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United Airlines, commonly referred as United, was founded more than 90 years ago in 1926. In 2010 it merged with Continental Airlines to become the third largest airline in the world by the fleet. Today the merged company has more than 730 airplanes which fly to more than 340 destinations worldwide, and it employs over 86,000 people.

United Airlines operates two daily flights from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport to Newark Airport near New York by Boeing 777-200ER. There is a daily flight from Tel Aviv to San Francisco by Boeing 787-8. United Airlines is a founding member of Star Alliance, and when you fly to the US, you can continue to other destinations with the regional service branded as United Express. With nine hubs across the US, you can always find easy connections to almost anywhere.

Information correct as of March 2017

Why Fly With United Airlines

How to Check-in

Check-in period opens 24 hours before your flight. You can use United’s website or the app, with your eTicket number or your MileagePlus account. You can also check yourself in at the airport’s kiosk, or simply visit a United Airlines’ representative at the check-in desks. When you depart from Tel Aviv, check-in period ends 60 minutes before your scheduled departure time. The same time frame applies to your return flight from Newark or San Francisco, with or without checked baggage. Due to security checks, it is recommended to arrive at the airports on both ways at least three hours prior to your flight. If you are traveling during peak times, you should allow yourself extra time on your return flight from the US.

Baggage Allowances and Fees

Every passenger may board with one carry-on item with the dimensions of 22x35x56 cm. You may also bring a personal item, no larger than 22x25x43 cm which can be stored under the seat in front of you. Economy passengers may check one bag in for free, as long as it’s up to 23 kg and 158 cm. A second bag costs $100 and a third $200. The charge for an oversized bag (up to 292 cm) or overweight bag (24-32 kg) is $200. If your bag weighs 33-46 kg, you will be charged a $400 fee. Business Class travelers are entitled to two pieces of luggage for free, up to 32 kg. A third bag costs $200. If you fly First Class, you can check three bags up to 32 kg for free. A fourth item costs $200. A fee of $200 will be charged if your bag is bigger than 158 cm and if it’s heavier than 32 kg the fee is $400. In any case, bags larger than 292 cm or heavier than 46 kg will not be accepted.

Seating

You can select your seat when purchasing your ticket and you may change it depends on availability until you check-in. Economy Class seats have 78-81 cm. You can upgrade your seat to the Economy Plus Class to enjoy 86-88 cm to stretch your legs. Business Class travelers enjoy a seat which opens to bed with 198 cm and 180° of recline. Check your level of frequent flyer program to see if you are eligible for free or discounted upgrades.

Booking fees

United doesn’t charge any additional credit cards fee when you book online. If you buy your ticket using United’s call center, there is a $25 fee, $30 if you purchase your ticket in a city ticket center and $50 If you buy your ticket at the airport. So it’s always recommended to buy your ticket online to avoid these charges. Skyscanner doesn’t add any charges to your reservation. Not sure about your flight? You have nothing to worry about. United allows you 24 hours to regret and cancel your reservation for a full refund, as long as the flight is in more than seven days ahead.

Service on Board

On all United Airlines’ flights from Israel to the US, you will enjoy a Seatback On-demand and a personal device entertainment, if hundreds of hours of TV-shows, movies, video games, and music. On some flights, there are also power outlets, USB ports, and Wi-Fi service. During the reservation process, you will be able to choose a special meal, such as Kosher meal, Hala approved, vegan, Asian cuisine or child meals. Passengers flying Business Class will enjoy a five-course meal, including an appetizer, salad, a main entree, a cheese course and a selection of desserts including a sundae ice cream. Economy Class travelers will get a complimentary meal service, a mid-flight snack and complimentary beer and house wines.

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