Category Archives for United.

Today Only: Earn 8x United Miles at Apple!


Apple is one of those stores that rarely has very high of a payout in any of the miles and points or cashback online portals, but today is an exception to that general rule. Today only (3/10/17), you can earn 8 United miles per dollar for your Apple.com purchases if you first start your purchase from the United MileagePlus Shopping site! This 8x miles per dollar rate can add up pretty quickly, especially since many Apple products aren’t especially inexpensive! If…

Continue Reading »

Weekend Package in NYC for Moms Using United Miles


I love it when you can use your miles and points not only for things like airfare and hotels, but for truly memorable experiences. Right now United MileagePlus has an experience available for “beautiful moms” in honor of an early Mother’s Day celebration that really sounds pretty memorable for those with the miles to spend. For 100,000 – 150,000 United miles (depending if your guest needs flights included or not), you get a weekend experience that includes: Airfare from your home…

Continue Reading »

Do Basic Economy Fares Impact Award Tickets?

United Economy

As of today, United and American have both started selling their own versions of Basic Economy fares on select routes, with the plan to expand from there in the coming months. As of today United is selling their Basic Economy fares to their hubs from Minneapolis and American Airlines is selling theirs on the following routes: New Orleans (MSY) – Philadelphia (PHL) Orlando (MCO) – Charlotte (CLT) Charlotte (CLT) – Philadelphia (PHL) Miami (MIA) – Philadelphia (PHL) Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)…

Continue Reading »

What to Know Now That United Is Selling Basic Economy Fares

100,000 (4)

We knew United’s Basic Economy fares were coming, and now they have officially arrived. Do not be fooled into thinking that means you can now save a few bucks on your airfare when you don’t need things like carry-on bags or advanced seat assignments. No, it means you now get less than you did yesterday unless you pay more than you were paying. For now the Basic Economy fares are popping up on some routes from Minneapolis, because they are…

Continue Reading »

Stretch Value From United Awards By Filtering Via Airport


Last year United changed up the award routing rules and it became a bit harder to create some more interesting award itineraries. More or less, the computer now does the thinking instead of allowing you to piece together your preferred routings complete with free one-ways and all. There is still some room for maximizing awards, with the Excursionist Perk, but just not nearly as much as their used to be. There is, however, some pretty nifty functionality that I have…

Continue Reading »

Trouble Getting United to Charge the Correct Award Change Fees

Boston United Club Plane Spotting

Last year United changed up their award fees for changes, mileage redeposits, and more. In some cases the fees got a bit worse, and in other cases the fees actually went down. One piece of “good news” from when those changes were announced was that it was expressly called out that if your status changes between the time of ticketing and time of the change, the lowest fee based on your different status levels would apply. Since this was very clearly…

Continue Reading »

Save 5,000 United Miles on Round Trips Awards to Mexico

Keeping my "I dream of beach week" theme going with a look back at @hyattzivacancun! #beach #sunset #familytravel #instatravel

If you love Mexico as much as we do and want to book an economy saver award trip to head there using United miles then you can do it for 5,000 fewer miles if you want to travel from April 29, 2017 – May 26, 2017. To celebrate United’s 50th anniversary of flying between the US and Mexico, they are knocking 5,000 miles off round trip saver awards to Mexico when departing from the US (other than Hawaii) and Canada. This means you can…

Continue Reading »

What United Flights Have the Real Polaris Business Class Seats

Polaris Seat United.jpg

The first United 777-300ER enters scheduled service bright and early tomorrow morning at 7AM with a flight from Newark to San Francisco. This is not only the first aircraft of that type to be operated by United, but it is also the first one that will feature the new direct aisle access Polaris business class seats. These may not be the best business class seats in the sky, but they are pretty darn nice. Add in the Saks Fifth Avenue…

Continue Reading »

Cheaper and Better Way to Purchase United Elite Status Perks

Earn elite status by mileage running

This year, as it recent years, United has mailed out targeted offers to some folks to purchase elite status that they failed to qualify for the old fashioned way. The prices to purchase this status are almost always higher than I would be willing to pay, but since they keep making these offers, I have to assume that some people do indeed pony up the cash and lock in status for 2017 that they otherwise wouldn’t have. This week my husband…

Continue Reading »

New 50,000 Mile United Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus!

50,000 points.jpg

Great news this morning if you were in the market for the United MileagePlus Explorer card with an increased public sign-up bonus. As of this morning the 50,000 miles sign-up bonus is seemingly now open to all! Well, all who can get approved anyway… The sign-up bonus for this card awards 50,000 United miles after you spend $3,000 in the first three months, up from the regular 30,000 mile offer. Direct link to the offer available here – not my affiliate…

Continue Reading »