10 Days – England, Scotland, and Iceland – Introduction
Business Lounge (Non-Schengen) Kraków
British Airways Club Europe A320 Kraków to London
Plaza on the River London
The May Fair London
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge (T5 South) London
British Airways Domestic UK A321 London to Edinburgh
Crowne Plaza Edinburgh
Aspire Lounge Edinburgh
easyJet A320 Edinburgh to Reykjavík
Radisson Blu Saga Hotel Reykjavík
Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel Reykjavík
airBerlin Economy Class B737 Reykjavík to Berlin
airBerlin Exclusive Waiting Area (Terminal C) Berlin
Final Thoughts – England, Scotland, and Iceland
Wow. Wow. Wow. Words will never properly describe the excitement that I had throughout this entire trip and how many gorgeous and beautiful things my eyes were able to see. It all started a while back when I decided I’d like to visit the UK and with the introduction of the British Airways Kraków to London flight, I was able to use my Avios on the direct flight AND also add a free domestic flight within the UK. I figured I might as well visit London and Edinburgh, since I’ve always wanted to spend some more time in London and also visit Scotland.
Just before booking the trip, a crazy thought came into my head – why not visit Iceland also? I mean, I will already be super close to Iceland from the top of the UK… so I might as well..? I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland since it is beyond gorgeous. Unfortunately it is super hard to get to Iceland using miles, however luckily there was a cheap easyJet flight from Edinburgh to Iceland the day I would be returning back to Poland. And so… I booked Iceland.
I figured it would be worthwhile to spend some money on a low cost airline and fly to a place I’ve always been dreaming about. All in all, it was four days in London, three in Edinburgh, and three in Iceland. I didn’t fly with Star Alliance at all… *gasp*. I’m sorry, Lufthansa, but it isn’t my fault I couldn’t use miles to get to Iceland… or find any good connections to London… sorry! So the combination of flights was on British Airways, easyJet, and airBerlin.
20 July: British Airways 873, Kraków – London, departing at 13:35 arriving at 15:05
24 July: British Airways 1438, London – Edinburgh, departing at 09:35 arriving at 10:55
26 July: easyJet 6941, Edinburgh – Reykjavík, departing at 18:00 arriving at 19:20
30 July: airBerlin 3547, Reykjavík – Berlin, departing at 00:55 arriving at 06:20
30 July: airBerlin 8202, Berlin – Kraków, departing at 08:55 arriving at 10:20
Here’s what the flights cost (per person):
British Airways (KRK-LHR-EDI): 15k British Airways Avios + $40 USD
- KRK-LHR was in Club Europe (Business Class)
- LHR-EDI was in a UK Domestic, single-cabin flight
easyJet (EDI-KEF): ~$68 USD
- ~$60 USD was the airfare
- ~$8 USD was the UpFront seat assignment (which gave us Speedy Boarding = cabin bag + personal item)
airBerlin (KEF-TXL-KRK): 10k American Airlines miles + $43 USD
- Both airBerlin flights were single-cabin flights
I took my aunt on this adventure with me (mainly since she has taken me to numerous places before), so the actual cost was what is above multiplied by two. The only segment in Business Class was Kraków to London since none of the other flights had a premium cabin. The oneworld alliance and easyJet became super convenient to travel on to the UK and Iceland and therefore I didn’t book any flights with the Star Alliance. On top of that, I have a ton of Avios and AA miles that I want to burn, plus it was super convenient (and cheap!) spending 10k AA miles on flights that would have cost me over $400 USD each. The BA flights were booked pre-devaluation of the Executive Club.
As far as hotels go, here is what I booked:
July 20 and 21: Plaza on the River, London (70k Club Carlson points total)
July 22 and 23: The May Fair, London (70k Club Carlson points total)
July 24 and 25: Crowne Plaza, Edinburgh (35k IHG points per night)
July 26: Radisson Blu Saga, Reykjavík (38k Club Carlson points total)
July 27 and 28: Radisson Blu 1919, Reykjavík (66k Club Carlson points total)
The Club Carlson hotels were booked pre-Club Carlson devaluation which meant that I got the second night free because I have the Club Carlson VISA. The costs for the hotels are listed above. I had (and still have) way too many Club Carlson points and therefore I figured I would book the more exclusive hotels in London to burn some of those points. All of the hotels were nice and we received upgrades at every hotel and even got free breakfast in Edinburgh and Reykjavík, just not in London.
All in all, England, Scotland, and Iceland were wonderful and I’m glad I was able to burn some of my (less desired) points for an awesome trip… even if it meant NOT flying any segment with the Star Alliance. I actually didn’t care that much about the flights since they were all super short, I figured it would be nice to have at least one flight in Business Class (which is why I redeemed more Avios for the BA flights).
The trip was fantastic and while London and Edinburgh were super nice, nothing will ever come close to Iceland and how magnificent and gorgeous it is. Stay tuned for the very long trip report!