Summer and The Long Way Home

The last entry on this blog details the end of the Australia/Asia trip and a return to France. That was in April. I spent most of May and the early part of June back in the United States, before returning to Europe via Canada in order to play for the French National Team in the 2012 European Championships of Lacrosse…we did not win. The remainder of the summer saw trips to St. Tropez, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade. However, all of these were short intra-euro flights in coach, and as this blog is primarily centered on long haul air travel, I didn’t deem any of them interesting enough for you, my readers. Finally, it was time to come back to NYC for the fall. If you’ve been reading this blog, you realize that I don’t generally like to travel in the most direct or the easiest way possible. So of course, wasting miles and money on a boring seven hour direct flight from Paris to New York was out of the question.

This is the itinerary I finally pieced together. Instead of a CDG-NYC direct (3,639 Miles), I booked:

– CDG-DOH-GYD-TBS (20,000 United Miles, J Class Europe to Europe award on QR [Qatar Airways]. 4,420 Miles)

– TBS-IST (Cash for a Y Class TK [Turkish] ticket. 840 Miles)

– IST-CAI (Cash for a Y Class MS [Egypt Air] ticket. 762 Miles)

– CAI-ZRH-BCN (27,500 United Miles, J Class Middle East to Europe award on LX [Swiss International Air Lines]. 2,239 Miles)

– BCN-GRU (A bit over 50,000 AMEX points moved to SQ [Singapore Airlines] KrisFlyer Miles, F Class award. 5,432 Miles)

– GRU-EZE (Cash for a J Class QR ticket. 1,070 Miles)

– EZE-SCL (Cash for a J Class AC [Air Canada] ticket. 709 Miles)

– SCL-JFK (25,000 BA Avios Points and some cash for a J Class LA [LAN Chile] award ticket. 5,097 Miles)

So, instead of a 7 hour direct flight, this trip took close to three weeks and 20,569 miles BUT, I got to visit several new countries (Qatar, Georgia, Egypt, Chile), make some great new friends, catch up with my buddy N in Egypt and see the Pyramids. I was also able to catch up with other friends in Buenos Aires, and try QR before they terminated their partnership with United. Who wants to take the easy way?

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