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Better United award space to Europe in Business Class this summer

by on Mon January 23, 2017 • No Comment


For the last couple of months, award space in Business Class on United’s own flights to Europe has been hard to come by for summer travel, almost as hard as finding space on American Airlines’ own flights with AAdvantage miles.

But there are some new pockets of space at the height of the summer, for at least 4 people on a flight.

United MileagePlus charges 57,500 miles one way for Saver level Business Class awards on its own flights, a big savings on the 70,000 miles it charges for Star Alliance partner flights, which are often easier to find space on.

Here’s space from Chicago to Dublin…


Chicago to Brussels…


Newark to Paris…


Newark to Amsterdam…


All of these flights have easy connections to the gateway, and from the European destination, so they’re great for lots of holiday plans.

If you don’t have United miles, you can book these without surcharges using:

  • Aeroplan via Amex points – 55,000 miles one way
  • ANA via Amex points – 88,000 miles roundtrip
  • KrisFlyer via Chase, Citi, or Amex points – 65,000 miles one way

Most of these flights won’t yet have the new Polaris seat United is advertising, but they will have the Polaris in-flight service, including lots of extra pillows and blankets.


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