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Fall Weekend Getaways

By Alison Fetherstonhaugh, September 25, 2017

Summer doesn’t have to mean the end of vacation trips until the winter holidays. Fall can be the best time to travel, even if it’s only for a long-weekend getaway, such as during the Columbus Day, Veterans Day or Thanksgiving holiday weekends. At almost every major destination in the U.S., the crowds are smaller, the prices are lower and the temperatures are just right. These five cities are especially fall-tastic choices.

New York City

Hotel prices and afternoon temperatures tumble as surely as multihued autumn leaves drift to the ground in Central Park in the fall. It’s also easier to score theater tickets and weekend restaurant reservations in Manhattan once the summer hordes depart. And September and October weekends are prime time for sports fans to visit NYC, when bars and taverns overflow with high-energy Yankees, Jets and Giants fans crowded around the wall TVs on game nights. Those are just some of the reasons to spend a couple of autumn nights—whether you sleep or not—in “The City That Never Sleeps”.

Austin

It’s wise to avoid the nonstop triple-digit temperatures of summer in Texas’s smokin’-hot capital city. But in the fall, temperatures become mild enough that you can enjoy hiking, biking or paddling on the Colorado River as it flows right past downtown. Next up: an outdoor meal at a barbecue joint and then a stroll down Sixth Street, where the live music flows out of numerous bars and clubs packed with University of Texas students. If you visit on either or both of the Austin City Limits Music Festival weekends (Oct. 6-8and 13-15), you can catch Jay Z, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers.

Boston

Fall is the ideal time to visit “America’s Walking City” because the weather is perfect and autumn leaves color the city. Visitors interested in Revolutionary War history will cherish a walk on the Freedom Trail, which winds past the Paul Revere House, Old North Church and the USS Constitution. Visitors who adore fall colors are in for a treat while strolling through Boston Common and Public Garden and along the Charles River. And sports-minded visitors can head to storied Fenway Park to watch a Red Sox game or Gillette Stadium to see the world-champion New England Patriots.

Los Angeles

More than perhaps any other U.S. city, L.A. offers a wealth of activity choices for all ages and interests. Families love Disneyland, Universal Studios—and the beach. Couples may prefer visiting the world-class Getty Museum and taking a Hollywood tour—and hitting the beach. Friends and singles may want to hit the nightspots in Hollywood or West Hollywood after—you guessed it—the beach. LAX is close to all of it, especially the beaches, which extend about a dozen miles in each direction, north and south, from the beach mansions of Malibu to the hilltop estates of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Cincinnati

Vermont is more famous for its fall colors, but they are almost as abundant in this Ohio city’s parks. Green Bay is better known for its rabid football fans, but Bengals fans are nearly as enthusiastic—and game tickets aren’t impossible to get. Munich is more famous for its Oktoberfest, but the Zinzinnati Oktoberfest (Sept. 15-17) is America’s largest, drawing a half-million people—and if you can’t make it then, Cincinnati has dozens of craft breweries that pour year-round. Put it all together—fall colors, fall football and great beer—and you have all the ingredients of a classic celebration of autumn.

If you go

United Airlines offers nonstops from many cities to these destinations. Visitunited.com or use the United app to plan your fall getaway.

Making our app more accessible for people with disabilities

By The Hub team, October 28, 2020

We're proud to launch a redesigned version of our United app to make it easier for customers with visual disabilities to manage all aspects of day-of travel, including check-in, viewing reservation details and flight status, bag tracking and more.

This latest version of our app is now available to both Android and iOS users, and it offers increased color contrast and more space between graphics. Furthermore, we have reorganized how information is displayed and announced to better integrate with screen reader technologies like VoiceOver and TalkBack, which are built into most handheld devices. By restructuring the way the information is organized on the app, screen readers are better able to convert text to audio in the proper, logical sequence, allowing customers to better understand and navigate the app.

United Zoom backgrounds for AvGeeks

By The Hub team, October 27, 2020

Calling all AvGeeks and travelers! Take your next video call from a United Polaris® seat, the cockpit or cruising altitude with United-themed backgrounds for use on Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Newly added to our collection is a background encouraging our employees and customers to vote. Our mission is to connect people and unite the world — and one of the most important ways to do that is to engage in the democratic process. No matter which party you support, we know our democracy will be stronger if you make your voice heard and vote.

So for your next meeting or catch up with friends and family, download the app to either your computer or mobile device to get started.

Looking back at a landmark year with Special Olympics

By Ryan Wilks, October 19, 2020

Earlier this summer, we shone a light on our flagship partnership with Special Olympics and our commitment to the Inclusion Revolution. In that same story, we introduced you to our four Special Olympics Service Ambassadors, Daniel, Kyle, Lauren and Zinyra (Z), who, this month, celebrate one year working at Chicago O'Hare International Airport as part of the United family.

This groundbreaking, inclusive employment program took off as a part of our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics, a community relationship that employees across the company hold close to heart. The original 'UA4' (as they call themselves) have become an integral part of the United team serving customers at O'Hare Airport. Even from behind their masks, their wide smiles and effervescent spirit exude and bring life to the service culture of excellence we strive towards every day.

"The UA4 are more than just customer service ambassadors. They are shining examples of how inclusion, accessibility and equity can have monumental impacts on the culture and service of a business and community," said Customer Service Managing Director Jonna McGrath. "They have forever changed who we are as a company. While they often talk about how United and this opportunity has changed their lives, they have changed ours in more ways than we can count."

In the two years of partnership with Special Olympics, United employees have volunteered over 10,500 hours of service at events around the world and donated over $1.2 million worth of travel to the organization.

"This inclusive employment program is what community partnerships, like ours with Special Olympics, are all about: collaborating to identify areas where the needs of the community intersect with the cultural and business opportunity, then creating the infrastructure and programming to bring the two together," said Global Community Engagement Managing Director Suzi Cabo. "Through this program, our goal is to show other companies that when you put a committed effort and focus towards inclusion and breaking down barriers, you transform lives. I challenge other business around the world to follow our lead in joining the Inclusion Revolution."

Check out the video below to hear from our Special Olympics Service Ambassadors firsthand.

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