Save 20 Percent on Redemption of MileagePlus Miles to Four Destinations

In what is called a “rare, limited-time Saver Award sale to these breathtaking cities”, United Airlines is offering a discount of the redemption of MileagePlus miles for travel in the economy class cabin between the United States — excluding Hawaii — and Porto, Reykjavik, Singapore and Sydney when travel is completed on or before Sunday, June 17, 2018…

Save 20 Percent on Redemption of MileagePlus Miles to Four Destinations

…but you must book your discounted saver award reservations by Friday, March 2, 2018 at 11:59 in the evening Central Standard Time. Additionally, this promotion is valid for travel to or from Porto, Singapore or Sydney beginning on or after Friday, May 4, 2018; and travel to or from Reykjavik on or after Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

Destination Regular Price Round Trip Reduced Price Round Trip Taxes and Fees
Porto, Portugal 60,000 MileagePlus miles 48,000 MileagePlus miles From $75.00
Reykjavik, Iceland 60,000 MileagePlus miles 48,000 MileagePlus miles From $60.00
Singapore 80,000 MileagePlus miles 64,000 MileagePlus miles From $55.00
Sydney, Australia 80,000 MileagePlus miles 64,000 MileagePlus miles From $125.00

Be aware that one-way travel is still priced as a regular award which is not discounted.

Select Terms and Conditions

Some exclusions apply. Discounted Saver Award price is limited to a specific ticketing and travel period. Any changes made after the sale ticketing period ends or that cause travel to be outside of the sale travel period will require a reissue of the entire ticket and sale pricing will not apply. Fares, fees, rules and offers are subject to change without notice.

This offer for discounted saver awards is valid seven days per week and is available to all members of the MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program; and the saver award discount is only valid for air travel.

Discounted Saver Award 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.

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.

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, US Customs, Immigration and APHIS User Fees of $17.50 for each international arrival in the U.S.; and non-U.S. government ticket taxes, fees and airport charges may add up to $275 per ticket as of January 1, 2018. 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. For more information on MileagePlus award travel visit

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

This offer cannot be combined with other offers.

Changes to travel itineraries are permitted in advance. Changes may be subject to additional service fees of up to $125.00 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. Any changes made after the sale ticketing period ends will require a reissue of the entire ticket and sale pricing will not apply.

If the value of a partially used ticket is applied to travel outside of the promotion period, you 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 your MileagePlus membership 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.

This offer — as well as award pricing — is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Please allow up to eight weeks after completed qualifying activity for miles to post to your account. 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.

Other terms and conditions — including those of the MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program — apply.


Whether or not this is a good sale depends on your circumstances.

If you are based in Newark, the airfare to Reykjavik is slightly greater than $442.00; and United Airlines currently has a sale between Los Angeles and Singapore for as low as $515.00 — both of which are round-trip prices which include taxes and government fees. In these two cases, you may be better off purchasing your airfare and saving your MileagePlus miles for a better redemption opportunity.

If you are based in Atlanta and want to travel to Reykjavik, be prepared to pay $917.00 round-trip. Unless you do not mind spending a day of your life traveling on Megabus — if you are lucky enough to get a fare of one dollar plus taxes and fees traveling to New York — the cost of a flight between Atlanta and New York or Newark is typically not worth securing a low airfare to continue on to Reykjavik. In this case, 48,000 MileagePlus miles for round-trip travel is closer to a deal at 1.9 cents per MileagePlus mile…

…but the last day to return to Atlanta from Reykjavik for only 48,000 MileagePlus miles is really Friday, June 15, 2018 at this time due to demand; so flexibility is key in participating in this offer.

If your travel is not flexible; if you are based in a location where you can secure low airfares to the four destinations listed in this promotion; or if you prefer to travel in the premium class cabin, this offer is not for you — but if travel to the four destinations from where you are based is expensive; if your travel is flexible; and you do not mind traveling in the economy class cabin, consider taking advantage of this offer.

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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