The Ultimate Guide to United Miles: Part 8 – All the Ways to Get to Europe!

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United Airlines and its partner airlines such as Lufthansa fly many routes to Europe.  In general, the United.com award booking page displays many routes to and from Europe, but the website doesn’t always show all available flights. 

If you know which routes are available to get you across the Atlantic, you can search specifically for flights which have award seats available and which may fit your schedule better.

Remember, that you should search segment-by-segment starting with the long-haul segment over the Atlantic to get to Europe.  And then find awards to your destination within Europe and from your departure city.

This post is a very detailed list of all the ways to get from the US to Europe.  Please comment if anything is left out!

United Miles To Europe

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United Miles to Europe

When booking an award from the USA to Europe, there are 3 general steps to follow:

  • Find award seats from North America to Europe
  • Find award seats from the European gateway (the city where you first land in Europe) to your destination
  • Find award seats from your hometown to the North American gateway (the city from which you fly to Europe)

The following list, partly compiled from data from Wandering Aramean, shows which airlines (which you can book with United miles) fly from North America to Europe.

The list is organized by how many flights each airline flies between North America and Europe.  So airlines with lots of flights are at the top of the list!

The Best Tip for Searching on United.com

Don’t forget to change your search results to show you 50 flights (instead of the default) when you search on United.com

Step 1 – Click On “Advanced Search”

Click on “Advanced Search” at the bottom of the award search page.

United Miles To Europe

Step 1 – Click on “Advanced Search”

Step 2 – Change “Number of Flights to Display” To “50”

Click on the drop-down box by the “Number of Flights to Display” and change it from the “Default” to “50

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Step 2- Increase the Number of Flights to Display to 50

You will see MANY more flight options this way!

How To Use The Information In This Post

You could rely on United.com to find you awards seats to Europe.  And United’s website is pretty good.  But it is unlikely to find every possible option on using United miles to Europe.

If you’re really commited to finding award seats to Europe and don’t want to hire an award booking service, you could search for award seats on many of the routes below.

The information below will help you find the long-distance flight to Europe.  Once you find the long-distance flight to Europe, you should start searching for flights to your final destination in Europe and then from your US departure city to the gateway (i.e. where the flight to Europe departs from the US).

1.   United Airlines

You can fly on United to Europe from many of its hubs around the USA.

A.  Newark

You can fly from Newark (EWR) to:

United Miles To Europe

All The Places You Can Fly On United From Newark

  • Amsterdam
  • Barcelona
  • Belfast
  • Berlin
  • Birmingham
  • Brussels
  • Dublin
  • Edinburgh
  • Frankfurt
  • Geneva
  • Glasgow
  • Hamburg
  • Istanbul
  • Lisbon (Not on map above)
  • London-Heathrow
  • Madrid
  • Manchester
  • Milan
  • Munich
  • Oslo
  • Paris
  • Rome
  • Shannon
  • Stockholm
  • Stuttgart
  • Zurich

B.  Washington, DC (IAD)

You can fly from Washington, DC (IAD) to:

United Miles To Europe

United’s European Destinations From Washington DC (Dulles)

  • Amsterdam
  • Brussels
  • Dublin
  • Frankfurt
  • Geneva
  • London-Heathrow
  • Manchester
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • Rome
  • Zurich

C.  Chicago O’Hare

You can fly from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to:

United Miles To Europe

You Can Fly On United To Six Different Cities In Europe From Chicago O’Hare

  • Amsterdam
  • Brussels
  • Frankfurt
  • London-Heathrow
  • Munich
  • Paris

D.  Houston (IAH)

You can fly from Houston (IAH) to:

United Miles To Europe

United Flies To Amsterdam, Frankfurt, And London From Houston

  • Amsterdam
  • Frankfurt
  • London-Heathrow

E.  San Francisco (SFO)

You can fly from San Francisco (SFO) to:

United Miles To Europe

From San Francisco You Can Fly On United To Frankfurt, London, Or Paris

  • Frankfurt
  • London-Heathrow
  • Paris

F.  Los Angeles (LAX)

You can also fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to:

United Miles To Europe

United’s Only European Destination From Los Angeles Is London

  • London-Heathrow

2.  Lufthansa

Lufthansa is United Airlines’ main partner to Europe.  They have good availability in Economy & Business class.  However, First Class awards are only available within 14 days of departure, so you may need to be flexible if you want to fly Lufthansa First class!

A.   Frankfurt (FRA)

Lufthansa First Class can be worth waiting for because they have lie flat seats and a special First Class Terminal in Frankfurt.  You can visit the First Class Terminal only if you have a same-day Lufthansa First Class ticket.

