The best tool you’ve never heard of
United’s monthly featured Saver Awards tool allows you to search for destinations with extra MileagePlus saver award availability for the next six months for departures from United’s seven hubs (plus Cleveland): Chicago (ORD), Denver (DEN), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR) and Washington Dulles (IAD).
Simple, accurate and user-friendly tool
United’s tool is simple and user-friendly – imagine that! I searched for Houston-originating awards in October and the query returned several dozen results. Notably, high-demand international destinations with extra availability included:
- Frankfurt (FRA)
- Munich (MUC)
- London (LHR)
- Sydney (SYD)
- Tokyo (NRT)
The ✱ (green asterisk) to the left of cities listen denotes destinations with even more availability.
I searched for Houston (IAH) to Sydney (SYD) from mid-October through mid-November and found extremely open availability in economy class. Business class awards were slightly (okay, a lot) less open, but definitely still available with a connection in either Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO).
Here’s another example, using Los Angeles as the departure city for travel in November:
Sure enough, there is more-than-sufficient award space on the route in both economy and business class.
Overall, this tool is extremely helpful for anyone feeling ‘stuck’ (or looking for some destination inspiration) when booking award travel – which, let’s be honest, is all of us at one point. It’s easy, fast, and accurate in terms of offering destinations with award availability you can actually find.