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January 9, 2018

Air Travel: United Expands U.S. Network, Offers 2nd Checked Bag Deal

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There are a number of developments from United Airlines this week in air travel news affecting the meetings and events industry. 

United to Add New Flights Between U.S. Hubs, Eight Destinations

United Airlines has announced it will begin new service between six of its domestic hubs and eight destinations in California, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The new flights, starting June 7, offer customers hundreds of connection opportunities across United's domestic and international route network, the airline said.

Hub New Destination Frequency Begins Aircraft
Chicago (ORD) Bismark, ND (BIS) 2 flights daily June 7 ERJ
Denver (DEN) Appleton, WI (ATW) Daily June 7 CRJ
Denver (DEN) Norfolk, VA (ORF) Daily June 7 A319
Houston (IAH) Akron / Canton, OH (CAK) Daily June 7 ERJ
Houston (IAH) Dayton, OH (DAY) Daily June 7  ERJ
Los Angeles (LAX) Eureka, CA (ACV) Daily June 7 CRJ
San Francisco (SFO) Madison, WI (MSN) Daily June 7 E175

In addition to the new year round services, United announced it will offer the only nonstop flight between New York and Rapid City, South Dakota. Beginning June 23, United will start summer service between New York/Newark and Rapid City, making it easier for customers to access popular outdoor destinations including Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Badlands National Park and Wind Cave National Park. United's Saturday-only service between New York/Newark and Rapid City will operate with Embraer E175 aircraft and will depart New York/Newark at 10:00 a.m. and arrive in Rapid City at 12:05 p.m.

In February, United will begin operating its newly enhanced bank structure at O'Hare International Airport to shorten connection times and provide better access to more destinations for customers connecting through the carrier's Chicago hub. This operations enhancement, already in place at United's Houston hub, will enable United to greatly improve connectivity throughout its global route network, the airline said.

United Offers 2nd Free Checked Bag on Flights to China, Hong Kong

This week United Airlines has also announced that the airline will eliminate charges for customers' second checked bag on all routes from North America to China and Hong Kong. Currently, customers traveling from China and Hong Kong to the United States already receive two free checked bags. Fees for oversized and overweight bags will continue to apply, the airline said.

To celebrate the newly added benefits and the upcoming "Year of the Dog" of Chinese New Year, United is also offering additional low fares to China and Hong Kong for those who wish to see China or visit their families and friends. These fares for outbound travel from the U.S. are valid between January 9 and February 16, 2018, and between April 2 and June 10, 2018.

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