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48 Hours in Amsterdam

By Nick Harper, May 30, 2017

Small enough to explore on foot but large enough to lose yourself, Amsterdam is one of Europe's most attractive and intoxicating cities. In two days you may only skim its surface, but follow this itinerary and you'll experience the city at its very best.

Day 1

9am Every visit to Amsterdam should start with a traditional Dutch breakfast of toast, eggs and cheese — as well as a walk through the city's famous canal belt. Head to Letting to check off both boxes, and they'll add roast beef to your meal to make it taste even better. Walk off the calories by heading to Amsterdam's public library, OBA, and take in the panoramic views of the city from its rooftop terrace. Then make your way to the Van Gogh Museum, which is home to hundreds of paintings and sketches by the troubled genius. Book tickets online to avoid lines.

1pm For lunch, make your way to the excellent Little Collins, a short walk from the Van Gogh Museum, for Dutch classics with a twist and excellent coffee. Alternatively, if you plan well ahead of time and can secure a seat at one of the four tables, Upstairs Pannenkoekenhuis serves some of the city's finest pancakes.

2pm If you're visiting the city between March and May, make sure to set aside an afternoon to visit the world famous Keukenhof. It's a short bus, train or cab ride out of the city center but worth the effort. Here you'll find 32 hectares filled with 800 varieties of the tulips Amsterdam has become famous for.

6pm Once back in the heart of the city, you deserve a drink. No visit to Amsterdam would be complete without stopping off in a brown café, which is named for the dark but cozy wooden interiors. Café Chris in Jordaan is one of the best and oldest, dating back to 1624. When it's time to eat, Librije's Zusje offers high-end fine dining. Alternatively, Balthazar's Keuken is more affordable and, in many people's eyes, no less impressive.

11pm Extend your night with a nightcap at De Twee Zwaantjes, beside the canal in Jordaan. This is an Amsterdam institution, so don't be surprised if you end up in a sing song with the locals.

Day 2


9am Start your day at Bakers & Roasters in De Pijp, one of a wide number of hip breakfast joints across the city — this one mixes Dutch, New Zealand and Brazilian influences. From there, follow along the canals into the Museum Quarter and to the Rijksmuseum, home to a number of Old Master paintings. For a modern art alternative, the Stedelijk Museum is close by.

12pm If the sun is shining, there's no finer place to lunch than in Vondelpark, known as Amsterdam's “green lung." Grab provisions en route and look out for raw herring from one of the city's food stalls — it's a Dutch delicacy that's at its very best between May and July. Or, drop in on one of Vondelpark's many restaurants and cafés, set amongst the roses in a park that has been awarded national heritage status.

2pm Visit the Anne Frank House and museum and see where the Frank family went into hiding to escape the Nazis during World War II.. After, take a short walk to the Central Station. Here you can board the 100 Highlights Cruise, an hour-long journey down some of the 165 canals that circle the city. You won't need to book in advance but you will need to make space on your camera for all the photos you'll want to snap.

6pm Before dinner, raise a glass to the city at one of Amsterdam's growing number of “secret" speakeasy cocktail bars. The Butcher, Door 74 and Hiding In Plain Sight are three world-class options, if you can find them and get in. Tales & Spirits is less secretive but no less impressive. For dinner, Guts & Glory, Wolf Atelier and Envy are just three options fitting for your final night.

11pm End the evening and your stay with a nightcap. One of the most unique options is Hannekes Boom, a quirky shack-like bar on an island that feels like a world of its own. It's a fine end to two excellent days.

Essential Information

When to go Amsterdam comes alive in the spring, when the city wakes from winter and is filled with color, from the trees along the canals and the tulips in bloom to the green parks perfect for people watching.

Where to stay Amsterdam has hotels to suit every style and budget. Seven One Seven (high-end), Morgan & Mees (mid-range) and Citizen M (budget) are centrally located.

