When most of us use miles for an award ticket, we concentrate on flying from our home to our destination and back. But if your award ticket includes an international flight, you may be eligible for another free ticket.
With some airlines such as Delta, United, and American, you are permitted to add another one-way flight to your award ticket from your starting point for a future date. As long as your itinerary includes an international destination. And international destinations can be as close as the US Virgin Islands, Mexico, or Canada.
Let’s you want to secure an award ticket from New York to London and back to New York. Not many people know it, but you’re allowed to book another leg out of New York to anywhere else the airline flies in North America for a future date. Including Hawaii. And you have an entire year to use that ticket.
In my example, you could add a free flight to Hawaii (or anywhere else in the US). You might even be able to add an international destination, such as Buenos Aires, for as little as $10. Don’t know when you might want to use that bonus leg? No worries—just book it in the future, and change the date for no charge when you know you want to travel.
Of course, you have to figure out how you’ll get back after flying that free leg. But that shouldn’t be too tough.