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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Adjusting to Customer Demand, United Adds New Nonstop Service to Florida

By United Newsroom, August 12, 2020

CHICAGO, Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced plans to add up to 28 daily nonstop flights this winter connecting customers in Boston, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New York/LaGuardia, Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio to four popular Florida destinations. The new, nonstop flights reflect United's continuing strategy to aggressively, and opportunistically manage the impact of COVID-19 by increasing service to destinations where customers most want to fly.

Entertainment for all

By The Hub team, August 04, 2020

Our Marketing Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity team and Bridge, our Business Resource Group (BRG) for people with all abilities, partnered together to test and provide feedback on our award-winning seatback inflight entertainment (IFE) system.

Aptly named "Entertainment for all," our new seatback IFE system offers the an extensive suite of accessibility features, allowing for unassisted use by people of all visual, hearing, mobility and language abilities.

"It's nice to know that I can get on a plane and pick my favorite entertainment to enjoy, just like every customer," said Accessibility Senior Analyst and Developer and Bridge Chief of Staff Ray C., who is blind.

"As a deaf employee, the closed captioning availability on board our aircraft is something I value greatly," added Information Technology Analyst Greg O. "The new IFE further cements United's visibility within the deaf community and elsewhere. It makes me proud to be an employee."

Accessibility features of the new IFE include a text-to-speech option, explore by touch, customizable text size, screen magnification, color correction and inversion modes, and alternative navigation options for those unable to swipe or use a handset. For hearing-impaired and non-English-speaking passengers, customization options provide the ability for customers to be served content and receive inflight notifications based on their preferences and settings —with closed captions, with subtitles or in the language of their choice from the 15 languages supported. Our "Entertainment for all" system won the Crystal Cabin Award in 2019, and recently, the Dr. Margaret Pfanstiehl Research and Development Award for Audio Description by the American Council of the Blind.

"This really showed the benefits of partnering with BRGs in helping us improve products and services for our customers and employees," said Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity Senior Manager Corinne S. "Even though we have been recognized with awards for our IFE accessibility features, we are not resting on our laurels but continuing to work towards improving the inflight entertainment experience for all of our customers to ensure entertainment is available for all."

Shaping an inclusive future with Special Olympics

By The Hub team, July 24, 2020

If your travels have taken you through Chicago O'Hare International Airport anytime since October 2019, you may have had a friendly, caring and jovial exchange with Daniel Smrokowski. Daniel is one of four Service Ambassadors thanks to our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics. This inaugural ambassador program aims to provide Special Olympic athletes employment opportunities within our operation, affording them a unique and meaningful career.

Since 2018, our partnership with Special Olympics has become one of United's most cherished relationships, going beyond the events we take part in and volunteer with. While the plane pull competitions, polar plunges, duck derbies and Special Olympics World Games and other events around the world are a big part of our involvement, the heart of this partnership lies with the athletes and individuals supported by Special Olympics. To advocate for their inclusion in every setting is one of our biggest honors, and we take great pride in the role we play in the organization's inclusion revolution.

Aiding in the success of Special Olympics' mission to create continuing opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, throughout the two-year partnership, United has volunteered over 10,500 hours and donated over $1.2 million in travel to the organization. The impact of this partnership is felt at every level, both at Special Olympics and within our own ranks.

"The Inclusion Revolution campaign, led by our athletes, aims to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. United Airlines has joined in our fight for inclusion, empowering our athletes with the skills needed to succeed and opportunities to contribute their abilities as leaders," said Special Olympics International Chairman Tim Shriver. "United Airlines believes that people with intellectual disabilities should be perceived as they really are: independent, world-class athletes, students, employees, neighbors, travelers, and leaders who contribute to make this world a better place."

Our Service Ambassador program is just one of the many ways Special Olympics has impacted not only our employees, but also our customers. "I see every day how our Service Ambassadors connect with our customers the moment they walk into the airport lobby," said Senior Customer Service Supervisor Steve Suchorabski. "They provide a warm, welcoming smile ad assist in any way they can. To see these young adults hold positions that a society once told them they couldn't is truly the most heartwarming part of my job," Steve continued.

"The opportunity to be a part of the United family means everything to me," Daniel said. "I feel so much pride showing up to work in a Special Olympics/United co-branded uniform, working among such a loving and supportive community. The relationship between these two organizations is truly helping to shape my future while letting me use my gifts of communicating and helping others. Hopefully, I can spend my entire career at United," Daniel added.

In honor of Special Olympics' Global Week of Inclusion in July, we're asking our employees, customers and partners to sign a pledge to #ChooseToInclude at jointherevolution.org/pledge.

And be sure to check out Daniel's podcast The Special Chronicles.

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