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Three Vacations onTwo Awards: Free    Oneways Scott Grimmer   MileValue.com
Zero Miles: Hawaii in a Bed
Zero Miles: Being a Good Son
Zero Miles: Party, err.. Tennis, in             Vegas
Zero Miles: Anywhere in South    America. In Business.
What is a Free Oneway?●   The addition to an award of a oneway trip to or    from your home airport, separated in time fro...
What is a Free Oneway?●   The addition to an award of a oneway trip to or from your    home airport, separated in time fro...
What is a Free Oneway?●    The addition to an award  of a oneway trip             to or from your home    airport that doe...
What is a Free Oneway?●    The addition to an award of a oneway trip   to or from your    home airport, separated in time ...
What is a Free Oneway?●   The addition to an award of a oneway trip to or from your home airport,    separated in time fro...
What is a Free Oneway?●   The addition to an award of a oneway trip to or from your home airport,                         ...
Key Concept 1: Stopover at Home                Airport●   Free oneways rely on a stopover at your home    airport.●   One ...
Key Concept 1: Stopover at Home                Airport●   If you live in Vegas, you can fly LAS-HNL-    SYD on Hawaiian Ai...
Key Concept 1: Stopover at Home                Airport●   My brother lives in Honolulu, so the same    flights create a fr...
Key Concept 2: Stopover + Open Jaw =            Free Oneway●   If an airline offers a stopover and an open jaw,    you can...
Key Concept 2: Stopover + Open Jaw =            Free Oneway●   Chicago to Frankfurt (destination)●   Frankfurt to Chicago ...
Key Concept 3: There is no such thing        as a free oneway ;)●   We see free oneways; airlines dont.●   Your free onewa...
Key Concept 4: Different Airlines,            Different Rules●   There are a few universal free oneway rules,    but most ...
Uniform Rules●   All normal award rules apply●   All award travel complete within one year of    booking.●   Before/To or ...
Free Oneways on American Airlines            Awards●   To/From Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, Canada,    Alaska, Bermuda, Baha...
Free Oneways on American Airlines            Awards    Where You Can Go with the Free Oneway●   Your free oneway can go an...
Free Oneways on American Airlines            Awards
Free Oneways on American Airlines            Awards    Free Oneway on a Oneway Award●   The only oneway awards onto which ...
Free Oneways on American Airlines            Awards
Free Oneways on American Airlines            Awards    North American International Gateway City●   Stopovers are only per...
Free Oneways on American Airlines            Awards●   North American International Gateway City
Free Oneways on American Airlines            Awards North American International Gateway City
Free Oneways on American Airlines            Awards    North American International Gateway City●   List of NA Intl Gatewa...
Free Oneways on American Airlines            Awards    Routing Rules●   MPM + 25% (Key Concept 3)●   Overwater carrier mus...
Free Oneways on American Airlines            Awards    Booking Online●   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDGdWMl6Fqw&
Free Oneways on American Airlines            Awards    Booking by Phone●   American, Alaska, Hawaiian, airberlin, Finnair,...
Free Oneways on United Awards●   Great for everyone—including people at regional    airports!●   Free oneways to/from cont...
Free Oneways on United Awards    Uniteds Free Oneway Region●   Completely free oneways are available within    the domesti...
Free Oneways on United Awards
Free Oneways on United Awards●   Figuring Out How Much a Oneway Costs●   Figure out how much it costs to fly each way    (...
Free Oneways on United Awards
Free Oneways on United Awards●   United Routing Rules●   No MPM restrictions (Key Concept 4)●   No restrictions on which c...
Free Oneways on United Awards
Free Oneways on United Awards●   Unique to United: Awards to Hawaii get a free    stopover and 2 free open jaws (Key Conce...
Free Oneways on United Awards●   No one knows the exact routing rules●   We do know they are generous●   Asia via Europe, ...
Free Oneways on United Awards●   Error screens●   Multi-city dearth of options●   Never pay a phone fee
Free Oneways on United Awards    Booking Online●   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aj4k4AF5x4&fea
Free Oneways on Delta Awards●   Free oneways to/from continental US, Alaska,    and Canada●   Free stopover and free open ...
Free Oneways on Delta Awards    Domestic Routing Rules●   Must route the way paid tickets route●   That means you basicall...
