Last week I promised I would provide more details on United's new one-way award program.
Simply put, I like the new program.
Per my conversation with a reservations agent, stopovers will still be permitted on United roundtrips and Star Alliance awards--for now at least.
This means that in addition to the benefits of being able to book a one-way award (when an outbound might be prohibitively expensive but the return flight cheap, for example) we will still be able add an additional destination on roundtrip flights--a huge perk when planning a multi-city trip.
The following restrictions exist on one-way award tickets:
I find the "indirect routing" requirement interesting. What constitutes an indirect routing is not defined and just last night I was offered a one-way routing on united.com from PHL to ORD through IAD and BUF. That doesn't sound like a direct routing to me.
I predict that as the one-way program is further developed, eventually we will see stopovers phased out and one-way awards permitted for all Star Alliance carriers. For now, though, don't worry: we can still book our stopovers.
I commend UA for adding this new award option and applaud them for making these bookings available online--quite a feat for United's IT team.
Don't forget about cash + miles awards either.