It *is* possible to redeem your miles. To Chicago or Phoenix.

I just got an email from United titled United award seats to exciting destinations.

The idea is that it’s possible to get awards with United miles, there are seats available, and they’re going to help me think of places I can successfully go with my miles.

    You’ve earned your miles and we’d like to help you to use them for award travel. So now we have a dedicated page that will be updated every month with destinations where there are ample seats available on United®, United Express® and TedSM.


    Visit a favorite city, take a break to a sunnier destination or try somewhere new and exotic.


    Your seats are waiting.

So what routes are they highlighting in the e-mail?

    1. Chicago (ORD) – Washington, DC (IAD)

    2. Denver (DEN) – Las Vegas (LAS)

    3. Los Angeles (LAX) – Phoenix (PHX)

    4. San Francisco (SFO) – Kona, Hawaii (KOA)

    5. Washington, DC (IAD) – Fort Lauderdale (FLL)

Chicago – Washington DC? Los Angeles – Phoenix? They’ve got to be kidding. And then the fine print even emphasizes that they’re only talking about awards in coach…

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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