Travel Tips

Using Frequent Flyer Miles to Book Stopover Flights

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Every airline frequent flyer program is different, which means some are still more (or less) generous than others.

There’s a time and a place to redeem those miles—if you can.

Many frequent flyer programs will redeem basic miles for just a single point-to-point round trip ticket.

But if you know how to play the game, you can get more than one destination for the same number of miles.

For example, United Airlines has the most generous policy on round trip international frequent flyer award tickets.

Its rules allow for a free stopover, and two open jaws—which means flying to one airport and returning from another.

For example, what if you want to fly round trip to Munich on United?

It will cost you about 60,000 miles.

But add a free stopover in London, for example, and it’s still 60,000.

Or, you could fly to London and return from Paris (using the Chunnel train from London to Paris), and it’s still 60,000 miles.