Traveling on an award ticket is not one-size-fits-all. You have the flexibility to choose the award type and class of service that suit your needs. All United awards are one-way, which means you can fly a Saver Award for one direction of travel and return using an Everyday Award. You can also choose a different class of service for each direction.
If your dates are flexible, you could benefit from a Saver Award and use fewer miles. If a specific date or time is important, an Everyday Award may be a better option. It's up to you. And, because all the awards are one-way, you can mix award types to build the itinerary that fits your needs.
Pick the class of service you want, when you want. Maybe you need personal workspace on your outbound trip, or want to start your vacation in style. You can travel outbound in one class and return in a different class. You choose.
Saver Awards can be used for travel almost anywhere United, United Express® and our MileagePlus airline partners fly. Saver Awards are capacity-controlled and may not be available on certain flights where demand is high. Select partner airlines may have flight date restrictions along with capacity controls.
Everyday Awards are a new type of air travel award with pricing that varies from flight to flight. They replaced Standard Awards on November 1, 2017. Everyday Awards offer expanded availability on flights operated by United, United Express and Copa Airlines and are subject to capacity controls. While seats for award travel may not be available on certain flights, there are more seats available for Everyday Awards than for Saver Awards.
MileagePlus Premier® members and eligible United MileagePlus Chase cardmembers have the benefit of booking Everyday Awards without capacity controls on flights operated by United and United Express. If there is a seat available, these members have unrestricted access to book an Everyday Award, even if it's the last seat on the plane. Eligible MileagePlus Chase cardmembers can learn more about their benefits by reading their membership guide or by calling the Chase phone number on the back of their credit card.
The Excursionist Perk is a free one-way award within select multi-city itineraries. Members who book an itinerary with three or more one-way awards will be eligible to receive one of those one-way awards for free, if it meets all of these conditions:
The Excursionist Perk cannot be in the MileagePlus defined region where your travel originates. (For example, if your journey begins in North America, you will only receive the Excursionist Perk if travel is within a region outside of North America.)
Examples of Saver Award itineraries in United Economy®:
|Award itinerary 1||Miles|
|ORD - LHR||30,000|
|LHR - CDG||0|
|CDG - ORD||30,000|
|Award itinerary 1||Miles|
|MEX - EWR||17,500|
|EWR - LAS||0|
|LAS - SAN||12,500|
|SAN - MEX||17,500|