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United’s new and old award charts – Book by November 1st to lock in lower prices

by on Thu June 29, 2017 • No Comment
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United MileagePlus is raising award prices later this year, and you have until November 1st to lock in the old prices.

While price increases don’t make anyone but the airline happy, these could have been a lot worse considering where Delta has raised prices over the last year, and how much prices changed the last time United put through big changes in 2013.

United has two kinds of awards – Saver, which are the lowest priced awards, and the toughest to find, and Everyday (formerly called ‘Standard’), which are available at just about anytime, but cost more.

Saver prices aren’t changing much for flights to and from the mainland U.S., and these are the awards you care about if you save up miles for big trips.

Here’s a comparison of Saver prices for flights to and from the mainland U.S.

New United Saver award charts

(Travel to and from the mainland United States, one way prices in miles. Round trips are double the one way price)

Business Class - United flights
OldNewChange
North America25000250000
US - Premium Transcontinental250003500010000
Hawaii40000400000
Hawaii - Chicago, Denver, Houston, Newark, DC400005000010000
Mexico30000300000
Central America30000300000
Caribbean30000300000
NorthernÊSouth America35000350000
Southern South America55000600005000
Europe57500600002500
Northern Africa70000700000
Central and Southern Africa70000700000
Middle East70000750005000
Central Asia70000750005000
South Asia70000750005000
North Asia70000700000
Japan65000700005000
Oceania65000700005000
Australia and New Zealand700008000010000
Business Class - Partner Flights
OldNewChange
North America (U.S, Alaska, Canada)25000250000
Hawaii40000400000
Mexico30000300000
Central America30000300000
Caribbean30000300000
NorthernÊSouth America35000350000
Southern South America55000600005000
Europe70000700000
Northern Africa80000800000
Central and Southern Africa80000800000
Middle East80000850005000
Central Asia80000850005000
South Asia800009000010000
North Asia80000800000
Japan75000800005000
Oceania75000800005000
Australia and New Zealand800009000010000
First Class (only on planes with a Business Class) - Partner Flights
OldNewChange
North America (U.S, Alaska, Canada)35000350000
Hawaii50000500000
Mexico40000400000
Central America40000400000
Caribbean40000400000
NorthernÊSouth America45000450000
Southern South America700008000010000
Europe1100001100000
Northern Africa1300001300000
Central and Southern Africa1300001300000
Middle East1400001400000
Central Asia1400001400000
South Asia13000014000010000
North Asia1200001200000
Japan1100001100000
Oceania1100001100000
Australia and New Zealand1300001300000
First Class (only on planes with a Business Class) - Partner Flights
OldNewChange
North America (U.S, Alaska, Canada)35000350000
Hawaii50000500000
Mexico40000400000
Central America40000400000
Caribbean40000400000
NorthernÊSouth America45000450000
Southern South America700008000010000
Europe1100001100000
Northern Africa1300001300000
Central and Southern Africa1300001300000
Middle East1400001400000
Central Asia1400001400000
South Asia13000014000010000
North Asia1200001200000
Japan1100001100000
Oceania1100001100000
Australia and New Zealand1300001300000

There are other changes to prices for flights that don’t touch the mainland United states, and you can see the new award chart in full here.

Wins

  • Saver Economy Class awards to and from the U.S. aren’t going up in price, with one exception. Flights within Hawaii (like Honolulu to Kona) go up in price 1,000 miles one way. But you can still book a roundtrip in the U.S. for 25,000 miles, and to Europe for 60,000 miles. These are United’s most popular awards, so that means no change for most people using miles.
  • Lower prices for short flights outside the U.S. Outside the U.S., any nonstop flight in Economy within one region, like within Europe, or within Australia, and that’s 800 miles in distance or less will cost just 8,000 miles one way. This is great for exploring a region on a long international trip, like flying from Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires.

Losses

  • Some Business and First Class award prices are going up, but there aren’t any stunning increases for the popular awards departing and leaving the United States. The popular Business Class award to Europe on United is only going up just 2,500 miles one way, while partner prices to Europe aren’t changing. They’re still 70,000 miles one way.
  • The old ‘Standard’ award prices are going up on some days. These prices are for flights that don’t have Saver award space available will be much higher on some days. United is moving to setting the prices on the fly, and calling these ‘Everyday’ awards, so some days you’ll see lower prices than before. If you’re a bargain hunter and tend to find Saver awards this won’t have much of an impact on you.
  • There’s a new $125 fee to redeposit an award after the flight has departed. United’s top tier Platinum and 1K flyers get to refund award tickets for free, but this new fee applies to them too, and this is a way to keep them from skipping out on award flights altogether.

You have until November 1st to book awards with the old prices, so you can lock in flights well into next year before the prices go up.

 

 

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