As confirmed moments ago by FlyerTalk member United PR — who also happens to be Vice President of the United Airlines Mileage Plus frequent flier loyalty program — on Feb 1 – one-way awards will be bookable on ual.com, where one can travel one-way for half the miles of a round-trip award on United Airlines or United Express, starting at 12,500 Mileage Plus miles for a domestic Saver award.
Moreover, United Airlines is introducing Miles & Money Awards, which will enable one to book a round-trip flight, hotel stay or car rental for fewer Mileage Plus miles by making up the difference in cash.
Initially, both One-Way Awards and Miles & Money Awards will only be available via the Internet web site of United Airlines, but one will be able to call a United Airlines reservations agent via telephone later in 2010 to book these awards.
No, the award stay itself is not costing US$3,000, but rather that is the amount charged to the credit card of FlyerTalk member PedroNY. Why he incurred a $3,000 charge to redeem 6-Night VIP in Sydney???
PedroNY was attempting to book an award reservation at the Hilton Sydney in January of 2011. While he was assured that the deposit would be returned to him after his stay, he cringed at the thought of losing the use of US$3,000 for an entire year.
Find out what advice PedroNY was given by fellow FlyerTalk members to avoid having his credit card charged US$3,000 for an entire year, as well as who actually made money on this policy as a result of unexpected arbitrage…
What is a Yapta?
Find out in the Yapta to monitor for reward availability thread, where there are links to announcements via the Internet that Yapta will monitor award availability on the following airlines:
- Continental Airlines
- Alaska Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- United Airlines
- US Airways
…and use of this service is reportedly free of charge!
Information may also be found in the Sunday Travel section of the New York Times.
Experimentation by Flyer Talkers has confirmed that Qantas first class award availability is better for elites than for non-elites.
You are not alone. Some FTers on the bmi forum are documenting taxes on paid tickets and the same ticket as an award. Unfortunately the tax figure is not always the same (somehow only ever ends up being higher).
If you are an Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan member and you want to redeem your Mileage Plan miles for an award ticket, you had better hurry, as redemption levels increase later this summer.
For further information and details, please read the Award Costs Increase on 1 August 2007 thread.