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The friendliest towns in America

By The Hub team, July 07, 2016

There's something to be said for small towns where traditions are alive, folks are smiling and neighbors are actually inclined to lend you a cup of sugar. Here: the six friendliest spots in the whole entire country. (BRB: booking plane tickets.)

Multiple Spanish moss trees lean over near a street

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Beaufort, South Carolina

This 300-year-old town located 90 minutes from Charleston is exactly what comes to mind when you think of southern hospitality. On any given afternoon, you'll find many of the town's 12,000 residents gathered on a wraparound porch drinking peach tea or joining together for a laid-back crab boil.

Statue of Santa Clause with a Welcome to Santa Claus, Indiana sign

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SANTA CLAUS, INDIANA

This sleepy village just might win the award for sweetest Christmastime tradition. See, every year, thousands of children send letters to the post office (addressed to St. Nick, of course) requesting everything from new sleds to nicer parents. The kicker? The residents of this southwestern Indiana town all band together to actually write back--in the guise of elves, naturally.

Stores light up for the holidays on a street in Fredericksburg

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Fredericksburg, Texas

The little Germany of Texas, this Hill Country haven has maintained many Prussian customs and traditions. While the biergartens are open year-round, the best season to visit is during the annual Oktoberfest, when you can expect to celebrate the town's European roots with local artisans, food vendors and musicians. Bring on the schnitzel…

Colorful store fronts on a small street in Bar Harbor, Maine

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Bar Harbor, Maine

Yes, this New England seaside town (home to Acadia National Park) attracts thousands of visitors during summer months. But it's the year-long residents who make it feel like home. Just about everyone here knows each other's name, and the locals gather regularly for outdoor movie nights, art shows and the annual Acadia Night Sky festival, when families come together to go night-hiking and watch movies under the Milky Way.

Log cabin restaurant in Burton, Ohio

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Burton, Ohio

Breakfast people, we just found your dream town. Burton Ohio (aka Pancake Town USA) serves an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast to over 20,000 people each March. The delicious tradition has been bringing families and visitors together since 1951 and comes complete with locally-made syrup tapped from trees in the town square.

Many boats docked in Gig Harbor.

Gig Harbor, Washington

The secret's out on Gig Harbor. Once a sleepy fishing town on Puget Sound, it's now home to chain stores, upscale restaurants and vacationers. Nonetheless, Gig Harbor has retained its true, unpretentious vibe. Come any summer weekend to find open-air movie nights, chowder competitions, theater productions and farmers' markets. The tight-knit community takes pride in their town--just ask Guy Hoppen, an Alaskan salmon fisherman who's kinda of a local mascot--but don't worry: They're happy to share it with others.

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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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