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Emily: My partner Alfy and I wanted to take a summer vacation, so we planned a visit to France. We paid ~$410 each for our family of 4 to fly round-trip to France in Business Class. And had a luxurious stay in a ~$1,600 per night suite for ~$160 TOTAL.
This series of posts will highlight our trip, and give you step-by-step instructions so that you too can go to Europe using miles and points! Plus, I’ll share my tips for the cheapest car rentals and the BEST credit cards to use when traveling internationally.
My cousin, Jered, and his wife had never traveled to France before (and neither had Alfy!), so we invited them to join us! The trip turned into a long double date to France on miles & points! We decided on our own “tour de France” and visited 5 cities in ~2.5 weeks.
Using Miles & Points to Visit France Trip Report Index:
- Part 1 – Introduction and Planning
- Part 2 – How to Book 4 Round-Trip Business Class Flights to Europe for ~$410 per Person
- Part 3 – United Airlines Business Class Flight Review – Newark to Paris
- Part 4 – What To Do in France
- Part 5 – Our Favorite Restaurants & Cafes
United Business Class Flight Review – Newark to Paris
Before our flight, we relaxed for a bit in the United Club lounge in Newark. I like lounges because you can get free Wi-Fi, drinks, and snacks. Plus, they are usually more relaxing than being out in the main airport.
Be sure to check out our post about the best cards for lounge access.
Soon enough, we boarded our transatlantic flight. We flew from Newark to Brussels, then Brussels to Paris.
Alfy got a new Nintendo Switch for his birthday, so he was very excited to play that on the flight!
We had a delicious meal on the flight.
A cheese plate was also served.
Soon after, the dessert cart came around. They sure like to feed you on these flights!
After dinner, I tried to sleep a while. I always have a hard time sleeping on planes. But the lie-flat seat made it much easier!
We were also given amenity kits with socks, an eye mask, lotion, etc.
We spent about an hour in Brussels, and then boarded our short flight to Paris.
There are lots of ways to get to Europe using miles & points. Using American Airlines miles and United Airlines miles are some of the best ways. As well as transferring flexible points like Chase Ultimate Rewards and AMEX Membership Rewards points to travel partners for award tickets.
For our flight from Newark to Paris, I used AMEX Membership Rewards points transferred to Air Canada Aeroplan miles to book award seats in United Airlines Business Class. You can read more about using AMEX Membership Rewards points for flights to Europe here.
We had a great experience flying United Airlines Business Class to Europe!