United Airlines MileagePlus Award Chart Changes Effective November 1, 2017 (Up To 67% More Miles Required For Some Star Alliance Awards!)

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United Airlines yesterday announced changes to MileagePlus awards that will take effect on November 1, 2017. As one can expect, majority of these changes are negative.

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United has already removed the current award chart promptly from its website but we have now made side by side comparison for Star Alliance awards (only worthwhile use for United miles) now and come November 1.

You can access United’s web page for the changes here.

Here are some changes:

– $125 fee for award redeposit that are not canceled before the flight take place

– Standard Awards replaced by dynamically priced (albeit with a ceiling) EveryDay Awards

– Many premium Star Alliance awards up (some up by up to 67%)

– Some short-haul flights such as those within Europe require only 8,000 miles

– They still continue publish award charts (unlike DELTA!)

Here’s the side by side Star Alliance partner award comparison now and November 1, 2017:

Download (PDF, 37KB)

Here are the new charts published by United:

Download (PDF, 520KB)

Conclusion

It is very unfortunate that the US airlines feel that they need to destroy their frequent flier programs, although I have personally stopped crediting flights to them years ago. There are some exceptions such as Alaska and UA’s JV partners with high business class earnings.

Nothing overly drastic to those that don’t use partner awards, but some huge jumps for awards between Asia and Australia (where I most recently redeemed United miles).

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  • mb

    50% increase in standard award cost, oneway in US from 25000 to 32500 .

    screw united

    • Mike

      Delta screwed me over making me lose 2 free tickets 20 yrs ago by never having award availability…and making miles expire …..havent flown them since….

  • Richard

    I bank 100,000+ United miles for peace of mind when traveling internationally. The search option is good, availability is good and the award chart is published.

    • I certainly like the fact that most partners can be booked online except SQ.

  • Max

    “I have personally stopped crediting flights to them years ago.” John, i know you have mentioned before that you credit to BA, SG or LH. any options for us that mainly fly in north america?

    • I believe that Sebastian might credit to LH but I haven’t. I guess that it really depends.

      If one is after complimentary upgrades and gets them every once in a while, it can then make sense to credit to AA, UA and DL.

  • Gaijinsan

    They are introducing 8k intra-region awards to every region for non-stop flights under 800 miles. That’s wonderful in places like Africa where short flights are extremely expensive but were hard to justify the full award cost. I can see a lot of my Mileage Plus miles being used this way.

    • Perhaps works from ADD and JNB/CPT (latter where Conair doesn’t fly under BA franchise).

      • Gaijinsan

        Quite a few possibilities good from JNB. Windhoek, Victoria Falls/Livingstone, Maputo, among others. Airlink flights also should be bookable which gets to some good safari locations, though I don’t think SA Express is.

        From ADD it would give access to Nairobi and Kampala, though I think fares to NBO are usually cheaper than ADD.

        Even though fares from Cairo are usually fairly cheap, it would also allow Cairo to Beirut, and Amman.