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Update: This sale ends today!
Click on the link above to find flight deals from just 3,140 miles or $31.40 in basic economy. United doesn’t have basic economy awards, so even with a 3,140 award, you still get regular economy benefits.
- Valid for travel purchased by 3/15
- Valid for travel from 3/28-6/5.
You can change awards for free, though you will pay the difference in miles. You can also refund awards if cancelled 30+ days before the flight (and obvious workarounds are obvious).
For example, a flight from Cleveland to Chicago on 5/23 is on sale for $52 in basic economy or $87 in economy. It’s also bookable for 3,140 miles, a value of 1.66 cents per mile compared to basic economy or 2.77 cents per mile compared to regular economy. Plus, the mileage ticket and taxes paid are fully refundable, while the paid ticket can only be refunded to a voucher.
Or as Nick points out, this is also useful for United’s Excursionist Perk that allows for a free one-way flight within any flight region, though this is less useful in the COVID era due to border closures.
But to book that, you need to use the multi-city search to book a 2 flights within a single region and then you can book a free one-way within any other region sandwiched in between your flights.
For example if you book a round-trip from Cleveland to Chicago for 6,240 miles you can add in a free Excursionist Perk flight anywhere else in the world in between your flights, such as onboard the United Island Hopper from Palau to Kosrae via Guam, Chuuk, and Pohnpei, a flight that costs $598 or 12.5K miles on its own:
Or if you book a one-way flight from Cleveland to Chicago and then Chicago to Kansas City for 6,240 miles you can add in a free Excursionist Perk flight anywhere else in the world in between your flights, such as Johannesburg to the Seychelles, a flight that costs $473 or 19.5K miles on its own.
Will you book any awards with this sale?