Two months ago I wrote about United’s unpublished business class partner award discount.
United has been charging less for partner awards than their award chart says they will, charging as though you were flying just on United (perhaps a technical glitch rollings back a big chunk of the Great Devaluation).
For US – Europe, business class awards are supposed to cost:
- 57,500 miles if you fly United (115,000 roundtrip)
- 70,000 miles if you fly a partner (140,000 roundtrip)
But many partner awards are still pricing at the United price, a savings of 25,000 miles on a roundtrip.
When this ‘discount’ first started pricing, it appeared to work only through March. But it works farther out in the calendar now as well.
Here’s an Austrian itinerary in April:
Here’s a Lufthansa itinerary in May:
And LOT Polish in May:
And it works for South Asia, too — partner awards are supposed to price at 80,000 miles one-way in business while United awards are 70,000. But you’ll find partner awards at the 70,000 price as well.
Get your premium cabin United partner awards while the discount is on! You can of course transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points instantly to United to off off your account.