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United is offering a 20% discount on roundtrip Saver economy awards booked this month to Hawaii, Mexico, and several ski and warm weather destinations in the continental United States. The number of awesome winter destinations included is staggering.

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The promotion is hard-coded into the search results at united.com, so as long as you search roundtrip for travel dates between January 12 and February 12, you will see the results display 20% off.

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Hawaii & Mexico

Flights from anywhere in the United States (except Hawaii) or Canada to anywhere in Mexico and Hawaii are 20% off.

I performed some dummy searches between Washington DC and Honolulu, and as I expected, award space was excellent as it usually is to Hawaii during the winter.Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 11.06.16 AM

United flies to the four major Hawaiian islands. Atlanta to Maui priced out at 36,000 miles + $11 roundtrip, 20% off the normal 45,000 mile price.

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Two notes on heading to Hawaii with this promotion.

  1. Winter is the rainiest time in my home state. Consider Kona, Hawaii (Big Island), which sees the least rain if you go during winter. Other than rain, the weather is perfect with a high around 80 and low around 70.
  2. 36,000 miles is not the cheapest way to get to Hawaii. It isn’t even the cheapest way to book these exact flights. 35,000 Singapore miles is enough for a roundtrip to Hawaii on United flights with Saver award space. Ultimate Rewards transfer 1:1 to United and Singapore miles, so transfer them to Singapore miles to book Hawaii.

Continental United States

Within the continental United States, there is a list of destinations that are 20% off that encompass nice winter escapes and ski destinations.

I searched for a roundtrip for two from Tampa to Vail. Award space was plentiful even though it is high season in Vail. Two roundtrips were 20% off at 40,000 miles + $22 (20,000 miles per person.)
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The list of included cities for continental United States travel:

  • Aspen (ASE)
  • Bozeman (BZN)
  • Durango (DRO)
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Fort Myers (RSW)
  • Jackson Hole (JAC)
  • Mammoth Lakes (MMH)
  • Miami (MIA)
  • Montrose/Telluride (MTJ)
  • Salt Lake City (SLC)
  • San Diego (SAN)
  • Santa Barbara (SBA)
  • Sarasota (SRQ)
  • Sun Valley (SUN)
  • Vail (EGE)
  • West Palm Beach (PBI)
  • Yampa Valley (HDN)

Unlike the Hawaii sale, which is cheaper with Singapore miles, 20,000 miles is the cheapest way to get to these destinations on the Star Alliance. I’m sure for many people, they can replace $400+ tickets with these 20,000 mile awards, which would be a fantastic 2+ cents per mile return for domestic economy.

FAQ

Does this discount apply to one way awards?

No. If you search one way, you will see the normal one way Saver price.

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What if only one date of a roundtrip is within the discounted date range or I choose one way in First Class?

You will get the discount on one way if one way of a roundtrip is within the discounted January 12 – February 12 date range.

Here is Denver to Kauai with one way in the discounted dates and the return not. It prices at 40,500 miles roundtrip–18,000 for outbound and 22,500 for return.

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