Phew! What an ordeal this whole thing has been. Finding a flight to Europe to get to Athens for the marathon was hardly simple. First, I thought I could deal with peasant class and held a flight on US Air. I could not. Then I thought I could fly on Virgin using Delta till I was told I didn’t qualify for the bonus.
In need of 40,000 Virgins, my best option was to transfer 31,000 ThankYou points with a 25% bonus giving me 40,004. This took 2 days, not 2 weeks to hit my account and made my Upper Class reservation from DTW-LHR for $419 in fuel surcharges minus the $400 credit from my Wells Fargo Propel card. Then I transferred 8,000 MRs to Delta to book the BIL-DTW segment. Interestingly enough, Amex charged me $4.80 in a ‘federal tax offset fee’, no idea what that fee is.
Anyhow, I’m all set to go to Europe in business class, the way nature intended.
Here’s the itinerary:
- BIL-MSP (coach on Delta)
- MSP-DTW (coach on Delta)
- DTW-LHR (Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic)