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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!
I was looking through Flyer Talk today and saw several messages about an American Airlines sale on flights to Helsinki, Finland. It was one of those odd deals where a trip to Helsinki cost less than a trip to London, even though you had to go through London to get there!
I haven’t done an overseas mileage run before. But I looked at what I paid to go to Seattle twice in December: the trip to Helsinki would cost only $30 more, but I would get several thousand additional miles. So, I went for it.
Will depart on Friday, February 8, flying Austin to Dallas to Frankfurt. After a 3-hour layover I’ll take Finnair to Helsinki, arriving at 2:30 on Saturday afternoon.
What will I do once I get there? A lot of the posts said that Helsinki has a very compact downtown area, you can walk to all the major sites. And, the restaurants clubs stay open until 4 a.m. So, my plan is to go downtown (Finnair offers a bus from the airport to the downtown hotel district) and then start walking. I’ll play tourist all afternoon, evening, and overnight too.
At 7:30 Sunday morning I’ll get a Finnair flight to Paris, then connect to Dallas and then Austin. I should be home by 7:30 Sunday night. It will be a long weekend, but it should be exciting. If I can sleep on the trans-Atlantic flights I should be okay: in Texas time I’ll get to Helsinki at 6:30 a.m., then leave at 11:30 p.m., so I should be able to stay on Texas time and get through it okay.
I’ll earn over 26,000 miles for the trip, paying less than 2 cents per mile, making this the best price I have ever gotten on a mileage run.
I am looking forward to this!