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A little over a week ago, United announced that the airline will pull out completely from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and move its premium service (p.s.) flights to nearby Newark Liberty International Airport. As a reminder, on these p.s. flights to San Francisco and Los Angeles, United offers flat-bed seats and international business class-like service.
Earlier today, we reported that United is currently in the midst of calling passengers who were booked after October 25 to reschedule their flights to a Newark-based p.s. flight. For now, at least, it appears that Saver BusinessFirst award space is nearly wide open on p.s. 757 flights nearly every day of the week.
We were able to find award space from November through the end of schedule, with the exception being some of the busy holiday times.
This space might not last too long, so if you’re planning on a transcontinental trip anytime soon, this is a great time to book. With United MileagePlus miles, a round-trip saver award in BusinessFirst costs 50,000 miles (25,000 miles in coach) — a good value for flights that can sometimes cost several thousand dollars. If you need to top up, you can transfer miles from both Chase Ultimate Rewards (earn 40,000 bonus points with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card) and Starwood Preferred Guest.
Even better, you can book these flights for 35,000 Lufthansa Miles & More miles round-trip, which is a great value. If you don’t bank your miles to Lufthansa, you can always transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points in — another reason why SPG points are so valuable.
It’s anyone’s guess how long this availability might last, so be sure to book as soon as possible if you’re looking to fly. Keep in mind that these flights can also help you get in position for an international trip — United offers many transatlantic flights from Newark and many transpacific (and Hawaii) flights from its hubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
United MileagePlus® Explorer Card
|Intro APR||Regular APR||Annual Fee||Foreign Transaction Fee||Credit Rating|
|N/A||16.24%-23.24% Variable||$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95||0%||Excellent Credit|