Benefits for members of the U.S. military
United would like to extend our sincere thank you to members of our U.S. military for everything they do for us, and we would like to do everything we can to make your travel with us as easy and comfortable as possible.
We are pleased to offer a variety of benefits to active duty military members, including those who have been discharged from the military within 7 days of the date of travel. These benefits are available to members of the U.S. Army®, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marines, U.S. Coast Guard and National Guard, and cadets of the Air Force Academy, West Point, Naval Academy, Merchant Marine Academy and Coast Guard Academy.
For U.S. military members traveling on PCS orders with pets, different rules apply.
Find more information about military travel with pets here.
Baggage acceptance allowanceActive duty military personnel traveling on official orders or for pleasure are invited to check extra baggage free of charge (excluding military pet shipments). In some cases, military dependents will also be included. Please visit our Checked baggage and Changed bag rules and optional services pages for more information.
Military and State Department pet exceptions
United allows active duty U.S. military personnel on Permanent Change of Station (PCS) and their spouses, along with State Department Foreign Service Personnel (FSP) and their spouses to transport their pet dogs and cats when traveling on assignment to and from international destinations. Visit the Military and State Department pet exceptions page to learn more about our PetSafe® program.
United Club invitation
We are pleased to invite active duty military members in uniform or with present leave orders or rest and recuperation papers to visit our United Club℠ locations on the same day they are traveling on a United- or United Express®-operated departing flight. Please present your military ID, your boarding pass and sponsoring documentation for entry. Access is available to active duty military members and family members with gate passes or traveling on the same flight as the military member and is subject to each location’s capacity and seating availability. For more information about our United Club locations, please see the Club and Lounge Access page.