United announced it will increase the frequent-flier mileage requirements for booking certain types of flights – mostly international first and business class flights on its Star Alliance partner airlines.
The new requirements will be effective for flights booked on and after February 1, 2014 when redeeming MileagePlus reward miles.
Under the new requirements, a first-class seat to Europe that currently costs 135,000 miles roundtrip will cost 160,000 miles to use on a United flight and 220,000 miles to use on a Star Alliance partner airline.
The requirements for domestic flights have not changed with the exception of flights to Hawaii with 22,500 miles to be required for a “saver” round-trip ticket in economy class. A standard round-trip coach seat to Hawaii will soon cost 45,000 miles instead of the current 40,000.