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United Airlines has partnered with the U.S. Olympic Committee for over 35 years to fly Team USA to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The American Canoe Association is honored to participate in the United NGB Program which provides discounts on United bookings for American Canoe Association members. 


United Airlines provides special services for U.S. athletes competing in designated National Governing Body (NGB) events domestically and internationally for canoe slalom, canoe sprint and paracanoe.


United also offers an exception to their baggage policy for traveling athletes on certain flights for certain boats.  If you have in your possession an ACA / United Boat Card, United should accept one (1) canoe/kayak/sprint boat as a checked special item on United flights at the applicable service charge.  The item must weigh less than 99.9 pounds (45.4 kg) and measure less than 156 inches (396 cm). Service may not be available on flights operated as United Express.


If you are interested in being considered to receive these services, please contact your ACA National Team Coach or the ACA Director of High Performance & Competition for additional information.


Once you have been approved by the ACA:

  • To book travel for registered National Governing Body (NGB) events, call the United Olympic Desk at 1-800-841-0460, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (CT), Monday through Friday. If you are outside the U.S. and Canada, contact us at 313-234-6940.
  • Please note that each NGB has a unique United Tour Code, and you will need to provide that code to the United representative when booking travel.
  • For immediate assistance outside of regular business hours, please call 1-800-864-8331.
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