I’ve been doing mileage runs (MR) since 2005, but my next one will be my first international MR. On Friday, February 8, I fly American Airlines to Dallas, then connect to Frankfurt. I’ll arrive in Frankfurt on Saturday morning, have a three-hour layover, then connect on Finnair to Helsinki, Finland! I arrive at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and am there until 7:30 Sunday morning.

I’ve done a lot of research on Helsinki. It has a relatively small compact downtown area, and the bars and restaurants stay open until three or four in the morning. So, no hotels for me, I’ll be sightseeing, shopping, eating, and probably drinking a beer or two.

At 5 o’clock Sunday morning I’m on a bus back to the airport. I take Finnair to Paris at 7:30, have a two-hour layover, then fly American back to DFW. I should be home by 7:30 Sunday evening.

I’ll earn over 26K miles for the trip. so it will be worth it!