What to know While all the places in this itinerary can be reached on foot, it pays to act like a local and hire a bike. Safe and easy, thanks to the flat terrain and multiple bike paths, cycling is an essential Amsterdam experience. MacBike should be your first stop for all the essential details.

If you go

United Airlines flies to Amerstdam. From the airport, a 15-minute train ride takes you to Amsterdam Central Station. Once you're in the city center, it's an easy walk to many hotels and all of the city's main attractions. For flight details, visit united.com or use the United app to start planning your getaway to Amsterdam.

Working to bring people home – repatriation flights underway

By The Hub team, April 07, 2020

When and where possible, we are working to repatriate travelers who are stranded abroad in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Our teams are working closely with government officials here in the U.S. as well as in other countries where flying has been restricted to gain the necessary approvals to operate service. In regions where government actions have barred international flying, we have coordinated with the the U.S. State Department and local government officials to re-instate some flights. Additionally, we have been operating several extra flights to countries in Central America and South America as we continue to play a role in connecting people and uniting the world.

We have operated more than 85 repatriation flights from Panama City, Guatemala City, Quito, Lima, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa and Roatan, bringing nearly 12,000 people home. We will continue working with government officials to operate extra flights to Houston from Quito, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa and from Lima to Washington Dulles and beginning April 5, we will begin operating multiple charter flights between Delhi and San Francisco. We continue to review more opportunities for flights between the United States and other countries to bring citizens home.

Video provided by the U.S. Embassy Ecuador of Americans returning home on United.

Additionally, our Customer Solutions and Recovery team is working with customers in the following markets to rebook them on flights back to the United States as capacity allows, either on our aircraft or on one of our airline partners' planes:

  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Managua, Nicaragua
  • Roatan, Honduras
  • San Pedro Sula, Honduras
  • Amsterdam
  • Brussels
  • Munich
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo-Haneda
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Melbourne, Australia

We also recently reinstated several international flights back into our schedule to support customers and essential businesses which depend on these routes. As a result, we will be the only airline to offer service between Newark/New York and London, San Francisco and Sydney, as well as Houston and São Paulo, Brazil.

We’re making some key changes to the MileagePlus program for you

By The Hub team, April 05, 2020

Throughout these unprecedented times, we remain committed to doing what is right and fair for all of our MileagePlus® members and are pleased to share the steps we are taking to reciprocate the trust and loyalty that you have placed in United. These steps include not only Premier status updates, but also an extension of current memberships and subscriptions. The updates will happen automatically over the next few weeks — there's nothing you need to do.

The big news: If you have current 2020 Premier status, it will be extended to January 31, 2022. At a minimum, you will enjoy the same published status next year that you have today, up to and including Premier 1K®.

For the 2021 status year, United is reducing thresholds for Premier qualification by 50% for each status level, to make reaching an even higher tier easier. You'll still need a minimum of four flight segments on United or United Express®.

2021 status

Earn Premier qualifying flights

and PQP

… or meet a higher PQP goal

Silver

6

2,000

2,500

Gold

12

4,000

5,000

Platinum

18

6,000

7,500

1K

26

9,000

12,000

We're also doubling PQP for United Explorer cards and quadrupling PQP for the United Club cards.

At the same time that we're decreasing the published program's PQP requirements, via a promotion from May 1 – December 31, 2020, we're doubling (for United Explorer cards) or quadrupling (for United Club cards) the maximum number of PQP that Cardmembers can earn from card spending during 2020 to help achieve a higher level of status than you already have. More details to come later.

1K® and Platinum members, we're increasing your ability to upgrade by extending PlusPoints expiration dates by six months and expanding Skip Waitlist.

  • This means a six-month extension of any PlusPoints set to expire on or before January 31, 2021.
  • Last year we introduced Skip Waitlist on select flights as a benefit to 1K members, giving you more opportunities to confirm an upgrade request at the time of booking. This benefit will now be available for the rest of 2020 in a significantly expanded selection of long-haul international regions and will have expanded availability in 2021 as well.

