The Ultimate Guide To United Miles: Part 9 – The Best Tip For Searching On

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In an earlier post on searching for award flights on, Charlie commented that it helps to change the number of default flights shown to 50 flights.

This is a very useful tip – especially when you search for your flights segment-by-segment – so I’m posting about it separately!

The Ultimate Guide To United Miles Index

The Best Tip for Searching on

Change your search results to show you 50 flights (instead of the default) when you search on  You will see many more flight options when you do!

Step 1 – Click On “Advanced Search”

Fill in your departure city, destination and date.

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

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

The Best Tip For Searching On

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

You will see MANY more flight options this way!

Bottom Line

You’ll see a lot more flight options when you increase the number of award flights to display on!

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22 responses to “The Ultimate Guide To United Miles: Part 9 – The Best Tip For Searching On

  1. I have booked several UA award tickets in the past but never noticed this option. I just tested it and it did give me more choices. Many thanks!!

  2. @MMS
    I have tried to book a one way ticket from ORD to BKK using United miles for several days but I could not figure out what I did wrong.

    When I booked a one way ticket from ORD to BKK (transit at NRT), it showed 32,500 miles for me.

    However, I want to stop over at NRT so I used multiple destination and booked ORD to NRT and NRT to BKK. It showed 47,500 miles for me in this case.

    In both case, ORD to NRT is operated by UA and NRT to BKK is operated by ANA.

    Can I do anything to get a free stop over at NRT?

  3. I read this and went “AAAAH!” Great tip and much appreciated – now I know why I always have to call about the flights I’m looking for when I’m trying to match an award ticket with a purchased one. Thanks a million!

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  16. Dearest Darius,

    Thank you for your website. I have dilemma & request guidance: I need to open a credit card under PRIMARY yet have the MileagePlus+ account holder a different name, and acquire the miles accordingly _OR_ a 3rd party card, ie: Any Chase Cards? That will allow _ME_ to collect/spend/bonus miles accordingly. This is basically because I fell hospital-grade ill in 2008 & coupled with the bad economy was the last victim of Universal Default. Now I am back on feet, but will be unable to be added on as anything BUT ‘authorized card user’ im sure, so family has been opening cards on my behalf when needed (last time was a year ago). I am now trying to rack in more UAL miles for TATL stuff. hope this explains the picture. I believe UALXplorer requires the names to match primary acct to primary ual =(

  17. Thanks Darius =)

  18. Hi Darius –

    I’m trying to book ITO-HKG-TPE-LIH-SFO. I’ve found award seats for each segment, however when I string them together, it says there’s an error. If I make HKG-TPE an open jaw, it’ll price but the itinerary doesn’t have nearly as many options and costs more. Any insight would be appreciated!