In February I shared screenshots from United’s beta site that is scheduled to replace the current United.com this summer.
The beta site is now open to the public, it can be reached at beta.united.com
As usual, this is United playing catch-up with Delta:
I noted that the beta site made it very hard to view the aircraft type, that has been fixed.
I still have 2 big pet peeves that haven’t been addressed.
1. The current United.com allows you to change the award calendar to show dates with nonstop saver award space. The new site’s award calendar has no such functionality, you can’t make it show nonstop dates only.
That’s a massive downgrade and hindrance to finding saver award space. I always break down my award searches to identify nonstop flights with award space. There may be saver award space from NYC to Los Angeles on May 18 and from Los Angeles to Sydney on May 22nd. United.com won’t show saver space for that itinerary, but after finding both of those nonstop awards you can use the multi-destination award search to piece together an award with a 4 night stopover in LA before flying down under. Without the ability to quickly view nonstop award space on the calendar view this technique becomed far more time-intensive.
2. The current United.com’s award search is far clearer in showing when saver award space is available. The new site just shows Economy (lowest) making it hard to understand if the award is saver or standard. Mixed into that “lowest” column is saver and standard awards.
The cynic in me says that is exactly their intention. I won’t be surprised to see United copy Delta’s lead in deleting their award charts so that you never know if you’re really getting a saver award. I saved Delta’s deleted charts and I’ll do the same for United. Though that won’t help when they decide to change pricing without having to announce it as there is no award chart to change…
I’d strongly recommend that you leave feedback for the new site (located on the right-hand side of the beta site under site feedback) to let them know that you want those features back on the new United.com site.