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Eco-Skies upcycle travel bags for a cause

By The Hub team, October 31, 2017

Earlier this year, we partnered with fashion students from Columbia College Chicago to create a sustainable travel bag made with upcycled marketing materials. The students participated in a 5-week class focused on designing for a real world client with an emphasis on reducing material waste in the design industry. The fashion students took inspiration for their travel bags from tours at O'Hare International Airport, the United Club and from a focus group made up of United flight attendants. The materials for their travel bag designs came from upcycled United Airlines marketing materials, including banners and billboards. The final designs were manufactured this past summer by SEAM Works Chicago.

One of the winning upcycle travel bag designs

Starting at 12 p.m. (Central time) on November 10, you can purchase one of the upcycled travel bags through the United Shop. All proceeds from the bags benefit Envision Unlimited –a non-profit human services provider for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At United, we are committed to environmental sustainability and we aim to minimize the environmental impacts associated with our operations. We are continuously looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint in the air, on the ground and at our facilities. The United Eco-Skies® upcycling initiative helps reduce landfill waste and encourages customers and employees to think differently about waste.

United Awards Free Flights for a Year to Winners of "Your Shot to Fly" Sweepstakes

Grand prize winners live in Bradenton, FL; Cleveland, OH; Goodyear, AZ; Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA
By United Newsroom, July 29, 2021

CHICAGO, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced the five lucky grand prize winners of its "Your Shot to Fly" sweepstakes, who will each get to fly anywhere in the world United flies with a companion over the course of the next year. The winners of the "Your Shot to Fly" sweepstakes are:

  • Ashley Cronkhite from Bradenton, FL
  • Robert Simicak from Cleveland, OH
  • Sean Husmoe from Goodyear, AZ
  • Lauren Aldredge from Oakland CA
  • Lauren M. from San Francisco, CA

The sweepstakes was in support of the Biden administration's ongoing national effort to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 vaccination and encouraged United's MileagePlus® loyalty members to upload their vaccine records to United. In less than a month, more than one million MileagePlus members uploaded their vaccine cards to the United app and website for a shot to win one of the grand prizes. In June the airline awarded 30 first prize winners with a pair of roundtrip tickets anywhere United flies.

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.

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