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!
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 United.com. 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.
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!