If you’re looking to maximize your hard-earned airline miles by booking trips to multiple cities, or even countries, United MileagePlus is one of the best programs to do just that. The program allows for a longer stop in a city on the way to your destination, dubbed the Excursionist Perk, which lets passengers book a free one-way flight within a round-trip. Essentially, you can book three flights for the price of two if you do it correctly. A stop can be as short as 24 hours and as long as the calendar allows you to book.
Honeymoon in French Polynesia on Miles
Crystalline azure waters, near-constant sunshine, and overwater bungalows are the images conjured up when one thinks of their dream vacation to French Polynesia. Most people know of Tahiti, which is the largest island in French Polynesia, but there are many others with stunning resort properties like Bora Bora and Moorea.
JetBlue Is Heading to the Turks and Caicos Islands
JetBlue has recently added a new route to the sunny Caribbean destination of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Flights leave daily from Fort Lauderdale.
See Guam’s White-Sand Beaches With Miles
Guam, a Pacific island located between Hawaii and the Philippines, is a great place to relax and recharge. Its peaceful white-sand beaches are always just a step away from wherever you are, whether that’s one of the island’s elegant hotels, comfy bars or fantastic restaurants.
Fly to the Dominican Republic’s All-Inclusive Resorts With Miles
No matter how adventurous you are, there comes a time when you just want to relax, lie on the beach, sip a drink and do nothing. This is when an all-inclusive vacation is in order. Enjoy some good food and drinks, catch a show, grab a tour or two and unplug. There’s nothing wrong with having a cocktail in your hand at 9 o’clock in the morning!
American Airlines Adds Flights to Bermuda
American Airlines knows that pink sand beaches and exotic cocktails are in style. The carrier is adding six new weekly flights to Bermuda from New York’s Kennedy Airport. The new flights start on February 11, 2016, just in time for a Valentine’s Day beach getaway.
JetBlue Opens Up Antigua and Barbuda
JetBlue is continuing its expansion into the Caribbean with a new route between New York and the dual-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda. It comes as no surprise considering the islands’ 365 beaches and recent designation as the Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination by the World Travel Awards.
Fly to Maui and Kauai in Hawaii With Miles
Travel + Leisure recently placed the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Kauai in the top 10 of The World’s Best Islands. They’re ranked just one spot below the exotic and beautiful island of Moorea in French Polynesia. Hawaii’s much easier to get to, even with miles, so it might be time to plan a trip to Maui or Kauai.
Fly to the Seychelles on an Award Ticket
One of the nice things about having a large stash of frequent flyer miles is that you can dream about going almost anywhere in the world, and then actually do it. Travelers who love to collect points and miles end up going to some of the planet’s most far-flung destinations just because they can. The Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa, definitely rates as one of those distant destinations.
Using Stopovers on United to See More: The Caribbean and Central America
United’s frequent flyer program, MileagePlus, puts Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America into one region. That means that you can fly from the U.S. to anywhere in the region for 35,000 miles in economy. United also lets you take one free stopover per roundtrip, so you can visit two destinations in this region for the same amount of miles.
Moorea: An Island Paradise in French Polynesia
Moorea is one of the Society Islands, an archipelago in French Polynesia. This beautiful and idyllic island, located a few miles off the northwest coast of Tahiti, is the perfect destination if you’ve always wanted to stay at a luxury tropical resort without blowing your budget. Moorea is less costly than its more famous cousin Bora Bora, but no less amazing. So get ready for your overwater bungalow experience, and get there with miles.
The Maldives: Clear Blue Waters, Relaxing Beaches and Luxurious Resorts
The Maldives is an archipelago of 26 coral atolls with over 1,000 islands. Only 200 of them are inhabited. They lie in the Indian Ocean, about an hour by plane from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. In the last 40 years, the Maldives has transformed from a virtually unknown British colony to one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.
Sri Lanka: Bountiful Biodiversity and Tranquil Temples
Sri Lanka, a small island nation located off the southern coast of India, is a land of cultural wonders and natural beauty. Despite its small size, the island has the highest biodiversity density in Asia, making it one of the top biodiversity hot spots in the world.
The Classy Casinos and Beautiful Beaches of Aruba
Aruba is a favorite Caribbean destination because it’s not just beaches and sunsets. The island, located in the Lesser Antilles, has its share of those beautiful beaches, and plentiful water sports, but its attractions also include great shopping, dining and nightlife. If you’d like to visit a Caribbean island but you’re afraid you’ll be bored, Aruba is a good choice.
Relax on the White Sands of Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach
One of the most famous stretches of sand in the Western Caribbean is Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman. There’s something magical about the powdery soft sand, even if it is really closer to five miles than seven. This coveted beach is great for sunbathing and as a jumping-off point for fishing, snorkeling and diving trips.
Enjoy the Beautiful Beaches of the Philippines
The Philippines is comprised of over 7,000 islands, some of which are among the most magnificent in the world. Almost 90 percent of the islands are uninhabited, making the Philippines a hotbed of Asia’s ecotourism in its most pure and unadulterated form.
Where the Frequent Flyer Gurus Go
As you talk with travelers who are hard-core frequent flyer fans, you’ll often hear recurring themes when it comes to vacation destinations. That’s because miles allow you to visit exotic places that you might never visit if you had to pay for the airline ticket out of pocket. Once you’ve unlocked the secret value of frequent flyer miles, you suddenly see new possibilities when planning trips. Here are a few places that most frequent flyer gurus have visited using their miles.