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United Airlines Newark to Milan
The Westin Palace Milan
Park Hyatt Milan
United Airlines Milan to Newark


This trip was not originally planned and only came about because of a mistake fare back on November 23, 2013.  There were tickets to Europe and some places in Asia for very low prices because they were not charging the fuetl surcharge.  I only booked the ticket to Milan because it was the cheapest one but in hindsight i should have picked up a few more.

My flight

My flight

As far as hotels go, I booked 4 nights at The Westin Palace Milan and one night at the Park Hyatt Milan.  I used American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts to book the Westin.  it was slightly higher than booking through the SPG site but it came with €85 food and beverage credit, free breakfast every day, a room upgrade, and early check in/late check out. In my view, that made it well worth the price.  For the Park Hyatt Milan I booked it using a free night I had available from the Chase Hyatt credit card sign up bonus.

Also, I should mention that I managed to complete this entire trip without touching any physical Euros.  I was able to buy everything I wanted with a US credit card with a chip and just tipped at restaurants with dollars.  It wasn’t my intention from the outset but just ended up that way.  I do recommend, however, that you do get some euros so it will be a lot easier to buy things, especially from stalls.

I’ll try to to post 1 post per day but we’ll see how that goes.  As always, the entire picture library will be published in the gallery here.

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