Last week I wrote about the latest offer from American Airlines for Double Elite and Redeemable miles for flights between selected cities. As United Airlines has their hub at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, it was likely from the beginning that they would match the AA’s promotion to stay competitive.
The other day when I was checking flight promotions on United.com it showed a new promotion offering double elite qualifying miles (DEQM) and double redeemable miles (DRDM) for flights between Chicaco’s O’Hare and San Francisco, Los Angeles, or Santa Ana. Unlike AA’s offer that didn’t have any fare class restrictions, United’s offer is valid only on fares booked to W or higher. Also, the United’s offer is valid only for travel until January 31st, 2012 when AA’s offer is valid until March 31st, 2012.
There are few important requirements:
1. The Mileage Plus address must be in either in California or Illinois BEFORE registering to this offer.
2. You need to register for this promotion at www.united.com/offer/mpdb71.
3. Only fare classes W and higher are eligible
4. Ticketing must have occurred after November 3rd.
5. Roundtrip purchase is required
The biggest drawback of this offer is the fare class requirement of W or higher. This will exclude most of the promotional cheaper fares. When looking at the current fares for nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Chicago the lowest eligible fare is $318 before any taxes/fees. With taxes/fees the all in price is probably around $400.
It is also borderline impossible to get United’s website to show fares that are eligible for this promotion unless looking for restricted business/first class fares. You may have to call United reservations to complete the booking and that may require you to pay a telephone ticketing fee.
Connecting itineraries are also eligible for this promotion but the bonus EQM’s/RDM’s only apply to segments between the above mentioned cities. You can ticket something like SAN-LAX-ORD-IAD and back. The bonus would only apply for the LAX-ORD and ORD-LAX segments.
Terms and Conditions:1. Offer valid only for MileagePlus® and OnePass® members residing in Illinois or California. Residency will be determined by the primary address listed on the member’s account at the time of registration.2. Offer valid on round-trip itineraries for nonstop flights between Chicago O’Hare (ORD) airport and Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO) or Orange County (SNA). Itineraries with connecting flights into or out of ORD, LAX, SFO or SNA are eligible for this promotion however the bonus applies only to the segments between ORD and LAX, SFO or SNA.3. Registration is required before travel at www.united.com/offer/mpdb71.4. Members will earn double elite status miles (EQM) and double award miles on all paid published fares in F, A, J, C, D, Z, Y, B, M, E, U, H, Q, V and W booking classes. Offer not valid on government fares.5. Offer valid on flights operated by United, United Express, Continental® or Continental Express®. Offer is not valid on United or Continental-marketed codeshare flights operated by other carriers6. Travel period: November 3, 2011 through January 31, 2012.7. Ticketing period: November 3, 2011 through January 31, 2012.8. Participation in this offer does not guarantee elite status.9. E-Ticket® purchase required.10. Double EQM and double bonus award miles are defined as two times the actual base flight miles credited to the account for qualifying flights taken during the offer period.11. Offer may be earned an unlimited number of times during the offer period.12. EQM and bonus award miles will be credited 6-8 weeks after qualifying activity.13. EQM earned in 2011 will count towards the elite status for the 2012 membership year; EQM earned in 2012 will count toward towards elite status for the 2013 membership year.14. This offer does not apply to class-of-service bonus miles, elite bonus miles, other promotional award miles or promotional EQM.15. Offer is not combinable with other non-combinable offers.16. Passenger must be a member of United’s MileagePlus or OnePass frequent flyer program for travel to qualify for this offer. Flights must be credited to the MileagePlus or OnePass account in order to qualify.17. EQM cannot be redeemed for award travel.18. Offer subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.19. Award miles accrued, awards issued and bonus offers are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program. The MileagePlus program, including accruals, awards and bonus mile offers, is subject to change without notice. Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the passenger. United, Continental, and MileagePlus are registered service mark. For complete details about the Mileage Plus program visit mileageplus.com.