United Airlines Extends Status for MileagePlus Premier Members to 2022 - United Hub

United Airlines Extends Status for MileagePlus Premier Members to 2022, Makes Earning Status Easier

MileagePlus members will retain their current status at a minimum through 2022, with the opportunity to earn higher status at lower thresholds for 2021
April 06, 2020

CHICAGO, April 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines is announcing a series of key changes to assist customers and MileagePlus members, including extending members' current MileagePlus Premier status through January 2022. At a minimum, all MileagePlus Premier members will retain the status they earned for 2020, through January 2022*. In addition, for the 2021 status year, United is reducing thresholds for Premier qualification by 50 percent for each status level, to make reaching an even higher status tier easier.

"From the onset of this crisis, we committed to doing what is right and fair for all of our members," said Luc Bondar, vice president of loyalty at United. "Over the years, our members have placed their trust and loyalty in United, and through the various initiatives we're laying out today, we are reiterating our mutual commitment and loyalty to them. When they are ready to travel with us again, we will be there for them. And in these unprecedented times where it seems like every day brings new challenges, it's an honor to share positive news that will – I hope – put a smile on the faces of our loyal customers."

In addition to extending premier status for members into 2022 and lowering thresholds for each Premier tier, for the first time ever, United is increasing the maximum number of premier qualifying points (PQPs) United Explorer and United Club credit card holders can earn through card spend toward status in 2021. From May 1 through December 31, 2020, United will be offering a promotion that doubles the maximum PQPs for United Explorer credit cardmembers and quadruples the maximum PQPs for United Club cardmembers to help customers achieve a higher level of status. More details on this promotion will be available in the future.

Additionally, United is increasing the ability for Premier members to use their upgrade benefits. First, the airline is offering a six-month extension for all PlusPoints, the currency used for systemwide upgrades, that are set to expire on or before January 31, 2021. United is also expanding the availability of Skip Waitlist– an upgrade option that allows Premier 1K members to confirm upgrades at the time of booking – to significantly more international long-haul flights.

For customers who purchased annual membership and subscription benefits directly from United, the expiration will be extended by six months, ensuring that they receive the full value of their benefits when they are ready to start flying again. This includes United Club℠ memberships purchased directly from United and purchased subscriptions for Economy Plus®, United Wi-Fi℠ and checked bags.

To provide customers with more flexibility, United is extending electronic travel certificates (ETCs) and waiving redeposit fees for members who booked travel using award miles. ETCs will now be valid for two years from the time of booking. The airline is also waiving all redeposit fees for members who have flights booked through May 31, 2020 and will be waiving fees for all members who cancel their flights at least 30 days before departure for the remainder of 2020.

All of the changes mentioned above will be updated automatically and reflected in customers' accounts in the coming weeks. In recognition that the long-term impacts from COVID-19 remain uncertain, United has committed to making earning status in 2022 easier during 2021 and will be sharing additional details on this commitment later this year. For more information on these changes, visit https://hub.united.com/united-mileageplus-premier-status-extension-2645643749.html.

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

For further information: United Airlines Worldwide Media Relations, +1-872-825-8640, media.relations@united.com

United Airlines Launches World's First Free Transatlantic COVID-19 Testing Pilot

Free testing guarantees all customers over 2 years old and crew on board have tested negative before departure
October 29, 2020

NEWARK, N.J., Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced the world's first free transatlantic COVID-19 testing pilot program for customers. From November 16 through December 11, the airline will offer rapid tests to every passenger over 2 years old and crew members on board select flights from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to London Heathrow (LHR), free of charge. Anyone who does not wish to be tested will be placed on another flight, guaranteeing everyone on board other than children under two will have tested negative before departure.

United Airlines Redesigns Mobile App to be More Accessible for People with Visual Disabilities

United increased color contrast, added more space between graphics and reorganized page flows to result in better integration with screen reader technologies;
October 28, 2020

CHICAGO, Oct. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today launches a redesigned version of its mobile app, with new enhancements intended to make travel easier for people with visual disabilities. Throughout its award-winning app, the carrier has increased color contrast, added more space between graphics and reordered how information is displayed and announced to better integrate with the screen reader technologies like VoiceOver and TalkBack that are built into most handheld devices and read aloud on-screen messages and notifications. By restructuring the way the information is organized on the app, screen readers are better able to convert text to audio in the proper, logical sequence, allowing customers to better understand and navigate the app. According to the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, more than 25 million Americans have self-reported travel-limiting disability. The improved accessibility of the app is just one of the ways United is continuing its commitment to accessibility and inclusion of customers with disabilities.

