Flyers can now book COVID-19 tests, be cleared to travel via United's app
As more Americans return to the skies, one of the biggest challenges continues to be locking in a COVID-19 test — a requirement for travel to many destinations, even after you've completed your vaccine.
The major U.S. airlines have all rolled out solutions to help simplify the process, for both passengers and check-in agents alike. Now, United Airlines is giving its tool — called the "Travel-Ready Center" — a welcome boost.
As of Wednesday, United flyers can use the carrier's website and mobile app to book a COVID-19 test at more than 200 locations across the United States. With entry requirements integrated within the tool as well, travelers can ensure that the airline will accept their results.
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Better yet, flyers won't need to upload their COVID-19 test results on their own. When booking an appointment directly through the Travel-Ready Center, results will be automatically linked with the reservation, with United displaying a "travel-ready" indicator once you're cleared to fly.
As the airline explains:
United customers will have access to more than 200 testing sites in the TrustAssure network, including testing sites within United’s hubs of Chicago, Houston, New York/Newark, Los Angeles and San Francisco as well as those located at many drug store and pharmacy chains.
United also is planning to expand its offering to more U.S. cities, and will add testing sites abroad as well, making it easier for flyers to comply with the CDC's testing requirement for all U.S.-bound international trips.