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 by 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” roundtrip ticket in economy class. A standard roundtrip coach seat to Hawaii will soon cost 45,000 miles instead of the current 40,000.