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Discover the best diving spots on the Island Hopper

By The Hub team , July 20, 2018

Ocean lovers wanting to dive below the surface and explore the underwater scenery unparalleled should jump on the Island Hopper route. The Island Hopper primarily serves as a lifeline to the islands of Micronesia and the people who live there, but it also stops at some of the best scuba diving locations in the world. Though, you don't solely have to scuba dive on these islands, you can always opt for snorkeling near the surface.

While scuba divers have more freedom to explore all things underwater, it requires more experience and possible training prior to the dive. Snorkeling offers an easy solution those who aren't looking for too intense of a dive, while still allowing for an exciting opportunity to fully immerse yourself in nature. To help plan your under water adventure while on the Island Hopper route, here are 5 scuba and snorkeling spots you don't want to miss.

People snorkeling in Hanauma Bay

Honolulu: Hanauma Bay

Begin your journey in Honolulu, Hawaii where incredible diving spots are more than worth a visit. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is among the most popular, and for good reason. Formed in what was once a volcanic cone, the bay now thrives with over 400 species of fish including Hawaii's state fish the humuhumunukunukuapua'a and an abundance of sea turtles – creating a unforgettable snorkeling experience.

Scuba diver among the coral and sea life of Chuuk.

Chuuk: Truk Lagoon

The first stop along the Island Hopper route is a diver's paradise thanks to the famous ghost fleet of WWII wrecks sitting beneath the crystal-clear water surrounding Chuuk. This bucket-listen destination is an underwater museum with nearly 50 sunken ships and over 200 sunken aircrafts waiting to be explored. These WWII wrecks, now encrusted in coral, draw an incredible diversity of marine life including manta rays, turtles, and sharks – making it the perfect place to explore, either by scuba diving or snorkeling. Regardless of which you choose, there is nowhere else in the world will you be able to see WWII wrecks in such a close proximity.

Some of the jungle-covered ruins in Pohnpei

Pohnpei: Nan Madol

Upon arrival in Pohnpei, visitors will notice quite the difference from the scenery in Chuuk. Though there is plenty to see beneath the surface here, divers may consider trading in their flippers for tennis shoes to explore the island on foot. If you choose to stay above ground, head towards the eastern shore of Pohnpei where an archaeological wonder known as Nan Madol lies. Once home to an elite ruling class known as the Saudeleur dynasty, these sunken and jungle-covered ruins now lie just off the island, nearly untouched with amazing views. While legends exist, the true story of how the city was built remains one of the Pacific's greatest mysteries.

Boat along the shore of Majuro.

Majuro: Arno

The closest atoll and only a short boat ride from Majuro lies Arno Atoll. This coral atoll is a collection of 133 quiet islands, each featuring wide open white sand beaches and clear waters. This specific atoll is unique in that it encloses three different lagoons perfect for swimming, scuba diving and deep sea fishing. For those interested in making a small detour from Majuro, this atoll is great for a short getaway or day trip.

The shore near the Blue Hole in Guam

Guam: The Blue Hole

You've made it to the final stop on the route, but that doesn't mean exploring below the surface has to end now. Guam has no shortage of excellent diving spots – one of the most popular is the Blue Hole. This vertical cave, or natural limestone crevice opening to the ocean floor, lies about 50 feet beneath the surface and offers awe-inspiring views on the way down. Once inside, divers will find themselves in a secluded oasis of marine life illuminated by blue light streaking from the surface. Careful though, only experienced deep sea divers are recommended to make the plunge.

Beach or mountains? Take your pick with our newly announced routes to the West Coast, the Rocky Mountains and the Caribbean

By Matt Adams , November 21, 2019

We will continue building out our already expansive route network next year, adding flights to some attractive leisure destinations in the United States and the Caribbean.

Our hometown hub, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, will be the beneficiary of three of those new routes, which include Santa Barbara, California; Pasco, Washington; and Vail, Colorado. Rounding it out, United will add service from Denver to Nassau, Bahamas, and from Houston to Spokane, Washington. Tickets for all of these destinations are on sale now.

Colorful houses in Nassau

The Denver-Nassau route will begin on March 7, 2020, followed by Chicago-Santa Barbara, Chicago-Pasco, Chicago-Vail and Houston-Spokane on June 4. When that time comes, United will be the only airline offering nonstop service between Denver and Nassau and Chicago and Pasco.

All of these routes will open up a world of connection possibilities for customers living in each market. They'll also be scheduled to give flyers optimal arrival and departure time options. For instance, a passenger going from Chicago to Santa Barbara will have a flight option that departs O'Hare at 7:45 p.m. local time, arriving at Santa Barbara Airport at 10:30 p.m. That's ideal for business travelers.

"We want to offer customers the very best schedule, the best network and the most flight options in the industry," said Ankit Gupta, United's vice president of Domestic Network Planning.

The Boeing 737-800 aircraft will serve the Denver-Nassau route. Passengers going from Chicago to Santa Barbara and from Chicago to Vail will fly on the 737-700. United's 76-seat Embraer 175 aircraft, equipped with United First, Economy Plus and United Economy class seats, will operate on the Chicago-Pasco and Houston-Spokane routes.

