I rushed to compile 2 charts showing the United devaluation for flights to/from the US, but in the process I left out a big improvement that was pointed out by DD commenter “High end hobo.”
Effective 11/1, you will be able to use 8K United miles to fly on a nonstop flight within any single region outside of the US/Canada on a partner airline as long as the flight is less than 800 miles in distance.
Here are some examples for each region that will benefit from this new award rate:
-Central America: Panama to Liberia, Costa Rica on COPA will drop from 12.5K to 8K miles.
-Northern South America: Lima to Bogota on Avianca will drop from 12.5K to 8K miles.
-Southern South America: Buenos Aires to Sao Paulo on Turkish will drop from 12.5K to 8K miles.
-Europe: Zurich to Venice on Swiss will drop from 15K to 8K miles.
-Middle East: Cairo to Amman on EgyptAir will drop from 17.5K to 8K miles.
-North Asia: Seoul to Beijing on Asiana will drop from 15K to 8K miles.
-Central Asia: Bengaluru, India to the Maldives on Air India will drop from 17.5K to 8K miles.
-South Asia: Phuket to Singapore on Singapore will drop from 17.5K to 8K miles. Singapore flights can only be booked by calling United.
-Southern Africa: Johannesburg to Cape Town on South African will drop from 17.5K to 8K miles.
-Australia/New Zealand: Auckland to Queenstown, New Zealand on Air New Zealand will drop from 17.5K to 8K miles.
Devaluations stink, but it’s nice to have a silver lining like this. Overall I can’t fault United too much for this devaluation, as long as their saver award space remains the way it is for United cardholders. American’s saver award space is nearly impossible to find these days and Delta is always making stealth devaluations in the worst way.
Will you book any of these new 8K awards after they start being sold in November?