United Airlines changes frequent flier awards

United Airlines just changed its frequent flier awards, moving closer  to a revenue based model.

The changes will take effect on Nov. 1 for all MileagePlus members worldwide.

The biggest changes are that new “Everyday Awards” will replace “Standard Awards” and pricing for Everyday Awards will vary from flight to flight. United’s Upgrade Awards will not change.

It was only a matter of time before this happened. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have changed their programs in the last few years. Last year, United tweaked its award fee structure and booking process, introducing the Excursionist Perk.

United’s MileagePlus current awards charts show a Standard Award for one-way, economy class travel within the 48 contiguous United States costs 25,000 miles. As of Nov. 1, the new awards charts show that same one-way flight will cost no more than 32,500 Everyday Award miles. Click on the above links to see how the changes will affect where you like to travel.

United will continue to offer Saver Awards, but some prices will change. Prices will be:

      • The same (10,000 or 12,500 miles one way) for for Economy Saver travel to, from or within the 48 contiguous states
      • Lower for most short-haul intra-region Economy Saver Awards for flights outside the United States, such as within Europe
      • Higher for Saver Awards for certain international cities
      • Higher for Business Saver Awards for U.S. premium transcontinental routes and some Hawaii routes

    Another big change is that MileagePlus members who don’t show up for a flight and request a redeposit of their miles will have to pay a $125 redeposit fee for award bookings made on or after Nov. 1.