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's regional presidents join respective Governor's COVID-19 task force

By Ryan Wilks, May 21, 2020

As a member in the tourism, travel and transportation industries, United offers a unique perspective into the economic and operational effects rippling across the U.S. To advocate United's efforts, and in anticipation of a bright future, New York/New Jersey President Jill Kaplan and California President Janet Lamkin have both been named to their states' respective governor's COVID-19 response task force committees.

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 throughout your travel experience.

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
    Introducing touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

  • 6
    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
  • 7
    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
  • 8
    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
  • 9
    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing

On our aircraft

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    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
  • 2
    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
  • 3
    Temporarily removing onboard items like pillows, blankets and inflight magazines
  • 4
    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
  • 5
    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
  • 6
    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
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    Applying social distancing to seating procedures when possible, including:
    • Limiting middle seat selection
    • Moving customers seated closely together
    • De-planing in groups of five rows at a time to reduce crowding
  • 8
    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft, to be completed on all flights by mid-June
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    Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove up to 99.7% of airborne particles

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.

A message from Scott Kirby, United’s new CEO

By The Hub team, May 20, 2020


Hello. I'm Scott Kirby, the new CEO of United Airlines. I'm a proud Air Force Academy graduate and have spent my entire career in and around aviation, including the last four years as President of United.

While I had planned for my first communication with you to be about the meaningful investments we were making to the travel experience and our continued growth across the U.S. and expansion to exciting new destinations around the world, today, the situation rendered to us by the COVID-19 pandemic leads me to a different type of message.

First, I graciously and humbly thank you for your business. Now, more than ever, our customers' loyalty is so deeply appreciated by every member of the United family.

As essential workers, the men and women of our airline have been hard at work over the past two months to transport vital medical supplies and critical goods to places that need them most, to provide free travel to healthcare professionals and to help thousands of individuals repatriate to their home countries.

Safety has always been our top priority, and right now in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, it's our singular customer focus. We recognize that COVID-19 has brought cleanliness and hygiene standards to the front of your mind when making travel decisions. We're not leaving a single stone unturned in our pursuit to protect our customers and employees.

We are installing plexiglass in lobby and gate areas, we're using the same equipment used to clean hospitals to disinfect the interiors of our aircraft, all crew and customers on board are required to wear face mask coverings and we're taking the temperature of our employees before they start work.

But at United, we're not stopping there. We're teaming up with experts from Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic to set a new standard for cleanliness and healthy flying that we are calling United CleanPlus℠.

Clorox is working closely with us to improve how we disinfect common surfaces and provide our customers with amenities that support a healthy and safe environment.

Physicians and scientists at the Cleveland Clinic, will advise us on new technologies and approaches, assist in training development and create a rigorous quality assurance program. And, as scientists learn more about how to fight COVID-19, Cleveland Clinic experts will help us use those discoveries to quickly implement new ways to keep our customers safe.

While we may not know when this pandemic will subside, what we do know is that travel is so deeply woven into the fabric of our global culture. We all desire to visit family, dance at a friend's wedding, hug parents…and see the wonders of this beautiful world. No matter how sharp the picture quality – or how strong the WiFi signal – there's simply no substitute for being there – in person – to collaborate, celebrate, explore. We are confident that travel will return. And when it does, United Airlines will be ready to serve you again in the friendly skies.

Thank you. Be well. And I look forward to seeing you on board.

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