United Airlines Partnership
Northwestern has a negotiated contract with United (and joint venture airlines) which provides discounted fares and additional benefits.
- Discounted fares: Northwestern's negotiated rates often provide discounts compared to publically available rates.
- Name change fees waived: Northwestern travelers who have booked a flight on United through one of Northwestern's three travel agencies may use the value of that unused ticket (less applicable change fees) towards the purchase of a new ticket in the name for another Northwestern employee. Please note that Egencia customers will need to call an Egencia agent to take advantage of this benefit, so an Egencia fee will also apply (see the Travel Agency Fees page for fee information).
- 48-hour fare guarantee: Northwestern travelers who have booked a flight on United through one of Northwestern's three travel agencies can request that a reservation which is being held (but not yet ticketed) be guaranteed for up to 48 hours. This request needs to be made in the initial 24-hour period after booking and should be done at the time of booking if possible. Egencia customers should select the option for "Temporarily reserve flight" in the booking path and call an Egencia agent with the itinerary number, who will then extend the hold period. Please note that since travelers will need to call an Egencia agent to take advantage of this benefit, an Egencia fee will also apply (see the Travel Agency Fees page for fee information).
- Ability to transfer elite status to United Airlines: Northwestern travelers may match their airline status on other airlines to an equivalent status in the United Mileage Plus Program. See section below for transfer instructions and additional details.
Transfer Your Elite Status to United Airlines
United Airlines allows Northwestern travelers to match their elite status on any of 40+ other airlines with equivalent status in the United Mileage Plus Program (up to Premier or Premier Executive status).
To apply for the Corporate Status Match program, please visit united.com/corporatestatusmatch to request your status match. You'll also need to provide Northwestern's specific corporate ID number: 3609. For step-by-step instructions, please view New Online Status Match Instructions.