This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

TPG reader Paul has a great family travel question. He is traveling with him family of four, would like to know if there is a simple way to book tickets from their individual United MileagePus accounts and merge them onto the same itinerary:

“I’m not sure if you have addressed this before but do you know of a way for the four of us in my family to redeem award travel or upgrades from our own individual United MileagePlus accounts and yet remain on a single itinerary?  I like the airlines knowing that we are traveling together with children in case there are mechanical problems, weather delays, equipment changes, etc. I’m Premier Silver and primarily fly on United.”

To the best of my knowledge you cannot make several reservations from various accounts and merge them onto one itinerary. What you can do is call reservations at 1-800-864-8331 and ask them to link each itinerary together. The representative will simply put notes in the reservations stating that you and your family members are traveling together and to please use all courtesy when rebooking.

Flight delays can cause for very stressful situations, know your options before heading to an airline representative for help.
Flight delays can be stressful – especially if you have separate reservations to contend with!

Even if the notes are in place, there is a good chance that the agents won’t even look at the them when rebooking you. Many times the system will rebook you automatically so you’ll have to be diligent if there is a flight cancellation or if there is an equipment change and your seats get messed up.

As I mentioned in this post, it is in your best interest to do some research and know your options before going to a gate agent or airline representative for help. If you know exactly what flights have enough available seats for your family and can provide the agent with flight numbers you will have a much better chance of all being rebooked together.

Screen Shot 2013-07-04 at 8.35.34 AM

In terms of your elite perks, having United Premier Silver status normally gets you benefits like a complimentary checked bag, priority check-in and priority boarding. Technically all passengers traveling with you should be ticketed on your reservation to get all of your benefits. However I’ve had luck with calling different airlines and asking if my traveling companion can be seated next to me in premium seating even if they weren’t on the same itinerary as me. As long as you’re polite and appreciative, many representatives will work with you to get you what you’re asking.

Although you can’t technically get everyone on the same itinerary without booking from the same account, the best advice I can give you is to make notes in the reservations and stay in contact with the airline up until flight departure. Doing those two things should keep you in good shape and will help to avoid a stressful situation of all being split up.

Please comment below if you have any other tips or strategies for adding several tickets from different accounts to the same itinerary.

Check out this post for more Tips on Planning Family Award Travel.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
5.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.