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Nicer digs

February 18th, 2013

I am sitting in the lounge at the Vienna Airport. The Senator lounge is lovely. Unlike the United Lounges which barely give you peanuts this lounge has two fridges full of beverages (non-alcoholic as well as beer), wine & whiskey, a great coffee machine, soup, salads, a hot entree, several deserts and fresh fruit.  Is it any wonder I like sticking with Lufthansa and its partners?

I might have mentioned taking  the upgrade for cheap offered when I checked in. As a result, I was able to use the executive lounge up one floor from my room. It didn’t get me free internet access but did give me the very nice buffet breakfast and extensive snacks in the evening which more than substitutes for dinner. The increased cost was well less than the cost of two meals aday. Now if I drank it would be an even better bargain.  What I also found, on the vary last day was that if you wanted free wifi in the hotel lobby you had to go to the desk and ask for a log-in slip. DUH!

The reason I am thinking about all of this relates to cost per day.  It can cost more per day to stay in a hotel in Vienna than it does as a single occupant in a Junior Suite for 15 days of a transatlantic cruise. On the one hand, you are in Vienna. On the other you have your transportation, room, meals, entertainment (ship) and fellow travelers…..

I think I am going to run an ongoing cost comparison and see where I am at the end of the year. I have this feeling that it is probably like speeding on the autobahn – the incremental cost is never worth it, but it does add up at the end….

and yes – I managed two hats and a scarf at the conference…


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