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If you stopped flying UA due to COVID, when will you start?

If you stopped flying UA due to COVID, when will you start?

Old Apr 24, 21, 12:50 am
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If you stopped flying UA due to COVID, when will you start?

In February and March, many were posting about their 1 year anniversary of not flying UA due to the pandemic. While many have returned to the skies, for those that haven't, when do you think you will?

I got a check-in call from United; they were seeing how I was doing and were curious when I'd return flying again. I told them unlikely until August, but a lot of it depends where I can go and how many hoops I need to jump through to get there. I'd love to go to SYD or AKL, but that won't be possible this year as an example.

They said in their talks with their other top customers, they see another wave coming back to the sky in June/July but another larger wavenof returning flyers coming in the fall.
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Old Apr 24, 21, 5:16 am
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Originally Posted by Weatherboy View Post
In February and March, many were posting about their 1 year anniversary of not flying UA due to the pandemic. While many have returned to the skies, for those that haven't, when do you think you will?

I got a check-in call from United; they were seeing how I was doing and were curious when I'd return flying again. I told them unlikely until August, but a lot of it depends where I can go and how many hoops I need to jump through to get there. I'd love to go to SYD or AKL, but that won't be possible this year as an example.

They said in their talks with their other top customers, they see another wave coming back to the sky in June/July but another larger wavenof returning flyers coming in the fall.
I have had to travel throughout COVID due to work, but in conversations with colleagues, etc. it does seems many are wanting to start travel again, now that they have been vaccinated.
That is what they were waiting for, and with vaccination numbers so high now, it has arrived.

Planes are packed recently, including soliciting volunteers at check-in for oversold flights.
And trying to book upcoming travel, finding flights that are sold out a week before departure.

There is pent up demand, and the flood gates are about to open, me thinks...
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Old Apr 24, 21, 5:51 am
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Our first post-COVID flight was set for mid-May, but we have pushed it back to July, since my spouse hasn't been vaccinated yet.
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Old Apr 24, 21, 5:57 am
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Flew in December and March. Next flight in late May. Now that we are fully vaccinated, will not double mask in May. Agree, demand should really be climbing into summer. Expecting fuller planes and busier airports...hoping UA will resume more routes soon, like SFO -DCA.
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Old Apr 24, 21, 6:14 am
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Will start flying for business in September. The daily nonstops to where I need to go were discontinued last March, and I am not excited about having to connect, but I guess I need the 4 segments to have any kind of status going forward. Or maybe I should just fly another airline instead of UA.
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Old Apr 24, 21, 7:48 am
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Whenever United starts flying back to Canada...
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Old Apr 24, 21, 10:16 am
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Once fully vaccinated. Starting in June for personal travel. My best guess is that business travel will resume in 2022 ... still not allowed unless there is a business emergency and with VP approval.
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Old Apr 24, 21, 10:53 am
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It looks as if itís June, maybe July, for me too. Itís going to be the longest period of time Iíve spent without flying since 1982.
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Old Apr 24, 21, 10:58 am
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We will have our first flight in a week - we only started limited travel to see family that are vaccinated (my parents) once we were vaccinated. Our work still does not allow business travel. International travel likely will not functionally return until vaccination expands and case counts fall - currently the hurdles and risks are too high. Suspect 2022 will see a return of demand. That said, living in Chicago, if United doesn't do something to keep my business (as there is no way without business travel, esp international travel, to maintain 1K), I will def become more of a free agent and shop around.
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Old Apr 24, 21, 11:41 am
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Originally Posted by Weatherboy View Post
In February and March, many were posting about their 1 year anniversary of not flying UA due to the pandemic. While many have returned to the skies, for those that haven't, when do you think you will?
Once the FAA mask mandate ends, I'll fly whichever major carrier is first to drop their policy.
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Old Apr 24, 21, 11:54 am
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Our first post-vax UA flights (or any flights for that matter) are at the end of August.

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Old Apr 24, 21, 1:52 pm
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If we start debating responses, we will go down one of the many COVID rabbit holes. Believe the OP's request was for when, under what circumstances you would return flying, This is asking for an individual responses, and not really debatable -- disagreeing is expressing your opinion, your reasoning, perhaps it would be more useful to the community to listen versus trying to "correct" the other person thinking or telling an individual how they are mistaken or wrong. If not yet resumed actively flying, when might you?

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Old Apr 24, 21, 2:11 pm
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Just resumed flying after myself and the Mrs. reached 2 weeks after getting our second vaccine shot. We did a 1 week leisure trip. Our experience generally validated our decision not to travel until fully vaccinated.
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Old Apr 24, 21, 2:38 pm
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When Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand open their borders to Americans. (without having to quarantine)
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Old Apr 24, 21, 5:34 pm
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Last flight was return from Sydney January 2020. Cancelled 6 other trips including Hawaii and China and Indonesia.
Got fully vaccinated, business trip to Denver in June. Nervous because being high risk, we stopped going to indoors places over a year ago.
Would like to go to Hawaii, but only after testing stops. Too much drama getting it done timely.
if we had been flying I would have my MM by now to match my husband's.
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