Her Art Here contest: Official Rules
United is taking the following steps to address concerns regarding the limited license:
- United shall not exercise the license granted in the Official Rules for any designs that are not designated as Finalists
- With respect to Finalist entries, United shall only exercise the license granted in Official Rules for the limited purpose of displaying Finalist designs on the Contest website for Voting Phase of the Contest
- United shall only exercise the full scope of the license granted in the Official Rules with respect to the two winning Contest designs
- United makes no claims to ownership' of submissions
UNITED AIRLINES "HER ART HERE" CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA who identify as a woman, including cisgender women, transgender women, woman-aligned and non-binary people, 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER OR AGE OF MAJORITY AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. The United Airlines "Her Art Here" Contest ("Contest").
CONTEST PERIOD: The United Airlines "Her Art Here" Contest ("Contest") consists of two (2) Regional Contests; a California Regional Contest and a New York/New Jersey Regional Contest (each a "Regional Contest"). California and New York/New Jersey shall be respectively referred to as the "Regions." Entry period starts on February 26, 2019 at 9:00:01 AM Central Time ("CT") and ends on March 24, 2019 at 11:59:59 PM CT ("Submission Phase"); and is followed by a preliminary judging phase ("Round One Judging Phase"), which begins March 25, 2019 at 12:00:01 AM CT and ends April 2, 2019 at 11:59:59 PM CT; a second-round judging phase ("Round 2 Judging Phase"), which begins April 3, 2019 at 12:00:01 AM CT and ends April 9, 2019 at 11:59:59 PM CT; a voting phase ("Voting Phase") which begins April 10, 2019 at 12:00:01 AM CT and ends April 19, 2019 at 11:59:59 PM CT; and a winner determination phase ("Winner Determination Phase") which begins April 20, 2019 at 12:00:01 a.m. and ends May 2, 2019 (collectively the "Contest Period"). Administrator's computer is the official time keeping device for this Contest.
This Contest is offered to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who (i) are at least 18 years of age or older or age of majority in their state of residency; (ii) identify as a hobbyist, amateur, aspiring or professional artist at the time of entry and (iii) identify as a woman, including cisgender women, transgender women, woman-aligned and non-binary people. Employees, officers, directors and agents of United Airlines, Inc. ("Sponsor"), Rebel Mouse ("Administrator"), any of their subsidiaries; affiliates; media partners; printers; advertising and promotion agencies; their respective parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies ("Contest Entities"); and those individuals' immediate family members (including spouse, mother, father, sister, brother and children and spouse of any of the foregoing) and those living in the same household of each (people who have shared the same residence at least three months over a period of one year prior to the start of the Contest Period) are not eligible to participate or win. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
HOW TO ENTER THE SUBMISSION PHASE: During the Submission Phase, an eligible entrant must visit united.com/HerArtHere ("Website") and enter their valid email address and the information requested on the entry form, which may include, without limitation: first and complete last name (no initials), valid email address, phone number, street address (no P.O. Boxes will be allowed), city, state, ZIP code, select the correct region (California or New York/New Jersey) ("Region") checkbox for their submission; include a short personal biographic statement (optional) and Mileage Plus® account number (optional) ("Personal Information"), and read and agree to the Official Rules. In addition, each entrant must create and submit, using their smartphone or smart device, a video that reflects (a) why they want their design on a United Airlines Boeing 757, (b) their connection to their selected Region, (c) what inspires them, and (d) why female representation in the creative arts matters ("Video"). Video cannot exceed two minutes in length or 10 MB in file size and must be in one of the following file formats: .MOV, .MPEG, .WMV or .MP4. All entrants must also submit a Region-related design for a United Airlines Boeing 757 aircraft that reflects their point of view as an artist, connection to Sponsor's mission of "Connecting People. Uniting the world.", and represents Sponsor's story in their selected Region ("Design"). The Design must be created using the downloadable 2D template available for download on the Website and must comply with the Contest Design Guidelines also available for download on the Website. Design cannot exceed 10MB and must be in one of the following formats: .JPEG or .PNG. Entrant may follow on-screen prompts on the Website ("Submission Prompts") to review and download the Contest Design Guidelines, download the 2D Design template and upload their Video and Design. Entrants will also be instructed by the Submission Prompts to include an accessible link to their online digital portfolio containing at least three (3) examples of their original work or, in the event entrant does not have a digital online portfolio, she may upload a .jPEG or .PNG file containing three (3) examples of her work with total combined file sizes not to exceed 10MB ("Portfolio"). The Personal Information, Video, Design and Portfolio shall be collectively referred to as the "Submission," and each eligible Submission shall be one Contest entry. All Submissions must comply with the Content Guidelines below. Sharing or posting of the Submission on social media, including on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, will not improve your chances of winning. Limit of one Submission per person per Contest during Contest Submission Period. An entrant who attempts to submit more entries than the stated limit using multiple email addresses, identities or by any other means may be subject to disqualification from the Contest, at Sponsor's discretion. The Contest Entities are not responsible for lost, late, stolen, damaged, incomplete, invalid, un-intelligible, garbled, delayed or misdirected Submissions. All such Submissions shall be disqualified.
By entering the Contest, entrant warrants and represents that your Submission complies with the Submission Content Guidelines and agrees to be bound by these Official Rules. Violation of the Submission Content Guidelines or failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification, as determined in Sponsor's sole discretion.
SUBMISSION CONTENT GUIDELINES
The Submission must comply with the following guidelines:
•Comply with these Official Rules;
•Video must be .MOV, .MPEG, .WMV or .MP4 format;
•Video must be no more than two minutes long;
•Video file size must not exceed 10MB;
•Design must comply with Contest Design Guidelines including United Airlines brand guidelines set forth at https://hub.united.com/her-art-here-submission/;
•Digital, hand-drawn or a combination will be accepted;
•Design must be submitted in .JPEG or .PNG formats;
•Design must not exceed 10MB;
•Video, Design and Portfolio must be the original solo creation of the entrant;
•All descriptive content shall be in English;
•All content must be the exclusive property of the entrant.
The Submission Video and Design must NOT:
- Have been previously displayed, published, submitted, licensed, distributed, selected or otherwise used in any context other than the Contest;
- Be copied in whole or in part from any other third-party work;
- Contain content that:
- Disparages any person, Sponsor and/or any of its affiliates' products, competitors or any of the entities affiliated with sponsoring, promoting or administering this Contest, or other person or entities;
- Violates or infringes upon the copyrights, trademarks or privacy, property, publicity or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity;
- Depicts the names or likenesses of anyone other than entrant;
- Depicts or references content, music, public art or identifiable proprietary architecture, images or works not created by entrant;
- Appears to intentionally duplicate any other Submissions;
- Is inappropriate, profane, indecent, hateful, lewd, pornographic, sexually explicit, obscene, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous, libelous, harassing or otherwise inconsistent with Sponsor's brand or image, as determined in Sponsor's sole discretion;
- Promotes bigotry, racism, sexism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, identity or age;
- Contains any personally identifiable information, such as personal names or email addresses;
- Promotes alcohol, Schedule 1 drugs, tobacco firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing);
- Promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous;
- Is unlawful, in violation of, or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where Submission is created or transmitted;
- Communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will with which Sponsor wish to be associated.
Without in any way limiting, expanding or amending the terms and conditions residing on any Contest-related website, including the Website, which terms and conditions shall remain in full force and effect, if Sponsor is duly notified that any element of an entrant's Submission infringes upon the rights of another person and/or receives a valid request to remove the subject Submission from any Contest-related website, Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify the Submission and any corresponding prize may be forfeited.
Each person who enters this Contest represents and warrants that their Submission does not contain any computer virus (as applicable), is otherwise uncorrupted, as of the date of submission, is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim. Each entrant hereby agrees to indemnify and hold the Contest Entities harmless from and against any and all third-party claims, actions or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs and expenses relating to or arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of the warranties, representations or agreements of entrant hereunder.