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Massage Chairs In The Lufthansa First Class Terminal In Frankfurt

You can fly to Frankfurt (FRA) from:

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Lufthansa Flies To Frankfurt From These Cities

  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Denver
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Newark
  • New York (JFK)
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Washington
  • Mexico City
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver

B.  Munich (MUC)

You can also fly to Munich (MUC) from:

United Miles To Europe

You Can Fly On Lufthansa To Munich From These Cities

  • Boston
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • Newark
  • New York (JFK)
  • San Francisco
  • Washington
  • Montreal
  • Vancouver

C.  Dusseldorf (DUS)

You can fly to Dusseldorf (DUS) from:

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You Can Fly On Lufthansa To Dusseldorf From Chicago, Miami, Newark, Or Toronto

  • Chicago
  • Miami
  • Newark
  • Toronto

3.   US Airways

US Airways is currently still part of the Star Alliance.  But they only have Economy and Business class availability.

A.  Philadelphia (PHL)

You can fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to:

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You Can Fly On US Airways To Many European Cities From Philadelphia

  • Amsterdam
  • Athens
  • Barcelona
  • Brussels
  • Dublin
  • Frankfurt
  • Glasgow
  • Lisbon
  • London-Heathrow
  • Madrid
  • Manchester
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • Rome
  • Shannon
  • Venice
  • Zurich

B.  Charlotte (CLT)

You can fly from Charlotte (CLT) to:

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US Airways Flies To 7 European Cities From Charlotte

  • Dublin
  • Frankfurt
  • London-Gatwick
  • London-Heathrow
  • Madrid
  • Paris
  • Rome

4.   Air Canada

Air Canada has many flights to Europe, and has award availability in Economy & Business class.

Air Canada is a Star Alliance partner, and many Star Alliance partners fly to Canada, in addition to the US.  So, you can fly to Canada and from there to Europe!

A.  Toronto (YYZ)

You can fly from Toronto (YYZ) to:

United Miles To Europe

You Can Fly From Toronto On Air Canada To 14 European Cities

  • Athens
  • Barcelona
  • Copenhagen
  • Dublin
  • Edinburgh
  • Frankfurt
  • Geneva
  • London-Heathrow
  • Madrid
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • Rome
  • Venice
  • Zurich

B.  Montreal (YUL)

You can fly from Montreal (YUL) to:

United Miles To Europe

You Can Fly From Montreal On Air Canada to Europe

  • Athens
  • Brussels
  • Frankfurt
  • Geneva
  • London-Heathrow
  • Paris
  • Rome

C.  Calgary (YYC), Ottawa (YOW), and Vancouver (YVR)

You can fly from Calgary (YYC), Ottawa (YOW), and Vancouver (YVR) to:

  • Frankfurt
  • London-Heathrow

D.  Edmonton (YEG), Halifax (YHZ), and St. John’s (YYT)

You can fly from Edmonton (YEG), Halifax (YHZ), and St. John’s (YYT) to:

  • London-Heathrow (LHR)

5.   Swiss

SWISS International Air Lines has decent availability in Economy & Business class.  However, it’s very hard to find First Class availability using United miles.

A.  Zurich (ZRH)

You can fly to Zurich (ZRH) from:

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SWISS Flies To Zurich From 8 Different Cities

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Newark
  • New York (JFK)
  • San Francisco
  • Montreal

B.  Geneva (GVA)

You can fly to Geneva (GVA) from:

United Miles To Europe

You Can Fly On SWISS To Geneva From Montreal, Newark, New York, Toronto, and Washington, DC

  • Newark
  • New York
  • Washington
  • Montreal
  • Toronto

6.  Turkish Airlines

You can use United miles to book award seats in Economy & Business class on Turkish Airlines.

You can fly to Istanbul (IST) from:

United Miles To Europe

Turkish Airlines Flies To Istanbul From These Cities

  • Boston (not on map)
  • Chicago
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Montreal (not on map)
  • New York (JFK)
  • San Francisco (starting soon)
  • Washington, DC
  • Toronto

You can find more award availability from Houston to Istanbul than the other cities.

7.   SAS

You can use your United miles to fly Economy and Business Class on Scandinavian Air Systems (SAS). Scandinavian Air Systems flies to a number of Nordic cities from several American cities.

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SAS Flies From These North American Cities

A.  Copenhagen (CPH)

You can fly to Copenhagen (CPH) from:

  • Chicago O’Hare
  • Newark
  • San Francisco
  • Washington DC

B.  Stockholm (ARN)

You can fly to Stockholm (ARN) from:

  • Chicago O’Hare
  • Newark

C.  Oslo (OSL)

You can fly to Oslo (OSL) from:

  • Newark

8.  Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus is not a part of Star Alliance, but is a United partner airline.  You can use your United miles to book flights on Aer Lingus.

