United Airlines: new Montreal – San Francisco flight and more Canadian and international destinations in 2024

To the point United Airlines, one of the largest carriers in the United States, has announced its schedule for summer 2024. Even more Canadian cities will be connected to major U.S. airports, and international flights will be in full swing.

United Airlines - Destinations in 2024

In a recent announcement, United Airlines, one of the major carriers in the United States, unveiled its schedule for summer 2024. The new offer includes expanded connections between several Canadian cities and major U.S. airports, as well as an increase in international flights. Let’s take a look at the destinations and how to get there with Aeroplan points.


United Airlines - Non-stop flights between Montreal and San Francisco

United Airlines has added a new daily non-stop flight between Montreal and San Francisco.

This route will be operated from Montreal from July 2, 2024. As for the San Francisco-Montreal flight, it will be launched on July 1, 2024, with a Boeing 737 MAX 8.

  • Depart San Francisco (SFO) at 11 pm, arriving Montreal (YUL) at 7:25 am;
  • Departure from Montreal (YUL) at 8:30 a.m., for an 11:46 a.m. arrival in San Francisco (SFO).

The company's hubs

United Airlines operations are based at seven hubs across the United States.


The main one in terms of traffic is Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), with 515 domestic and 45 international flights a day! United Airlines uses this hub mainly for connections with Canada, and flights to Europe and the Caribbean.

United Airlines’ second hub is at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in the south of the country. Next come Newark-Liberty International Airport (EWR), Denver International Airport (DEN), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD) and finally Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

These strategic international airports facilitate connections for travelers transiting the U.S., serving as hubs for both domestic U.S. and Canadian routes.

In addition, regional airports in the United States are closely connected to these hubs. United Airlines flies to an impressive 213 domestic destinations.

United Airlines - Flights to Canada

During the 2024 summer season, United Airlines will maintain its status as the largest U.S. carrier to Canada, offering the most flights to the most destinations.

In total, United Airlines will serve nine cities in Canada:

  • Toronto (YYZ) ;
  • Montreal (YUL) ;
  • Calgary (YYC) ;
  • Ottawa (YOW) ;
  • Edmonton (YEG) ;
  • Winnipeg (YWG) ;
  • Vancouver (YVR) ;
  • Quebec City (YQB) and
  • Halifax (YHZ).

More than 150 flights a day will be operated by United Airlines between the USA and Canada this summer. As a new feature, service will resume on these routes in May:

  • Halifax-Newark ;
  • Vancouver-Washington ;
  • Winnipeg-Denver ;
  • Winnipeg-Chicago and
  • Quebec City-Chicago.

In addition, United Airlines will replace its Embraer aircraft with larger ones on the Edmonton-Denver and Montreal-Newark routes to increase passenger capacity.


Here is a summary of the routes served this summer between Canada and United Airlines hubs in the United States:

From To
Montreal EWR, IAD, ORD
Ottawa EWR, IAD, ORD
Edmonton DEN
Winnipeg DEN, ORD
Vancouver DEN, EWR, LAX, IAH, ORD, SFO
Quebec EWR, ORD
Halifax EWR

United Airlines - Destinations around the world

United Airlines serves 135 international destinations in 70 countries. There’s no shortage of places to discover!

Find all flights operated by United Airlines on FlightConnections by doing a global search and filtering by airline.


New features for 2024 include the New York-Faro route, which will be launched in May. Located in the Algarve region of southern Portugal, this ocean-side town is packed with sunny beaches and beautiful scenery.

The Newark-Reykjavik route in Iceland will also resume in May. From the US West Coast, Manila in the Philippines and Beijing in China will be added to the destinations departing from San Francisco.

Finally, the company will operate more than ten flights to Alaska on a daily basis. Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, will welcome a new flight from Washington-Dulles. A link between Fairbanks and Denver has also been added to the list.


