Pic: Brussels-Munich-Seoul-Munich-Frankfurt-Brussels in Lufthansa C Class
Pic: Bart and South Korean School kids in Seoul (May 2008)
Back in November, Lufthansa was running an incredible sale on Business Class flights. On 11-11-11, Business Class fares to several destinations (e.g. New York, Dubai, Singapore, Seoul,…) were only €1111. As I was enjoying the Plantation Bay Resort in Lapu Lapu (Philippines) on 11/11/11, I postponed booking my ticket to the evening, which was noon time in Germany. By then, the Singapore A380 business class seats were already sold out. As destinations like New York and Dubai only made half the status miles compared to Seoul, I booked the latter.
Pic: Miles and More Mileage Accrual for my Lufthansa Business Class flights
To maximize my mileage accrual, I added an extra leg MUC-FRA on my return instead of the direct MUC-BRU flight. The layover between ICN-MUC and MUC-FRA will only 35 minutes, so I’m not sure if I’m going to make it. The extra leg added €38, but should earn me 1500 status miles (+ Senator bonus) in exchange. My €1156 (includes €7,50 credit card fee) Lufthansa Business class round trip to Seoul (Feb 25 – Mar 4, booking Class Z) should earn me 30661 status miles.
For my first 5 nights in Seoul, I’ve booked a studio apartment in the Itaewon district. I used Airbnb, a rapid growing global network of accommodations offered by locals, to make the booking. It’s a cheap alternative to hotels, especially in big cities. The studio apartment was +- €30/night + a €15 Airbnb booking fee. With a €30 Airbnb coupon code I lowered the bill to €137 for five nights! Unfortunately, the €30 coupon code is no longer valid, but if you sign-up with my Airbnb referral link, you’ll get $25 credit for your first Airbnb stay. By the way, if you want to be up-to-date with all the latest travel coupon codes, discounts, error fares, promos and deals, make sure to follow me on twitter. For my last two nights in Seoul, I booked the Grand Hyatt using Gold Passport points. I’ll have a separate blog post on the Grand Hyatt Seoul after my stay.