More Devaluation: United Partner Business Class Award Redemptions Going Up

by Anthony Losanno
United 787

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Last week, I wrote about how United massively devalued redemptions on Lufthansa and ANA with the latter doubling in price for First Class award tickets. It looks like United wasn’t done tinkering as intra-Europe and intra-Asia partner awards are also getting hiked up.

United’s MileagePlus frequent flyer program does not publish award charts. It can then charge whatever exorbitant rate it sees fit. Even without set rates, when redeeming on partners there were some common rates you could expect to pay. Not anymore. These rate increases are hitting flights within Europe on partners like Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, SWISS, and others as well as Asian partner airlines like ANA, THAI, etc.

UA Partner Award

I used to consistently redeem award tickets in Europe (in Business Class) for 25,000 miles. These now start at 30,000 miles with many costing 33,000.

UA Award Europe

Flights a bit longer within Europe cost even more. Business Class award seats between much of Europe and Istanbul now cost a painful 49,500 miles (these also were once 25,000 miles).

United Asia Award

Flights within Asia are now costly with a starting price of 49,500.

Anthony’s Take: United MileagePlus has been going downhill for years. The benefits and redemptions are not what they once were. As much as I love flying Delta Air Lines (generally), its SkyMiles® program is bad. Rates are sky high and United seems to be mimicking what it sees Delta getting away with charging. The only positive here is that costs keep going up and eventually we’ll see good award space since no one will have the miles to redeem for these expensive seats.

(Featured Image Credit: United Airlines.)

(H/T: View from the Wing.)

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whocares May 1, 2024 - 10:26 am

300,000 Amex MR SUB is the new 150,000!

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Anthony Losanno May 1, 2024 - 1:17 pm

It’s true.


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