United – $746: San Francisco / Los Angeles – Mumbai, India. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

A good sale to Mumbai for Winter travel. Los Angeles is $5 more.

Gateway to India, Mumbai, India - Photo: Andy Hay via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Gateway to India, Mumbai, India – Photo: Andy Hay via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • Sample from San Francisco
  • March 7th – 14th, 2016

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel on the outbound from late January, 2016 – March 20th, 2016. Availability is extremely limited. Must purchase at least 7 days in advance of departure.
  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

  • Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
    • Departing from: SFO
      • For Los Angeles availability, replace SFO with LAX on the Departing from: field
    • Outbound Advanced Routing Code: o:ua+ /f bc=K
      • That’s the letter O and not number zero. Using this Advanced Routing Code forces ITA to search only United operated flights to ensure 100% elite qualifying miles. If you don’t care about that, just use ua+ /f bc=k on both the Outbound and Return Advanced Routing Code fields
    • Destination: BOM
    • Return Advanced Routing Code: o:ua+ /f bc=K
    • (Click on Advanced Routing Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
    • Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
    • Also un-select the allow change of airport. There are some itineraries with change of airport required in NY – not the easiest connection.
    • Length of stay “5-12” (This is just a sample, you can use any 7 day date range like 3-10, 7-14 etc)
  • Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software
  • How to Read Airfare Rules and Use It to Your Advantage

 You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy, follow our instructions in the “How to Book” section below.

Fare Class:

  • K

Elite Qualifying Dollars:

  • $643


  • SFO – EWR (Newark) – BOM (Mumbai) – EWR – SFO.


Global Premier Upgrade Fare (for United 1K and GS members):

  • W Class
  • $1,511


  • Miles Flown: 20,698 miles or 3.6 cents per mile

  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 20,698 miles
  • Redeemable Miles: 3,215 miles

How to Book:

  • Support us by using our Priceline link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search. Make sure you select “More Options” and  enter  “United” on the Airline textbox.



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Background Information:

  • Visa: US Citizens – Required prior to arrival. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Indian Rupee (INR). $1USD = 66.31 INR

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1 Comment

  • Brett Armstrong 7 years ago Reply

    As always I test any of these fares from SEA/YVR being YVR based…

    The good news is, the fare is available at a small upcharge! $1088 CAD (only about 100$ more after conversion from USD) YVR-SFO-EWR-BOM-EWR-IAH-YVR is the best (longest) routing, 22,350 miles if you’re a UA flier. An Air Canada flyer would still net roughly 11,175 AQM 6 AQS at just 9.7cpm CAD, not a good mileage run, but a great price for a vacation flight to India. Availability is VERY VERY slim, there’s actually only about 3-4 dates at the beginning of Feb and Mar, but are good deals.

    Nothing relevant available from SEA.

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