In my quest to get away and quell my wanderlust, I broke down, called the American Airlines AAdvantage Desk and talked to an actual human. How far the mighty have fallen...
OK, so I'm kidding (a little); the European city to which I am considering traveling can't be booked on line because it requires flying at least part of the way on one (or more) of American's partner airlines.
On the plus side, the agent was very helpful. When I gave her a proposed travel date of October 12, she asked if I was at all flexible "...because it will take fewer miles after October 15." Shoulder season! In fact, a one-way ticket (coach, of course) from Chicago's O'Hare airport to Amsterdam will be only 20,000 miles instead of the 30,000 miles it will cost before the Ides of October.
Sure, it'll be cooler then, but should still be pleasant, and though I haven't booked the trip yet, I'm leaning toward it. I just need to settle on a second city to visit, as I don't think I want to spend a full week in Amsterdam, and I'm sure not going all that way for only 3 or 4 days.
Stay tuned. Suggestions welcome.
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