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Going Round the World with Star Alliance!

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How I redeemed an United Mileage Plus RTW award ticket
What do you do when miles are burning a hole in your mileage bank?  You go straight to the bottom of the award chart and pick an award that costs the most miles, of course – the Round the World (RTW) award!


Actually, the RTW award is pretty good value.  Considering it costs 135,000 miles to redeem a round-trip Business Class ticket between the U.S. and Australia, 260,000 miles by comparison for an around the world Business Class tickets is a bargain.  Here is the award table – RTW Economy Class costs 180,000 miles and 350,000 miles are needed for RTW First Class on three-class aircraft.

Note:  On February 1, 2014, United will increase the mileage required to redeem a RTW award ticket.  It will be 200,000 miles for Economy, 350,000 miles for Business, and 450,000 miles for First.  Redeem before February 1st before the mileage goes up!

While rules to buy an RTW ticket are clearly stated on the Star Alliance (*A) website, there is unf…