As part of those changes, domestic lie-flat routes got more expensive, and standard awards were renamed everyday awards. United said that everyday awards would fluctuate based on demand, but so far I’ve only seen them priced at the peak amount. Hopefully the demand discounts will come shortly.
If you have searched for an award you may have noticed that United’s award calendar has changed. Instead of dots and dashes that indicate whether saver awards are available, it now shows the lowest award price available:
I’m sure some people will like this change as it shows the price from the calendar. Personally though I find the new calendar to be very annoying. It requires an extra step to get to the 30 day view:
It also only displays one class of service at a time. And ever worse, unless you search for that class of service on the home page, it won’t remember your selection when you change the month.
I suppose that once United lowers the cost of Everyday awards that the new calendar view will be somewhat useful. But until then I’ll keep using the old award calendar view.
All you need to do it to access it click on “My dates are flexible” on the United.com homepage instead of selecting a specific date. And of course click on “Search for award travel” and “nonstop” if you only want to search nonstop flights. In general it’s also a good idea to search for award flights one-way at a time.
You don’t need to select the class of service if you are selecting the flexible dates option as the old award calendar displays saver award availability in coach and business class:
Do you prefer the old award calendar or the new one?