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  1. #1
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    Default My Interesting Experience

    I want to visit my UK daughter this summer... $$$ time to travel to Europe , I know.
    But REALLY $$$

    I booked points over and tried to buy back...
    the return - 1 way - was $2000...
    So - points over - then hotel- then $2000 back...

    No Go Joe.... my daughter was ticked.

    I got to thinking..
    Those air/hotel packages do not acknowledge seasonal flight increases
    They use 'bulk fare prices'

    I called AA Vacations...
    asked for flight and said I wanted to be near the Gloucester underground station for a hotel

    Shazam!!!
    the girl produced 2-3 choices....

    all +/- $2000

    I booked for $1917... air /Hotel.
    Added my ugrade seat -- free drinks/food and preboarding... $103 each way.
    I pay $68 each way POP - EWR on United and get n o drinks/food nor boarding

    I don't like AA much.. but I have good times... exit row seats....the works

    Use the package deal if/when you can... saves a bundle ... on any airline

    I won't bore you w/ how I figured that out... it was 25 yrs ago

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    Did you check TUI Belgium from POP to Brussels? Then Eurostar from Brussels to London. Very easy and cheap. That was how I did it last time I flew to the UK.

    Flights to POP are on Sundays. and I just did cursory check, seats are available for around 299 euro each way.
    https://www.tuifly.be/en

    Eurostar is one station from BRU airport. Journey takes two hours and can be as little as 50 euros.
    https://www.eurostar.com/rw-en

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    I am PHL - LHR...5 days with hotel for that number beeza.... $1917 + seats

    the flights will be about your numbers... as opposed to thousands each way
    and I have my bed/hotel in it!!!

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