United awards Africa – US are 40,000 miles one-way.
This is a one-way:
I first learned of United’s city hopping potential from Wandering Aramean’s Maximizing award redemption value. Sortof. Then the followed the teachings of Travel is Free, you can start with The Complete Guide to United Award Routing Rules.
Since I had to get back to the US some way, why not add in stops in Rome for the Vatican, Portugal’s Azores, and Brussels, all new destinations for me.
Keeping the connections under 24 hours, a bit of luck with the United website not erroring out, and I was set.
Sao Tome & Principe – soursop in the garden!
Accra, Ghana (required overnight)
Nairobi, Kenya – my final Africa UN country!
Addis Ababa – yet another transit
Rome – The Vatican
Terceira, Azores, Portugal
Brussels, Belgium (required overnight)