In the week since I published the original article, a lot of new information has come to light, so this is an update to the original article with more accurate and current information.
United Airline’s discounted Visit Micronesia fare:
Here are the details on how to buy this discounted ticket and the rules that currently apply:
- The Visit Micronesia fare is available for ticketing Dec 1, 2012 – March 31, 2014.
- It can be used to travel beginning February 14, 2013.
- Travelers cannot live in the Micronesia region. (i.e. The Commonwealth of the Marianas, Guam, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands or Hawaii).
- The ticket must be purchased outside of the Micronesia region and must be purchased before the trip begins.
- Travel on United or United Express must begin outside of the Micronesia region. So, your flight into Hawaii or Guam must be on United or United Express.
- The ticket number for the trip to Guam or Hawaii must be cross referenced on the Visit Micronesia ticket.
- The Visit Micronesia fare provides a discount fare with multiple stops (2 – 5 islands, depending on the ticket purchased) for travel to the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, CNMI and Palau. The turnaround island is included in the number of stops.
- The first stop must be scheduled when the ticket is purchased, but the rest can be left open. The traveler has 30 days to complete their travel on the Visit Micronesia ticket.
- There is a $250 fee for refunds and changes made by the issuing agency (United or your travel agent) before departure. After departure this fare is not refundable or changeable.
- These fares aren’t available online. Since these tickets have many possible combinations of routes and islands to be visited, you need to buy the ticket through a travel agent or by calling a United reservations agent.
- The Visit Micronesia fare details are found on page “GG VUS MIC” in United’s reservation system.
- This is the current contact information for United, from the United Airlines website:
- For reservations in the USA and Canada: 1-800-864-8331
- This page, has contact options for other countries and regions.
Your potential savings are huge, for example right now (Nov 2012) the round trip Visit Micronesia ticket from Honolulu to Kosrae and Pohnpei is currently priced at $620.00. But remember that this does not include the taxes and fuel surcharge, which can be quite hefty! Your mileage may vary.
Now that you can afford the trip you have always wanted to take, do it!
See you soon!