I apologize in advance if my questions have been answered in other posts. I did search. The new United Award Charts seem to say that partner travel " costs" the same number of miles in economy as on United (using North America to Europe) but that partner travel in business or first (defined as a partner flight on any leg) will be at the higher "partner" award number of miles. If I want to travel in Business w/o partner legs it looks like the number of European destinations will be limited to only those that United flies into like Frankfurt or London. Any other European destination will include a leg on a partner airline and therefore require the higher number of miles for an award ticket. So far do I have this right? There are many destinations worldwide that United doesn't fly to but that partners do that now will cost more miles - business or first. So it is a type of surcharge or devaluation on going places United itself doesn't fly to? Is it plausible that by making the costs higher for partner flights could have the effect of discouraging use of those flight as award travel making it just a tad easier to obtain one if you are willing to pay the higher miles? Will this mean that to keep the miles needed for an award lower more people will opt for the United only seats, thereby, increasing demand for those flights? Or (I don;t think this is likely) that United will offer a few more award seats to compensation for heavier demand? Or is the 20% differential unlikely to change difficulty of obtaining award seats? I know it's hard to know what the impact will be but I think there are many super savvy program members who will have a great perspective on the changes?