Rome: Getting there

This trip to Rome was my first trip overseas, so it was an adventure. Connie was in Rome last year and she made for a great guide and interpreter for our trip.

Thanks to Connie chasing point and airline miles, our flight to Rome on American Airlines only cost us about $71 each in taxes and fees. The initial itinerary was a simple one: Charleston to Philadelphia to Rome. However, since it was booked so far in advanced, it ended up getting changed several times and we ended up flying to Miami, 8 hour layover there, then on to BerlinĀ and finally to RomeĀ (both on Air Berlin). The 8 hour stay in Miami was made more enjoyable thanks to a couple of passes for AA's Admirals Club lounge from one of Connie's Twitter acquaintances.

This is the plane that took us to Europe!

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The Air Berlin flights were quite nice. When we boarded in Miami, flight attendents offered passengers some candy. Seats were pretty comfortable with a decent amount of leg room. There was an in-flight meal (something you don't see flying around North America anymore) which was pretty tasty (something pasta-y I think...don't remember what it was now). Upon landing in Berlin (TXL), passengers were offered a piece of chocolate. The plane didn't go to a terminal gate with a jetway, so passengers got off the plane using the front and back exits of the plane (very efficient) and then a bus to the terminal.

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The Air Berlin flight from Berlin to Rome was also uneventful and very nice. We landed in Rome (FCO) and once again passengers left the plane using multiple exits.

For a first transatlantic trip, this was a pretty good journey. I'd totally fly Air Berlin again.