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Founded in 1926, United Airlines offers flights to nearly 400 destinations worldwide. It is a SkyTrax 3-star airline.

United Airlines claims to be the oldest commercial airline in the United States, and the world's largest airline. The company’s headquarters are in Chicago, which is also one of its main hubs. The other hubs are Cleveland, Denver, Houston Guam, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Washington. As one of the members of the Star Alliance, they also have codeshare agreements with Aer Lingus, Hawaiian Airlines, Jet Airways, and several others. Their planes are usually white with a blue undercarriage. The company logo of a red and blue tulip design is on the tail.

Ticketing and Check-in Information

Three easy options for check-in:

Airport Counter Check-in: Check-in for your flight in the most conventional manner by stopping by the United Airlines counter at the airport.

Next Day or Advance Check-in: This option allows you to save time and check-in for your flight up to 24 hours in advance of your departure time via the internet. To check-in online, visit their online check-in page. After checking-in, you can print out your boarding pass and proceed directly to the security gates if you aren’t checking any baggage. If you have to check baggage be sure to stop by the United Airlines counter.

Electronic Kiosk Check-in: For those who want to bypass the lines at the counter on busy travel days, passengers are offered check-in services at some airports via electronic kiosks. Typically, these kiosks contain United Airlines signage on them and are located near the check-in counter. For details of which airports offer this service please see the check-in details page.

Baggage Information & Restrictions

Checked Luggage Restrictions for United Airlines

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For those traveling Economy Class you will be allowed 1-2 items of checked baggage, not exceeding 23-32 kg per piece and with dimensions (L + W + H) not totaling more than 158 cm per item. Economy Class baggage allowance varies based on your destination. For a full breakdown of checked baggage allowance based on destination, and potential fees associated with baggage, please visit their Baggage Allowance Page.

Passengers traveling First or Business Class are allowed 2-3 items of checked baggage, not exceeding 23-32 kg per piece and with dimensions (L + W + H) not totaling more than 158 cm per item. First and Business Class baggage allowance varies based on your destination, and for a full breakdown of checked baggage allowance based on destination, and potential fees associated with baggage, please visit their Baggage Allowance Page.

Carry-On Baggage Restrictions for United Airlines

You are allowed to carry 1 piece of baggage with you on the flight at no extra charge. There is no specified maximum weight for carry-on baggage but it must not exceed total dimensions (L + W + H) of 114 cm.

Travelers may also take items for personal use into the cabin including laptops, cameras, purses, mp3 players, food, pillows, etc. For the complete list of allowed carry-on and personal items on United Airlines please visit their Baggage Restrictions Page.

Special Luggage Requirements

United Airlines allows passengers to take some non-traditional traveling items with them to their destinations including snowboards, antlers and bowling equipment. For more information on traveling with these special items, visit their Baggage Allowance Page.

Seating Options

United Airlines offers 4 options for seating on their flights:

Economy Class

Economy class seating on United Airlines has a distance of 31 inches between seats. Audio programs are available on all flights, with complimentary headsets. The Boeing 767 and 777 aircraft have seat-back screens for entertainment.

Economy Plus Class

Economy Plus class seating on United Airlines has a distance of 35 inches between seats, which are situated towards the front of the Economy cabin. Audio programs are available on all flights, with complimentary headsets. The Boeing 767 and 777 aircraft have seat-back screens for entertainment.

Business Class

Business class seating on United Airlines has a distance of up to 55 inches between seats, which vary depending on the type of aircraft. On the Boeing aircraft the business class seats are a luxury ergonomic design with individual video screens, audio options and noise canceling headsets.

First Class

First class seating on United Airlines has a distance of up to 88 inches between seats, and the seat type varies depending on the type of aircraft. The first class seats on international flights all offer a high degree of comfort and privacy with reclining seats, extra storage, power points, individual telephones, video screens, noise canceling headsets, and some seats also include built-in massage facilities.

Traveling with Pets

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Flying with your pets can be a safe and fun experience if airline rules and regulations are followed. Live pets can only be transported to countries where the regulations of the country permit, and subject to the terms and conditions specified by that country. Pets can often travel on flights with you in the cabin, in the hold as checked baggage, or in the hold, as cargo. See United Airlines' Traveling with Pets.

In-flight Service, Beverages, and Meals

Dependant on the flight, and type of aircraft, passengers are offered a wide variety of food, beverage and entertainment options.

All classes offer a variety of entertainment options depending on the flight. Entertainment is available on all international and some domestic flights. Economy class passengers in the Boeing 747 have access to films on overhead screens but on most other Boeing aircraft and in other classes, individual video screens are available, some with premium on-demand services. Full details can be found on the Entertainment Page.

Meal and drink options also vary considerably between flights and between classes. Economy Class passengers generally pay for their meals on domestic flights but other meals and beverages are complimentary, with business and first class passengers receiving fine dining menus and a variety of snack options. Full details of the food and beverage options can be found on the their Food and Drink page.

Fleet

United Airlines operates a fleet consisting of Boeing and Airbus airplanes. Their fleet consists of Boeing B747, B757, B767 and B777 and Airbus A319 and A320 Aircraft.

Lounge: Red Carpet Club

Red Carpet Club is the official airport lounge of United Airlines. Red Carpet Clubs are fully operational in 28 cities, including Boston, Hong Kong and Paris. United Airlines also operate the International First lounge in 7 cities including San Francisco and New York.

Red Carpet Club access is available to the public for an annual fee. International First lounges are open to United Airlines’ first class passengers.