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Good News: United’s Close-In Booking Fees on Awards Are Gone

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Written by Charlie

This is great news for last-minute travelers or those wanting to book Lufthansa first class as United close-in booking fees are gone – as promised.

As promised (along with the major negative of losing award charts), United has gotten rid of the $75 close-in booking fees on awards. This is a significant savings for everyone who tries to book last minute awards that pop up and the only ways to avoid it in the past had been to have elite status or to have the premium United Club credit card.

No More United Close-In Booking Fees

The good news – no more $75 payments for booking an award in less than 21 days from travel. The bad news is that United will likely (eventually) follow in the steps of Delta with this move. What Delta did was to eliminate those fees but instead cause the actual mileage cost of the awards to go up as the date of departure got closer.

However, for now, that is not going on with several routes I checked. I imagine it will change over time but if you were wanting to book any award travel for Thanksgiving, now is a good time to do that!

An example showing a regional route with United for next week – award cost is the same but close-in booking fee is gone

Book Partner Awards at Same Price with No Close-In Fee

I know there is a lot of bad news with the departure of award charts but, again for now, United has said that partner awards themselves will not change. If you have a United flight with partner awards, that United flight can cause the price to go up but the straight partner flights should stay the same as before. So, this is particularly helpful for anyone that likes to book premium Lufthansa awards, specifically first class. Since Lufthansa only releases those awards to partners within 14 days of departure, it has cost to book that before. No more!

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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

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