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Oct. 29 - United Launches Free COVID-19 Testing Pilot Program

From Nov. 16 through Dec. 11, customers on select United flights from Newark (EWR) to London-Heathrow (LHR) will be offered a free rapid COVID-19 test prior to the flight. The test will be offered to all passengers over the age of 2, and anyone who doesn't want to be tested will be placed on a different flight. Crew members will also be tested, so that everyone on the flight, other than those young children, will have tested negative before boarding.

Specifically, the flights for this test pilot are United Flight 14 departing at 7:15 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the test period. Passengers must schedule an appointment for the test, and a testing location will be made available at the airport at the United Club near Gate C93. For more details on the test program, visit United's website.

Aug. 31 - United ends most domestic change fees, adds new benefits

United Airlines made some substantial, permanent changes to its change-fee policy over the weekend, according to the airline. First and foremost, United is getting rid of change fees on most domestic flights (Basic Economy not included). Additional benefits have also been added including:

  • Complimentary same-day standby for all passengers, regardless of ticket type.

  • Complimentary same-day flight changes for MileagePlus Premier members.

  • Waived award redeposit fees for cancellations more than 30 days in advance for domestic and international travel.

We have a full analysis of these changes, what they mean for you and how they compare to other airlines' policies: Read more here.

Aug. 6 - United Extends Global Services Status and Adds New Lounge Benefits

Global Services is an invite-only level at the top of United Airlines’ elite status rankings. Due to the lack of travel taking place because of COVID-19, United is extending the status of all current Global Services members to Jan. 31, 2022. Additionally, as of January 2021, the airline will begin allowing Global Services members traveling domestically access to United Club lounge locations (this benefit already applies to international flights). United will also update the guest policies for Global Services members at the United Club lounges as follows:

  • Domestic itineraries, no guests.

  • International itineraries, one guest.

  • Paid United Club members or United Club Cardmembers on any flight (United or Star Alliance), two guests.

May 12 - United Increases Award Flight Prices by 10%

United Airlines has removed its Star Alliance/partner award chart and simultaneously increased the price of award tickets on Star Alliance airlines by 10% in a sneaky move. While this is terrible news, partner airlines outside of Star Alliance have not been entirely affected – yet. The devaluation is not straightforward, especially if the trip includes a combination of United, Star Alliance and partner flights.

Read more here, as we help demystify the devaluation, explain where the 10% increases tend to occur and help you figure out how to book flights at the lowest rates.

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