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United’s New Social Distancing Policy Helps Them and Travelers

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Written by Charlie

United Airlines has a new social distancing policy that will let you move to another flight for free if your flight is nearly full – but this will also help them.

A photo made the rounds yesterday to show how packed a United Airlines flight was in spite of airlines saying they would make an effort to observe social distancing on board.

United Flight Full? Move to A New One For Free

In light of that, United issued a statement yesterday that they will inform customers if their flight is nearing full capacity to allow passengers switch to a different flight or take a flight credit.

Here is their official word on this:

This Helps United, Too

This is actually a move which really helps out United as well. Though I think we are quite a ways from overbooked flights, with flight schedules having been cut quite severely, there will eventually be flights that are overbooked.

Having a policy that lets them see if passengers want to move to a different flight if their flight is near capacity lets United possibly avoid having to pay out in vouchers for overbooked flights.

I think it will be quite a while before all travelers are feeling comfortable in the air so this move will likely help keep some voucher money in United’s pocket – at least for a while.

If your flight was nearly full, would you opt to take a later one or cancel altogether?

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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
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