Watch: A 'Beautiful' weekend for beautiful moms
In April, United MileagePlus® members used their miles to treat their moms to a trip of a lifetime courtesy of our MileagePlus Exclusives "Beautiful Weekend for Beautiful Moms" package.
The weekend getaway began in Chicago, where customers from across the country boarded a special Mother's Day MileagePlus flight from O'Hare to Newark Liberty International Airport. After arriving in Newark, the group experienced a private welcome party at the airport before being whisked across the Hudson River to Manhattan. The MileagePlus members and their moms stayed at the Marriott Marquis Times Square and experienced Broadway like never before with a showing of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre along with an intimate question and answer session with the show's four leading cast members.
And making the trip even more special was the fact that our crew members brought their moms along for the ride. Captain Cindy Berkeley and First Officer Jeanne Lauro (both mothers themselves) piloted the O'Hare-Newark charter with their moms proudly sitting in the cabin behind them.
Ensuring the safety and comfort of the special guests in the cabin were mother and son flight attendants Max and Manuela Buechler, mother and daughter flight attendants Deb Gonsalves and Deja Sylvester and married couple Seth and Connie Hunka. Seth's mother, a retired flight attendant, also accompanied her son as a guest. Interestingly, co-workers Max and Manuela are a mother-child duo where the mentor/mentee roles are reversed in some ways.
"Max was working at United, and he told me that the airline was looking for more German speaking flight attendants," Manuela said. "He encouraged me to apply, and a year later I was accepted into a training class. We work together on flights, and although I'm his mother, he's the boss – he has two years of seniority on me. He helps me a lot when I have questions. If I hadn't had him, I don't know if I would still be here."
Max shared that this trip was more meaningful than flights he's taken with his mom before. "It was special because it was a family trip, for us and for the customers," he said. Max also reflected on the role that he has played in his mom's life. "The fact that I inspired her to pursue this career makes me feel good. This is my chance to give back to her, my chance to teach her the things that I know in the same way that she taught me when I was young."
In addition to the award-winning show and cast Q&A, the participants were also treated to brunch and professional hair and makeup services.
For more MileagePlus Exclusives experiences, visit the United MileagePlus site here.