Effective immediately, your United MileagePlus miles will no longer expire (and if your miles were set to expire in July/August 2019, United will be re-instating them).
It’s interesting how United is switching its loyalty program to be more and more like Delta’s – first, by introducing dynamic pricing for award tickets and now by eliminating expiration dates for miles earned.
While it may sound good that your miles will never expire, United miles are now worth less because of the switch to dynamic pricing, so the recent changes are a mixed bag. Aside from that, Delta’s SkyMiles have the worst redemption values of all the miles of the major U.S. carriers, so United’s adopting of Delta’s reward model makes me a little nervous.
What are your thoughts on United making it so that MileagePlus miles never expire? Let me know in the comments!
An amazing Black Friday deal from ANA and United Airlines! Unlike many of the Black Friday sales, this deal will earn your full premier qualifying mileage with United. There is currently wide-open avaialibility between January and October 2019.
Sample travel dates include:
- January 24-31
- February 6-14
- March 13-24
- May 8-15
- And many more
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As a San Francisco-based travel blogger, I’m always on the lookout for new nonstop flights leaving from the Bay Area.
So it was an awesome surprise when this morning, I saw that United will be offering special nonstop service between SFO and Barcelona (airport code: BCN) in February 2019. United will be offering the following flights:
- February 23 – San Francisco 1:45 p.m. Barcelona 10:25 a.m.+1
- February 24 – Barcelona 12:50 p.m. San Francisco 4:20 p.m.
- February 27 – San Francisco 1:45 p.m. Barcelona 10:25 a.m. +1
- February 28 – Barcelona 12:45 p.m. San Francisco 4:15 p.m.
These flights are being offered as a result of Barcelona hosting the 2019 Mobile World Congress, and will help the Silicon Valley crowd get to/from the event.
Tickets aren’t cheap (I just did a search and it was $2,589 on United) and there is no saver award availability, meaning you’d be paying at least 70,000 miles. If you are cost-sensitive, Level by Iberia offers the best deals to Barcelona from San Francisco (with round-trip, direct flights as low as $308), but this is still a pretty cool offer from United.
H/T: Live and Let’s Fly
United and Cathay Pacific have some pretty amazing flights from San Francisco to Hong Kong right now. Flights start at $417 direct, round-trip, after taxes with open availability between September and December 2018.
This is a great deal to Hong Kong and my favorite time to visit the city, with less heat and humidity.
To find this deal, use my Expedia link to search for flights between SFO and HKG.