United’s limited 20% off awards to Europe

It is not all that uncommon for United Airlines to offer a sale on award bookings to Europe in the winter. Demand is low and there are plenty of coach seats available on several routes so offering up a 20% discount on those coach awards is a nice way to move some inventory and make customers happy, too. This time around, however, the offer is rather more limited than in the past.

Nine cities available as economy award from United this winter for 20% off
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

Bookings must be completed by 4 December 2014 and travel is available from 12 January 2015 to 12 March 2015. But unlike in past years the available destinations are very limited. Only Amsterdam (AMS), Brussels (BRU), Frankfurt (FRA), Geneva (GVA), Hamburg (HAM), London (LHR), Munich (MUC), Paris (CDG) and Zurich (ZRH) are eligible for the discounted awards.

An open jaw is permitted but stopovers are not. And travel is not valid on the weekends; Friday, Saturday and Sunday are excluded from the promotion.

So, yeah, if you can make it work this isn’t so bad. But with the requirement to only fly on UA metal, limited to 9 cities and excluding the days I’d probably want to get away I’m going to give this one a pass.

Full details on the offer are available on the United site.



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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. How much is for business class? I tried booking — I have the Explorer card — and it said that business was 120,000 miles from LAX to MUC in third week of Feb.

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