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5 cities for the perfect fall weekend getaway

By Bob Cooper, September 25, 2017

Summer doesn't have to mean the end of vacation trips until the winter holidays. Fall can be the best time to travel, even if it's only for a long-weekend getaway, such as during the Columbus Day, Veterans Day or Thanksgiving holiday weekends. At almost every major destination in the U.S., the crowds are smaller, the prices are lower and the temperatures are just right. These five cities are especially fall-tastic choices.

New York City

Hotel prices and afternoon temperatures tumble as surely as multihued autumn leaves drift to the ground in Central Park in the fall. It's also easier to score theater tickets and weekend restaurant reservations in Manhattan once the summer hordes depart. And September and October weekends are prime time for sports fans to visit NYC, when bars and taverns overflow with high-energy Yankees, Jets and Giants fans crowded around the wall TVs on game nights. Those are just some of the reasons to spend a couple of autumn nights — whether you sleep or not — in “The City That Never Sleeps".

Austin

It's wise to avoid the nonstop triple-digit temperatures of summer in Texas's smokin'-hot capital city. But in the fall, temperatures become mild enough that you can enjoy hiking, biking or paddling on the Colorado River as it flows right past downtown. Next up: an outdoor meal at a barbecue joint and then a stroll down Sixth Street, where the live music flows out of numerous bars and clubs packed with University of Texas students. If you visit on either or both of the Austin City Limits Music Festival weekends (October 6-8 and 13-15), you can catch Jay Z, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers.

Boston

Fall is the ideal time to visit “America's Walking City" because the weather is perfect and autumn leaves color the city. Visitors interested in Revolutionary War history will cherish a walk on the Freedom Trail, which winds past the Paul Revere House, Old North Church and the USS Constitution. Visitors who adore fall colors are in for a treat while strolling through Boston Common and Public Garden and along the Charles River. And sports-minded visitors can head to storied Fenway Park to watch a Red Sox game or Gillette Stadium to see the world-champion New England Patriots.

Los Angeles

More than perhaps any other U.S. city, L.A. offers a wealth of activity choices for all ages and interests. Families love Disneyland, Universal Studios — and the beach. Couples may prefer visiting the world-class Getty Museum and taking a Hollywood tour — and hitting the beach. Friends and singles may want to hit the nightspots in Hollywood or West Hollywood after — you guessed it — the beach. LAX is close to all of it, especially the beaches, which extend about a dozen miles in each direction, north and south, from the beach mansions of Malibu to the hilltop estates of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Cincinnati

Vermont is more famous for its fall colors, but they are almost as abundant in this Ohio city's parks. Green Bay is better known for its rabid football fans, but Bengals fans are nearly as enthusiastic — and game tickets aren't impossible to get. Munich is more famous for its Oktoberfest, but the Zinzinnati Oktoberfest (September 15-17) is America's largest, drawing a half-million people — and if you can't make it then, Cincinnati has dozens of craft breweries that pour year-round. Put it all together — fall colors, fall football and great beer — and you have all the ingredients of a classic celebration of autumn.

If you go

United Airlines offers nonstops from many cities to these destinations. Visit united.com or use the United app to plan your fall getaway.

United Cargo and logistics partners keep critical medical shipments moving

By The Hub team, July 02, 2020

By working together and strengthening partnerships during these unprecedented times, our global community has overcome challenges and created solutions to keep the global supply chain moving. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the shipping landscape, United and our industry partners have increasingly demonstrated our commitment to the mission of delivering critical medical supplies across the world.

United Cargo has partnered with DSV Air and Sea, a leading global logistics company, to transport important pharmaceutical materials to places all over the world. One of the items most critical during the current crisis is blood plasma.

