United Airlines has extended the time available for its customers to redeem flight credits on tickets purchased between May 1, 2019 and December 31, 2021. While travel credits are normally valid for up to one year, the carrier has changed the expiration dates to December 31, 2022.
Credits for future flights can only be used by the customer who originally booked a trip that was later canceled or who transferred his or her ticket to a cheaper flight and received the fare difference as a credit.
Electronic travel certificates operate differently. They are credits that can be transferred to another passenger. Future flight credit holders can use their credit to book the flight with one of United’s partner airlines, while travel certificate holders are limited to United flights only.
Future flight credit can be used to book travel on United, United Express, and partner-operated flights. For most tickets, future flight credit must be used for travel within 12 months of the date your original ticket was issued. Future flight credits issued on or before December 31, 2021, will be valid until December 31, 2022.
Partially used tickets will be valid for one year from your outbound date of travel. Individuals will receive future flight credit when you cancel a flight or change to a less expensive flight. It must be used for the same travelers booked on the original trip.
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