Pass Travel UPDATE                         October 29, 2014         

1)       In case you missed it

RAFA has a brand new website thats better than ever:  http://www.rafa-cwa.org      Click the tabs on the left side for upcoming events, individual councils (with pictures) and how to join or contact us.

The Travel Benefits tab has tons of good info, links, phone numbers and an archive of previous Updates to answer your pass travel questions. RAFAs Other Airline travel page has been updated to reflect the new ID90T website.

The new phone number for the Employee Travel Center (and other UAL departments) is 877-825-3729 From international locations use: 847-825-3729 

For website issues or password resets on Flying Together or employeeRES retirees should call the IT service desk outside of normal business hours: 800-255-5801

2)  News from the ETC in San Diego and online

RAFA attended the RUAEA Convention earlier in October and it was terrific (fun tours and informative speakers on a variety of topics for retirees).   A representative from the Employee Travel Center came to talk and answered Pass Travel questions.

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The information from San Diego and much more is nicely summarized in the ETCs Fall Pass Travel Newsletter available on the Flying Together > Travel home page.

You may download a pdf from that page or click here.

Find out about:

         a) Carrying the correct travel documents to avoid deportation

         b) How to re-deposit your pending vacation passes

         c) Imputed income & how to track it.  However the Pass Travel Report does not work on a Mac, find a friend with a PC to generate yours.

         d) Taxes leaving Belize, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico & Panama must be paid to a United rep at the airport.

         e) Buddy pass riders now must pay baggage fees.  This does not affect retirees since we dont have buddy passes; our EFs still check bags for free.

         f) The Enrolled Friends election period for travel in 2015 will be in December. The enrolled friend tool will be found under the Pass Rider link in Employee Services > My Info.

3) Open Enrollment for Healthcare is Nov 3rd-14th

From United Airlines:

2015 Annual Benefits Enrollment FOR RETIREES, November 3 14

Its always important to review your medical options that you have available and make a selection thats right for you. Only you understand the health care needs that you and your family might have in 2015, so take the time to review your options. Remember, that choosing the right benefits is important. Use the available resources to make decisions about your benefits.

This year, we are going green and we are not mailing enrollment decision guides to homes. However, you can expect to receive your annual enrollment worksheet in the mail before the enrollment period.  (And they have mailed out reminder post cards!)  In addition, you will receive a benefit confirmation statement in the mail after the enrollment period. And only if you elect a new medical option for 2015 will you receive a new medical plan ID card.

For details about the 2015 benefits updates, you can:

•    Review the benefit enrollment decision guide online. Visit flyingtogether.ual.com > Employee Services > Benefits, under the Whats new section. There you will find the 2015 Decision Guides. On demand print copies will also be available beginning November 3, via phone requests through the United Airlines Benefits Center at 1-800-651-1007, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Central time.

•    Call the United Airlines Benefits Center beginning Monday, November 3 at 1-800-651-1007, Monday Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central time for assistance.

•    Remember, there will be a benefit correction period from November 17 through 21 for any final corrections or changes to your benefit options.

Flying Together Access Reminder ~

Keep in mind that your login password to Uniteds Flying Together web site must be refreshed every 90 days. If you do not access the web site very often, here are some steps to

resetting your password online.

1. Use Internet Explorer as your browser

2. Go to flyingtogether.ual.com web site

3. At the login page, select the password reset link in the grey area at the bottom of the login page and follow the prompts to reset your password.

If you experience any login issues, please call the United Help Desk at 1-800-255-5801 or 1-847-700-5800.

4) Recent news snippets from the United Daily (archive on Flying Together). Use the United Daily link above, then scroll down to the date of the article you want to view.

              9/22:  JFK-IAD svc ends October 25th

         10/03:  Ebola Q&A and facts; multiple articles

         10/08:  Flights to Cabo San Lucas resumed after hurricane damage

         10/13:  ATC resumes full ops in ORD after fire at center

         10/14:  SEA flight attendant base to close January 30, 2015!

         10/23:  Third quarter profit highest ever; net income $1.1 billion

         10/24:  New LAX-MEL and SFO-HND flights begin October 26th

         10/24:  New GUM-ICN and GUM-PVG flights begin October 26th & 27th

         10/27:  UA 787-9 completes longest Dreamliner flight in the world; 7,920 miles!

         10/27:  UA to hire new sCO flight attendants for summer 2015 flying

         10/28:  Bids for F/A enhanced early-outs close 10/30/14

Kirk Moore Chairperson, RAFA Travel Benefits Committee                      10/29/2014                                      

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