Plasma is a fragile product that requires very careful handling. Frozen blood plasma must be kept at a very low, stable temperature of negative 20 degrees Celsius or less – no easy task considering it must be transported between trucks, warehouses and airplanes, all while moving through the climates of different countries. Fortunately, along with our well-developed operational procedures and oversight, temperature-controlled shipping containers from partners like va-Q-tec can help protect these sensitive blood plasma shipments from temperature changes.

A single TWINx shipping container from va-Q-tec can accommodate over 1,750 pounds of temperature-sensitive cargo. Every week, DSV delivers 20 TWINx containers, each one filled to capacity with human blood plasma, for loading onto a Boeing 787-9 for transport. The joint effort to move thousands of pounds of blood plasma demonstrates that despite the distance, challenges in moving temperature-sensitive cargo and COVID-19 obstacles, we continue to find creative solutions with the help of our strong partnerships.

United Cargo is proud to keep the commercial air bridges open between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since March 19, we have operated over 3,200 cargo-only flights between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, India, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Celebrating Juneteenth

By United Airlines, June 18, 2020

A message from UNITE, United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group

Fellow United team members –

Hello from the UNITE leadership team. While we communicate frequently with our 3,500 UNITE members, our platform doesn't typically extend to the entire United family, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts with all of you.

Tomorrow is June 19. On this day in 1865, shortened long ago to "Juneteenth," Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved individuals were free. For many in the African-American community, particularly in the South, it is recognized as the official date slavery ended in the United States.

Still, despite the end of slavery, the Constitutional promise that "All men are created equal" would overlook the nation's Black citizens for decades to come. It wasn't until nearly a century later that the Civil Rights Act (1964) ended legal segregation and the Voting Rights Act (1965) protected voting rights for Black Americans. But while the nation has made progress, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have made it undeniably clear that we still have a lot of work to do to achieve racial parity and inclusion.

Two weeks ago, Scott and Brett hosted a virtual town hall and set an important example by taking a minute, as Brett said, "to lower my guard, take off my armor, and just talk to you. And talk to you straight from the heart."

Difficult conversations about race and equity are easy to avoid. But everyone needs to have these conversations – speaking honestly, listening patiently and understanding that others' experiences may be different from your own while still a valid reflection of some part of the American experience.

To support you as you consider these conversations, we wanted to share some resources from one of United's partners, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum will host an all-day Virtual Juneteenth Celebration to recognize Juneteenth through presentations, stories, photographs and recipes. The museum also has a portal that United employees can access called Talking About Race, which provides tools and guidance for everyone to navigate conversations about race.

Our mission at UNITE is to foster an inclusive working environment for all of our employees. While we are hopeful and even encouraged by the widespread and diverse show of support for African Americans around the country – and at United - we encourage everyone to spend some time on Juneteenth reflecting on racial disparities that remain in our society and dedicating ourselves to the work that still must be done to fight systemic racism. By honoring how far we've come and honestly acknowledging how far we still must go, we believe United – and the incredible people who are the heart and soul of this airline - can play an important role in building a more fair and just world.

Thank you,

UNITE (United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group)

Leadership Team

Making every step of the travel journey safer for you

By United Airlines, May 20, 2020
United Clean Plus | Clorox

We remain passionate about connecting the world safely

United CleanPlus SM is our commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. We're teaming up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures, and over the coming months, we'll roll out Clorox products across our U.S. airports, starting in select locations, to help support a healthy and safe environment, and to provide transparency and choice throughout the travel journey.

At the airport

  • At check-in:

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    Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
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    Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
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    Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
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    Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
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    Rolling out touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

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    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
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    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
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    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
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    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing
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    Rolling out Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayers to disinfect in the airport

On our aircraft

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    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
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    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
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    Providing onboard items like pillows and blankets upon request
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    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
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    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
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    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
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    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft
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    Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove 99.97% of airborne particles
    • The cabin recirculated air is exchanged every 2-3 minutes

Cleveland Clinic We're working closely with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols for the safety of our employees and customers. Visit Cleveland Clinic's website to learn more about COVID-19.

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