In this post, we’ll show you how to use United’s free stopover policy to save miles on an award flight to Australia. As an added bonus, this mile-saving itinerary also takes you to the exotic island of
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Thanks to United’s generous booking policies, you can use one stopover and two open jaws per round-trip award ticket. In this post, we’ll explore how to use a stopover to not only see more places, but also save miles when traveling to Oceania.
A stopover is when you stop en route to your destination for more than 24 hours on an international flight, or for more than four hours on a domestic flight.
Most travelers avoid making unnecessary stops on the way to their final destination. But if you have a little extra time, you can see a lot more without spending extra miles by using United’s free stopovers. In the case of Australia, you can actually save miles.
In order to save miles, you’ll book a flight to Fiji, and use the free stopover to get to Australia. Round-trip award flights on United to Australia are 80,000 miles, but to Fiji it’s only 70,000 miles.
How to Book a Flight to Fiji With a Stopover in Australia
Go to the United website and click “multi-city.”
On the next page, be sure to select “yes” for booking a MileagePlus award ticket.
The next page will show you the final itinerary and cost.
If you take Fiji out of your trip, you’ll save about $100, but you’ll spend an extra 10,000 miles. Not to mention that you won’t see Fiji.
It goes without saying that the cost of flying to Fiji on a separate trip will be a lot more than $133. So if you have the time, taking advantage of United’s free stopover while flying to Australia or other locations in Oceania is a great bargain.