Here are some other dream destinations in the United Airlines network, all accessible with Aeroplan points:


The Island Hopper: an extraordinary itinerary

Want to get really off the beaten track? United Airlines operates a special flight in the Pacific: UA155, nicknamed the “Island Hopper”.

The flight departs from Guam and travels to Honolulu in Hawaii, with five stops en route. Stopovers are made at three different airports in Micronesia and two in the Marshall Islands.


This very special itinerary can be booked for 35,000 Aeroplan points on the Air Canada website.


For travellers who like to visit remote places, this out-of-the-ordinary adventure is one to add to your bucket list!

United Airlines - United Polaris business class

United Airlines’ business class product is called Polaris. This cabin is found on the vast majority of the company’s wide-body aircraft, including the Boeing 777-300, 777-200, 767-300, 787-8 and 787-9.

In addition, Polaris lounges reserved for business-class passengers are available at all major United Airlines airports except Denver.

United Polaris B777-17

Here are a few examples of intercontinental flights where you can try out the Polaris cabin for a special Aeroplan points rate:

Route Aeroplan Rate
Houston-Buenos Aires 60,000 points
Newark-London 60,000 points
San Francisco-Hong Kong 75,000 points
Chicago-Tokyo 75,000 points
San Francisco-Taipei 75,000 points
Newark-Johannesburg 85,000 points
Newark-Dubai 85,000 points

How can I book United Airlines flights with Aeroplan points?

Since United Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance group, Aeroplan points can be used to book flights with this carrier. However, only a few premium seats are available for booking via partners.

Be patient when doing your research, and remain flexible about departure dates and airports. For long-haul flights, which are always in great demand, you need to plan well in advance.

To find and book United Airlines flights with Aeroplan, visit the Air Canada website. Then enter your departure airport, destination, dates and check “Book with Aeroplan Points”. Flights available on United Airlines will be displayed in the results.


Can’t find the flight you’re looking for from your departure airport in Canada? Search using the hub as your departure airport. You will then need to book a flight to this destination on your own.

Please note that with this stand-alone connection strategy, the airline is not liable for delays to the first segment and missed connections. Make sure you have enough time to stop over.

How do I earn Aeroplan Points in Canada?

The quickest and easiest way to earn Aeroplan Points is to sign up for a new Aeroplan co-branded credit card. In fact, the welcome bonus you can get with just one of these credit cards may be enough to book a good flight with points. What’s more, American Express cards do not require a minimum income to apply.

What’s more, with a card like the American Express®* Aeroplan® Reserve Card, you can not only enjoy a generous bonus, but also earn Aeroplan points at a higher rate on Air Canada purchases. Other card benefits include:

  • Earn 3X Aeroplan points on eligible Air Canada purchases when you pay with your credit card;
  • Earn Aeroplan points for actual miles flown (depending on fare option selected);
  • Excellent travel insurance;
  • Access to selected Maple Leaf lounges in North America.

Bottom Line

In short, United Airlines ‘ 2024 summer program opens up new travel opportunities for Canadians, with strengthened connections between Canadian cities and major U.S. airports. As United Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance network, its flights can be booked with Aeroplan points. With over 135 destinations worldwide, there’s no shortage of ways to use your points!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is United Airlines a partner of Air Canada?

Yes, both airlines are members of Star Alliance. United Airlines and Air Canada are working together to offer passengers a range of benefits, including codeshare flights, easier connections, shared airport lounges, and the ability to earn and use Aeroplan points or MileagePlus miles on both airlines.

From which terminal do United Airlines flights depart at Toronto-Pearson airport?

United Airlines flights depart from Terminal 1 (T1).

How do I contact United Airlines in Canada?

For assistance with a current or future reservation, the customer service number in Canada and the U.S. is +1-800-864-8331.

Which cities does United Airlines operate in Canada?

United Airlines serves nine Canadian cities: Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Quebec City and Halifax.

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Always on the lookout for exotic destinations, Alexandrine shares her strategies for traveling while saving with points and miles. She's an avid cook, both at home and abroad.

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