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In November 2019, United Airlines officially ditched its award charts. That means United can price awards at any level it wants. And currently, United is pricing some domestic awards at just 5,000 miles each way.
The cheapest award prices start 21 days after the day you're booking, so make sure you plan in advance. Also, these deals generally aren't available for flights more than six months in advance. Don't forget to check nearby airports to see if you can find a better deal—such as flying out from Orange County instead of Los Angeles.
Newark (EWR) – Atlanta (ATL) from 5,000 Miles One-way
Los Angeles (LAX) – San Francisco (SFO) from 5,000 Miles One-way
Newark (EWR) – Miami (MIA) from 5,000 Miles One-way
Newark (EWR) – Fort Lauderdale (FLL) from 5,000 Miles One-way
Denver (DEN) – Seattle (SEA) from 5,000 Miles One-way
Chicago (ORD) – Boston (BOS) from 5,000 Miles One-way
Houston (IAH) – Orlando (MCO) from 5,000 Miles One-way
Chicago (ORD) – Orlando (MCO) from 5,500 Miles One-way
Los Angeles (LAX) – Denver (DEN) from 5,500 Miles One-way
Newark (EWR) – Dallas (DFW) from 5,500 Miles One-way
Houston (IAH) – Orange County (SNA) from 5,500 Miles One-way
San Francisco (SFO) – Newark (EWR) from 6,500 Miles One-way
Using just 5,000 miles to get halfway across the country—or 6,500 miles to get from coast to coast—is certainly not a bad deal. And you'll only have to pay $5.60 out-of-pocket for taxes and fees. Considering the average domestic flight costs $359, these is a great use of your United miles. These cheaper seats will probably start selling out as more and more people take to the skies again, so book your tickets soon.
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