• United Airlines overhauls MileagePlus with dynamic reward pricing

    United is completely revamping its United MileagePlus frequent flyer scheme to axe fixed-rate mileage booking costs on many United reward flights in favour of dynamic pricing, where the number of miles needed to book a flight varies from one journey to the next, even on the same route. This mean...

    POSTED 8 Apr, 2019 9 Comments

  • United adds first class to new Bombardier CRJ 550 regional jets

    United Airlines wants its regional flyers to get that first class feeling, so the carrier’s new Bombardier CRJ 550 jets will feature an oversized first class cabin with United’s fanciest domestic seats. When it takes wing from the middle of this year, the front ten of the CRJ 550&rsq...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 3 Comments

  • United begins planning Polaris lounges for London, Hong Kong, Tokyo

    With five of its impressive Polaris business class lounges already dotting the USA, United Airlines is now turning its attention to opening international Polaris lounges in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. However, the airline is playing its cards close to its chest as to which city will be the firs...

    POSTED 22 Jan, 2019 2 Comments

  • United's Boeing 787s to get a Polaris business class upgrade this year

    United Airlines will begin fitting Polaris business class seats to its Boeing 787 fleet later this year, with the aim of having all of the Dreamliners boasting the slick new seats by the end of 2020. The Boeing 787 upgrade program is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2019, which means t...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2019 16 Comments

  • Star Alliance Gold status match for Qantas, Virgin Australia

    Qantas and Virgin Australia frequent flyers can take advantage of a generous status match to top-tier Gold status across all Star Alliance airlines. Your Gold or Platinum membership in the Qantas Frequent Flyer or Velocity Frequent Flyer schemes is all it takes to unlock 90 days of Gold-grade be...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2018 45 Comments

  • United Airlines' LAX Polaris business class lounge to open January 12

    United Airlines will open its flagship Polaris lounge at LAX on Saturday January 12, 2019, making it the fifth member of United's upscale business class lounge network. United confirmed the January 12 opening date overnight, with passengers set to see more of the familiar design, furnishings and...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 1 Comment

  • United Airlines to launch Melbourne-San Francisco flights

    United Airlines will begin direct flights between Melbourne and San Francisco in October 2019, mirroring the Star Alliance's popular Sydney-San Francisco service. The move will pit United's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner against that of Qantas on the same route, with the United Dreamliners expected to ...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2018 25 Comments

  • United Boeing 787-10 brings Polaris business class to domestic flights

    United Airlines is bringing its newest jets and its best business class seats to the competitive US transcontinental market, in a move which will benefit savvy United business class travellers flying from Australia through to New York. From January 2019, United's Boeing 787-10s will be seen spri...

    POSTED 12 Oct, 2018 10 Comments

  • United Airlines Boeing 737 MAX to get all-new lie-flat first class

    United Airlines will install an all-new first class seat which converts into a lie-flat bed on its forthcoming Boeing 737 MAX jets as the airline goes flat out to woo premium travellers on key US domestic routes. The airline has already assessed one prototype of the still-under-wraps seat, which...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2018 4 Comments

  • United hopes to open London Heathrow Polaris lounge by mid-2019

    United Airlines is aiming to open its new Polaris business class lounge at London's Heathrow Airport by the middle of 2019. Airline CEO  Oscar Munoz confirmed the tentative timetable, saying the upmarket lounge at Heathrow's Terminal 2 would lay out its welcome mat "hopefully the first half...

    POSTED 6 Aug, 2018 1 Comment

  • From chic to boutique: how four airport lounges found their look

    The business class experience isn't restricted to above the clouds. Airport lounges are also raising the bar, not just in what they offer but the environment they create for high flyers while on the ground. Here are four lounges with their own unique look and feel. Qantas: contemporary class Qa...

    POSTED 3 Aug, 2018 0 Comments

  • United's Houston Polaris lounge opens June 29

    United Airlines will open its latest Polaris business class lounge at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Friday June 29. It's the fourth of the new-look lounges, following Chicago, San Francisco and Newark, ahead of a November 2018 opening for a Polaris Los Angeles ...

