United Airlines announced expanded service between the U.S. and 19 countries in Central and South America by partnering with Copa and Avianca airlines. Here’s what you need to know about the partnership:
- The cities and routes are not confirmed yet. This partnership is expected to yield seamless service between more than 12,000 city pairs. Those cities have yet to be officially identified.
- You’ll have access to additional nonstop flights, too. The agreement isn’t just to increase the number of cities, though. For example, United already has flights to Panama City. However, you may get access to more nonstop flights as Panama City is the hub of Copa.
- Connecting flights from the U.S. will be timed better with Central and South American connections. One of the lesser-known benefits of partnership agreements can be that partnering airlines will work to align flights with connections.
- Star Alliance partners such as United would be able to use frequent flyer miles on these new routes. Avianca and Copa will open seats to members of United’s frequent flyer program and members of partner airlines in the Star Alliance.
- The agreement isn’t approved yet. While expected to be approved by the U.S. and Latin American governments, tickets won’t be sold until the approval is official. Brazil may be added to the package at a later date.
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