I started the week in Denver and now am heading to Ireland for the weekend on the sub-$500 Delta fares that popped up in the fall, where I will chauffeur my miles and points guru and his tolerant spouse, up to Belfast and Giant’s Causeway. I am even ponying up for an automatic so they are spared a chapter in my continuing battle with the stick shift.
We won’t have time to reach Derry, though the NYT’s Where Irish ‘Troubles’ Began, the Arts Heal, makes me wish we could.
For that rental car, the best rate I found for my preferred car type is with National, though it is “Serviced by Europcar” so not expecting a fast pick-up experience. I love this line from the terms, where they decide for me what is meant by ‘nominal’:
There is a nominal €34.05 fee when taking a car into Northern Ireland.
Ireland is one of those ‘I’ countries often excluded from credit card CDW coverage, Rick Steves has a thorough discussion. My Diner’s Club Professional card is one of the very few US cards to cover Ireland so I have that AND the Diners Club CDW terms booklet in tow, as various forum reports indicate that rental agencies in Ireland make every attempt to stick renters with their costly CDW coverage. I will get hit with the Diners Club 3% foreign exchange fee but it is a good trade-off. This card needs to be made publicly available again in the US. I recently had their coolest benefit yet in São Paulo, stay tuned.
I just saw that Global Entry Preclearance is available at Dublin and Shannon Airports. I had no idea these have US CBP Preclearance so curious to see for myself.
The one non-Ireland entry this week is a gasp of awe at Jason Around the World for getting the first-ever 100-page US passport. I doff my hat to you, sir.