The United “sale” on awards to/from various destinations around the world has been going on all month and has basically just readjusted partner pricing of awards to the older, pre-devaluation prices (or close to it). Still, it has been a nice reprieve with the savings and I have nailed down several awards during the promo.
Save Thousands Of United Miles With Their Promo – Ends This Week!
Thanks to this off-peak sale, we have saved 75,000 United miles with these promos on some tickets that we were going to book anyway. That is enough savings for more than another roundtrip to/from Europe in economy!
The off-peak sale ends this week – February 28 – so make sure you get those bookings in before it ends. To be clear, while you can always make changes to award tickets later (for free if your are United Platinum, 1K, or GS), any changes made after February 28 will bring the current award pricing into play. So, make sure you pick dates and places that work for you now to avoid paying the higher award prices.
There are some great deals to be had here, in particular, the partner flights in business from the US to Europe. Paying 57,500 miles one way is only 7,500 miles more than the old United chart used to require and 12,500 fewer miles than what is normally required for partner flights. There are some great products on that route (including Turkish Airlines which I will be writing a review of shortly) and that is a really decent price for that. It is especially good considering it goes through the whole year.
Some of the “deals” are probably best left alone, even with the discount. It is really not a great deal to spend 25,000 miles one way to fly business class in Europe. It is not that great of a product (for the most part) and not something I would want to pay a total of 50,000 miles roundtrip for. The same goes for Europe to the Middle East (read this post for more information about that vs AA) – though I did book one of those awards because AA partners did not serve the cities I needed. Spending 35,000 on a multi-destination trip in business originating in Europe, going through Africa, and then on to the Middle East was a pretty decent deal (and a savings of 10,000 miles).
There are a lot of options here and availability seems to be pretty good. Of course, you may have a hard time securing business class flights to Europe in the summer, but at least you know that if you do find them, they will only cost 57,500 miles each way! Two of the roundtrip business class tickets I booked during this sale were actually for US to Europe in the summer, so it is possible but much easier to find if you look after October.
- Saver Award discount is only valid for air travel. Promotion period ends at 11:59 p.m. on February 28, 2015.
- Offer is valid for travel beginning on or after January 30, and completed on or before December 31, 2015.
- Discounted Saver Award is only valid for travel between the regions listed in the table above.
- A booking service charge may apply for travel booked less than 21 days before departure.
- To read all the terms and conditions, see this page.