Today Is The Last Day to Book United Awards for 2014 at Current Prices

This is it. January 31, 2014. The day we've dreaded since United's trick or treat on October 31, 2013.

How to Request United to Manually Sell Award Seats

Here's how I got United to "manually sell" me award seats for an itinerary. While this technique is not possible in most circumstances, in my case, it turned no award into my dream award!

I was in the midst of constructing a simple roundtrip itinerary from the US to Europe when I ran into some big trouble.

United's online award calendar displayed Austrian award space on the only day I could return to the States.

Amazing Award Space for Two from the US to Asia

All Nippon Airways (ANA)--a Japanese Star Alliance carrier--launches a new route between Tokyo-Haneda and Vancouver from March 30, 2014.

Saver award space is excellent on the route in economy and business class. You can book the space this week--by January 31, 2014--with United miles at pre-devaluation rates.

Will united.com Price Awards Correctly Next Week And Offer Us All the Choices?

I'm not confident that united.com will price awards correctly starting next week or offer us all the best award choices.

February 1 marks the introduction of two new United charts that are much worse than the current chart (so you should be burning United miles for 2014 travel this week).

The way the charts should work according to United's posts on FlyerTalk is that:

Awards with all flights operated by United should be on the United chart.
Awards in which United-operated flights are at least one cabin higher than partner flights should be on the United chart.

United Devaluation from Hawaii

In preparation for tomorrow's MileValue dinner in Honolulu with Delta Points--still a few spots left if you want one--I made three charts of the United devaluation for awards originating or ending in Hawaii.

I made the same charts for awards in all three cabins originating from the continental US.

United.com Calendar Fails to Display Valid Award Space

Don't believe the award calendar on united.com!

The calendar should show you for an entire month whether any given day has Saver award space in economy, in a premium cabin, or in both. But the calendar is currently showing no Saver award space on days where there is Saver award space.

Don't believe the calendar. Some of those white days do have award space.

This is very inconvenient for award bookers.

Burn United Miles: How to Book Lufthansa First Class for 67,500 Miles During All of 2014!

United announced a massive devaluation of its miles on October 31, 2013 to take effect for awards booked February 1, 2014 or later.

Gold Mine Award Space to Europe This Summer in Business Class with American, US Airways, United Miles Plus Membership or Ultimate Rewards

There is currently gold mine business class award availability on US Airways flights from the US to southern Europe for this summer.

Award space on US Airways flights is especially advantageous because it means that you can book the space at favorable mileage rates (and no fuel surcharges) with:

US Airways miles
American Airlines miles
United miles (until March 30, 2014)
Ultimate Rewards (until March 30, 2014)
Membership Rewards (until March 30, 2014)

What are the routes? How good is the space? How good is US Airways Business Class?

Business Class to Europe 45k Miles Each Way with Aeroplan One Way Awards

Aeroplan, the loyalty program of Air Canada, now offers one way awards to Europe for only 45k miles each way in flat bed business class with no fuel surcharges!

This is an incredible deal that will last for bookings made through the end of 2014 for flights into late 2015!

It is extremely easy to earn Aeroplan miles, since the program is a 1:1 transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards and SPG Starpoints.

Burn United Miles to Southeast Asia Now Before Award Prices Skyrocket Next Month

United announced a massive devaluation of its miles on October 31, 2013 to take effect for awards booked February 1, 2014 or later.