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Old 04-12-2016, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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In that case, I think it would be worth it. You are essentially paying $700 for a Europe flight that will cost $1,000-1,300. That makes worth it.

As mentioned, buying miles generally aren't worth it unless you just need a couple more thousand to go for a specific redemption. However, in this case, totally worth it. And when airlines offer a bonus like this, it can sometimes be a good deal even if you aren't planning on traveling soon.

I do not fly United, but I have no problems using miles. I recently booked a round-trip flight to Europe on Delta using miles.

Also, I'm not sure if you have a credit card that earns United miles...but it could be good to look into that if you haven't already done so.
In regards to the bold, I would be paying $700 total for two tickets. To clarify, I have ~90,000 miles right now. That gets me one flight to Europe (60,000 miles needed). I could purchase another 30,000 for $700 which would get me the remaining miles needed for the second flight. So two flights for $700.


I have a United card...I actually just got credited the 30,000 mile bonus the other day which put me at the 90,000 mile mark.
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Old 04-12-2016, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Unless you catch one of those big sale fares, $1k+ is very normal.
I very rarely see R/T flights to EUR for under like $900. At least not to the places I'm looking at going.


Of course, I would consider flying to a city in Europe for $350 R/T if that meant I could simply grab a cheap airfare from the city I have to arrive in to the actual city I want to go to. I know once in Europe flights are pretty inexpensive throughout Europe.
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Old 04-12-2016, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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I very rarely see R/T flights to EUR for under like $900. At least not to the places I'm looking at going.


Of course, I would consider flying to a city in Europe for $350 R/T if that meant I could simply grab a cheap airfare from the city I have to arrive in to the actual city I want to go to. I know once in Europe flights are pretty inexpensive throughout Europe.
Flights to Milan tend to the be the cheapest. While I was monitoring my dates for my trip this summer Milan tended to be the best bet. I ended up booking for a little over $600 for non stop flights during the last two weeks for July, it was by far the best fare I saw for that time of year. Emirates offered that deal twice in the span of a few weeks. The will also offer a 2 for 1 for around $900 for 2 people. Milan is a good place to enter Europe as it is a hub for EasyJet and other low cost carriers, you can easily get one way flights to other destinations for under $50 a person if you're not interested in Milan.
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Old 04-12-2016, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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In regards to the bold, I would be paying $700 total for two tickets. To clarify, I have ~90,000 miles right now. That gets me one flight to Europe (60,000 miles needed). I could purchase another 30,000 for $700 which would get me the remaining miles needed for the second flight. So two flights for $700.


I have a United card...I actually just got credited the 30,000 mile bonus the other day which put me at the 90,000 mile mark.
I don't have United, but I have redeemed miles on other airlines, and they still charge taxes and fees on top of the miles. So be sure that you are really getting a bargain when all is said and done. I just redeemed miles for a trip to Europe in the fall and I still had to pay ~$450.
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Old 04-12-2016, 02:10 PM
 
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I don't have United, but I have redeemed miles on other airlines, and they still charge taxes and fees on top of the miles. So be sure that you are really getting a bargain when all is said and done. I just redeemed miles for a trip to Europe in the fall and I still had to pay ~$450.
$450 in taxes/fees for one roundtrip ticket on a fully-award based flight?
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Old 04-12-2016, 02:27 PM
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$450 in taxes/fees for one roundtrip ticket on a fully-award based flight?
Yes. Some European airlines such as SWISS and Lufanthsa do that. However, if you book them as a partner flight through United, you won't have to pay those fees.

You live in Chicago? Plenty of good deals from there. I constantly see LOT (Poland) having $700 round trip fares out of Chicago. Rest of us aren't that lucky.
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Old 04-12-2016, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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$450 in taxes/fees for one roundtrip ticket on a fully-award based flight?
I could believe that figure if the poster was flying into and out of Heathrow, which has outrageously high airport taxes.
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Old 04-12-2016, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Yes. Some European airlines such as SWISS and Lufanthsa do that. However, if you book them as a partner flight through United, you won't have to pay those fees.

You live in Chicago? Plenty of good deals from there. I constantly see LOT (Poland) having $700 round trip fares out of Chicago. Rest of us aren't that lucky.
Yep, I'm in Chicago.

There was a $441 r/t deal from here last month to Tokyo. Coworker got in on it...wish I could get something like that to Asia!
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Old 04-12-2016, 04:35 PM
 
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My own rule of thumb is - if I have to - buy miles at less than 2c per mile and only use them when the value exceeds 3c per mile.

That seldom works for domestic travel and almost never for economy-class travel anywhere. However, buying 160,000 miles for under $3100 is pretty good value if you want to fly in business class from LAX to South Africa, where purchased tickets would more likely cost upwards of $4K - $5K.

It's also great if you need a one-way ticket to, say, Europe (maybe cruising back.) Buy 57,500 miles for the equivalent of $1075 for a one-way business class flight that would cost double that.

Look for award flights where there's space, go run and buy the miles and turn right around and redeem them.
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Old 04-12-2016, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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I got a message in my inbox today stating United is holding a sale on miles...if you purchase 20,000-80,000 I think it is, you get an additional 80% in miles.


For the amount of miles I'm looking to purchase, that would mean a cost of 0.019 cent per mile (just under 2 cents/mile).


Is this a good value? I wasn't sure what threshold the die-hard travelers use to purchase miles...in other words, what's considered a really good deal out there. Anything 0.02/mile and under? Closer to 0.01/mile?
This seems like a great deal relative to most miles sales. That said...I generally redeem my miles at about .018/mile, so buying for .02/mile is a losing proposition unless it's needed to bridge a gap (which I've still never done in reality, but I guess in theory it's logical)

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Likewise I read in the TravelTalk forum of travelers doing "mile runs", i.e. purposely subjecting yourself to meaningless plane travel just to incur FF miles. I never did get that.
Purpose of mile runs is usually to maintain status. It's not about collecting the miles simply for the sake of having them to spend later...it's instead to maintain the perks coming with elite status.

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My own rule of thumb is - if I have to - buy miles at less than 2c per mile and only use them when the value exceeds 3c per mile.

That seldom works for domestic travel and almost never for economy-class travel anywhere. However, buying 160,000 miles for under $3100 is pretty good value if you want to fly in business class from LAX to South Africa, where purchased tickets would more likely cost upwards of $4K - $5K.

It's also great if you need a one-way ticket to, say, Europe (maybe cruising back.) Buy 57,500 miles for the equivalent of $1075 for a one-way business class flight that would cost double that.

Look for award flights where there's space, go run and buy the miles and turn right around and redeem them.
Sound logic. This is the way to approach this if you can.
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