We’re Heading Back To Europe: Milan & Malta

Screen Shot 2014-04-12 at 1.06.21 AMThis year we started booking our Spring trip a bit earlier than usual thanks to an incredible mistake airfare deal through Norwegian airline Wideroe. We got in on 3 trips to Europe at incredible prices due to this error.

In January we went to Oslo, Norway and the following month we went on a Quick Euro-Road Trip, visiting 3 countries in 4.5 days.

For our third Wideroe trip I decided to book a flight to Milan. Milan was consistently showing the cheapest mistake fares during the 48 hours or so that the offer was available.

Milan isn’t going to be the focus of this trip (although we’ll have parts of 2 days to check it out).

I figured, once we got the flight to Europe booked we could look into where to go from there. I started looking on budget airlines like Ryan Air to get some ideas of where to go. After looking over the map and seeing what it would cost to fly to various destinations, we decided on Malta, a small island nation in the Mediterranean Sea.

Trip Planning:

The Flights: (In Economy Class)

  • New York (LGA)- Toronto (YYZ), Toronto- Zurich (ZRH), Zurich- Milan (MXP)
  • Milan (LIN)- Malta (MLA)
  • Malta (MLA)- Milan (LIN)
  • Milan (MXP)-Frankfurt (FRA), Frankfurt- Toronto (YYZ), Toronto- New York (JFK)

Getting from NYC- Milan (thanks to the Wideroe mistake) cost $774.36 for Kim, Lucas and I. That comes out to $258.12 per person! To get to Malta, we had to book an additional roundtrip flight with Air Malta. The cost for 3 roundtrip tickets came to $462.40 which is $154.13 each.

The combined costs for all of the flights were $1,236. 76 ($412.25 per person).

I checked for fun to see what it would cost to get to Malta from NYC and I was seeing prices of $1,400 per person. We’re taking a bunch of flights to get there but look at the amazing savings!

Lodging Hotel: We’ll be staying our first and last night in Milan and 6 nights on Malta. I planned to use points for the full trip but we found some moderately priced places to stay in Milan. Budget options in Malta didn’t look so hot so I used points to book a stay at a very nice property.

Milan: For our first night we booked a room about 10 minutes from MIlan’s city center. It’s also not too far from Linate Airport, which is where we fly out of the following day. Hotel Edy has very good reviews and at $61.95 for the night seems like a great deal. For our last night we’ll be staying by Malpensa Airport since we have a very early flight home the following morning. I was hoping to stay at the Holiday Inn Express which we stayed at back in February. However the price was a lot higher than our previous stay so we chose another option. We went with Cardano Hotel Malpensa which is rated very highly and only cost $75.71.

Malta: With rooms in Malta being on the pricier side, I found a great option using some SPG points. I booked 6 nights at the Le Meridien St Julians Hotel & Spa. The room was going for 7,000 SPG points per night. Starwood has a great offer where if you book a 5 night stay your 5th night is free so our 6 night stay is costing 35,000 SPG points. If we were to pay for the stay it would cost 663.75€ which is $921.75.

Our out of pocket expenses come to $1374.42 + 35,000 SPG points.

I’m looking forward to checking out some news places, especially Malta which will be my 60th country that I’ve visited.

I hope that everyone has a nice holiday. If you’re going away for Spring Break, let us know where your headed to.

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