United / Lufthansa – $434: Chicago – St. Petersburg, Russia. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

On Friday, we posted a $450ish fare from Chicago to Moscow on United. It also has a similar fare to St. Petersburg. Availability for mileage earning fares are limited (mainly end of November – December). If you don’t care about miles, there is a lot more availability for a few dollars less.

The W fare for 1K and GS members is very reasonable at under $900. It also allows two stopovers in Europe (Munich, Zurich, Frankfurt, Geneva, Brussels or Vienna).

St. Petersburg, Russia - Photo: flowcomm via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

St. Petersburg, Russia – Photo: flowcomm via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • November 30th – December 8th

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel on the outbound from October 27th – December 14th. Must purchase at least 3 days in advance of departure
  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

(This is a Star Alliance K fare, we are showing a route that you can earn miles on. But there’s more availability if you don’t care about miles — on the Advanced Routing Code field, enter “ua+ /f bc=k” without the quotes on both the Outbound and Return Advanced Routing Code fields)

Fare Class:

  • K

Elite Qualifying Dollars:

  • $292.40


  • ORD -MUC (Munich) – LED (St. Petersburg) – MUC – ORD


Global Premier Upgrade Fare (for United 1K and GS members):

  • W Class
  • $855


United will be revenue based mileage earning starting March 1st, 2015. Miles will be earn base on elite qualifying dollars multiple by 5 as base level earning and up to 11 for 1K level members. We will be showing the 2015 base mileage earning for all United fares going forward to show how negative the changes are for a majority of United flyers.

  • 2014: 11,270 miles or 3.9 cents per mile. The segments between Munich and St. Petersburg will be non-mileage earning, as such, you will earn 9,070 miles or 4.8 cents per mile
  • March 1st, 2015:  1,462 miles or a difference of 7,608 miles.

How to Book:

  • Book via Hipmunk link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search.
    • On the From field, enter ORD::O:UA MUC,FRA
    • On the To field, enter LED::MUC,FRA O:UA
    • It will link you to United.com to book.



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Background Information:

  • Visa: US Citizens – required prior to arrival. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Russian Ruble (RUB) – $1USD = 35.78 RUB

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