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Times up! If you have been sitting on your heels and living in a blissful denial of the United devaluation that kicks in on February 1st, then it is time to wake up! Seriously, now is the day that you need to think long and hard about any award you might want in the next 11 months using United miles, and book those trips today if they are ones that will be impacted by the devaluation. There is no reason to have to shell out more miles beginning Saturday when you could simply lock the trip in now. The biggest hits will come to those who like to fly premium cabins across the oceans, especially on United partners. However, there are some awards that are increasing in price even within the United States.
I’ll do a final rundown of some of these changes, and I advise you to get to booking today. I would not wait until tomorrow, the very last day, unless you really have to. You never know if a kid will get sick, a computer will go haywire, or United will have some issues on their end. You know, life getting in the way.
Award price increases within the United States:
- Saver economy awards to/from the US or Canada to Alaska will be 17.5k miles each way, up from 12.5k miles each way.
- You will no longer have a stopover on a domestic award ticket for an additional 10,000 miles.
Economy saver redemptions from the US/Canada to Hawaii increase 2.5k miles each way. Business and first class Hawaii saver redemptions remain the same, though standard redemptions do increase.
Intra-Hawaii flights on partners increase 1,000 miles from 5k to 6k.
Award price increases for travel outside the United States:
- Saver awards from US/Canada to Southern South America remain the same in economy at the saver level, but increase 5k each way for business, and 2.5k each way in first.
- Saver economy awards to Europe remain the same (30k each way), but increases 7.5k miles each way in business (to 57.5k each way), and increases 12.5k miles each way in first (to 80k each way) on United operated flights.
- Partner awards to Europe also remain the same in economy at 30k miles each way, but increase 20k each way in business (to 70k) and increase a whopping 42.5k each way in first (to 110k)!
- Saver economy awards from the US to Australia/New Zealand remain unchanged at 40k each way, increase 2.5k miles each way in business (to 70k), and remain unchanged in first class (80k) on flights operated by United.
- Partner awards from the US to Australia/New Zealand remain unchanged in economy at 40k each way, increase 12.5k each way in business (to 80k), and increase a tremendous 50k each way in first to 130k.
- Economy saver awards from the US to Japan increase 2.5k each way (to 35k), increase 5k in business each way (to 65k), and increase 12.5 each way in first (to 80k) on United operated flights.
- Partner awards from the US to Japan in economy increase 2.5k each way (to 35k), increase 15k each way in business (to 80k), and increase a very high 42,500 each way in first.
- The partner award pricing also applies to Business/First Awards for itineraries that include travel on both United and at least one partner when at least one flight segment on a partner is in Business or First. This means if you fly United in a premium cabin overseas, you want to make sure your shorter segments operated by partners are in a lower cabin than your United operated flight to avoid the partner pricing chart.
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