After flying numerous Viking fares I had gotten used to seeing my American friends numerous times within the space of a year.
I even got Global Entry, as I figured that the amount of time I spent at US customs and immigration would easily warrant the investment.
Then bit by bit a realisation dawned on me: although I was now an executive Platinum on AA, I didn’t have any cheap trips to the US to look forward to.
I also had started to get a bit bored of just flying AA and BA over and over. I wanted to try something new.
Thankfully, as if on cue, a new post appeared on the Flyertalk Premium fare deals forum: CPH to the USA on a number of Star Alliance carriers, in business class, starting at £550.
This was more expensive than the original Viking Fare but still much cheaper than what you generally expect in trans-Atlantic business class, particularly when you are headed to the West Coast.
Whilst people were focusing on United and Lufthansa, I started trying to piece together a valid itinerary with two particular products in mind: SWISS business class on their new 777 and the new business class seats on the Air Canada Dreamliner. Having never flown either of these airlines before I was really psyched to try them regardless, but the idea of sampling their latest flagship products really made the whole trip all the more exciting!
After much switching of dates and playing around with layovers, I was able to call AC and get this ticketed:
|SEA-YVR||AC Express Jazz||Economy||DH3|
Ordinarily I would avoid calling the airline for an airfare this cheap, for fear of them pulling the plug on the fare. However there was no way to get this to price out on momondo, farefreaks, priceline etc. and others were already commenting online, saying that they had called to get ticketed…
Whilst the fare wasn’t technically valid with LAX as the destination, I was able to tweak the timings so that it became my longest port of call, despite this officially being a ticket to Seattle.
The total price for 12,200 miles in premium airplane cabins? (plus 123 miles in economy from SEA-YVR)
Having previously been to LA on a number of occasions I was both aware of the traffic heading into the city on a weekend and also happy to forego Hollywood for the relative tranquility of Long Beach. Besides trying new airplane cabins I only had one key goal for my trip to the West Coast. I needed to eat at In ‘N’ Out burger… and Long Beach has one of those ?
I booked one night at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach for $152 and applied a Diamond Suite Upgrade to get myself a 684 sq ft Harbor Suite.
In order to get to my starting point I bought a flight from LGW to CPH on Norwegian, which cost me £50. I also booked one night at the Park Inn Copenhagen airport for around £100.
The Total Cost for the entire trip came in at under £1000 (including my extravagant meal at In ‘N’ Out).
If you’re particularly attentive you’ll have noticed that the itinerary above doesn’t match the chapter summary below. That is because everything did not go exactly according to plan…