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COVID19 UA Suspensions,Reductions,Waivers;Cuts 90% Intl April,All Cities waiver 31May

COVID19 UA Suspensions,Reductions,Waivers;Cuts 90% Intl April,All Cities waiver 31May

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United Reinstates Some International Flights Across the Globe to Help Customers Get Where they Need to Be

CHICAGO, March 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- While travel demand continues to drop and United continues to adjust its schedules accordingly, the airline knows some people around the globe are displaced and still need to get home. While United's international schedule will still be reduced by about 90% in April, the airline will continue flying six daily operations to and from the following destinations – covering Asia, Australia, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe – in an effort to get customers where they need to be. This remains a fluid situation, but United continues to play a role in connecting people and uniting the world, especially in these challenging times.

Flights continuing from now through May schedule
  • Newark/New York – Frankfurt (Flights 960/961)
  • Newark/New York – London (Flights 16/17)
  • Newark/New York – Tel Aviv (Flights 90/91)
  • Houston – Sao Paulo (Flights 62/63)
  • San Francisco – Tokyo-Narita (Flights 837/838)
  • San Francisco – Sydney (Flights 863/870)
In addition to the above, United has reinstated the following flights to help displaced customers who still need to get home.

Flights through 3/27 outbound
  • Newark/New York – Amsterdam (Flights 70/71)
  • Newark/New York – Munich (Flights 30/31)
  • Newark/New York – Brussels (Flights 999/998)
  • Washington-Dulles – London (Flights 918/919)
  • San Francisco – Frankfurt (Flights 58/59)
  • Newark/New York – Sao Paulo (Flights 149/148)
Flights through 3/29 outbound
  • San Francisco – Seoul (Flights 893/892)
In destinations where government actions have barred us from flying, we are actively looking for ways to bring customers who have been impacted by travel restrictions back to the United States. This includes working with the U.S. State Department and the local governments to gain permission to operate service.
United Airlines Continues Draw Down of International Schedule
CHICAGO, March 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/
-- United continues to aggressively manage the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on our employees, our customers and our business. Due to government mandates or restrictions in place prohibiting travel, the airline is reducing its international schedule by 95% for April. The revised international schedule will be viewable on united.com on Sunday, March 22:

Atlantic
  • United is drawing down its remaining trans-Atlantic operation. The final westbound departures will take place on March 25, with the exception of its Cape Town-New York/Newark service which will operate as previously scheduled with the last flight departing Cape Town on March 28.
Pacific
  • United will reduce its remaining trans-Pacific operation starting March 22, with final eastbound departures on March 25, with the exception of service between San Francisco and Tahiti and San Francisco and Sydney which will have final returns to San Francisco on March 28.
  • United will maintain some Guam flights as well as a portion of its Island Hopper service.
Latin America
  • United will reduce its Mexico operation over the next five days. After March 24, it will only maintain a small number of daytime flights to certain destinations in Mexico.
  • United will draw down its remaining Central and South America operations. The last southbound departures will take place March 24.
Canada
  • United will temporarily suspend all flying to Canada effective April 1.
In destinations where government actions have barred us from flying, we are actively looking for ways to bring customers who have been impacted by travel restrictions back to the United States. This includes working with the U.S. State Department and the local governments to gain permission to operate service.
United Airlines Further Reduces Domestic and International Schedules
March 17, 2020

CHICAGO, March 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United continues to aggressively manage the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on our employees, our customers and our business. Due to a continued drop in travel demand as a result of this outbreak and government mandates or restrictions in place prohibiting travel, the airline today announced a 60 percent schedule reduction in April - this includes a 42 percent reduction across the U.S. and Canada and an 85 percent decrease in international flights.
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Domestic

While United does not plan to suspend service to any single U.S. city now - with the exception of Mammoth Lakes, CA - the airline is closely monitoring demand as well as changes in state and local curfews and government restrictions across the U.S. and will adjust its schedule accordingly throughout the month.


30 March
No change fees for new bookings
We know people are taking a second look at their travel plans right now, and we want you to have flexibility when planning your next trip — that’s why when you book a flight with us by April 30, 2020, you can change it for free over the next 12 months. See Terms and conditions

Tickets: For tickets issued March 3 through April 30, 2020, customers will be permitted to change free of charge to a flight of equal or lesser value for travel up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date. If the new flight is priced higher, the customer may change for no fee but must pay the fare difference. If the new flight is priced lower, the customer may change for free but no residual value will be given. If the customer decides to cancel their flight, they can retain the value of the ticket to be applied to a new ticket without fee for travel up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date.

Cancellations: If the customer decides to cancel the flight they booked between March 3 and April 30, 2020, they can retain the value of the ticket to be applied to a new ticket without fee for travel up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date

Fare Validity: This applies to all tickets, all fare types, all destinations, all points-of-sale, all travel dates available for sale, provided ticket number starts with 016.

