United Airlines has worked hard on the development of their (pretty good) mobile application over the years and now made yet another improvement, offering connecting boarding passes on partner carriers.
At least in theory this sounds great but as most frequent travelers know there are instances when even checking in at the counter won’t always result in the ability to print the connection boarding pass so I’d take this new feature with a grain of salt.
You can access United Airlines website regarding mobile apps here where it says:
New: Airline partner boarding passes — Access your boarding pass for 19 different partner airlines — you just need to be connecting from a United flight to a flight on one of the participating airlines.
Carriers which support the new United app function are: Adria Airways; Aegean Airlines; Air Canada: Air New Zealand; ANA All Nippon Airways; Asiana Airlines; Austrian Airlines; Azul Brazilian Airlines; Brussels Airlines; Cape Air; Croatia Airlines; EVA Airways; LOT Polish Airlines; Lufthansa; Scandinavian Airlines; Shenzhen Airlines; SWISS; THAI Airways and Turkish Airlines.
This obviously applies to international travelers only and there is little to no advantage unless you’re traveling with carry on baggage only and intend to skip the counters entirely. Otherwise there isn’t really much benefit.
I like the United app since you can really do many things with it including changing your seats until the very last minute and even track your baggage to a reliable degree. As far as boarding passes are concerned once I fly international I prefer to have a paper boarding pass. I don’t have a logical reason for that, just call it old fashioned. It can especially help if you later have to follow up on a mileage credit to another program to have an actual paper boarding pass to submit instead of a screenshot or copy of the mobile version (though many programs allow for electronic credit applications nowadays).