    POSTED 27 Jun, 2018 8 Comments

  • United's Newark Polaris lounge opens June 4

    United Airlines will open its latest Polaris business class lounge at New York-adjacent Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday June 4. It's the third of the new-look lounges, following Chicago and San Francisco, with two more Polaris facilities slated for Houston in "late (northern) summ...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2018 2 Comments

  • From showers to sushi: designing United’s new Polaris lounges

    United Airlines is ramping up the opening of new Polaris airport lounges as it plays catch-up to not only arch-rival American Airlines and its expanding Flagship Lounge network but to its own schedule, which proved to be overly optimistic . Following the debut of the first Polaris lounge at...

    POSTED 8 May, 2018 7 Comments

  • United Airlines says "no plans" to close San Francisco Arrivals lounge

    United Airlines has denied reports that it intends to close its Arrivals lounge at San Francisco following this week's opening of the airport's new Polaris lounge. Located on SFO Terminal 3's lower level near the baggage claim area, the spartan Arrivals lounge is certainly not in the same league...

    POSTED 4 May, 2018 0 Comments

  • United details Polaris lounges for Newark, Houston, LAX, Washington DC

    United Airlines will follow this week’s opening of its new Polaris lounge at San Francisco with three more upscale lounges at Newark, Houston and Los Angeles across 2018. However, the next wave of premium Polaris lounges – including Washington, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo – are...

    POSTED 30 Apr, 2018 0 Comments

  • United Airlines defends banning frequent flyers from Polaris lounges

    United Airlines says its decision not to allow frequent flyers into its new Polaris business class lounges was made “to protect the integrity” of the upmarket lounges.  Instead, it plans to satisfy MileagePlus and Star Alliance Gold frequent flyers with improvements to its Unite...

    POSTED 30 Apr, 2018 20 Comments

  • United's Boeing 787-10 to get Polaris business class, premium economy

    United Airlines will turn the Boeing 787-10 into a flagship for the US carrier on its debut later this year, with the stretched Dreamliner boasting its latest Polaris business class as well as all-new premium economy seats. A leaked seatmap for United's Boeing 787-10 shows 44 of the staggered di...

    POSTED 16 Apr, 2018 8 Comments

  • United's San Francisco Polaris business class lounge opens April 30

    United Airlines will open its new Polaris business class airport lounge at San Francisco on Monday April 30, with travellers set to enjoy a sprawling split-level space with its own dining room and tended bar. The Polaris lounge incorporates the old United Club as well as the former Singapore Air...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2018 3 Comments

  • United, American move ahead with Chicago's US$8.5bn overhaul

    A US$8.5 billion expansion plan for Chicago's O'Hare International Airport got a lift on Thursday after the airport's two major carriers, American and United, settled a dispute that had clouded the project. United Airlines and American Airlines said in a joint statement they had reached an agree...

    POSTED 16 Mar, 2018 1 Comment

  • United Airlines plans 'premium economy' for domestic US flights

    United Airlines is considering whether to add an upgraded economy section to domestic U.S. flights – a feature typically reserved for overseas markets. The Chicago-based carrier for months has been readying a new Premium Plus section with bigger seats and improved dining options. While th...

    POSTED 14 Mar, 2018 22 Comments

  • American Airlines slams United 'gate perks' in US$8.5bn O'Hare revamp

    American Airlines. is crying foul over a planned US$8.5 billion renovation of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, claiming a “secret provision” awards additional gates to United in a terminal slated to be torn down. The arrangement favoring Chicago-based United was &l...

    POSTED 1 Mar, 2018 1 Comment

  • United's Polaris lounges for London, Hong Kong, Tokyo now 2019-2020?

    United Airlines has pushed back the opening of its swish new Polaris business class airport lounges for London, Hong Kong and Tokyo to at least 2019, with the possibility those could slip into 2020. The Star Alliance member previously pegged each of those lounges – which form the ground co...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2018 1 Comment

  • United Airlines to launch Premium Plus, aka 'premium economy'

    United Airlines is set to add a true 'premium economy' seat to international flights under the Premium Plus brand. The Premium Plus experience will include wider seats with more recline and legroom, with United also promising "upgraded dining on china dinnerware, free alcoholic beverages, a...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2018 18 Comments

  • In it for the long haul...

    Get ready for a new wave of long flights. Really long flights that'll see you spending up to 18 hours in the air. It starts this Saturday, January 20, when United Airlines launches daily flights between Sydney and Houston. That Houston-Sydney leg is scheduled at 17½ hours, just pipping t...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2018 31 Comments

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