Using awards to fly to Asia

Old Feb 28, 15, 12:56 pm
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Using awards to fly to Asia

Hello, I have 100k United points, 36k point from Freedom and 168k point from Sapphire. How many points do I need to book a roundtrip award flight to MNL? Would it be better to use those points for upgrade?

Any recommended award booking sites?

I'm sorry if I posted to the wrong location.

Thanks in advance.
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Old Feb 28, 15, 1:01 pm
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What class of service?

How flexible is your schedule?

Where are you leaving from?
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Old Feb 28, 15, 1:10 pm
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One above economy....I think Business Class, right?

We are pretty flexible (family of 3) and looking for a trip next year.

Flying from SFO.
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Old Feb 28, 15, 1:22 pm
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This may help OP

http://www.united.com/web/en-US/apps...ardTravel.aspx

On the United website....

Think it is is 70k for one way Biz class, but may depend where in Asia you are going.
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Old Feb 28, 15, 1:23 pm
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You will need 160,000 MP miles to fly SFO-MNL in business class. The award chart is available at www.united.com . Star / partner round trip business saver award, N.America - S.Asia.
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Old Feb 28, 15, 1:33 pm
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Thank you all. I guess I need to save more. And I bet by the time we have enough, the awards will not be enough, lol.
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Old Feb 28, 15, 1:46 pm
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Originally Posted by Stephenk19 View Post
This may help OP

http://www.united.com/web/en-US/apps...ardTravel.aspx

On the United website....

Think it is is 70k for one way Biz class, but may depend where in Asia you are going.
Sale (70K each way) ends today!
Better book fast!
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Old Feb 28, 15, 1:48 pm
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Originally Posted by ltcuaa View Post
Thank you all. I guess I need to save more. And I bet by the time we have enough, the awards will not be enough, lol.
Prayers might help

Stephenk19 The provided link is very helpful. Saw it for the first time.

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Old Feb 28, 15, 5:44 pm
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One up technically from biz is economy plus.

If you are set on dumping the miles, I would try to combine miles with paying for the flights.

SFO to Manila is about $500 each way.
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Old Feb 28, 15, 6:17 pm
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My other option is to use miles for upgrade. Is it pretty easy to use after buying the ticket? I can get round trip tickets for 850 around March but wasn't sure if use of the miles upgrade is readily available. Thank you.
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Old Feb 28, 15, 8:40 pm
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Originally Posted by ltcuaa View Post
My other option is to use miles for upgrade. Is it pretty easy to use after buying the ticket? ...
easy to use but remember most mileage upgrades require substantial cash copys also.
Originally Posted by ltcuaa View Post
.... wasn't sure if use of the miles upgrade is readily available. ...
This is the really issue -- mileage upgrades are easy to request but if not available at booking, the success rate for non-elites (or low elites) is poor.
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