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Is a free ticket available at 50,000 miles from United?

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According to United Airline's website, a saver/standard award ticket is available at 50,000 miles. If flying from the mainland United States, Alaska and Canada, there are a variety of award options.

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According to United Airline's, a domestic round-trip saver ticket requires between 20,000 and 25,000 miles, so 50,000 miles yields two round-trip tickets within the continental United States, Alaska and Canada. A saver-award ticket to Hawaii requires 45,000 miles round trip from the mainland United States, Alaska and Canada.

Saver-award tickets to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean from the continental United States, Alaska and Canada require 35,000 miles round trip. For a saver-award ticket to Northern South America, 40,000 miles are required. Tickets for Southern South America, Europe, Northern Africa, Central/Southern Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, Japan, Oceania and Australia/New Zealand are only available one way with 50,000 miles.

These designated mileage requirements are provided with the assumption that the traveler's point of departure is within the mainland United States, Alaska and Canada, otherwise, mileage requirements vary depending on the point of departure and destination. These figures provided by the United Airline website are valid as of 2014, but calling a professional travel agent is a good way to make sure one gets the full value out of his award miles.

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