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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.
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

17 May 2021 United Airlines Takes Big Step Toward Returning July Flying to Pre-Pandemic Levels
23 April 2021 United Airlines Continues to Build Summer Network, Adding Over 480 Daily Flights to its U.S. June Schedule
25 March 2021 United Airlines Adds New Direct Flights to Coastal Vacation Destinations Starting Memorial Day Weekend -- include updated on international routes also
11 Nov We are Back! United Announces Return to New York's JFK Airport
09 Nov Responding to Thanksgiving Travel Demand, United Adds Over 1,400 Domestic Flights to Schedule
16 Oct United Airlines Announces Eight New Routes and Increases Flights to 19 Destinations in the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico for Winter Sun-Seekers
02 Oct United Airlines Plans to Increase Service on More than 40 Caribbean and Mexican Beach Routes in November
09 Sept United Airlines Strengthens Global Network, Adding New Nonstops to Africa, India and Hawaii
04 Sept United Strategically Adds Limited Capacity to October Schedule
18 Aug United Airlines Doubles Service Between San Francisco and Shanghai
12 Aug Adjusting to Customer Demand, United Adds New Nonstop Service to Florida
31 July United Airlines Plans to Resume Service on More Than 25 International Routes in September post
01 July - From UA Hub, United Airlines Adds Nearly 25,000 Flights in August , post 2888
09 June -- From UA Hub, Summer 2020 route network schedule update

RoutesOnLine reports
20 Nov United mulls additional capacity cuts in the fourth quarter[/utl]
10 Nov
United seeks to take advantage of Thanksgiving holiday demand
19 Oct United adds more Latin America routes
16 Oct United plans ‘aggressive’ competition on transcon routes from JFK
05 Oct United to serve China nonstop, plans more leisure resumptions
02 Oct United NW20 Long-Haul operations as of 02OCT20 post
09 Sept United Airlines adds Africa, India and Hawaii routes
04 Sept United Airlines Sep/Oct 2020 Intercontinental operations as of 04SEP20
13 Aug United targets Florida sunseekers from non-hubs
03 Aug More international routes return to United’s network
01 Aug United August - October 2020 Long-Haul operation changes as of 01AUG20
29 May United NS20 Long-Haul operation changes as of 29MAY20
02 May United 2Q20 Interim Long-Haul and NS20 update as of 0215GMT 02MAY20
02 May United 2Q20 Interim and NS20 Guam / Micronesia Island Hopper update as of 0215GMT 02MAY20
20 April COVID-19: North America market update - all carriers
18 April United NS20 {Summer 2020) Long-Haul operations as of 0400GMT 18APR20


