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If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent a nice amount of your time at home these past few weeks searching for flights. While, for the time being, all non-essential travel is strongly discouraged if not prohibited by some governments, this ban will eventually be lifted. Sometime over the next few months, you’ll once again be able to venture out, hop on a flight, and travel. As if the mere thought of getting to travel wasn’t exciting enough, United Airlines is making travel a little easier for college students this summer.

Now through June 30th, 2020, travelers ages 18 to 22 can score exclusive discounts on flights operated by United Airlines. To take advantage of this promotion, all flights must be booked by June 30th. However, travelers can receive discounts on flights after June 30th. Essentially, you can travel anytime but, to take advantage of United’s student discount, you must have all flights booked by June 30th. With United’s student discount, you’ll be able to score exclusive deals on flights throughout the summer. Here’s how to book.

United Airlines Student Discount Score Cheap Flights with United Airlines’ Student Discount (Image by Philip Pilosian /

How to Access United Airlines’ Student Fares

United’s young traveler discounts are only available when booking flights using the United Airlines mobile app. The United Airlines app is available for iOS and Android. To download the United Airlines app, click this link to access the App Store or this link to access the Google Play Store.

Once you’ve downloaded the United Airlines app, you’ll want to login to your United MileagePlus account. If you don’t already have a United MileagePlus account, you’ll need to set one up to access United’s student fares. Setting up a United MileagePlus account is quite simple. You can access the registration page by clicking this link.

To log in to the United Airlines mobile app, fill in your frequent flyer number and password. If this is the first time you’ve accessed your MileagePlus account on your mobile device, you may be asked to answer one or two security questions that you set up when you registered your account.

After you’ve successfully logged in to your MileagePlus account, navigate down to the bottom menu. The menu at the bottom of your screen includes the option to begin a new booking. Click “Book” to begin searching for flights.

Access cheap student flights using the United Airlines app.

Assuming your age is correct and you’re between the ages of 18 and 22, you should be prompted to select from the following options, “Revenue & award travel” and “Discounted travel (ages 18-22).” Tap the option for discounted travel which will allow you to access United’s exclusive young traveler fares.

Be sure to select “Young traveler discounted travel” when searching for cheap flights using the United Airlines app.

The next screen will present you with the standard flight search tool. From this screen, simply fill out all required fields to view available flights for your destinations and dates. United’s young traveler fares are available on one-way, round-trip, and multi-city itineraries.

Related: Tour United’s New Bombardier CRJ-500 Regional Jet

Important Things to Keep In Mind When Booking Flights

Even though you may be presented with a number of available flights, the young traveler discount may not be available for your desired flight. Luckily, there’s an easy way to verify whether or not you’re getting the best deal. Simply look below the fare. If you see the word “Discounted” below the quoted fare, that fare is included in the young traveler discount. If you do not see the word “Discounted” below the quoted fare, that fare is not included in the young traveler promotion.

Flight results showing discounted fares.[/caption] Flight results showing standard fares without the young traveler discount.

Related: The College Points’ Guide to Student Discounts

How Much Can You Save With United’s Student Discount?

Not all promotions are as great as they seem. It’s always important to check both standard and promotional fares to see if you’re really saving any money. The College Points combed through a number of popular routes to compared United’s young traveler discounted fares with standard fares. Here’s what we found.

Los Angeles to New York City – One-way – June 20th

  • Young Traveler Fare: $119
  • Standard Basic Economy: $132
  • Savings: $13

New York City to London – Round-Trip – June 29th through July 6th

  • Young Traveler Fare: $459
  • Standard Basic Economy: $469
  • Savings: $10

St. Louis to Cancun – One-way – July 14th

  • Young Traveler Fare: $262
  • Standard Basic Economy: $286
  • Savings: $24

Chicago  to Los Angeles – One-way – June 30th

  • Young Traveler Fare: $112
  • Standard Basic Economy: $124
  • Savings: $12

Denver to Punta Cana, DR – One-way – June 30th

  • Young Traveler Fare: $308
  • Standard Basic Economy: $336
  • Savings: $28

Final Thoughts

While travel might be the last thing on your mind at the moment, you’ll want to book any summer flights by June 30th to take advantage of United Airlines’ student discounts. Savings vary depending on the route and the dates on which you travel. Nevertheless, we found that the young traveler discount was offered on most flights. Additionally, savings can be pretty significant. If you’re not signed up for United Airlines’ MileagePlus program, now’s the time to sign up. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be able to pass time while you’re stuck at home by planning the perfect summer vacation.

(Featured image by Philip Pilosian /

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