Save 5,000 MileagePlus Miles to Mexico: United Airlines Flash Sale — February 2017 Edition

I n celebration of 50 years of flights between the United States and Mexico on United Airlines, the amount of MileagePlus miles you need to redeem for travel to Mexico in economy class has been discounted by 5,000 MileagePlus miles round trip from Saturday, April 29, 2017 through Friday, May 26, 2017 — by when travel must be completed — but you must book your award travel by Friday, February 24, 2017 at 11:59 in the evening Central Standard Time, as this sale is only in effect through then; and any member of the United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program is eligible to participate in this flash sale.

United Airlines Flash Sale — February 2017 Edition

Award travel between Canada and Mexico is also valid in this flash sale; but travel to or from Hawaii is excluded from this flash sale. You can travel any day of the week during the promotion period.

Taxes and fees are not included in the redemption of award tickets. Those are extra costs of which you will have to pay whenever you redeem your MileagePlus miles for a ticket, which must be purchased at the official Internet web site of United Airlines.

Select Terms and Conditions

The Discounted Saver Award — which is only valid for air travel; and only for roundtrip travel in the economy class cabin of United Airlines — can be combined with other award types as long as the itinerary is roundtrip. For example, you can book a Standard Award for the outbound portion of an itinerary and a Saver Award for the return portion, or vice versa; but only the flight segments purchased with a qualifying Saver Award will be eligible for a discount. However, this offer cannot be combined with other offers.

Award travel is subject to government-imposed taxes and fees, surcharges, and carrier-imposed charges, which are your responsibility and must be paid at the time the ticket is booked. This includes — with respect to government imposed taxes and fees — the September 11th Security Fee of $5.60 per one-way trip which does not include a government defined stopover, United States Customs, Immigration and APHIS User Fees of $17.50 for each international arrival in the United States; and non-United States government ticket taxes, fees and airport charges may add up to $275.00 per ticket as of Sunday, January 1, 2017. 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.

Award seats are subject to availability and capacity-control restrictions apply. Redemption amounts, fees, rules, award pricing, and offers are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

In terms of fees for baggage, allowances are subject to size or weight limits. Refer to excess baggage for details.

Other restrictions, terms and conditions apply — including but not limited to additional fare rules, restrictions, fees, and baggage charges which may apply

For this offer, “roundtrip” is defined as travel from an origin city to a destination city with return travel ending at the origin city, and with all segments on flights operated by United Airlines. A segment is defined as one takeoff and one landing. Open-jaw itineraries within the same region do qualify for the discount. Stopovers are not permitted. A booking service charge may apply for travel booked less than 21 days before departure.

Qualifying existing award tickets may be reissued, upon request, to the award sale mileage. They are subject to the award change policy, including any applicable service fees.

For more information on MileagePlus award travel visit united.com/awards

Travel on award tickets is not eligible for mileage accrual in United MileagePlus or any other loyalty program.

Changes to travel itineraries are permitted in advance. Changes may be subject to additional service fees of up to $125 per ticket (based on account status at the time when the miles were redeemed).

If a wholly unused ticket is exchanged for travel outside of the promotion period or travel that does not otherwise comply with the terms and conditions of this promotion, the mileage will be credited back into the member’s account, subject to an applicable service charge, and a new ticket will be issued at the mileage redemption rate commensurate with the new award.

If the value of a partially used ticket is applied to travel outside of the promotion period, the traveler must purchase a new one-way ticket or redeem a new one-way award at the applicable mileage-redemption rate. The unused return portion of the ticket is not valid for travel and cannot be credited back into the member’s account.

Redemption of additional award miles may be required if any portion of the itinerary is outside of the promotion period or does not otherwise comply with the terms and conditions of this promotion.

Miles accrued, awards, and benefits issued are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program, including without limitation the Premier program (the “MileagePlus Program”), which are expressly incorporated herein. Please allow up to eight weeks after completed qualifying activity for miles to post to your account. United may change the MileagePlus Program including, but not limited to, rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers or terminate the MileagePlus Program at any time and without notice. United and its subsidiaries, affiliates and agents are not responsible for any products or services of other participating companies and partners. Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the member. Bonus award miles, award miles and any other miles earned through non-flight activity do not count toward qualification for Premier status unless expressly stated otherwise. The accumulation of mileage or Premier status or any other status does not entitle members to any vested rights with respect to the MileagePlus Program. All calculations made in connection with the MileagePlus Program, including without limitation with respect to the accumulation of mileage and the satisfaction of the qualification requirements for Premier status, will be made by United Airlines and MileagePlus in their discretion and such calculations will be considered final. Information in this communication that relates to the MileagePlus Program does not purport to be complete or comprehensive and may not include all of the information that a member may believe is important, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to all of the information on the united.com website and the MileagePlus Program rules. United and MileagePlus are registered service marks. For complete details about the MileagePlus Program, go to united.com/mileageplus

Summary

If you live in a location which is prone to winter weather, a trip to Mexico most likely sounds good to you right about now. Delta Air Lines offered a flash sale on the redemption of SkyMiles for award travel to Mexico just last month.

A discount of 5,000 MileagePlus miles is not exactly a spectacular deal — the price of the award ticket is reduced from 35,000 MileagePlus miles to 30,000 MileagePlus miles — but saving any amount of MileagePlus miles on an award ticket is better than not saving any at all.

Photograph ©2016 by Brian Cohen.

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