**** The OAG weekly updates are no longer available on airlines.net ****
OAG Changes 3/2/2021: AA+ORD-BIL/FAT/GEG/ONT/SBA; B6+BOI,LGADEN,EWR-ACK/ANU/BQN/MVY/POP/SEA/STT/UVF; DL+CNY/DRO/LNK; NK; WN . post
OAG Changes 2/23/2021:AA In BOS-CMH/TVC,JFK-BOG/CLO/MDE/SCL/SNA,LGA-MCI/MYR/PNS;SY DFWSNA;UA In DENTWF,IADLWB,Out ORDOGS . post
OAG Changes 2/16/2021: AA Add PHX-ACV/BZN/CID/IDA,CLTAZS,DFWIDA,LAX-DRO/MSO,MIA-PBM/TLV; NK +CAKMYR; UA Cut HAV,Add HNLSNA . post
OAG Changes 2/9/2021: AA CLT-JAC/MHH/RNO; AV to ONT; DL Ends Some RDU/CVG/MIA Focus Routes, Adds LAX-IAH/OAK; UA Cuts SMX . post
OAG Changes 2/2/2021: AA DABPHL; AS Cuts EWRSJC,LAXORD,PHLSFO,PAE-BOI/PDX,More; F9 Axes 31 Routes; SY Expands; UA SJT; WN . post
OAG Changes 1/27/2021:3M to GSP; AA JFK-ATH/TLV; DL LGA-EYW/HHH/MYR,JFK-ACK/MVY; F9 New Routes; NK MCO-PAP/SDQ;WN FAT/SBA . post
OAG Changes 1/13/2021: DL Adds SEA-CUN/PVR/SJD,MSP-ESC;UA Adds IAD-ECP/PNS,ORD-FOD/MCW,IAH-SRQ Flights FEB-SEP . post
OAG Changes 1/5/2021: DL Resumes RDU-AUS/JAX/LAS, Ups FLL to 3X;B6 Trims MAR . post
OAG Changes 12/29/2020:B6 Adds EWRATL; DL Returns to JNU/KTN/SIT,SEA-TUS/PSP,BGRLGA,Exits CUNCVG;EI Leaves BDL/PHL
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OAG Changes 12/22/2020: Dozens of New Routes AA/B6/F9/NK/UA/WN;AA Exits VCE/MVD/EDI/PRG;BA Exits CHS/PIT/LGWJFK;UA to FAI . post
OAG Changes 12/15/2020:QR Into JFKMXP!;DL Drops CVG-BDL/CLT/MCI/STL,RDU-AUS/CLE/CMH/PIT,LAX-OMA/SAN,INDMCO,BDLCLE;AA Feb . post
OAG Changes 12/8/2020:Q1 Takedown AA/BA/DL/G4/NK/UA;UA Adds ORD-RDM . post
OAG Changes 12/1/2020: DL Cuts JAN More;4B Adds MSL-PNS; G4's New SNA Routes,Adds AZA-HOU (Phoenix-Houston) . post
OAG Changes 11/24/2020:AA Closes HPN/IPT/SWF;AS Adds SAN-SMF;WN Reveals SAV/SRQ Routes,HNL-LGB;DL Moves RSW-LGA to JFK . post
OAG Changes 11/17/2020: DL Guts JAN/FEB;UA Adds DEN-ECP/VPS/PNS/PBI/SRQ,JFK;LA BOG-MIA;CX Ends EWR/IAD/SEA . post
OAG Changes 11/10/2020: DL+MSPSRQ;F9 Out ICTDEN,Some Carib;LH Pauses 7 Routes;NK+SNAPHX;UA Pauses SMX . post
OAG Changes 11/3/2020:STOP THE HAMMERING;WN Suspends 100 Routes Till Mid-MAR;AA +EYW-MCO/TPA,SAVORD;B6 +JFKGEO . post
OAG Changes 10/27/2020: DL PSP-SEA,CUN-CVG/RDU,EYWLGA Daily;UA Adds BER Breaks Curse,Extends Sun Adds;4B BWIORF,EUGPDX . post
OAG Changes 10/20/2020:KEEP IT ROLLING (THE CANCELS);EK Suspends ATHEWR,JFKMXP,DXBSEA;UA Adds IAD-ABE/ERI/Carib,LAXSAP . post
OAG Changes 10/13/2020:ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT;ET Switches ABJ for LFW;AM Exits DTWMTY;WN +MIA/MTY/PSP . post
OAG Changes 10/6/2020:UPHEAVAL;B6 Suspends SJC/ONT/BUR,Closes ORH/SWF?;NK Adds CAP;UA Adds JST/VCT;WN Adds Many Routes . post
OAG Changes 9/29/2020:STOP THE BLEEDING!;B6 Adds BDL Routes;DL Adds SLC-ANC,FLL-LAX,PVD Gone till March;UA Adds EWR-OGG . post
OAG Changes 9/22/2020:PSP on everybody;AA Adds PHX-LAP/LTO;DL Exits ORH;UA Suspends HAV . post
OAG Changes 9/15/2020:AI Adds DELEWR,Cuts DELORD;DL Adds Winter LAXRNO;EK Suspends MCO;FI/KL/UA Suspend Long Haul Routes . post
OAG 9/8/2020:OH THE HUMANITY;AA+DAB-DFW/PHL;AM Cuts;DL+LAXSAL,Suspends PVG?;NK Exits IAG/PBG/GSO?;UA Suspends ITH/MHT post
OAG Changes 9/1/2020:AA Adds PHX-BIL/BIS/BNA/CVG/TUL/YYC,CLT-FSD,JFK-SJD;AS to JAC;DL Drops BZN-SEA,Reverses Carib Cuts post
OAG Changes 8/25/2020:Cuts Begin for 21;DL DROPS NUMEROUS ROUTES INTL ROUTES FOR SUMMER 2021, Adds SEA-ONT,MSP-TVC post
OAG Changes 8/18/2020:FALL FALLING;AA/AS/DL Cuts;AC Drops SNAYVR;UA Adds LGA-Florida,SAL-IAD/LAX,DENCYS,IADPQI,IAHTLH post
OAG Changes 8/11/2020:RELATIVE QUIET;9K Cuts Routes;DL AM Swaps,Drops AUS-CVG;BA/WN/NK Cuts;UA New Routes post
OAG Changes 8/4/2020:SEPTEMBER SLIDE;AA Drops LAX-YVR;AM Drops AUS;AS Adds SAN-SBA; post
OAG Changes 7/28/2020:SLOW BLEED;AA Cuts LAX-EUG/FAT/MFR/RDM/SAN/SDF,LGA-TYS,ORD-SCE;DL Drops HAV/TGU/BOS Shrinks Trend for drawdown by DL/AA/WN and UA continues post
OAG Changes for 7/21/2020:AUGUST SINKING;EK Drops EWR-DXB; DL Drops MLI-MSP; Big Cuts for DL/NK has relativity small changes for UA (and AA), much larger changes for DL , NK and B6 post
OAG Changes 7/12/2020:EVOLUTION Some backsliding on previous Aug increases post
OAG Changes 7/5/2020: Significant number of September changes, in addition to previously announced August changes post
OAG Changes 6/28/2020:CALMING SKIES (minimal changes)
OAG Changes 6/21/2020:August Under Fire;...UA Out of SMX (Some August updates)
OAG Changes for 6/14/2020:THE CALM BEFORE? (very few UA changes)
OAG Changes 6/7/2020 July 2020 (mostly North American for UA)
OAG Changes 5/31/2020 (mostly international for UA)

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30 Aug 2020
Change Fees "Are Gone For Good"(Worldwide ex-USA,non-BE),waiver til March2021 for all

Change Fees Are Gone For Good
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The only thing constant is change and at United Airlines, some of the fees associated with changes related to flying are gone for good. The carrier announced today that it is permanently getting rid of change fees on all standard Economy and Premium cabin tickets for travel within the U.S., effective immediately. And starting on January 1, 2021, any United customer can fly standby for free, regardless of fare type, on a flight departing the day of their travel, a first among U.S. carriers, while MileagePlus® Premier® members can confirm a seat on a different flight on the same day with the same departure and arrival cities as their original ticket if a seat in the same ticket fare class is available.

United is also extending its waiver for new tickets issued through December 31, 2020, to permit unlimited changes with no fee. This policy applies to all ticket types issued after March 3, 2020 and is valid for domestic and international travel.

The new change fee policy applies to all standard Economy and Premium cabin tickets for travel within the U.S. 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and customers will not be limited in the number of times they adjust their flights.

Additionally, United is giving customers more flexibility to change their flights on the day of their travel so they can head home if a meeting ends earlier or enjoy a few more hours on vacation. With the ability to list for same-day standby for free, customers will now have an option to take a different flight with the same origin and destination airports as their original itinerary if space is available at departure. This enhanced option will be available to all customers for travel within the U.S. and to and from international destinations beginning on January 1, 2021. Customers who want to switch flights will be able to add themselves to the standby list through United’s award-winning mobile app, on united.com or at the airport no later than 30 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights and one hour before departure on international flights.

