United is running a sale on coach international award travel that lets elites and co-brand cardmembers book Australia awards from just 40,000 miles roundtrip, as well as discounting numerous other destinations up to 50%, when you book today while lesser discounts will remain through December 2.
Today these members get ‘40% off’, while elites and co-brand cardmembers get a bigger discount and elites with a co-brand card get more still (50% off), for travel on United between the U.S. and Europe and Asia Pacific. That means Europe from 30,000 miles roundtrip, Japan and French Polynesia from 35,000 miles as well. Tuesday through Friday discounts drop to ‘up to 30%’.
Specific covered destinations:
- Europe: Amsterdam; Barcelona; Berlin; Brussels; Paris; Edingburgh; Frankfurt; Geneva; London Heathrow; Lisbon; Madrid; Munich; Zurich
- Australia: Brisbane; Melbourne; Sydney
- Japan: Fukuoka (they serve Guam..); Tokyo Haneda; Osaka; Tokyo Narita
- Other Asia Pacific: Guam; Singapore; Tahiti; Micronesia: (TKK), (PNI), (KSA), (KWA), (MAJ)
This summer I found United’s business class from Australia to be mediocre but certainly going a bit hungry wasn’t the end of the world. I don’t really want to fly United coach that far. But that’s how most people fly! And goodness 40,000 miles roundtrip represents a deal when paid fares can be over $2500. When’s the last time we saw redemptions worth more than 6 cents apiece on an economy redemption? Even against a $1350 fare that’s a value.
What’s more the deal appears to be for travel during peak season to Australia – but off peak for Europe and North Asia: January 27 – March 21, 2023. Since there are no cancel/deposit fees to deal with you can feel free to book speculatively.