Update: Today is the last day to make bookings under the current award chart for Continental and United!
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Effective 06/15 there will be changes to the United award chart, which includes the rate charged for redeeming United miles on any of the 27 Star Alliance partner airlines.
If you book travel prior to 06/15 you will be charged the current rate, even if you are traveling after 06/15.
I’m actually surprised that the changes weren’t worse. With ticket prices skyrocketing it makes mileage tickets even more attractive and valuable.
Important: This does not affect the rates of any other Star Alliance Carrier. Meaning you can still book travel on United using miles from any other Star Alliance carrier for the same rate. It’s always worth checking the rates that other carriers change for a mileage ticket as it can be significantly less. For example transferring AMEX or Starwood points to ANA can make sense in many cases.
I’m sure we will see Continental announce the same changes as well, or else this would be pointless as you can transfer United miles to Continental. And then AA changes won’t be far behind as some of these changes, like for coach travel to Europe and South America, make their award chart underpriced.
Here is a summary to the changes made: (These are the rates for one-way travel from/to the US49/Canada made using saver awards.)
Routes that will get cheaper:
US49/Canada under 700 miles: Was 12.5K coach. Now 10K coach.
Europe: Was 52.5K business. Now 50K business.
Japan: Was 62.5K business. Now 60K business.
North and South Asia: Was 62.5K business. Now 60K business.
North and South Asia: Was 72.5K first. Now 70K first.
Oceania (Excluding: Australia/NZ): Was 40K coach. Now 35K coach.
Oceania (Excluding: Australia/NZ): Was 67.5K business. Now 60K business.
Oceania (Excluding: Australia/NZ): Was 80K first. Now 75K first.
Routes that will get more expensive:
Northern South America: Was 17.5K coach. Now 20K coach.
Southern South America: Was 27.5K coach. Now 30K coach.
Europe: Was 27.5K coach. Now 30K coach.
Middle East: Was 37.5K coach. Now 40K coach.
Middle East: Was 57.5K business. Now 60K business.
Middle East: Was 72.5K first. Now 75K first.
Northern Africa: Was 37.5K coach. Now 40K coach.
Northern Africa: Was 57.5K business. Now 60K business.
Northern Africa: Was 72.5K first. Now 75K first.