UPDATED (originally posted on April 27, 2012)
Feeling the need for an impromptu trip? United Specials may be the perfect option for you. At the beginning of the week, we promote special rates for getaways during the next weekend. These featured specials change weekly and are available for purchase by 11:59 PM Central Time each Friday.
Note: United Specials was formerly known as continental.com Specials or E-Fares.
How to purchase United Specials
To get a deal on one of the non-stop round-trip flights that we offer each week, select the Deals & Offers
tab on united.com and you'll see United Specials
as the top option in the list.
On the United Specials page, you’ll find a list of discounted round-trip itineraries organized by origin and destination cities. The Round Trip Flight column gives you the purchase price of the round-trip fare or the miles and money required to buy the ticket. You’ll also see special rates for hotel reservations and car rental.
If you land on the United Specials page at the beginning of the week, and we’re in the process of selecting the week’s specials, you’ll see a note to this effect at the top of the page. Don't forget to come back and view the page later on.
Select the offer you’re interested in to access our Fare Calendar, which includes that lowest United Specials fare.
On the left side of the page, you’ll see the lowest fare in green and options to modify the fare calendar by changing the start date and length of the trip.
Tip: Hover your mouse over the fares that interest you, and a pop-up box appears with the start and end dates for the trip.
When you're ready to select your flights, look for the yellow star signifiying flights with special fares.
Back to that main United Specials page, you can book your flight using miles. Select the miles link next to the round-trip itinerary you’re interested in. If you haven’t signed in to your MileagePlus® account, you’ll go directly to the Sign In page.
After you’re signed in, the Select Departing Flight appears, showing different round-trip options and the miles and money required to book that flight.
All roundtrip prices include taxes and fees. Additional baggage charges
, fees for optional services and restrictions may apply. Fare availability is based on capacity and specific travel dates apply. Fares are non-refundable and subject to change at any time. Advance purchase may be required.
Weekly email alerts
If you're a MileagePlus member, you can sign up for our United News & Deals subscription service on our E-mail Subscriptions
page. That way, you’ll receive weekly emails announcing fare sales and special offers that you can take advantage of. To see a sample email looks like, select the little envelope icon.
Once you’ve subscribed, we’ll send you an email at the beginning of the week when the specials are posted (typically late on Monday or on Tuesday morning), so you don't miss a thing.
For the latest promotions from United, be sure to view our Special Offers
page. There you’ll find select destinations with our guaranteed lowest fares.