United Airlines Unaccompanied Minor Policy

A photographic illustration of the Unaccompanied Minor service at United Airlines

According to United Airlines Unaccompanied Minor policy, children between 5 and 17 years can travel as unaccompanied minors after booking the service.


Below is a snapshot of United Airlines Unaccompanied Minor policy:

  • Children between 5 – 14 years old travelling without an adult guardian or a parent on the same flight must book the Unaccompanied Minor service.
  • The one-way service fee for unaccompanied minors is USD 150. This fee applies for up to 2 children who use the service.
  • Children who are 15 or older are allowed to travel alone on flights operated by United Airlines and United Express.
  • The Unaccompanied Minor service is only available on nonstop flights.
  • The Unaccompanied Minor fee includes a seat, complimentary food (if available), and preboarding.
  • The Unaccompanied Minor service can be booked by phone or online. 
  • To book an Unaccompanied Minor ticket online, select 0 adults and the child’s age range.

Eligibility and Conditions 

  • The Unaccompanied Minor service is mandatory for children between 5 to 14 years who are flying alone (i.e., without a parent, legal guardian, or an adult who is at least 18 years old).
  • Unaccompanied Minors can only fly on nonstop United Airlines or United Express flights.
  • The unaccompanied minor is not available for connecting flights.
  • Children below 5 are not allowed to travel as unaccompanied minors.
  • The unaccompanied minor is optional for children between 15 and 17 years.

United Airlines Unaccompanied Minor Service Details 

  • Check-in 
    • Unaccompanied Minors cannot check in online or with the mobile app.
    • When you reach the airport, go to the check-in counter. 
  • Before Travel—At the Airport
    • Meet a staff representative at the United check-in counter.
    • Your child will be given a wristband, special tags, and a special envelope incl. their boarding pass, Unaccompanied Minor forms, passport, baggage claim tickets and receipts.  
    • The staff member will stay with your child, help with security and immigration, take your child to their seat, help with their carry-on baggage, explain the safety procedures, and point out the lavatories. 
  • During the Flight
    • The cabin crew will make sure your child is comfortable and looked after well
    • If your child is on medication, consult your physician before making your flight reservation—or consider postponing your child’s travel (the staff is not allowed to administer medication) 
  • At the Arrival Airport 
    • Arrive at least 45 minutes before the scheduled arrival time.
    • For domestic U.S. flights and select international flights. 
      • Geta gate pass from the ticket counter.
      • Show their ID at the airport.
      • Proceed through security to the arrival gate to meet the child. 
      • Access the arrival gate and flight information from the mobile app or here.
    • For other international flights requiring Customs/Immigration clearance.
      • Arrive at the scheduled arrival time. 
      • Wait outside the Customs area at arrival. 
      • Show their ID at the airport.
      • You/the designated adult guardian will meet your child after he/she passes through Customs. 

Unaccompanied Minor Fee 

The cost of the unaccompanied minor service is: 

The service fee can be paid at the time of booking, later before departure, or at the airport when at the check-in counter.

Number of Unaccompanied Minors One-way Service Fee Roundtrip Service Fee 
1USD 150USD 300
2USD 150USD 300
3USD 300USD 600
4USD 300USD 600
5USD 450USD 900
6USD 450USD 900

Ticketing Fees Charged by United Airlines 

United Airlines will charge the following ticketing service charges: 

  • In the United States and Canada 
    • By phone USD 25 
    • At a city ticket office: USD 30 
    • In person at the Airport USD 50
  • Outside the United States and Canada
    • May vary based on MileagePlus travel level 

The ticketing charges are non-refundable.

Frequently Asked Questions on United Airlines Unaccompanied Minor Policy, Fees, etc

The Unaccompanied Minor fee at United Airlines is USD 150 per way, and applies for up to 2 children. 

Yes, Unaccompanied Minors can fly on international flights as long as they are nonstop flights. 

Yes, United Airlines allows unaccompanied minors between 5 – 14 years old to travel on nonstop flights. 

The Unaccompanied Minor pick up must be performed by a responsible adult whose name you designate to pick up your child at the destination airport. The person picking up your child must be a responsible adult who is at least 18 years old and whose full contact details you have provided on the Unaccompanied Minor form.

Under United Airlines Unaccompanied Minor policy for international flights, children between 5 – 14 years of age are allowed to travel after booking the service—but only on nonstop flights. The service is not available on connecting flights, codeshare flights, and partner airline flights.

The following age restrictions apply for Unaccompanied Minors on domestic and international United Airlines flights:

  • Children below 5 years are not accepted unless they are accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old. 
  • Children between 5 – 14 years can travel as Unaccompanied Minors after booking the service. 

Children between 15 – 17 years of age are allowed to travel alone on all flights operated by United Airlines and United Express.

United Airlines’ Unaccompanied Minor service is only available on nonstop flights operated by United Airlines and United Express. The service is not available for connecting flights, codeshare flights, or partner airline flights. 

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