United Airlines this week relaxed its frequent flyer mileage requirements for travel between Argentina and the U.S.
But until recently, I was never, ever able to actually find an open seat with the so-called “saver” miles.
That has changed, apparently. Given lower demand for travel to Latin America, United lowered the number of saver miles needed for the trip to 40,000:
“For a limited time, escape to South America for only 40,000 Mileage Plus miles when you book your travel at united.com by May 24, 2009. That’s a 15,000-mile savings! Redeem 40,000 miles for round-trip travel between the U.S. and Buenos Aires (EZE), Sao Paulo (GRU) or Rio de Janeiro (GIG). This offer is valid for United Economy® on United® operated flights. Travel now through August 31, 2009. For more information, visit united.com/sasaver.”
I just booked a R/T flight from BA to Denver for testing purposes and it worked fine with only 40,000 miles. So if you or a frequent flyer you know has been thinking about coming to BA, perhaps now is a good time to book a flight.
Hopefully other airlines will follow suit.
BTW, a great online forum for travel info is: Flyer Talk. Meanwhile, Seat Guru allows you to see all kinds of info about your seat (if you’ve got a TV and video game console, if you’ve got a laptop plug, how much leg room you’ve have, etc.) It’s got great data that can help you get good seats and avoid bad ones.