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Retiree Pass Travel Summary

Retirees’ Eligible Pass Riders for space-available and myUAdiscount travel on UA

Spouse or domestic partner (same or opposite gender)
Up to two enrolled friends (can change twice per year. Register: FT > Travel > Pass travel > "Manage pass riders")
Children, regardless of marital status, until they attain age 26 (natural, adopted and/or step)
Disabled children (disabled since before age 26)
Up to two parents (any combination of natural, adoptive and/or step, same or opposite gender) with an option to change who travels quarterly).

Retirees do not have "companion passes" or "buddy travel"; we have two Enrolled Friends. However, eleven

Star Alliance carriers allow you to accompany "travel partners" or "buddies" on their airlines.

For more details & definitions:  FT > Travel > Pass travel > "Eligible pass riders".
For more details about Enrolled Friends:  FT > Travel > Eligible pass riders > In this section > "Enrolled friends".

Boarding Priority groups for space-available travel on United/UAX
The old BP-6 and BP-8 groups have been replaced by:

SA0V: Employees, retirees, and their accompanied pass riders if using VACATION passes;
Includes an unaccompanied spouse, domestic partner or primary friend* when using a vacation pass.

SA1P: Employees and their accompanied pass riders when using PERSONAL passes;
Includes an employee’s unaccompanied spouse, domestic partner or primary friend*.

SA2R: Retirees and their accompanied pass riders when using PERSONAL passes;
Includes a retiree’s unaccompanied spouse or domestic partner.

SA3V: Unaccompanied pass riders when using a employee/retiree’s VACATION pass
Exception: unaccompanied spouse/domestic partner/primary friend* fly on vacation passes at SA0V.

SA4P: Unaccompanied pass riders when using a PERSONAL pass.
Exception: retiree’s unaccompanied spouse/domestic partner fly on personal passes at SA2R and
employee’s unaccompanied spouse/domestic partner/primary friend* fly on personal passes at SA1P.

*NOTE: Retirees do not have a “Primary Friend”.

For more details & definitions:  

FT > Travel >  Programs & Policies > (look in fly out menu "In this section") > "Boarding priorities"

How are we boarded for space-available travel on UA?

Positive Space standbys will be boarded first, then SA0V standbys, followed by SA1, SA2, SA3, etc.
Pass riders within each of the above groups are boarded in seniority order by "Years of Service", not by

"Date of Hire".  

Vacation pass details: FT > Travel > Programs and policies > Types of travel > "Space available pass travel" > "vacation passes"

Personal pass details:  FT > Travel > Programs and policies > Types of travel > "Space available pass travel" > "personal passes"

Switching between pass types is not allowed less than 1 hour before domestic departure; or less than 2 hrs. before international departure.

Put Pass Travel Tools on your mobile devices (smart phone/iPad/tablet)! 

Then you can book travel, make changes, etc while on the go:

  1. Go to At the log-in screen, SAVE that to your device's home screen so it's a shortcut. After signing in, click on the "Travel" link to be taken to "MobileRes", a streamlined version of employeeRES. You can check loads & your vac pass balances plus list for flights. If the flight costs money use the "Full Site" link at the bottom of MobileRes to go to the full version of FlyingTogether, then go to employeeRES to input your credit card info. Using the "full site" of FlyingTogether on your mobile device also allows you access to "Other Airline" travel (for myIDtravel and ID90T).
  2. Download and use the United app (>Travel Information>MobileTools). This is very useful at the gate to check the standby list, seat map, etc. during boarding. 
  3. BEST: Join Mileage Plus (it's FREE) and link your MP # in employeeRES>QuickLinks>EmployeeProfile, then you can use the United app to check-in for flights, save boarding passes,etc. We can now list for space available travel and buy myUAdiscount tickets using the United app IF our MP#s are linked. NOTE: your name in employeeRES and Mileage Plus MUST perfectly MATCH. If they don't match, then change your Mileage Plus name. View: RAFA's guide to using the app for Pass Travel. Or also view:         FT > Travel > Pass Travel > "United app and Pass Travel"

Confirmed travel on UA; buy "myUAdiscount" tickets! 

Employees, retirees and their eligible pass riders may purchase full revenue confirmed tickets for system-wide travel on United and United Express with a 20 percent discount. Tickets include two free checked bags (up to 70 lbs each) and Mileage Plus credit. Depending on routing, you may buy discounted FC, Business-First, Economy or Basic Economy tickets. All fare rules apply, including cancellation fees. 

Note: you may NOT hold myUAdiscount tickets and have a space-available listing for the same flight!

To purchase tickets visit the FT > Travel > Top Hits > "myUAdiscount" on your computer or use the "Book a Flight" tab on the United app with your mobile device (if it is linked with your Mileage Plus number).

Note: To get the 20% discount & 2 free bags, you must buy your tickets on FT > Travel > Top Hits > "myUAdiscount" or by using the United app (if linked to your MP#). 

Compiled by Kirk Moore, RAFA Travel Benefits Committee


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