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Children traveling alone

Children Traveling Alone

Frequently asked questions

Children 5 to 11 years of age who are not accompanied on an aircraft by a parent, legal guardian or someone who is at least 18 years of age are considered unaccompanied minors and are subject to specific restrictions. Travel arrangements for these young travelers can be booked at or through the United Customer Contact Center.

Special restrictions

  • Unaccompanied minors can only travel on nonstop flights operated by United or United Express®. United does not offer unaccompanied minor service to or from other airlines' flights.
  • Children younger than 5 years of age are not accepted as unaccompanied minors.
  • Children 5 to 11 years of age who are traveling alone must use our unaccompanied minor service and pay the applicable service charge.
  • Children ages 12 to 17 can use United's unaccompanied minor service for travel on nonstop flights operated by United or United Express, or they can travel as adults on any flights without using United's unaccompanied minor service.
  • Contact the United Customer Contact Center to make arrangements for unaccompanied minor service or for more information. If unaccompanied minor service is requested, the service charge and all restrictions apply.

Service charges

Children traveling unaccompanied pay the regular adult fare. An additional service charge is collected to cover extra handling required when an unaccompanied child travels. Please confirm this charge when placing your reservation.

The service charge is $150 each way for children traveling with United’s unaccompanied minor service to any destination. The unaccompanied minor service charge may be paid at the time of reservation, or prior to departure at a United check-in counter.

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