United Is First US Carrier to Offer Mobile Boarding Passes for Partner Airlines

United Airlines today announced a new enhancement to the United app that will allow customers to receive boarding passes when connecting to 19 airline partners on their smart phones, a feature that United proudly points out that no other US carrier currently offers. This functionality will be available for customers traveling on United who are making an onward connection on another carrier.

“As we continue to make improvements to the United app, we found that simply allowing our customers to access boarding passes for their entire itinerary within the same app made a big difference,” said Kate Gebo, chief customer officer at United.

The following airline partners’ boarding passes are now accessible through the United app, with more partners to be added in the near future:

  • Adria Airways
  • Aegean Airlines
  • Air Canada
  • Air New Zealand
  • ANA
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Azul Brazilian Airlines
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Cape Air
  • Croatia Airlines
  • EVA Airways
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Shenzhen Airlines
  • SWISS
  • THAI Airways
  • Turkish Airlines

There are a few exceptions which were not highlighted in the press release:

  • If the first flight is not on United, the functionality won’t be available (so international flights back to the US that begin with a partner flight won’t qualify)
  • United basic economy tickets don’t allow for a single itinerary with other airlines and so they too will be excluded from the new functionality

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