It might happen that the flight you book with United becomes of no use because of some reason. And, if that actually happens, you have got to cancel such a flight well within the specified time limit so that you can get refunded if eligible.

If this has been your situation, and thus you are wondering how to cancel a flight on United Airlines, this blog is for you.

In this blog, the following points have been covered:

Table of Contents:

How to Cancel a Flight on United Airlines? — Options

How to Cancel a Flight on United Airlines? — Online Process

In-Depth Answers for Some United Flight Cancelation Related FAQs

How to Cancel a Flight on United Airlines? — Options

If you are thinking of canceling your United flight, you only have two options to consider —  since you can do so either online or offline.

If you cancel your united flight online, you do it either on the Official website of United or its app.

And, the second option is doing it offline; it means talking to someone at United Customer Support Center regarding your flight cancelation.

However, United suggests that you cancel your flight online if possible.

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How to Cancel a Flight on United Airlines? — Online Process

For online cancelation of a United flight, you just need to follow the steps given below:

The steps you need to follow:

  1. Open google and search for United.com;
  2. On the website, go to the menu: the button showing three horizontal lines in the right top corner;
  3. Then click on my trips, and then again on my trips under manage my trips;
  4. After that, you will be taken to the flight search engine where you can find your flight reservation details; and
  5. Once you have found your itinerary this way, you will notice the cancelation option there that you can follow to cancel your flight.

Now, let us put these steps into action.

The steps put into action:

  • Go to united.com or dial +1-202-982-2463;
  • Afterward, get over to the menu bar: the three horizontal lines in the right corner;
  • Click on My Trips;

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And, again click on My trips as given below under manage my trips;

  • After clicking on My Trips, the following screen will come before you;
  • Here, you can either search your flight details through Confirmation Number or MileagePlus Number; and,
  • Once you have found your flight details, there will be an option for cancelation. Thus follow the instructions there to cancel your United flight.

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Q1. How much does it cost to cancel a United flight?

If you are asking this question, you must be the one who does not know that there exists no straightforward answer to this question. Why so? Listen, because how much you have to pay for a united flight cancelation depends on the following two factors, among other things: the type of your ticket and the time frame.
There are mainly four types of tickets. These are classified as follows:
Basic economy tickets
Non-refundable tickets
Refundable tickets
Award tickets
There are two types of time frames. First, there is the cancelation within 24 hours of booking, and second, there is the cancelation after 24 hours of booking.
For example, if you want to cancel your basic economy ticket purchased with United after 24 hours of booking, you are neither allowed to cancel and get a full or half refund nor an e-credit. Thus in this situation, the issue of a cancelation fee does not even arise at all.
Further, if you cancel this basic economy ticket within 24 hours of booking, you can cancel it and get a full refund, most probably within a week.
If your ticket is non-refundable and you cancel after 24 hours from the booking time, you have to pay a cancelation fee for your flight cancelation.
Therefore it depends on your situation whether you need to pay a cancelation fee or not while canceling your reservation at United or dial +1-202-982-2463 for help.

Q2. Will I get a refund if I cancel my United flight?

Think of the situation that you have purchased a united first-class refundable ticket, and you have done this a week before your scheduled departure. Now, your plans have changed, and you want to cancel your ticket. When you think about this cancelation, you are still within 24 hours of booking. Thus, if you cancel in this situation, you can get a refund without any issue.
However, if you do the same after 24 hours of booking, you can still get a full refund ( because your ticket is refundable ) but perhaps after paying a cancelation fee for the same.
So whether you get a refund or not depends on the time of cancelation and, more importantly, the type of ticket you have purchased.

Q3. What happens if I cancel my United flight?

What happens when you cancel your United flight depends on the nature of your ticket and the time when you cancel it.
If you cancel your ticket within 24 hours of booking and your ticket is a basic economy ticket, what happens in this situation is that you will get a full refund of your ticket.
However, if you cancel a non-refundable United ticket after 24 hours of booking, you have to cancel with a cancelation fee. And after that, you will receive an e-credit that you can use for future flight purchases with United.
Thus, the what-happens thing depends on what type of ticket you canceled and when you canceled, whether within 24 hours of booking or after 24 hours of booking.