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The View from the Wing blog reports United is running a quiet sale on partner airline Business Class awards to Europe and much of Asia.
Instead of pricing at the higher partner price, flights on United’s partner airlines like Lufthansa, Asiana, Swiss, ANA, Turkish, Asiana, and Air Canada are pricing at the same price as United’s own flights.
That means you can get to…
The deals are valid all the way through the end of 2015, even including peak summer months, so this is great news if you’re looking for a reasonably priced no surcharge way to travel this summer.
Unfortunately Japan, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia / New Zealand aren’t part of the sale.
But Europe is the big prize here for the Summer.
If you use Delta SkyMiles you’d have to pay 125,000 miles roundtrip. With American AAdvantage you can get away with just 100,000 miles, but it’s very difficult to find seats that don’t involve British Airways’ $1,000+ roundtrip fuel surcharges. So this is the best overall deal to Europe this summer with lots of flexibility.
Remember you can book a stopover free on roundtrip United international awards, so you can work two cities into your vacation. Or three if you book an open-jaw, which is also allowed.
You can take advantage of this if you have Chase Ultimate Rewards points via your Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, which transfer 1:1 into United miles. And of course you can book these deals with the United miles you already have.
Here are some examples…
New York to Paris on Air Canada in July for 57,500 miles one way
Istanbul to New York on Turkish Airlines for 57,500 miles
Hong Kong to New York on ANA for 70,000 miles
Los Angeles to Delhi on ANA for 70,000 miles
And here are some regions that don’t offer the sale…
Tokyo to New York on ANA – 75,000 miles instead of 65,000 miles on United
Los Angeles to Sydney on Asiana – 80,000 miles
If you’re looking for availability this summer from Europe, you’ll find lots of availability if you search for destinations to and from Canada first.
United.com is a great at picking up routings, but it often won’t display all options available to you when more than 2 flights each way are involved.
Here’s how space looks from Paris to New York this summer…(green and blue days have Saver business class seats)
But look how wide open it is when you look via Toronto
Since Toronto is an Air Canada hub it’s easy to find connecting flights to and from the U.S. if you search separately for them. You might be in coach for the short let, but it’s worth it to score space during the prime summer months.
We’re not sure how long this will last, but it’s definitely not a mistake. When you redeem, the miles deducted are labeled part of a ‘Saver Sale’ by United. It’s a helpful move by United since its own flights have very little Saver level award availability in Business Class to Europe this summer.
But they aren’t saints – they are probably seeing too many miles pile up in accounts because of the uncompetitive partner award prices, and they need to reduce that liability at a reasonable cost to them.
So log on to United.com fast and start making your Summer travel a reality at a great price.
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