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As you can see from this post title, I am blogging from the rails today on a so called Snabbtåg or Fast-train. I am sitting comfortably in 1st class (just a little more than 2nd class btw) on the x2000, with WiFi included in the price which sounds nice, and on my way to visit another cousin I have in Stockholm for the day.
Now before you ask, I did try to join the “SJ”, short for Statens Järnvägar or the state’s railways, Prio rewards program before I got my tickets online. They are offering 1000 points for joining and then pay one point per Swedish Krown I spend on the rails. Plus, since I paid with my new INK PLUS card I did not incur any international transaction fees for the tickets (I have some $5000 in spend to get done after all the pre-paying most of my bills for my Delta Reserve card spend from last month)! But, the “SJ Prio” page would not accept my Swedish “person number”, like a SSN in the states, nor would it allow me to create an account without it. Ah well, I at least did try.
The train trip is often quicker than flying as both the Gothenburg and Stockholm airports are well outside the city and the cost is much more than the trains. Plus, both train stations are right downtown more or less. We even got to enjoy a shrimp sandwich on the 3 hr scheduled trip across country.
As it turned out they were working on the rails so we had many stops and the wifi was painfully slow and spotty at best. At least the seats were big and comfy and I got a beer included with my dinner!
We took advantage of the free night cert (cat 1-4 TIP: you ONLY have 6 months to use this so act quick once you get the card) from my Chase Marriott card from my previous credit card round and stayed at the Marriott Courtyard Stockholm. The location was a “cat four” that equated to a 20,000 point night stay that is a great value on top of the points you can get for the card. No upgrade was extended to us and our room was fine and the hotel was centrally located and near the “Tunnelbana” or Stockholm’s light rail for city transit.
Gothenburg is home for me in Sweden, but Stockholm is truly a beautiful city and I wish I had more time to explore, unfortunately not on this trip. There is so much history here and “see & do stuff” that you can spend weeks here and not see it all. Now this time of year it gets dark quick (3PM-ish) so if you come, please visit in June or July as the light at night is amazing in the summer time.
This will just about wrap up our quick trip over to the land of the Vikings as I need to get ready for my last mileage run of the year next week. It will be a long one as I will finish with a 3 day trans-con (seemed like a great idea at the time when booking) and add another 15,000 MQM’s to my Skymiles account and another 30,000 RDM’s (and who knows how many ETV’s as well). Speaking about bumping, stay tuned tomorrow for a Rookie Wednesday breakdown of bumping with Delta! – Rene
EDIT: BTW I have a TWITTER contest going today!
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