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My Northern Europe Itinerary & What I’m Paying With Rewards

Traveling with my husband, children and in-laws to Northern Europe for the first time, I used rewards for a majority of our trip. I paid cash for our flights on Icelandair, for example, since they were only around $600 each. And I paid with real money for our two cruise cabins on the MSC Merviglia. Considering six people are going on this vacation, it doesn’t take long for costs to add up fast.

We’re going to start our trip by flying into Bergen Norway, where I paid 37,500 Radisson Rewards points per night for two rooms at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, which is on the Bergen waterfront. During our three days in Bergen, we plan to see local museums, explore the winding neighborhoods of this Nordic city, and ride the cable car to the top of Mount Floyen.

During our last day in Bergen, I rented a minivan for a total cost of over $600! This seemed outrageous to me, but I never found a lower price — even after shopping with every car rental company in the area for se… Read More

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