For the past two weeks, I have been doing a Scotland city tour (need to do the Loch Ness at some other time) and earlier this week needed to find a way to west coast to Finland for my grandmothers 85th birthday for this coming week.
I was originally thinking of burning some of my BA Avios and do a RFS (reward flight saver) to Helsinki with a stopover in London, but couldn’t get very good flight times to Helsinki. I would have arrived very late, spend a night at the airport hotel or trek to the city center and sleep on a friends sofa, and then take a train to for few hours the following day.
It is very easy to use United miles for flights within Europe due to the number of Star Alliance carriers in the region. Also, I love the fact you can book and tickets these on United.com and that there are no fuel surcharges involved. I could have used AA miles on BA/IB and maybe on AY/AB, but BA/IB would have been uneconomical due to YQ’s and even AY doesn’t fly on their own metal to KOK.
So, United came to the rescue again. I am no longer Premier 1K and was dropped to Premier Gold that is my status floor (Million Milers have Premier Gold for life). Had to pay $25 junk fee due to the ticket issuance close to the departure date.
Miles are sometimes good for short haul economy flights very close to the departure date or between expensive markets.
I really like the ability to book rather complex itineraries on United.com and that they have partner airlines bookable without having to call reservations.