October News for Retirees October 10, 2015
1) Access to Flying Together
United’s IT Department has completed a significant update to address access issues with Flying Together (https://flyingtogether.ual.com). Retirees should now be able to log into Flying Together from computers, smartphones or tablets when using various browsers, including Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox and Chrome.
The updated log-in page will ask for your “UID number”, which is the same ID number that legacy UA people have been using. Legacy Continental people can no longer use their old IDs. If you need help, there are phone numbers on the log-in page; retirees are asked to please call outside of normal business hours (call AFTER 5 PM, Central time).
Remember, if you do not visit Flying Together once every 90 days, your password will expire. If that happens, click the ‘forgot password’ link on the log-in page to reset. If you need further assistance, call the IT Service Desk: 800-255-5801 or 847-700-5800.
2) Annual Enrollment for Retiree Healthcare Nov. 9-20, 2015
Don’t forget to make your choices in YBR for 2016 during the enrollment period! Access YBR(Your Benefits Resources) by going to Flying Together>Employee Services; click on the blue “Portal”. See related info on YBR in #3 below.
There is more information about Annual Enrollment for Healthcare here: http://benefitsstraighttalk.com. Note: Some pre-65 retirees will see a new plan option this year so there is additional information on the site for them. There are no changes for Post-Medicare retirees so they will only see the basic information on the BenefitsStraightTalk website.
3) YBR gets a new look; choose your security questions.
The “Your Benefits Resources” site was re-designed in July. If you haven’t visited lately, you’ll be asked to select 5 security questions and provide answers. Once logged in, you can select the “Life Events” tab to make changes (i.e. moving, marriage, divorce, death, births), view your “Health Insurance”, update your contact info in “Your Profile” (located on the top menu bar) and much more. There are Chat and Contact links as well. Go take a look…if you have trouble with access, call 800-651-1007.
Remember to go to YBR (by clicking the blue “Portal” on the Employee Services tab in Flying Together) between Nov 9th and Nov 20th to make your retiree healthcare choices for 2016!
4) What about Enrolled Friends?
Registration for Enrolled Friends (for Pass Travel) will take place in December.
We will be able to make changes for 2016 by visiting the “Update Pass Riders” tab on the “Travel” page in “Flying Together” during the enrollment period TBA in December.
5) Recent news snippets from the United Daily
(On Flying Together>News, click on “Recent news”)
To read these stories in-depth click the blue United Daily link above and scroll to the date.
09/08: Message from NEW United CEO Oscar Munoz
09/10: New cabin design/FC seats for 200 aircraft!
09/17: 757 to fly EWR-Newcastle in summer 2016
09/21: The future: United embraces mobiles, beacons and wearable devices
09/22: We apply to DOT to fly 787s SFO-Xi’an in summer 2016
09/29: Better headsets on board
10/01: New United feedback website: www.UnitedAirtime.com
10/07: Two new 787s and two new 737s delivered in September
10/08: SFO-Tel Aviv in March and SFO-Auckland in July will use 787s year round
10/09: Prepare to enroll in health care benefits in November
10/09: We’ll fly to Athens, Barcelona and Lisbon in summer 2016
Compiled by Kirk Moore, Chairperson, RAFA Travel Benefits Committee 10/10/2015