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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
Originally Posted by UA Insider View Post
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 Mar 11, 20, 7:44 pm
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Originally Posted by zombietooth View Post
Man, I'd be worried and trying to get out of the EU right now via any routing.
Good luck, I hope you make it home.
I haven't left the US yet, so not as impacted as others with short term travel are. I start with travel to Tallinn next week. Just trying to sort out what options I have to salvage any or all of this trip. If I have to fly home from Finland I will, though my preference would be to continue onto both London and Dublin. Would he happy to backtrack from Dublin to London if I need to, but sitll have the concern about new entry requirements being put in place. Will have to make a call by Monday at latest and will hopefully have lots more information to work with by the weekend.
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Originally Posted by cfischer View Post
good to know the US will now be saved from all those virus-infected Europeans Can't imagine airline stocks will do very well tomorrow ...

That's going to be a major problem for UA to say the least with FRA/MUC/ZRH as major hubs for connecting traffic to elsewhere
Even worse than the financial hit to UA is the pain that will be inflicted on UA's European staff. UA will have to rush to get all US aircrew home by Friday.
What a nightmare.
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Old Mar 11, 20, 7:46 pm
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Good Evening All -

As you are all aware the President announced earlier this evening suspension of travel relating to Europe. I am still not clear on the exact details here but have amended the thread title to attempt to capture the most pertinent data we've got. Please feel free to suggest title edits as the situation develops - you can do so by RBP'ing to this post or shoot me a message on discord.

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Old Mar 11, 20, 7:47 pm
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Also wondering how long this position would be sustainable with the number of community-acquired cases in the UK rising significantly as well.



It currently says "all of Europe except for the UK". Still waiting for the official confirmation. I'd consider it a huge mistake if it is actually Schengen, as there's a huge difference between Europe and Schengen but the word is out now.
Well if the UK is exempt Ireland should be too.
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Old Mar 11, 20, 7:50 pm
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Well if the UK is exempt Ireland should be too.
Ireland is not part of the UK but is part of Europe, so afaik it is impacted, but let's wait for the official confirmation. It would make sense if they want to funnel all pax through LHR.

WSJ explicitly states Europe as well.
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Originally Posted by Owenc View Post
Well if the UK is exempt Ireland should be too.
Trump owns a golf course in Ireland, so it’ll be exempt.
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Old Mar 11, 20, 7:52 pm
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They're now explicitly saying Schengen and not Europe. Citizens and green card holders are exempt, but no info on how they're supposed to get home if the airlines are down.
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Old Mar 11, 20, 7:55 pm
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So, this will be interesting. Airlines will fly the US - Europe leg and then deadhead it back? Vice versa for Europe based airlines. I'd bet the vast majority get cancelled all together.
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Old Mar 11, 20, 8:00 pm
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I suspect that the usual wave of Friday day flights back will be fine.
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Old Mar 11, 20, 8:00 pm
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https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/03/11/...l-proclamation

So it's only Schengen (which includes Iceland, Norway and Switzerland), and a lot more European countries are excepted in addition to the UK (Ireland, Cyprus, San Marino, Andorra, Vatican City, and others). Outright ban for foreigners who have been in the Schengen area the past 14 days.

US nationals will be funneled through a few select airports that will be determined soon, I imagine LHR and DUB.
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Old Mar 11, 20, 8:02 pm
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Originally Posted by mozilla View Post
Ireland is not part of the UK but is part of Europe, so afaik it is impacted, but let's wait for the official confirmation. It would make sense if they want to funnel all pax through LHR.

WSJ explicitly states Europe as well.
Ireland (the republic of)is not in the Schengen Northern Ireland is part of the UK as such the whole of the Island (of Ireland) is not affected
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Old Mar 11, 20, 8:05 pm
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Originally Posted by mozilla View Post
https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/03/11/...l-proclamation

So it's only Schengen (which includes Iceland, Norway and Switzerland), and a lot more European countries are excepted in addition to the UK (Ireland, Cyprus, San Marino, Andorra, Vatican City, and others). Outright ban for foreigners who have been in the Schengen area the past 14 days.

US nationals will be funneled through a few select airports that will be determined soon, I imagine LHR and DUB.
I doubt any countries in Mainland Europe are exempt.
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Old Mar 11, 20, 8:06 pm
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Originally Posted by wanderingkev View Post
Ireland (the republic of)is not in the Schengen Northern Ireland is part of the UK as such the whole of the Island (of Ireland) is not affected
I understand, but the President clearly mentioned "all travel from Europe," he didn't mention Schengen. Anyway, it has now been clarified that the President actually meant Schengen.

Originally Posted by Owenc View Post
I doubt any countries in Mainland Europe are exempt.
The DHS release actually lists the countries, and several countries are not on the list. Not only Ireland and the landlocked mini-states, also Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Cyprus, and so on.
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Old Mar 11, 20, 8:11 pm
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I think this is such a massive case of bolting the door after the horse has left, the virus is here and has been for weeks. There have been several weeks of non management and denial
at the highest levels ,almost zero testing and poor comms , it will be a rocky ride for next 6 months. maybe the Euro's will ban travelers from Washington as the rate there are as bad as anywhere in Europe. I also not sure why the UK has got a mulligan , there were 3 deaths in my home county today

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Old Mar 11, 20, 8:21 pm
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Originally Posted by avi8tir View Post
So, this will be interesting. Airlines will fly the US - Europe leg and then deadhead it back? Vice versa for Europe based airlines. I'd bet the vast majority get cancelled all together.
Right, I don't think flights to the mainland banned countries will survive. So Europeans currently in the US and scheduled to fly back home will have to find different routings.
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