The biggest devaluation of the year is set to hit tonight, but United has delayed it until February 3, 2014. This is good news if you are still looking to burn some United miles and want to grab a premium cabin award on a partner airline. As I wrote before, these awards are increasing by as much as 60% so be sure to book your 2014 United miles travels before the devaluation goes into effect on 2/03/2014.
UA insider posted to FlyerTalk this evening announcing the postponed devaluation:
With the updated MileagePlus award chart about to take effect, I have a couple updates and clarifications to share (which a few of you have already noticed):
The new Saver and Standard Award mileage requirements will become effective on Feb 3. We have moved implementation to a weekday, to better ensure we are able to serve our customers, particularly those who call our contact centers for assistance.
Booking an award where the mileage amount should have been reduced on February 1? If you book one of these awards on February 1 or 2, we will honor the reduced mileage amount. Although initial ticketing will be at the current, higher level, we will retroactively re-price your award to the lower mileage amount within 10 business days.
I’ll provide another update confirming the new mileage requirements have become effective, on February 3.
Sr. Manager – Customer Experience Planning
Even with a couple of extra days to book premium awards with United, I recommend booking as soon as possible to lock in the flights you want.
To see what awards are increasing, you can take a quick look at this chart I created that shows how much each award zone will increase after the devaluation.
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