From St. Patrick’s Day Parties to Cherry Blossoms: Here’s What’s Free and Cheap to Do in March - United Hub

From St. Patrick’s Day Parties to Cherry Blossoms: Here’s What’s Free and Cheap to Do in March

By The Hub team, March 05, 2018

March roars in like a lion — and brings with it some roaring good deals for travelers.

Party on St. Patrick's Day

Cities around the world mark St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, with free parades, pub crawls and gobs of green-tinged festivities. The holiday falls on a Saturday this year, so consider joining parades that day in Chicago (where they dye the Chicago River green), New York City, St. Louis or Hot Springs, Arkansas, which boasts the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade — a mere 98 feet. South Boston, London, and Sydney, Australia will hold their St. Patrick’s Day parades this year on Sunday, March 18.

And in Dublin, the St. Patrick’s Festival stretches from March 15-19, with a grand parade on the 17th.

Cheer on the cherry blossoms

No one can predict exactly when peak cherry blossom viewing will take place in Washington, D.C., but March 20 is the kick-off date for the city’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, commemorating Tokyo’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees to D.C. in 1912. Free daily music and cultural performances take place through April 8 at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area and the Blossom Kite Festival lifts off on March 31. The festival stretches into April, offering Petalpalooza, with art, games, music and fireworks, on April 7 and the National Cherry Blossom Parade on April 14.

Meal deals in Boston, Portland, Albuquerque and Sonoma County

Eating out on the road can put a dent in the travel budget, but Restaurant Week/Dine-Out programs offer money-saving 2 and 3-course prix fixe lunches and dinners at popular spots in many cities. All of March is Dining Month in Portland, Oregon; restaurants in Sonoma County, California, celebrate Restaurant Week March 2-11; Albuquerque hosts Restaurant Week March 4-11; and Dine-Out Boston takes place March 18-23 and March 25-30.

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Help Pennsylvania celebrate its birthday

To mark the Keystone State’s 337th birthday, or Charter Day, on Sunday, March 11, free admission will be offered at the Daniel Boone Homestead (Birdsboro), Brandywine Battlefield Park (Chadds Ford) and more than a dozen other historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History. On that day the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg will display the 1681 Charter that granted the land for Pennsylvania to William Penn and welcome visitors to its galleries and planetarium for free as well.

Step out in San Diego

The Spreckels Organ Society presents free, hour-long organ concerts at 2:00 pm each Sunday during March (and every month) in San Diego’s Balboa Park, where the Spreckels Organ Pavilion features one of world's largest outdoor pipe organs.

On Saturday, March 3 and Sunday March 4, San Diego will hold its 12th annual Seaport Village Busker Festival on the city’s historic waterfront. The free event (although tips for buskers are encouraged) features hundreds of contortionists, stuntmen, circus troupes and comedians from around the globe.

Stretch the travel budget in Santa Fe

Santa Fe’s "Kids FreeFest Spring Break 2018" (March 1- April 15) includes hotel discounts, complimentary meals and treats and many discounted activities for kids 12 and under.

For example, during the promotion, the Wildlife West Nature Park and the Santa Fe Climbing Center are offering one free child’s admission/pass for each adult ticket purchased. At Cacao Sante Fe, the spring break offer provides a complimentary Food of the Gods Chocolate Immersion Workshop for a kid 12 and under with a paying adult.


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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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