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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

United's new website update: challenging

Effective for tickets purchased on or after 10/6, United now has new award fees and stopover rules in place.  Others have already written at length about the changes though I thought it important to call out a few changes that might impact the more casual traveler.  Probably the biggest change is the new "Excursionist Perk" that replaces normal stopover rules from the past.  United describes it in this way:

The Excursionist Perk is a free one-way award within select multi-city itineraries. Members who book an itinerary with three or more one-way awards will be eligible to receive one of those one-way awards for free, if it meets all of these conditions:

  • The Excursionist Perk cannot be in the MileagePlus defined region where your travel originates. (For example, if your journey begins in North America, you will only receive the Excursionist Perk if travel is within a region outside of North America.)
  • Travel must end in the same MileagePlus defined region where travel originates.
  • The origin and destination of the Excursionist Perk is within a single MileagePlus defined region.
  • The cabin of service and award type of the free one-way award is the same or lower than the one-way award preceding it.
  • If two or more one-way awards qualify for this benefit, only the first occurrence will be free.
Lucky notes that the variability of the site search makes certain awards difficult to find (if not impossible) based on current rules.  One of the best ways to make sure that things price properly is to also search by one-way awards and comparing the roundtrip price.

Be diligent in your searches and always recheck your options!  You might find some mileage savings if you do.

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