On the 2nd of September is it time again for me and Anna-Liisa to check-in and to takeoff for my FAVORITE destination; Chicago – flying directly from Copenhagen with SAS and 9 hours later hopefully we will be waiting for our bags at O’Hare airport.
During 5 days I will have the chance to show my friend Anna-Liisa why I love Chicago and after that we carry on to Las Vegas, a new destination for me. Hopefully will I be able to meet up with 2 of my blogging sisters; Heather@VINTAGE FRENCH CHIC and Bebs@Taking a Deep Breath in Chicago.
Like last time I visit Chicago in July-12 we will be staying at Hyatt Regency Hotel, the biggest hotel in town – but also with one of the best locations, got a twin room for $161/97£/117€/1.050sek per night.
Why Las Vegas???? Why not Las Vegas ???!! The main reason is that Anna-Liisa once said that she wants to spend her 70th birthday there – it was planned that way from the beginning but when we checked into the weather and temperatures in July – we had to re-think. Neither of us could handle +100F/38C day after day. So we will celebrate on my birthday, 11th Sept. instead.
We are checking into Tropicana Las Vegas for 5 nights, a smaller hotel with only 1660 rooms and just off the Strip. But suppose to have one of the best pool areas in town. More or less opposite MGM Grand – that was my first choice, but when reading about all the complaints about the slow check in and the queues – I decided to look for something else.
Tropicana is one of the old hotels in Las Vegas, but Hilton Doubletree has now taken over it and totally refurbished the hotel, have very good reviews. Built by Ben Jaffe and opened in April 1957.
The hotel has been used in films like; Viva Las Vegas. Bond; Diamonds Are Forever, The Godfather and The Godfather II – also been used in numerous TV series. So we will be staying amongst some Hollywood history. We got such a good deal with hotels.com plus 10% discount, a delux twin (taxes, fees and resort fee incl) for 2.535SEK/388$/233£/282€.
Our flights is a real bargain too; We paid 11.340SEK for our direct flight to Chicago and our flight back home we first fly with Virgin America to San Fransico and from there direct with SAS back to Copenhagen.
For our flight between Chicago and Las Vegas we paid 2.33oSEK/357$/214£/260Euros and we fly with American Airlines. The total for our flights comes to; 13.870SEK/1.125$/1.276£/1.546€. Our flights to and from US we booked with flightfinder.se – and the domestic flight with ticket.se – but we found both through Momondo.
I was really struggling to find flights with good departure times and combination with good price until I went to searching by timetable instead of price. It I had booked the same flights with SAS directly – it would have cost us 16.740SEK/2. 564$/1.541£/1.866€ – and that is not with the domestic flight. So we saved in total on our flights; 5.200sek/800$/480£/582€ with using Momondo. That is a big saving, nearly our hotel stay in Chicago.
You can fly anywhere in the world with them as you travel agent and do so many stopovers you feel for.
“momondo.com is a Copenhagen-based travel metasearch engine that enables users to find and compare prices on airplane tickets, hotels, cars and travel deals. momondo does not sell tickets directly, instead it provides an overview of available travel services on the internet and refers its users to travel providers. The technology of momondo enables its users to gain insight into the prices of airplane tickets and to get an assessment of the attractiveness of a flight ticket based on its price and travel time” (text; wikipedia.org)
And of course they have an app!
“Let’s fight for an open world,
with no boundaries or prejudice,
and with travel as our weapon.”
Photos provided by and thanks to;
Gallery 1; mostinfo.su/journeyetc.com
Gallery 2; orbitz.com/travelpo.com/cntravele.com
Gallery 3; hotels.se/nationalgeographic.com/forums.govteen.com