Finally after what seemed like hours of research we've got out trip back to Lago di Como and Belliago, Italy, for mid summer. Not staying where the proposal took place a long time ago, but rather just a few hundred yards up the street Hotel Metropole which we found to be a very nice spot with descent sized rooms and a huge terrace right out the back door of the room that overlooks the lake.
Originally thought I'd found a fabulous deal in Business Class on British Airways from Houston to Milan via London for $1800 round trip/person, but when I went back a day later, poof it was gone. After a few days and what seemed like hundreds of hours searching many different routes on United (UA) using miles I stumbled upon making a segmented itinerary using the "Multi-city" search function on the UA website.
- Houston Intercontinental (IAH) to Newark Liberty (EWR) UA B763 First Class
- EWR to Frankfurt Airport (FRA) UA B787-10 Polaris Class
- FRA to Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) Lufthansa (LH) A319 Business Class
I built in enough time between flights to account for possible delays as well as to get to enjoy the new UA Polaris Clubs at IAH and EWR as well as the LH Business and Senator Clubs at FRA.
- Belliago Hotel Metropole for four nights
- MXP Sheraton one night using a CAT 1-5 certificate
We return via a slightly more direct routing as it was available for Saver Award in Business/First Class.
- MXP to EWR UA B764 Business Class
- EWR to IAH UA B772 First Class
Using miles on UA came to just over 200,000 miles/person by segmenting the way over to Italy rather than simply doing a one stop either via EWR to MXP on UA or via FRA or Munich to MXP on LH which would have been 310,000 miles on the days we wanted to travel. The days of travel dictated by the rooms available at Hotel Metropole which filled up quickly.
It may seem like a fast trip, but since we do not want to travel around Europe on this visit we will have plenty of relaxation time in Belliago and on Lago di Como. Look for a trip report in around three months or so.