Last night I noticed that a United award flight from Cleveland to LaGuardia was pricing at just 9.5K miles, when it should be 10K miles as a short-haul award.
I searched other airports and sure enough, United has launched dynamically priced awards on many routes. In the long-run that’s probably a bad thing, but there are some bargains to be had. For now, there’s still the same price caps on saver and standard awards like before, there are just cheaper options on select dates and routes. That’s much better than Delta which eliminated award charts and now sells basic economy award tickets, but we’ll see where this all winds up.
American also has “Web specials” with award pricing that is all over the board and tickets that don’t allow date changes and aren’t available to partner airlines:
AA Web Special Pricing:
I went about compiling a list of all award rates on all of United’s flights to/from NYC and here’s where I found one-way saver awards for less than the normal rate:
- Atlanta, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Montreal, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Toronto: 5K
- Asheville, Norfolk, Richmond, Washington DC: 5.5K
- Burlington, Portland/PWM: 6K
- Knoxville, Savannah, Syracuse: 9K
- Buffalo, Charleston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Rochester: 9.5K
- Houston: 10.5K
- Denver, Minneapolis, New Orleans: 11K
- Miami, West Palm Beach: 11.5K
- Dallas, Madison, Nashville, Seattle: 12K
Short haul routes to/from NYC where I only found the regular 10K saver rate: Akron, Albany, Bangor, Boston, Detroit, Greensboro, Greenville, Halifax, Hilton Head, Indianapolis, Louisville, Nantucket, Pittsburgh, Presque Isle, Providence, Quebec City, Raleigh, South Bend, Traverse City
Long haul routes to/from NYC where I only found the regular 12.5K saver rate: Austin, Bentonville, Bozeman, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Jackson Hole, Kansas City, Key West, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Milwaukee, Montrose, Orange County, Palm Springs, Pensacola, Phoenix, Portland/PDX, Rapid City, S. Louis, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Sarasota, Steamboat Springs, Tampa, Vail, Vancouver
Other routes, including Anchorage, Honolulu, San Juan, and all international destinations had regular saver award pricing.
Will you book any of these new discounted awards? Would you like to see this pricing roundup for other United hubs? Hit the comments!