United Saver Business Class Awards to Iceland + More New Routes!

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United is on a roll with cool new routes and added service they are introducing lately. From the beefed up service to Hawaii and popular ski slopes, to the new Houston – Sydney route, and now several new or expanded frequencies to places like Iceland, Scotland, and Zurich!


Perhaps I am most excited that from May 23, 2018 – October 3, 2018, United will fly from nonstop from Newark to Reykjavik, Iceland, using a 757 with lie-flat business class seats! This flight is around 6 hours, so not terribly long, but long enough that some will appreciate being able to sleep at night while lying flat for a few hours. It would also make a fan-tas-tic place to stop and make use of United’s free stopover on the way into Europe using their Excursionist perk. 

You could do something like Newark – Reykjavik (stop for however long) – Copenhagen (stop for however long) – get yourself to somewhere like Edinburgh on your own, then fly home Edinburgh – Newark for the same award price as just going Newark – Reykjavik – Newark. That itinerary would cost you 60,000 United miles on an economy saver award or 115,000 United miles on a business class saver award, assuming the Trans-Atlantic flights are operated by United as partners would increase the price in business class.

I am seeing economy prices start at about $246 each way and I am seeing some saver awards, even in business class (often on Saturdays). I am also seeing some upgrade (R) space available on certain dates.

In addition to the seasonal service to Iceland, United will also be starting up new daily seasonal nonstop service on a 757 from Washington Dulles to Edinburgh and Newark to Porto. Both of these routes will run from May until October.

Attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August!

From June – October you will also be able to fly nonstop on the Dreamliner between San Francisco and Zurich. This flight is also reportedly well timed for roundtrip connections to go beyond Zurich to other major cities such as Delhi, Milan, and Athens on Star Alliance partner, SWISS.

United seems to be expanding exactly in directions where my family wants to go, so I’m thrilled with these new routes…especially when they have saver awards available! That said, I would book quickly if you see an award you want as we saw the business saver awards disappear within hours on the Houston – Sydney route last week.

Do you plan to fly any of these new or expanded routes?

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