• Your guide to the United MileagePlus frequent flyer program

    With generous priority security and boarding privileges for its frequent flyers and even free upgrades to first class for entry-level Premier Silver members, United MileagePlus is a rather complex frequent flyer program, but one that’s worth getting your head around. Through United’s...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2015 7 Comments

  • New United Airlines, Star Alliance award rates a boon for Aussie travellers

    New redemption rates for United Airlines' Mileage Plus frequent flyer scheme come into effect this weekend – and they pack some good news for Australian travellers. While the changes generally see United's core membership of US residents lose out through a massive hike in redemption r...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2014 7 Comments

  • United debuts inflight Internet on Boeing 747s for Australia-US

    United Airlines has joined the inflight Internet club with the start of wifi-equipped Boeing 747 services on its trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic routes. Although there's no fixed schedule, the first jumbo fitted out for sky-high surfing will sometimes be seen on United's Sydney a...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2013 5 Comments

  • United Airlines receives first Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    United Airlines has received the first of its next-gen Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes, with the brand new jet set to revolutionise flying to and around the US. United's new livery – a sweeping gold flare running from nose to tail - will be exclusive to its 787 fleet and is inspired by t...

    POSTED 25 Sep, 2012 4 Comments

  • The best seats in business (first) class, United Boeing 757-200

    Connecting from San Francisco or Los Angeles to a US or other North American destination on one of United's Boeing 757-200 planes? We've got the latest in our extensive series of guides to picking the best seats for your flight ready to help you choose the best spots on the plane.  The plan...

    POSTED 2 May, 2012 0 Comments

  • United: wifi Internet & streaming video for Aussie Boeing 747s

    United Airlines plans to launch inflight Internet on its Boeing 747 flights between Australia and the US this year, along with the introduction of streaming video and music for passenger's own devices such as tablets and laptops. The airline will begin rolling out a fleet-wide upgrade for wirele...

    POSTED 15 Mar, 2012 4 Comments

  • FYI: Continental Airlines is no more, flights now United

    IN BRIEF | Booked on a Continental Airlines flight within the US? Don't be confused when you get to the airport: Continental has now been subsumed into merger partner United's brand, with all former CO flight numbers now UA codes, so check that yours is visible on your ticket or boarding card. L...

    POSTED 7 Mar, 2012 1 Comment

  • United's new business and first class: what you need to know

    United Airlines is renaming its business and first class offerings as it continues the merger process with Continental, with some minor changes to the actual product you'll receive on the plane too. It all kicks off on March 3 -- and while the situation is relatively straightforward on flights f...

    POSTED 24 Feb, 2012 0 Comments

  • Status match: get Silver, Gold, Platinum in United MileagePlus

    Got a trip on United Airlines coming up this year? If so, make a note to take up United's MileagePlus Premier Status Match Challenge. That marketing mouthful translates into three months' of Premier Silver, Gold or Platinum status with United's frequent flyer program, delivering you a ...

    POSTED 23 Jan, 2012 4 Comments

  • United brings wi-fi internet to international flights

    IN BRIEF | United is gearing up to introduce in-flight Internet on international flights as well as domestic US routes. Beginning from mid-2012, passengers on United and Continental flights will have Internet access from their notebooks, tablets and smartphones through the on-board hotspot. The...

    POSTED 6 Nov, 2011 0 Comments

  • United-Continental business class lounges now called United Club

    IN BRIEF | If you're hunting through a US airport's for the United Red Carpet Club or Continental Presidents Club, check again: you're now looking for the United Club. That's what the two merging airlines are calling their business class lounges, in a change that went into effect over the weeken...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2011 0 Comments

  • United-Continental Mileage Plus: big changes to program for 2012

    Significant changes are afoot to United Airlines' Mileage Plus frequent flyer program, as the airline continues its merger with fellow US carrier Continental. There are changes to elite status, upgrade priorities and more -- affecting how you earn and burn points. With no Star Alliance airline b...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • United to put Wi-Fi on 747s between Australia and US, but there's a catch

