Can you guess this last minute award booking?

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The 4th of July holiday falls on a Wednesday this year which creates an interesting situation for weekly business travelers.  In my line of work, a 3 day minimum at the client site is the general rule to justify the expenses of travel.  After some deliberation this week, my boss let me know he would prefer I take Monday and Tuesday as vacation and thus a last minute five day opportunity was born.

Giving me five days off is dangerous!

I know I won’t always have the flexibility that I do in my life right now so I don’t want to let these opportunities pass. As I shared last week in regards to Easter Island, my goal in collecting and redeeming points is not to save money I would have spent, but rather to experience places that are so ridiculous I would never spend my own money to get there. Before I share my strategies and points breakdown to get to this ‘ridiculous’ place, I am curious if anyone wants to take a stab at the components of this last minute award booking such as destinations, airlines, class of service? Here are a few hints.

  • First Stopover – Available options for spending my layover include the Hotel Kempinski or the lounge.  No dedicated terminal at this airport.
  • Second Stopover – I care more about the roof of one of this city’s landmarks than the acoustics.
  • Final Destination – It is illegal to leave the city limits without a firearm.

Travel is commencing soon so stay tuned for updates and the upcoming trip report!

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About alex

Alex loves to travel and does so a lot. Logging 100,000 flight miles each year over the past 4 years, Alex uses points and miles to power his passion. Alex is continuously striving to experience the far reaches of the globe. In his day job, Alex is a Management Consultant frequently on the road advising Technology organizations. I love thinking about, reading about, and talking about all things travel. Feel free to reach me at

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  1. So you’re flying to Munich in Lufthansa first, since arriving first class passengers have access to a complimentary Kempinski day room, but there’s no First Class Terminal as in Frankfurt (where the hotel is farther off but the day room option exists as well).

  2. …which can only mean you’re very enthusiastic about the Opera House in your second stopover city: Oslo!

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