay that nasty reciprocal entry fee of $130+.