United Airlines is running an award sale to Japan for 25,000 miles each way in economy. It’s marketed in a bit of a funny way, since they’re promoting both paid fares and awards on sale – the lede is about financing the trip for “$74/mo!”
I think it would be interesting if they promoted awards as ’12 months same as miles! Japan for just 2,083 miles per month!’ But financing travel is bigger business than you might expect. Up to 15% of United Vacations purchases are financed. And of course United is earning commission selling the financing as well as generating more trips this way.
- Purchase by April 7 for travel by May 18.
- No blackout dates or day of travel restrictions, but lowest award inventory must be available
- Travel to/from Tokyo Haneda or Narita as well as Osaka
I’m headed back to Tokyo soon and can’t wait. It’s one of the greatest food cities in the world (in addition to other things, of course). It’s a long way to go in coach, but that’s how most people travel, and spending fewer points to do so is great. It’s a short travel window of course, but that’s a function of United seeing light close-in bookings I’d imagine.
(HT: Loyalty Lobby)