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Last Chance to Maximize the Heck out of Current United Stopover Policy

I’ll keep it short and sweet. Today is the last day to take advantage of current generous United program’s routing rules. So, if you’ve been planning on it and just procrastinating, now is the time. Hire a babysitter for  the evening because as of tomorrow, your United miles will lose value. Sell, sell, sell!

If  you currently don’t have a lot of United miles or Ultimate Rewards points, then this change has no bearing on your life. And let’s be honest, very few regular families have been taking advantage of  stopover rules. I don’t know about you, but my husband has a hard time taking more than a week off work at one time, so adding extra side trips is usually not on the agenda.

But let’s say you have a flexible schedule, do homeschooling  and are able to work online. If you’ve been planning a trip with your United miles, right now you can visit two places for the price of one. So why not? Basically, you can stop in Europe on the way to Asia, and only pay for the award to Asia. Et cetera, et cetera.

There are two barriers to entry: 1)You need to have a decent supply of United miles or Ultimate Rewards (transfer to United instantly), 2) award tickets have to be booked as a roundtrip. There is sort of a workaround on the latter, but it probably won’t help most of you. Plus, you’ll still need miles to get back to US.

So, let’s say you are interested but have no clue on how to execute the award booking. Well, luckily for you, many have written excellent posts on the subject, which is why I won’t bother repeating all the details. Short version: you’ll need lots of patience and may end up calling United, hence the babysitter.

For the best round-up on maximizing current United stopover rules, I recommend this post on Rapid Travel Chai   It has links to other blogs, so you’ll have all the tools you need. If you are confused or simply don’t have the time for it, you can always hire someone to book an award for you.

Several bloggers offer this type of service, check out this page on Saverocity (I don’t get any kickback for mentioning it). I’m not sure someone will get back to you before tomorrow, though, so instead you may want to reach out  via Saverocity Forum. I’m sure folks will be happy to help you.

You don’t have to take advantage of current stopover rules!

I know it sounds obvious, but no way should you burn your precious miles just to take advantage of this perk. If you weren’t planning on doing a trip, there is absolutely no reason to book it due to this upcoming change. But if you were thinking about it anyway, it’s now or never. Get booking, the clock is ticking.

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Author: Leana

Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.

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4 thoughts on “Last Chance to Maximize the Heck out of Current United Stopover Policy

  1. 3 days ago I booked a round trip with a free one way, LAX-EWR-AUA, Return flight AUA-PTY-LAX (23hr layover in PTY to see the Panama Canal), Free one way 2 months later LAX-YVR. Total cost was 35K united miles and $80 in taxes per person I was able to secure 4 saver tickets for the whole family, 140K chase points transferred to United and $320 total. The United site kept giving me an error, so I had to piece the award together myself leg by leg using expert flyer then call United and feed them all the flight info. The agent tried to charge me $25 extra per person, but I told them I can not book this online so the phone fee should be waived, she put me on hold then came back and said OK we will waive the fee. This is a real negative change, but I’m glad I was able to take advantage of the free one way before it goes away. We went to Vancouver last year on Amtrak in a family bedroom transferred from Chase, which is still one of the best redemptions I have done with points, to bad Chase eliminated that option. We have been wanting to go back to Vancouver so this worked out well. I would never be able to go to Aruba if it weren’t for miles and points and we get to visit Vancouver again!

    • Rich, that is absolutely incredible! I’m impressed. You got INSANE value out of your UR points, for sure. Plus, you’ll even get to see Panama Canal for a day. And here I thought normal families don’t do stuff like that. I’m not sure I could convince my husband to go for it, but I’m glad your wife is game! We’ll be flying to Aruba soon, and I’m really looking forward to it.

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