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Anatomy of an Award posts highlight real awards I’ve booked to show you the techniques needed to book your dream trip.
I recently booked my brother a pair of awards that will allow us to visit Hong Kong, Beijing, and Seoul together. His awards cost about 100,000 airline miles and bank points and zero out of pocket.
The main award was a United award, but United awards only allow one stopover in addition to your destination, so I needed to add an extra Avios award for one segment between Hong Kong and Beijing.
We are not getting Chinese visas for Beijing, so I also had to time our flights to get us as close to 72 hours in the city as possible without exceeding the limit for visa-free transit.
Finally, he had enough miles for one way in business class and one way in economy.
These awards demonstrate the limits of United awards, how to see more cities than a United award will allow, and the problems with multi-city searches on united.com. They also showcase, the kind of award planning you can get from my Award Booking Service.
- Why could I not book the entire trip as a single United award?
- Why did I choose Avios for the second award, and how did I choose which flight to book with Avios?
- How did I ensure I got as close to 72 hours in Beijing as possible?
- How did I book one way in economy and one way in business class on his United award? How did I choose which direction for each class?