We bit the bullet and went for comfort over cost and got the deal that kproche pointed out.
American Airlines, San Francisco to Glasgow (via Chicago), 1st class on the SFO/CHI leg, Business class on the CHI/GLA leg for a total of $4423 for both tickets. "Merely" twice the cost of economy on any airline.
Far better then Virgin's $4k each for Business or British Airway's $16K each for 1st class.
We figure the comfort, especially on the return trip, will be worth it.
The car was a big surprise. Economy size, with Nav system and *Automatic* transmission, for 2 weeks, only $533.
10 years ago we could NOT get a automatic transmission.
Not surprising we got a call from our Credit Card Fraud division confirming we just spent $5K for a overseas trip.
And the "bridge" of the title. Airfare & Car are non-refundable, and we are *still* wait listed for a timeshare & need to find "filler" hotel nights around the time share week.
We do have our reservation for the Marriott during the con.