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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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Quite simply, you go to the airport 3 to 4 hours before the flight, check the information boards for your flight number and the checkin desks serving that flight, and then go to those checkin desks. There you will be checked in by an airline representative, your baggage checked and you will be handed baggage tags and your boarding pass. In other words, you ...


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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. The seat width is only 17" or so whereas the average male shoulder width is about 18.25". You can't sit straight without jamming into your neighbors shoulders ...


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A friend recently did this, flying from LON (London) to SYD (Sydney). I went shopping with him and found a hard-shell suitcase. They're surprisingly light, and Samsonite has claimed theirs is "strong enough to stand on". We then removed his harddisk drive. This is the most valuable and most fragile part of the computer. It's also feasible to do the same ...


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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 center" or even dedicated boarding pass printing workstations. You can go there, connect to the airline's website, do your online check-in, and print your boarding ...


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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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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. The carrier will assign unoccupied seats and won't ask other passengers to move to accommodate those travelling together. Among the other fare restrictions, ...


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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 before departure for international flights. IAH is a large airport, though you won't have to travel the whole length of it. The Skyway train is behind security ...


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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 well with 3+3+3 at all. You may find when you get your boarding card that your aisle seat is actually designated F rather than G, but there's probably not a ...


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Technically, they are not permitted in-flight. Bluetooth is a form of wireless communication, and all wireless communication is banned during airborne operations by the FCC and the FAA. As mentioned by @AnkurBanerjee in this post, FAA Advisory Circular 91.21-1B covers this regulation.


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They are not standard codes actually, sometimes they are similar but not always. NONREF: Non-refundable. 0VALUAFTDPT: 0 value after scheduled departure. If you want to make any change make it before the departure time or the ticket has no value at all. CHGFEE: There is a change fee in case you want to change times.


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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 future sway you toward flying with United even when some other airline would otherwise be better (in terms of price, schedule, service, etc). That's the main ...


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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 between what you think is happening and what is actually happening, and they've not figured out what it is. Before United can get your bags, they need to be ...


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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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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 prohibited. Any mileage, certificates, awards or benefits transferred, assigned or sold in violation of the Program Rules, in addition to exposing the member to ...


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United Does honor IATA Resolution 302. Simple as that. Where you are going wrong is confusing marketing carrier and operating carrier. Your flight from Newark to Tokyo may have a ANA flight number, but it's operated by United, and when it comes to baggage (including IATA 302), it's the operating carrier that is important. Under IATA 302, the airline that ...


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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 in a 3/3/3 format, with the seats labelled ABC-DEF-JKL (or on some, ABC-DEG-HJK, although these are very quickly disappearing). Others are a 3/4/3 layout, with ...


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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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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 flight on United, with the details highlighted. When in doubt, you could just call/email the airline to get confirmation. Perhaps emailing would be better so ...


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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 violating any rules or laws. Since you presumably need to complete your trip to PHL, go to the United or British Airways Baggage Counter (which ever actually ...


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Most US airports have no concept of "transit" and no "airside" where you can make your connection. You land, clear US customs, and then can go wherever you like, whether that's just over to another terminal to catch your plane, or out into the city to explore. So if you have the paperwork to enable the connection, then you almost certainly have the paperwork ...


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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 start fragmenting your points and it will take longer to accumulate a certain amount which also makes it more likely for your miles to expire. Early on, I had ...


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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 might work is choosing the alternate flight you want and putting it on hold if that available, then get on the phone and wait to talk to an Agent. It shouldn't ...


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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 will be out of that terminal. All 3 terminals are connected air-side by a shuttle bus. When using this bus, there is no need to re-clear security as it is air-...


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It appears that the minimum connecting time according to the airlines is 40 or 45 minutes between Terminal A & C, so you should be just fine. If you're flying United, they run a transfer shuttle between Terminals A & C inside security, so you don't have to go through security again.


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Yes. Short-range Bluetooth devices including typical headphones, keyboards and mice have been allowed on flights for some time. (Probably since airlines began to provide and sell Wi-Fi internet access.) There have been recent developments that expanded the use of personal electronic devices, Wi-Fi, and short-range Bluetooth during all phases of flight. The ...


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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 original class). The only thing you can do is to "ask nicely". You may have a slight chance if you have high United status (Global Serives or maybe 1k) in which ...


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Yes, they are both members of the Star Alliance. So, for being gold on USAirways, you are automatically "Star Gold," across the entire Star Alliance network. The benefit of first class upgrades (unfortunately) is NOT one that you will be able to get when flying on Continental. That being said, most other benefits are reciprocal. For example, priority ...


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I don't believe that the Continental and US Airways programs are directly integrated. It looks like you can earn US Airways miles on some Continental tickets. US Airways and Continental are Star Alliance carriers. So, if you're a member of one of their frequent traveller programs (with sufficient status) then you'll get benefits on other Star Alliance ...


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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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