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Good news regarding United nixing award charts (and some bad news too)

As promised and threatened, on November 15th 2019, United eliminated close-in booking fees and stopped publishing award charts.  I previously covered my thoughts about these changes with both a pessimistic view and an optimistic view: Fallout from the United award chart obliteration The bright sides of the United award chart purge Both of the above posts were written before the changes went into effect.  Now that the changes are in place, we’re seeing both good…

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New United Mile Play offer: check the United app (travel by 1/31/20)

United is out with its latest Mile Play promotion, whereby you can earn bonus miles for completing a minimum number of trips. These offers are targeted and likely to be different for everyone. Last quarter, I had an incredibly generous offer (I needed to book 3 trips of $250 or more to earn 23,000 bonus miles). This time around, my offer is much less generous, but since I have a bump voucher from one of my recent flights…

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How Nick nearly left 23K miles on the table – but didn’t

Mile Play is a United promotion that periodically targets United MileagePlus members to earn extra miles for completing different bonus criteria. These offers usually come via email and show up in the United app. For the most recent promo period, which ends 10/31/19, I had a really generous offer: book 3 trips of at least $250 and earn 23,000 bonus miles. That’s abnormally high and a really good value for anyone who had a few paid flights…

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Best options for domestic first class awards

Domestic first class is nicer than coach, but, in most cases, it’s hardly something to write home about.  Usually you’ll simply get a bigger seat and a few snacks and drinks, or a meal if you’re lucky.  If you’re really lucky, you might find yourself on an internationally configured aircraft flying a domestic route.  On these you’ll generally find large business class seats with electronic controls to adjust the recline all the way to flat…

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(EXPIRED) Earn Bonus Miles With United Mile Play Promotion (Targeted Offers)

United Mile Play Promo

United is sending out emails to some MileagePlus members offering entry to their Mile Play promotion. Mile Play offers a set of challenges that can earn you bonus miles, so can be pretty rewarding if you’ll be booking a United flight. The Deal Earn bonus United MileagePlus miles with targeted Mile Play promotion. Direct link to registration (enter membership number to see if you’re targeted). Key Terms Registration required. Only transactions initiated after registration and completed…

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(EXPIRED) Shopping portal bonuses with Alaska, AA, and United

American, Delta, and Alaska airlines are all offering shopping portal bonuses for purchases made between January 2nd and January 10, 2019. Each portal is offering up to 1,000 bonus miles when you spend $300 or more, which amounts to an extra 3.33 miles per dollar when spending exactly $300. Here are the details of the bonuses: American Airlines eShopping Spend thresholds: Spend $150, earn 500 bonus miles Spend $300, earn 1,000 bonus miles Direct link Alaska Mileage Plan Shopping Spend…

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Possible free $30 dining credit at Newark airport for MileagePlus elite members

If you have United MileagePlus Premier status and you’re flying through Newark airport’s Terminal C in the next couple of days, you might be able to score a free meal at a number of restaurants that use an iPad ordering system. It’s a little unclear as to how this one is targeted and we don’t know when it will expire, but if you’re traveling through Newark with United status, you might be able to get a free meal.…

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(EXPIRED) Fare Sale: NYC-Barcelona Nonstop Flights On United For $268 RT

United Barcelona

If you’re planning trips for next year and Europe is on your list, there’s currently a fare sale to several European cities with tickets available for less than $300. These round trip flights are on United and are nonstop to cities including Barcelona for $268, Rome for $271 and Paris for $281. The Deal Book round trip flights to Barcelona and other European cities from $268. Key Terms Expiry date unknown, but prices are unlikely…

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(EXPIRED) $550 Nonstop RT From San Francisco To Tahiti On United

Bora Bora United San Francisco to Tahiti

Last month, Nick wrote a post highlighting a great deal on nonstop round trip flights between San Francisco and Tahiti. Those flights only cost $622 and we thought at the time that the deal would be short-lived. Not only have select flights continued to be available at that low price over the following weeks, but some dates are now available for just $550 or less. The Deal United is offering round trip nonstop flights between San Francisco and Tahiti from $550 round…

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