Adult selection vs Senior

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Apr 6, 2018
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I just booked my 82 yr old Dad on United but selected ADULT instead of SENIOR (did not realize it was a drop down). His age is listed correctly in his info but his ticket reads ADULT. 18-64 Is this going to cause an issue for him at the airport?
 
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No this is just a fare category for pricing -- UA sometimes gives some senior discounts, but those are few and far between nowadays.

From the UA website:

United offers senior fares to selected travel destinations for passengers who are 65 and older. Ask for more details on these great fares when you make your reservation or select the seniors (age 65 and older) category when you make your booking on united.com.

I just did a random test of LGA to DEN and the price was the same for adult as it was for senior -- so no discount.

There will be no problem with your dad, hope he has a safe flight.
 
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If your dad has any mobility issues be sure to reserve a wheelchair or assistance for him. If he is traveling out of Newark that can only help, as Terminal C is large, and they are doing renovations in various areas there so there is less room to walk and people can push (I was there earlier this week). If he is flying out of Terminal A it is still helpful to have the assistance because of the security lines and configurations.

Just the usual warnings, arrive 2 hours early for flight -- and if he needs any special accommodations for seats, call the Accessibility Department at 1-800-228-2744.

Hoping for the best for your dad's trip.
 
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If your dad has any mobility issues be sure to reserve a wheelchair or assistance for him. If he is traveling out of Newark that can only help, as Terminal C is large, and they are doing renovations in various areas there so there is less room to walk and people can push (I was there earlier this week). If he is flying out of Terminal A it is still helpful to have the assistance because of the security lines and configurations.

Just the usual warnings, arrive 2 hours early for flight -- and if he needs any special accommodations for seats, call the Accessibility Department at 1-800-228-2744.

Hoping for the best for your dad's trip.
Thank you for the advice, Christina. I did reserve a wheelchair - I will pass on the 800 number!
 
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On SW the Senior fare is a little higher but it is totally refundable /$ back/ if you need to cancel. So it actually works as an insurance policy built right in.
Yes; this is one I was talking about. We always check to see if the pricing is better then buying an insurance policy it not (or if it’s even worth it when SW pricing is inexpensive.)