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Roundtrip Booking, 1 year away
First time poster here and thanks in advance for any help.
Wife and I are planning a trip to Europe next summer (2018). I am hoping to fly United saver business class (Have accumulated good stash of United miles) for 57.5k each way along with taking advantage of the excursionist feature for an intra Europe flight.
My question is this: if I am looking for award space as soon as it becomes available this summer, do I need to wait until the return date is less than a year out? Or can I somehow book the outbound flight first and wait three weeks to book return leg? I want to do Multi City roundtrip booking to take advantage of excursion perk, but I also don’t want to lose out on saver availability for outbound flight. We are very flexible on flight dates with the ability to leave any time between May and mid July. Planning to be there 3.5 weeks.
Youre going to have to wait until the return date becomes available for booking. You could book now with placeholder dates and pay fees to change when your actual date becomes available though.
Unless you have zero flexibility or elite status that would waive the change fees I would wait and book it all at once. Airlines don’t load all their award inventory right when the schedule opens, and if you’re booking 10 months out you should still have plenty of options.