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It sounds like your travel agent is using hidden city ticketing. It is true that you will claim your checked luggage at Newark to go through customs, and there won't be anything to stop you from just leaving the airport after that. However, the airline's contract of carriage says you are not supposed to do this. See Is leaving airport at a stop before ...


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You will need to collect your baggage when you arrive in Newark for customs purposes anyway, so you may end your journey there.


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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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United has two terminals at Newark, A & C. Your flights are both likely but not guaranteed to land at/depart from C. Even if you do have to transfer, there's a shuttle that does not require you to go through security again. The good news is that if United sold you that connection as a single ticket, it's a legal layover. So even if you do miss the ...


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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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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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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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UA Baggage Rules do apply but the reasons offered by the "accepted" answer are incorrect. Res302 doesn't apply to your journey. For journeys beginning or ending in the USA, the USDoT regulations take precedence over IATA Res302. USDoT requires that the first marketing carrier's baggage policy is applied. In this case, that's segment 1 of the journey, ...


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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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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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I am going to assume that the itineraries are exactly the same except for the price. There are many, many ways to cover a given flight itinerary with a valid set of fare components. The computational difficulty in the problem is finding the lowest allowable combination by price. My guess is that basically the pricing engine in the first instance was not ...


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If you are interested in both United Club membership and holding a United mileage credit card, by all means go for the United Club card. But everyone isn't necessarily like you. Some people aren't interested in holding an additional credit card, or can't qualify for an additional credit card, or can't qualify for this particular card, but are still ...


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Frequent flyer points are awarded based on the marketing carrier's policy. So if you are flying on LH metal, but your booking is with a UA number, then United's rules apply. If you are flying on LH metal, with a LH flight number on your booking, then points depend on Luftansa's agreements with United. These days, whatever the airline award's its own ...


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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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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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Since you are Mileage plus, the safest bet would be to book on United using UA flight numbers (regardless of who owns the metal). Since United has switched to miles+dollars for status miles, it's become more complicated and prone to errors to get Star Alliance miles credited. I had a Lufthansa flight that came through with $0 and I had to call twice to get ...


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Yes, that will work fine in practice. This kind of thing is quite common, eg. many Qantas frequent flyers register addresses overseas to avoid paying membership fees. (To be clear, you do need to be able to receive mail at this address, via a relative/friend/etc.) Whether this violates the program's terms and conditions is up to the airline and their ...


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Firstly note that United Club membership also allows up to 2 guests - same as the United Club Card. The higher 'plus Spouse' rate means that you both get a card, and thus can both enter when travelling separately. The price you've stated is also only correct for someone without any status in United's Mileage Plus program - the higher your status, the lower ...


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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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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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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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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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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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I find this astonishing, but it seems the answer is no. According to the computer reservation system, United Airlines has signed interline baggage agreements with the following airlines: MAY CHECK BAGGAGE TO AA AB AC AF AH AI AM AR AS AV AX AY AZ A3 BA BB BE BI BR BT BW CI CM CO CS CX CZ DL EI EK EN EQ ET EV ...


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You should tell the staff that you have another flight when you check in at the first airport. They may help you to transfer


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Single reservation? Then the airline will interline it. Two tickets? You do it (you can try to beg for checking it through, after all Lufthansa owns partially and codeshares with LuxAir so an interline agreement is likely).


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Yes, something has changed. As explained in this article, the change was announced in June 2014, and went live in March 2015 United have put up a fairly good special website about the update at mileageplusupdates.com, which I'd suggest you review. The number of miles you get, when flying on United or United Express now depends on two things: How much you ...


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