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A comparison of United’s new and old award charts

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United raised award prices February 3, 2014 – and here is the current award chart for Saver awards departing the U.S.

Prices are one-way, so for a round-trip multiply the price by 2. And all prices are in thousands, so ’25’ on the chart means 25,000 miles. For other regions, check the charts on United.com.

Of note among Saver level awards:

  • Popular Lower 48 U.S., Mexico, and Caribbean awards are unchanged
  • Saver Hawaii Economy and all awards to Alaska increase up to 40% (this is buried in the footnotes of the award chart)
  • Saver Business/First Class awards to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa increase up to 17%
  • Partner flights are now priced substantially higher than United flights for many long haul Business / First Class awards, up to 87% higher than before. Note that an award with a United flight in Business / First Class connecting to a partner in a lower class like Economy will not incur the higher partner pricing.
  • Domestic stopovers for 10,000 extra miles are eliminated. Stopovers for domestic flights will now price as an additional one-way. So a domestic saver award with a stopover will require 25,000 + 12,500 = 37,500 miles.
  • Stopovers are now only allowed on full roundtrip itineraries, with a limit of one stopover (no more stopover + open jaw)
  • Around the World tickets increase – about 30% for Business / First Class

More expensive Standard level awards also increased substantially in nearly all regions.

Since United hasn’t been transparent about where the changes are taking place, below is an easy to read summary of the new Saver level award chart for travel to and from the United States and the changes, both in % change and number of miles.

All mileage figures below are for round-trip travel. One-way travel is half the price of round-trip.

New Saver award charts (to/from U.S.)

United awards

 EconomyBusinessFirst
US25,00050,00070,000
Alaska35,00060,00080,000
Hawaii45,00080,000100,000
Mexico35,00060,00080,000
Central America35,00060,00080,000
Caribbean35,00060,00080,000
Northern South America40,00070,00090,000
Southern South America60,000110,000140,000
Europe60,000115,000160,000
Northern Africa80,000140,000170,000
Central/Southern Africa80,000140,000170,000
Middle East85,000140,000180,000
Central Asia85,000140,000180,000
South Asia80,000140,000160,000
North Asia70,000140,000160,000
Japan70,000130,000160,000
Oceania70,000130,000160,000
Australia/New Zealand80,000140,000160,000

Partner awards

 EconomyBusinessFirst
US25,00050,00070,000
Alaska35,00060,00080,000
Hawaii45,00080,000100,000
Mexico35,00060,00080,000
Central America35,00060,00080,000
Caribbean35,00060,00080,000
Northern South America40,00070,00090,000
Southern South America60,000110,000140,000
Europe60,000140,000220,000
Northern Africa80,000160,000260,000
Central/Southern Africa80,000160,000260,000
Middle East85,000160,000280,000
Central Asia85,000160,000280,000
South Asia80,000160,000260,000
North Asia70,000160,000240,000
Japan70,000150,000220,000
Oceania70,000150,000220,000
Australia/New Zealand80,000160,000260,000
Around the World200,000350,000450,000

Award price increase (%)

United awards

 EconomyBusinessFirst
US0%0%0%
Alaska40%20%14%
Hawaii13%0%0%
Mexico0%0%0%
Central America0%0%0%
Caribbean0%0%0%
Northern South America0%0%0%
Southern South America0%10%4%
Europe0%15%19%
Northern Africa0%17%13%
Central/Southern Africa0%17%13%
Middle East6%17%20%
Central Asia6%17%13%
South Asia23%17%14%
North Asia8%17%14%
Japan8%8%19%
Oceania0%8%7%
Australia/New Zealand0%4%0%

Partner awards

 EconomyBusinessFirst
US0%0%0%
Alaska40%20%14%
Hawaii13%0%0%
Mexico0%0%0%
Central America0%0%0%
Caribbean0%0%0%
Northern South America0%0%0%
Southern South America0%10%4%
Europe0%40%63%
Northern Africa0%33%73%
Central/Southern Africa0%33%73%
Middle East6%33%87%
Central Asia6%33%75%
South Asia23%33%86%
North Asia8%33%71%
Japan8%25%63%
Oceania0%25%47%
Australia/New Zealand0%19%63%
Around the World11%35%29%

Award price increase (miles)

United awards

 EconomyBusinessFirst
US000
Alaska10,00010,00010,000
Hawaii5,00000
Mexico000
Central America000
Caribbean000
Northern South America000
Southern South America010,0005,000
Europe015,00025,000
Northern Africa020,00020,000
Central/Southern Africa020,00020,000
Middle East5,00020,00030,000
Central Asia5,00020,00020,000
South Asia15,00020,00020,000
North Asia5,00020,00020,000
Japan5,00010,00025,000
Oceania010,00010,000
Australia/New Zealand05,0000

Partner awards

 EconomyBusinessFirst
US000
Alaska10,00010,00010,000
Hawaii5,00000
Mexico000
Central America000
Caribbean000
Northern South America000
Southern South America010,0005,000
Europe040,00085,000
Northern Africa040,000110,000
Central/Southern Africa040,000110,000
Middle East5,00040,000130,000
Central Asia5,00040,000120,000
South Asia15,00040,000120,000
North Asia5,00040,000100,000
Japan5,00030,00085,000
Oceania030,00070,000
Australia/New Zealand025,000100,000
Around the World20,00090,000100,000

Source:

New award chart from United.com

> Old award chart from United.com


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