Via Dan’s Deals, United.com is pricing business class awards between North America and Europe at the lower United price.
United’s award chart bloodletting created a separate, more expensive award chart for travel on partner airlines (even ‘joint venture’ partners, where United is supposed to be indifferent as to whether you fly United or their JV partner).
Business class between the US and Europe currently runs:
- 57,500 miles if you fly United (115,000 roundtrip)
- 70,000 miles if you fly a partner (140,000 roundtrip)
Right now – for January, February, and March – they are pricing partner awards at the price of United flights.
Of course that’s low season for Europe travel, so I am going to assume this is an ‘unannoucned sale’. Of course there is no telling how many days (or hours or minutes!) this could last, so book now if you have interest in using your United miles for travel between the US and Europe during the first quarter of 2015 in order to save 25,000 miles roundtrip!
Interestingly, travel on Lufthansa shows up with pricing options at both the United-only saver level, and the more expensive standard award price which is only for United travel. So clearly this unannounced sale is using the United-only pricing (as opposed to a new ‘short term discount’ price level) despite allowing travel on partner airlines.