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United Airlines joined my first name and middle name on boarding pass. How to correct this?

There's nothing to correct. This is very common with airline reservation systems, and everyone handling your boarding pass should know what it means.
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United Travel Ready Center rejecting COVID-19 Vaccine Documentation

You may notice that your first and middle name is merged in the name field they've forced upon you. Bad programmers. This will obviously not match a US COVID-19 Vaccine Record Card, and so your card ...
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United Airlines cancelled my flight less than 24 hours after I booked it via Expedia - what are my options?

Reluctant as I am to edit an answer after it's been upvoted, some parts of this were not entirely correct and I've changed them. If you voted this up and now don't want to, feel free to retract your ...
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Why would an airline put my bag on a different flight?

Update: Actual reason for this occurring at the end... There's generally two reasons that this could happen. Your bags was "lost" at the origin airport. When they have finished loading the ...
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Unbookable column of seats on 777-200

If you are lucky it means that the plane actually has a 3-3-3 configuration. United has 5 versions of the 777-200, three of which have 3-3-3 and two have 3-4-3. The 3-4-3 is a miserable experience. ...
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How can I split a receipt from United airlines into per-leg receipts?

Short answer is, you can't. Most legacy airlines including United have incredibly complicated pricing rules and the cost of flying A-B-C (or, in your case, A-B-A) is very different from buying ...
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Can you let someone else use your boarding pass to get into a travel lounge?

In some cases, your status may allow you to bring in one or more guests. This is very specific to each airline/program and the various levels, though, so you'll have to check the details for your own ...
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How to obtain the return flight boarding pass?

You have quite a few options, though specifics may vary based on the airline and the specific flight (not all airports accept mobile boarding passes, for instance): most hotels have a "business ...
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Do gate agents really seat young children away from their parents in United Basic Economy?

There's no guarantee that will happen, as the new low fare, Basic Economy, is explicit that, for price, you relinquish some options that other, higher priced fares have, including seat selection. ...
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Is 54 minutes enough to transfer from domestic to international in Houston?

You are right that you won't have to go through passport control or any other formalities other than walking to your gate. The catch is that they officially recommend you be at the gate 30 minutes ...
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Unbookable column of seats on 777-200

Apparently some United 777-200s are configured with 3+3+3 seating in economy. They may be keeping open the option of using one of those aircraft. Or perhaps their seat selector dialogue does not deal ...
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What are the disadvantages of joining United's MileagePlus program?

There aren't any major disadvantages. In particular, there's no requirement to apply for the credit card. There are some possible subtle disadvantages. Having a MileagePlus account might in the ...
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Delayed international baggage held by customs

It is United's responsibility to get your bags to you: they will deliver them to your hotel or wherever you're staying. The reason United have given you strange advice is that there's a disconnect ...
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Involuntary Bumping on United

The short version is that your chances of being Involuntary Denied Boarding on United is basically zero. IDB rates on United are running slightly less than 1 person denied boarding per million ...
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Buying United miles from third-party sites

From United's website: The sale or barter or attempted sale or barter of any such mileage, certificates, awards or benefits other than as authorized and/or sponsored by United is expressly ...
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Booking a trip to earn airline status

When you book your flight, it'll tell you what your Premier qualifying miles (PQM), Premier qualifying segments (PQS) and Premier qualifying dollars (PQD) are. Attached is a screenshot of a sample ...
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Unbookable column of seats on 777-200

United Airlines has multiple versions seat layout on the 777-200, and are in the process of refitting more and more of their planes to the newer layouts. Some of these layouts contain economy seats ...
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Who is responsible for the refund policy on a code-share flight?

When you buy an airline ticket there are up to 3 separate airlines that can be involved for each leg of the flight. These are common known as : The "Marketing Carrier". This is the airline who's ...
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Do I need to go through security at Newark airport after flying in from NC before boarding international flight to Ireland?

United Airlines operates out of all 3 terminals at EWR - terminals A, B and C - although the majority of flights arrive and depart out of Terminal C, and it's highly likely that both of your flights ...
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Delayed international baggage held by customs

If the airline routed your baggage differently it's not a problem so don't actually worry about it. Meaning, this is a scenario Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is well aware of and you are not ...
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What are the disadvantages of joining United's MileagePlus program?

Everything in the other answer is correct. There are really not much issues with being a member of the program itself. However if you are a member of another program in the Star Alliance, you will ...
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Can United make me pay for rebooking a flight cancelled due to snowstorm?

The answer to the main question is NO. But... The problem you having is that the regular web booking engine is not 'aware' of the storm so it's just pricing out a regular change. One strategy that ...
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United Airlines joined my first name and middle name on boarding pass. How to correct this?

Having worked on airline reservations software development teams, PNR name records are usually using antiquated systems and the names are limited to 10 characters for first-middle name. They id you by ...
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First time traveling by plane - concerned about short connections at Newark

Trip from Madrid to USA: 1hr 50 mins might not be enough as you will have to go through immigration. And if the line is really long you will miss your connection. At SFO airport, many times I have ...
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How to get boarding pass during layover?

You'll often get all your boarding passes when you check in to the first flight, so it's likely that Aer Lingus will simply hand it to you. If the stars aren't aligned and that doesn't happen, just ...
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Fall asleep in terminal and miss connection fight: recover change fee

You have no recourse whatsoever and you already got lucky that they only charged you $125. Typically change fee for an international ticket is about twice that for United (depending on your fare ...
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For a connecting flight, will United need my final destination visa?

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 ...
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Electronic ticket with no printer

With most airlines, you can print your boarding pass for free at the airport, either from an automatic check in terminal, or at a check in desk, or at a bag drop desk. A small number of budget ...
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