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My Intra-Europe bmi Award to Armenia via Iceland

I recently redeemed a chunk of my British Midland International (bmi) points for an intra-Europe award that includes Iceland and Armenia. The trip is coming up soon, but the more I think about the itinerary, the more I think my points and money would be better allocated elsewhere.

First, the itinerary:

  • Frankfurt to Oslo in SAS Business Class
  • Oslo to Reykjavik, Iceland in SAS Business Class [one night in Iceland]
  • Reykjavik to Oslo in SAS Business Class [one-night in Oslo]
  • Oslo to Vienna in Austrian Business Class
  • Vienna to Yerevan in Austrian Business Class [three nights in Armenia/Georgia]
  • Yerevan to London in British Midland Business Class
  • London to Frankfurt on Lufthansa Business Class

 bmi Diamond Club redemption to Iceland and Georgia

I like the itinerary, but I would like an extra day in Iceland and this trip would be at the end of October--when the days will be cooler and darker.

The cost of the ticket was 55K miles--bmi charges for intra-Europe awards on a per-segment basis, so I was charged for a o/w from Frankfurt to Reykjavik via Oslo, a o/w from Reykjavik to Yerevan via Oslo and Vienna, and a o/w from Yerevan to Frankfurt via London.

Then there was notorious taxes plus fuel surcharges on the award, which you can see below.

bmi award redemption taxes and fuel surcharge

I checked Continental Airlines and the taxes would have been roughly half, through $300 for taxes on an intra-Europe award is stil quite high.

True, I am in Europe now and this trip would allow me to visit two countries where tickets price are generally very high. It would also give me a chance to try out Austrian Airlines and bmi, two Star Alliance carriers I have not had the chance to fly on.

But I think I will save the award for next May when the weather will be more pleasant and I can have a few more days to explore Iceland. Perhaps I'll book it with Continental as well. $650 in taxes alone just does not set well with me (which reminds me I have some British Airways miles to burn...)

Any thoughts?

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Michael September 30, 2011 at 02:26 pm

There's no point in going anywhere for just one night. Seriously, give Iceland at least 2-3 days to see the sights. May is a good time of year to visit.

Ted September 30, 2011 at 04:53 pm

That's quite a tax hit.

@Michael--One night would be enough for KEF (Reykjavik), but not for the whole of Iceland. But I am strongly leaning toward May!

@Ted--Indeed. Yet I don't know what else to use the BD miles for...

Michael October 1, 2011 at 06:14 pm

Well, if by KEF you just mean the area around Keflavik airport, there's nothing to do there. Take the time to explore Reykjavik and do the Golden Circle tour - I promise you won't regret it.

I traveled to Iceland recently and found the most interesting sights to be in the northern part of the country, around Lake Myvatn. This can be done in a day trip if you decide to stay an extra night.

Looking forward to the report next year.

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