The carrier is also improving the travel experience for its MileagePlus members including waiving all redeposit fees on award travel for flights changed or cancelled more than 30 days before departure and allowing all MileagePlus Premier members to confirm a different flight on the day of their travel. As a way to thank MileagePlus Premier members for their loyalty, beginning January 1, 2021, all Premier members will be able to confirm a seat for free on a different flight with the same departure and arrival cities as their original ticket. This expanded option will allow MileagePlus Silver members and above to confirm a new seat in the same ticket fare class if space is available. Earlier this year, United announced that it will extend status for MileagePlus Premier and United Global Services® members through January 2022. United also reduced thresholds for Premier qualification by 50 percent for each status level, to make reaching an even higher status tier easier.

For more information on United’s new flexible travel policies, visit https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly...hange-fee.html.




Change is here. Change fees are gone.We’re permanently getting rid of change fees for most Economy and premium cabin tickets for travel within the United States. This includes Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more

For all other destinations, change fees are waived through December 31, 2020. See terms and conditions
We’re extending electronic certificatesTo give you more flexibility when you travel, electronic certificates are now valid for 24 months from the date they were issued. This includes all currently valid electronic certificates and all new ones issued on or after April 1, 2020.

This policy change will automatically appear, but it may not be reflected everywhere right away. We’d appreciate your patience as we work to make that happen.
Award flight redeposit fees waived

We’re waiving redeposit fees for award flights issued on or before December 31, 2020, that are canceled at least 30 days before the departure date. You can also change your award flight with no fee. Learn more about changing or canceling your award flight.
International travel advisories and waivers

For more information about international travel: CARES service exemptions for United
United Exemption 042520 FINAL ISSUED.pdf
United Airlines 2nd Exemption_051220_FINAL ISSUED.pdf
latest (tentative) -2020-5-5 Order to Show Cause

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Old Apr 16, 20, 1:38 pm
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Originally Posted by uastarflyer View Post
I believe WN is keeping service to all stations. UA zeroing out things like Hawaii can’t be good PR.
AS, HA and UA have asked for Hawaii service waivers and essentially all domestic carriers except for WN have asked for waivers -- so may be a positive for WN but given the breath, the negative PR for UA specifically will be limited. F9 (Frontier) and NK (Spirit) lead the pack in the number of airport waivers.

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Old Apr 16, 20, 1:54 pm
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Originally Posted by uastarflyer View Post
I believe WN is keeping service to all stations. UA zeroing out things like Hawaii can’t be good PR.
In the current political environment in Hawaii, it might actually be just the opposite; WN may be criticized for not dropping service. At least, that's my view as a mainlander.
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Old Apr 17, 20, 8:36 am
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UA is very slow to update its schedules to show cancels. Looking at SFO-PHX end of May, UA is still showing four dailies, whereas AA and WN (which have higher frequency on the route in normal times) have already updated, and are now down to one daily each. This is IMO borderline fraudulent, as UA is basically tempting consumers to purchase tickets for flights it knows it will not operate (and will then deny refunds for).
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
UA is very slow to update its schedules to show cancels..
New schedule loads Saturday (tomorrow). I think you'll see April and May cleaned up.
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In the DOT waivers, how do codeshares work? So if DOT grants UA permission to terminate places like OGG KOA or LIH, will they no longer sell HA codeshares there? Or do the presence of codeshares bolster their argument that they don't need mainline service there?
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Old Apr 17, 20, 11:53 am
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In the DOT waivers, how do codeshares work? So if DOT grants UA permission to terminate places like OGG KOA or LIH, will they no longer sell HA codeshares there? Or do the presence of codeshares bolster their argument that they don't need mainline service there?
UA would continue to sell HA codeshares, assuming HA retains flights. I don't know what the effect would be on the negotiations; I can't imagine it'd hurt their case, anyway.
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Got an email from DL saying they are now waiving change fees for flights booked to end of September 2020 and allowing credit to be used until end of September 2022. Talk about expectations of how long travel demand is going to be depressed...hopefully UA allows for more flexibility, although they are admittedly in worse financial position relative to DL.
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Old Apr 17, 20, 4:27 pm
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hopefully UA allows for more flexibility, although they are admittedly in worse financial position relative to DL.
Through April 30, UA will waive change fees on flights through the end of the year, and if you elect an ETC -- good until April, 2022 -- you could purchase travel through March, 2023. So, I'd argue that UA's currently more flexible than DL.
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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
Through April 30, UA will waive change fees on flights through the end of the year, and if you elect an ETC -- good until April, 2022 -- you could purchase travel through March, 2023. So, I'd argue that UA's currently more flexible than DL.
The ETC shows up irregularly as an option...only on 1 of the 4 trips I have had to cancel. If 1K wait line times are not that bad, I may consider calling in, but I hesitate to because I have little appetite to burn time on the phone (even though I am stuck inside).
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The ETC shows up irregularly as an option...only on 1 of the 4 trips I have had to cancel. If 1K wait line times are not that bad, I may consider calling in, but I hesitate to because I have little appetite to burn time on the phone (even though I am stuck inside).
Well, even Future Flight Credit is good for two years from the ticket issuance.

