If you’re an NFL football fan, you may be noticing United branding at airports and in stadiums, as well as on the schedule pages of team websites (with flight icons that customers can click to go directly to United booking) and through our MileagePlus® program highlighting our partnerships with a number of teams.
The teams we sponsor
The six hub teams we sponsor are the Chicago Bears, the Cleveland Browns, the Denver Broncos, the Houston Texans, the New York Giants, and the Washington Redskins. Our sponsorship with the Broncos goes back more than 30 years – topped only by the Bears, which is our longest partnership at more than 40 years.
We also have relationships with five NFL teams from select cities in our domestic route network: the Buffalo Bills, the Detroit Lions, the Kansas City Chiefs, the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
During football season, including playoffs, we provide charter service to our partner teams’ away games. Each team can have as many as 10 round-trip flights in a season, including two pre-season and eight regular season away games. Our teams fly on one of two aircraft: our Boeing 757-300, which features 213 seats, or our 767-400ER, with 242 seats.
The size of the traveling party varies depending on the particular team. Typically, anywhere from 130 to 165 people are on a flight during regular season and between 145 and 190 during pre-season. Teams will travel with their equipment too, which can top 175 pieces and weigh more than 20,000 pounds.
As we do with all charter flights, we work with each team to develop customized menus based on the length of the flight, overall food and beverage preferences and nutritional requirements. Team members enjoy “athletic”-sized entrée portions along with a variety of appetizers, beverages, snacks and deserts. Often, a “pre-departure” item, like a hot sandwich, is served during boarding in addition to what’s served in-flight.
Connect with your team
In addition to flying our teams all season long, our sponsorships provide opportunities to create a number of customer experiences each season that are tailored to our customers' passions. These benefits include in-stadium experiences – football tickets, for example – and travel experiences, such as inclusion on team charter flights.
If you’re a MileagePlus member, you can bid on these experiences on the MileagePlus Headliners page of our MileagePlus Awards and Auctions website. One upcoming auction is for four tickets to a game, four pre-game field passes and two parking passes. Another experience features a tour of a stadium for 10 people, lunch in the stadium café and a gift bag. You can even bid on two spots on a team’s charter flight, complete with a night’s stay at the hotel, shuttle service, two pre-game sideline passes and two premium game tickets.
We have many exciting NFL experiences available for our customers to bid on. Visit our MileagePlus Headliners
page and check for offerings in your area.