Taking our mobile app to the next level
Updated April 2018
Reservation management, Apple Wallet features and other enhancements now available through United's mobile app
With added enhancements debuting late last year, using the United mobile app to manage flight reservations is even more convenient than before. In addition to being able to change and cancel flights in the app, users can now add their MileagePlus® and United Club℠ cards to the Apple Wallet, as well as access other helpful travel tools. These updates build on last year's announcement to allow customers to access boarding passes for 19 other carriers through our mobile app.
"Every day 800,000 customers rely on our mobile app to book reservations, view flight statuses, check-in and access a variety of other handy travel tools we've made available through our app," said Linda Jojo, chief digital officer at United. "We're constantly making updates to the app that help our customers manage their travel with us at the touch of a finger, and access even more information about their flight as quickly and conveniently as possible."
We continue to add convenience to our app, providing customers with more time saving tools to make changes or cancel flights directly in the app. App users will select the option to either cancel or change flights under reservations details, and follow the steps to confirmation. As this new feature debuts, certain reservations, such as reservations purchased through third parties, will continue to united.com to make changes. Support for more reservations to be completed in the app will continue to expand in the coming weeks.
Storing cards in the Apple Wallet
Now customers have the option to store their United Club card and MileagePlus card in the Apple Wallet. Adding these cards to the wallet will ensure customers always have their information handy when making reservations and checking into United Clubs. United Club members will still scan their boarding passes to access United Club locations before their flight. Members who do not have their MileagePlus number tied to their boarding pass will be able to show their electronic card, along with a same-day boarding pass for United Club access. To add these cards to the Wallet, users must be logged into their MileagePlus account in the app, select United Clubs and/or MileagePlus section and then select the "Add to Apple Wallet" icon located under the digital card.
We are also introducing a new feature for users whose devices are compatible with Apple's 3D touch capability. Customers will now be able to utilize Apple's 3D touch to instantly navigate from their iPhone's home screen to book a flight, check-in and view their flight status in the app.
Track your bags
We recently launched a "Track my bags" beta in our app to allow customers to follow their bags throughout all the critical points of their journey. With this new capability customers will be able to see real-time updates of when the bag has been loaded onto a flight, unloaded from the flight and when it is available at baggage claim.
Using your smart device to check-in
Along with our mobile app enhancements, United customers can now check-in to their flight hands-free using your favorite smart device such as Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant via your phone or Google Home and through Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch making it even easier to get on your way, faster. With Amazon's Alexa, customers can not only check into their flight, but also check flight status and ask about amenities on board including Wi-Fi, movies and entertainment. The new United app on the Google Assistant allows customers to hear flight status, check amenities and check in for their upcoming flights. And lastly, Fitbit announced additions to its App Gallery that allows owners of the Ionic Smartwatch to choose from more than 60 apps and 100+ clock faces to personalize their watch.
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If you can't get to Mars, what's the next best thing? Apparently Iceland. A team of renowned explorers and researchers recently journeyed to Iceland to test a Mars analog suit in a Martian-like environment.
The United sponsored expedition, led by The Explorers Club — an internationally recognized organization that promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air and space — and in partnership with Iceland Space Agency, involved the team venturing inside the Grímsvötn volcano and across the Vatnajökull ice cap. The group traveled to the remote location and lived for six days in the Grímsvötn Mountain Huts and endured harsh weather conditions and unstable terrain.
Helga Kristin Torfadöttir, Geologist and glacier guide, using the LiDAR system to map the ground and test the suit's capabilities on the glacier.
The objective of the mission was to explore the potential of concept operations at the Grímsvötn location while testing the suit in an arctic environment similar to what would be found on the surface of Mars. "This mission was an important test of the design of the MS1 suit, but it was also incredibly helpful to understand the how to conduct these sorts of studies in Iceland," said Michael Lye, MS1 designer and NASA consultant and RISD professor. "No matter how thoroughly something is tested in a controlled environment like a lab, studying it in a setting that accurately represents the environment where it will be used is absolutely essential to fully understand the design."
The suit was designed and constructed by faculty and students at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with input and guidance from members of the HI-SEAS IV crew and NASA's Johnson Space Center Space Suit Engineering team. At 50-60 lbs, the suit is similar to what a planetary exploration suit would weigh in Martian gravity. The suit was originally designed to be used in the warm climate of Hawaii, however the martian climate is much closer to what would be found on top of the glaciers in Iceland. The data collected will inform the future of habitat and spacesuit design that can be used to train astronauts on Earth.
Today, we remember the colleagues, customers and every single victim of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
I know each of us in the United family marks this difficult moment in our own way. Still, we all share a common commitment to honor how our brothers and sisters left us and also celebrate what they gave to us during their lives. We remember their professionalism and heroism. We cherish their camaraderie and friendship. We carry with us the examples they set forth, especially in the heroism and bravery displayed by so many on that terrible day. Above all, we understand a simple truth: While thousands of our fellow human beings lost their lives in New York City, Arlington and Shanksville, the attacks of September 11th were aimed at all people of peace and good will, everywhere. They were attacks on the values that make life worth living, as well as the shared purpose that make us proud of what we do as members of the United family: connecting people and uniting the world.
We may live in times scarred by discord and disagreement, and we know there are those around the world who seek to divide us against one another. But, on this day – above all – we come together, as one. We affirm our core belief that far, far more unites us as citizens and fellow human beings than can ever divide us.
Let us embody that belief as we go about serving our customers and one another – on this day and every day – as we continue to help building a world that's more united. Let that be our memorial to the sisters and brothers we lost, eighteen Septembers ago.