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United Consolidated Compensation Thread [Archive]
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Policy change? January 2020
United is no longer proactively offering vouchers to customers on flights delayed fewer than six hours, according to a message sent to employees.
Now, for delays between four and six hours, employees will decide what compensation to offer — and they’ll only give it after customers ask for it, according to the memo. United agents can share compensation through a mobile app on their airline-owned iPhones.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. I think I deserve something from UA -- whom do I contact?

- 1K/GS: Contact UA via the emails on the back of your MP card.
- All others: Customer Care or email [email protected].

Except for a few exceptions (see below), UA is under NO OBLIGATION to provide compensation but may instead provide a goodwill gesture as an appreciation.

2. What is the Customer Appreciation website ?

It is a website dedicated by UA for proactive compensation/goodwill offer.

If you have been:
a. Told inflight to go to this website/Received e-mails from Proactive Recovery Operations Team
b. Received a "We are sorry for the inconvenience" card.

You should go to the website and claim your offer first before contacting Customer Care.

3. What do I get if UA decides to provide me the compensation/goodwill gesture?

UA's compensation/goodwill gesture generally will be provided in a form of ETCs or miles based on your elite status. Currently, the ETCs and miles offered maintain a 2 cpm ratio ($50 ETC =2,500 miles).

4. Should I take miles or ETCs, and which one is better?

It is a personal preference on how you use the miles/ETCs.

Miles don't expire if you have account activity at least once every 18 months or have a qualified Chase UA-branded credit card. ETCs have a 1-year validity from initial issuance and can be used on flights operated by UA or as UA Express ONLY.

Miles are likely to provide greater value than 2 cpm for those booking international premium cabins. ETCs might have greater value for domestic trips. For example, a $100 ETC may be sufficient enough to cover much of the cost of your future trip, its equivalent miles (5,000 miles) does not. And the ETC trip will earn PQDs (no value subtraction), PQM/Ss & RDMs. See Consolidated "Various tips for using an electronic certificate (TCVA & 016)" [Merged] for detail.

For those whose paid travel is usually covered by their employer and their personal travel is via awards, then miles might make more sense.
For those who have paid travel they personally pay for and that travel fits within the restrictions of ETCs, then ETC might make more sense.
For those seeking status, ETCs can be used to fund that travel and earn PQMs, RDMs, and PQDs (ETCs do not reduce the PQDs). Award/mileage travel does not earn mileage.

5. What recourse do I have other than Customer Care?

You should consider everything with Customer Care is final. However, if you want to push further, you can try emailing UA executives (including the CEO). UA is known to respond customers' emails.

UA's Executive Contacts (Credited to Christopher Elliott)

6. What about DOT?

If you believe your issues may fall within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), contact DOT via the Air Travel Complaint - Comment Form.

NOTE - What the DOT does is to refer your complaint to UA and require UA to respond. DOT does not handle complaints unless they involve in violating DOT regulations.

7. What about if I have been "Involuntary Denied Boarding" (IDB) by UA?

See Is this IDB? Am I entitled to IDB compensation? [Consolidated]

8. What if I get downgraded (traveling in a lower cabin then I was booked)?

See Downgraded from First/Business Class on United (Questions, Compensation, etc.) [2016]

9. What about baggage claim?

Contact Baggage Resolution Service Center

10. What about if I have an EC261/2004 claim against UA?

See Best Practices for Filing EU 261 Claims Against United?

11. If you need documentation of delay / cancellation for trip insurance or refunds from hotel / tour / .... operator, try this
Verification letters
Upon request, we can provide a statement of proof that a United flight was delayed or canceled. You may email your request to [email protected]. Be sure to include the names of all customers in your party, confirmation number, flight numbers and dates of travel, phone contact and the email address or mailing address where you would like it sent. Please allow 5-10 business days for processing.
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Old Yesterday, 9:03 pm
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I was flying to Hawaii last month with wife and 3 kids on award tickets in J and we had a 9+ hr delay at LAX due to engine maintenance and having to swap planes. They gave me a $700 ETC and everyone else $500 ETC so we ended up with a total of $2700. I had the choice of miles or ETC and ETC seemed like a better deal. I don't remember what the mileage offer was.
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Old Yesterday, 9:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Kmxu
Identical offer ($50 ETC or 2500 MileageMinus miles) for me today. It was 11 hr flight on Polaris without IFE. 😂 😂
I will write to 1K Voices later.
Far cry from my last IFE fail comp, which was $150 on a 752 domestic, last year.
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Old Yesterday, 9:15 pm
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Broken IFE on ZRH-ORD in economy plus and was offered 1250 miles (no credit offered)
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Old Yesterday, 9:30 pm
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Originally Posted by swissfries
Broken IFE on ZRH-ORD in economy plus and was offered 1250 miles (no credit offered)
Hilariously miserly. That would convert to a $25 credit.
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Old Yesterday, 9:48 pm
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I flew MCI-IAH-FLL last weekend and experienced a four hour arrival day at FLL due to mx delays with two different 737s. I boarded a total of three aircraft, though only flew one of them It was certainly a tiring day and ruined my plans for my arrival. I sent in a letter on the web form and was given 5,000 RDMs unsolicited. I emailed back asking for an ETC instead and the off-shore agent said they were only able to offer RDMs and gave a vague answer about how they didn't have a way to offer an ETC which does not fit any other instance where I've received compensation. The email also had improper grammar and spelling (I assumed they would just use a template email). Meh.
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Old Today, 9:09 am
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Originally Posted by swissfries
Broken IFE on ZRH-ORD in economy plus and was offered 1250 miles (no credit offered)
UA doubled your amount for 1K in Polaris for a much longer flight (ICN-SFO). 😭
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Old Today, 12:32 pm
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So - I'm currently at a 95 minute delay on a flight from ORD-DTW today. It's operational issue with a plane, and if this one ends up not going for some reason, my only other option is a 930pm flight today. I've not had many delays that weren't weather related on United. (I mean, it's just pure dumb luck I'm sure, but...)

Anyway - will I be offered any credit automatically. If not, and I ask, will I have luck? Just trying to figure out my options to get what I should get, since I don't really know.
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