Discounted United Awards Between North America And Sydney; How Much Time To Spend In Australia


Update: This promotion ends tomorrow!


Originally posted on 01/06:

Discounted United Awards Between North America And Sydney

Currently this promotion is only open for Chase United cardholders and premiers. Just login before searching to view the discounted rates. I’ll bump this post when it’s open to the general public. Now open to everyone!

-Travel valid between Canada or the United States and Sydney.

-Travel on every day except Friday and Saturday will be 25% off for a round-trip award price of 60K miles instead of 80K miles.

-Travel on Friday and Saturday will be 20% off for a round-trip award price of 64K miles instead of 80K miles. If you travel just one direction on Friday or Saturday then the total will be 62K miles.

-Round-trip is required, but you can get the discount on half the trip if one of the dates falls within the promo period.

-Book by 01/28

-Travel between 02/02-06/22

-Travel valid only valid on United and only in coach.

-Stopovers are not allowed with the promo discount, but you can do an open jaw originating from one city and ending up in another city. Of you can always connect for up to 24 hours. For example here’s a free 23 hour, 51 minute connection in Los Angeles:


































You can set that up by choosing multi-city on United’s advanced search page:



























So how long should you spend down under?

Back in 2010 Mimi and I flew around the world on AA’s defunct round-the-world award and for Australia we stopped off in Melbourne, Sydney, Tasmania, and the Whitsunday Islands. Truly an awesome country!

-3-5 days in Sydney would give you enough time to experience the phenomenal Park Hyatt, climb the Harbour bridge, check out the Opera House, pet some Koalas and Kangaroos, and have a day in the Blue Mountains.

-4-6 days in Melbourne would allow for a road trip of the sublime Great Ocean Road and the breathtaking Grampians before going to to Malborune for Shabbos at the excellent Park Hyatt which is around the corner from a great Chabad House. A flight from Sydney to Melbourne is 4.5K BA Avios with no fuel surcharges.

-2-4 days in Hamilton Island or Cairns would give you time to snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef. If you’re based in Hamilton Island you’ll also be able to checked out famous Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsunday Islands. A flight from Sydney to Hamilton Island is 7.5K BA Avios with no fuel surcharges. Sydney to Cairns is 10K Avios.

-We spent 4 nights covering the entire beautiful island of Tasmania without realizing just how much driving that would entail. Doing over a week would have been ideal.  A flight from Sydney to Hobart is 4.5K BA Avios with no fuel surcharges.

-We didn’t make it to more remote places like Uluru, Kangaroo Island, Perth, or the Australian Outback, but perhaps on a future trip?

Then again 10K BA Avios can also get you from Sydney to New Zealand. That’s been on my bucket list for a very long time…

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Dan- any chance they would credit me the mileage if I’ve already booked my ticket during this time frame? Would be a shame to lose out on such a big chunk of mileage


Call and find out?
Or make a date change for $75 and see if that triggers a 20K mileage refund?


Oh yes and reading this on EK in the clouds.
I love you and I understand, but as AJK explained we cannot resist.
Thanks for the good times.


also you can add on a free extra leg (per your seminar) to another destination on the east coast (if traveling to NYC). I did Miami and it worked perfectly


I still think you’re crazy, but enjoy.

For those curious about this comment, you can read the background here:
That’s pricing at 80K for me unless you don’t have a stopover in NYC on the way back.


Dan- If I want to book in Business USA-SYD, what’s your go to site to get the best bang for your buck

high end hobo

Dan TFS these unpublished promos
pesach down under anyone?
I’m assuming this doesn’t work at all to/from MEL?


I’m starting to think I deserve a HT. No ?


Economy for 15 hours. Eeeek. No thanks for spoiling us. 😛


Is it cold June in sydney?

Chani M

Better to book and cancel?
Is it possible to canc mileage trips and be comp refunded?


Why is it coming up as 40k when I search, I am logged in


If you have a AA Aviator card your trip to New Zealand from anywhere in Australia would be 9000 miles since you get 10% back. BTW, my wife and I did this starting in Adelaide with a 23 hr stopover in SYD before going to the south island and Queenstown. The whole south island is a must visit!



A bit late to the party but do you have any information you can direct this way for the Whitsunday Islands? Where to stay and such? I know the internet is full of info as it is, but as a daily user of Dansdeals was hoping to get some more trustworthy information.

Thank you!


One more thing. Can you help with how to book with Avios from Sydney – Whitsunday? I cannot find the airport to where it flies into.
Thank you!