Easily one of the oldest carriers on the block, United Airlines currently services the most destinations out of any airline in the world, flying to 375 places with 712 aircraft. It is the only US airline that flies to Oslo, Hamburg and Berlin.
With more than 80 years in the sky, United has plenty of experience providing comfortable and efficient flights. Multiple cabin classes allow passengers to tailor their journey, including the choice of first-class seating on all domestic and international legs.
Economy & Economy Plus
United's more modern Boeing Triple 7 aircraft brings enhanced passenger amenities and comfort, featuring seats with four-way adjustable headrests and a personal seat-back video screen for on-demand entertainment.
While Economy Class seats can be a bit tight when it comes to leg room, Economy Plus offers up to 12 centimetres of additional space. Economy Plus is available for an additional charge. For United Mileage Plus Premier, Platinum, Gold and Silver members, Economy Plus may be booked in advance at no extra charge.
Entertainment: Entertainment choices include up to 150 movies, almost 200 TV shows, many interactive games as well as a huge collection of music. Headphones are supplied at each seat and entertainment may be started, stopped and paused.
Food and Beverage: Travellers flying in Economy Class on long-haul flights are treated to complimentary meal and beverage services with in-flight snacks served mid-flight.
United’s Business First offers an exclusive cabin and a long list of features and amenities. The comfortable seats transform into a fully lie-flat bed and are accompanied with a soft duvet and fluffy pillow.
Another bonus is the amenity kit, which is filled with premium skincare products and other travel necessities. The special treatment extends to airport services with a dedicated check-in line, priority boarding and deplaning, as well as access to the United Club or Star Alliance member lounges.
Entertainment: Each seat comes equipped with a large TV monitor for on-demand entertainment with over a hundred hours of movies, shows and music. Noise-cancelling headphones offer superior sound quality and are available at each seat. Laptop power and USB ports also allow continuous use of personal electronic devices.
Food and Beverage: The pampering begins the moment you step on board. Enjoy a pre-departure drink as you get settled in for the flight. Menus include selections of international and local dishes, along with premium beers, fine wines and liquor. Dessert items include fresh fruit, cheese plates, liqueurs and signature desserts. Mid-flight snacks and a light meal before landing are also served.
Available on flights between Australia and the U.S., Global First on United’s Boeing Triple 7 aircraft is an intimate cabin featuring only eight seats. The advanced seat turns into a generously long lie-flat bed and is equipped with lumbar support and back stimulation features.
A thick duvet and comfortable pillow are available with turn-down service when you’re ready for a restful sleep.
Global First guests enjoy perks on the ground too from Premier access check-in, priority security lanes where available as well as priority boarding, deplaning and baggage. Complete lounge access is also available in United’s Global First Lounge, United Club and Star Alliance member lounges and United Arrivals Lounges.
Entertainment: On-demand programming is available on a large 15-inch screen, while noise-cancelling headsets enhance the listening pleasure. Over 150 hours of programming is available and includes everything from movies, shows and games to a huge music collection. There is also a laptop power point and USB port allowing passengers continued access to their own entertainment collection.
Food and Beverage: Enjoy a pre-departure beverage service, hot towels and a full menu consisting of a choice of starters, mains, desserts and snacks all individually prepared and individually served. There is also a wide variety of drinks including juices, sodas, premium beers, international wines, spirits and liqueurs.
United Airlines Baggage Allowance
Travellers are allowed one piece of hand luggage and one personal item such as a shoulder bag, laptop bag or similar. Coats, a diaper bag and reading materials are also allowed.
Liquids, gels and aerosols must be in containers no greater than 100ml or 3.4 ounces and packed in a clear, sealable bag.
The baggage allowance is determined by the class ticketed, routing and frequent flyer status. Standard allowances are as follows:
- Economy and Economy Plus - One bag up to 23 kilograms in weight
- Business First - Two bags up to 32 kilograms each
- Global First - Two bags up to 32 kilograms each
United Premier Gold, Platinum and 1K frequent flyer members are allowed an additional bag at no charge in the corresponding class of travel.
Many bulky items such as surfboards, bicycles and other sporting equipment are charged an additional fee due to size and weight. However, there are items that can be checked in lieu of a checked bag. Your Flight Centre Travel Expert will be able to advise on specific items at time of booking.
A diaper bag and approved car seat may be carried in the cabin in addition to the standard carry-on allowance. Additionally, one stroller or pram or one car seat may be checked for free.
If infants are travelling on a fare that is 10 per cent of an adult fare, the infant will receive a baggage allowance of one car seat, one stroller or pram and one additional bag not exceeding 23 kilograms with linear dimensions no greater than 157 centimetres.
A car seat or child seat must be certified for use in aircraft and motor vehicles.
Restricted or dangerous goods
Hazardous items and dangerous materials such as flammable liquids, gases and solids, explosives, corrosives, poisons, paints and other items are never permitted in checked luggage or carry-on baggage. For a complete list of goods that are prohibited from travelling, consult with your Flight Centre travel expert.
Some lithium batteries such as those used for wheelchair use may be permitted in the cabin but must be declared.