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United Increases Its Number of Flights to College Football Hotspots This Fall

Aug. 29, 2018
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United Increases Its Number of Flights to College Football Hotspots This Fall
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College football fans, rejoice. United Airlines wants to make it easier to travel to college cities across the country in order to see the biggest college games. This fall, the Chicago-based airline is adding frequencies to a number of existing destinations that it also qualifies as top college football markets, as well as adding larger planes to operate some of its routes.

Between September and November, United is adding more than 204,000 total seats to the popular college football destinations, amounting to 2,200 additional daily seats.

"Each fall, football fans travel from near and far to cheer on their alma matter or favorite college team," said Ankit Gupta, United's VP of domestic network. "Football brings families, friends and classmates together for thrilling and memorable moments, which is why we've added over 204,000 seats to top college markets this fall to help our customers more easily get to these exciting games."

These are the routes gaining additional frequencies between September and November:

RouteMajor College NearbyTypical Frequency (round-trips per week)New Frequency (round-trips per week)
Chicago (ORD) ⇒ Columbia, SC (CAE)University of South Carolina23
Chicago (ORD) ⇒ Madison, WI (MSN)University of Wisconsin79
Chicago (ORD) ⇒ Oklahoma City, OK (OKC)University of Oklahoma34
Chicago (ORD) ⇒ Omaha, NE (OMA)University of Nebraska56
Chicago (ORD) ⇒ South Bend, IN (SBN)University of Notre Dame45
Chicago (ORD) ⇒ State College, PA (SCE)Penn State University34
Denver (DEN) ⇒ Knoxville, TN (TYS)University of Tennessee12
Houston (IAH) ⇒ College Station, TX (CLL)Texas A&M23
New York (EWR) ⇒ Columbus, OH (CMH)Ohio State78
New York (EWR) ⇒ Detroit, MI (DTW)University of Michigan67
New York (EWR) ⇒ Madison, WI (MSN)University of Wisconsin23
New York (EWR) ⇒ Omaha, NE (OMA)University of Nebraska23
New York (EWR) ⇒ South Bend, IN (SBN)University of Notre Dame12
Washington, DC (IAD) ⇒ Columbia, SC (CAE)University of South Carolina23
Washington, DC (IAD) ⇒ Greenville, SC (GSP)Clemson34
Washington, DC (IAD) ⇒ Knoxville, TN (TYS)University of Tennessee24
Washington, DC (IAD) ⇒ State College, PA (SCE)Penn State University23

In addition to the added frequencies in select markets, United is also adding larger aircraft on some other routes in order to accommodate more passengers.

The following routes will get larger aircraft on the routes from September through November:

  • Chicago (ORD) ⇒ Fayetteville, AR (XNA)
  • Chicago (ORD) ⇒ Lansing, MI (LAN)
  • Denver (DEN) ⇒ Austin, TX (AUS)
  • Houston (IAH) ⇒ Birmingham, AL (BHM)
  • Houston (IAH) ⇒ Fayetteville, AR (XNA)
  • Houston (IAH) ⇒ Tucson, AZ (TUS)
  • New York (EWR) ⇒ Austin, TX (AUS)
  • San Francisco (SFO) ⇒ Boise, ID (BOI)

If you're planning to take advantage of one of these limited-time route increases, consider signing up for one of these credit cards that are best for flying with United.

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