Some people consider Memorial Day or the last day of school to be the official beginning of summer. But for United Airlines, summer has already begun. In the coming weeks, the airline will launch special seasonal routes to international destinations.
Travelers can expect some brand-new routes, as well as the return of popular routes to Europe and the Caribbean. In total, the summer schedule gives passengers more ways to get to 54 different countries.
Beginning May 2, 2019, United will start daily nonstop service between Denver and Frankfurt, Germany. The airline is the only U.S. carrier to operate this nonstop route. United is also the only U.S. carrier to link customers from the Bay Area to the Netherlands with its summer flight schedule between San Francisco and Amsterdam.
New service between New York’s Newark Liberty International Airport and Prague starts June 6, 2019. United is also launching the only nonstop service between the U.S. and Naples, Italy, and the only service between Washington Dulles International Airport and Tel Aviv, Israel. Both of those routes begin May 22, 2019.
Here’s the full list of the summer international routes:
- Chicago to/from Dublin.
- Denver to/from London.
- New York-Newark to/from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
- New York-Newark to/from Shannon, Ireland.
- San Francisco to/from Amsterdam.
- San Francisco to/from Munich.
- Washington-Dulles to/from Dublin.
- Washington-Dulles to/from Lisbon, Portugal.
- Washington-Dulles to/from Rome.
- Washington-Dulles to/from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Starting April 29, 2019
- Chicago to/from Edinburgh, Scotland.
- Chicago to/from Rome.
- New York-Newark to/from Bermuda.
- New York-Newark to/from Glasgow, Scotland.
- New York-Newark to/from Porto, Portugal.
- New York-Newark to/from Stockholm.
- New York-Newark to/from Venice, Italy.
- San Francisco to/from Zurich.
- Washington-Dulles to/from Madrid.
Starting May 4, 2019
- Houston to/from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Starting May 22, 2019
- New York-Newark to/from Athens, Greece.
- New York-Newark to/from Naples, Italy.
- Washington-Dulles to/from Barcelona, Spain.
- Washington-Dulles to/from Edinburgh, Scotland.
- Washington-Dulles to/from Tel Aviv, Israel.
Starting June 6, 2019
- New York-Newark to/from Prague.
- New York-Newark to/from Reykjavik, Iceland.
Starting June 8, 2019
- Austin to/from Cancun, Mexico.
- Houston to/from Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.
- New Orleans to/from Cancun, Mexico.
- San Antonio to/from Cancun, Mexico.
This is a great opportunity to take advantage of United’s award chart, which has fixed redemption rates for award flights until Nov. 15, 2019, when the airline will nix the chart, and award flights could cost more or fewer miles depending on demand and availability. Passengers can book one of the seasonal one-way flights to Europe this summer for 30,000 United MileagePlus miles if they can find a Saver Award ticket or 70,000 miles for an Everyday award.
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