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  • Routes galore
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  • Low-fare guarantee
  • History

United Airlines Check-in

Online check-in is available starting 24 hours before the departure of your flight, but the latest time you can check in varies depending on the departure airport and destination. Passengers are advised to check in at least 90 minutes before departure for domestic flights and two hours before departure for international flights.

United Airlines baggage allowance

Hand luggage: All passengers are allotted 1 piece of hand luggage no bigger than 23cm x 35cm x 56cm as well as 1 personal item no bigger than 22cm x 25cm x 43cm.

Checked: For flights within the US and Canada, there is a $25 charge for the first bag and $35 for the second. Bags must weigh less than 23kg.  Members of the MileagePlus program might be eligible for baggage discounts and allowances.

United Airlines legroom

Seat pitch: 80cm

Pre-arranged seating

Passengers may select seats during online check-in.

Passenger change details

Some changes can be made online for domestic flights. There is generally an administrative fee along with fare difference.

Child fares

Infants under 2 years old may sit on an adult’s lap for 10 percent of the price of an adult fare.  All children occupying their own seat must have a ticket, and tickets for children may be discounted depending on the destination.

Senior fares

United offers discounted fares to several destinations for travellers aged 65 and older. When making your reservation online, be sure to select the Seniors category.


With a program called PetSafe, United allows pets to travel safely as cargo. The cost to ship your animal depends on the combined weight of the animal and its kennel. Small pets may also travel in the cabin for $125 each way.

Carrying musical instruments

Musical instruments can be carried on board or checked as baggage. You may also purchase a seat for your instrument if necessary.

In-flight service

Soft drinks are offered onboard at no additional cost. Alcoholic beverages and boxed meals can be purchased. Movies are available on most United flights, and live DIRECTV is available on some — check online to see what is scheduled to play during your flight.  WiFi is available on many flights.

Air miles

MileagePlus is United’s frequent flyer program.

Airline food link

View details on the food available onboard here.

In-flight magazine

Hemispheres is published on a monthly basis and is available online as well as on every United flight.

Airline alliances

United is a member of the Star Alliance.

Airline overview

United Airlines offers more than 3,000 flights per day to hundreds of destinations around the globe. In Canada, it flies from Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver airports. In March, 2012, United officially merged with Continental Airlines.

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