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Book Domestic United Award Tickets at a 20% Discount

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United has issued a sale on award tickets for domestic US travel — including Alaska and Hawaii. The 20% discount applies for round-trip itineraries booked by August 23 for travel through December 15 with some blackout dates around the Thanksgiving holiday.

United normally charges 45,000 miles for a round-trip award from the continental US to Hawaii, but with this sale it’ll only cost you 36,000 and $11. If you paid cash for this itinerary, it would cost you $768 for the round-trip ticket. Since TPG values United miles at 1.5 cents per mile, you’d be redeeming $540 worth of miles to book a flight that costs almost $800 — definitely a solid redemption.

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Fly round-trip from Newark (EWR) to Honolulu (HNL) for just 36,000 United miles.

We’re also seeing discounted award availability to Alaska — round-trip flights from Houston will cost you only 28,000 miles and $11, though many require a stop in each direction. If you were going to pay cash for this ticket, it would cost a total of $842. Using miles in this scenario is a great value, as you’ll have to redeem only $420 worth of miles to purchase this $800+ flight.

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Fly round-trip from Houston (IAH) to Anchorage (ANC) for just 28,000 United miles.

Flights within the continental US are discounted as well, although not every redemption is going to provide a great value like the Alaska and Hawaii flights. For example, a round-trip flight between Chicago (ORD) and San Francisco (SFO) will cost you 20,000 miles and $11, equal to $300 according to TPG’s valuations. The same flight costs just $231, so in this case it doesn’t make sense to redeem miles even with the discounted award rates — not to mention that you won’t earn miles for an award booking.

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In this case, it’s actually a better value to purchase your round-trip flight in cash.

Remember, you can earn more miles by signing up for the United MileagePlus Explorer Card from Chase. You’ll earn 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 within the first three months of account opening. If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, you can also transfer your Ultimate Rewards points to United MileagePlus instantly — helpful for those looking to snag a great award before they’re gone.

H/T: Wandering Aramean

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