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Air Travel

Northwestern's Travel Program provides travelers various options to book airfare, access to Northwestern's United Airlines partnership, and the ability to directly bill airfare to their department/unit chart string.

United Partnership

Northwestern offers discounts on domestic itineraries and select international itineraries through a partnership with United Airlines and its joint venture partners including Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Air Canada, Eurowings, and All Nippon Airways. Northwestern travelers are encouraged to utilize this United discount by booking a flight on United through one of Northwestern's travel agencies when possible.

For more information about Northwestern's partnership with United Airlines, please visit the United Airlines Partnership page.  If you are not already a United MileagePlus member sign up to receive member benefits at: It is free to join. Be sure to add your MileagePlus and all loyalty numbers to your Egencia profile.

Book a Flight

Airfare can be booked through any of Northwestern's contracted travel agencies and directly billed to a University chart string. University travelers who book through these travel agencies will have access to Northwestern's contracted rates with United Airlines.

Travel agencies
Egencia Travel 100 Group

Contact Info

Egencia Login 877-801-3068 (toll-free)
702-939-2532 (international)
Email Egencia

Hours of Operation


M-F: 9 am-5 pm
Sat: by appointment only
24/7 emergency support: 800-823-2593

For a detailed comparison of these agencies' services and fees, please visit the Travel Agencies page

Other Airlines

In addition to providing exclusive access to Northwestern's discounted rates on United Airlines and its joint venture partners, all three travel agencies provide access to all major airlines flights. Information on specific airlines and pricing models are outlined below:

  • Southwest Airlines: Northwestern contracted travel agencies offer flights on Southwest Airlines with no  additional fee. (other fees may apply). See Travel Agency Fees for more information.
  • Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines: None of Northwestern's travel agencies offer flights on Spirit or Frontier. Any Northwestern traveler booking on Spirit or Frontier should review all fees and policies before booking the flight.
  • Base Economy Fares: Some airlines that are not traditionally budget airlines now offer base economy fares that do not include perks included in their other fare tiers (e.g. free carry-on bag, seating assignment, free printed tickets).  Northwestern has chosen not to offer these new base economy fares through its travel agencies at this time because of the lack of services available and the potentially "hidden" fees that may be associated with travel on base economy pricing.

Airport Transport

Please visit Northwestern's Transportation & Parking Services website for information regarding transportation between Northwestern and O'Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport.