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The great value of mile credit cards is being able to enjoy outstanding travel experiences you wouldn’t otherwise afford for a reasonable amount of miles.
United Airlines’ Mileage Plus program is our favorite in the United States. It has a great set of partners from around the world, and some of the more generous rules with regard to redemption policies.
Case in point: the back end way to enjoy a 120,000 mile pseudo-around the world trip in Business Class (65,000 if you want to endure economy class).
Mileage Plus charges just 65,000 miles for a U.S. –> Japan roundtrip reward in coach (120,000 miles in business). The secret to making it around the world is 1) the ability to go via either or both the Atlantic or Pacific to get there, and 2) a generous stopover allowance so you can experience for example both Europe and Asia in the same trip:
Examples of valid trips include…
New York–> Rome (stopover 5 days)–>Bangkok (overnight)–>Tokyo (stay 4 days)–>New York (via either Pacific or Atlantic oceans)
Chicago –> Istanbul (stay 4 days)–>Tokyo (stay 3 days) || Take train to Osaka || Osaka (stay 4 days) –> Chicago (via either ocean)
You can use any combination of Star Alliance airline to do this. They include…
Air ChinaAir New Zealand
ANA – All Nippon (Japan)
You’re probably not going to be able to book this online — you’ll need a phone agent’s help. But www.UNITED.com can help you look for availability — just look for each individual flight segment as a one way trip to piece it together. Write it down, then call the agent with your flights.
This is the best value around if you want to experience both Asia and Europe on the same trip. And you can brag to your friends that you actually flew around the world.
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