My family recently took an autumn trip to Germany since it appears unlikely we will be able to get away for the holidays this year. I decided to use the opportunity to leave a couple days early and take a longer route to Germany, giving me the chance to try two new routes, one on United Airlines and the other on SAS.
Autumn Trip To Germany: Los Angeles To Frankfurt Via Manila, Bangkok, And Copenhagen
Life has been so busy lately, so finding a couple extra days was no easy task, but as I thought about getting to Germany I figured it would be a good opportunity to try out United’s new service from San Francisco to Manila and the new SAS service from Bangkok to Copenhagen. With SAS leaving Star Alliance, I wanted to jump on a SAS A350 while I still could.
I pieced together an itinerary that included a mix of revenue (the United and Thai segments) and award (the other segments) travel and also decided to spend a night in Malmö, Sweden, a city that I quickly fell in love with. Sweden does so many things right, but I’ll talk about that as the report unfolds…
We spent 10 days in Germany and it was really a glorious time of year. Sure, it was cold and it rained a bit, but the air was so fresh and I don’t think we’ve ever done a November holiday in Germany before, but it was a nice time. We hung close to my in-laws and had simple days with long walks and great coffee. As it turned out, we almost spent more time in Basel, Switzerland (pictured above) than in Germany, but that was not hard when Basel is just 10 minutes away…
For our return home, we decided to pay my sister-in-law a visit in London, flying British Airways from Basel (BSL) to London (LHR). Then, we decided to try something new and flew JetBlue in Core (economy class) from London to Los Angeles via New York (JFK). The transatlantic crossing was both a delight and a disappointment (due to a last-minute aircraft swap), though I will absolutely fly JetBlue again.
Here are the segments of this trip report, which will take us through the end of the year:
- United Polaris Lounge San Francisco (SFO)
- United Airlines 777-300ER Business Class San Francisco – Manila
- Great Coffee In Manilla
- Singapore Airlines Lounge Manila (MNL)
- Thai Airways 787-8 Economy Class Manila – Bangkok
- SAS A350-900 Business Class Bangkok – Copenhagen
- The Radiance Of Malmo, Sweden
- Great Coffee In Malmo, Sweden
- Story Hotel Studio Malmo (Hyatt JdV)
- SAS Gold Lounge Copenhagen (CPH)
- Lufthansa A320 Business Class Copehagen – Frankfurt
- Euroairport Skyview Lounge Basel (BSL)
- Stellar: Elizabeth Line From Heathrow To Central London
- Plaza Premium Lounge London Heathrow T2 (LHR)
- JetBlue A321neo London – New York
- Onboard The Lockheed Constellation At TWA Hotel
I flew from Burbank (BUR) to San Francisco on United in first class, which I will not write about. I am also not going to review the very uneventful British Airways flight from Basel to London. While I only had layovers in Manila and Bangkok, I did take the time to go into Manila and found a great coffee shop.
My wife and kids flew from Los Angeles to Basel via Paris (CDG) on Air France in economy class (only 20K miles each).
The ability to take my family to Germany multiple times per year on miles and points is a blessing and our time together was spectacular. With every trip, I ask myself why we do not spend more time there, though after visiting Malmö, Sweden is also so appealing (and my paternal grandfather’s side of the family is Swedish).
This will be a fun trip report with a lot of new and unique flight reviews for this Live And Let’s Fly. I look forward to sharing the journey with you!