The emergency slide accidentally deployed aboard an aircraft operating as United Airlines flight 1436 from Chicago to Santa Ana. Photograph courtesy Taylor Martinez.

United Airlines Flight Diverted to Wichita Due To Deployment of Emergency Slide

“My father was on the flight”, reported FlyerTalk member DENviaLAX, pertaining to the Boeing 737-724 airplane which operated as United Airlines flight 1463 from Chicago to Santa Ana on Sunday, June 29, 2014 but was diverted to Wichita after an emergency slide inflated inside the aircraft during the flight. “All he really said was…

United Airlines Garlic Bread Cropped

United Airlines Bids Farewell to…Garlic Bread? Ketchup? And Sprite Zero?!?

The “grapes of wrath” apparently continues on United Airlines — this time, having to do with garlic bread on flights between the United States and Asia…and to many FlyerTalk members, the removal of garlic bread from those flights simply stinks. As part of a reported announcement posted by FlyerTalk member goalie, United Airlines — which has been struggling financially as of late and is seeking ways to improve its bottom line — will also supposedly implement the following modifications within the next two years…

Regional jet airplanes operated by United Express are parked at the gates at Newark International Airport. Photograph by FlyerTalk member cysnows. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by cysnows.

MileagePlus Program to Change Based on Revenue Instead of Miles for 2015

Effective as of March 1, 2015, the MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program will change to base rewards on the airfares paid by customers of United Airines rather than the miles — more accurately, “butt-in-seat” miles — being traveled. This was expected and definitely no surprise, as similar changes occurred with the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program by Delta Air Lines as announced on February 26, 2014. Members of the MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program can earn anywhere from five to as many as eleven MileagePlus miles per United States dollar paid for the base airfare and surcharges imposed by the airline, depending on your Premier elite status level…

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Cleveland Airport No Longer a United Hub

The fallout of the consolidation of commercial airlines in the United States includes the removal of hub status from airports — and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is the latest casualty, as it is no longer a hub airport of United Airlines as of today. As a result, today is the last day of employment for several hundred workers at the airport; Concourse D was locked down at midnight; and FlyerTalk members who are frequent fliers of United Airlines bid a sad farewell — especially as…

Did United Airlines not step up to the plate when it serves grapes to its passengers?

The Great GrapeGate Grate: Is United Airlines Serving Fewer Grapes With Meals?

Talk about the grapes of wrath. In a sublime nod to the recent scarcity of limes, groups of FlyerTalk members are now grappling with the gripping story of griping about groping fewer grapes — or lack thereof — during meal service aboard aircraft operated by United Airlines. Perhaps this seedy action — apparently not heard through the grapevine — is to help return United Ail-lines to profitability by welching on their customers after reporting disappointing financial results for the first quarter of 2014. “As Jeff said on the recent 1Q 2014 call”, recalled FlyerTalk member spin88…

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