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United (and many other airlines) do this frequently for a number of reasons, including situations like yours. The simple answer is that yes, you have a "confirmed" reservation on both flights - but you only have a ticket on one. To understand exactly what they are doing you need to know the difference between a "reservation" and a "ticket". A reservation ...


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I'm just posting the result of my experience in case anyone else somehow ends up in the same situation and has no options but to cancel the ticket or try traveling. United Airlines didn't bother checking for a visa at all. In the UK, PIA made sure to check my Pakistani ID several times. I did thankfully have my ID with me before leaving the US (thanks Fedex)...


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Logically the outcome of your situation ought to be that United in New York will be able to issue you a boarding pass for the first leg, but not for the second -- and then you'd be free to check in for the second leg in London once you have arrived there and acquired the appropriate paperwork. You probably can't get your baggage checked through either, but ...


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So I ended up going to the source, tweeting United Airlines directly. They've just replied, saying that YES, they are transferable, and provided a link with more information: The link is basically instructions on use of one of these certificates, and from those instructions it's merely a code, so not bound to any particular passenger.


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There are very few airlines that suggest arriving only one hour ahead, most are in the 90 minute realm and many cut off check in at 30 minutes prior to departure. If you are late at the gate for an originating flight, then from the airline's point of view you are late, period. The fact that security was slow or check in lines were long means nothing, you ...


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I just had a 30 minute call with a friend who is a professional ticketing agent. There is nothing officially called a "backup flight", but he got the idea and explained it to me. What happens is, when the gate agent thinks that you will not be able to catch the flight, either by telling him in person or if the system detects that and shows some ...


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As Johns-305 notes, it is likely that they can issue you with both boarding passes when you check-in at SBA, and it may be possible for you to get your own boarding passes in advance online. Some bad news though. You will unfortunately need to exit the secure area and go back through TSA security for this itinerary. Your United flight into SFO will likely ...


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For a domestic arrival and transit, your baggage would be checked through to your final destination anyway, and it is not a concern. For an international arrival and transit, which I believe is what you are concerned with, you will claim your baggage, walk it through Customs, and then follow the Connecting Flights sign to the baggage drop immediately ...


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There's a reason they gave you a voucher rather than cash--the voucher isn't worth anything like what the cash would have been worth. They're not going to let you trade it in!


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United doesn't have a "one rule fits all" for certificates, so you need to check the rules for your specific one. They are usually provided in the email about the eCertificate or printed on the back of a paper certificate. United unfortunately does not provide terms on their website for certs. The certificates in general are restricted to airfare only, ...


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This is pretty common to happen when the distance is too short for a plane or other considerations. For example: From Newark to Allentown the service is a bus provided by Trans Bridge Lines. This is not limited to Newark as @AntiVeeranna pointed out. It is very common in Europe and is getting more and more common in the US as I have recently found that ...


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Not a complete answer, but too long for a comment. This is somewhat common in Europe, for example this blog post describes the Lufthansa AirRail service from CGN to DUB via FRA, where CGN-FRA leg is on a train, that has a flight number. There is check-in desk at the train station, where you can check in your baggage and will get the boarding passes (rail ...


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Check in should always be done with the airline actually operating the first flight, even in the case of codeshares, so here it is Jet Airways. If you show up at the United desk, they may accept your check-in, or more probably redirect you to the Jet desk. I don't know what you mean by "partner airlines", but I see that Jet is not a Star Alliance member, so ...


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According to United's Contract of Carriage: Rule 19 Travel Documents Each Passenger desiring transportation across any international boundary is responsible for obtaining and presenting all necessary travel documents, which shall be in good condition, and for complying with the laws of each country flown from, through or into which he/she ...


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Merger or not, airlines don't switch people around unless badly necessary (IRROPS -- weather, plane mechanical failure etc). If they cancel the route entirely it's a different story but such radical changes rarely happen this fast.


