United Airlines is releasing tons of space flying flat bed Business Class from Newark to Paris for two people–and nearly as much in Business Class for up to four people–throughout July and August. Award space in Business Class isn’t quite as ubiquitous for the return back to Newark from Paris, but options are plentiful.
Newark to Paris: 2 People
Paris to Newark: 2 People
Green and blue days have Business Class award space for the indicated number of people.
Newark to Paris: 4 People
Paris to Newark: 4 People
There are two daily United flights from from Newark to Paris
One flies a Boeing 767-400ER, which has a 2-1-2 seat formation in Business Class. I would choose the middle aisle seat to avoid having to climb over or being climbed over during the flight. The seats all lie fully flat.
The other flies a Boeing 777-200 with a 2-4-2 seat formation in Business Class. Unfortunately there’s no seat you can choose to avoid being climbed over. All of these seats also lie fully flat.
I’d rather fly the 767-400ER, but the difference isn’t huge.
If you don’t live in the New York area, you can still take advantage of this space. Newark Liberty International Airport is a United hub with flights to most of the country. You can tack on Economy, Business, or First Saver domestic award space onto these international flights for zero extra miles.
If you don’t want to go to Paris, or you want to fly an open jaw award, this space is still useful. United partners Austrian, Brussels, Croatia, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, Scandinavian, SWISS, and Turkish Airlines have tons of flights from Paris on to the rest of Europe.
Award Prices (Including Taxes and Fees)
United never collects fuel surcharges on its own flights. There are no fees for online bookings made more than 21 days before departure either meaning that you just pay unavoidable government taxes of $6 to Europe and $122 from Paris to the USA.
Newark to Paris
Paris to Newark
Note that the miles prices for these awards are based on flying United’s own planes; there are options flying United partners, but those cost 70,000 miles per person one way in Business Class as opposed to 57,500 miles per person one way in Business Class.
You can book all the United Saver award space you see on united.com (before signing in) by calling any other Star Alliance partners. Here are the one way prices to Europe (except ANA which charges double the listed price for a roundtrip or one way award.)
Lufthansa would collect fuel surcharges on the award, but none of the other programs would. That means you are better off booking this space with Asiana miles (SPG partner), Aeroplan (SPG, Membership Rewards partner), and ANA (SPG, Membership Rewards partner).
Taxes are higher on awards leaving Great Britain and France than most places in Europe, and can really start to add up when factoring for multiple people. Avoid Paris’ departure taxes by taking a train or low cost carrier flight elsewhere and continuing your journey home from a low tax country.
Getting the Miles
Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer at a 1:1 ratio to United miles. If you don’t already have a stash of United miles, you can sign up for:
1. The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card earns 50,000 Ultimate Rewards after spending $4,000 in the first three months and another 5,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards for adding an authorized user on the application.
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2. The Chase Ink Plus Business Card earns 60,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $5,000 in the first three months.
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Together those will earn you at least 124,000 Ultimate Rewards which is more than the 115,00 United miles necessary for one person to fly roundtrip in Business to Paris from the US.
Searching For and Booking the Award
To find this award space, you can search right on united.com.
The card also comes with 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after spending $3,000 in the first three months, which can be transferred to 12 types of airline miles or used like cash toward the purchase of any ticket.
If you want to go to Paris this July or August, you can easily use your United miles (or Ultimate Rewards that transfer 1:1) to fly yourself and up to three others roundtrip to Paris in Business Class with flat beds.------------------------------------------------------------
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