Got frequent flyer miles?
If so, this would be an ideal time to cash them in for a free trip. While airlines have slimmed down their flight schedules, the capacity cuts have not kept pace with the fall-off in demand for travel. So there are plenty of seats available for award travelers. And if the trip includes a hotel stay, room rates are favorable, and most major chains have special bonuses on offer for members of their frequent-stay programs.
The discount applies to United flights between the U.S. and Canada, excluding Hawaii, and Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Rome, and Zurich. Blackout dates: April 6 through April 15.
Award sales like United's are a win-win. For the airlines, they're an opportunity to get the mileage liability off their books, with little danger of displacing revenue passengers. And lower-cost awards add value to their mileage programs, which have been suffering from a steady increase in fees and award prices. For consumers, better and cheaper award availability is always a welcome change.
Such opportunities arise only rarely, in response to extraordinary circumstances—in this case, a global economic slump of historic proportions. Take advantage while you can.