More UA routes with 5k saver awards

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Old Mar 25, 19, 12:44 pm
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More UA routes with 5k saver awards

Per TPG United is now offering more than a few routes as low as 5k one-way, with little relation to the distance traveled (though many are short routes like SFO/LAX-LAS). Sounds good to me, provided it’s not the first step towards eliminated award charts like Skypesos

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I saw this on AA the other day. Didn't know UA followed. Any other examples?
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Old Mar 25, 19, 12:58 pm
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Originally Posted by aacharya View Post
I saw this on AA the other day. Didn't know UA followed. Any other examples?
Check this link - https://thepointsguy.com/news/united...0-mile-awards/
Smells like Dynamic Pricing!
  • Newark – Ft. Lauderdale 5,000 miles
  • Los Angeles – Las Vegas 5,000 miles
  • Houston – Las Vegas 5,000 miles
  • San Francisco – Las Vegas 5,000 miles
  • San Francisco – Seattle 5,500 miles
  • Dulles – Newark 5,500 miles
  • San Francisco – Portland 6,000 miles
  • San Francisco – Denver 8,500 miles
  • Reno – San Francisco 8,500 miles
  • Dulles – Orlando 9,000 miles
  • Denver – Houston 10,500 miles
  • Chicago – Newark 11,000 miles
  • Newark – Orlando 11,000 miles
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Delta has many routes with this type of pricing... seems to be more of a match in that direction. How SFO-RNO is 8,500 while SFO-LAS is 5,000 is well beyond me.
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Old Mar 25, 19, 1:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Boraxo View Post
Sounds good to me, provided it’s not the first step towards eliminated award charts like Skypesos
Right. My immediate thought is, "what's the catch?"

They still haven't published an award chart for P+ awards. And the PDF award chart is no longer linked...
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Old Mar 25, 19, 1:35 pm
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5k awards mid-week STL-DEN
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Originally Posted by aCavalierInCoach View Post
Delta has many routes with this type of pricing... seems to be more of a match in that direction. How SFO-RNO is 8,500 while SFO-LAS is 5,000 is well beyond me.
Capacity. There's a lot of non-rev traffic to/from Las Vegas. I think UA wants to maintain a healthy schedule to/from since it's (I think) 3rd largest convention city and garners more business travel than you'd think. Displacing non-rev traffic w/ any sort of fee-paying (bags/food/drink/E+/change fees, etc) passenger is good and reduces outstanding mileage.

IAH-LAS is about twice as far as SFO-LAS and also 5k.

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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
Right. My immediate thought is, "what's the catch?"

They still haven't published an award chart for P+ awards. And the PDF award chart is no longer linked...
I would agree that this is the beginning of a switch to the DL model
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I wasn't too worried when I saw the example of SFO-LAX/LAS, but EWR-FLL seems too generous for this to be all good.
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There are some definite good sfo-las awards avail but why are those flights still priced so highly for cash tickets? One would think there’d be some correlation
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Originally Posted by sfnats View Post
There are some definite good sfo-las awards avail but why are those flights still priced so highly for cash tickets? One would think there’d be some correlation
That makes me thing it's less of a SkyPesos type change - Delta basically just makes their award pricing follow their cash pricing. If United is just picking some routes regardless of cash pricing, might be more an attempt to see if they can wring some ancillary revenue out of someone with 5k in credit card miles but otherwise no status.
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Old Mar 25, 19, 5:23 pm
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It actually looks clearly pricing related based on my single city pair experience.

I was looking at LAS flights (without having read this thread) and stumbled upon prices ranging from 6K to 25K for economy awards, and almost everything in between as I looked at various days. I didn't meticulously assess, but the correlation with the available $$ fare was pretty apparent on inspection.

6K miles for a $96 fare is still barely credible for me though. Put another way, if I could fly to Europe in business class for $960 one way, I'd do that rather than spend 60,000 miles.
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Old Mar 25, 19, 6:30 pm
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Originally Posted by aCavalierInCoach View Post
Delta has many routes with this type of pricing... seems to be more of a match in that direction. How SFO-RNO is 8,500 while SFO-LAS is 5,000 is well beyond me.
SFO-RNO is often very expensive. If buying SFO-RNO as O&D, only M fares are often available, as they try to keep the seats in the lower fare buckets for people connecting onwards (e.g., RNO-SFO-SEA).

The new pricing at 8,500 miles is attractive, and I'm certain to be taken advantage of it for upcoming ski trips.
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btv ewr 6k one way on some date.
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Old Mar 25, 19, 8:10 pm
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Originally Posted by raehl311 View Post
That makes me thing it's less of a SkyPesos type change - Delta basically just makes their award pricing follow their cash pricing.
That's not true of domestic coach fares. It's like JetBlue or Southwest where the award price is a function of the lowest available paid fare -- xxx points per $.
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