Before leaving Switzerland, we spent a night out by the airport as we both had morning flights the next day. We arrived at the Radisson Blu hotel and checked in for our last night in Switzerland. I was looking forward to the stay as they have a huge vertical wine library in the center of the hotel. After finding our room, which faced the inner courtyard (and the wine), we made our way down to watch the acrobats fetch requested bottles from the tower. It’s actually a neat thing to watch and would suggest having a glass or two if you ever find yourself at this hotel or have some extended time at the airport (since it’s outside security.)
I get asked often how I travel so much, but really there’s no simple answer to that. It’s a combination of many things: keeping an eye on flight deals, searching message boards, taking crazy routings, and last but certainly not least, using points. Points tickets have allowed me to make some spectacular trips, but I do spend a great deal of time trying to optimize them.
For many years I was a loyal Aeroplan customer, part of the Star Alliance network. However, after continued devaluations of the program, and the fact that United was the partner in the US, I made the jump over to Alaska Airline’s Mileage Program. Although the program is not part of an alliance, they have many great partners you can redeem on. I feel that this program is the best for me in terms of point redemption opportunities, but everyone is different. Continue reading →