Great United Thanksgiving Weekend Award Availability

Aug 15, 2012

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Thanksgiving weekend may be one of the busiest and most expensive, times to travel, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use miles to save money and fly in style this holiday season. I recently helped several friends book saver level award on United from New York to Los Angeles and noticed a surprising amount of saver (lowest-level) availability. I poked around on some other random routes on United and other carriers and was surprised at the amount of availability in general, so I thought I’d write a quick reminder post that now might be a good time to book Thanksgiving award travel.

I have to imagine these saver level seats will begin to disappear as more and more people start booking paid tickets over the next couple months, so if you have Thanksgiving travel plans, check out your mileage options and you may be surprised. Though always do the math and double check fares before you buy to make sure you are getting good value out of your mileage redemption.

There was a lot of first class saver availability LAX-JFK over Thanksgiving for 35,000 miles each way and even some economy at 12,500 miles.
Lots of New York-San Francisco saver availability.

50,000 miles Washington Dulles-San Francisco for first class on United. 

While the non-stop Los Angeles-Boston wasn’t available for a saver award, I was able to find saver availability with a stop.

Phoenix-Washington for 50,000 miles as a saver award over Thanksgiving. 

Has anyone else found great award availability over Thanksgiving? Share your tips below!

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