(EXPIRED) United Award Sale: 22,000 Miles To London (R/T Required, Book By 2/22/22)

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For 2/22/22, United is running a 22k award sale to London. In reality it’s a 44k promo, but it could be useful if you have United miles to burn and would like to visit the UK.

United 22,000 award sale to UK

The Deal

  • Book economy award tickets from the US to London for 22,000 MileagePlus miles each way on United.
  • Direct link to offer.

Key Terms

  • Tickets: Tickets must be purchased on February 22, 2022. Roundtrip purchase is required.
  • Travel Period: Travel beginning on or after March 01, 2022 and travel complete by November 15, 2022.
  • Fare Validity: Awards shown are valid for travel Sunday through Saturday. Awards are valid in the Economy (Coach) cabin on United/United Express carriers. Some flights may be operated by the following airlines, doing business as United Express: Air Wisconsin, CommutAir, ExpressJet Airlines, GoJet Airlines, Mesa Air, Republic Airlines, or SkyWest Airlines; or may be operated pursuant to a codeshare agreement, such as Silver Airways.
  • Award Validity: Awards shown are valid for travel Sunday through Saturday. Awards are valid in the Economy (Coach) cabin on United/United Express carriers. Some flights may be operated by the following airlines, doing business as United Express: Air Wisconsin, CommutAir, ExpressJet Airlines, GoJet Airlines, Mesa Air, Republic Airlines, or SkyWest Airlines; or may be operated pursuant to a codeshare agreement, such as Silver Airways.

Quick Thoughts

United normally charges 30,000 MileagePlus miles each way between the US and UK, so this award sale saves you 8,000 miles each way. Note that you have to book a round trip to take advantage of this reduced award pricing, so you’ll have to redeem 44,000 miles round trip rather than booking a one-way at 22,000 miles and finding a different option in the other direction.

Award availability is wide open. For example, here’s the award calendar for mid-September to mid-October from Los Angeles to London:

United award availability to London

However, be sure to compare award pricing to cash tickets because this award sale could still represent poor value depending on your departure airport. For example, you can book direct flights to the UK for under $450 from NYC. These United award tickets have taxes and fees of ~$210 round trip due to the higher costs when departing the UK, so you could be redeeming 44,000 miles to effectively save $240 which is very poor value.

This award sale ends tonight (February 22), so you’ll need to book quickly if there are award flights you’re interested in booking.

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Robert

I only ever saw 22k on the outbound, all return flights were 70k for me, totally not worth it

tda1986

Using points for any booking that includes a flight departing the UK is just a waste, thanks to their departure taxes.

SAMUEL L. BRONKOWITZ

got me two tickets to paradise, thanks Gov

NATX

The return flight fees are $200+! Seems like a bad deal 🙁