Yesterday, United Airlines and Continental announced award chart changes to become effective June 15, 2011. The current & new award structure can be found here. Since the majority of travelers focus on pure round-trip travel at the Saver award level (lowest mileage amount required), I’ve reproduced the not so easy to read charts into a before and after summary below. New United upgrade awards were also released, but this post will focus just on pure free travel redemptions.
It’s pretty self explanatory in this format, but to clarify, the mileage amounts are shown as round-trip, sorted by destination when flying from the mainland United States, Alaska or Canada. I’ve highlighted the beneficial reductions under the new awards in light green, and those mileage amounts that will increase in pink.
As with previous award chart changes, economy passengers are getting the least benefit from the changes, with the exception of Central & Southern Africa and Oceana dropping by 10,000 miles. The lower business class redemption levels for Europe and most of Asia are nice to see, as well as first class to Central & Southern Africa and North & South Asia.
I would have expected to see larger increases, actually, so I’m thankful to see some mileage reductions, and very happy they didn’t mess with my sacred Australia redemption levels. I still wish I could redeem 80,000 miles for business class to Sydney like I did in 1992!