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Take a deep breath. For now.
- United deleted their award charts today for flying on United flights. We knew this was coming.
- United saver awards still exist! That means that cardholders and elite members will continue to have expanded saver award availability and that you should still be able to setup a Plan B saver business award. That’s amazing news!
- United saver awards are still pricing at the levels published in their previous award chart, which is saved here on DansDeals servers where they can’t be Smiseked, Munozed, Kirbyed, or Bonvoyed.
- Some United saver awards are pricing even lower than they were before today, which is a pleasant surprise. Anything that is pricing at previous saver award levels or below are marked as a saver award.
- You can still search for saver awards using the United calendar search option found on the United.com desktop homepage.
- United is still publishing a saver award chart for partner airlines! This is surprisingly positive news!
- United is still publishing upgrade award charts for travel on United.
- United has eliminated the $75 close-in award booking fee! Of course DansDeals Seminar attendees didn’t pay that fee for years until some bloggers who came to a seminar decided to leak that secret. This comes after United also eliminated the expiration of miles.
- My long-term concern is that United will start pricing close-in tickets significantly higher, as Delta does. But for now, United still has excellent close-in saver award availability.
I’m still very disappointed that United felt the need to remove their saver award charts even while keeping saver awards around. It breaks the bond of trust with their members as they can now change the rates whenever they feel like it without providing any notice. And it’s why I try to focus on accumulating hybrid points rather than airline miles.
However, this represents the best case scenario for today’s changes. Color me pleasantly surprised!
United certainly scared everyone with their original announcement. They’ll get positive coverage about what actually happened. Of course the pessimist would say that the real devaluations are still yet to come and United is taking the slowly boiled frog approach. But for now I’m heaving a big sigh of relief.
Here are some screenshots of how things look as of today.
Cleveland to NYC still has saver awards pricing at the previous 10K short-haul level and there are dynamic award pricing at less than that.
The United saver award calendar shows that close-in space is still excellent:
That means United miles remain significantly more valuable than Delta miles with their high last minute award rates:
Tel Aviv to Newark is still pricing at 42.5K miles in saver coach and 75K miles in saver business:
Chicago to London is still pricing at 35K miles in saver coach and 60K miles in saver business:
Los Angeles to Shanghai is still pricing at 35K miles in saver coach and 70K miles in saver business:
What do you think of the changes United made today?