Last year I wrote about how you can get a free ticket to Hawaii added to your American Airlines award ticket to Europe or South America (read the details here).
I’m more of a United guy, so I was shocked when I learned you can tack on a free one-way domestic ticket when you book an international award on United. How?
United allows one stopover and one openjaw on roundtrip international (and Hawaii) award tickets. They don’t allow stopovers on domestic tickets, nor do they allow stopovers on one-way tickets. Here’s how you can maximize that policy:
If you are flying roundtrip from, say, Newark to Frankfurt, you can add on a leg at a later date – up to 11 months later -from, for example, Newark to Los Angeles for the same 60,000 miles it would have cost you flying only Newark-Frankfurt roundtrip. Check out this screenshot:
It prices out at just 60,000 miles for the Newark-Frankfurt plus the Newark-Los Angeles leg later.
This is pretty huge, as you can tack on a free trip to the lower 48 or Alaska any time you fly overseas.
This is true even on flights to the Caribbean – 35,000 miles gets you the roundtrip to the Caribbean, plus a one-way anywhere in the non-Hawaii United States.
But what if you wanted to tack on Hawaii? Great news: it’s only 62,500 miles — that’s right, it’s only an extra 2,500 miles to tack on a flight from Newark to Honolulu onto your Newark-Frankfurt roundtrip.
Want to add on Costa Rica? That’s also just another 2,500 miles.
How about a roundtrip from Newark to Nassau (Bahamas) + a one-way from Newark to Honolulu? Just 37,500 miles — a 2,500 mile bump over the cost of a roundtrip from Newark to Nassau.
Yes, this is ridiculously powerful, and I can’t believe I’ve missed it in the past. I’ve now spent the better part of an hour driving myself crazy over missed opportunities from the past years. Ugh.
Don’t miss out – this works even if you’re not in a hub city (unlike American, where you can only stopover in a gateway city).
Enjoy your free flights…
(100% credit for finding this goes to Milevalue – I have no idea how I never noticed it before)