Minimum Stay: No minimum stay.

Blackout Dates: No blackout dates.

Miscellaneous: Fares, fees, rules and offers are subject to change without notice. Seats are capacity-controlled and may not be available on all flights or days. Fares are nonrefundable except during the first 24 hours after purchase. Other restrictions may apply.
17 March

Travel from Europe

In order to assist customers departing Europe, we have capped fares to the United States from countries affected by the government-imposed travel policy. If you're scheduled to travel March 10 – April 30, 2020, and would like to change your plans, there is no fee to do so, regardless of when you purchased your ticket or where you're traveling. See waiver details

We will continue to fly our regular schedule from Europe to the U.S. through March 20, except Houston-London and Denver-London, which we’re suspending after March 16. From March 20 through the end of April, we expect to fly three daily flights to London and have daily service to Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Paris and Zurich. We’ll also maintain multiple flights to Frankfurt and Munich, along with four flights a week to Lisbon.

We will continue to follow the situation in Europe closely and make any changes necessary.
International RefundsOur schedules remain fluid and as a result, we have waived change fees for any customer scheduled to travel through May 31, regardless of when they purchased their ticket or where they are traveling. As our international schedules evolve due to government mandates and restrictions, we are working to assist impacted customers in a way that is flexible and fair.

Our goal remains to automatically rebook as many customers as possible within 6 hours of their originally scheduled flight. For any customer whose international travel is cancelled or disrupted by more than 6 hours because of schedule changes resulting from government restrictions, they will retain a travel credit equal to the value of their ticket. That credit can be used towards any flight, to any destination, for 12 months from the time of purchase. If the customer chooses not to use the credit, they will receive a refund to their original form of payment at the end of that 12-month period. Importantly, this new way of helping customers manage through changing flight schedules also applies to residents from other countries that effectively can no longer travel to the U.S. because they would face a 14-day quarantine upon arrival as well as customers impacted by more broadly by government-mandated travel restrictions or quarantines. In addition, this change also maintains our ability to manage our business through this evolving and difficult set of circumstances.

International travel advisories and waivers

For more information about international travel:

Flight suspensions and schedule reductions

By Presidential Proclamation, the United States is currently denying entry to non-U.S. citizens who have visited or transited through the People’s Republic of China, the Islamic Republic of Iran or certain countries in Europe within the last 14 days, unless you are a lawful permanent resident. Travel-restricted countries include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Customers who are U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents or immediate family members of U.S. citizens will be subject to additional health screenings on arrival to the United States. The CDC also advises that travelers returning from these countries in Europe must stay home for 14 days and monitor their health after returning to the U.S. Non-U.S. citizens who have visited the countries listed above in the past 14 days will not be allowed to enter the United States.

After evaluating our operations between the U.S. and Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong and Shanghai, we’ve decided to suspend those flights through April 30. We’ve also suspended ticket sales for MileagePlus Award travel and flights originating in China or Iran on our partner airlines through April 30.

We're taking additional steps to reduce our international and domestic schedules in ways that minimize the impact to our customers. We're also in close contact with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health organizations as we continue to evaluate the situation.
Summary
Service to PEK, PVG, CTU plus HKG suspend until 30 April 2020
Waivers for ICN until 30 June 2020, Northern Italy until 30 April 2020
Flight Reductions NRT, KIX, ICN, SPG, .. until late April 2020; Downguage TPE thru April 2020
Change fees removed for 1-30 March 2020 bookings for travel up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date
All change fees waived for tickets issued on or before March 2, 2020 thru 31 May 2020
Additional reductions to Europe starting 20 March
Suspensions IAH-EZE 16 March 2020 & ORD/IAD-GRU 1 April 2020, numerous schedule reductions for Mexico, South & Central America
UA to cut system capacity by 60% for April and May
Will parking some widebody jets


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Old Jan 26, 20, 12:55 pm
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Originally Posted by tryathlete View Post
At this rate, there will either be lots of PZ availability or no availability at all. I’m seeing full flights from China to USA and empty flights the other way.
Crazy. Check out tomorrow's UA888. I don't think I've ever seen a seat map like this, and PZ9, at T-23 hours before:

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Crazy. Check out tomorrow's UA888. I don't think I've ever seen a seat map like this, and PZ9, at T-23 hours before:

to be fair, it was probably like that before the virus. no business traveler flies to China this week - there is literally nothing for a business person to do.
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Old Jan 26, 20, 2:10 pm
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I don't think I've ever seen a seat map like this, and PZ9, at T-23 hours before:
All 9's in the inventory. OW G-fares are offered for $300. Seats in an almost empty Polaris cabin for $4.5k RT.
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Old Jan 26, 20, 2:13 pm
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Originally Posted by deskover54 View Post
to be fair, it was probably like that before the virus. no business traveler flies to China this week - there is literally nothing for a business person to do.
Plenty of people would be going to China to visit family, etc. And under normal conditions, I'm sure many of them would be upgrading, either by purchasing TODs or with miles and co-pay.
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Old Jan 26, 20, 2:26 pm
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Wonder if UA will consolidate some of these China flights due to possible light loads. That will create schedule changes and opportunities for refunds and rebooked itineraries.

