As evidence of the softening International market, United has just put Europe awards on sale for 40,000 miles round trip. Travel must be completed by May 14th and is available to select European cities.
Here is the email I received:
Dear Mr. Frugal Travel Guy
For a limited time, you can redeem just 40,000 miles for an economy-class Saver Award to Europe. That’s 15,000 miles less than usual. Awards are for travel through May 14, 2009.*
For only 40,000 miles, you can plan a spring getaway to any of the cities in Europe that United serves, including:
This special offer is available only when booked online at united.com.
Terms and Conditions:
Taxes and fees associated with award travel are the responsibility of the passenger.
Valid for travel between North America (defined as the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska and Canada for this promotion) and Europe only on United® and United Express® operated flights, but not on flights operated by other airlines. Roundtrip travel is required. Offer valid for travel to/from Amsterdam (AMS), Brussels (BRU), Frankfurt (FRA), Geneva (GVA), London (LHR), Moscow (DME), Munich (MUC), Paris (CDG), Rome (FCO), and Zurich (ZRH).
If award is used for one-way travel, no residual credit will be issued for unused segments.
Travel is valid from February 11, 2009, through May 14, 2009. All travel must be completed by May 14, 2009.
Blackout dates include April 6 – April 15 in both directions of travel.
Ticketing must be completed between February 11, 2009, and May 14, 2009.
This offer is available only on united.com, unitedairlines.be, united.ca, united.fr, unitedairlines.de, unitedairlines.nl and unitedairlines.co.uk. This offer is not available through United Reservations.
Award space is subject to availability and capacity-control restrictions apply. Since award space is booked in a special class of service, it many not be available on all flights or on all days of the week when you choose to travel. Travel on award tickets is not subject to mileage accrual.
Not combinable with other offers.
Award only eligible for travel in United Economy.
No upgrades are permitted on award travel bookings.
Award travel booked and ticketed less than 21 days prior to departure is subject to an additional non-refundable close-in processing fee of up to $100 per award ticket. This fee is charged on the credit card used to support the award ticketing transaction and may take up to 1 week for processing. For more info on close-in processing fees, see united.com/awardfees.
Changes to travel dates are permitted in advance by calling United Reservations. Changes may be subject to additional fees. See www.united.com/awardfees for more details.
Standby is not permitted.
After an award ticket is issued, a $150 service charge may be imposed for each change requested by the member which necessitates the re-issuance of the ticket. Changes to the date or flight time will not result in a service charge, provided changes are made within the valid dates of this offer and the same cities are traveled. If the ticket is exchanged for travel outside of the validity period, the mileage will be credited back into the member account for the applicable $150 service charge, and a new ticket issued at the appropriate miles for the new award. Fees and service charges are subject to change without notice. For more details, see united.com/awardfees.
Award tickets are subject to applicable departure taxes, federal inspection fees, passenger facility charges, and other fees, charges or taxes, and the person utilizing the award is responsible for the payment of any such items that may apply. Any valid unused award ticket or certificate may be returned to the Mileage Plus Service Center for a service charge.
Offer subject to change without notice.
Miles accrued, awards issued and bonus offers are subject to the rules of the United Mileage Plus program. The Mileage Plus program, including accruals, awards and bonus miles offers, is subject to change without notice. Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the passenger. United and Mileage Plus are registered service marks. For complete details about the Mileage Plus program, visit united.com.