Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
When space opens up, you snap it up, and plan around it.
Right now there are a couple of good opportunities if you’re willing to do that.
Here’s space on United from San Francisco to Auckland for two people. Dates with dotted lines are available.
The San Francisco to Auckland space is unique because it’s in First, not Business Class, which means you get even more space.
Now, this award opportunity became available because United switched the plane operating the route in November to a Boeing 777-200 with 3 cabins (First, Business, and Economy). Usually, United runs a plane with only Business and Economy Class, and there’s a decent chance the plane you actually fly will be switched back to having only Business and Economy Class.
If that happens, you’ll sit in Business Class and get a refund of 10,000 miles each way if you book using MileagePlus miles, since Business Class on United flights down to Australia costs just 70,000 United miles, rather than 80,000 for First Class.
It will still be a lie flat seat, though don’t count on it being the new Polaris seat just yet.
If this Spring is a better time to go down South, consider Air Canada via Vancouver.
Its newest route to Australia is a Vancouver – Brisbane nonstop, and it’s pretty wide open in April and May for at least 2 passengers on the dates with the dotted lines below.
This one is in Business Class, but it costs 80,000 United miles, because United charges more for partner flights in Business Class than on its own flights.
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