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A few weeks ago I wrote about a sale that was United was offering on award tickets from the US (or Canada) to Australia.  You can get either a 20% or 25% discount, depending on your date of travel.  While you can travel any time between February 2 and June 22nd, you have to book your tickets by January 28th (this Thursday).


You can find the full details on the United promo details page, but the basic information is that:

  • The discount is good only on roundtrip flights only
  • You have to book your flight by January 28th, 2016
  • You have to travel beginning on or after February 2, 2016, and completed on or before June 22, 2016.
  • This discount is only good for travel in United economy class, and only if you can find Saver (low-level) availability (Standard awards are not discounted and neither are partner awards)
  • You CAN open jaw with this promotion (so fly in to Sydney, return from Melbourne as an example)
  • You get a different discount depending on what day of the week you travel
Discount Days of travel Regular price Reduced price*
25% off Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 80,000 miles 60,000 miles
20% off Fri, Sat 80,000 miles 64,000 miles

Full regular price for a roundtrip flight between the US or Canada and Australia is 80,000 miles.  That’s a lot of miles to speculatively book if you weren’t planning on it, but if you were planning an early 2016 trip to Australia, booking by this Thursday could save you a bunch of miles!

It’s too bad this sale is only for travel through June, as otherwise this would be a huge mileage savings for my friends who are trying to travel to Australia next December!

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