MileagePlus Award Charts to Be Eliminated. For Posterity, Refer to Them in the Future in This Article.

In attempting to introduce a broader range of award redemption prices, award charts which list a set amount of MileagePlus miles required for each flight will no longer be published by United Airlines effective as of Friday, November 15, 2019…

MileagePlus Award Charts to Be Eliminated. For Posterity, Refer to Them in the Future in This Article.

…but if you are searching for flights which occur prior to Friday, November 15, 2019, the redemption prices of award tickets will be the same as or lower than what is published.

Award charts are being eliminated because the increase of award prices for the flights which are in the most demand allows United Airlines “to offer lower prices on other flights. If your award travel is flexible, these updates will help you make the most of your miles.”

Some award prices will be lower than what are currently published in the award charts. If you have already seen these lower prices, you will be able to take advantage of them immediately…

…but other award prices may be higher than what are currently published in the award charts — especially if you are traveling at a popular time. These award redemption prices will take effect immediately for travel starting on Friday, November 15, 2019 or after.

In other words, award prices will become variable instead of fixed — so you will have no idea how many MileagePlus miles you will need to redeem until you actually start the process of booking an award ticket. The amount of MileagePlus miles you will need to redeem for an award will more likely than not be based on the revenue price of the flight: the cheaper the cost of the flight in cash will likely mean fewer MileagePlus miles to redeem for an award flight; and the more expensive the cost of the flight in cash will likely mean more MileagePlus miles to redeem for an award flight.

Also effective as of Friday, November 15, 2019, you will no longer be charged a fee of up to $75.00 for award flights which are booked within 21 days of departure.

…And Now: Presenting the Last Award Charts From MileagePlus…

The last MileagePlus award charts which were posted by United Airlines are being preserved for posterity in this article so that you can have a reference as to whether or not you are getting a good value in the future when booking an award ticket — but what is important to keep in mind is that if you are getting a relatively great deal on the amount of MileagePlus miles to redeem for an award ticket, chances are that the revenue cash price of the ticket may also likely be a good value as well. Always check both options before arriving at a final decision as to whether to pay cash for your flight or redeem your MileagePlus miles.

Each section includes travel award charts. As a bonus, upgrade award charts appear below after the conclusion of this article.

Origin: The 48 Contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada

Travel within the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada:

Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Award chart

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and Hawaii:

Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Award chart

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and Mexico:

Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Award chart

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and the Caribbean, which includes Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Bermuda, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Cayman Islands (Grand Cayman), Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, and United States Virgin Islands:

Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Award chart

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and Central America, which includes Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama:

Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Award chart

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and Northern South America, which includes Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela:

Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Award chart

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and Southern South America, which includes Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay:

Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Award chart

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and Europe, which includes Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom:

Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Award chart

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and the Middle East, which includes Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen:

Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Award chart

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and Northern Africa, which includes Algeria, Canary Islands, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia:

Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Award chart

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and Central and Southern Africa, which includes Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote D’lvoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion Island, Rwanda, South Africa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe:

Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Award chart Central and Southern Africa

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and North Asia, which includes Mainland China, South Korea, Mongolia and Taiwan:

Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Award chart North Asia

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and Central Asia, which includes Afghanistan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan:

Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Award chart Central Asia

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and South Asia, which includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar or Burma, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam:

Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Award chart South Asia

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and Japan:

Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Award chart Japan

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and Oceania, which includes American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Vanuatu and Samoa:

Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Award chart Oceania

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and Australia, New Zealand and Norfolk Island:

Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Award chart Australia, New Zealand and Norfolk Island

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Summary

Let’s face it: airlines have overall morphed from a failed and unsustainable model of practically giving everything away to its customers to getting stingier and stingier with providing its customers with value and fewer reasons for loyalty — and that has increasingly forced frequent fliers to become agnostic with regard to frequent flier loyalty programs.

United Airlines has once again followed the lead of Delta Air Lines, which eliminated its SkyMiles award charts effective as of Wednesday, June 1, 2016 — but you can still reference to when the last award charts for SkyMiles used to exist.

Airlines are not eliminating award charts for the benefit of customers. They are not offering Basic Economy airfares for the benefit of customers. They are not reducing seat pitch for the benefit of customers.

In fact, airlines rarely do anything in recent years for the benefit of customers. Rather, what they do is for their own benefits…

…and for those reasons, you can almost certainly count on American Airlines eventually eliminating award charts as well.

As for me, I do not like this trend of eliminating award charts. I intend to eventually add to this article the award charts from other origins in addition to the ones from the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada.

Photograph ©2016 by Brian Cohen.


Award Charts for Travel Originating From Other Than the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada

The following bonus section includes charts for award travel which does not originate from the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada. This bonus section is currently incomplete.

Travel between Hawaii and the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada:

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.


Upgrade Award Charts

The following bonus section includes charts for upgrade awards, as those charts will likely be eliminated as well. This bonus section is currently incomplete.

Origin: The 48 Contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada

Travel within the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada:

Award upgrade chart

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and Hawaii:

Award upgrade chart

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and Mexico:

Award upgrade chart

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and the Caribbean, which includes Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Bermuda, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Cayman Islands (Grand Cayman), Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, and United States Virgin Islands:

Award upgrade chart

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: United Airlines MileagePlus.

Travel between the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada and Central America, which includes Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama:

3 thoughts on “MileagePlus Award Charts to Be Eliminated. For Posterity, Refer to Them in the Future in This Article.”

  1. Steve K says:

    The golden age of FF programs has or is ending with many carriers. This was to be seen about five or so years ago with incremental steps to make FF programs frustrating, meaningless with unrealistic mile levels. Since you said it, it only benefits the Big Three carriers to shed the FF programs. They know they have a lock on US flying. Southwest and Alaska are still good, but look for them to follow suit. They won’t do it just like that. So, the miles, now based on revenue, accumulated won’t amount to a hill of beans for many and will simply go unused. Consider the number of miles it takes with Sky Pesos for many short haul flights 38,000, 52,000 – or more as I’ve seen – in Y for a 400 mile flight. Glad I got to experience the fun days – like USAir. Ah, to think of the many J and F international Star Alliance flights on so few miles.

  2. Barry Graham says:

    I would be happy to see a program that rewards passengers simply with better seats. Free flights are nice but when I am traveling a lot, upgrades mean a lot more to me.

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