Can’t Find Award Seats? Try United’s Featured Saver Award Tool

by Sam Roecker

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.

United Saver Award Availability

MileagePlus monthly featured saver award availability. Image by Point Me to the Plane.

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).

United award tickets

Award availability from featured award tool shows ample saver award space.

Here’s another example, using Los Angeles as the departure city for travel in November:

Los Angeles-originating saver award availability for November. Image by United.

Sure enough, there is more-than-sufficient award space on the route in both economy and business class.

MileagePlus saver award availability from Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG).

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.

🌟 featured award tool [link to United] 


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priscilla July 31, 2018 - 9:51 pm

loved it- super helpful. Thanks

Sam Roecker August 1, 2018 - 5:24 pm

Thanks, Priscilla! Glad it was helpful – find anything good? Cheers,


Christian July 31, 2018 - 10:24 pm

I never knew about these. Thanks!

Sam Roecker August 1, 2018 - 5:23 pm

Thanks, Christian! Let us know if you find anything good : )

Happy Flying,


Alex Ashton April 28, 2019 - 8:59 pm

This would be great, but searching from this site on APRIL 28, the available months are FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL, JUNE, and JULY! Does United have a time machine that I am not aware of? I mean, other than the one that places their customer service behavior somewhere in the Middle Ages.

What king of ****ing idiot sets up a web page with MORE THAN HALF of the available flight options IN THE PAST?

Oh, of course, it’s United — ****ing idiots from top to bottom.

NEWBIE THACKER May 1, 2019 - 9:39 am

The February, March and April dates are for 2020

Bull Dog June 26, 2019 - 12:15 am

Doesn’t work as of June 2020 – Epic Fail that is the Airline called United


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