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Save on warm-weather trips with United's 'under $70 to over 70' sale

March 2 2021
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Spring is almost upon us, but with chilly temps in store for at least the next few weeks, United's taking this opportunity to remind us that warm-weather trips are within reach.

This week, United Airlines launched a promotion highlighting low-cost escapes to warmer weather, with "fares under $70 to destinations over 70 degrees." The carrier is advertising award rates starting at 7,000 miles each way, as well — another play on those 70+ temps.

I've been seeing plenty of sub-$70 one-way flights on United and other carriers over the past few weeks, so this isn't as much a "sale" as an opportunity for the airline to remind us that flights are cheap right now. I'm itching for a warm-weather escape, though, so I'm happy to bite.

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Airline: United
Routes: between ATL/IAH/LAS/LAX/MCO/MCY/MIA/PBI/PHX/PSP/RSW/SAV/SNA/TPA and more
Cost: $70 and less one-way
Dates: No specific booking or travel limitations
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While I wasn't able to find any fares approaching Southwest sale territory — with plenty of options in the $29 range — you don't have to look far to find United fares far below the advertised $70 threshold.

Screenshot courtesy of United.

Generally, you'll find plenty of options below $60 each way, with reasonable (~$200) flights available in first class, too.

Screenshot courtesy of United.

Award rates are also as-advertised — flights with low cash fares can often be found with sub-7,000-mile awards as well.

Screenshot courtesy of United.

While you're likely to find impressive fares to many destinations around the U.S., note that many flights book into basic economy and exclude seat assignments and carry-on bags.

Related: How to survive Basic Economy on United Airlines

You can make free changes to basic economy flights when you book by the end of March — while you might want to buy up to regular coach, basic economy bookings do include some flexibility for now.

In some cases, the buy-up to regular economy is entirely reasonable. Take this $46 flight from Newark (EWR) to Miami (MIA):

Screenshot courtesy of United.

Booking the same flight in regular coach requires just a $13 up-charge — I'd happily pay that to have seat assignments and a carry-on bag any day.

Screenshot courtesy of United.

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