Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
If you want to go to Europe this summer, and haven’t booked yet, the award space situation for Business Class is pretty challenging with American, Delta, and United miles.
But one place that shines is Air France Flying Blue, which is an instant transfer partner with Chase, Citi, and Amex points.
Flying Blue makes more award space available on Air France and KLM flights for its own members than it releases to partners like Delta.
And for this summer, that means there’s still lots of space, even from the West Coast, to Europe at the height of the summer.
Here’s space for 2 on San Francisco – London with plenty of days available for 62,500 miles one way plus $240 in surcharges.
While Air France’s A380 has a subpar angled lie flat seat, its 777-300 aircraft generally have brand new lie flat seats.
And there are plenty of awards available on flights like these.
Space from New York is also generous…
So while paying surcharges isn’t ideal, at this point most Business Class fares to Europe are in the $4,000 range, so you’re getting a respectable 3 cents per mile in value when you spend 125,000 miles plus $500 in surcharges for a roundtrip flight.
And if you happen to fly from Boston, you can get flights for just 46,875 miles one way thanks to the current Promo Award special.
Just try to set up your free Air France account as soon as you can, since Air France sometimes raises fraud detection flags when it sees points transferred to brand new accounts. But a call to Air France on (800) 375 8723 to check space before you transfer can help the process go smoothly.
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