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Pass the baton to support Team USA hopefuls

By The Hub team, June 20, 2016

Team USA Athletes Pass the Baton

For over 35 years, United has supported Team USA athletes throughout their Olympic journey.

To help the next generation of Team USA hopefuls, United will host an actual and virtual baton pass throughout the United States in advance of and during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Flying on United? You can help us reach our goal of donating 10 million miles by taking a photo with one of our United customized Team USA batons, share virtually using #UABatonDonation and passing the baton to a fellow traveler. Click here to learn how to share and donate miles to Team USA.

No travel plans, or simply can't wait to donate? You can get in on the action today. Simply choose a virtual baton here and share socially using #UABatonDonation.

Throughout the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, you can view behind-the-scenes footage of United and Team USA at Additionally, United and Team USA athletes will post exclusive content on social media with the hashtag #TeamUSA, allowing fans to get all of the latest updates.

"Unlike most National Olympic Committees, the U.S. Olympic Committee does not receive any government funding so we rely on the 'Team Behind the Team' – donors and sponsors like United – to help support Team USA athletes. United's 'Pass the Baton' initiative is a unique and fun way for our passionate fans to raise miles so U.S. athletes can continue to compete at the highest level around the world." – Lisa Baird, USOC, Chief Marketing Officer

Behind every athlete's journey are many helping hands of support. It's how we all play a role in Team USA's success. If you're flying on United between now and July 31, be on the lookout for United representatives distributing our customized Team USA batons at Chicago (ORD), New York (EWR), Washington D.C. (IAD), Houston (IAH), Denver (DEN), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO), or you can choose a virtual baton here to help Team USA hopefuls on their journey today. It's as simple as snap, share, donate and pass.

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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