5 tips to get you to your flight, fast - United Hub

5 tips to get you to your flight, fast

By The Hub team, January 29, 2016


We've all been there before — your departure time is quickly approaching, but you're still stuck in traffic. You finally arrive at the airport ready to make a mad dash to your gate, but you still need to check your bags and go through security. Is there enough time? Fear not, brave traveler, hurrying through the airport is a skill that anyone can learn by following the tips below.

1. Checked in? Check

Check in for your flight up to 24 hours before departure either on the United app or visit united.com.. If you're often in a rush, this one is a must to avoid check-in counter lines and unnecessary delays.

2. Research, research, research

A few days in advance, do a little digging on the airports you're going to be flying through. Check out their websites, or visit united.com to see maps of our primary hubs and destinations. The United app also offers interactive airport terminal maps, so you can easily find a United Club location or locate the nearest burger joint. The more familiar you are with the layout and procedures at a given airport, the easier it will be to breeze through.

3. Pack like a pro

The last thing you want when you're in a rush is a big, cumbersome bag to search through to find what you need. That's why packing like a pro is critical for any airport hurrier. Try to limit carry-on items to the essentials. For extended trips, remember that you might have access to laundry, so multiples of everything may not be needed.

4. Before security, secure yourself

Security is a necessary part of the airport experience for all of us, and being prepared could save you a lot of time. Have your ID ready before you arrive at security, make sure fluids are in clear TSA-approved plastic bags, wear shoes that are easy to take on and off, and pay attention and listen to the TSA agents at all times.

5. Enjoy the amenities around you

Now that you've successfully made it your gate with plenty of time to spare, it's time to enjoy the many amenities around you. Airports aren't meant to just get you from point A to point B anymore. Nowadays, many airports offer travelers everything from yoga rooms and spas to world-class cuisine. If you're seeking relaxation and well-being stop by the yoga room at San Francisco International Airport, or if you're looking to indulge in some of the best Mexican cuisine head to Tortas Frontera by legendary Chef Rick Bayless at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

Follow these tips and your next trip to the airport could go so smoothly that you won't realize you breezed through until you're sipping on a drink at 30,000 feet. Good luck and happy hurrying.

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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