Thursday, May 28, 2015

London & Paris Trip - Introduction

We booked a trip to London & Paris to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. Dan had a travel together ticket (i.e: buy one get one free) from British Airways that was about to expire, so we thought we would use our miles & the travel together ticket to book the tickets.

We did not bring M this time, so it would be our first time to travel just the two of us in a long time! :) Because we did not take her, we also didn't want to be away for too long as to not to overburden the grandparents, so we were only gone for 8 nights.

We booked our tickets almost a year in advance to make sure we got the seats that we wanted and even then it was a bit tricky. We had to route via Seattle on our way to London. So our trip ended up like this:

1 night in Seattle
3 nights in London
3 nights in Paris
1 night layover in London

We flew British Airways business class (called Club World) from Seattle to London, and then we managed to snag first class seats on our way back from London to SF! :)

The surcharges and taxes came out to be quite expensive, almost like paying a full fare economy ticket each. We figured we were using miles to basically get an "upgrade", since the out of pocket cost for the surcharges and taxes were quite hefty.

For London, we had enough Radisson points to book a three night stay at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street (awesome location), and one night at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow for our return layover.

For Paris, we booked the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome.

I also have to preface that we have no pictures of our flight to London as well as the Seattle hotel, as I accidentally lost our camera on the flight (forgot to pick it up when we left the aircraft) -- so the rest of our pictures were taken using our phones.

Us in Paris

Here's our trip report:

London & Paris Trip - Introduction
Seattle Layover
Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street - London
Activities & Where to Eat in London
Park Hyatt Paris Vendome
Activities & Where to Eat in Paris
LHR - SFO on British Airways First Class
London & Paris Trip - Summary & Tips

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