Well, one way and “Miles & Money” awards now seem to be bookable on united.com, and some more details have been posted on the Mileage Plus website.
First let’s look at the details posted about one way awards. Nothing surprising here, and as suspected, you can say bye bye to stopovers. This is why I don’t like one way awards. While the ability to book a one way ticket at half the price sounds nice in theory, one of my favorite things about international awards is the ability to get a “free” stopover. You’ve gotta love the excellent “tip” United offers:
Tip: If you want to visit multiple cities, you can use multiple One-Way Awards to create your itinerary.
How generous! 😉
What’s really interesting are the details of the new “Miles & Money” option, which is actually a reasonably good deal for those redeeming for coach awards. For example, on a domestic coach award ticket you can redeem 15,000 miles and $110 instead of 25,000 miles. So you’re basically saving 10,000 miles for $110; saving miles at a rate of 1.1 cents each is quite good!