United Offering 25% Off Economy Awards To Europe

Today United announced a great sale for economy award travel to Europe. United is offering 25% off economy award tickets between the US and Europe, lowering the cost from 60,000 miles roundtrip to 45,000 miles roundtrip.

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The basic details of the promotion are as follows:

  • Must book between June 20 and June 28, 2016
  • Valid for travel between August 23, 2016, and March 31, 2017
  • Blackout dates apply from December 15, 2016, to January 8, 2017
  • Only valid for travel on United Airlines metal (and not on partner airlines)

There’s no registration required, so you should see the discount automatically reflected when you search for eligible award flights on united.com.

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This is a fantastic offer for transatlantic travel, especially given that this promotion is valid for about seven months of travel.

That being said, I wouldn’t just blindly take advantage of this deal. We’ve also seen some incredible transatlantic economy fares lately, often around $500 roundtrip. So I wouldn’t book an award ticket without considering the cash cost of a similar ticket. For example, I value United MileagePlus miles at 1.4 cents each, so to me the 45,000 miles would be worth $630.

When you book an award you should also consider the opportunity cost of the miles you’re forgoing by booking an award ticket, so all in I’d say 45,000 miles roundtrip is roughly equivalent to a $700 roundtrip fare.

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Bottom line

45,000 miles is a great deal for a roundtrip transatlantic economy ticket, though be sure you always crunch the numbers when redeeming miles, given how many reasonable economy fares we’ve seen lately.

(Tip of the hat to dmodemd)

Comments

  1. Hi Lucky,

    Slightly on/off topic. Do you know how much the fees would be to turn a one way United Award into a r/t award in coach? I wonder if it will be possible and be charged the 45,000 price. I currently have a one way United Award that I want to turn into a r/t award in coach.

    Thanks.

  2. My feeling is the loadings to Europe aren’t that great this season due to the economy and the ISIS factor.

  3. Does anyone have a link to the URL for this deal? Can’t seem to find it on the United website, or any of the sale mileage prices…

  4. Forgive a noob question, but I feel like I have read on this blog about people booking award tickets that are not pegged to a specific date, or the dates flexible, which I never knew was a thing. Am I reading that right? Can someone enlighten me on the mechanics of this?

  5. Paul, awards have a specific date (and flights) associated with them, but you’re able to change those (sometimes for a fee, depending on the airline and your status.)

  6. Just booked a united award ticket to Europe last week for 60k round trip per person. Any chance I could still take advantage of this?

  7. Omg how revolting can one get transatlantic on united in economy.
    I would hang myself take off in the toilets

  8. deal was announced June 17 and it is only for MP card holders or Premier members. If you search on United.com logged in, for a qualifying roundtrip you will see the savings on the price shown. Note that stopovers are not allowed but open jaws are.

  9. Thanks! Booked a trip last week for 60k, but now rebooked for 45k and cancelled the 60k trip. Saved 15k miles!

  10. Do we know if travel dates that are originally booked then are changed to new ones within the time period to the same city/route will bump back up to the original full saver amount? I’ve called United twice-the first response was that it would remain the same amount paid, the second said that any changes after the 28th will default back to the 60k level. So not sure which is actually true.

    I want to book a simple non-stop RT but I may have to move the dates around. But don’t want to do it if they won’t honor the sale rate. Anyone know for sure?

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