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Gold for gold: U.S. Paralympic Team athletes win in Rio and beyond

By The Hub team, September 21, 2016

As the official airline of the U.S. Olympic Committee for 35 years, we're excited to recognize the extraordinary achievements of the U.S. Paralympic Team athletes by awarding "Gold for Gold" — MileagePlus® Premier Gold status to the 59 Team USA athletes who earned a gold medal in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

"All of the U.S. Paralympic Team athletes have inspiring stories of how hard work and commitment helped them achieve their Paralympic dreams," said Julia Haywood, United's executive vice president and chief commercial officer. "United employees take pride in supporting the athletes along the way and look forward to helping this year's gold medal winners continue to pursue their dreams."

The MileagePlus Premier Gold status award will continue through January 2018.

Premier-level MileagePlus members earn a host of benefits that upgrade their travel experiences, including:

- Priority ticket counter check-in lines, security screening lines, boarding and baggage handling
- Complimentary premium-cabin upgrades on domestic flights when space is available
- Complimentary access to extra-legroom United Economy Plus seating
- A complimentary checked-baggage allowance
- Benefits when traveling on Star Alliance member airlines

"The performances by Team USA athletes at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games were the product of incredible talent and intense preparation," said Rick Adams, USOC chief of Paralympic Sport. "United's dedication to flying Team USA spans more than 30 years, and we are thrilled that United's commitment to celebrating the achievements of America's elite athletes remains as strong today as ever."

As the official airline of the United States Olympic Committee, we have flown Team USA athletes to Olympic and Paralympic Games for 35 years and we recently extended our partnership with the USOC through 2020.


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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