I’ve booked several trips for us that I’ve been thrilled about. My first huge award ticket was when I found two first-class tickets on ANA from Washington D.C. to Tokyo in 2009. That was my best booking until I worked out our $25,000 business class trip from the US to Australia and Japan for less than $1,000 out of pocket. It’s always possible to improve and I successfully booked, on my own, my best award flight to date in 2018. The problem is, it’s wasn’t for me.
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 sign up bonus. We didn’t renew the card 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?
“Points/Miles Never Expire” is a phrase you’ll see in advertisements from airline loyalty programs. While technically true, there’s a big caveat in that statement that could end up costing you all of your miles. What they actually mean is your points will not expire as long as your account remains active. What constitutes an active account? Well, that depends on which program you’re talking about.
Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.