United: Discounted Coach Awards Within North America And To Japan, Discounted Business Class Awards To Europe, Middle East, And Asia!

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Update: Discounted awards between the US and Japan and between Europe abd the Middle East have been added.


Originally posted on 12/09:

Roundup of current United discounted awards (Travel valid from any city in the US48)

1. Fly round-trip to select destinations within the US in coach for 20K miles (normally 25K)
2. Fly round-trip to Hawaii in coach for 36K miles (normally 45K)
3. Fly round-trip to Canada in coach for 20K miles (normally 25K)
4. Fly round-trip to Mexico in coach for 28K miles (normally 35K)
5. Fly one-way to Europe on a partner airline in business class for the United rate of 57.5K (normally 70K)
6. Fly one-way to Central Asia on a partner airline in business class for the United rate of 70K (normally 80K)
7. Fly one-way between Europe and the Middle East on a partner airline in business class for the United rate of 35K (normally 45K)
8. Fly round-trip between the US49/Canada and Japan in coach for 56K miles (normally 70K)

See the full details after the jump:


Where to book:

-These discounted awards are all bookable on United.com.  For awards 1, 2, 3, and 4 be sure to use advanced award search and check the box for United flights only.

-United miles can be earned on cards like the  Chase United Explorer, Chase Freedom, Chase Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card® Card, Ink Business Cash® Credit Card , and Chase Ink Plus.

Valid timeframe:

-Awards 1, 2, 3, 4 are only valid for round-trip travel on United, must be booked by 12/30/14, and are valid for travel between 01/12/15-02/12/15. Stopovers are not allowed.

-Awards 5, 6, and 7 are valid for one-way or round-trip travel on any airline and are valid for travel between 01/01/15-03/31/15.  It’s unknown when these need to be booked by.

-Award 8 is only valid for round-trip travel on United, must be booked by 01/11/15, and is valid for travel between 01/13/15-03/11/15. Stopovers are not allowed.

Valid destinations:

-Award 1 includes flights to the following airports:
-Aspen (ASE)
-Bozeman (BZN)
-Durango (DRO)
-Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
-Fort Myers (RSW)
-Jackson Hole (JAC)
-Mammoth Lakes (MMH)
-Miami (MIA)
-Montrose/Telluride (MTJ)
-Salt Lake City (SLC)
-San Diego (SAN)
-Santa Barbara (SBA)
-Sarasota (SRQ)
-Sun Valley (SUN)
-Vail (EGE)
-West Palm Beach (PBI)
-Yampa Valley (HDN)

-Award 2 includes travel to any Hawaiian city served by United:
-Hilo, Hawaii (ITO)
-Honolulu, Oahu (HNL)
-Kahului, Maui (OGG)
-Kona, Hawaii (KOA)
-Lihue, Kauai (LIH)

-Award 3 includes travel to any Canadian city served by United:
-Calgary (YYC)
-Edmonton (YEG)
-Halifax (YHZ)
-Kelowna (YLW)
-London (YXU)
-Montreal (YUL)
-Ottawa (YOW)
-Quebec City (YQB)
-Regina (YQR)
-Saskatoon (YXE)
-S. John’s (YYT)
-Toronto (YYZ)
-Vancouver (YVR)
-Victoria (YYJ)
-Winnipeg (YWG)

-Award 4 includes travel to any Mexican city served by United:
-Acapulco (ACA)
-Aguascalientes (AGU)
-Cancun (CUN)
-Chihuahua (CUU)
-Ciudad Del Carmen (CME)
-Cozumel (CZM)
-Durango (DGO)
-Guadalajara (GDL)
-Huatulco (HUX)
-Ixtapa (ZIH)
-Leon (BJX)
-Los Cabos (SJD)
-Manzanillo (ZLO)
-Mazatlan (MZT)
-Merida (MID)
-Mexico City (MEX)
-Monterrey (MTY)
-Morelia (MLM)
-Oaxaca (OAX)
-Puebla (PBC)
-Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
-Queretaro (QRO)
-San Luis Potosi (SLP)
-Tampico (TAM)
-Torreon (TRC)
-Veracruz (VER)
-Villahermosa (VSA)

-Award 5 includes travel to any European country:
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedoni, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

-Award 6 includes travel to any Central Asia country:
Afghanistan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

-Award 7 includes travel to any Middle East country:
Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

Sample uses:

Award 1: Newark-San Diego for 20K round-trip:













Award 1: Newark-Fort Lauderdale for 20K round-trip:

















Award 2: Newark-Honolulu for 36K round-trip:











Award 2: Denver-Maui for 36K round-trip:













Award 3: LGA-Vancouver for 20K round-trip:















Award 4: Newark-Los Cabos for 28K round-trip:












Award 5: Toronto to Paris on an Air Canada Dreamliner for 57.5K in business:













Award 5: NYC to Paris via Toronto on an Air Canada Dreamliner for 57.5K in business:









Award 5: Boston-Zurich on Swiss for 57.5K in business:













Award 5: NYC-Frankfurt on Lufthansa for 57.5K in business:















Award 5: NYC-Vienna on Austrian for 57.5K in business:













Award 5: Chicago-Copenhagen on SAS for 57.5K in business:














Award 5: NYC-Warsaw on a LOT Dreamliner for 57.5K in business:













Award 5: NYC-Lisbon on TAP for 57.5K in business:















Award 6: NYC-Maldives on Austrian for 70K in business:








Award 6.5: Attempt to construct hidden city discounts. South Korea isn’t in Central Asia and wouldn’t qualify for a discount, but after flying to Seoul nobody is going to force you to take the connecting flight to Alma Ata 😉















Award 6.5: Many other hidden-city possibilities exist as well…experiment!


Award 7: Zurich-Tel Aviv on Swiss for 35K in business:













HT: thaber, via DDF and RWM

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29 Comments On "United: Discounted Coach Awards Within North America And To Japan, Discounted Business Class Awards To Europe, Middle East, And Asia!"

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Does united also have deals for flights made outside the USA? i.e. from TLV to MAN (Manchester, UK)


Hi Dan,
An unrelated question,

When you book an award domestic flight with 1. Us airways 2. United 3 delta, and you are not a card holder do you have a free bage checked in or only if you are a card holder?



Would these rates also work for one way


Anyone had any luck getting United to reduce the price of an award booking that was made prior to the release of this discount? I booked a domestic flight to ASE in late Jan for 25k and am planning to see if United will credit me 5k back but curious if others have tried this.


So Dan, as the real maven, can you perhaps tell us where the real sweet spots of this promo are? Please save us time from surfing to other places to find out.
Thank you so much!


I’m not aware of any.

Only if you are a cardholder.

Read the post.

Unlikely but you can try.

I just rebooked a flight to FLL, but I’m a 1K, so there’s no redeposit fee to do that.

The sweet spots are wherever you want to be…

Dan's the Man

Why not Tel Aviv?


Dan when I book a ticket with flying blue miles can I make a free stop over for a few nights ?


Most Thurs to Sun Florida flights are not available at the 10K offer


which is the best partner airline in business to get to TLV? which one is the best connection?

once in Europe whats the best way to get from Europe to TLV?


Can I book random dates far into the future and then call to change date (at no charge) when i am ready to travel?


is this considered cheap for Florida? I get a total of 40,000 and $22


Not on a promo award.

Swiss and Austrian are nice.
You can take Air Berlin for 10K Avios from Germany.


That’s for 2 RTs.
Depends on the cost of a paid ticket.


does this bring the value of united miles up if I were to sell them? is it higher then 1.4cents each now?


i have 70k points need to get to the uk WHATS MY BEST BET?


Try united saver coach award for 60k

Moshe Maeir

Just made a reservation on UA. TLV-MIA business for only 70k
So I guess it sometimes works on TLV also


Dan, off topic is there a way for current AMEX holders to get the year of Amazon Prime AMEX offer? I called them and they told me I am not eligible.


@Moshe, I think that’s a standard pricing for TLV-MIA on UA


70K sounds like good deal in business to TLV


Does this apply to flights to tel aviv from Chicago? When I went to look they were more than the 35k


@Sharon Chicago isn’t in Europe, last I checked.


When flying with a lap infant how do you redeem one miles ticket for the adult and infant? whenever I try it asks for double miles.
Thank you


Btw $384 from nyc to tlv round trip is still alive! Make sure to check if premium economy is available for the same price because it is for many of the cheap Transaero flights and it gives you a second free bag. Searchable and bookable on kayak.com


I did the United deal to open a cc & get the $50,000 points and now they are telling me that I can not get the 50K points till the $89 annual fee is paid & that can only be paid after the full year Dec. 2015. Should i keep talking to other reps & supervisors?


can I do ORD-KTM and stop over in Delhi?

FLy from ORD to Delhi, stay in delhi for 4 days and from there to KTM, Nepal? It says 420000 miles but doesn’t show mention stop over.


The SWISS night flight from Zurich to Tel Aviv in Business is great if they fly the Airbus 330 as advertised. However a smaller Airbus is not infrequently substituted. Then this is not such a sweet deal as the place is more cramped and for some reason on the occasions I have flown it, the service is also not as good.

Daniel Peikes

@dan does this changed to calculation for getting to ISrael, such that one might hack a trip from the us for less than 85K? Would you risk getting in trouble with the airlines for booking a roud trip within a round trip (Nested Ticket).