I had a reservation on United Airlines a few weeks ago that was traveling from USA to UK. I never even made it out of the USA. The first leg of my flight was delayed and I missed the second leg as a result. I believe I'm entitled to a full refund because the delay was entirely United's fault and the time given to make the connection was too short in the first place. Any alternative flights to get me to the UK were too late to make the trip worth it, so they sent me back to my origin airport. I flew one leg, then flew back; a total waste of my time and money.
I've found United's Ticket Refund Request page, but from among the types listed, I've only found "Checked bag refund" that applies. None of the options are along the lines "reservation" or "itinerary" refund. I originally called a United support number and they incorrectly told me that I had to email
[email protected]. That email auto-replied that it does not accept inbound messages. For now, I've just submitted a refund request on that page for the baggage fee, but included details about the other things as well.
What I want to know specifically is all the avenues available to me to contact United regarding such a refund request.
This particular reservation had a lot going on with it, so I don't think an email pipeline is going to be effective in getting refunded. The following is a description of what was paid and how, of which I want all of it refunded.
The flight was purchased with miles, plus some money. A third of the miles used were purchased just before booking the reservation with the sole intention to be that I'd have enough miles to book the reservation with miles only. I had to check two bags, which was the $100 international second bag fee. So I want United to refund me for the checked bag, the taxes and fees for the reservation, my earned miles spent on the reservation, and the money spent on the extra miles. With so much going on with this reservation, you can see how none of those options on the refund page fit.
Success! United actually refunded everything from the single "Checked bag refund" that I put in originally, as detailed above. A week later, they refunded the $100 checked bag fee. A day after that, they refunded the taxes, fees, and other charges when placing the reservation. They then contacted me via email and said they have refunded the miles back to my account, but they'd have to forward the request to refund the miles purchase to a different department. About a week later, they then refunded the miles purchase and took back the miles from my account. It was actually pretty easy on my part. I just detailed what I wanted from them and they did all of it, though it did take about two weeks.