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.
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.
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.
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)