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The 7 best all-inclusive family vacations

By The Hub team, July 11, 2017

Vacation…a time to relax, unwind or, if you're a parent, stress-pack and devote an entire checked bag to swim diapers. Since you have about 11 minutes to plan your next kid-friendly yet not soul-flattening getaway, wouldn't it be amazing if you could just pick from a list of seven fabulous all-inclusive options and be done with it? Yeah—we got that.

The Sandos Caracol Eco Resort in Playa Del Carmen, MexicoSandos Caracol Eco Resort

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

Where it is: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

What you get: Your nightly rate incorporates all food, drinks (including room service; score!) and activities. Those range from wilderness tours, swims in underground springs called cenotes, visits to the property's bird sanctuary and turtle lagoon, participation in a tree-planting ceremony and (drumroll, please) Aquapark, the on-site water park with 29 water slides—17 of which require guests to be under 4 feet tall.

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Recreational activities at Club MedClub Med

CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil at Club Med

Where it is: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

What you get: An all-ages immersive experience in a “circus-inspired playground." Think bungee jumping, flying trapeze, aerial silk lessons and juggling classes—all steps from breathtaking turquoise waters. Also, two words: L'Occitane Spa.

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[WTUGD51499804324]Whiteface Lodge

Whiteface Lodge

Where it is: Lake Placid, Upstate New York's Adirondack Mountains

What you get: All custom packages include luxe, log cabin accommodations, breakfast, movies in the on-site theater, games in the bowling alley and nightly s'mores. Add on à la carte activities like services in the award-winning spa (Oh hello, 80-minute, four-handed massage), horseback riding, fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, mountain gondola excursions and professionally-driven bobsled rides at the nearby Olympic Center (site of the 1932 and '80 winter games).

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The cast of Sesame Street at Beaches Turks & CaicosBeaches

Beaches Turks & Caicos

Where it is: Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

What you get: Personal butler service, the 45,000-square-foot Pirates Island water park (featuring swim-up soda bars, a surf simulator, whirlpools and water cannons), unlimited scuba diving and water sports (hydrobikes!), a DJ Academy and teen disco (called “Club Liquid," obvs). Pay extra for action with legit Sesame Street characters like baking with Cookie Monster, bird watching with Big Bird and night-time tuck-ins with Elmo.

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Horseback riders at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs The Broadmoor

The Ranch at Emerald Valley

Where it is: Up the mountain from the Broadmoor Luxury Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado

What you get: A dude ranch with five-star hotel amenities. All packages include horseback rides, archery and hikes up the mountain that—according to local lore—inspired the lyrics to “America the Beautiful." Once-in-a-lifetime extras include zip-lining across canyons, shimmying over Indiana Jones-style suspension bridges, marveling at the 181-foot Seven Falls waterfall, riding a 125-year-old railway up to the 14,000-foot summit, hot-air balloon rides, cattle drives and falconry. (Can't find that at Bubbie's pool club in Boca.)

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The rooms at the Tortuga Lodge in Costa Rica Tortuga Lodge

Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

Where it is: The banks of the Tortuguero river in the Costa Rican rainforest

What you get: Free Wi-Fi but no AC—to better concentrate on the sounds of the tropical rainforest. Visit during turtle nesting (July through October) or hatching season (late August to November) and cheer as the offspring of 300-pound green sea turtles first make their way to the water. Pay extra for a boat tour with a local naturalist guide and observe three-toed sloths and multiple monkey species in their natural habitat.

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Elephants at the Lewa Safari Camp in Kenya Lewa Safari Camp | Facebook

Lewa Safari Camp

Where it is: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

What you get: If you're still reading this, you are all about “Twende"—Swahili for “Let's go." That adventurous spirit will come in handy as you settle into your thatched-roof family tent with en-suite bathroom; navigate 65,000 acres of private, protected wilderness; and observe the world's largest concentration of Grévy's zebra—plus rare black rhinos, elephants and vistas of Mount Kenya—all on the property where Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton.

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United Cargo and logistics partners keep critical medical shipments moving

By The Hub team, July 02, 2020

By working together and strengthening partnerships during these unprecedented times, our global community has overcome challenges and created solutions to keep the global supply chain moving. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the shipping landscape, United and our industry partners have increasingly demonstrated our commitment to the mission of delivering critical medical supplies across the world.

