Vacation in the Virgin Islands
United Airlines First Class A320 Seattle to San Francisco
United Airlines BusinessFirst B767 San Francisco to Washington
United Airlines Business Class B737 Washington to St Thomas
Virgin Islands – St Thomas and St John
Cape Air Cessna 402C St Thomas to San Juan
Global Lounge San Juan
United Airlines Business Class B737 San Juan to Chicago
Chicago Delay


Back in February my parents decided they would be going to the U.S. Virgin Islands for vacation in May and asked me to join them. Considering the last time I went on vacation with them was in 2007 to Maui, I decided to join them. They were shuffling back and forth with the idea of either staying at a condo or at a hotel. They decided on the condo since I wasn’t sure at the time if I would still go with them, basically it was a safe option meaning no money would be lost either way.

They booked the condo through VRBO.com which is a Vacation Rental By Owner portal where people list their properties and then you mail them a check and negotiate via email. I know it sounds a bit scary to send someone you don’t know a large check, but hey, in the end it worked out.

Miles are the reason. Well not only that, Star Alliance is also the reason. I looked at the fares above on United and in Economy L/G class they came out around $800 USD, out of curiosity I decided to check Business/First class fares and it turns out it was just $200 USD more – a steal in my eyes. This would be my first paid Business/First class ticket, I’d rather pay the extra $200 and not have to use my miles to upgrade the flight. All flights were booked into a P fare (United’s lowest & cheapest Business/First fare), except the Cape Air flight from STT-SJU, of course as it was operated by a small Cessna, I got a nice full Y Fare. The whole journey got me 8563 miles since P fares earn 100% with Miles & More.

Stay tuned for the trip report!