Two weeks ago, I wrote that United had ended free holds online for award bookings.
Luckily, JB from the MileValue Award Booking Service came up with an extremely simple hack to regain all of the lost award-hold functionality.
The ability to hold awards is crucial when booking a trip has many moving parts–hotels, flights for more than one person, several awards booked with different types of miles, etc–that you want to lock in completely before booking any part of the trip. That means it is great news that we can hold United awards so broadly!
Award holds on United are possible again under two circumstances:
- You have enough miles in your United account to book the award. (PayPal trick)
- You do NOT have enough miles in your United account to book an award AND the award contains a partner segment. (DoNotTrackMe trick)
That means there is only one time when you cannot hold an award on united.com:
- You do NOT have enough miles in your account and the award contains only segments on United airplanes.
And even here, there’s a workaround.
How do you hold a United award when you have enough miles in your account? What about when you don’t have enough miles? What’s JB’s hack?