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The 7 Best All-Inclusive Family Vacations

By The Hub team, May 13, 2018

Vacation…a time to relax, unwind or, if you’re a parent, stress-pack (Will the TSA confiscate my fruit squeezer pouches?!) and devote an entire checked bag to swim diapers, then pray that’s not the bag that gets lost. Since you have about 11 minutes to plan your next kid-friendly yet not soul-flattening getaway, wouldn’t it be amazing if you could just pick from a list of seven fabulous all-inclusive options and be done with it? Yeah—we got that.

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

Where it is: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

What you get: Your nightly rate incorporates all food, drinks (including room service; score!) and activities. Those range from wilderness tours, swims in underground springs called cenotes, visits to the property’s bird sanctuary and turtle lagoon, participation in a tree-planting ceremony and (drumroll, please) Aquapark, the on-site water park with 29 water slides—17 of which require guests to be under 4 feet tall.    

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Club Med

CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil at Club Med

Where it is: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 

What you get: An all-ages immersive experience in a “circus-inspired playground.” Think bungee jumping, flying trapeze, aerial silk lessons and juggling classes—all steps from breathtaking turquoise waters. Also, two words: L’Occitane Spa. 

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Whiteface Lodge

Whiteface Lodge

Where it is: Lake Placid, Upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains

What you get: All custom packages include luxe, log cabin accommodations, breakfast, movies in the on-site theater, games in the bowling alley and nightly s’mores. Add on à la carte activities like services in the award-winning spa (Oh hello, 80-minute, four-handed massage), horseback riding, fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, mountain gondola excursions and professionally-driven bobsled rides at the nearby Olympic Center (site of the 1932 and '80 winter games). 

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Beaches

Beaches Turks & Caicos

Where it is: Providenciales, Turks & Caicos 

What you get: Personal butler service, the 45,000-square-foot Pirates Island water park (featuring swim-up soda bars, a surf simulator, whirlpools and water cannons), unlimited scuba diving and water sports (hydrobikes!), a DJ Academy and teen disco (called “Club Liquid,” obvs). Pay extra for action with legit Sesame Street characters like baking with Cookie Monster, bird watching with Big Bird and night-time tuck-ins with Elmo.

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The Broadmoor

The Ranch at Emerald Valley

Where it is: Up the mountain from the Broadmoor Luxury Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado

What you get: A dude ranch with five-star hotel amenities. All packages include horseback rides, archery and hikes up the mountain that—according to local lore—inspired the lyrics to “America the Beautiful.” Once-in-a-lifetime extras include zip-lining across canyons, shimmying over Indiana Jones-style suspension bridges, marveling at the 181-foot Seven Falls waterfall, riding a 125-year-old railway up to the 14,000-foot summit, hot-air balloon rides, cattle drives and falconry. (Can’t find that at Bubbie’s pool club in Boca.)

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Tortuga Lodge

Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

Where it is: The banks of the Tortuguero river in the Costa Rican rainforest

What you get: Free Wi-Fi but no AC—to better concentrate on the sounds of the tropical rainforest. Visit during turtle nesting (July through October) or hatching season (late August to November) and cheer as the offspring of 300-pound green sea turtles first make their way to the water. Pay extra for a boat tour with a local naturalist guide and observe three-toed sloths and multiple monkey species in their natural habitat. 

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Lewa Safari Camp

Where it is: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

What you get: If you’re still reading this, you are all about “Twende”—Swahili for “Let’s go.” That adventurous spirit will come in handy as you settle into your thatched-roof family tent with en-suite bathroom; navigate 65,000 acres of private, protected wilderness; and observe the world’s largest concentration of Grévy’s zebra—plus rare black rhinos, elephants and vistas of Mount Kenya—all on the property where Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton.

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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.

United works with partners to send food to USDA food bank

By The Hub team, July 23, 2020

In collaboration with food-logistics company Commodity Forwarders Inc. (CFI), United moved nearly 190,000 pounds of fresh produce to Guam for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program. This new program was created to provide critical support to consumers impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

A variety of fresh fruits were transported from Los Angeles (LAX) to Guam (GUM) on United's newly introduced, non-stop cargo-only flight – a route added to meet cargo demand during the COVID-19 crisis. The fresh food was repacked in 10-pound cases in Los Angeles, prepared for departure at CFI's LAX location, and flown to GUM by the United team. Through this beneficial partnership between United and CFI, the perishable goods were kept cool during every step of the process and distributed as part of the food bank program in Guam.

"Everyone on our team has worked relentlessly during the pandemic to get critical goods to where they are needed most. Establishing a comprehensive network of cargo-only flights have allowed us to keep the supply chain moving even while passenger flight capacity has been reduced," said Regional Senior Manager of Cargo Sales, Marco Vezjak. "Knowing that we are able to help during these difficult times – in this case the Guam community – is our biggest reward and greatest motivation to keep moving forward."

United is proud to play a role in maintaining the global food supply chain and helping people access the supplies they need. Since March 19, United has operated over 4,000 cargo-only flights, moving over 130 million pounds of cargo.

Jessica Kimbrough named Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

By The Hub team, July 10, 2020

Jessica Kimbrough, currently Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, will take on the new role of Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Managing Director.

Jessica assumes this new and expanded position to focus on global inclusion and equity as part of our enhanced commitment to ensure best practices across the business to strengthen our culture.

In this role, Jessica will be responsible for helping United redefine our efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion – ensuring that our programs and approach are strategic, integrated and outcome-oriented, while we continue to build a culture that reflects our core values. She will report to Human Resources and Labor Relations EVP Kate Gebo.

"Jessica's appointment to this role is another critical step our executive team is taking to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion remains a top priority at United," said CEO Scott Kirby. "Given her drive, experience and commitment to champion collaboration and allyship among our employee business resource groups, she is uniquely qualified to take on this position and I look forward to working closely with her."

As Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, Jessica worked closely with senior management to create and maintain positive labor relations among our unionized workforce, providing counsel on labor litigation, negotiations, contract administration, organizing issues and managing attorneys who represent United in labor relations. Previously, she served as Labor and Employment Counsel in our legal department.

Jessica has a passion for creating a pipeline of diverse lawyers and leaders, and was honored as one of Chicago Defender's "Women of Excellence" for excellence in her career and civic engagement in 2017. She currently serves as President of uIMPACT, our women's employee business resource group.

Jessica's new role is effective immediately.

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