You Can Still Avoid the United $75 Close-in Booking Fee

Update 7/14/19: The trick just worked for me again, this time on the first try! I spent under 5 minutes and saved $150. This time I started by calling the number that ended up working for me last year, 1-800-421-4655, on the first try and the nice representative waived the fee. She originally told me that we would be charged $75 per person--$150 total--and I told her it was my understanding that since I had booked within the last 24 hours I could make free changes. She agreed and waived the fee.

$358 Roundtrips to Hawaii From Tons of US Cities

I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I tweet from @MileValueAlerts only a few times a month because it is designed to be used only for the best and most limited-time deals–like mistake fares–so that you aren’t bombarded by text messages.

American Airlines and United are in a fare ware right now, both offering cheap roundtrip economy fares to Hawaii.

Act Fast: 20% Off United Award Sale Lasts Through Tomorrow (March 2)

Right now you can book award economy awards flying United to all of the following destinations with your United miles for 20% off the Saver Level award price:

Porto, Portugal: Valid for travel May 4 to June 17, 2018
Reykjavik, Iceland: Valid for travel May 23 to June 17, 2018
Singapore: Valid for travel May 4 to June 17, 2018
Sydney, Australia: Valid for travel May 4 to June 17, 2018

The primary stipulations are that you must book by the end of the day tomorrow (March 2, at 11:59 p.m.

15 Miles per Dollar Through February 19 At United Portal

United MileagePlus Shopping is offering big shopping portal bonuses at specific retailers through February 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET.

Singapore Awards Flying United Now Bookable Online: How-To & Tips

Get excited, because you can now book Singapore Krisflyer awards flying Star Alliance partner United online! Why should you be excited? Because being able to book anything online versus having to call and speak to a representative, which was previously the only option, is going to save you a significant amount of time.

55k Public Offer On United MileagePlus Explorer Card is Back for a Limited Time

The United MileagePlus Explorer card is now offering 50,000 United miles for spending $3,000 on the card within three months of opening it. This bonus is a limited time offer ending March 15, 2018.

This is significant because the United MileagePlus Explorer card is one of the first travel credit cards we recommend applying for due to the Chase 5/24 rule--the fact that Chase cuts you off to the majority of their lucrative travel credit cards once you've opened five personal credit cards from any bank--but only if its bonus is at 50k or higher.

Which Miles to Redeem on United’s New Direct Flight to Tahiti

United recently announced that they will commence service between San Francisco and Papeete, Tahiti (PPT) as of October 30, 2018. This is great news as it theoretically means more award space to a destination infamously hard to book an award to. At the moment, the only direct flights between the continental United States and Tahiti are on Air Tahiti Nui and Air France, both of which depart from Los Angeles.

HURRY, BOOK NOW! Hawaii to Spain for Under $400 Roundtrip

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United $75 Trick NOT DEAD

Edit November 18, 2017: Three more positive reports in the last two weeks. This trick may never die. :)

In Don’t Pay the $75 Close In Fee on United (Trick!), Scott wrote about an easy way anyone can avoid the fee United charges non-elites for booking an award within 21 days of departure.

How to See Two Months of United Award Space at Once (Instead of One Week)

In addition to United's recent devaluation, United recently made its award searching worse.

If you search on the home page for an award--like say New York to Paris next June--

you'll get one week of award prices in one cabin.

You used to get shown two months of award space in economy and premium cabins. You can still get shown that.