One Week Remaining to Book Your Pre-Deval United Awards

With the United devaluation looming, I hope everyone’s ducks are in a row when it comes to booking awards. I’ve been busy booking awards for friends, family, and clients who definitely want to use their United miles before they become worth a lot less.

As I detailed before, the biggest hit comes to the best part of the United MileagePlus program – premium cabins on partner airlines. Some awards are going up as much as 80%!

Should you burn your United miles?

Yes… but only if you have somewhere you’d actually like to go! If you’re planning a trip in 2014, definitely figure out if you can utilize your United miles for it before February 1. Consider this your last minute push to start planning a trip.

If you primarily redeem your miles for Economy travel, I wouldn’t worry so much. Most coach travel will remain unchanged. The ones that do increase only do so by 5-15K miles; nothing outrageous.

Here is the differences in the current and future award chart in Google doc form.

Am I burning my own United miles?

Not exactly. While I have just booked 3-4 awards out of my own United account (for my parents), they were in Economy. As I said before, most Economy awards are either staying the same or going up a reasonable 5,000 miles round trip.

However, the North America to South Asia coach award is going up 15K miles round trip.

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Since my parents travel to the Philippines often, this would be a problem. That’s why I booked a few trips for them while the award only cost me 65K round trip. Saving 15K miles per trip is definitely a reason to burn miles!

In Closing

So long to some of the greatest travel experiences I’ve had in First Class thanks to United miles! No need to sulk; it’s just time to hustle harder and find the next big way to game the system!

Seat 2A

Thai Airways First Class – Seat 2A

Royal Orchid Spa

Royal Orchid Spa

Notice those sweet lamps

Swiss First Class. Notice those sweet lamps

Laurent-Perrier champagne

Laurent-Perrier champagne

All the first courses

All the first courses