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5 ways to pack smarter

By The Hub team, December 15, 2015

How To Pack Smarter

Going on a trip soon? Follow these packing tips so you can worry less about what to bring and focus more on what you'll be doing once you reach your destination.

1. Less is more

The pros know you can pack up to three weeks' worth of clothing and toiletries in a carry-on if you plan accordingly.

2. Don't fold — roll

Rolling clothing items saves space and allows you to see everything you packed with ease. Plus, your clothes are likely to have fewer wrinkles once you get to your destination.

3. Use every nook and cranny

Make use of every inch of space in your suitcase. For example, save space by stuffing rolled-up socks in your shoes.

4. Keep the important stuff close

Original travel documents such as visas and passports should be carried in a bag on your person while traveling. Make extra copies of these documents and stash them in your luggage just in case.

5. Mix and match

Triple the number of outfits you bring by packing pieces of clothing that can be rearranged and worn with one another. This goes for shoes and accessories, too.

For more helpful packing tips, visit our baggage information center.

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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