Save 20% on United Airlines Award Tickets to Europe This Winter

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Thinking of a European getaway or ski vacation in the New Year?

United Airlines is having a sale on award tickets to Europe this winter.  You can save 20% off the number of miles required for a round-trip, coach class saver award ticket to 9 European cities.

Tickets must be booked by December 4, 2014, for travel between January 12, 2015, and March 12, 2015. 

Save 20 On United Airlines Award Tickets To Europe This Winter

Get to Europe This Winter on United Airlines for 20% Fewer Points!

But there are restrictions!  I’ll explain.

What’s the Deal?

Link:   United Airlines Award Seat Sale

Link:   United Airlines Award Chart

You’ll pay 20% fewer points for a round-trip, coach class saver award ticket between the US & Canada and Europe.  Normally, saver award tickets cost 60,000 miles plus taxes and fees.  Standard award tickets don’t qualify for the discount.

So with this sale, you’ll pay 48,000 miles plus taxes and fees for a ticket.

Save 20 On United Airlines Award Tickets To Europe This Winter

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Flights must be on United Airlines or United Express (not Star Alliance or other partners, like Air Canada or Lufthansa).  The following European cities are included:

  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • London, UK
  • Munich, Germany
  • Paris, France
  • Zurich, Switzerland

You can book between now and December 4, 2014, for travel between January 12, 2015, and March 12, 2015.  But this sale is only valid for flights on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

There are other restrictions:

  • Tickets must be purchased at least 21 days in advance
  • Only coach class, saver award tickets are eligible for the discount
  • The sale is for round-trip tickets, but open jaws are allowed (for example, you could fly to London and return from Paris)
  • Stopovers are NOT permitted
  • You can combine a discounted saver award ticket 1-way, and a standard award on the return (or vice versa)

I checked the United Airlines website and there are still lots of saver level award tickets available from January to March 2015.  You’ll still pay taxes and fees on the ticket.

Save 20 On United Airlines Award Tickets To Europe This Winter

Plenty of Low Level Award Seats Available Between Chicago and Frankfurt

For example, a round-trip saver award ticket between Chicago and Frankfurt in February costs 48,000 miles and ~$127.  And to compare, the same itinerary costs $1,236 as a paid ticket.

If you don’t have United Airlines miles, you could transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to United Airlines at a 1:1 ratio.

You Could Do Better With Other Sales

Link:   Flying Blue Promo Awards Winter 2015

Link:   US Airways Off-Peak Europe Award Tickets

While 48,000 miles for a United Airlines award ticket isn’t bad, you could get a better deal by booking Flying Blue Promo Awards on Air France and KLM, or a US Airways off-peak award ticket.  But these are only from a select few cities.

Save 20 On United Airlines Award Tickets To Europe This Winter

Save Even More Miles With Flying Blue Promo Awards or US Airways Off-Peak Award Tickets

You could save up to 50% on a coach class ticket to Europe from certain US destinations with Flying Blue Promo Awards.  Included cities change every month, and you’ll pay as few as 25,000 miles for a round-trip ticket.

However, you’ll likely pay more in taxes and fees, because Flying Blue adds fuel surcharges to award tickets.

And if you have the Barclaycard US Airways MasterCard, you could fly to Europe in January or February for as little as 30,000 miles round-trip in coach class!  If you’re not a cardholder, you’ll pay 35,000 miles (which is still a good deal).

Save 20 On United Airlines Award Tickets To Europe This Winter

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As always, do the math and see what’s a better deal for you.

Bottom Line

You can save 20% off round-trip, coach class saver award tickets to Europe this winter with United Airlines’ award seat sale.

Normally, round-trip tickets cost 60,000 miles.  But with this sale, you can book a ticket for 48,000 miles, plus taxes and fees.

This isn’t a bad deal, but there are cheaper ways to get to Europe this winter.  You’ll pay fewer miles with Flying Blue Promo Awards or US Airways off-peak award tickets.  But you might pay more in taxes and fees.

Are you thinking about a European winter getaway?  Will you book a ticket through this deal?

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3 responses to “Save 20% on United Airlines Award Tickets to Europe This Winter

  1. Darius, do you know why it is so difficult to use United miles for flight originating in Austin? Even the capacity for flights from AUS-IAH is severely restricted.

  2. Have you looked at the change in earning premier status and miles on United coming this march? It seems that it’ll become harder to earn miles and status by actually paying for flights, especially international flights. For instance one of my frequent international flights will produce 16,000 miles for approx $1k airfare. With the change of only get 5k miles, a reduction of 11k miles for the same trip. Plus they are implementing a minimum spend amount of $2.5k.

    Cheers,
    Jon