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Now is the time to book your flights for next summer, and if you have United MileagePlus miles or Chase Ultimate Rewards points that can transfer into United miles, there’s some great space available.
United’s flights to Brussels, Belgium have incredible amounts of award space during the height of the summer…something that’s been in place for several months now.
The price is just 57,500 United miles one way.
Here’s space from Chicago to Brussels…dates with dotted lines have Business Class seats available…
Newark to Brussels is decent…
Washington, D.C. to Brussels space is outstanding, though some days are on Brussels Airline’s flight, which costs 70,000 miles one way.
Once you get to Brussels it’s an easy hop to Paris, Amsterdam, or London by train. Or get on a low cost flight to just about anywhere in Europe.
If you live on the West Coast it’s a little harder to get in on this. You’ll have to hope a connecting flight to Chicago, Newark, or Washington Dulles has award space, and United recently made it harder to piece connecting flights together on award tickets. Basically, if their computer doesn’t show a connecting option by default, you can’t manually piece it together.
Fortunately, the most convenient and logical options will display by default.
With Delta recently raising the price of Business Class awards to Europe to 70,000 miles one way, we’re concerned United could feel empowered to raise prices in the next year, especially as it rolls out its new Polaris Business Class.
Our hope is they wait until the new Polaris seats are widely available, which won’t happen for about 2 or so years, but if you have any plans at all to head to Europe next summer, now is a great time to lock in a low price.
And if you fly out of Chicago, you’ll have access to the swanky Polaris lounge that opens December 1st. Newark and Washington-Dulles are slated to get Polaris lounges later in 2017 or 2018 so they probably won’t have them for summer travel, but you will get the new Polaris in-flight service.
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