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Around midnight, the old United award chart received a stay of execution….until Monday. As was posted on Flyertalk by Aaron Goldberg, a United rep:
With the updated MileagePlus award chart about to take effect, I have a couple updates and clarifications to share (which a few of you have already noticed):
The new Saver and Standard Award mileage requirements will become effective on Feb 3. We have moved implementation to a weekday, to better ensure we are able to serve our customers, particularly those who call our contact centers for assistance.
Booking an award where the mileage amount should have been reduced on February 1? If you book one of these awards on February 1 or 2, we will honor the reduced mileage amount. Although initial ticketing will be at the current, higher level, we will retroactively re-price your award to the lower mileage amount within 10 business days.
I’ll provide another update confirming the new mileage requirements have become effective, on February 3.
So, you have two more days to lock in awards at the old rates. This also means you picked up a couple days in early 2015 that will be available at booking via the old rates. The could potentially be helpful if you were planning a New Year’s trip. I’m sure we won’t see a second delay of the old award chart’s hanging, so be sure to get everything booked this weekend.