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- Refunds via mail
- How to check your United Airlines Refund Status
- Refund Policies of Other Airlines
- Priceline Cancellation Policy: How to Cancel & Get a Refund from Priceline
- Expedia Cancellation Policy: How to get a Refund from Expedia
- American Airlines Refund Policy: How to Get a Refund on AA.com
- Delta Airlines Refund Policy: How to Get a Refund from Delta
- How to Get a Refund from Spirit Airlines
- Airline Ticket Refund Rules
If you booked a flight on United Airlines and want the cost of your ticket refunded, here’s how to get the process started.
United Airlines Refund Policy
Each airline has its own refund policy, however, they are all governed by the same rules that are mandated by the Department of Transportation (“DOT”).
The following are scenarios that require a full or partial refund, as mandated by the DOT, and enforced through the United Airlines Refund Policy:
- 24-Hour Refund – When you buy a ticket at least 7 days prior to departure, you have up to 24 hours from when you first buy your ticket to request a refund. The 24-hour refund policy applies to all ticket types, but you must cancel your trip to get a refund.
- Canceled Flight – You are entitled to a refund if United Airlines cancels a flight, regardless of the reason, and you choose not to travel.
- Schedule Change/Significant Delay – You are entitled to a refund if United Airlines makes a significant schedule change and/or significantly delays a flight and you choose not to travel.
- The DOT does not specify what is “significant” so this will vary from airline to airline. Check United’s refund policy page for the latest updates.
- Class of Service Change – You are entitled to a refund if you are involuntarily moved to a lower class of service. For example, if you purchased a first-class ticket and are downgraded to an economy-class seat due to an aircraft swap, you are then owed the difference in fares.
- Fully refundable ticket – If you purchase a fully refundable ticket are entitled to a refund when you don’t use the purchased ticket to complete your travel
- Baggage Fees – You are entitled to a refund if you paid a baggage fee and your baggage has been declared lost.
- Airlines may have different policies to determine when a bag is officially lost. Most airlines will declare a bag lost between five and fourteen days after the flight, but this can vary from one airline to another. Check United’s refund policy page for the latest updates.
If your flight is canceled and you don’t want to be re-booked on another flight, you are entitled to a full refund of the ticket price.
Note: Airfare rules have changed since COVID, so check out the United Airlines’ travel updates page to make sure you are up to speed with the latest developments and policies.
Refundable vs. Non-Refundable Tickets
Getting a refund on a fully refundable ticket is relatively easy, but it’s a lot tougher if you have a non-refundable ticket.
United Airlines won’t issue refunds on non-refundable tickets, except for the following situations that are considered “unplanned events”:
- Death of the traveler, traveling companion, or immediate family member.
- Immediate family members include: adopted ward, aunt, brother, brother-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, domestic partner, father, father-in-law, foster brother, foster daughter, foster father, foster mother, foster sister, foster son, granddaughter, grandfather, grandmother, grandson, half-brother, half-sister, husband, legal guardian, mother, mother-in-law, nephew, niece, sister, sister-in-law, son, son-in-law, step-brother, step-daughter, step-father, step-mother, step-sister, step-son, uncle, wife
- Travelers in the reservation are actively on jury duty during the dates of planned travel
- Certain illness situations
United will refund tickets only when the unplanned event prevents the use of that ticket within one year of the ticket’s date of issue.
Documentation Requirements for a United Refund Request
If you find yourself in an unplanned situation that requires you to cancel your trip, here’s the documentation you will need to provide to United to get a refund:
- In case of death: Copy of the death certificate.
- Illness situations: Letter (on letterhead) from a licensed physician confirming that travel was not recommended due to the customer’s illness. This is primarily for the refund of a change fee.
- Jury duty refund requests: Copy of the jury summons.
United Airlines Refund Request: How to Get a Refund
After reading the above information, if you believe you are eligible for a refund, just go to the United Airlines refund page and follow these steps:
- Go to the United Airlines Refund Page
- Enter your name, contact information, and the ticket number.
- Provide the details of your refund request and why you are requesting it.
- Upload any supporting documentation required.
- Click submit and save your confirmation number for future reference.
- Wait 2-4 weeks to hear back from United regarding your refund status.
Where to find your United Airlines Ticket Number
You can find your ticket number on either the printed boarding pass or your receipt.
Refunds via mail
If you are unable to submit your request online, you can contact United Refunds via mail at the address below. Make sure to include your United Airlines ticket number, your flight information, contact information, and the reason for your request.
P.O. Box 4607, Dept. NHCRF
Houston, TX 77210-4607
How to check your United Airlines Refund Status
- You can check the status of your refund on the United Airlines website here.
- Just click on the “check status” tab and enter your ticket number and last name.
How long will it take to get a refund from United Airlines?
If you are owed a refund, United must process the refund and provide credit within 7 business days if you paid by credit card, and 20 business days if you paid by cash or check.
Refund Policies of Other Airlines
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