In a few weeks I’m going to be taking my first trip as a full-time employee! I’m only going to be away for a few days, but I’m still looking forward to it and can’t wait to leave. I’m headed to Vienna and will be flying in business class, which I paid for with US Air miles that I earned primarily through their Grand Slam promotion or the Booking Buddy fiasco of a couple years ago
US Air charges 100,000 miles to fly to Europe in Business Class on one of their Star Alliance partners. One of the best deals around though is that US Air offers off-peak awards in the winter that charge only 60,000 miles to fly to Europe, but the catch is that it has to be on US Air metal, which I wasn’t flying. Austrian Air has a great direct flight from NYC to Vienna that leaves at 6:00 PM and arrives the next day before 9:00 AM. I had hoped to fly on the new Austrian Air business class product, but it seems that there have been delays so it won’t be ready by the time I fly, which is unfortunate but not a deal breaker by any means. What I am excited about is that Austrian is supposed to have some of the best food in the sky and I’ll make sure to take lots of notes . They have an on-board chef as well as an entire menu dedicated to coffee! I’ve never been to Vienna, but have heard some pretty amazing things about it so I’m really looking forward to it.
While we’re there we’ll be staying at the Hotel Bristol, which is a Starwood property. It is a Category 5 hotel, which means that it costs 12,000 points per night or 4,800 points plus $90. We’ll be using just the points option to stay at the hotel. There is another Starwood property in Vienna called the Hotel Imperial, but it’s a Category 6 hotel, meaning more points per night, and the Hotel Bristol is supposed to be quite nice as it is. They’re both very well located within the city with the Hotel Bristol being right across from the famous Opera House!
Have any of you been to Vienna? I’m looking for any and all suggestions or tips on what to do, where to eat, what to avoid, and everything in between. Before I did some research I had hoped to see the Vienna Philharmonic play, which is widely considered one of the top orchestras in the world, but it seems as though ticket prices can be a little ridiculous. We’re obviously going to see the palaces and the famous sites such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, but we’re also going to try to spend some time in one of the famed coffeehouses that Vienna invented!
I’m really looking forward to the trip and hope that it’s as wonderful as my trip to Paris was this past summer. If you had a few days in Vienna, what would you do?