Mrs. Pointsninja & I will be travelling to Ireland next month, and I'm doing some furious last minute planning. Ireland presents a special challenge for the points enthusiast, because (outside of Dublin) major chain properties are either thin on the ground or undesirable. For instance, Priority Club only has four properties there. Hilton has a whopping five clustered in Dublin and Belfast. So, my go-to programs don't do me much good. In fact, we'll only be staying at one chain property, a Radisson Blu in Dublin (thanks to the Club Carlson card).
Ireland is, however, very heavy on B&Bs. We found a number of interesting places through Hidden Ireland, a site that features historic and architecturally interesting B&Bs and self-catering houses. I plan on doing stay reports for each of them, so that will hopefully make for some interesting reading.
Getting to Ireland isn't too hard. Back in December when I started planning, I was able to find Delta business award seats into Dublin with pretty good availability in May. Finding them at 100K Skypesos apiece made my day. Unfortunately, Delta flies 767s with the old-style "recliner" business seats. I suppose we'll have to make do.
So, look forward to some "off the beaten path" stay reports in a couple of months.