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United Launches Service from LAX and SFO to JFK

United announced new service today from New York’s JFK (yes, that’s JFK, not EWR) to Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO).

The flights are 2X daily to and from each destination on a Boeing 767-300ER.

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I could write about how this represents an attempt by United to start a return to JFK after years exclusively at EWR for long-haul flights, but that’s more for the #avgeeks. I care about award space 🙂

These flights start February 1, 2021 and run for sure through March 26, 2021. But they are planning to run them well past that date, assuming they get the authority to do so.

In the meantime, you can currently book as many as 4 business class seats (or more) on every single day from Feb 1 until the end of the schedule.

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Take a look at this JFK-LAX/SFO Award Availability – Every Day!

And here is how it looks by flight, with economy awards from 8,000 United miles each way and business class for 35,000 United miles each way:

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united award space

Of course, you can do even better booking this Saver space, which is available to partners:

You already know that you can book these same flights in Business Class for just 12,500 points, using Turkish miles. 

Here are all the ways you could go to book the Business Class awards on United:

Using Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer: EWR-LAX/SFO: 23,000 miles each way (Transfer from American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One, Citi ThankYou, or Marriott Bonvoy).

Using Air Canada Aeroplan: EWR-LAX/SFO: 25,000 miles each way (Transfer from American Express Membership Rewards [Guide], Capital One or Marriott Bonvoy).

Using Avianca Lifemiles: EWR-LAX/SFO: 25,000 miles each way (Transfer from American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One, Citi ThankYou, or Marriott Bonvoy).

Using United MileagePlus miles: EWR-LAX/SFO: 35,000 miles each way(Transfer from Chase Ultimate Rewards [Guide] or Marriott Bonvoy)

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Note that while you could pay to hold the fares with United miles for up to 14 days with FareLock, there’s little reason to pay to hold when their COVID waiver allows free cancellations on flights booked through the end of 2020.

You might even be able to use these flights for connections to Hawaii, which have had good United award availability lately.

HT: View from the Wing

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