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You may recognize these as routes that are both LONG and also have premium business class experiences.
In this article
I’m seeing a lot of Business Class Space on these United routes through May 2021
Here are the dates that I see
EWR-LAX: Great availability through May 2021, mostly Tues/Weds/Sat
EWR-SFO: Great availability through May 2021, mostly Tues/Weds now-March and Tues/Weds/Sat in April/May
Feb 14th, 2021
Mar 2, 10
Apr 8, 13, 20,
May 3, 5, 11, 12, 23
LAX-EWR: Great availability through May 2021, mostly Tues/Weds/Sat
SFO-EWR: Great availability through May 2021, mostly Tues/Weds/Sat
Feb 9, 11, 24
Apr 6, 13, 19, 20, 23
May 7, 11, 12, 14
Pre-COVID, United was extremely sparse with this award space, but from now through next May, there’s a relatively large amount of award space. If you are flying to Hawaii, please do check the latest COVID-19 pre-arrival testing requirements.
If you can find space on a United 787-10 Dreamliner, that would be the best choice for sure. I reviewed the United 787-10 Dreamliner EWR-LAX last year.
If not, I’d opt for the 757-200, despite it being a bit dated.
The one to avoid is the 777-200, which crams you in to Business Class like it’s economy, facing other passengers.
Award Pricing by Program
The best way to book all of these flights is using Turkish Miles&Smiles, where you’ll pay no more than 12,500 miles for a Business Class seat on any of these routes.
If you don’t have any Turkish miles, which are only a transfer partner of Citi ThankYou and Marriott Bonvoy, you really should consider a Citi Premier credit card, which comes with 60,000 bonus ThankYou points when you spend $4,000 in 3 months. That’s enough for two round trips anywhere in North America in Business Class using Turkish miles. Be sure to read the ins and outs of using Turkish miles to book United awards here.
Using Turkish Miles&Smiles: All routes are just 12,500 miles each way (Transfer from Citi ThankYou or Marriott Bonvoy, however transferring from Marriott is NOT recommended since the transfer time of 2 days is longer than the 48 hour award hold period Turkish offers)
Using Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer: EWR-LAX/SFO: 23,000 miles each way; EWR-HNL: 34,500 miles each way (Transfer from American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One, Citi ThankYou, or Marriott Bonvoy).
Did you book one of these routes? What miles did you use to book?
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