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Scotland Golf Trip 101 (The Compass Guide)


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#211 schley

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 09:53 PM

Don't most of you guys have miles in a frequent flier program?

An obvious tip for those in the hobby, but there is a concept called "churning" which is signing up for CC's for the signup bonus (have to hit minimum spend over x number of months) for a certain airline or hotel program and then cancelling them at the anniversary before the annual fee hits your account. I do this every few years, however some are doing this constantly and monitoring how long til they can sign up for the card they cancelled 2 years ago and still get the signup bonus.  It is a tremendous opportunity to collect miles cheaply to redeem for trips such as those mentioned above.  I post on flyertalk dot com for the last 10 years or so and is the bible for all things miles/points.

If you are really industrious you can get into "manufactured spend" to hit your cc sign up min. spend requirement and I'll leave those details out for now since it is "creative" to say the least.


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#212 Argonne69

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 09:53 AM

Domestically I fly Southwest on 99% of my trips. Since they don't fly to Europe, my accumulated points are useless.

It looks like I'm going to book American Airlines to Glasgow. Their flights are ~$300 cheaper than flying into Edinburgh, at the expense of an extra 50 minutes on the train to St Andrews. It'll be ~$100 more than Icelandair, but I like the fact that there are many more flights each day in case my plans change slightly. Icelandair only has 1 flight a day from Chicago to/from Glasgow.

Sorry for all the nitty gritty details. I think as a general rule golfers must pay attention to the aircraft used by the airlines on each segment. Many are now using small regional aircraft, and traveling with golf clubs and a normal sized suitcase may not be allowed. Yeah, I'm talking to you Aer Lingus.

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 10:53 PM

View PostArgonne69, on 27 November 2018 - 09:53 AM, said:

Domestically I fly Southwest on 99% of my trips. Since they don't fly to Europe, my accumulated points are useless.

It looks like I'm going to book American Airlines to Glasgow. Their flights are ~$300 cheaper than flying into Edinburgh, at the expense of an extra 50 minutes on the train to St Andrews. It'll be ~$100 more than Icelandair, but I like the fact that there are many more flights each day in case my plans change slightly. Icelandair only has 1 flight a day from Chicago to/from Glasgow.

Sorry for all the nitty gritty details. I think as a general rule golfers must pay attention to the aircraft used by the airlines on each segment. Many are now using small regional aircraft, and traveling with golf clubs and a normal sized suitcase may not be allowed. Yeah, I'm talking to you Aer Lingus.
I travel on small regional aircraft all of the time with golf clubs and have never heard of this being an issue.

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 10:57 PM

I just like the way Aer Lingus rolls off the tongue.
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Posted 27 November 2018 - 11:52 PM

View Postaz2au, on 27 November 2018 - 10:53 PM, said:

View PostArgonne69, on 27 November 2018 - 09:53 AM, said:

Domestically I fly Southwest on 99% of my trips. Since they don't fly to Europe, my accumulated points are useless.

It looks like I'm going to book American Airlines to Glasgow. Their flights are ~$300 cheaper than flying into Edinburgh, at the expense of an extra 50 minutes on the train to St Andrews. It'll be ~$100 more than Icelandair, but I like the fact that there are many more flights each day in case my plans change slightly. Icelandair only has 1 flight a day from Chicago to/from Glasgow.

Sorry for all the nitty gritty details. I think as a general rule golfers must pay attention to the aircraft used by the airlines on each segment. Many are now using small regional aircraft, and traveling with golf clubs and a normal sized suitcase may not be allowed. Yeah, I'm talking to you Aer Lingus.
I travel on small regional aircraft all of the time with golf clubs and have never heard of this being an issue.
I'm assuming he's talking about Aer Arann prop planes and their T&Cs. Think 'many are now using...' is hyperbole, as like yourself I've never had an issues.
Think flying a specific pokey airline (which is why they should be avoided) can be the issue regardless of the scenario.

Edit: So I'm a few years behind, they're Stobart Air now.

Edited by duffer987, 27 November 2018 - 11:56 PM.


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Posted 28 November 2018 - 07:09 AM

It's not an issue with the golf clubs, but the policy of one checked bag and one carry-on with the Stobart Air planes. The clubs can be checked, but the carry-on is restricted to a 14" suitcase. I'm a big guy, and there's no way I can travel to Europe for a week using a 14" suitcase. A 21" carry-on would be barely sufficient.

Edited by Argonne69, 28 November 2018 - 07:10 AM.


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Posted 28 November 2018 - 04:44 PM

I procrastinated on booking the flight, and was lucky to find a British Airways flight for $775 round-trip to Glasgow (through London) that includes seat assignments. 'Saved $300. It gets into Glasgow a few hours later that I originally planned, but (hopefully) still early enough to catch the train to St Andrews and arrive before dinner/supper. The first day (Sunday) was going to be a lost travel day anyway. I'm planning to play Monday through Friday, and then head to Glasgow on Friday afternoon for the flight back on Saturday.

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