[02/23/2023 @ 11:45 AM CT] Book this with: United.
This promotion ends today 02/23, at midnight.
Deals are usually valid 24 to 72 hours after posting, but can expire at any time (see time-stamp).
United has round-trip flights from Houston (IAH) to London (LHR) for 46,000 miles/points + $198 fees/taxes, NONSTOP. Or 23,000 miles/points + $5.60 one-way. Regular economy, not basic. Fare allows for carry-on bag and seat selection. If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred® card, you can transfer Ultimate Rewards points to the United MileagePlus program on a 1:1 basis.
Booking flights with miles/points is worthwhile when the cost of airfare is high. In this case, the cash cost of flights between Houston and London is still relatively high, about $800-$900 round-trip.
Terms and conditions (united.com link for more details)
No limit to the number of award tickets booked. This promotion applies to new award bookings only.
- Promotion valid for travel: To London Heathrow (LHR) from all mainland US airports or from London Heathrow (LHR) to all mainland US airports.
- Tickets: Tickets must be purchased on February 23, 2023. Roundtrip purchase is not required.
- Travel Period: Travel beginning on or after February 23, 2023 and travel complete by May 18, 2023.
- Blackout dates: None
- Award Validity: Awards shown are valid for one-way travel Sunday through Saturday. Taxes and fees starting at $5.60 one-way or $194.85 roundtrip. Awards are valid in the Economy (Coach) cabin on United/United Express carriers. Some flights may be operated by the following airlines, doing business as United Express: Air Wisconsin, CommuteAir, GoJetAirlines, Mesa Airlines, Republic Airways, or SkyWest Airlines; or may be operated pursuant to a codeshare agreement, such as Silver Airways.
- Miscellaneous: Fares, fees, rules and offers are subject to change without notice. Seats are capacity-controlled and may not be available on all flights or days. Fares are nonrefundable except during the first 24 hours after purchase. Other restrictions may apply.
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I was able to pull this up on United. Screenshot taken when this post was initially created. See timestamps at the top of this post.
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