By entering the Contest, entrant grants Sponsor a three (3) year limited, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, license and right to publish, use, publicly perform and display the Design portion of the Submission in its entirety and/or cropped to accommodate size, shape or space restrictions, in any and all media, worldwide, without consideration or compensation to the entrant, for commercial, promotional or marketing purposes in connection with, related to or arising from the Contest, Sponsor's Her Art Here campaign, and/or other similar Sponsor Contests and campaigns, without compensation to entrant and without right of notice, review, or approval of any such use of the Design.
JUDGING AND VOTING: Round One: During the Round One Judging Phase, eligible Submissions will be judged by a panel selected by Sponsor, which may include Sponsor representatives and/or selected subject area experts or professionals ("Contest Judges"). The Contest Judges will determine whether each Submission successfully reflects the Sponsor's vision for Brand Alignment, assigning either a "yes" or a "no" to each Submission. Each submission that receives a "yes" rating for Brand Alignment will proceed to the Round Two Judging Phase ("Round Two Judging Phase") and shall be deemed a semi-finalists ("Semi-Finalists"). By allowing your submission to be considered in the Round Two Judging Phase, all Semi-Finalists agree that they shall not commit any act or do anything which might reasonably be considered: (i) to be immoral, deceptive, scandalous or obscene; or (ii) to injure, tarnish, damage or otherwise negatively affect the reputation and goodwill associated with the Sponsor. All Semi-Finalists must submit to a comprehensive background check. Refusal to submit to a background check, or Sponsor's receipt of information in connection with the background check that Sponsor deems inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will with which Sponsor wish to be associated, shall be grounds for disqualification. Round Two: During the Round Two Judging Phase, Semi-Finalist entries will be judged by a different panel of Contest Judges using the judging criteria below and each Submission will receive a corresponding score ("Round Two Score"). The Contest Judges will score the Submissions according to the following weighted judging criteria: (i) Relevance to Sponsor's mission "Connecting people. Uniting the world." and relevance to Sponsor's connection to the applicable Region: up to 250 points; (iii) Creativity /ingenuity: up to 250 points and (iii) Brand Alignment: up to 500 points ("Round Two Judging Criteria"). Sponsor shall use the Round Two Score to select three (3) finalists ("Finalists"). The Submissions with the top three highest Semi-Final Scores shall be designated the Finalists. In the event of any Round Two Score ties, the Submission with the highest score in the Brand Alignment category will prevail. In the event there are still any ties, the tied Submissions will be judged again by a second panel of Contest Judges and the Submission with the highest overall score will prevail. Voting: During the Voting Phase, Finalist Submissions will be posted on the Website for public voting. Website visitors may vote for their favorite Finalist entry, one vote per day, during the Voting Phase. Points will be assigned to each Finalist based on the number of votes received (each a "Voting Score"). The Combined Score will be tabulated based on the Round Two score (2/3) and Voting Score (1/3).
Administrator's, Judges' and Sponsor's decisions shall be final and binding in all matters pertaining to the judging, voting and selection of the potential Semi-Finalists, Finalists and winners.
WINNER DETERMINATION: The Finalist Submission that receives the highest Combined Score will be the potential Grand Prize Winner. The two (2) Finalists Submissions that receive the second and third highest Combined Score will be the Finalist Prize winners. In the event of any ties, the Submission with the highest combined score in Brand Alignment category for Round Two will prevail. In the event there are still any ties, the tied Submissions will be judged again by a different panel of Contest Judges using the Judging Criteria and the Submission with the highest overall score will prevail. If any Finalist is found to be ineligible or does not comply with these Official Rules, she will be disqualified and the Submission with the next highest score will be named the potential Grand Prize or Finalists Prize Winner. In no event will there be more than one Grand Prize winner and two (2) Finalist Prize winners in the Contest. All applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Participation constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor's decisions and interpretations, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. In the event a potential winner wins a prize in both Regional Contests at sole discretions of the Sponsor will determine which Regional Contest the prize will be awarded and other prize will be awarded to an alternate in the corresponding Regional Contest.
