A Guide to United Flight Cancellation, Policy, and Fees

You are permitted to cancel a flight with United Airlines. The airline understands that a condition to cancel a reservation may arise at any time. Therefore, you can cancel your United flight online and you can also place a request to initiate a refund for your ticket. 

What is a covered reason for trip cancellation for United Airlines?

Injury or deteriorated health conditions— If you have a deteriorated medical condition, you can cancel a flight with United Airlines. You can avail of a refund from United Airlines if you present them with the medical reports.  

Poor weather— If the weather is inappropriate, you can request the agent to cancel your flight or initiate a refund. 

Death of a traveler— If any traveler or his/her companion has met misfortune, in these scenarios, the airline may cancel the flight without any charges, and a 100% refund will be initiated. 

NOTE: There can be other reasons based on the airline canceling the reservation, and if you think your reason is not listed, you must contact the assistance team to learn more about the same. 

How can I cancel a flight with United Airlines?

Via the website

  • Visit www.united.com
  • Once you are on the official website, enter your ticket details in “Manage My Booking.” (PNR Number, name, last name, etc.)
  • Now you can choose a flight want to cancel.
  • Click on the “cancel a flight” option and fill out a refund form and submit it. 

Via phone call

There is another way through which you can cancel your flight by dialing the phone number 1 (800) 864-8331 and talking to a person at United Airlines. You have to wait until you hear the voice of an agent over a call. However, one thing you need to keep in mind is that some IVRs will be spoken over a call; choose one of them to get assigned to an agent. 

What is the cancellation policy for United Airlines?

  1. Cancellations made on a flight within 24 hours of booking will get a full refund.
  2. Holders of non-refundable tickets will be able to cancel flights, but instead of a refund, they will be given travel vouchers.
  3. The airline reserves the right to cancel a flight in case of emergency, for example, natural disaster, etc., and no compensation will be given.
  4. If you have missed your flight, you will be marked as a no-show. After that, you may not find the option to cancel the reservation.

What is the cancellation fee for United Airlines?

  • The United Airlines flight cancellation fee usually starts at $200 and can go up to $400.
  • One thing you should know is that the amount imposed by United Airlines for canceling a flight may vary from time to time. Therefore, you should stay informed about the cancellation fee.

How late can I cancel my United flight?

As per the recent United Airlines notifications, you may not be able to cancel your reservation after 24 hours of the booking. Provided that, if any extreme circumstance occurs, you may present all the documents, the airline may proceed with the cancellation process. 

Can I cancel my United flight without penalty?

Reservations canceled within 24 hours of booking do not incur a penalty from the airline. However, if you do not do so within a certain period, the airline will impose an additional fee.

When can you cancel a fully refundable United ticket?

Passengers flying with United Airlines who have purchased fully refundable tickets, but due to unforeseen circumstances, decide to cancel their United flight ticket. But they wonder how long the limitation will last until they can cancel their flight. Therefore, it is recommended to take a look at the points to understand the same;

  • If you obtained a fully refundable ticket, you are authorized to cancel your airline ticket within 24 hours of booking and a 100% refund is initiated.
  • As long as you can cancel beyond 24 hours, a full refund is not guaranteed.