More Negative Changes When You Book United Airlines Award Flights

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United Airlines continues to change the rules on how you’re able to redeem your United Airlines miles!

Via The Points Guy, you’ll now be charged more miles when you book multi-city United Airlines award tickets.

More Negative Changes When You Book United Airlines Award Flights

The United Airlines Multi-City Award Booking Feature Will Now Cost More Miles!

I’ll explain what’s happening!

United Airlines Multi-City Award Price Hike!

Link:   United MileagePlus Updates

Like previous changes United Airlines has made, folks who book relatively straightforward award flights won’t likely be affected by the new rules.

But if you’ve been making the most of the United Airlines multi-city award booking tool, this is a big change!

For a long time, folks have been able to customize a route through different cities if they weren’t happy with the round-trip route automatically chose for them.

This handy trick not only allowed you to find different route options, but it let you choose flights with more preferable departure and arrival times.  And enabled you to even give yourself enough time to pop out of the airport and explore the city during your layover!

What’s Changed?

Now, when you use the the United Airlines multi-city tool to customize your own round-trip award, will price each multi-city segment separately.  This also applies if you call United Airlines reservations to book.

So, if you choose a domestic round-trip flight with the multi-city feature, the cost will be at least 50,000 United Airlines miles (12,500 miles each segment)Normally, domestic round-trip saver award flights cost 25,000 United Airlines miles.

United Airlines says:

Selecting the multi-city option where United offers nonstop service will break up the search into two separate awards.  We believe our multi-city pricing is consistent with the industry.  Additionally, our customers have greater flexibility when booking multi-city travel. offers ways to optimize searches – for example, you can select preferred connection cities, specific airports, etc.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to get around these new rules. 🙁  If you want to choose your own routes with United Airlines, you’ll now pay the price!

Bottom Line

The United Airlines multi-city award booking option has become much more expensive.  You can no longer create your own route with the multi-city tool unless you pay lots of extra United Airlines miles.

One of the biggest benefits of United Airlines miles has been the flexibility you have when using them.  But that perk is slowly being taken away!

Will this change how you book United Airlines award tickets?

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8 responses to “More Negative Changes When You Book United Airlines Award Flights

  1. I made it under the wire to book a preferred multistop to japan through the middle east with reasonable award points in business class. United is taking the fun out of traveling. boooo

  2. United miles have become pretty much worthless

  3. It feels like the airlines are divesting their mileage programs altogether. Loyalty means very little these days, especially with the cost of travel lower than it’s ever been due to competition. The credit card companies, with all the rewards/bonuses, are becoming the new travel and booking agents. I’m starting to choose my bonus credit cards based upon how flexibly I can apply the points. So far, it’s Chase.

  4. I had just just spent a good time learning about stop overs and open jaws, especially for united!
    I had a nice trip i was planning and now it cannot be done in the same way.

    This leaves me at a question now, what do you guys think
    are worth more now united miles or aa miles?
    Because of this powerful flexibility from united, these were worth more to me.
    I was also pondering if i should convert my starwood+marriott points into AA miles or united miles.
    Any thoughts now, aa or united miles?

  5. This news is a big black eye for United as far as I’m concerned. The industry is incrementally diminishing the value of being loyal to any particular airline. As I would rank AA and UA about the same in quality, safety and service (mediocre!) one would obviously go with the cheaper option for redeeming miles. At this point, it would appear to be AA in general.

  6. I will be forced to buy a ticket from/to MCI, my originating city, to a gateway hub to be able to get the TATL saver J award flights for tickets to Europe. UA never comes up with saver J for the domestic UA flights that hook up with the international ones. I used to be able to call and say I’d take coach for that flight as long as J was available for the long haul but now that cannot be done.

  7. I’ll pay out of the pocket, but for other airlines. Not United, the unfriendly sky.