(EXPIRED) United cardholder award sale: 30k one-way to Tahiti, 40k to Australia & New Zealand (economy only)

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United has launched an award sale that’s only available for cardholders. It’s giving the opportunity to book one-way flights for 30,000 MileagePlus miles to/from Tahiti or 40,000 miles to/from Australia and New Zealand, but there’s a catch – that pricing is only available for economy flights.

United cardholder award sale New Zealand Australia Tahiti

The Deal

  • There’s a United cardmember award sale costing the following in economy one-way:
    • Tahiti (Papeete) – 30,000 miles
    • Australia (Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane) – 40,000 miles
    • New Zealand (Auckland) – 40,000 miles
  • Direct link to offer.

Key Terms

  • Book by May 30, 2024 for travel July 1-December 12, 2024.

Quick Thoughts

Flying across the Pacific to Tahiti, Australia or New Zealand in economy isn’t going to be the most comfortable experience you’ll ever have, but for only 30,000 or 40,000 MileagePlus miles it might be worth it for some people, especially if you’re looking for award availability for several people.

Award availability does look like it could be good. For example, in late June/early July, there’s 40k availability from San Francisco to Sydney every day that week. That includes a nonstop flight between the two cities.

United cardholder award sale SFO-SYD

Note that you have to book by May 30, but travel dates can be from July 1 to December 12. Bear in mind that it’ll be winter and spring Down Under, so depending on where you visit the weather might not be as good as hoped for.

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Is there any indication United might have regular promotions like Flying Blue does.


Normal price, at least on routes I had been checking lately, was 49.5k. So it’s a savings, not spectacular but worth knowing about.


Last year at this time I booked United R/T from DCA to SYD for 30K each way for Oct 2023. That sale was open to all, not just United Card holders. So this year it’s both more restrictive and more expensive (40k each way.)


Ugh, this is just the pre-devaluation price.