United Airlines has dropped its fees for booking Mileage Plus loyalty-program award travel within three weeks of departure, claiming it is the first U.S....

United Airlines has dropped its fees for booking Mileage Plus loyalty-program award travel within three weeks of departure, claiming it is the first U.S. airline to make this change.

From July 30, the fee to book a frequent flyer award ticket within 21 days of departure will be eliminated.

“Our members have told us that they want ease, flexibility and availability when using their miles, and we are listening,” says Robert Sahadevan, vice president – Mileage Plus. “Being the first airline to eliminate the last-minute booking fee will make it easier for our members to use their miles, and it is one of the many steps we are taking to make Mileage Plus the most rewarding loyalty program for them.”

Prior to this change, United’s fee to book an award ticket for travel within six days was $100 and for travel within seven to 20 days was $75.

United says it has seat inventory available for award bookings on Chicago-New York LaGuardia; Denver-Las Vegas; San Francisco-Las Vegas; and Washington-Dulles-Tampa.

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