Back to Europe?
November 18th, 2007 by Mike

I’m kicking around the idea of going back to Europe in the spring.

I really hate the idea of flying across the Atlantic in coach. When I had a bazillion frequent flyer miles to burn, I got spoiled by upgrading. Once you fly business class across an ocean, you’ll never want to sit in the back of the plane again.

The flipside of this is the price. The cheapest business class seats I’ve found across the Atlantic start about $2500, but most of them are in the $3500 range. That’s a pretty big price tag for a round-trip flight. This has me looking for other options.

There are options. One of them is a low-cost business flight from New York like MAXJet.  One problem with MAXJet is that it lands at London’s Stansted airport instead of Heathrow or Gatwick.  Another problem is that I don’t get to earn miles that I’d ever be able to use again. Oh, and I’d have to get to New York, too.

Another option is to fly Virgin Atlantic’s Premium Economy non-stop from Boston to Heathrow and then hop a train to wherever it is I’d like to go.  That will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of a thousand dollars, which is much more palatable than other business class fares. The downside is that I don’t really want to go to London. I’d rather go to Berlin and Amsterdam on this trip. However, I certainly wouldn’t mind taking the Eurostar train.

I really have no idea what I’m going to end up doing. It’s going to require some thinking and planning.


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