United Cargo has partnered with DSV Air and Sea, a leading global logistics company, to transport important pharmaceutical materials to places all over the world. One of the items most critical during the current crisis is blood plasma.

Plasma is a fragile product that requires very careful handling. Frozen blood plasma must be kept at a very low, stable temperature of negative 20 degrees Celsius or less – no easy task considering it must be transported between trucks, warehouses and airplanes, all while moving through the climates of different countries. Fortunately, along with our well-developed operational procedures and oversight, temperature-controlled shipping containers from partners like va-Q-tec can help protect these sensitive blood plasma shipments from temperature changes.

A single TWINx shipping container from va-Q-tec can accommodate over 1,750 pounds of temperature-sensitive cargo. Every week, DSV delivers 20 TWINx containers, each one filled to capacity with human blood plasma, for loading onto a Boeing 787-9 for transport. The joint effort to move thousands of pounds of blood plasma demonstrates that despite the distance, challenges in moving temperature-sensitive cargo and COVID-19 obstacles, we continue to find creative solutions with the help of our strong partnerships.

United Cargo is proud to keep the commercial air bridges open between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since March 19, we have operated over 3,200 cargo-only flights between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, India, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Celebrating Juneteenth

By United Airlines, June 18, 2020

A message from UNITE, United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group

Fellow United team members –

Hello from the UNITE leadership team. While we communicate frequently with our 3,500 UNITE members, our platform doesn't typically extend to the entire United family, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts with all of you.

Tomorrow is June 19. On this day in 1865, shortened long ago to "Juneteenth," Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved individuals were free. For many in the African-American community, particularly in the South, it is recognized as the official date slavery ended in the United States.

Still, despite the end of slavery, the Constitutional promise that "All men are created equal" would overlook the nation's Black citizens for decades to come. It wasn't until nearly a century later that the Civil Rights Act (1964) ended legal segregation and the Voting Rights Act (1965) protected voting rights for Black Americans. But while the nation has made progress, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have made it undeniably clear that we still have a lot of work to do to achieve racial parity and inclusion.

Two weeks ago, Scott and Brett hosted a virtual town hall and set an important example by taking a minute, as Brett said, "to lower my guard, take off my armor, and just talk to you. And talk to you straight from the heart."

Difficult conversations about race and equity are easy to avoid. But everyone needs to have these conversations – speaking honestly, listening patiently and understanding that others' experiences may be different from your own while still a valid reflection of some part of the American experience.

To support you as you consider these conversations, we wanted to share some resources from one of United's partners, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum will host an all-day Virtual Juneteenth Celebration to recognize Juneteenth through presentations, stories, photographs and recipes. The museum also has a portal that United employees can access called Talking About Race, which provides tools and guidance for everyone to navigate conversations about race.

Our mission at UNITE is to foster an inclusive working environment for all of our employees. While we are hopeful and even encouraged by the widespread and diverse show of support for African Americans around the country – and at United - we encourage everyone to spend some time on Juneteenth reflecting on racial disparities that remain in our society and dedicating ourselves to the work that still must be done to fight systemic racism. By honoring how far we've come and honestly acknowledging how far we still must go, we believe United – and the incredible people who are the heart and soul of this airline - can play an important role in building a more fair and just world.

Thank you,

UNITE (United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group)

Leadership Team

Making every step of the travel journey safer for you

By United Airlines, May 20, 2020
United Clean Plus | Clorox

We remain passionate about connecting the world safely

United CleanPlus SM is our commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. We're teaming up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures, and over the coming months, we'll roll out Clorox products across our U.S. airports, starting in select locations, to help support a healthy and safe environment, and to provide transparency and choice throughout the travel journey.

At the airport

  • At check-in:

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    Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
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    Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
  • 3
    Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
  • 4
    Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
  • 5
    Rolling out touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

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    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
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    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
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    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
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    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing
  • 10
    Rolling out Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayers to disinfect in the airport

On our aircraft

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    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
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    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
  • 3
    Providing onboard items like pillows and blankets upon request
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    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
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    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
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    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
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    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft
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    Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove 99.97% of airborne particles
    • The cabin recirculated air is exchanged every 2-3 minutes

Cleveland Clinic We're working closely with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols for the safety of our employees and customers. Visit Cleveland Clinic's website to learn more about COVID-19.

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