How would you get back from Yerevan to Los Angeles? I’m making five stops using three tickets.
The sane person would take Aeroflot via Moscow or Austrian via Vienna. But I’m a travel blogger…and I’m cheap.
Everything came together around one flight. A couple months back, Icelandair ran a fare sale with one-way business class tickets under $500. I booked Reykjavík (KEF) to San Francisco (SFO). My goal was not just to review Icelandair’s “Premium Saga” business class, but also to visit Greenland…and this was well before President Trump offered to buy it from Denmark…
But work got in the way and I was forced to push my trip to Greenland to later…maybe in the dark of winter, maybe next summer. Instead, I found myself in Yerevan and needing to get to Reykjavík.
That proved to be quite a dilemma, as there was ZERO award space out of Yerevan. In fact, most flights were sold out…zeroed out without even a single full-fare seat for sale.
As a last ditch option, I would have flown Georgian Airways to Tbilisi and paid a boatload of money to fly Air Baltic to Reykjavík via Riga. That cost 50% more than the Icelandair business class ticket, but would have been a new product to try and got me to KEF quickly.
But at the last moment, award space opened on Aegean. Moving instantly, I confirmed a one-way award Yerevan to Reykjavík in business class for 25K United miles, one of the sweet spots on the award chart as far as I am concerned.
My final routing:
- Yerevan – Athens on Aegean
- Athens – Berlin on Aegean
- Berlin – Copenhagen on SAS
- Copenhagen – Reykjavík on SAS
- Reykjavík – San Francisco on Icelandair
- San Francisco – Burbank on United
6/6 flights are in business class, but not even one has a lie-flat bed. It should be an interesting trip home…
I’m looking forward to trying Aegean Business Class again, checking out the recently renovated SAS lounge in CPH, and spending a day in Berlin and day in Reykjavík.
So begins my 8,320 mile trip home.