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It’s been awhile, but it looks like United is back in the business of regularly discounting award flights.
In 2009 and 2010, United offered limited-time discounts on award flights no fewer than 12 times, establishing itself as the industry leader in award discounting.
But, perhaps distracted by the exigencies of merging the United and Continental frequent flyer programs, the discounting was suspended until the very end of 2011, when United and Continental jointly offered a 20 percent discount for award flights in &quot;select markets.&quot;
With this new promotion, United will have offered two award discounts in two consecutive quarters, a good start on reestablishing its previous pattern.
MileagePlus and OnePass members can save up to 25 percent on restricted coach award tickets between the U.S. and Europe or Central/South Africa booked by January 16 and completed between January 27 and March 22, as follows:
Only MileagePlus miles may be redeemed for discounted United flights; and only OnePass miles may be redeemed for Continental flights. But you can easily transfer miles back and forth between the two programs, so the restriction is moot.
The fine print:
Deal or No Deal
A significant discount on a significant number of routes during a significant time period. Nice, nice, and nice.
Meaningful award discounts like this add real value to MileagePlus miles, and to the program itself.
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Award trips to Europe, anyone?
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