Dream Trip: Boston, Ireland, Scotland, London, and Paris

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After earning a ton of points in 2015, we are finally getting around to some big trip redemptions in 2016.  For our first trip of the year, Brooke and I decided to visit Ireland, Scotland (land of my ancestors), London, and Paris.  We added a weekend in Boston on the front end, allowing us to book a cheap award flight into Ireland.  This page will serve as a table of contents for the entire trip.  If you are considering a trip to any/all of these destinations, our experiences can help craft your itinerary.

We will provide all of our logistics and costs (points and/or cash).  We will review all of our accommodations, including Hotels, AirBNB’s, and even an overnight sleeper bus!  Finally, we will recommend some awesome tours we enjoyed, provide the top 10 things to know, and give you some suggestions for a packing list.  Bookmark this page, because we will update with links as we add new posts.  Enjoy!

Complete Trip Logistics

This trip included planes, trains, cars, and even a sleeper bus!  We rented cars in Ireland and Scotland, which allowed us to plan our own itinerary and take some beautiful, scenic drives through the countryside.  We booked an overnight Megabus from Glasgow to London, which was a fantastic decision.  Our trip from London to Paris was on the very efficient Eurostar train.  The table below lists out our costs in cash/points/miles for all methods of transportation.

Flight Booking Report – This post provides more information on how we booked the award flights listed below.

Where To/From Method of Travel Total Cost for Both Travelers
MCI – BOS Southwest Airlines 11,342 SW Miles + $11.20
*Using SW Companion Pass
BOS – DUB Aer Lingus (booked via British Airways) 25,000 BA Avios
6,854 Arrival+ Miles
All over Ireland/Northern Ireland Enterprise Rental Car – Automatic Transmission $160
*Paid with CSP for insurance
DUB – GLA Aer Lingus 8,000 Arrival+ Miles
All over Scotland Hertz Rental Car – Manual Transmission $95.74
*Paid with CSP for insurance
Glasgow – London Megabus – Overnight Sleeper Bus 7,121 Arrival+ Miles
London – Paris Eurostar Train 17,400 Arrival+ Miles
CDG – MCI American Airlines 36,000 AA Miles
15,829 Arrival+ Miles
TOTAL COST $266.94
11,342 SW Miles
25,000 BA Avios
36,000 AA Miles
55,204 Arrival+ Miles

Favorite Pictures From the Trip

Top Ten Euro Tips for Your Eurotrip

Boston

Ireland

Northern Ireland

Scotland

London/English Countryside

Paris

  • Day 14 – Musee d’Orsay, Eiffel Tower, Champs de Elyses monuments, O’Chateau Wine Tasting
  • Day 15 – Musee d’Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral
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