After taking a DNA test and finding out I’m mostly Scottish and Irish, I decided to take my daughter with me on a trip to see our ‘homeland’ - she’ll be finishing her Junior year at college, and I plan to take her immediately after school ends, typically mid May, unless that’s not a good time to go, then perhaps consider her Spring Break, though that seems to be too limiting in terms of duration.
I’m here asking several questions, so any insight you can provide would be appreciated, as I’m planning a year in advance.
Airlines: I save up a ton of miles (buying inventory on cards) so I will most definitely be flying business class. I will do the pro move of transferring from my card points into a program to use, as I did with our flights to Maldives via Emirates. What airlines should I be looking for in terms of great business class experiences/seats? Virgin Atlantic? One of the big domestic airlines? Most of the best airlines are not centered around Europe, of course, though I know Emirates, Qatar, etc do fly to London. Is it best to fly biz class to London, round trip (nonstop), then do other smaller/regional airlines for the rest? (flight would be out of LAX)
Connections: what is the best way to see both countries, and which country should I aim for as a connection? I guess that depends on what airline I end up with, on where their ‘base’ is, but it seems London is probably the easiest for most of the quality airlines. Should I hit Ireland or Scotland first and why?
Rental car or tours: surprisingly to me, my daughter seems to favor less planning, more spontaneous exploration, but I feel like there is so much to see in a trip like this I wouldn’t want to waste time driving around, rather to book some tours. Neither is a terribly large country, so driving might be good in terms of freedom, but a pain in the ass in terms of parking…
That’s it for now, plan to make this an ongoing discussion if anyone has insight for me. I tried to find info on FlyerTalk but came up short of anything recent.