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:

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

Last updated on September 28, 2021

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