Major redesign will give more information — and let United more easily sell add-ons.

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CHICAGO — United Airlines this week plans to begin testing a major redesign of its website that the carrier says will offer customers more information and flexibility while helping United sell more optional services.

The new, however, is unlikely to be released to the public before summer, said United spokeswoman Jennifer Dohm.

For now, some 4,000 users, including elite frequent fliers, regular customers, corporate travel agencies and employees, will test the fully functional beta site and offer feedback.

Chicago-based United doesn’t want to be tied to a specific rollout date, preferring to garner feedback and make changes as long as necessary, Dohm said. “We’re going to take the time to make sure it’s the best possible site,” she said. “You don’t want to commit to a date; you want to commit to a quality product.”

The redesign will match the colors, look and feel of an update to United’s app, which is due to be rolled out in a few weeks, Dohm said. Airport kiosks will also match.

The new design will be “device agnostic,” looking the same whether on a computer screen, smartphone or tablet to provide “a cohesive experience that doesn’t change based on what you’re using,” she said.

Most noticeable is a cleaner look with large blocks for easier touches on phones and tablets. The blocks are for booking, checking flight status, checking in and upcoming flight reservations, for example.

“We’re not just trying to make a pretty site … we’re trying to elevate the experience,” she said. “It’s bigger than, ‘Oh, we have a new website.’ It’s deeper than that.”

Among the notable changes:

Filtering. The site will feature more advanced filters. Besides price and schedule, users can search for flights with Wi-Fi or in-seat power outlets. Or they can exclude a connecting city, because it might be prone to bad-weather delays, for example. Frequent fliers can search by upgrade availability, and international travelers can choose a specific overseas partner airline. “The idea is, we want to give people more options,” Dohm said.

Suggestions. United will be able to offer suggestions and possible add-ons, based on previous preferences and behavior, Dohm said. For example, the website might prompt you to “check-in now” if you’re eligible, and have widgets that alert you to foul weather on your route. And United can alert you to fare sales and offer upgrades, such as extra-legroom seating.

Fare wheel. A “fare wheel” will show dates on either side of your selected dates, in case you have flexibility to choose a more favorable fare. And in certain screens, just hovering over a date will show you the fare, Dohm said.

Each-way pricing. Even round trips will be served up with each-way pricing, which provides more transparency into the fare, Dohm said.

After receiving feedback from current testing, United will move to open beta testing, meaning the general public can opt to try out the new design, Dohm said. Those users should have full functionality, including booking flights and managing their frequent flier accounts, she said.