As much as I like seeing the New Year right around the corner, I’m depressed to think about the United Mileage Plus changes that go into effect on January 1. With these changes you’ll be paying as much as 35,000 miles MORE per seat, which is complete robbery as far as I’m concerned, especially with Starnet blocking still in place.
Anyway, the only thing we can do about this at the moment is to lock-in awards at the current levels. As long as you book your award by tomorrow night that rate will be honored, even if you make changes in routing, dates, or destinations. As long as you don’t change the cabin or regions you’re flying in, you can use that ticket anytime in the next year. Of course change fees apply, but if you’re a 1K you’re lucking out here, since you can make changes for free.
At the moment I only have about 110,000 miles in my account, since I’ve been burning like crazy lately. I still haven’t decided what to book yet. I’m leaning towards a South America business class award ticket, since I haven’t been to South America yet. Business class awards to Asia or Europe are also options.
I better decide soon….