Pass Travel UPDATE                             December 1, 2016       


In this issue:

  1. Register your Enrolled Friends for 2017…now!
  2. Get Google “Trips”
  3. Get the free Mobile Passport app
  4. Reminder: Space available & myUAdiscount on same flight 
  5. Recent news from United

1) Register your Enrolled Friends for 2017 now!

The enrollment period is December 1st until December 30th at 1900 CST.

To keep your 2016 EFs for 2017 no action is necessary; they automatically rollover.

To change your EFs for 2017 you must take action by 1900 CST on Dec 30.

Access the Pass Travel Enrollment screen on FlyingTogether>Travel> “Update pass riders and  buddies” (It’s the second blue tile under the photo on the Travel page).

NOTE: you will have to sign in again with your file number and password.

Here’s a step-by-step enrollment guide for retirees:

Important notes for RETIREES:

Retirees do NOT have regular buddies or extended family buddies.

Retirees can NOT designate a “primary friend”. 

Retirees’ eligible pass riders are: Spouse or Domestic Partner, up to two Enrolled Friends, Children  until age 26 and up to two Parents. More info is HERE.

During the Pass Travel Enrollment period (Dec 1st-Dec 30th 1900 CST) retirees may:

Choose new Enrolled Friend(s) to fly on 1/1/2017.

Remove EF(s) to open available slot(s) so you can add someone later in 2017. To remove EF(s),  uncheck the box in the “Keep for 2017” column.

NOTE: To change your 2016 Enrolled Friend for a new EF in 2017: first remove the 2016 EF by  unchecking their names inside the 2017 election tool, then click “confirm and continue”, then click  “Add 2017 Pass Riders” and proceed to certify your new Enrolled Friend.

United will send you an email when you successfully complete enrollment.

Oops! Made a mistake?  You can make changes until 1900 CST on December 30th.

After 1900 CST on Dec 30th NO CHANGES will be allowed until the enrollment period in December  2017 for travel on 1/1/2018. However, IF you left slot(s) open before 1900 CST on December 30th, you  can fill the slot(s) with Enrolled Friend(s) anytime in 2017.

IMPORTANT: 2016 Enrolled Friend(s) who you change or remove for 2017 must complete all travel by  12/31/2016.

You don’t know what an Enrolled Friend is? Here’s the information on Flying Together:

2) Get Google Trips; it’s free! 

“Google Trips” is a new app to help you travel; especially to new places! Download the app to your IOS or Android mobile device; select a destination and it will show you lots of useful information including suggested sights, day plans, getting around, money, tipping, food, emergencies, etc.  Add your own reservation info and friends’ recommendations then click “download” to have it all accessible on your phone or tablet without using wifi!  Get the app and more information here:

3) Get the free Mobile Passport app

Thanks to Kathy Shriner of Seattle for this information

“Mobile Passport” is a new app to help you speed through US Customs and Border Protection at 20 US airports when returning from abroad. It enables travelers to submit their passport and customs declaration information via their smartphone instead of the traditional paper form. The “Mobile Passport” app is free to download and free to use! For more information and to download visit:

Note: “Mobile Passport” is different than Global Entry or other Trusted Traveler Programs that may include TSA PreCheck. More information on TT Programs, including how to link your KTN (Known Traveler Number) in employeeRES and MileagePlus, is here:

4) Reminder from the ETC: myUAdiscount and space-available

Retirees and their pass riders are reminded of these three important guidelines when booking myUAdiscount travel:

1.  Do not hold a confirmed reservation (myUAdiscount, revenue, mileage) and space-available booking over the       same routing for the same trip

2.  You cannot travel standby on the same day that you have confirmed reservation for the same routing or same        trip.  

3.  Once purchased, you may not cancel the confirmed reservation to revert back to a space-available listing on  the same day, same trip”. 

5) “Recent News” on Flying Together>News

Click the “Recent News” link above to see other stories. Here are some you might like:

09/22:  New Polaris Business Class info/rollout

09/23:  Women in Aviation; Little Girl in India becomes a pilot

09/29:  IAD lease extended thru 2024

10/04:  Sharing travel & benefits info with retirees

10/07:  Big Wins in China and Japan

10/10:  Commitment to LAX

10/12:  Welcome to the life, flight attendant!

10/21:  Flights to Cuba begin 11/29 & 12/3: What you need to know!

11/03:  Oscar hosts RETIREE summit

11/11:  What you need to know about POLARIS

11/15:  NEW: "Basic Economy" class is coming

11/15:  Six ways United will be the best

11/29:  Flight 9000: A dress rehearsal for Polaris launch

11/30:  Polaris soars; Oscar thanks employees

6) Have you seen our RAFA website?

   Check out the Travel Benefits tab here:

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

 For other Pass Travel Topics: Previous Travel UPDATES

Compiled by Kirk Moore, RAFA Travel Benefits Committee                                                      December 1, 2016 revised

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