Trip Report: Paris (part 15) LOT Polish Airlines economy class Warsaw to Chicago

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Introduction
LOT Business Class Chicago to Warsaw
Hotel du Louvre
The Louvre
Park Hyatt Paris
Notre Dame and adding our “lock of love” to a Parisian bridge
Versailles
French Open (day 1)
French Open (day 2)
Radisson Blu Champs Elysees
Arc de Triomphe and Siene river cruise
Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan
Le Eiffel Tower and Sacre Couer
Lunch at Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower and other Dining options around Paris
LOT Polish Airlines Economy Class WAW-ORD
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LOT Polish Airlines Economy Class Warsaw to Chicago

We took a cab from our hotel to Charles De Gaulle airport this time and I think it was around 40 euros.  There was a bit of a line to checkin but it was smooth and we didn’t have to wait long.  There was no line in business class and I got a little jealous considering we came here in business class.  I did in fact check business class availability on our flight home a few times while we were in Paris and nothing ended up opening for us. The flight according to Kayak only had 3 business class seats left for sale.

Our connecting flight to Paris was uneventful and we landed at Fredric Chopin airport in Warsaw on time.  We had a few hours to kill so we decided to get a real meal at a restaurant in the airport.  We stopped at Sami Swoi which is a buffet where you select your food.  The food was absolutely great! It was absolutely expensive too! We dropped over $60 on our meal and a beer and wine for a slide thru buffet style meal.   Im not complaining it was only surprising to me!  I would actually gladly eat here again as I fell in love with Polish kraut!

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Sami Swoi restaurant

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Pork Chop, cauliflower and mashed potatoes

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Chicken, mashed potatoes and the amazing kraut

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Tapper of Polish beer

We waited for boarding and since our seats were towards the back they boarded our rows first for economy customers.  They boarded passengers from back to front.

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Our gates

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Our bird home

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LOT Polish Airlines Premium Economy
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Trip Report: Paris (part 2) LOT Business Class


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Introduction
Lot Polish Airlines Business Class Chicago-Warsaw
Hotel du Louvre
The Louvre
Park Hyatt Paris
Notre Dame and add our “lock of love” to a Parisian bridge
Versailles
French Open (day 1)
French Open (day 2)
Radisson Blu Champs Elysees
Arc de Triomphe and Siene river cruise
Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan
Le Eiffel Tower and Sacre Couer
Lunch at Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower and other Dining options around Paris
LOT Polish Airlines Economy Class WAW-ORD
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The Journey to Paris

Planning

On November 1st 2013 when United announced a huge devaluation of their miles I immediately went online to look for a business class award.  My criteria was just that it be before Memorial day so that I can incorporate that day into our vacation without having to burn an additional vacation day.  I saw availability on SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) for two seats and booked it!!  I later researched SAS’s hard product and realized it was old and didn’t look very appealing but thought to myself its better than an economy seat so be happy with what I got.

With the outbound flight booked I turned to the inbound options. I kept checking options for two business class seats, originally I had my heart seat on Lufthansa first class and in fact wasn’t going to take this trip unless I could fly LH first class (hah!). I realized I wasn’t going to be able to build up enough Ultimate Rewards to fly LH in time. I swallowed my pride and just booked two Lot economy tickets to at least have a way home.  If something in business class opened later I could pay a change fee and and additional miles. In fact Austrian opened up two business class seats for a day that would work but I was short miles at the 90 day window in which they opened award availability and by the time I had the miles the seats were gone! So lets see how we actually ended up flying to Paris!

 The flights

We got to General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) about 2.5 hours early and there were no lines at all. We decided to sit and have a Bloody Mary while waiting. We had a connecting flight at O’Hare and a connecting flight in Warsaw, Poland before arriving in Paris.

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Enjoying our bloody’s before departure

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