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Soon You'll Be Able to Fly a United Dreamliner All the Way Down Under

Where: Australia
February 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM | by | ()

Okay—we realize that we usually try to consolidate our new routes news, but we just couldn’t resist sharing this one sooner than later. It’s especially the case since it might just be a decent use of those United MileagePlus miles that you have been saving up for years and years—maybe even since the Continental days.

As you know United is a fan of the Boeing 787, and they’ve got a few of them on hand for some flying fun. Well the fun is about to go down under, as United has just loaded a new flight into their schedule. The carrier will be doing the nonstop thing between Los Angeles and Melbourne—in Australia—beginning this October.

The flights will run six times each and every week, and it looks like things should take to the skies for the very first time on October 26. Most of the time the flights will leave the United States at around 10:30pm, and travelers will arrive over in Australia at around 9:15am local time—two days later. The times are shifted a little bit on Thursday, and on Tuesday the flights will take a day off.

For those that are already planning the need to pack in-flight entertainment heading west it will be close to 16 hours of flying, and heading back east it will be around 14 hours and 30 minutes. The only downside to the flights is that United will stop their flights between Sydney and Melbourne; however, we would rather fly the 787 right into Melbourne anyway.

We have already started checking out the award calendar, as sometimes these new flight announcements allow for some good opportunities to cash in those frequent flyer miles. Just this morning there were some great options in both the economy and BusinessFirst cabins in January of 2015. One-way will set you back 40,000 miles for the back of the cabin, and it will be 70,000 miles for the front—plus some taxes and fees. Check it out and book something, and then spend the whole weekend planning your Australia adventure.

[Photo/Screenshot: InSapphoWeTrust & United]

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