Also have upcoming PEK and CTU reservations and wishing for an extended waiver to modify them.
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Old Jan 26, 20, 2:29 pm
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Originally Posted by JetSetDave View Post
Wonder if UA will consolidate some of these China flights due to possible light loads. That will create schedule changes and opportunities for refunds and rebooked itineraries.
Doubt it. The planes are flying out empty, but they still need the capacity to get everyone out.
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Old Jan 26, 20, 2:41 pm
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Wonder if UA will consolidate some of these China flights due to possible light loads. That will create schedule changes and opportunities for refunds and rebooked itineraries.

Also have upcoming PEK and CTU reservations and wishing for an extended waiver to modify them.
UA already suspended operation of some China flights on some days during Chinese New Year e.g. ORD-PVG. This has been standard practice in the past 10-20 years.

I have booked 2/3 PVG-SFO-BOS and tried to re-book next few days. Y cabin is very much full for PVG to SFO, ORD, EWR and LAX.

Even J cabin is packed. I can't find any PN for Jan. 27,28,29.30.
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Old Jan 26, 20, 2:52 pm
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Originally Posted by Rumples View Post
Holding a ticket to TPE rt from SFO. Really hoping to get the waiver extended in a week or so. Flying third week of Feb.
since neither Taipei or Taiwan is part of China I don’t see how or why United would extend a China travel waiver to Taipei, but having said that, should the virus gain a foothold there, a waiver should be added. I’m flying back to TPE early Feb and the in-laws who are there now plus my parents are pressuring us to cancel the trip, but I honestly don’t see the risk at this point. There are so few cases there, and the one person who knowingly s exposed people down south has been fined a substantial amount of money and is lucky his neighbors haven’t dismembered him already.
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I just cancelled a BKK>PEK>SFO J award for 2 March. At the UA site it was showing the $125 redeposit fee, so I called and the agent immediately waived the fee and credited the points in realtime.
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Old Jan 27, 20, 12:33 am
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Originally Posted by bocastephen View Post
since neither Taipei or Taiwan is part of China I don’t see how or why United would extend a China travel waiver to Taipei, but having said that, should the virus gain a foothold there, a waiver should be added. I’m flying back to TPE early Feb and the in-laws who are there now plus my parents are pressuring us to cancel the trip, but I honestly don’t see the risk at this point. There are so few cases there, and the one person who knowingly s exposed people down south has been fined a substantial amount of money and is lucky his neighbors haven’t dismembered him already.
1. More than a billion people disagree with your statement; I'm not saying I'm among them, but just thought I'd point that out

2. Getting back on topic, Taipei has been listed among cities that are at risk of receiving an outbreak
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Wonder how long UA waits for this to get worse before cutting capacity to China. Would imagine ex-ORD routes are probably on the chopping block first, same as with HKG...
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Old Jan 27, 20, 7:43 am
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Originally Posted by PsiFighter37 View Post
Wonder how long UA waits for this to get worse before cutting capacity to China. Would imagine ex-ORD routes are probably on the chopping block first, same as with HKG...
Do you remember how much effort they put into getting their frequencies (I'm not counting Chengdu and Xi'an) in the first place?
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Old Jan 27, 20, 7:50 am
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Do you remember how much effort they put into getting their frequencies (I'm not counting Chengdu and Xi'an) in the first place?
That effort would be sunk cost, though. If they think the outlook is poor in the longer term, I do expect they will scale down the capacity.
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Old Jan 27, 20, 8:21 am
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That effort would be sunk cost, though. If they think the outlook is poor in the longer term, I do expect they will scale down the capacity.
If they were to leave them unwanted on the table, another US carrier could scoop them. This application process started 20 years ago and most certainly was a long term strategic play. I can see them reducing capacity, but not eliminating routes to BJ, HK, or SH.
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Old Jan 27, 20, 9:45 am
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Originally Posted by moondog View Post
If they were to leave them unwanted on the table, another US carrier could scoop them. This application process started 20 years ago and most certainly was a long term strategic play. I can see them reducing capacity, but not eliminating routes to BJ, HK, or SH.
Agree!

Cutting a couple flights per week instead of daily services or use smaller and more efficient aircrafts such as 788/9 may be the likely outcomes..

I was surprised to see UA cut ORD-HKG entirely, though!
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