A trip through Northern Europe & the Baltics – Introduction

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In September & October 2015, I traveled to Northern Europe & the Baltics. After a day in New York City, I traveled to Glasgow, Scotland to visit friends for a few days, then went to Copenhagen, Denmark via London. From Copenhagen, I flew to Riga, Latvia on Norwegian Airlines, then went from Riga to Tallinn, Estonia by bus. Finally, I took the ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki, Finland, where I eventually flew back home. It was a great trip, filled with friends, beer, and brisk Northern European early-autumn weather.

The transatlantic portions of my trip were booked in first class & business class on American Airlines & Finnair. The total cost of those flights was 125,000 AAdvantage miles (10% of which was refunded to me thanks for having the Citi AAdvantage credit card), plus $91.60. That’s a great value to be able to fly in first & business class. Additionally, I booked some of my hotel stays with points (I used cheaply purchased Choice Hotels points at the Hotel Skt. Petri in Copenhagen, and I booked an IHG PointBreaks stay in Helsinki for just 5,000 points per night). Between all of that, and some other good hotel bonuses, I was able to take this trip for much less than you’d expect. Travel doesn’t have to be expensive, and if you do your research & maximize your miles & points, you can go far.

Here are all of my posts from my trip to Northern Europe:

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A trip through Northern Europe & the Baltics – Introduction
American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco SFO review
American Airlines First Class Airbus A321T San Francisco SFO to New York JFK review
A quick layover in New York City from JFK airport
American Airlines Flagship Lounge New York JFK review
American Airlines Business Class Boeing 767-300 New York JFK to Manchester MAN review
Holiday Inn Express Glasgow City Centre Riverside review
Upperdeck Airport Lounge Glasgow GLA review
Aspire Lounge London Heathrow LHR Terminal 5 review
Hotel Skt. Petri Copenhagen, Denmark review
Copenhagen, Denmark – Museums on a rainy day
Copenhagen, Denmark – Nyhavn, Christiania & more
Craft beer in Copenhagen, Denmark – The Mikkeller bars
Aviator Airport Lounge – Copenhagen CPH review
Norwegian Air Economy Class Boeing 737-800 Copenhagen CPH to Riga RIX review
Radi Un Draugi Hotel Riga, Latvia review
Riga, Latvia – Exploring the Old Town
Riga, Latvia – Museums & a tough 20th century
Riga, Latvia – Street markets & food
Craft beer in Riga, Latvia
Lux Express Riga, Latvia to Tallinn, Estonia review
Hotel Bern Tallinn, Estonia review
Tallinn, Estonia – Exploring the views of the Old Town
Tallinn, Estonia – Exploring Patarei Prison
Craft beer in Tallinn, Estonia
Eckero Finlandia ferry Tallinn, Estonia to Helsinki, Finland review
Holiday Inn Helsinki – West Ruoholahti review
Helsinki, Finland – Exploring the food markets & city centre
Helsinki, Finland – Exploring the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress
Craft beer in Helsinki, Finland
Finnair Lounge Helsinki HEL non-Schengen review
Finnair Business Class Airbus A321 Helsinki HEL to London Heathrow LHR review
American Airlines Flagship Lounge London Heathrow LHR review
American Airlines First Class Boeing 777-200 London Heathrow LHR to Dallas-Fort Worth DFW review
American Express Centurion Lounge Dallas-Fort Worth DFW review
American Airlines First Class Boeing A321S Dallas-Fort Worth DFW to San Francisco SFO review


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