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United Airlines announces a flash award sale to Europe

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United Airlines is running a 4 day Economy Class award sale for travel on its routes between the US and Europe. The sale ends on 29 September and travel has to be complete by mid December.

The sale

For the next 4 days (including today), United MileagePlus members can book one way Economy Class awards on United’s European routes for 30,000 miles plus taxes and fees (which start at $47.15 for round-trip travel).

The following destinations are included in this promotion:

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS)
  • Brussels, Belgium (BRU)
  • Paris, France (CDG)
  • Dublin, Ireland (DUB)
  • Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI)
  • Frankfurt, Germany (FRA)
  • Geneva, Switzerland (GVA)
  • London, United Kingdom (LHR)
  • Madrid, Spain (MAD)
  • Munich, Germany (MUC)
  • Shannon, Ireland (SNN)
  • Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH)

Book by 29 September for travel by 14 December 2023.

Key terms

  • The promotion applies to new award bookings and not to award tickets already booked.
  • Promotion valid for travel between the mainland U.S. and Europe (AMS, BRU, CDG, DUB, EDI, FRA, GVA, LHR, MAD, MUC, SNN, ZRH).
  • Tickets must be purchased between September 26, 2023 and September 29, 2023.
  • Round-trip purchase is not required.
  • Travel beginning on or after September 26, 2023 and travel complete by December 14, 2023.
  • No blackout dates
  • Awards shown are valid for travel Sunday through Saturday.
  • Awards are valid in the Economy (Coach) cabin on United/United Express carriers.
  • Some flights may be operated by the following airlines, doing business as United Express: Air Wisconsin, CommuteAir, GoJet Airlines, Mesa Airlines, Republic Airways, or SkyWest Airlines; or may be operated pursuant to a codeshare agreement, such as Silver Airways.
  • Award pricing is subject to change without notice.
  • Passenger is responsible for all taxes, fees, baggage fees and surcharges applicable to award travel, including, with respect to government-imposed taxes and fees, September 11th Security Fee of $5.60 per one-way trip that does not include a government-defined stopover, U.S. Customs, Immigration and APHIS User Fees of $17.48 for each international arrival in the U.S.; and non-U.S. government ticket taxes, fees and airport charges may add up to $355 per ticket as of January 1, 2023. Such taxes, fees and surcharges must be paid at the time of ticketing and are subject to change.
  • Any valid unused award ticket may be returned to the MileagePlus Service Center, for a service charge, up to one year from the date of issue.

Full terms and conditions can be found on the promotion page.

Quick thoughts

I’m writing this post in case its of help to any of our readers, but I’m currently struggling to see how 30,000 miles for one-way Economy Class travel is something to get excited about. That doesn’t seem particularly “cheap” to me.

For what it’s worth, it looks like these awards are (at the time of writing) reasonably easy to find:

What may be more important, however, is the fact that not only can you find a few one-way fares originating in Europe at the promotional price, but you can also find dates on which the one-way awards out of Europe cost less. Sometimes considerably less.

a screenshot of a flight schedule
a screenshot of a flight schedule

Bottom line

United Airlines has announced a 4-day Economy Class award sale on its routes between the US and Europe. Personally, I can’t get excited about paying 30,000 miles for one way travel at the back of the bus, but as United is also offering a number of one way awards (between Europe and the US) for considerably less than 30,000 miles, there may be some worthwhile deals here for anyone wanting to visit Europe in the next 11 weeks.

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  1. In Biden’s historic inflation reality where literally the cost of nearly EVERYTHING has hit historic highs, 30,000 miles to Europe is sadly now pretty much a deal. But obviously we can all be content that we don’t have a lot of mean tweets. Amirite? smh

  2. I did not realize that Pres. Biden invaded Ukraine! When did he do this? Why did it happen? I just looked up a great round-trip, CDG to AUS back again for <$100 (plus 60,000 points). Last time I looked to see what I could get with United points, it looked like a round-trip for $$$ cost half as much as that trip/value in PTS. THEN: Just when I thought we were mistaken to build up United points, this deal come along. Let's hope for a second mild winter in EUR, so that V. Putin's bloody shenanigans won't make things even more-horrific for more people, both in Europe and in Sub-Saharan Africa. The world needs Ukraine's wheat more than the Black Sea needs a shipping blockage. COVID cases are on the rise, too (including some mortality). I'll bet you anything that's also Pres. Biden's fault! Is there Nothing we can't find to blame on him?

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