United Airlines runs quite a few promos on their award charts. We have already seen a couple this year that brought Star Alliance business class flights to Europe very close to what they used to be under the old award chart. We have also seen several other areas of the world discounted with award tickets as well.
United Award Tickets Now Up To 50% Off For Domestic Japan
This one is not a promo offering as United has now dropped the award price on domestic Japan tickets. While there may be those that think it is not a big deal, if you are planning to visit Japan and you have United miles to use, it can save you a good bit of money over purchasing the tickets outright (on the same airline/itinerary as the award ticket).
Of course, you can always use airlines like Jetstar at a great discount over the larger airlines, but if you were going to fly ANA (which is what these award tickets will book on), you are going to have to pay a good price.
The new pricing on domestic Japan award travel is tiered by distance. Where the old amount was 10,000 United miles each way, the new amount is 5,000 miles for travel under 800 miles and 8,000 miles for travel over 801 miles. That means you can save at least 2,000 miles each way but as much as 5,000 miles each way.
Also, there is no cash component to these award tickets so your ticket price will be only the miles. This new decrease in award miles only applies to domestic Japanese tickets but if that is something you redeem for, you are in for some savings. The new award amount kicked in as of June 2 and is here to stay. To see the site for details, click here. If you do plan on booking a stopover, just keep in mind that even trips under the 800 mile limit will price at the higher amount – so it will cost 8,000 miles one way with a stopover.