We're extending all annual membership and subscription benefits by six months.

  • We want to make sure your benefits are still there when you're ready to start flying again. That's why we're extending purchased United Club℠ memberships purchased directly from United and purchased subscriptions for Economy Plus®, United Wi-Fi℠ and checked bags by six months. You should see this reflected in your MileagePlus account soon.

All electronic travel certificates now have 24 months to be used.

  • If your travel plans have been disrupted, and you have an electronic travel certificate from us for the value of your ticket, you now have two years from the date it was issued to book a new flight, as well as up to an additional 11 months to travel. This includes all currently valid and all new electronic travel certificates issued on or after April 1, 2020.

We have removed some redeposit fees for the rest of the year.

  • We are currently waiving all award redeposit fees for travel through end of May 2020.
  • We are now also waiving all redeposit fees for award ticket cancellations made more than 30 days before departure for the remainder of 2020.

Finally, we'll be making it easier to earn status in 2021 for the 2022 program year. We recognize that getting back to travel will occur at a different pace for different members. Keep an eye out for changes we will make to help you earn status in 2021 for 2022, as we'll share details later this year.

Over the years, you have placed your trust and loyalty in United, and we are honored to do the same for you. We are all in this together.

Status extension to January 31, 2022, applies to all members that met the published criteria of the MileagePlus program in 2019, status match associated with the United/Marriott Bonvoy partnership and status offered as part of a Sales nomination. Status granted from other programs and policies may not apply.

How to change your flight, or cancel and rebook later

By The Hub team, April 04, 2020

To help with the uncertainty around future travel — be it summer vacations, conferences, events and more — customers now have until April 30 to make changes to, or cancel, any travel they have booked through the end of the year without fees. This is in addition to existing waivers already in place which allow customers to change or cancel plans for travel through May 31.If you decide to cancel your flight, you can retain the value of your ticket to be applied to a new ticket without a fee. These electronic travel certificates are now valid for 24 months from the date they were issued. This includes all currently valid electronic certificates and all new ones issued on or after April 1, 2020. You might not see this policy change reflected everywhere right away – we appreciate your patience as we work to make that happen.

Eligible travelers on domestic flights and international tickets can request a refund on united.com or may call our contact centers if their flights have been severely adjusted or service to their destination suspended either due to government mandates or United schedule reductions related to COVID-19.

Certain tickets cannot be changed on united.com or the mobile app, including tickets booked through another airline (if the ticket receipt does not begin with 016). Please contact the original ticketing airline for changes.

Follow the steps below to stay up to date, change or cancel your flight.

Change your current flight:

  1. On the united.com homepage, select "My Trips" and enter your flight information to retrieve your flight.
  2. Select "Change flight" and then "Edit" to make the following changes:
    • Date of travel or destination
    • Add a flight
    • Remove a flight
  3. Select "Continue" and choose a new flight option
  4. Continue through booking to confirm your new flight

Note: The change fee will display as waived, but any difference in fare may apply.

Cancel your flight and rebook later:

  1. On the united.com homepage, select "My Trips" and enter your reservation information to retrieve your flight
  2. Select "Cancel flight"
  3. Confirm flight cancellation
  4. If you have future flight credit, when you return to the reservation, select "Use Future Flight Credit" to shop for new flights and apply the credit towards a new flight.

Canceling or changing an award flight:

When you select "Cancel flight," you will have the option to cancel your award reservation and redeposit the miles or to cancel your award reservation and use those miles for another trip in the future.

*We're currently experiencing heavy traffic to united.com. If you experience an error while trying to change or cancel your flight, please try again later.

Click through the slideshow below for more detailed instructions:

​Start on the United homepage: ​

User can select 'My Trips' on the homepage widget to find and retrieve their reservation.

  • If you're not signed in or you're a guest user, enter your confirmation number and last name.
  • If you are signed in, you can select a trip from your current trips or select the 'Find another trip' link.
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