United is ending service at New York JFK October 24 and increasing the number of flights they operate to San Francisco and Los Angeles from Newark.
They’ve loaded those additional flights into the schedule. All are operated by internationally-configured Boeing 757s with lie flat beds in business class.
And award space is wide open.
Now, here’s the color code key for the award calendar on United’s website.
I did a search to find eight award seats on the same flight and here’s what the calendar looks like for Newark – Los Angeles in November and December.
Dates on this calendar that are either blue or green should have flights with at least 8 premium cabin saver award seats available.
If you actually want eight seats on the same flight it’s probably going to be the last flight of the night.
Here’s what the calendar looks like in January and February… even better.
Things look good for Newark – San Francisco, also.
It’s a really excellent product for a domestic flight, too. United and American offer very similar seats on these routes (American also offers a first class on their flights, which United does not). I’ve flown American’s business class Los Angeles – New York (I also flew United’s older p.s. planes, but not the Continental version). Here’s what they look like:
How to redeem:
- United charges 25,000 miles each way. You can transfer Chase points instantly to United.
- Singapore charges 20,000 miles each way, and Singapore transfers in from Chase, American Express, Citibank, and Starwood. However Singapore miles don’t transfer instantly and I’m not confident this kind of availability will last.
- Aeroplan charges 25,000 miles each way. You can transfer American Express points instantly to Aeroplan.
(HT: Dan’s Deals who also points out that you can use these flights in conjunction with a Hawaii award.. Newark – Los Angeles/San Francisco – Hawaii.. and if you book a roundtrip you can even have a stopover in California.)