The best value with avios is short distanced flights. For only 4500 avios and $2.56 USD, I flew from Tokyo to Sapporo and back.
United Airlines screwed me on time and miles. But let’s start the story from the beginning. On a Thursday evening at 6pm, I decided to join my friends on a trip to Asia. By 7pm I had my tickets booked. At 9pm I was packed. By 10pm I was at the airport.
When they announced in late 2013 that they were going to devalue the United award chart, I decided to burn my United miles for my first, first class experience.