    United Airlines will upgrade the 747s that fly between Australia and the US to offer inflight Wi-Fi, the company's Australian office has confirmed. However, it will only be used to allow passengers to stream movies to their laptops, iPads and other Wi-Fi enabled devices. It's a long overdue upg...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2011 5 Comments

  • United's first 787 to fly between Auckland and USA

    American airline United has confirmed the seating layout for its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which are due to start flying between Houston and Auckland next year. The new planes will contain BusinessFirst, Economy Plus and regular economy class, and the airline plans to receive the airc...

    POSTED 18 Aug, 2011 8 Comments

  • The best Business Class seats on United's Boeing 747

    Since Qantas ditched Sydney-San Francisco flights, United Airlines offfers the only direct service between the two cities, as well as being another option from Sydney and Melbourne to Los Angeles. We've reviewed United's business class to San Francisco, so now here's our expert gui...

    POSTED 10 Aug, 2011 2 Comments

  • Get the points: earn frequent flyer points for your business, too

    Businesses, as well as their travelling staff, can now 'double dip' to earn frequent flyer points on Emirates' Skywards rewards program. The new Emirates Business Rewards scheme issues a traveller's company, which paid for the ticket, with the same number of points as the person taking the ...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2011 1 Comment

  • United Continental halves baggage allowance to USA

    United Continental is tightening its baggage policy between Australia and the US/Canada, limiting passengers to one free bag instead of two. For tickets purchased from today, for travel after August 15th, a second bag will cost US$70 on top of the ticket cost. Its announcement was couched in so...

    POSTED 15 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • United aims for first Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights by mid-2012

    Update | United will now launch its Boeing 787 in March 31st 2013, on a route between Denver and Tokyo, having cancelled plans for the originally-promised Houston-Auckland route. Previous | With Boeing’s first 787 Dreamliner now out of the factory and almost ready for flights with launch c...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2011 3 Comments

  • United: international first class here to stay, insists CEO

    American airline United will keep international first class seats on some flights following its merger with Continental Airlines, CEO Jeff Smisek has confirmed. It's the last piece in the puzzle to figure out what the now-combined airline will look like, and it's welcome news for travellers on t...

    POSTED 2 Jun, 2011 1 Comment

  • Star Alliance to standardise economy class seats across airlines

    Airline group Star Alliance is conducting tests in Beijing this week on its new standardised economy class seats. Economy class seats across the Star Alliance vary significantly, from the United Airlines economy class seats that United CEO Jeff Smisek called "unacceptable" in an Australian Busin...

    POSTED 25 Mar, 2011 1 Comment

  • United planning smartphone check-in and mobile boarding pass for Australia

    United is hoping to add Australia to the list of countries where it offers mobile check-in and digital 'paperless boarding passes'. Mobile check-in enables passengers to check in for their flight through a mobile version of the united.com website on their smartphone from 24 hours before the time...

    POSTED 23 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • Get the points: free, instant silver status with Star Alliance

    This week in Get the Points, how to get Star Alliance Silver status instantly — and free of charge! Update: As of 0800 Sydney time on Tuesday 15 March, it appears BMI has pulled the deal and removed the signup page from its site. We'll keep the link in the article below in case the remov...

    POSTED 14 Mar, 2011 5 Comments

  • United to keep extra-legroom Economy Plus, ex-Continental planes to be refitted

    United will keep its Economy Plus extra-legroom seats following its merger with Continental Airlines, and will also install them on former Continental planes next year, Australian Business Traveller has learned.  Passengers on United's trans-Pacific flights from Australia to Los Angeles and...

    POSTED 18 Feb, 2011 0 Comments

  • United considers

    United Airlines may encourage long-haul economy passengers to rent a personal media player – similar to a Microsoft Zune, iPod Touch or even a compact tablet – as an alternative to installing personal in-seat screens in the economy cabin of its Boeing 747s. Following a trial late las...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

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