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$200 off United Polaris business-class flights to London

April 28, 2022
4 min read
United Airlines Boeing 737-800 takeoff from SFO sunset
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United Airlines is running a targeted, limited-time promotion where you can receive a $200 discount on one-way and round-trip United-operated business-class flights between the United States and London if you book by May 10 and travel by May 31.

Let's explore the details of this promotion to see if you're eligible and how you can leverage this offer on your next flight to London.

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United Boeing 787-9 Polaris business class. (Photo by Kyle Olsen/The Points Guy)

Deal basics

Airline: United Airlines.
Routes: United States to Heathrow Airport (LHR).
Book by: May 10 by 11:59 p.m. CT.
Travel dates: Now through May 31.
How to book: In order to book, targeted MileagePlus members should have already received an email. This promotion is only available to MileagePlus members who are targeted. In our tests, we found that three Premier 1K members were not targeted, but one Premier Gold and one Premier Silver member were targeted. If you aren't targeted, you'll see this error message.

(Screenshot from united.com)

The easiest way to check if you're eligible for the discount and book is by visiting this link and then clicking on "Book now." You'll want to make sure that you're signed in to your MileagePlus account before searching for flights.

By clicking on the promotion landing page, the promotion code "FLYLIKEROYALTY" will already be applied. Alternatively, you can go to United's homepage and select "Advanced search."

(Screenshot from united.com)

On the next page, you'll want to scroll down to "Promotions and certificates" and enter code "FLYLIKEROYALTY."

(Screenshot from united.com)

You'll see the flights available and "Special offer" under the business-class fares.

(Screenshot from united.com)

Flights from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) have the lowest fares of all United's flights to London, starting at $2,074.07 for a round-trip flight.

(Screenshot from united.com)

Comparatively, without the discount, the fare is $200 more.

(Screenshot from united.com)

Keep in mind that you'll earn only based on your airfare and the amount that you spend. So in this case, a Premier Silver member would earn a total of 1,700 Premier qualifying points and 11,900 miles with the discount or 1,900 PQPs and 13,300 miles without the discount.

Related: Everything you need to know about United Polaris business class

Bottom line

We're happy to see that United is offering a $200 discount (up to almost 10% on the most discounted flights) on its Polaris business-class flights to London through the end of the month. United may not be seeing the business-class pickup that they were hoping for on their London expansion, so this is a way to incentivize more customers to book what may otherwise be empty seats.

Mid- and lower-tier elite members seem to be most targeted for this offer. If you plan to use it, make sure to book by May 10, which is the last day to receive the discount.

Featured image by United Airlines Boeing 737-800 takeoff from SFO sunset (Photo by Kyle Olsen/The Points Guy)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
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  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases