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Ever since United moved its Premium Service (P.S.) flights from New York’s Kennedy airport to Newark last fall, finding award space at the Saver level for its lie flat Business Class seats has been hard.
Aside from the occasional surge of space when new aircraft are loaded, things have been pretty dry.
But it looks like United is getting more comfortable releasing award space.
At least from Newark to the West Coast.
Here’s space from Newark to Los Angeles in June for 2 people…
Dates in blue and green have Business Saver award space on the nonstop flights, for flights that feature lie-flat seats and give you United Club access.
Most of the space is on very early or very late flights, though weekends can be a bonanza, like this coming Memorial Day weekend, with 6 flights to LAX offering Saver award space for just 25,000 United MileagePlus miles.
Unfortunately, space coming back from the West Coast to Newark is almost non existent.
Singapore KrisFlyer lets you book these seats for 20,000 points one way, which is a steal.
You can transfer Chase, Citi, or Amex points into Singapore KrisFlyer and book United flights, making it really easy to take advantage.
Cash ticket prices range from about $600 – $1,200 one way for these flights, so getting a straight up award for 20 – 25,000 miles is a great use of your miles.
Compare United’s availability to American AAdvantage, which isn’t offering anything less than 52,500 miles one way on its lie flat JFK – LAX flights.
And Delta SkyMiles which wants 67,500 miles for the privilege.
JetBlue also isn’t in the hunt, asking 49,200 miles for its cheapest Mint Class flights.
American, Delta, and United each use the same lie flat seat model in their Business Class cabins.
Delta serves more elaborate wine and food, and American has the old school cachet of JFK, but if you’re looking for a comfortable ride on a 6 hour flight, the award prices for this United space are hard to beat.
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