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Book with United miles by August 23 to save 20% on domestic awards

by on Tue August 9, 2016 • No Comment
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You’ve heard of airfare sales, but award flight sales are becoming more common as airlines treat miles more like cash.

And United MileagePlus has launched a sale on award flights that can save you 20%, or up to 9,000 miles roundtrip, for flights this fall.

So instead of paying 25,000 miles for a roundtrip within the lower 48, you pay just 20,000 miles.

To Hawaii you’ll pay 36,000 miles instead of 45,000.

And for short flights of 700 miles or less you’ll pay just 16,000 miles roundtrip.

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Here are the details:

  • It covers all destinations in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.
  • It’s valid for travel until December 15, 2016
  • You need to book by Tuesday, August 23, 2016
  • You have to book at least 14 days in advance
  • You can book an open jaw, so for example you could fly from New York to Los Angeles, and return from San Francisco, and get the discount on the whole trip
  • You can’t take advantage of stopovers and get the discount
  • You can combine with a non-discounted flight as long as you’re booking a roundtrip, so you could fly one way in coach at the discounted rate, and the other in first class at regular prices
  • You can’t travel on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving, or Saturday to Monday after Thanksgiving.

United award space is pretty generous in Economy Class, and a great way to take advantage of this is to fly to Hawaii in December to escape the late fall chill on the East Coast.

Here’s space on a nonstop from Newark to Honolulu at 18,000 miles one way.

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That same flight would cost $374 when purchased as part of a round-trip, giving you a decent 2 cents per mile in value.

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It’s nice to see United continuing to embrace the concept of the Saver award, and benchmarking sales off a predictable award chart.

Delta SkyMiles has pioneered the use of sales for award tickets, but it dropped a published award chart in the process, making the program unpredictable for those who want to plan for an award.

A domestic Saver Economy sale isn’t the sexiest of deals if you have a big mileage balance, but most people just want good prices on domestic flights, and this delivers for members who aren’t mileage millionaires.

 

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