Back in early 2005 Delta introduced a program called Simplifares that basically eliminated minimum stays, Saturday night stays, roundtrip requirements and a number of other things people hated about airfares. United (and everyone else) followed suit.
Well, take everything in that program and throw it out, because your favorite parts of airfares – Saturday night stays and minimum stay requirements – are back. Mazel Tov.
United announced that as of October 6th, nearly all of their fares will require some sort of minimum stay (based on the route) and, to add insult to injury, they’ve raised the lowest fares available.
You can’t blame them, given everything that’s going on, but remember that on most routes you have a choice of airlines that do not require any of this nonsense.