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Via The Points Guy, you’ll now be charged more miles when you book multi-city United Airlines award tickets.
I’ll explain what’s happening!
United Airlines Multi-City Award Price Hike!
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!
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!
Now, when you use the the United Airlines multi-city tool to customize your own round-trip award, United.com 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. United.com 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!
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?