A.  Dublin (DUB)

You can fly to Dublin (DUB) from:

United Miles To Europe

Aer Lingus Flies To Dublin From These Cities

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • New York (JFK)
  • Orlando
  • San Francisco

9.  Austrian Airlines

You can use United miles to fly on Austrian Airlines in Economy and Business class to Vienna (VIE) from:

United Miles To Europe

You Can Fly On Austrian Airlines To Vienna (Wien) From Chicago, New York, Toronto, And Washington, DC

  • Chicago
  • New York (JFK)
  • Washington
  • Toronto

10.  LOT Polish Airlines

You can also use United miles to fly on LOT Polish Airlines in Economy and Business Class to Warsaw (WAW) from:

United Miles To Europe

LOT Polish Airlines Flies To Warsaw From These Cities

  • Chicago
  • New York (JFK)
  • Washington
  • Toronto

11.  Brussels Airlines

You can use United miles to fly in Economy and Business Class on Brussels Airlines to Brussels (BRU) from:

United Miles To Europe

You Can Fly From Washington DC and New York To Brussels On Brussels Airlines

  • New York (JFK)
  • Washington, DC

Note that currently Brussels Airlines award seats do NOT show up on United.com.  So use the ANA website to find award availability and then call United to book these seats.

12.  TAP Air Portugal

You can use United miles to fly on TAP Portugal to Lisbon (LIS) and Porto (OPO) from:

United Miles To Europe

TAP Portugal flies from both Miami and Newark to both Lisbon and Porto

  • Miami
  • Newark

13.  Singapore Airlines

You can use United miles to fly on Singapore Airlines on the following routes:

United Miles To Europe

Singapore Airlines Flies From New York-JFK to Frankfurt and Houston to Moscow

  • New York (JFK) to Frankfurt
  • Houston to Moscow (DME)

14.  Air New Zealand

You can use United miles to fly from Los Angeles to London-Heathrow on Air New Zealand.  But Business Class availability can be tough to find because they reduced the number of flights to London.

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Air New Zealand Flies From Los Angeles To London

Bottom Line

Using United miles to Europe is one of the best ways to fly from the US to Europe.  That’s because there are lots of flights on United and their partner airlines.

And also because United doesn’t charge fuel surcharges for flights from the US to Europe.

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37 responses to “The Ultimate Guide to United Miles: Part 8 – All the Ways to Get to Europe!

  1. Excellent summary. I’m filing it away.

  2. “And also because United doesn’t charge fuel surcharges for flights from the US to Europe.”
    Vice versa, too?

  3. Very nice job! I like to create my own maps. What did you use? google maps?
    Thanks

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  6. EI added an SFO-DUB flight recently.

  7. Great work D, I forgot some of the Star Akkiance / partner airlines. Definitely bookmarking this page. Strange how you can use United miles and British Airway Avios for Aer Lingus.

  8. How did you fly out of Key West using your SW companion pass? I didn’t think SW flew there. We are going over Christmas break. Thanks

  9. @aqua – Sorry for not being clearer. United doesn’t charge fuel surcharges on ANY flight, so includes vice versa.

    @HT – These maps were created with Great Circle Mapper

    @Ken – Thanks! I updated the list.

    @Kim Anderson – Southwest has started flying to Key West and Puerto Rico!

  10. This is a great reference. Only note: united.com does not show ANY SN (Brussels Airlines) space. I didn’t see that note in previous posts or this one, so it’s definitely worth mentioning.

  11. United also flies from EWR to LIS.

  12. Add Boston and Montreal to Turkish Airlines list! And San Francisco is on the way too. Service is great!

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  14. I have been following your blog for several months now and just had to comment on this piece. I think it is superb! This is exactly what I was looking for and is extremely useful. Thank you so much for this information in one place. This page is definitely a keeper!

  15. @pcg – True and I’ll add a note in the post.

    @Rui @Goker – Thanks! I’ll add it to the list in the post.

    @Christine – Glad you find it useful!

  16. If you wish to book United miles on a Star Alliance partner, would you call United or the partner to book? Thanks.

  17. @Jeff – You can book them online or call United to book.

  18. The fees/taxes on SEA-FRA route are $5.
    The fees/taxes on return are $126.
    Is there a way to bring down the return cost?

  19. @prasat – Not really since they are mainly government taxes.

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  29. Hi Dariaus, is it possible to get a stopover in Europe from Asia and then to US only using 12000 miles for business round trip?. Example, hkg to Europe to New York and back to hk but only use one round trip award?

    Thanks!

  30. @Mandy – Yes, you can stop over in Europe when returning to the US for 1 roundtrip award cost. But it is not 12,000 miles!

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  34. I am very new and trying to learn how to book a flight to Europe for 2 this year and then to Australia next year. We have Delta miles 210,000, US Air, 85,000, United Explorer in a month 30,000. Any suggestions where to start…..

  35. @Jo – I’d use Delta miles on their partner airline V Australia for a flight to Australia. And US Air or United miles to Europe.

  36. Kristen Anderson

    Hey there, it’s great to know that you can book on Star Alliance member flights — but how do you see how many miles they are? For example, with Lufthansa? I’m looking to book a round trip ticket to from Newark to Heathrow in October. Thank you!
    Kristen

  37. robert becker

    I am planning a trip to FRA next july. i find lots of outbound 1st class
    saver seats but zero return saver seats. Why is there such a large imbalance
    in the availability?

    thanks

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