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For years, when you checked “Search for award travel” and “Nonstop” on the search screen…

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…the resulting calendar let you see award space on nonstop flights for two months at a glance.

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This was hugely valuable if you only wanted to fly the nonstop flight or if you were searching segment-by-segment.

With the new, you could still check “Nonstop,” but your request was ignored. You were shown a calendar of award space from the origin you searched to the destination you searched including connecting flights. At the time, I complained: “To find out which days have First Class award space on the nonstop flight, I’ll have to click all 61 dates individually. What an insane waste of time when United has the technology to show me all 61 dates’ space at a glance as evidenced by the old site’s calendars.”

The change was so terrible for award searchers that my subsequent post “Trick to Make the Old Load” was one of the most viewed of 2015 because it allowed you to access the old and the old nonstop calendar.

Enough of the history lesson, United listened to our many complaints and retweets and fixed the problem!


The nonstop calendar works again. If you perform an award search and check “Nonstop”…

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…you get a calendar of award space on the nonstop flight only.Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 2.25.47 PM

Without even having to click a specific day, you know whether the nonstop flights for two months at a time have award space in economy and/or premium cabins.

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Example: Houston to Auckland

For instance, here is the award space from Houston to Auckland in March and April. (I didn’t check “Nonstop.”)
Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 2.30.25 PMHere is the award space on the nonstop Air New Zealand flight from Houston to Auckland, which just started opening up Business Class award space this week. (I did check “Nonstop.”)
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There are many fewer days with award space on the nonstop flight. The first calendar included itineraries with connections in Los Angeles and San Francisco, which are fine itineraries if they are what you want, but annoying to see if you don’t want them. Now if you don’t want to see connections, you don’t have to!

Bottom Line

Award searchers (like me with my MileValue Award Booking Service) rejoice! brought back the nonstop calendars which can save you 60 clicks by showing you two months worth of nonstop award space at a glance.

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