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Old Apr 15, 19, 1:00 pm
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Where would you go this weekend?

I have a free weekend coming up, starting on April 19 to April 21 (maybe even April 22). I don't have any tickets right now but am looking to get away somewhere interesting on a saver award, be it economy or Polaris. I fly out of EWR, am 1K and trying to decide where I can go somewhere fun and interesting in the United network, maximizing my free weekend time. Lastly I have 2 GPU's expiring at the end of April (extended from last year) which i would love to use, if at all possible. Don't want to spend more than $2000 on economy tickets to upgrade. It will be only me travelling.

Right now the only thing I can come up with is EWR - LHR, leaving at 6PM on April 19 and coming back on the 7:55AM from LHR on Monday. Seems to have plenty of saver awards in economy and Polaris is looking quite empty. Keeping my fingers crossed that Polaris award space opens up closer to booking.

Anyone have any better ideas for me?
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Old Apr 15, 19, 1:21 pm
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Originally Posted by azfanboy View Post
I have a free weekend coming up, starting on April 19 to April 21 (maybe even April 22). I don't have any tickets right now but am looking to get away somewhere interesting on a saver award, be it economy or Polaris. I fly out of EWR, am 1K and trying to decide where I can go somewhere fun and interesting in the United network, maximizing my free weekend time. Lastly I have 2 GPU's expiring at the end of April (extended from last year) which i would love to use, if at all possible. Don't want to spend more than $2000 on economy tickets to upgrade. It will be only me travelling.

Right now the only thing I can come up with is EWR - LHR, leaving at 6PM on April 19 and coming back on the 7:55AM from LHR on Monday. Seems to have plenty of saver awards in economy and Polaris is looking quite empty. Keeping my fingers crossed that Polaris award space opens up closer to booking.

Anyone have any better ideas for me?
For paid tickets, you might get some ideas from the Mileage Run forum.

If you can travel Friday-Monday and are okay with economy there's a saver award EWR-TPE for 70,000 miles r/t in Y. Add an additional 45,000 miles if you have to come back Sunday.
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Old Apr 15, 19, 1:27 pm
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16 hours of flying for a long weekend? That is too much time in the air for me. For selfish reasons I would be headed to LAS to see a show, see some of the desert beauty, play some golf without a jacket and see my grandchildren.
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Old Apr 15, 19, 1:32 pm
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Thoughts:

1. You need to decide quickly if you want to go for a W fare to upgrade to PP or Polaris, or go for award tickets.
2. If W fare, starting looking up EU or South American flights and look up both current Polaris space and maybe, just maybe some open upgrade space.
(eliminating Asia solely due to your time constraints).
3. If award miles, I'd say usually this close, you might get lucky, especially on a partner, with saver business.
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Old Apr 15, 19, 1:33 pm
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If you want to spend time on the ground, Europe seems like the furthest you would want to go.

I find several Canadian cities are nice for short trips, but a lot of this really depends upon what you like to do I would think.
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Wasn't there a fun thread a few years back on helping a FT member select a novel trip and all of the forum pitching in with ideas?

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I'm pretty partial to FCO. There is saver economy available on the nonstop EWR-FCO, but you'd have to take a stop to get back at the saver economy redemption level.
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Old Apr 15, 19, 2:24 pm
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If you want to spend time on the ground, Europe seems like the furthest you would want to go.

I find several Canadian cities are nice for short trips, but a lot of this really depends upon what you like to do I would think.
Interesting, didn't really think about Canada but should definitely look into it.

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1. You need to decide quickly if you want to go for a W fare to upgrade to PP or Polaris, or go for award tickets.
2. If W fare, starting looking up EU or South American flights and look up both current Polaris space and maybe, just maybe some open upgrade space.
(eliminating Asia solely due to your time constraints).
3. If award miles, I'd say usually this close, you might get lucky, especially on a partner, with saver business.
Yes Europe and South America is where I am looking at right now. GVA and LHR is the only place I am seeing saver availability but no reasonable W fares anywhere, which I guess is no real surprise, given how close it is to booking. Probably just end up doing a staycation in NYC

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Old Apr 15, 19, 2:33 pm
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Wasn't there a fun thread a few years back on helping a FT member select a novel trip and all of the forum pitching in with ideas?

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Maybe this one? Where will a deck of United cards take me?

Originally Posted by azfanboy View Post
Yes Europe and South America is where I am looking at right now. GVA and LHR is the only place I am seeing saver availability but no reasonable W fares anywhere, which I guess is no real surprise, given how close it is to booking. Probably just end up doing a staycation in NYC
If fares are reasonable (either saver award economy or just an economy fare), I don't mind EWR->LHR in economy. 6 hour flight is very doable for a fun weekend away.
Though be certain to check hotel prices. London hotels can be pricey.

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Old Apr 15, 19, 2:45 pm
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Ummm. Close but not exactly. I seem to remember that the OP had a large value ETC and was going to literally walk up to the UA counter at their airport, have the agent pick a card (or some how generate a draw) also corresponded to one of the >300 destinations UA flies...

Can't exactly remember the key word(s) to search on....

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Going to Palm Beach this weekend and for some reason St. Louis next weekend...want to see that damn arch
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I am headed to LHR this weekend returning through EWR Sunday. Maybe we should arrange a mini-DO!
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As it's Easter weekend, and consequently one of the busiest Spring Break periods, you'll probably find better availability in more business-oriented markets.
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Old Apr 15, 19, 4:04 pm
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Originally Posted by GetSetJetSet View Post
and for some reason St. Louis next weekend...want to see that damn arch
After the Arch, go see...

* City Museum
* Forest Park
* Central West End
* Delmar Loop

I spent this past weekend in the STL, and I miss it already.
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Old Apr 15, 19, 4:50 pm
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After the Arch, go see...

* City Museum
* Forest Park
* Central West End
* Delmar Loop

I spent this past weekend in the STL, and I miss it already.
And get a fantastic cappuccino at Blueprint Coffee.
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