So, I’m flying to Paris tomorrow…please help me plan my weekend!
That was fun to type! Especially considering I booked it about 8 hours ago. Here’s what happened:
1. Deal Dad rocks. He saw me going off the rails after three solid months of kid/illness/just crud and pulled an audible “get out of here” after it was clear the spark was fading from my eyes…
2. I saw on Twitter (reminder, you need to be on twitter!) that folks were having luck getting last minute award tickets to Europe on USAirways.
3. Dividend Miles Off Peak Awards are only 35,000 miles round trip in economy, which I happened to have in my account.
4. I got a 5,000 mile discount by having the USAirways Mastercard.
5. American Express covered the taxes and fees thanks to the Platinum airline credit.
So there you go! I now am the proud owner of 48 hours in Paris.
Now I have some questions for you:
This is my second 48 hours in Paris and will be indoors (last time was in July and was all outside.) Suggestions? I’m especially looking for indoor markets open on Saturdays.
So, is this nuts? Sure. But not as nuts as it seems on first glance. Yes, I’m very fortunate to have enough points saved up over the past year or so to be able to take this trip on a whim. But if you’re following even basic strategies for points collecting, you’ll know that 30,000 points takes a few months, tops. The hotel is a facial/mani/pedi, even adding in metro and food you can see is not any more than spa day.
Mommy Points wrote a fun post in defense of mileage runs last week. While this is a mileage spend and not a mileage run, I’ll return refreshed and with my spark back, hopefully with fun stories to tell. So you tell me, how nuts is it, really?