Ask the experts: Advice to make travel a breeze - United Hub

Ask the experts: Advice to make travel a breeze

By The Hub team, April 13, 2016


A United Flight Attendant Serves a Meal In Flight

Flight attendants not only take to the skies more than most, but they also travel to new cities regularly, making them uniquely qualified to share advice. These simple tips and clever tricks — collected from our own flight attendants — will not only enhance your experience but will also make traveling a breeze.

Extend the life of your clothes

Need a way to keep your clothes smelling fresh after a long flight? United Flight Attendant Wayne T. suggests treating your suitcase like a dryer: "A way to keep your clothes smelling fresh in your suitcase is to leave a dryer sheet in there." United Flight Attendant Christopher C. suggests taking it one step further: "Leave your clothes in their dry cleaning bags when packing them and they won't wrinkle."

The United app is an amazing resource

The United app doesn't just help you find flights, check in and board; it's also useful once you're in the air. United Flight Attendant Pamela C. couldn't agree more and suggests that you always check to make sure you have the latest and greatest version downloaded to your device. Plus, she recommends ensuring that your devices are charged: "Use the time waiting at the gate before boarding to charge up your electronic devices at the charging podiums."

Share your travels with a postcard

Traveling to a new destination? United Flight Attendant Scott W. loves keeping in touch with his friends and family while on vacation by sending postcards: "One of my favorite tips for leisure travel is a time saver. If you want to send postcards to friends and family back home, I pre-address adhesive mailing labels before my trip. That way I can just peel and stick to the postcard and get back to sightseeing."

Get creative in a pinch

Important items like converters and chargers are often left behind which can be especially troublesome when traveling overseas. United Flight Attendant Russ F. has found that using what's around can save the day when you're in a pinch: "If I am overseas and I forgot my converter/charger and the hotel does not have U.S. plugs installed, you can plug your phones, laptops into the flat-screen TV in the hotel room, using your USB cord. The only trick is that the TV usually must be turned on to charge your device. I usually just mute the volume while I sleep so the noise doesn't interfere with my nap or with the neighboring rooms."

Unique dietary needs? We've got you covered

If you have any specific dietary needs, our flight attendants are more than willing to try to accommodate your request — all you need to do is ask. United Flight Attendant Marcel K. suggests asking early: "If you have a special meal request, ask a flight attendant during boarding early to verify that your special meal is boarded. That way you can assure your dietary needs can be met to satisfactory standards."

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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