United redemption scheme

United has switched to dynamic pricing almost entirely, but this “almost” thingy means there are still some remnants of normal values United once maintained in its award chart. You can still find some saver awards (which are very mediocre, at best), but the only way to find these awards is to look for your dates and destination. Fortunately, you can still see monthly calendars if you’re flexible with your dates.

Star Alliance airline partners 

  • Aegean Airlines
  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air India
  • Air New Zealand
  • All Nippon Airways (ANA)
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Copa Airlines
  • Croatia Airlines
  • EgyptAir
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • EVA Air
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)
  • Shenzhen Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • Swiss Airlines
  • TAP Portugal
  • Thai Airways
  • United Airlines

Non-Alliance airline partners

  • Aer Lingus
  • Aeromar
  • Air Dolomiti
  • Azul
  • Boutique Air
  • Cape Air
  • Edelweiss
  • Eurowings
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Olympic Air
  • Silver Airways
  • Vistara

Here’s why United MileagePlus is still relevant

  • You most probably have some United miles in your coffers
  • United miles don’t expire
  • United elite members and credit card holders have access to better Saver award space
  • The United award search engine interface is easy to use
  • United has a huge number of partners, which makes it easier to find Saver availability
  • There are no fuel surcharges ever
  • United offers a free stopover on a round-trip award ticket (Excursionist Perk)

How to book

As far as I know, all United partners are bookable online.

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