I Just Booked My Best Award Flight Ever, And It’s Not For Me

I’ve been working on booking an award ticket for the last two weeks. I’m happy to say that I’ve successfully booked, on my own, my best award flight to date. Problem is, it’s not for me.

You probably don’t remember but at the end of last year Sharon and I decided to keep our travels for 2018 closer to home.┬áThat meant no plans for international travel like in 2016, when we went to Cuba and England/Austria. We’re having a great time on our domestic trips so far and there is so much to see in the USA that we don’t feel like we’re missing out on anything. However, it meant that I wasn’t able to put together any incredible trips this year. That is, until I received the phone call.

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Where Can We Go With United Miles When We Won’t Fly On United?

We’ve made a choice to avoid flying on United Airlines. For our normal travels it doesn’t cause much of a hardship as we don’t live at a United hub airport. We’ve been able to find flights to where we want without using them and they’ve never been the cheapest or best option anyway. The problem is that we still have a stash of United miles that we earned from the United MileagePlus Explorer card┬ásign up bonus. I don’t plan on renewing the card this year but those miles are still ours and I need to figure out a use for them.

Thank goodness for airline alliances. United Airlines is part of the Star Alliance, which means we should be able to use those miles for flights on Star Alliance member airlines. You may also hear this being called “using miles on partner airlines.” So where can we fly from our home airport, or nearby, using our United miles?

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