We’re doing it!
Today I put the finishing touches on our flights for a 4-week family trip to Europe and Asia this summer. Ever since I started collecting points and miles, taking a “big trip” such as this one was my eventual goal. At the beginning, it seemed very far away and hazy. I wondered if I could ever save up enough miles to get all of us there and back again, plus enough points to avoid having to pay those crazy hotel prices in Europe.
Honestly it felt a little intimidating.
But thanks to patience, planning, and points and miles, it’s happening. We’ll be traveling in July and August, flying in business class on four different airlines, and staying at some incredible properties…in other words, we are booking a trip worth over $30,000 for about the same cost as a couple of weeks at family camp.
Needless to say, I am beside myself with excitement!
So, how did I do it? Slowly, in pieces, and with a little help from my friends.
You can do it, too! I’m going to share the steps I took to book this trip in a series of posts. The process wasn’t hard at all – it was more like a jigsaw puzzle – but it did require a lot of advance planning, especially because there are four of us traveling together during the busiest season of the year. There aren’t a lot of posts written about how to accomplish this type of travel, so I’m hoping that my experience (including both triumphs and mistakes), will help other families to plan similar trips.
Here’s what our final itinerary looks like:
San Francisco – Taipei in EVA Air Royal Laurel Class
4 hours later…
Taipei – Tokyo in EVA Air Regional Business
7 days later…
Tokyo – Bangkok in Thai Air economy
8 days later…
Bangkok – Tokyo in Thai Air economy
The next morning…
Tokyo – Beijing in ANA Business Class
The next morning…
Beijing – Paris in China Airlines Lie-Flat Business Class
15 days later…
Paris – Charlotte, NC in US Airways Envoy Class
2 hours later…
Charlotte, NC to San Francisco in US Airways Domestic Business Class
I still can’t believe that this is going to happen. I’ve peeked at the email confirmation codes several times today just to virtually pinch myself that this is really true. I’m thrilled to be able to travel with my kids in this way, and so grateful to the points and miles community for all the knowledge I’ve gained over the past couple of years.
So, stay tuned for details. I’ll definitely share all the tips and tricks I learned as I was planning this trip, and as I continue to layer in hotels, activities, etc.
What kinds of trips are you planning for? Are you saving miles and points to create any incredible trips for your family? I’d love to hear!