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Captivating Croatia: Part 14 – Return Flight on Lufthansa

Captivating Croatia: Part 14 – Return Flight on Lufthansa

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Emily:  I’ve wanted to go to Croatia for the last several years.  I heard wonderful things about the country and how beautiful (and relatively affordable) it was compared to the rest of Europe.  It’s located in Eastern Europe and is just a few hours from Venice, Italy, making it a great side trip.

Last year, my friends and I organized a group trip to visit Rovinj, a small coastal town on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia.  It’s a gorgeous town full of romance.  Everything is stunning there, from the streets to the houses.  The food is also excellent.

We went for a kizomba dance festival.  Later in the trip report series, I will introduce you to kizomba and describe what an incredible dance it is!  The dance festival was amazing and Croatia is definitely a place I want to return and spend more time exploring!  The trip’s retail cost was ~$17,000 but I paid ~$900.

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A Little More Space to Stretch Out!  I Flew Business Class on the Way Home

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After Croatia, I flew to Paris to spend some time dancing there.  I had an amazing time!  I got to see many of my friends who I had met in Rovinj, and felt like I had a 2nd family already.  They were so welcoming and fun to be around…it was so hard to go back to the States.

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With Some of My Rovinj Friends in Paris – My New Dance Family!

Lufthansa Flight

I used 70,000 United Airlines miles to book my flight home from Paris to Washington, DC, in Lufthansa Business Class.  United Airlines charges more for partner airline Business and First Class awards than it does on their own planes.

I couldn’t find available award seats all the way back to Austin, so I decided to spend the weekend in DC and visit my best friend.

For my flight to Austin, I used Southwest points that I transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards.

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Many Airlines Have Retired Their 747s, so This Was a Real Treat!

The inside of the plane felt spacious.

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Plenty of Room to Wander Around in Lufthansa Business Class

The plane looked newer.

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The Seats and Decor Were Updated and Fresh

I settled in for the long flight.

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Looking Forward to a Bit of Rest on the Long Flight Home

Soon after takeoff, we were served dinner.

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The Food Was Pretty Tasty, but I Liked Air Berlin’s Coach Meal Better!

The food was alright.  I actually much preferred Air Berlin’s food in coach!

Bottom Line

Flying on Lufthansa Business Class was a great experience, but I think I would have preferred saving my miles and flying in coach.  It costs 70,000 United Airlines miles for a 1-way Business Class ticket on Lufthansa to fly from Paris to the US.

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