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Everything you need to know about flying on United Business Class

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    Jonathan Chum


Flying on a budget is always a good idea, especially if you're looking to travel in comfort. While there are many low-cost airlines out there, such as JetBlue and Southwest, United Airlines has also made it easier than ever to fly business class without spending too much money. In this guide we'll show you how to book your next flight in United Business Class—from getting the best price when booking to what amenities are included with your ticket.

Getting the best price

  • Be sure to check for deals and discounts.
  • Look for promotions that offer free upgrades or special fares.
  • If you're a frequent flyer, be sure to check if there are any group deals on the horizon.

United Business Class is a great way to travel on a budget.

United Business Class is a great way to travel on a budget. If you book in advance, you can find fares that are as low as $1,000 round-trip or less. You can expect to pay more if you want to fly during peak times like Christmas and spring break, but even then, it's still significantly cheaper than flying in First or Economy Plus.

Since United has no first class cabin on its domestic flights and most flights don't require a business class seat at all (only international flights have dedicated business class sections), this means that many people are willing to trade up for the extra space and amenities of economy plus because they don't feel like paying for the "full" experience of flying in first class when there will be empty seats anyway.

Checking in and boarding

Before you get too excited about your upcoming flight in United Business Class, there are a few things to know. First, check-in opens at least two hours before your flight departs. You'll be able to use the United app and your boarding pass as soon as you check in online or at the airport. At the airport, you can print out a boarding pass from an automated kiosk if you don't have access to an internet connection or any other devices that can display digital content (like a phone). You can also get one from an airline representative at their desk—that way, you won't have to stand in line for long periods of time just to receive it!

Once those formalities are complete, make sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before departure so that everyone else on board has had enough time to board without causing delays because of overcrowding issues due too many people being present during this period of time when everyone should be getting ready for takeoff instead!

The seat and in-flight entertainment

If you've flown United Business Class before, you know how comfortable the seats are. With a good amount of space and an armrest that can be raised or lowered at your discretion, these seats were designed with comfort in mind. As if that weren't enough to make you feel like royalty while flying, there's also a power outlet and USB port as well as headphone jack so that you can listen to music or watch TV without disturbing anyone else on board. The seat itself even has its own touch screen monitor where passengers can access movies, TV shows and more.

Wi-Fi, charging, and other amenities

  • Wi-Fi is available on United Business Class flights.
  • Wi-Fi is free for all customers traveling in United Business Class on international flights.
  • Customers traveling in the U.S., Canada and Mexico on a domestic flight will pay a fee to access the Wi-Fi network.

Things to know before you fly United Business Class

Before you fly United Business Class, make sure you know the rules. Here are a few things that will help you get the most out of your experience:

  • Check the terms and conditions. There may be restrictions on what you can bring with you on board the plane. For example, both prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs must be labeled with your name and dosage instructions. If they aren't labeled properly, they may not be allowed on board or in your checked baggage if it's not being sent as cargo.
  • Bring your passport. Flights to destinations abroad require passports for all passengers (including children), even those who hold dual citizenship or permanent residency cards from another country in addition to their U.S.-issued passport(s). If possible, make sure that all members of your party have current passports that won't expire within six months of travel date."

United Business Class Seats

United Business Class seats are larger than their economy counterparts, with a footrest and seatback recline. Each seat also includes an individual entertainment system featuring a touch-screen display and built-in audio speakers. Passengers can choose from a number of programming options, including news and sports updates as well as movies on demand. Most United Business Class seats also include personal power ports at each passenger’s armrest for charging devices during flight.

United Business Class Food and Drink

United Business Class food and drink options are abundant and of high quality. Your flight attendant will be more than happy to help you decide on something from the menu (though as a general rule, I'd recommend staying away from the pasta dishes). You can order food and drink via a touchscreen in your seat or by pressing an overhead button.

There is also an extensive selection of wines available by the glass, though these are not free unless you buy them during meal service. It's always smart to bring cash or use a credit card that earns miles on purchases: if you don't have either one, ask your flight attendant whether there's a nearby ATM where you can get money with cash back.

If you want something more specific than what's on offer in Business Class—perhaps because of allergies—ask your flight attendant how best to go about ordering it through United's online portal before takeoff; this prevents delays later on in case anything needs last-minute changes (for example: someone else may have ordered the same thing). As long as there isn't any dairy or gluten involved in whatever special meal request(s) are made prior to departure time (which should be noted when booking flights), then those kinds of requests should be taken care without issue once onboard - just make sure they're submitted well before departure date!

United Business Class Amenities

The United Business Class amenities include:

  • A pajama-style robe that you can wear during the flight and to the airport, if you'd like.
  • A pillow menu with different options to choose from, including contour pillows and neck pillows.
  • Noise-cancelling headphones are available upon request at no additional cost (and they're great quality).

United Business Class Lounges

The United Business Class lounges are available at many airports, and they feature a business center, food and drink, and showers. The United Club is also open to members of the lounge. In addition to these amenities, there are often flight upgrades available on your departure day as well as access to special deals at local restaurants.

How to book United Business Class seats

United Business Class fares are sold in three different ways. The first is through a traditional "booked in advance" fare, which requires you to pay for your ticket before your flight departs. If you're the type of person who likes to plan ahead and secure your seat early, this will be the best option for you. Another way to book United Business Class tickets is via a last minute "booked on the day of travel" fare, which allows you to make reservations at any time prior to departure but charges significantly higher prices than its earlier counterparts (sometimes even double!). Finally, there are also rewards-based fares that allow members of United's frequent flyer program MileagePlus Premier 1K or 2K levels access discounted rates depending on their status level as well as number of miles earned throughout the year.

The primary difference between these various purchasing methods is price: book in advance versus buy at last minute is often two completely different ballgames!


We hope this article has answered your questions about flying United Business Class. If you still have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out and we’ll be happy to help!