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I must take George's comment to an answer because it's too important: depending on the kind, the heatsink may need to be removed. Apply common sense / guess the centre of gravity. If it looks like this: it very likely will cause no problems. If it looks like this: you definitely do not want that bumping around.


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There are a lot of variables that determine how long it will take to get to the gate. I live in Duluth and over the past fifteen years I have been through MSP a lot. The time-to-gate has varied between 20-minutes and 90-minutes. I can't say I have personally ever waited for two full hours, but I can also see how easily it could take that long. Checking a ...


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Websites generally err on the side of caution. You should be fine with an hour on a Thursday morning given that you're not checking luggage. If you can check in and get a boarding pass before getting to the airport, and you are getting there on the light rail, the Skyway Checkpoint 5 stories above the light rail exit usually has a fairly short line. ...


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SFO has multiple terminals with separate secure areas. Since there are multiple exits, they have signed "meeting points" for different gates. The staff assisting will deliver the passenger to that point at least (although most that I've worked with will assist and take the passenger to baggage arrival as well if requested). I did this about 12 months ago. ...


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I received a United voucher for giving up a seat a year ago, and assuming they haven't changed on the meantime, here are the terms and conditions I was given: In particular, #3 seems to tell me that you can't use the voucher for anything but credit toward a flight ticket: The certificate may be redeemed for credit up to its face value only toward ...


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Short answer: nearly no effect on the service. For some cases, airlines merge means that only 1 airline brand exists. United & Continental, American and US airways are the examples. The aircraft, reservation and all others things are combined into same brand names. On the other hand, some airlines will keep the subsidiaries' brand even when they ...


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There are no exit formalities in the US (ie, no exit immigration). Therefore, your only requirement is that you are able to physically make it to the other terminal within the stipulated time. In the old days, you used to have a paper I-94 form, but even this information is now digitized so that's another thing you don't have to worry about. I am not ...


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First, this isn't something you should worry about. Where you get you boarding passes really doesn't matter. Since you are ticketed through UA, including the AV flights, and your first flight is operated by UA, you should expect to get both the UA and AV Boarding Pass at SBA. You should also be able to check-in online and use a mobile boarding pass. If ...


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On the United website, when you pick Africa as your region, this message appears: Online transactions cannot currently be completed with a billing address from Africa, and languages for this region are not available. For assistance with reservations, please contact your local United ticket office, or your travel agent. So you can't book a flight ...


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Since you booked through United, and flights are with their Star Alliance partners, all the mileage for all legs should be automatically credited to the same account you gave for the United flights. Save your boarding passes and check after the trip, but this is how it is supposed to work. I wouldn't worry about it until then.


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As a general rule, the major airlines are pretty reasonable when it comes to carry-ons. If you are not trying to drag a steamer trunk into the cabin, they will usually let you slide, and if they do have to stop you, they will usually check your bag on a courtesy basis and not charge you. This is not true of Spirit and some of the European budget airlines, ...


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It appears that you are flying into and out of Washington Dulles on a United Airlines plane (regardless of the codeshare). At Dulles, all United flights (excluding some United Express flights which this will not be) arrive and depart from terminals C and D - which are really just two ends of the one terminal. Walking between any two gates within these ...


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As pointed out by @Gagravarr in comments, take a look to posts on LoyaltyLobby in the category United Airlines Milage Plus. These sales happened almost monthly (though many of those targeted) recently, but this being a volatile marketing instrument, you should not completely rely on another such sale coming up. The sale you refer to apparantly was this ...


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Visa on arrival for Canadians is only available if: You are invited by a company registered in Pakistan (and this requires prior approval); and your stay has to be for business purposes or; You are part of a tour group and traveling through a designated tour operator. Of course this isn't important as you are a Pakistani citizen and cannot be refused ...


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The Minimum Connection Time (UA) wiki lists IAD Domestic-to-International as 35 minutes. 1:30 is plenty.



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