It’s Back: Discounted United Partner Business Awards To Europe And Asia


Update 2, 02/28: This offer officially must be booked by tonight, 02/28.

I think United is realizing that they overpriced some of the partner award rates during their devaluation last year, so I won’t be surprised to see this sale return again.


Update, 02/05: We’ve seen this offer come and go since last year without any official announcement, but United has finally made it official and published this list of 10 zones with discounted partner award pricing.

They’ve also published an end date. You have to ticket your award by 02/28/15.

While it says that previously booked travel isn’t eligible for a refund, people have reported success calling to have it repriced and have had miles refunded without paying any fee!


Originally posted on 02/01:

These discounted partner awards were previously only valid until 03/31/15. They were bookable in December and the first half of January before they stopped working.

Apparently must have been happy with the results as they are back and can be booked for travel all the way through 12/31/15!

Discounted awards:

1. Fly one-way between the US and Europe on a partner airline in business class for the United rate of 57.5K (normally 70K)
2. Fly one-way between the US and Central Asia on a partner airline in business class for the United rate of 70K (normally 80K)
3. Fly one-way between the US and North Asia on a partner airline in business class for the United rate of 70K (normally 80K)
4. Fly one-way between the US and South Asia on a partner airline in business class for the United rate of 70K (normally 80K)
5. Fly one-way between Europe and the Middle East on a partner airline in business class for the United rate of 35K (normally 45K)

See the full details after the jump:


-These discounted awards are all bookable on  Travel is valid for all of 2015. It’s unknown when these need to be booked by.

-Award 1 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 2 includes travel to any Central Asia country:
Afghanistan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

-Award 3 includes travel to any North Asia country:
China (Mainland), South Korea, Mongolia, Taiwan

-Award 4 includes travel to any South Asia country:
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

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













Award 1: NYC to Paris via Toronto on an Air Canada Dreamliner for 57.5K in business:









Award 1: Boston-Zurich on Swiss for 57.5K in business:













Award 1: NYC-Frankfurt on Lufthansa for 57.5K in business:















Award 1: NYC-Vienna on Austrian for 57.5K in business:













Award 1: Chicago-Copenhagen on SAS for 57.5K in business:














Award 1: NYC-Warsaw on a LOT Dreamliner for 57.5K in business:













Award 1: NYC-Lisbon on TAP for 57.5K in business:















Award 2: NYC-Maldives on Austrian for 70K in business:









Award 5: Zurich-Tel Aviv on Swiss for 35K in business:

















Swiss is currently offering a confirmed upgrade from business class to a first class seat between Zurich and Tel Aviv for just $299. I don’t know if it’s valid on award tickets, but if you try it please post a comment!

HT: D93, via DDF

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Great find, thank you!

I can’t seem to find much info about this on the United site (although I did find a day that worked from IAH to HKG) regarding specifics for booking, timeframe, etc. but will keep perusing.

Any chance they’ll reprice an award we already have at the 80k-level?

We’re flying Asiana most of the way (connecting in LA first from IAH), and there are no flights available to rebook online (guess we snagged the last seats).


What happens if I have a previously booked award on a partner. Can I take request mileage credit.


LX ZRH TLV ZRH route F seat

Any Business class pass. Should be able to get this

The charge is for a seat assignment in the F section and is available for Business class passengers only but do not offer any F service on this route


@Anonymous: What if they do an equipment swap to the a320? will they refund the $299?


So, I’m assuming that if I have membership rewards I’m out of luck? Since I can only transfer them to a United partner, and this would have to be booked with actual United miles.


strange doesn’t seem to work for 2/9
works for 2/11


I just tried LAX to TPE via EVA and it’s pricing normal, 80k one way. How are you replicating USA to award 4 and getting 70k for this route?

O yeh!



Does not work for den-fra for next week in C , normal pricing


@Pointe. I’m not sures what causes the difference in how United prices the flights but to Japan is pricing at 65,000 to 70,000 (with some partner legs on OZ or NH). Even in first class at 80,000 with NH as one of the segment.


Thanks, Sandy…..F on NH for 80k is great.


@Reb Yid:
nooo… ultimate reward points transferred to united is united miles sames as united miles you would earn from united credit card. you can book anything on there.




so would Israel fall into category 5?


@Moshe: no


@Eli: Swiss always uses A330 to TLV. The A320 can’t make it to USA.


Thank You Dan!
Because of your site and seminar, I was able to easily afford to book two tickets Austrian Air Business Class JFK -> VIE -> DBV for 230,000 +$200 in fees.
It was my first reward booking and I was able to swing .07 CPM.


Hi !
Is there any way to design a trip from US to Shanghai (70k), Tel Aviv and back to the US using these reduced rates for business class?


@Shoeless: Roundtrip


I just booked two tickets EWR – TLV a few weeks ago for the regular, higher rate. What’s the best way to approach getting credited for this promotion?

US Air

aplogozie for ot. if i have ba miles and US miles, any advantage of one over the other for booking nyc-tlv RT?
(NYC-PHL-TLV is 35000 avios) Thank you


I booked a ticket in dec 2014 for aug 2015,jfk-bkk in bus. Just tried to have UA rebook, and credit me back the miles. The agent wouldnt allow it. Ill call back and try again. Any body have a suggestion on how to get the tickets rebooked?


@Anonymous: I have the same question as Rita 🙂
2 hours to go


So now United is going to be like BananaRepublic? Overpriced, with sales all the time to bring prices down to a near-reasonable level…


im looking on the united website for ewr-tlv April 20 regular price 42,000 an ideas @dan


Not related to this particular post but a question on United.
WOuld I be able to book a flight from Maui to NYC with a stopover in LA for the weekend as one flight for 22.5 saver awards or is there no free stopover for a domestic flight like that?