United recently updated the award chart redemption values for travel to various destination. One of upside of that "devaluation" was introduction of short distance award redemption on partners for just 8,000 united miles. Although the new redemption value is not applicable in North America (U.S.A and Canada) you can get good value out of it for the places where the short distance flights are really expensive. Below are the requirements for getting the redemption for 8,000 united miles:
As long as the partner flights you are looking at meet above rules you can get your flight reward for just 8,000 miles. An interesting use of this is to travel to tourist destination by travelling from near by non-tourist destination. Below are few examples of where this can be useful.
Bangalore (BLR), India to Male (MLE), Maldives on Air India:
Air India has non-stop flight from Bangalore, India to Male, Maldives which is a distance of ~682 miles. You can fly this route for just 8,000 United Miles + taxes which otherwise would cost $150+.
Cairo (CAI), Egypt to Amman (AMM), Jordan:
Cairo in Egypt and Petra in Jordan are tourist places of interest although due to recent conflicts in the region they might not be in everyone's list of to-go places. Still they are at a distance of just ~294 miles they might still set you back by $150+ each way. Getting between them for 8,000 United miles + taxes would give a good redemption value.
Above are just two example but there are many more to be had and a good value if you are looking for short distance redemption less than 800 miles.
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