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  • 1. Three Vacations onTwo Awards: Free Oneways Scott Grimmer MileValue.com
  • 2. Zero Miles: Hawaii in a Bed
  • 3. Zero Miles: Being a Good Son
  • 4. Zero Miles: Party, err.. Tennis, in Vegas
  • 5. Zero Miles: Anywhere in South America. In Business.
  • 6. What is a Free Oneway?● The addition to an award of a oneway trip to or from your home airport, separated in time from the main award, that does not increase the miles price of the award.
  • 7. What is a Free Oneway?● The addition to an award of a oneway trip to or from your home airport, separated in time from the main award, that does not increase the miles price of the award.● LAX-DFW-TPA was an addition to my main award, returning home to Los Angeles from Melbourne.
  • 8. What is a Free Oneway?● The addition to an award of a oneway trip to or from your home airport that does not increase the miles price of the award.● LAX-DFW-TPA is a oneway trip. Ill return home with a oneway cash ticket or award.
  • 9. What is a Free Oneway?● The addition to an award of a oneway trip to or from your home airport, separated in time from the main award, that does not increase the miles price of the award.● LAX is my home airport. A oneway from my home airport is half my next trip.
  • 10. What is a Free Oneway?● The addition to an award of a oneway trip to or from your home airport, separated in time from the main award, that does not increase the miles price of the award.● The main award—MEL-LAX—is January 23. The free oneway is February 7.
  • 11. What is a Free Oneway?● The addition to an award of a oneway trip to or from your home airport, that does not increase separated in time from the main award, the miles price of the award.● American, like all the legacy carriers, has a region based chart.● North America is the destination region whether I end in LAX or TPA.● The award is 62,500 miles in biz either way.
  • 12. Key Concept 1: Stopover at Home Airport● Free oneways rely on a stopover at your home airport.● One trip...stop at home until the next trip (days, weeks, months)...next trip
  • 13. Key Concept 1: Stopover at Home Airport● If you live in Vegas, you can fly LAS-HNL- SYD on Hawaiian Airlines on an AA award.
  • 14. Key Concept 1: Stopover at Home Airport● My brother lives in Honolulu, so the same flights create a free oneway from Vegas before his main award to Australia.
  • 15. Key Concept 2: Stopover + Open Jaw = Free Oneway● If an airline offers a stopover and an open jaw, you can combine them into a free oneway.● Take the stopover at your home airport.● The open jaw naturally arises from the mismatch of your origin and your free oneway destination.
  • 16. Key Concept 2: Stopover + Open Jaw = Free Oneway● Chicago to Frankfurt (destination)● Frankfurt to Chicago (stopover at home)● Chicago to San Francisco (free oneway)● The award starts in Chicago and ends in San Francisco—thats an open jaw.
  • 17. Key Concept 3: There is no such thing as a free oneway ;)● We see free oneways; airlines dont.● Your free oneway is part of your outbound or your return.● This matters for boring things like MPM and fun things like whether you can fly first class or are stuck in business.
  • 18. Key Concept 4: Different Airlines, Different Rules● There are a few universal free oneway rules, but most are airline specific.● Each airline has its own award rules, and awards with free oneways have to follow all the general rules.
  • 19. Uniform Rules● All normal award rules apply● All award travel complete within one year of booking.● Before/To or After/From (Key Concept 3)● Same cabin as the rest of its direction (Key Concept 3)● Oneway, so look into United/American/Avios awards for the other way● Partners are fine● http://milevalue.com/introduction-to-free-oneways/
  • 20. Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards● To/From Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, Canada, Alaska, Bermuda, Bahamas, continental USA● The only free oneways on oneways● Great for folks at airports with international oneworld flights● Great and terrible routing rules● Incredibly easy to book online or by phone
  • 21. Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards Where You Can Go with the Free Oneway● Your free oneway can go anywhere within AAs definition of North America.● To/From Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, Canada, Alaska, Bermuda, Bahamas, continental USA
  • 22. Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards
  • 23. Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards Free Oneway on a Oneway Award● The only oneway awards onto which you can add free oneways are American Airlines oneway awards.● US and Delta price all awards as roundtrips● United doesnt allow stopovers on oneway awards● Two free oneways per AA roundtrip!
  • 24. Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards
  • 25. Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards North American International Gateway City● Stopovers are only permitted on AA awards at the North American International Gateway City● Last airport in North America when leaving North America● First airport in North America when entering North America● You must live at a North American International Gateway City to get a free oneway
  • 26. Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards● North American International Gateway City
  • 27. Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards North American International Gateway City
  • 28. Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards North American International Gateway City● List of NA Intl Gateways● If you dont live at one, get there with Avios, and get cheap oneways a la Almost Free Oneways from Almost Anywhere
  • 29. Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards Routing Rules● MPM + 25% (Key Concept 3)● Overwater carrier must publish fare (Key Concept 3)● Cannot transit third region unless explicitly allowed● Five Cardinal Rules of AA Awards● How to use ExpertFlyer.com
  • 30. Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards Booking Online● http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDGdWMl6Fqw&
  • 31. Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards Booking by Phone● American, Alaska, Hawaiian, airberlin, Finnair, British Airways, Qantas are bookable online● If you want to book anything else, you have to call 800-882-8880 and pay $25 per ticket to book with an agent
  • 32. Free Oneways on United Awards● Great for everyone—including people at regional airports!● Free oneways to/from continental US, Canada, and Alaska● Cheap oneways to/from Hawaii, South America, and others● One free stopover per roundtrip international award● Unique to United: One free stopover per Hawaii award● You must route in a way that pleases the united.com computer. Exact routing rules are completely unknown. See I Don’t Know United’s Award Rules.
