About United Airlines (UA)
United Airlines (UA), generally branded as United, is an American airline operating a wide-ranging network of domestic and international routes, with a distinguished presence in the Asia Pacific region. From its primary hub in Chicago-O’Hare, plus seven domestic hubs, United flies to 231 regional and domestic destinations, and 125 international destinations in 48 countries.
Like it’s main U.S. competitors, United employs a hub system for both international and domestic travel. Flights to and from Chicago serve the Midwest, while Denver is the hub for the central and western United States and Canada. Likewise, Houston is the gateway to Latin America, Los Angeles to Asia and Australia, and Newark being the main hub for flights on the East Coast, and some destinations in Asia and Europe. Finally, Washington-Dulles is the primary entry point for Europe.
With a fleet consisting of wide-body aircraft, United flies to the major airports, while its subsidiaries serve the secondary and smaller airports. Some of the most popular of United’s 4,500 daily flights include Boston, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Its top international destinations include Havana, Auckland, Melbourne, Brussels, Milan, Sao Paolo, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Aruba.
Choosing your car
With bargain flight deals, we can team you up with United Airlines cheap car rental from the biggest names in the business: Alamo, Budget, Hertz, Sixt, Europcar, and National. The vehicle types on offer run the gamut from minicars, compact and economy sedans, to fullsize premium and luxury 4-door sedans, estate wagons, SUVs, and 7-12 seater minivans. And depending upon location, you’ll get a great deal on specialty vehicles along the lines of convertibles, pick-up trucks, and cargo vans.
Tips for United Airlines Passengers Renting Cars
Surprisingly, United Airlines car rentals do not include a Collision/Loss Damage Waiver (CDW/LDW), which must be purchased as an add-on. Likewise, Theft Protection (TP) and the Excess Damage Waiver, also known as Excess Reduction (ER).
Drivers under the age of 25 will pay more for a modest selection of cars limited to mostly economy and compact cars.
Debit cards are generally acceptable for securing and paying for your car hire; however, individual providers will have their own set of restrictions and exclusions. Cash is not accepted for payment or the security deposit.
Given the fact that you must have some kind of insurance to rent a car, your credit card is likely to offer automatic coverage for your vehicle. Make sure you check with the card issuer before declining the CDW option offered by United and the car rental provider.
No matter where you travel, there’s a chance you may incur some after-the-fact surcharges that could be easily avoided by reading the terms and conditions of your rental agreement. For example, returning a dirty car will result in a cleaning fee. Meanwhile, particularly in the U.S., there are fees for not driving more than 75 km (45 mi), returning the car to a different location (aka one-way fees), and returning the vehicle in outside of business hours.
The overwhelming majority of vehicles in car rental fleets are equipped with an onboard GPS or similarly branded device. Your mobile phone may serve as an alternative navigational device — provided you won’t get hit with international roaming fees. Check with your mobile wireless provider and possibly save on the daily GPS charge.