Post # 1
…where would you go?
My boss has gifted me 75,000 airline miles to use on AA/Delta and whatever other airlines within their “group.”
The kicker is I am pregnant and the third trimester starts in early May so any travel must be between January and mid-April. Any time after April would be difficult if not nearly impossible with a little one and the points must be used by December 2014.
We are looking to be gone between 7-10 days.
So bees where would you go?
ETA: Note we are not concerned with the price/cost or the fact that we won’t have enough miles to cover X destination. This isn’t necessarily a budget trip we are happy and able to splurge. We just are hoping that you wise bees can suggest places that would be 1). good that time of year 2). okay for that length of time and 3). relatively acceptable for a preggo lady (so the Caribbean is out LOL!).
Post # 3
@Treejewel19: Well thats nice!!!!! I would go to Greece. I have always wanted to go. I told Darling Husband he has to take me there in 2015 for our 2 yr anniversary before we have a baby 🙂 I have all planned, 4 days in Athens and 3-4 days in Oia.
Post # 4
@Treejewel19: That is amazing!! Congrats on your pregnancy & the gifted airmiles
I would choose a continent/concentrated area, and go nuts – because once you are in an area, the flights/travel in between are cheap! I might do something like France, Spain, Italy, and the UK or Germany. I might also do something like Malaysia, Singapore, Bali & Indonesia.
You have 7-10 days, which is awesome, but you also don’t want to spend extensive time travelling in between locations.
Instead of an action packed trip, you could also make this your “babymoon” and travel somewhere relaxing & tropical – maybe somewhere like Hawaii, and then explore the other islands – Maui, Kauai, Oahu, etc. They each have something lovely to offer.
I’m also a huge fan of Greece – especially Santorini. It is my dream to go there. Oh, and I would love to go to Bora Bora, and St.Lucia.
I could imagine it would be stressful travelling after your baby is born. My parents travelled with a 6 month old – it was stressful, but they did it over and over again with 3 kids under the age of 7. In hindsight, I don’t know how they did it, but my vacation memories growing up are amazing 🙂
Post # 5
I think it’s different for me as I live in Europe so I’d go futher afield but if I didn’t live in Europe I would recommend Southern Italy or Southern Spain
They own’t be super hot but they’d be warm ish,especially in April.
Sorrento? Beautiful place 🙂
Post # 6
Also if you do do Europe, just because we’re smaller countries doesn’t mean you can see 5 easily in 7 days! 😀 x
Post # 7
How nice! Wow! I would go somewhere warm to get away from the freezing temperatures and foot of snow, lol. I’ve always wanted to visit the Caribbean and stay in one of those nice resorts. Or maybe I would go back to Serbia with FH so we could spend more time with his family and he could show me around more.
Post # 8
You could do first-class one way almost anywhere in the world with that many AAdvantage miles! If I were pregnant, i’d milk that :-). If you could put about 35,000 miles with that you’d get round trip business or first class – lay flat bed! – to almost anywhere.
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@Treejewel19: You live on the west coast so my vote is for Australia or Japan. Flights are super long and the trip to either country is expensive so being able to write off the plane ticket would be awesome. Plus, noth countries have excellent medical care for just in case something goes wrong with your pregnancy while traveling. Plus, our winter is summer time in Australia.
Post # 10
@jesssamesssa: That sounds amazing! We have actually hoped for a combo Egypt/Greece trip some day but several local travel agents and friends that work for the US Department of State have advised against either due to the economy issues and civil unrest. I don’t know if that will still be applicable when you take your trip, I hope not!
@MsYouandMe: Thanks! I did a lot of traveling in Europe throughout college and I actually lived abroad for a total of two years so I am leaning away from Europe BUT Darling Husband hasn’t been so that might be a great option. It is super easy to get around which is a plus.
Hawaii is definitely on the radar for this trip. I have only been to Oahu but we both would like to check out Maui and Kauai. Any suggestions on hotels?
@LeopardPrintBee: I lived in Spain (Sagunto) for six months and loved it! My father’s family is actually from Spain. I was telling Darling Husband I would love to go back and explore it more. Great idea! Maybe combine it with a trip to Southern France. Oh how romantic.
@musical-lady: Warm would be nice for sure! I’m not too keen on a bathing suit focused locale though considering I will be a preggo whale on the beach! 😛
@crayfish: I know!!! I am so excited. We will probably pay to upgrade for sure. You only live once.
@beachbride1216: Both great ideas. I have a friend living in Japan. Any ideas of how things are over there post the earthquake. Radiation an issue? I’m so ignorant when it comes to this stuff at the moment.
Australia is a GREAT idea. Darling Husband would love it and I’ve never been. The kicker…I am TERRIFIED of flying that long. I wonder if there is a baby safe sedative to keep me calm? On the list though thanks!
Post # 11
i would first look at the actual availability and prices…. so price out a few options to see whats gives you biggest bang for your buck…. also dont forget hotel etc. 10 days in a hotel is going to cost a fair amount so you might want to look at something that is a less traveled/better value.
i used airline miles to pay for my honeymoon and in order to get my choice of flights in first class i.had to book exactky 300 days out (the day the schedules are published)
this isnt to say you wont be able to.find something just saying have a few ideas and then see what is available….
also remember continental us/canada & mexico trips are 25 -50,000 miles roundtrip.per person in economy while europe is 40-80,000 per person economy so you might want to consider that before you think about thailand etc
Post # 12
@littlemisshostess: Money really isn’t an issue. We aren’t necessarily looking for a budget trip, just a trip in general. We also don’t have any concerns with paying the difference for first class.
Noted on the booking in advance with the miles, we will have to look into this. At this point we are just trying to figure out where to go. Got to start somewhere.
Post # 13
I would look at what 75K miles can get you and go from there. I know that I was looking at flights over Chirstmas, and I needed 50K miles to just get me to FL.
Post # 14
@Treejewel19: I didnt know you were pregnant! Congrats!
For me, I’ve wanted to go to England since I was a wee little kid. I actually used to have dreams about going when I was in elementary school. So I’d have to go there.
Post # 15
@Misswhowedding: As I said to the PP we are happy to pay the difference if there aren’t enough miles. We are just trying to get ideas of places that would be nice to visit that time of year. Thanks!
@allyfally: Ha ha surprise! England is lovely. I lived about 45 minutes north of London for six months and studied there. It was such a great place. That is definitely doable. Cold but doable!
Post # 16
@Treejewel19: Are you trying to use those for two people? 75k is not enough if you are trying to go international unless you can find one of the rare 30k economy seats and/or you’re willing to have multiple connections.