The gents over at TheFlightDeal have spotted an amazing deal from United for San Francisco (SFO) to Manila, Philippines (MNL) roundtrip for only $740! Fares seem to be valid sporadically for travel now through November 30th, or else travel from January 1st, 2014 through March 30, 2014.
This is an incredible fare if you don’t mind the weather. Keep in mind that since this is an international flight, you’ll also get back a good amount of award miles and premier qualifying miles (assuming you care about elite status).
For more details, check out their post about it here. Remember that you have to still book through United.com.
& ON LODGING: Also, don’t forget that RocketMiles has plenty of great hotel deals in Manila that you can get a good chunk back of air miles for. I value United MileagePlus miles at about $20 for 1,000 miles–although you can generally leverage them for far more than that if you play your cards right.
If you have never used RocketMiles before, here is a referral link that will get you a bonus 1,000 miles after your first stay. (And it gives me a bonus 1,000 too!)