I participated in, and won, a bidding on Marriott Moments for a footy game in the U.K. It was my first attempt at the Marriott Moments game, so I was a bit stunned that I came away with tickets to Old Trafford. The upside was the win..the downside was the short wick. I was notified April 2nd for an April 13th game!!
Needless to say, airline fares had begun the steep upclimb to $2000 by April 2nd.....I had checked back on March 15th and my carrier, American Airlines, had $850 tix....but now, Oh MY!!!!! The long and short of my panic filled search was to find a British Airways itinerary starting at EWR (90 minutes from home) to LHR to MAN. The price was right and I'm set. My son will join me and he's coming from a different starting point, but we both arrive at MAN near 9:00AM on the 12th. I booked his ticket with American Miles at the reduced Economy fare. We were set for the flights!!!
Hotels... . We get in early on the 12th and have booked the Renaissance Manchester City Centre for £113 (plus a 4000 point booster). This allows for an easy train from the airport. It also puts us in a great location to see the town and do a bit of pub crawling. The game night stay is set for The AC Hotel Salford Quays on points.
I'll reblog with details of the trip and the game...plus a review of the hotels and the City once called Cottonopolis.