That said, UA is currently allowing you to turn Future Flight Credit into ETCs, seemingly on-demand. If both the two-year policy and this conversion policy were to become permanent -- not likely, IMO -- for a ticket purchased March 1, 2020, you could potentially cancel, request FFC, convert it to an ETC on February 28, 2022, then use that on February 28, 2024, for travel in January 2025.

As for the ETC option -- what I've seen is that if any United payment types were used to book the ticket (an ETC, TravelBank credit, etc.), no ETC option is given. However, there are now multiple reports of people seeing the ability to turn FFC into ETCs online.
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Old Apr 17, 20, 7:21 pm
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oh wow, some massive schedule changes loading tonight again. All BOS-EWR I had for May went down and a late May HND-EWR as well. Will be interesting to see what is left (if anything) tomorrow morning.
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Routesonline says (https://www.routesonline.com/news/38...00gmt-13apr20/) that UA is restarting a few of the China routes effective 20MAY20.
I see these are not on sale at United.com. How likely will UA stick with this plan? Or are these starting date being pushed in tonight's schedule update?
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Old Apr 17, 20, 8:36 pm
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Routesonline says (https://www.routesonline.com/news/38...00gmt-13apr20/) that UA is restarting a few of the China routes effective 20MAY20.
That's not really what it said. What it said was that UA had only updated its schedule through May 19.

Since then, UA has announced that they would cut May and June schedules to 10% or less of their original plan. Given the current restrictions on international flights into China, I'd be extremely surprised UA operated there on a regular basis in the May timeframe. There was a rumor that they were looking at opening SFO-PVG back up -- I think once weekly -- but the situation remains very fluid.
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oh wow, some massive schedule changes loading tonight again. All BOS-EWR I had for May went down and a late May HND-EWR as well. Will be interesting to see what is left (if anything) tomorrow morning.
Yep, some big reductions through the summer and fall. My IAD-EDI and SFO-AMS in August are gone, I'm sure a lot else too. Hope someone has a full list too.

UA is (probably wisely) giving up on summer.
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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
That's not really what it said. What it said was that UA had only updated its schedule through May 19.

Since then, UA has announced that they would cut May and June schedules to 10% or less of their original plan. Given the current restrictions on international flights into China, I'd be extremely surprised UA operated there on a regular basis in the May timeframe. There was a rumor that they were looking at opening SFO-PVG back up -- I think once weekly -- but the situation remains very fluid.
Got it. Thanks! I was trying to interpret that article optimistically. :-)
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