Note: I have over 160,00 miles left with a life time accrual of 505,047 miles to date.
In the past when flying from California I had several standard routes to choose from
- San Diego-Denver-London-Aberdeen
- San Diego-San Francisco-Frankfurt-Aberdeen
- San Diego-Chicago-Amsterdam-Aberdeen
- Or some combination of these.
When I went to United to search I could not see these routes. Using the planning calendar and selecting business class for the "over the pond" leg, I was able to book the following flight path:
- Flights out: San Antonio to Chicago to Zurich to Oslo to Aberdeen
- Flights back: Aberdeen to Oslo to Frankfurt to Washington D.C to San Antonio.
In December I got notice that my departing flight from San Antonio would be an hour later, but everything else was the same, no big deal.
- Flights out: San Antonio to Chicago to Zurich to Oslo to Stavenger (Norway) to Aberdeen on the way over.
- Flights Back: it would be Aberdeen to Stavenger (Norway) to Oslo to Frankfurt to Washington D.C to San Antonio.
The result was new flight plan leaving a day later and with less connections. Then we moved on to the return flight which caused more issues but a flight was found out of Edinburgh - which would mean I would have to take a train from Inverurie, which is the closest station to where Elisa lives.
I said "Book it Dano!" and I was put on hold so the agent could first confirm the new flights and connections. THEN she canceled the other flights; she didn't do that first JUST IN CASE.
- Flights out: San Antonio to Chicago to Frankfurt to Stavenger (Norway) to Aberdeen on the way over.
- Flights Back: it would be Endinburgh to Washington D.C to San Antonio.
For the return flight I depart of Edinburgh around noon so I decided to take the train down two days early, arriving in the afternoon. My hotel is near the train station so I can easily get back to the train station (Waverley) to get the tram to the airport. my first afternoon will be wandering the city and visting the Weaving Center as well as DoveCot Studios to see an exhibition on William Morris. Then on my full day there I will visit the Scottish National Museum.
I have been to the museum, which was just the Natural History Museum in the early 2000's with the shop elf. It's a great Victorian building with balconies and wrought iron railings, glass skylights, decorative tile floors. We went to see the Gem & Mineral collection. Then in 2004 we planned another visit as a side trip to Elisa and Mike. Unfortunately when we arrived at the museum we found it has closed THAT DAY for a massive renovation as part of the merger with the Art museum to make it the National Museum; parts of the museum where reopened in 2011 with it being fully completed in 2019. This time I will visit the Arts & Crafts, Pictish, and Mineral collections with lots of pictures to share with the shop elf.
The other big change is that I now do not have an overnight layover in D.C. so I won't see my sister. We will plan a visit for that later in the year when the world calms down more.