Category Archives: United Award Booking

How to Book a United Airlines Award Ticket Using Avianca Miles

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Million Mile Secrets reader Jonnie commented:

You say, ‘Avianca miles can be used on any Star Alliance airline, like United Airlines.’ How is that done? Can those miles be transferred to United Airline’s MileagePlus?

How To Book A United Airlines Award Ticket Using Avianca Miles

Avianca Miles Can Be Used to Book Award Flights on Any Star Alliance Airline, Like United Airlines

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How Your Travel Plans Will Be Affected by the Changes at United Airlines

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This shouldn’t surprise anyone, but changes are coming to the United Airlines frequent flyer program starting March 1, 2015.

United Airlines will switch to a revenue-based frequent flyer program for earning miles (NOT for earning elite elite status or redeeming miles) on flights departing after March 1, 2015.  This means that instead of earning miles based on the distance you fly, you’ll earn miles based on how much you paid for your ticket.  You’ll earn more miles per $1 you spend if you have elite status compared to folks who don’t.

The changes will mostly affect folks who earn United Airlines miles from flying, and NOT those of us who collect miles from credit card sign-up bonuses, spending, shopping portals, or hotel points transfers.  You can stop reading if you earn your miles from credit cards, because nothing really changes!

How Your Travel Plans Will Be Affected By The Changes At United Airlines

Change Is Coming: United Switches to a (Partial) Revenue-Based Frequent Flyer Program

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Winter Getaway to Kauai: Part 1 – Using Miles and Points to Get to Kauai

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Emily:   Daraius and I went to Maui, Hawaii in March 2013.  We loved Hawaii so much that we decided to return, but this time to Kauai.  Kauai is more laid back and less built-up than Maui. 

Winter Getaway To Kauai

Daraius and Emily at Waimea Canyon – the Grand Canyon of the Pacific

We went to Kauai over Valentine’s Day week, which made for a very romantic getaway.  Using our miles and points made it even better!

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United Award Flight Sale to Japan – Book by April 17, 2014

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What do cherry blossoms, sake, and dumplings have in common?

Instead of doing an internet search, you could find out by taking a springtime trip to Japan.  United Airlines has a promotion on round-trip economy award tickets from the US (not including Hawaii) and Canada to Japan in April.

If you book before April 17, 2014, and travel between now and April 30, 2014, you can save 25% off United Saver (low-level) award economy tickets.  Usually, round-trip award tickets from North America to Japan cost 70,000 miles.  But with this promotion, you can travel round-trip for only 52,500 miles!

Hurry United Award Flight Sale To Japan Book By April 17, 2014

Fly United to Japan in April for Only 52,500 Miles Round-Trip

That said, it only costs 25,000 American Airlines miles for a 1-way award ticket from the US to Japan, from October 1 to April 30 so that would save you even more miles!

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Free Checked Bag on United? You *Have* to Use Your United Card!

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You get 1 free checked bag when you use your Chase United Explorer card to buy your flight.  But you HAVE to use the United card to buy your ticket, otherwise you won’t get the free bag!

The free 1st checked bag benefit can save you a LOT of money.  When Emily and I travel, we try to pack lightly, but sometimes we have to check bags.

Free Checked Bag On United You Have To Use Your United Card

Emily Usually Packs Light, but Not Always!

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