Use United’s ‘Excursionist Perk’ to Get a Free One-Way Flight When Using Miles

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If you’re redeeming reward miles for an international trip on United, there’s an easy way to get a little more bang for your virtual buck: plan a trip with at least three legs.

This week Travel + Leisure published a story about a little known perk for United fliers called the “Excursion Perk.” The perk allows you to get a free one-way award ticket when you book a trip that involves multiple cities.

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For instance, if I wanted to book a flight from San Francisco to Scotland and then from Scotland to London before heading home, then I could score a free flight from Scotland to London.

In order to take advantage of the perk, you can’t be in the same MileagePlus defined region where your trade originated. So if you start your journey in North America, the perk will have to be for travel outside of North America and vice versa.

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Your travel will have to end in the same region where it originated, and the cabin of service and award type of the free one-way will need to be the same or lower than the one-way flight preceding it.

If you have enough miles to score a reward ticket and want to give this a try you can find the option by using the Advanced search toll when booking a ticket through United’s website. You’ll want to select the multi-city option and then just input your destinations. If your itinerary qualifies for the deal you’ll see one of the legs come up as zero miles.

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