  • 33. Free Oneways on United Awards Uniteds Free Oneway Region● Completely free oneways are available within the domestic US, Canada, and Alaska● Other free oneways may be available like to/from Hawaii on a first class award to Europe
  • 34. Free Oneways on United Awards
  • 35. Free Oneways on United Awards● Figuring Out How Much a Oneway Costs● Figure out how much it costs to fly each way (Key Concept 3) at the Interactive Award Chart● The premium over a roundtrip from your home airport is the cost of the oneway United Interactive Award Chart
  • 36. Free Oneways on United Awards
  • 37. Free Oneways on United Awards● United Routing Rules● No MPM restrictions (Key Concept 4)● No restrictions on which continents you can route through (Key Concept 4)● No stopovers on oneways● One stopover and two open jaws per roundtrip. We need 1 + 1 for free oneway.
  • 38. Free Oneways on United Awards
  • 39. Free Oneways on United Awards● Unique to United: Awards to Hawaii get a free stopover and 2 free open jaws (Key Concept 2)
  • 40. Free Oneways on United Awards● No one knows the exact routing rules● We do know they are generous● Asia via Europe, Australia via Asia● Good luck arguing● Stopover can be anywhere
  • 41. Free Oneways on United Awards● Error screens● Multi-city dearth of options● Never pay a phone fee
  • 42. Free Oneways on United Awards Booking Online● http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aj4k4AF5x4&fea
  • 43. Free Oneways on Delta Awards● Free oneways to/from continental US, Alaska, and Canada● Free stopover and free open jaw on all awards —domestic too!● One free oneway per roundtrip (Key Concept 2)● Main award must be true roundtrip (no open jaw)● Great for domestic travelers at Delta hubs
  • 44. Free Oneways on Delta Awards Domestic Routing Rules● Must route the way paid tickets route● That means you basically have to take stopovers at hubs
  • 45. Free Oneways on Delta Awards
  • 46. Free Oneways on Delta Awards
  • 47. Free Oneways on Delta Awards International Routing Rules● MPM
  • 48. Free Oneways on Delta Awards Booking Online● http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM0mObdoXDc&
  • 49. Free Oneways on US Airways Awards● US Airways international awards get one stopover OR one open jaw.● Free oneways are impossible... (Key Concept 2)
  • 50. Free Oneways on US Airways Awards● ...unless you are a mad scientist.● Free oneways require a stopover at your home airport (Key Concept 1)● But we can get around a free oneway needing one stopover plus one open jaw (Key Concept 2)● Dummy legs
  • 51. Free Oneways on US Airways Awards● Honolulu to Chicago (Stopover) ← Free oneway● Chicago to Frankfurt (destination)● Frankfurt to Chicago (destination)● That has a stopover and an open jaw, so its illegal.
  • 52. Free Oneways on US Airways Awards● Honolulu to Chicago (Stopover) ← Free oneway● Chicago to Frankfurt (destination)● Frankfurt to Chicago (destination)● ...within 24 hours...● Chicago to Honolulu (unflown dummy legs)● One stopover, zero open jaws
  • 53. Free Oneways on US Airways Awards
  • 54. Free Oneways on US Airways Awards Routing Rules*● Eight Segments*● Stopover only at Star Alliance*● MPM* *Denotes a rule not consistently enforced
  • 55. Free Oneways on US Airways Awards How US Airways Awards are Priced● “Frankfurt... thats in... Germany... Europe... business... 100,000”● Feel free to help out in case the agent forgets Auckland is in New Jersey or Singapore is in China
  • 56. Free Oneways on US Airways Awards Dummy Legs● Must be last, so free oneway must be before main award● Must be within 24 hours● Must avoid checking bags through—use customs, next day flights
  • 57. Free Oneways on US Airways Awards How to Book● Search United.com segment-by-segment● Call 800-622-1015
  • 58. Free Oneways on US Airways Awards Worlds Best Award Chart
  • 59. Free Oneways on US Airways Awards How to Book One● http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=FJvhLNcqVZ0&feature=plcp
  • 60. Free Oneways on US Airways Awards
  • 61. Three Vacations, Two Awards
  • 62. Three Vacations, Two Awards
  • 63. Three Vacations, Two Awards
  • 64. Three Vacations, Two Awards
  • 65. Three Vacations, Two Awards● Three vacations within one year● Line up free oneways● 100k US + 80k United + taxes = 3 continents, 25 hrs in flying beds
  • 66. Further Reading● Introduction to Free Oneways● Master Thread: Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards● Master Thread: Free Oneways on United Awards● Master Thread: Free Oneways on US Airways Awards● Master Thread: Free Oneways on Delta Awards● Comparison of Free Oneway Possibilities on Legacy Carriers● Three Vacations on Two Awards● Free Circle Trips on Awards● Almost Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards