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UA publishes a schedule for 330 days in advance (called Beginning of Schedule) and in the past would make tweaks quarterly and things would be fairly settles 3-4 months out. Updates would occur Friday evening / Saturday morning (Chicago time). Routine additions could occur anytime.

Present updates are every Friday and sometimes mid-week usually focused on the next month and farther out.

20 Oct 2021
Originally Posted by EWR764 View Post
In the earnings call today, UA noted that has been transitioning back to its 'normal' (pre-pandemic) 90-day schedule load process, which should be complete in the very near future.
However, during the COVID era, UA has gone to a more dynamic and shorter-term setting of schedule (as has the other carriers). Presently UA, while UA is still publishing a schedule for 330 days in advance it reflects pre-COVID operational levels and is considered just a placeholder schedule. Then 3-5 weeks prior to a month, UA makes a major update of that month's schedule.

Examples (Major updates)
The October 2020 schedule was updated 4-5 September 2020
The November 2020 schedule was updated 2-3 October 2020
The December 2020 schedule was updated 30-31 October 2020
Holidays can move the major date a week earlier or later.
Weekly updates are still generally done over night Friday-Saturday (Chicago)

UA does not publish a summary of most schedule changes but a variety of sources below do and summaries / links of those sources can be found in this thread & wiki.


Always crosscheck with UA's Travel Notices , Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel waivers and information, www.united.com/coronavirus as the situation is dynamic


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Old Feb 18, 22, 10:36 pm
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SFO-ZRH is holding as of 6 May and on the 789 to boot!
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got some schedule changes for a 12/18 trip. Looks like they are working on some 2H22 adjustments as well
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ORD to RNO

Does anyone have comments on June round trip ORD/RNO. One non stop per day and terrible times. Thoughts on whether these are placeholder times likely to change, if additional flights times will be offered? TIA
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Old Feb 19, 22, 9:37 am
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Does anyone have comments on June round trip ORD/RNO. One non stop per day and terrible times. Thoughts on whether these are placeholder times likely to change, if additional flights times will be offered? TIA
They recently don't appear much in the practice of increasing frequencies anywhere, except when there are special events (superbowl, ces). Looks like ORD/RNO is only being served around spring break time. At this point the only plausible change would be cutting the nonstop altogether, although I don't think it's so likely.
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Originally Posted by fumje View Post
They recently don't appear much in the practice of increasing frequencies anywhere, except when there are special events (superbowl, ces). Looks like ORD/RNO is only being served around spring break time. At this point the only plausible change would be cutting the nonstop altogether, although I don't think it's so likely.
thanks, appreciate the reply
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Yes, EWR-HND has been cancelled for middle March, but I think that ORD-HND will be cancelled, too. ORD-HND now has J0 and all 9's in economy. There are four business seats and 50 economy seats taken on the seat map. The return, HND-ORD, a week later, has J9 and PZ4. So, it is difficult to make an educated guess. That fact that Japan's semi-lockdown extended to March 6 does not help.
UA is moving very slowly with my flight, ORD-HND. It does not show up on flight search, but it remains on my reservation. It has been this way for a week. I thought that UA might pull the plug during the schedule update last weekend. But it did not happen.

Edit: Feb. 24, ORD-HND is back on. There are PZ spaces and J9.

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I know UA has already made a bunch of changes for May/June, but anyone know how firm the early April schedules are now? Will there likely be another set of (more minor?) changes, are are these pretty firm by now?

Specifically, I just booked one of the twosday deals on SFO-LHR for the first week of April, which as of now, is showing two departures each direction (leaving SFO at ~1pm and ~4pm, and LHR at ~10:30am and ~12:30pm). Looks like at the moment, just the later set of flights are running. Trying to figure out if I should brace myself to be changed at some point. I did look a couple of weeks ago at SFO-BRU/AMS, and I forget which one (probably AMS) showed as having a nonstop, but I didn't see it when I looked yesterday, so I know they seemed to have made some changes recently.
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Originally Posted by emcampbe View Post
I know UA has already made a bunch of changes for May/June, but anyone know how firm the early April schedules are now? Will there likely be another set of (more minor?) changes, are are these pretty firm by now? ....
One has to assume there is still a chance of April changes. The chances decrease daily but never goes to zero. The fact the recent changes were for May most suggests further major April changes are unlikely but the not zero. Any responses here would be only guesses.
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Specifically, I just booked one of the twosday deals on SFO-LHR for the first week of April, which as of now, is showing two departures each direction (leaving SFO at ~1pm and ~4pm, and LHR at ~10:30am and ~12:30pm). Looks like at the moment, just the later set of flights are running. ...
Both are on the schedule for 3 April and have inventory
Are you looking at a different date?

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One has to assume there is still a chance of April changes.
Just got a 7 minute schedule change for LAS-SFO April 20. I've got P&W 777-200 flights in March/April but not certain if those are firm or will swap out - haven't seen a formal announcement yet those are really a go.
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One has to assume there is still a chance of April changes. The chances decrease daily but never goes to zero. The fact the recent changes were for May most suggests further major April changes are unlikely but the not zero. Any responses here would be only guesses.
Both are on the schedule for 3 April and have inventory
Are you looking at a different date?
thanks. Our outbound is April 1 and the return is the 7th. Looks like the first day of 2 x is March 26, so only a week earlier. hoping this sticks. I realize anything on here is just a guessso was just trying to get an opinion. I realize anything can happen, especially these days.
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our sfo cdg moved from 777-200 to 789 for march
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Major updates loading now for May 6-June 2.
3 weeks more are updating tonightJune 3-23.
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Old Feb 26, 22, 9:12 am
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3 weeks more are updating tonightJune 3-23.
And an ORD-BOS flight just got swapped to a 757-200. Hmmmm.....
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And an ORD-BOS flight just got swapped to a 757-200. Hmmmm.....
Does that mean that some other unfortunate flyers have been saddled with an ERJ?

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I don't see any threads/posts on the 17 route cuts The Points Guy confirmed from United this last Sunday.
https://thepointsguy.com/news/united...mestic-routes/

United will stop serving the following 17 routes, with the full details available in the chart below.

Origin Destination Operating airline Aircraft
Denver (DEN) Dayton, Ohio (DAY) SkyWest Airlines Embraer 175
Newark (EWR) Oklahoma City (OKC) Republic Airways Embraer 170
Newark (EWR) Omaha (OMA) Republic Airways Embraer 170
Newark (EWR) Knoxville, Tennessee (TYS) GoJet Airlines CRJ-550
Washington Dulles (IAD) Allentown, Pennsylvania (ABE) Air Wisconsin CRJ-200
Washington Dulles (IAD) Lexington, Kentucky (LEX) Air Wisconsin CRJ-200
Washington Dulles (IAD) Madison, Wisconsin (MSN) Air Wisconsin CRJ-200
Washington Dulles (IAD) Oklahoma City (OKC) Mesa Airlines Embraer 175
Washington Dulles (IAD) Pensacola, Florida (PNS) Air Wisconsin CRJ-200
Houston (IAH) Alexandria, Louisiana (AEX) Mix of CommutAir and SkyWest Airlines Embraer 145 and CRJ-200
Houston (IAH) Columbia, South Carolina (CAE) CommutAir Embraer 145
Houston (IAH) Akron-Canton, Ohio (CAK) Mesa Airlines Embraer 175
Chicago (ORD) Bismarck, North Dakota (BIS) Air Wisconsin CRJ-200
Chicago (ORD) Charlottesville, Virginia (CHO) Air Wisconsin CRJ-200
Chicago (ORD) Jackson, Mississippi (JAN) Air Wisconsin CRJ-200
Chicago (ORD) Pasco-Tri Cities, Washington (PSC) SkyWest Airlines Embraer 175
Chicago (ORD) Redmond, Oregon (RDM) SkyWest Airlines Embraer 175
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