Christmas getaway 2015: Introduction

CHristmas travel map
Travel map of this trip, generated by Great Circle Ma

 

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View of Munich on Olympiaturm in Munich’s Olympia Park

Introduction
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge EDI
British Airways flight from Edinburgh Airport EDI to London City Airport LCY
AirPortr same day luggage transfers
Emirates Air Line in London
Shepard’s Bush Boutique Hotel
Heathrow Express London Paddington to London Heathrow Terminal 5
British Airways flight from London Heathrow LHR to Munich Airport MUC
British Airways flight from Munich Airport MUC to London Heathrow LHR
British Airways flight from London Heathrow LHR to Hong Kong International Airport HKG
Qantas Hong Kong Lounge
British Airways flight from Hong Kong International Airport HKG to London Heathrow LHR
British Airways Arrivals lounge Terminal 5
Special: How British Airways ground agents saved my trip part 1
British Airways flight from London Heathrow LHR to Munich Airport MUC
British Airways flight from Munich Airport MUC to London Heathrow LHR
Hilton Munich Park
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge London Heathrow Terminal 5 South
Special: How British Airways ground agents saved my trip part 2
British Airways flight from London Heathrow Airport LHR to Edinburgh Airport EDI

As 2015 finishes and school holiday starts I decided to go back to my home, Hong Kong. As a round-trip originating from Edinburgh costs a shocking £2176 on British Airway’s World Traveller cabin I have decided to run an Ex-EU trip which starts from Munich, Germany. Running this trip not only saves money it also allowed me to visit two of my beloved cities: London and Munich. I had a nice evening wondering around and witness the London Premier of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and had a nice tour around Munich with my German friend for half a day.

About the flights

Here is how I booked the tickets:

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Jota Aviation BAe 146, flying EDI-LCY

Ticket 1:
16/12/2015 BA2217 Edinburgh Airport EDI to London City Airport LCY
17/12/2015 BA0926 London Heathrow LHR to Munich Airport MUC

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British Airways Club World A380, flying HKG-LHR

Ticket 2:
17/12/2015 BA0955 Munich Airport MUC to London Heathrow Airport LHR
17/12/2015 BA0027 London Heathrow Airport to Hong Kong International Airport HKG
03/01/2015 BA0032 Hong Kong International Airport HKG to London Heathrow Airport LHR
04/01/2015 BA0950 London Heathrow Airport LHR to Munich Airport MUC

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London Heathrow T5 gate A8

Ticket 3:
05/01/2015 BA0955 Munich Airport MUC to London Heathrow Airport LHR
05/01/2015 BA1464 London Heathrow Airport LHR to Edinburgh Airport EDI

While ticket 2 is a cash paid, revenue ticket tickets 1 and 3 are paid by Avios. Apart from domestic flights between EDI-LCY and LHR-EDI all other flights are booked into Club Europe and Club World. At time of booking Avios reward flights only CE cabins are available therefore I have no choice but to book them.

The BA2217 flight to London City Airport is operated by Jota Aviation on behalf on BA Cityflyer and British Airways, which is a first for me as it is run by other company and is on an aircraft which I have never flown before: BAe 146.

Hotels

Hotels in London, especially the good ones are not cheap. No matter which hotel you have got it is always the case that the room (double room) is always smaller than other places. In general I would expect to pay for up to £99 per night for a 4 stars hotel in Central London. While this may sound unrealistic it is always possible to get this price or even below with independent hotel chains in Central London. By using booking.com, a very good website for searching and booking big and small hotel I was able to find Shepard’s Bush Boutique Hotel (4 stars) in Shepard’s Bush Market for an exceptional price of around £69.50. To summarise I am very satisfied with the room facilities and the location (right next to the underground station!). I will put this hotel into consideration again as I go to London in the future.

During off-peak seasons in Munich costs for a hotel room of a vey good hotel can be very reasonable, and the brand Hilton Hotels and Resorts is of a great example of this. Of the three choices in Munich (Munich Airport, Munich City and Munich Park) I opted for Munich Park as it is the only 5 stars Hilton hotel which is at the city centre (Hilton Munich City is only 4 stars). Even though the pricing should be very premium I booked the ‘King Room’ for one night with free Wi-Fi and breakfast for 112 EUR on their website. Note that booking with them directly is cheaper than with other agencies such as booking.com. Again with no surprise I really enjoyed my stay there. I will tell you more in the review.

Costs: breakdown:

Flights: £1300 (Ex-MUC ticket) + £85 + 24,354 Avios (4 reward flight saver booings)

Hotels: £70 + 112EUR (£87)

Total costs including flights and hotels: £1542 + 24,354

Avios earned from the booking: 27,386 – 23,354 = 3,032 Avios

Total saving when compared to booking EDI-LHR-HKG-LHR-EDI in one ticket in World Travel on British Airways: £634

Section conclusion

As a big fan of travelling I enjoyed all parts of the trip. I hope by writing this massive trip report I can spread my enthusiasm of travelling to all and that being a premium traveller is possible without paying the ‘normal’ costs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: Samuel

Samuel, 18, was born in Hong Kong though since 2011 he started studying in Scotland. Samuel is a big fan of travelling, however he is no ordinary traveller -- he is a premium traveller. With the use of different hotel booking strategies and ticketing hacks he is able to turn the dream of business class travel into reality while paying the price of economy (sometimes less than that).

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