Last month I mentioned Spencer Howard who runs a free email newsletter where he sends out award availability alerts. He’s found something interesting: Wide open business class saver awards for four or more passengers non-stop between the U.S. and India on United.
United Polaris Business Class Seat, Boeing 777-300ER
Wide Open Award Availability
United operates three different routes between the U.S. and India and all three have wide open business class award space looking out into 2021.
- Newark – Delhi is wide open in April and early May 2021.
- Newark – Mumbai is wide open late January through early May 2021.
- San Francisco – Delhi is wide open February through early May, but the return flight is much harder to get. This flight is currently slated to have United’s old business class seat.
Taj Palace, Mumbai
Here’s a search for 4 business class partner saver awards on United for the Newark – Delhi route in April. I decided to show connecting availability also because it’s worth flagging business class award space for four or more people on Swiss through Zurich and Turkish via Istanbul. There’s even Air Canada business class Delhi – Vancouver for four passengers on Tuesdays.
Booking These Awards
Chase points transfer to United, and United charges 75,000 miles each way for these awards. Amex points transfer to Aeroplan (75,000 miles each way) or to ANA (just 136,000 miles roundtrip). If using Amex points I’d still transfer to Aeroplan for the certainty – those transfers are generally instant, while ANA transfers may take a couple of days – and the space could be gone before the points show up.
The absolute cheapest redemption would be through Turkish Miles & Smiles. Turkish is a Citi transfer partner, but those transfers can take a couple of days as well. You can put the award on hold pending transfer.
If you have a stash of Avianca miles the awards will run you 78,000 miles each way. While Avianca has had issues with redemptions on Lufthansa group airlines, United awards continue to come up on their website.