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Pass Travel UPDATE                    June 25, 2019

1) Have an epic summer!

2) Last CALL! Switch Enrolled Friends by 6/28

3) BONUS! 2 Items from RUPA

4) Direct to ZED

5) News from United Daily 

6) RAFA’s website

1) An epic summer!

This message is being sent to all retiree organization leaders

We’d really appreciate it if you could post this message from the Employee Travel Center in your next newsletter.

Employee Travel team wishes you an epic summer


School is out for summer, and the travel season is in full swing! That means busy airports, long lines and full flights. We all want a seamless travel experience as we make our way to family, friends and vacation destinations. Here is our summer travel checklist to help you have a smoother trip and at the same time help out your fellow employees who are working during this busy time.


  • Our award-winning United app is your travel toolkit. You can check in, check flight status, view your position on the standby list, receive a mobile boarding pass and more, directly from your mobile device. Download the United app for free before your next trip.
  • Before you decide what to wear on the plane, check out the Pass Travel Attire policy. Remind your pass riders, too. They represent you – and United – when they’re pass traveling, so we expect them to follow the attire policy, whether you’re traveling together or not.
  • Explain to your pass riders how the standby process works and that they should contact you if they have questions. 
  • Keep in mind that some of our more popular destinations like Honolulu, London and other European locations are in high season and may make pass travel a challenge. Also, there are certain countries that may have different boarding process requirements than others – like Buenos Aires, where pass travelers have to be cleared at the check-in counter. These differences in process can be stressful for pass riders who aren’t aware. It’s always a good idea to research your destination – including its airport and travel policies – before you go.
  • Make your travel planning easier by using the helpful tools in employeeRES: Open Search lets you check flights with the most seat availability to or from anywhere, and you can set up Flight Watch to send you notifications with boarding totals for up to 10 flight segments of your choice.
  • We have 122 interline ZED agreements that increase our global reach far beyond the United network. You can purchase your interline tickets online ahead of time. Check out our other airline travel page to learn about eligibility, ticketing and more.
  • Expect long lines at airport security, and make sure to get there early. At the security checkpoint, be patient and cooperate with security officials.
  • Be kind to your fellow pass riders and to employees who are handling the summer crowds. Remember that caring is always important, whether you’re at work or on your way to a vacation destination!

Thank you!

2) Last CALL! Switch Enrolled Friends by 6/28


Retirees may change their Enrolled Friends for the July-December travel period by midnight June 28th (CDT). If you do nothing your current EFs will automatically roll over. If you do NOT want them to roll over you must either change them or UNCHECK them (to leave a slot open to fill later). After midnight on June 28th the next chance to change your EFs will be in December (for the January-June travel period next year).

Visit the Flying Together website and go to:

FT > Travel > Pass Travel > “Manage pass riders”.  

For help: read this page, the pdf, Q&A and view the video:

Read these 3 important tips 1) How to change or add an EF, 2) why you can’t register a new EF and 3) how to leave an EF slot open to fill later:

3) BONUS! 2 Items from RUPA

Many thanks to Pat Palazzolo and RUPA for these two items: 

1) The dreaded Oracle error message when logging in on Flying Together.

2) A list of Star Alliance carriers allowing us to take “companions”. 

Click to open/download the RUPA Pass Travel Report pdf:

To buy standby tickets (ZEDs) on Star Alliance airlines, visit FlyingTogether > Travel > TopHits > “Other airline interline travel”. Then open “How do I book with myIDTravel?”

For RAFA’s step-by-step guide to Other Airline travel visit:

4) Direct to ZED

Here is a DIRECT LINK to buy ZED tickets on Other Airlines:

Log-in with your UAL password and you will be taken directly to myIDTravelPurchase.

Note: ZED tickets on a few Other Airlines are purchased on ID90Travel.  Access those via FlyingTogether > Travel > TopHits > “Other airline interline travel”. Then open “How do I book with ID90Travel?”

5) NEWS from the United Daily (and others) 

06/13: Great food at EWR

06/17: UA orders more E-175s (Airwise)

06/19: More than 125 at LHR support rise against hunger

06/21: India service suspended until October 1st

06/24: Improved SEARCH on Flying Together

6) Have you seen our RAFA website?

Check out the Travel Benefits tab here:

Read the Pass Travel Program Summary, helpful links, phone numbers & more.

For other Pass Travel Topics: Previous Travel UPDATES

Kirk Moore, RAFA Travel Benefits Committee                 June 25, 2019


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