You'll find flight times and additional details in the grid below. For more information and to book your tickets, visit or download the United mobile app.





Chicago (ORD)

7:45 p.m.

Santa Barbara (SBA)

10:30 p.m.




11:20 p.m.


5:20 a.m.




8:00 p.m.

Pasco (PSC)

10:24 p.m.




11:38 p.m.


5:20 a.m.




4:00 p.m.

Vail/Eagle (EGE)

5:54 p.m.


Summer seasonal

(June 4 through September 6, 2020)


9:00 a.m.


12:45 p.m.


Summer seasonal

(June 4 through September 7, 2020)

Denver (DEN)

9:56 a.m.

Nassau (NAS)

4:00 p.m.

Once a week on Saturdays


(with a break from mid-August through late-October)


11:37 a.m.


2:43 p.m.

Once a week on Saturdays


(with a break from mid-August through late-October)

Houston (IAH)

9:32 p.m.

Spokane (GEG)

11:32 p.m.


Summer seasonal

(June 4 through August 17, 2020)


11:55 p.m.


6:17 a.m.


Summer seasonal

(June 4 through August 17, 2020)

Reflecting on Veterans Day: a message from our CEO Oscar Munoz

By Oscar Munoz, CEO, United Airlines , November 11, 2019

Right now, around the world, brave members of America's armed forces are on duty, defending our freedom and upholding our values.

When not laser-focused on the mission at hand, they're looking forward to the day when their service to our nation is fulfilled and they can reunite with their families.

They are also imagining how they can use their hard-earned skills to build an exciting, rewarding and important career when they return home.

I want them to look no further than United Airlines.

That's why we are focused on recruiting, developing and championing veterans across our company, demonstrating to our returning women and men in uniform that United is the best possible place for them to put their training, knowledge, discipline and character to the noblest use.

They've developed their knowledge and skills in some of the worst of times. We hope they will use those skills to keep United performing at our best, all of the time.

That's why we are accelerating our efforts to onboard the best and the brightest, and substantially increasing our overall recruitment numbers each year.

We recently launched a new sponsorship program to support onboarding veterans into United and a new care package program to support deployed employees. It's one more reason why United continues to rank high - and rise higher - as a top workplace for veterans. In fact, we jumped 21 spots this year on's list of the top U.S workplaces for veterans. This is a testament to our increased recruiting efforts, as well as our efforts to create a culture where veterans feel valued and supported.

We use the special reach and resources of our global operations to partner with outstanding organizations. This is our way of stepping up and going the extra mile for all those who've stepped forward to answer our nation's call.

We do this year-round, and the month of November is no exception; however, it is exceptional, especially as we mark Veterans Day.

As we pay tribute to all Americans who have served in uniform and carried our flag into battle throughout our history, let's also keep our thoughts with the women and men who are serving around the world, now. They belong to a generation of post-9/11 veterans who've taken part in the longest sustained period of conflict in our history.

Never has so much been asked by so many of so few.... for so long. These heroes represent every color and creed. They are drawn from across the country and many immigrated to our shores.

They then freely choose to serve in the most distant and dangerous regions of the world, to protect democracy in its moments of maximum danger.

Wherever they serve - however they serve - whether they put on a uniform each day, or serve in ways which may never be fully known, these Americans wake up each morning willing to offer the "last full measure of devotion" on our behalf.

Every time they do so, they provide a stunning rebuke to the kinds of voices around the world who doubt freedom and democracy's ability to defend itself.

Unfortunately, we know there are those who seem to not understand – or say they do not - what it is that inspires a free people to step forward, willing to lay down their lives so that their country and fellow citizens might live.

But, we – who are both the wards and stewards of the democracy which has been preserved and handed down to us by veterans throughout our history – do understand.

We know that inciting fear and hatred of others is a source of weakness, not strength. And such divisive rhetoric can never inspire solidarity or sacrifice like love for others and love of country can.

It is this quality of devotion that we most honor in our veterans - those who have served, do serve and will serve.

On behalf of a grateful family of 96,000, thank you for your service.



United named a top workplace for veterans

By The Hub team , November 10, 2019

Each year around Veterans Day, Indeed, one of the world's largest job search engines, rates companies based on actual employee reviews to identify which ones offer the best opportunities and benefits for current and former U.S. military members. Our dramatic improvement in the rankings this year reflects a stronger commitment than ever before to actively recruiting, developing and nurturing veteran talent.

"We've spent a lot of time over the past 12 months looking for ways to better connect with our employees who served and attract new employees from the military ranks," said Global Catering Operations and Logistics Managing Director Ryan Melby, a U.S. Army veteran and the president of our United for Veterans business resource group.

"Our group is launching a mentorship program, for instance, where we'll assign existing employee-veterans to work with new hires who come to us from the armed forces. Having a friend and an ally like that, someone who can help you translate the skills you picked up in the military to what we do as a civilian company, is invaluable. That initiative is still in its infancy, but I'm really optimistic about what it can do for United and for our veteran population here."

Impressively, we were the only one of our industry peers to move up on the list, further evidence that we're on a good track as a company.

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