United Airlines Announces Eight New Routes and Increases Flights to 19 Destinations in the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico for Winter Sun-Seekers

Starting Oct. 17, United will begin selling tickets for new flights from Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Cleveland
October 16, 2020

CHICAGO, Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced a significant expansion of its winter international schedule, introducing eight new routes and adding flights to 19 destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. Starting in December, United will begin new nonstop service between Los Angeles and San Jose, Costa Rica and San Pedro Sula, Honduras; between Denver and Belize City, Belize and San Jose, Costa Rica; between Washington D.C. and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and returning service between Cleveland and Cancun, Mexico. In January, United will begin new nonstop service between Liberia, Costa Rica and both Los Angeles and San Francisco. The new flights are subject to government approval.

United Airlines Starts Customer COVID-19 Testing Program at San Francisco International Airport

All San Francisco- based customers can now choose between a rapid test at the airport or a drive-through option at United's San Francisco Maintenance Center, prior to their flight to Hawaii;
October 15, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, customers traveling on United from San Francisco International Airport to Hawaii were the first to experience the airline's COVID-19 pilot testing program, allowing customers who return a negative result to bypass the state's mandatory quarantine requirements and enjoy their time on the islands sooner. In collaboration with San Francisco International Airport, customers now have the option to take a same-day, pre-flight rapid test at the airport or a conveniently-located drive-through test at United's San Francisco Maintenance Center ahead of their trip. United has been approved by the Hawaii Department of Health as a trusted testing and travel partner and was the first U.S. carrier to announce its plans to make COVID-19 tests available to customers.

As Q3 Ends, United Airlines Shifts from Surviving the COVID-19 Crisis to Positioning to Lead the Rebound

Aggressively adapting to impacts of COVID-19 helped weather the crisis and prepares the company for long term strength
October 14, 2020

CHICAGO, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines (UAL) today announced third-quarter 2020 financial results. Since the beginning of the crisis, the company has been at the forefront of the industry in delivering on its three-pillar strategy of building and maintaining liquidity, minimizing cash burn and variabilizing its cost structure. Achieving these objectives has supported the airline's ability to manage the crisis as well as or better than its competitors and positions United to lead the industry when demand for air travel returns.

​Peerspace Teams with United to Bundle Flights with Work and Meeting Spaces for Remotely-Distributed Companies

New tiered packages starting at $1,500* per month include United roundtrip flights and short-term space rentals for companies adopting flexible, remote work policies

October 06, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 6, 2020 Peerspace – the leading marketplace for booking meeting, production and event spaces – today announced it is collaborating with United Airlines to bundle flights with meeting space rentals for companies adopting flexible, remote work policies.

United Airlines Resumes Nonstop Service Between San Francisco and Shanghai

Four times weekly flights no longer require stop and crew change in Seoul, South Korea
October 04, 2020

CHICAGO, Oct. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced it will start nonstop service to China four-times weekly between San Francisco and Shanghai's Pudong International Airport. Beginning Oct. 21, 2020, United will operate four weekly nonstop flights with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from San Francisco to Shanghai on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Customers traveling from Shanghai will return to San Francisco on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Tickets are available for purchase on united.com and the United mobile app.

United Airlines to Hold Webcast of Third-Quarter 2020 Financial Results

October 02, 2020

CHICAGO, Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines will hold a conference call to discuss third-quarter 2020 financial results on Thursday, October 15, at 9:30 a.m. CT/10:30 a.m. ET. A live, listen-only webcast of the conference call will be available at ir.united.com. The company will issue its third-quarter earnings release after market close on Wednesday, October 14.

United Airlines Plans to Increase Service on More than 40 Caribbean and Mexican Beach Routes in November

Begins 11 new routes between Florida and Boston, Cleveland and New York/LaGuardia
October 02, 2020

CHICAGO, Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced it plans to resume service on nearly 30 international routes in November, including flights to cities in Asia, Europe, and South America. Additionally, the airline continues to strategically rebuild its domestic and international network by offering customers service to popular leisure destinations in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Central America and Mexico. Even with these additions, United's November schedule is still less than half of what it was this time last year. The airline plans to fly 44% of its schedule in November compared to 2019, and a 4-point increase compared to October 2020.

United Airlines Becomes First U.S. Carrier to Make COVID-19 Tests Available to Customers

United teams up with GoHealth Urgent Care and Color to make COVID-19 testing easy to obtain for customers traveling from San Francisco International to Hawaii
September 24, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today became the first U.S. airline to launch a COVID-19 pilot testing program for travelers that could make it easier for them to manage quarantine requirements and entry conditions of popular destinations around the world. Starting on October 15, customers traveling on United from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Hawaii will have the option to take a rapid test at the airport or a self-collected, mail-in test ahead of their trip.

United Launches Online 'Map Search' Feature, A First Among U.S. Airlines

Digital tool lets travelers see a map-view of multiple destinations at once filtered by price, destination type, travel preferences or departure city
September 23, 2020

CHICAGO, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Let's say you live in Chicago, have $250 to spend on a flight and are looking to go somewhere warm for the holidays. Or you're on the east coast and want to head west for a last-minute getaway to visit a national park. Now, instead of doing multiple, time-consuming searches online, United Airlines has launched a quick and easy way to see all your travel options in one place.

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