The Complete Guide to United Award Routing Rules

The Complete Guide to United Award Routing Rules

United Award Routing Rules: Intro


This site has been the first to publish many of the routing rules for United. And in many ways, it’s the only site to make any attempt to write about the subject. This is because the rules are not published by United itself, and many of the details of United’s routing rules were actually discovered myself.

Last year, I took the first crack on the internet for explaining United’s stopover rules, and went into details regarding how United restricts flights via regions to set up the post. I continued to write about segment rules, United’s errors and the like, but I realized that it was never in one place… until today.

The goal is for this to be the most comprehensive writing on United’s routing rules that exists, in blogs, forums or United.

Here is a summary of the rules you’ll find in this guide:

1.) United’s Region based rules

  • Europe can’t be combined with Oceania or Australia
  • Africa can’t be combined with Oceania or Australia
  • The Middle East can’t be combined with Oceania
  • South America can hardly combine with anything
  • 2.) Stopovers & Open-Jaws

  • 1 stopover
  • 2 open-jaws
  • Open-jaws can not be added to the stopover, but can be added to the destination (indicated by the pricing of the region) or when returning home to a different airport
  • Only allowed on roundtrips
  • 3.) Connections

  • The following regions have limits on connections (4 connections on roundtrips, and 3 connections on oneways): Australia, Oceania, Japan,SE Asia, North Asia, and Central Asia. Every other region has no limit to connections.
  • 4.) Booking Errors

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    Free Phone and Internet Plans for Travelers

    Actual Free Phone Plans (non-wifi):


    FreedomPop is what inspired this post. BikeGuy and GoMike deserve a hat-tip for sharing this with me. And I wrote this entire thing to post last week, and then decided to see if FreedomPop has an affiliate program. They do, and now I’m posting with the hopes of making tens of dollars… or at least ten. Point is; affiliate links are after the fact, just so you know I actually love FreedomPop that much.

    Link: FreedomPop Phone. FreedomPop is a free sprint phone plan. I kid you not.

    Per month, you get:

    • 200 minutes
    • 500 texts
    • 500 mb of data

    For free. If you want to go over that, or if you happen to go over that, you pay for extra data. You can get a plan for more data, or pay per minute/text/MB of data that you go over.

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    Pre-Introducting: Our Completely Free Trip Series

    This is the pre-post of the post explaining my first series on a completely free trip. $0 in hotels. $0 in airlines (+ $0 in taxes and fuel surcharges).

    This takes free travel from a theory to real life examples. We’ll show what every flight and every hotel costs and give screen shots the entire way.

    The concept is this… all the time on this blog, or in reply to this blog, people point out that travel is not free. Their proof? They spent lots of money on their last miles/points trip.

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    Maximizing The Southwest Companion Pass

    The Southwest Companion Pass is [arguably] the best value two credit cards can get you. I mean, anytime you fly, one person gets to fly with you for free! Doesn’t matter if you paid in points or cash, the second person’s flight is free.

    This Companion Pass lasts the entire rest of the calendar year, and all of the next calendar year. Potentially two years of free flights for one companion. Plus, you have 110,00 Southwest points which qualify for the free flight.

    Personally, we had this thing most of 2011 and all of 2012 and by the time it expired we still had more than 30,000 Southwest points left. Took ~13 flights and still lasted the entire time for us, and then some.

    Here’s what you’ll find in this post:

    • Getting the companion pass
    • Timing your companion pass
    • How to Make Your Companion Pass Last Longer
    • Finding Southwest Deals
    • Caribbean Destinations (and all points hotels)

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    Cheapest Ways to Get to Hawaii Using Miles

    Everyone wants to know the cheapest miles to get to Hawaii. Doing the usual, I decided to make a chart of airline prices to Hawaii. This will show how many miles it takes to get to Hawaii on each airline, and which credit cards will get these miles. Then we’ll talk about the details.

    Hawaii is not only a highly desired destination, it’s “domestic” in terms of fuel surcharges. Meaning; there are no fuel surcharges for flights to Hawaii. Plus, the prices are reasonable.

    Prices in miles shown for roundtrips.

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    Overwater Bungalows with Hotel Points [Infographic]

    What are all the Overwater Bungalows that can be booked with points? How can you earn the points? How much does it cost to upgrade? And, how can I get status to increase the chance of a freebee upgrade?

    This infographic shows it all (including what the room looks like). These might be the most “aspirational” hotel redemptions on earth.

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