Free Oneways on Delta Awards
Free Oneways on Delta Awards
Free Oneways on Delta Awards    International Routing Rules●   MPM
Free Oneways on Delta Awards    Booking Online●   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM0mObdoXDc&
Free Oneways on US Airways Awards●   US Airways international awards get one    stopover OR one open jaw.●   Free oneways ...
Free Oneways on US Airways Awards●   ...unless you are a mad scientist.●   Free oneways require a stopover at your home   ...
Free Oneways on US Airways Awards●   Honolulu to Chicago (Stopover) ← Free oneway●   Chicago to Frankfurt (destination)●  ...
Free Oneways on US Airways Awards●   Honolulu to Chicago (Stopover) ← Free oneway●   Chicago to Frankfurt (destination)●  ...
Free Oneways on US Airways Awards
Free Oneways on US Airways Awards    Routing Rules*●   Eight Segments*●   Stopover only at Star Alliance*●   MPM*         ...
Free Oneways on US Airways Awards    How US Airways Awards are Priced●   “Frankfurt... thats in... Germany... Europe...   ...
Free Oneways on US Airways Awards    Dummy Legs●   Must be last, so free oneway must be before    main award●   Must be wi...
Free Oneways on US Airways Awards    How to Book●   Search United.com segment-by-segment●   Call 800-622-1015
Free Oneways on US Airways Awards Worlds Best Award Chart
Free Oneways on US Airways Awards    How to Book One●   http://www.youtube.com/watch?    v=FJvhLNcqVZ0&feature=plcp
Free Oneways on US Airways Awards
Three Vacations, Two Awards
Three Vacations, Two Awards
Three Vacations, Two Awards
Three Vacations, Two Awards
Three Vacations, Two Awards●   Three vacations within one year●   Line up free oneways●   100k US + 80k United + taxes = 3...
Further Reading●   Introduction to Free Oneways●   Master Thread: Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards●   Master Threa...
Three Vacations on Two Awards: Free Oneways
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  1. 1. Three Vacations onTwo Awards: Free Oneways Scott Grimmer MileValue.com
  2. 2. Zero Miles: Hawaii in a Bed
  3. 3. Zero Miles: Being a Good Son
  4. 4. Zero Miles: Party, err.. Tennis, in Vegas
  5. 5. Zero Miles: Anywhere in South America. In Business.
  6. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 22. Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards
  23. 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. 24. Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards
  25. 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. 26. Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards● North American International Gateway City
  27. 27. Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards North American International Gateway City
  28. 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. 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. 30. Free Oneways on American Airlines Awards Booking Online● http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDGdWMl6Fqw&
  31. 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. 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. 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. 34. Free Oneways on United Awards
  35. 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. 36. Free Oneways on United Awards
  37. 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. 38. Free Oneways on United Awards
  39. 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. 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. 41. Free Oneways on United Awards● Error screens● Multi-city dearth of options● Never pay a phone fee
  42. 42. Free Oneways on United Awards Booking Online● http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aj4k4AF5x4&fea
  43. 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. 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. 45. Free Oneways on Delta Awards
  46. 46. Free Oneways on Delta Awards
  47. 47. Free Oneways on Delta Awards International Routing Rules● MPM
  48. 48. Free Oneways on Delta Awards Booking Online● http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM0mObdoXDc&
  49. 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. 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. 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. 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. 53. Free Oneways on US Airways Awards
  54. 54. Free Oneways on US Airways Awards Routing Rules*● Eight Segments*● Stopover only at Star Alliance*● MPM* *Denotes a rule not consistently enforced
  55. 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. 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. 57. Free Oneways on US Airways Awards How to Book● Search United.com segment-by-segment● Call 800-622-1015
  58. 58. Free Oneways on US Airways Awards Worlds Best Award Chart
  59. 59. Free Oneways on US Airways Awards How to Book One● http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=FJvhLNcqVZ0&feature=plcp
  60. 60. Free Oneways on US Airways Awards
  61. 61. Three Vacations, Two Awards
  62. 62. Three Vacations, Two Awards
  63. 63. Three Vacations, Two Awards
  64. 64. Three Vacations, Two Awards
  65. 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. 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
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