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West Coast (PDX) to Italy – Biz or better
I realize I might be late at planning this but I’m looking to book 2 tickets to Italy this fall, ideally in biz or first. We definitely want to experience lie flat product for the first time. We are in PDX but could take a positioning flight to a larger airport. We may want to spend one week in Italy and another in Portugal or flying into Rome and then leaving Milan so one ways are what we would book.
We have a good chunk of miles:
Any recommendations on what which path to pursue would be greatly appreciated!
[USER=1732]@New to FF[/USER], have you tried looking for space at all?
[QUOTE=”Gaurav, post: 32073, member: 79″][USER=1732]@New to FF[/USER], have you tried looking for space at all?[/QUOTE]
Starting to look tonight…AA has nothing of course. Sorry if this comes across as a noobie question but I have never been to Europe and never flown Biz or First class so I’m looking for recommendations on which airline might be nice for my first experience. I’m not looking to be spoon fed, just pointed in a good direction.
[USER=1732]@New to FF[/USER], no worries. With the amount of points that you have you have practically every points option available to you. I think the consensus top choice for transatlantic flights are Lufthansa first class. You can book those with star alliance partner miles like United or Aeroplan at different ratios of miles and cash. However LH only releases spaces to partners a couple of weeks before departure so I’d book business and pay change fees to upgrade to first if you want.
Besides LH there are plenty of other lie flat options from the west coast. I’d suggest starting to look at the airports closest to you on Wikipedia to see which airlines fly into them and then working your way to major airports further away. Then search for space for the transatlantic leg by searching specific segments. You can search most skyteam space on Delta or Flying Blue, star alliance space on United or Aeroplan, and oneworld space on BA or Qantas (you’ll want to try avoiding BA because of high fuel surcharges). Once you have the transatlantic leg then figure out how to add paid or mileage connections on both sides. Good luck!
Thanks for tips. I appreciate your help and guidance.