Help with 1st family holiday

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  1. shanye2233

    shanye2233 Active Member

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    I have researching hard for 6 months. I have already purchased (4) award tickets in mixed cabins F C and Y for myself wife and two daughters 4 and 2. SYD BKK CDG ZAG FRA YYZ LAX HND AKL SYD. 23 hours in Paris 2 weeks in Croatia and 2 weeks in lax.
    I have HH Diamond , HGP platinum , a-club platinum and CC gold. I have no status with any airline and never been out of Australia. I want to get status is TG LH and AC how I don't know. I was reading something about flying blue offered free status and then was going to match it. I don't want to check into these airlines as a nobody.

    Also I have booked the Hilton ADT for the stay in Paris. I booked the room room under the effitel tower room with points 80k hoping to get back 30% with the promo and upgraded to effitel tower room.

    When I get to croatia where my wife is from maybe spend 3-4 days with family there and then I want to see Italy. I do want to see Venice florence rome Milan then further down to monaco. Now how to get there and where to stay I'm having problems with. I want to stay at chain hotels as I can get status there and have free drinks/food/etc though out the day at no costs. I looked at the waldorf in Rome booked it with 60k for one night . I checked the recent rate and it's 200euros per night pre paid so it seems not a good redemption. I have 100k in CC (from the stay 50k bonus) so the interconnential properties in Rome better? Also I booked the park hyatt in Milan on points 22k seems a no brained to me at 695euro. Venice I have nothing yet but was going to go with the stucky . And I haven't even got to Monaco yet . Do I drive around do i fly do I catch trains . Is there anything worth stopping for on the way anywhere else I should go?

    Then over to LA . The Hilton already talked me into the HCGV for $99 two nights in Los Vegas . I want to talk kids to Disneyland watch a la lakers game what else is there ? Where should I stay in l.a.?

    I'm pretty happy with what I have done so far .
     
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    Wow. For a first trip out of Oz, you're going for broke! Good on you.

    Re Los Angeles, two questions:
    What is your price point for rooms?
    Do you prefer city or beachside accommodations?

    Can give you some thoughts...but helpful if you can narrow it down.


     
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    That sure is a big trip. I would suggest you should do a few days in LA at the Hilton Universal Studios your kids would really enjoy it. I would spend some time in San Diego the zoo and SeaWorld are great. When I went to Monaco I stayed in Nice and took a bus to Monaco lovely drive along the coast which cost around $2 and the train back. You have to change trains to go from Italy so if flying is an option you would fly to Nice.
     
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    A crazy idea I would throw out is a cruise for around the Med/Italy from Venice or Croatia if you want to look at deals out of both places some two months out for $500 or less pp (there are many -Royal/NCL/Princess have good kids programs) that solves the transit, lodging and food although foregoing status. They are usually 7 days and hit the main towns plus you need a few days pre/post in Venice. Easy to get into cities (except Rome you need to take train in). Cruisecitic is helpful for port/ cruise info and private guide/tours which are great to do less than ship tours. I did private guides for Amalfi Coast/Pompeii, Monaco/Eze/Nice and Split.
    I was in Monaco last year, very pretty but was disappointed by Grand Casino very small full of tourists and you need to pay a cover to get in. Different atmosphere in summer with boats/beaches so depends on when you are traveling.
    Sounds like a great trip enjoy!
     
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    Thanks For all the input I really need it it's becoming too much for me, not a day goes past I'm not looking for deals or TR's. I would probably drive once I get my hands on some free hertz rentals cert's I'm hoping to pay $30-$40 US per day. I probably pick up the car in zageb and then go down to split and continue around up to Venice and down thru Italy. Until we hit nice for a night. Then hopefully there is a boat back to dubruniko from the italian coast that i can throw the car on and then drive back up to Zagreb from there.

    In terms of costs for hotels in europe I'm going to use all points . I even have some hyatt stay certificates I purchased the top ones hsinn1 if I need to use them. In the states it seems the hotels are reasonable priced about $120-$150 per night at the Hiltons which are fine.
     
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    I guess $200 max is what I want to pay per night . Not really bother about a beach view but would like to be close to Disneyland for the kids and then downtown la near the staples centre for the lakers game.
    I'm travelling in may in Europe and arriving June into the states
     
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    Sounds like a fabulous trip you have planned for your family.

    You mention staying at the Waldorf Astoria in Rome. I have never stayed at the property and it does look like a wonderful hotel, however my hesitation given your family composition is that it may be inconveniently located for you. I would imagine with two young children it would be handy if you can dash back to the hotel for naps etc. The WA usually accesses downtown Rome via the hotel shuttle which runs hourly I believe. Of course you could pay for taxis but that could add costs to your trip. The Intercontinental could actually be a better location for you. You might also want to read the thread on the WA over at FT as there are lots of comments there on lounge access. If you do want to eat something outside the WA I believe it could be a 10 minute walk to find anything reasonably priced. Why not use C&P to stay at the Intercontinental to help your points stretch further?
     
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    Agree that the WA in Rome is probably not your best bet - especially if you are only staying for 1 or 2 nights. Hotel is wonderful but the location is a real problem. There are so many things to see and do in Rome that you don't want to be a slave to the shuttle or getting to or from the hotel.
     

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