FAQs about flight discounts for 18 to 22 year olds


  • MileagePlus members who are 18 to 22 years old at the time of booking are eligible for this discount. They also need to have a date of birth listed on their MileagePlus account.

  • You can sign up for a MileagePlus account on united.com or the United app.

  • Sign in to your MileagePlus account through the United app or united.com to add your date of birth to your account. The date of birth you provide must match your travel documents.


  • No. The discounted airfare is for individual tickets only. However, if your friend or family member is also between the ages of 18-22 at the time of booking, they can book a discounted ticket for themselves on the United app as well.

  • All discounted tickets are available through the United app.

  • No. Discounted tickets are only available on the United app.

  • No. All new flight bookings will be eligible for the discount.

  • The discount is valid on United- or United Express®-operated flights within the United States and to and from select international destinations originating in the United States. Members will have access to all available discounted flights through the United app. International discounts also apply to certain codeshare flights identified with a “UA*” flight number and operated by Air Canada, ANA, Austrian, Brussels, Lufthansa and Swiss.

  • All discounted flights will have a discount ticket indicator under the price. To ensure you’re in the right place, follow the below steps:
    1. Open the latest version of United app
    2. Select the “Book” tab
    3. Select “Discounted travel (ages 18-22)”
    4. Fill out the travel information and click “Search flights”
    5. All discounted fares will appear within the final search
  • Yes.

  • This discounted is available for United Economy® or Basic Economy purchases.

  • No. You’re eligible if you’re a MileagePlus member and between 18-22 years old at the time of booking.

  • Yes, you’re eligible for this discount if you don’t live in the United States. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. This discount is for United- or United Express-operated flights originating in the United States. All bookings are in U.S currency only. Because you’ll be booking your flight on the app with this discount, you must use a credit card with a billing address in the U.S., Guam or Puerto Rico.

  • Discounted ticket itineraries are eligible for FareLock.

During travel

  • Yes. If you’re a MileagePlus member and are between 18-22 years old at the time of booking, you’ll receive the discount along with all the benefits of your Premier status. Premier members who purchase Basic Economy tickets are subject to most of the Basic Economy restrictions. However, Premier members will receive the same boarding priority as they would receive when traveling on any other ticket, and they're always eligible for a full-sized carry-on bag and the complimentary checked baggage allowance they receive with their Premier status.

  • Yes. All discounted tickets purchased with a United credit card will receive cardmember benefits, so long as the cardholder is the customer that is traveling on the itinerary.

Additional questions

  • All discount fares are available for purchase through December 31, 2020, regardless of flight date.

  • This discount doesn’t apply to taxes, fees or surcharges, including passenger facility charges, international departure tax, customs users/immigration fees, agricultural tax or airport security charges. It is the responsibility of the passenger to pay such amounts at time of ticketing. In addition, the discount doesn’t apply to checked baggage or other fees.

  • The discount is available for flights operated by United, United Express and select partner airlines with codeshare flights identified with a “UA*” flight number. Members will have access to all available discounted fares through the United app.

Troubleshooting tips

  • You can enroll in MileagePlus by visiting united.com

  • You can ensure your date of birth is in your member profile by visiting your account on united.com

  • You must be 18-22 years old to book the discounted travel. Your date of birth must match all government forms of identification.

  • You must purchase your discounted ticket on the latest version of the United app, which you can download from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).