PRIZES (3) per Region: There is one Grand Prize and two (2) Finalist Prizes per Region. Limit one prize per person.
Grand Prize (1): Grand Prize Winner will receive the following prize package: A trip for winner and guest to attend a video shoot and gallery event in Summer of 2019 (date, time and location to be determined at the sole discretion of the Sponsor) ("Gallery Event") including 3-day/2-night standard double occupancy hotel accommodations; roundtrip coach-class air transportation for two from a major U.S. gateway nearest winner's home to destination where the Gallery Event is to be held (if winner lives within 100 miles of destination, then a $250 gift card [gift card brand to be determined at the sole discretion of the Sponsor] will be awarded in lieu of the air transportation) ("Trip Prize"); $10,000 cash awarded in the form of a check to winner only; the opportunity to have her Design painted on a United Airlines Boeing 757, timeline and date to be determined at the sole discretion of the Sponsor)(winner only); 100,000 United MileagePlus award miles (winner only) (winner will be required to enroll in the United's Membership Reward program and all terms and conditions apply) ("United MileagePlus Prize"); opportunity to create and/or supply three (3) pieces of original, Sponsor-approved art works ("Works") for display at a gallery event in June 2019 (winner only) (date, time and location at the sole discretion of the Sponsor) ("Gallery Display Prize"); opportunity to display Works in Sponsor's selected proprietary clubs and/or lounges for a period of time during 2019, as determined in Sponsor's sole discretion (winner only)("Club/Lounge Display Prize"). The Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") is: Up to $17,400.
Finalists Prizes (2): Finalist Prize Winners will receive the following prize: United MileagePlus Prize; Trip Prize; Gallery Display Prize; Club/Lounge Display Prize and $1,000 awarded in the form of a gift card to winner only, gift card terms and conditions apply. The ARV is: Up to $8,400.
Only the stated number of prizes will be available in the Contest. In the event a potential winner wins a prize in both Regional Contests, at its sole discretion, the Sponsor will determine the Regional Contest the prize will be awarded and other prize will be awarded to an alternate in the corresponding Regional Contest. In no event will more than the stated number of prizes be awarded. If, for any reason, more Prize notifications are sent (or more claims are received) than the number of prizes offered, as set forth in these Official Rules, Sponsor reserves the right to award the intended number of prizes by re-judging according to the Judging Criteria. No prize substitution or exchange will be allowed, except by Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute the prize or any prize element with a prize or prize element of equal or greater value in case of unavailability.
Actual value depends on date/time/point of departure, and any difference between the stated ARV and actual value will not be awarded. Winner is solely responsible for all costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided, including, without limitation, checked baggage fees, additional ground transportation, food and beverage, gratuities, incidental hotel expenses and other expenses not listed in these Official Rules. All travel arrangements for the Trip Prize must be made with Sponsor or Sponsor's agent. Trip Prize subject to availability and must be completed on dates approved by Sponsor or prize will be forfeited. Some restrictions and blackout dates may apply. No cancellation of reservation or transfer of reservation to another date after reservation has been made. Air travel will not qualify for United MileagePlus award miles. Winners are solely responsible for obtaining valid U.S. passports (if required) and any other required travel documents, including, but not limited to, acceptable photo identification. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of prize, and an alternate winner may be selected, time permitting. Tickets are subject to terms and conditions set forth thereon. Seat locations will be determined by Sponsor in their sole discretion. All prize details are at Sponsor's sole discretion. Each winner is responsible for any applicable fees, federal, state and local taxes, if any, and any other unspecified expenses associated with acceptance or use of prize. Winner will be issued an IRS 1099 MISC tax form (or its equivalent) for the ARV of the prize awarded. Winner will also be required to provide Sponsor a valid Social Security number and W-9 form for tax purposes. Prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash and may not be sold, bartered or auctioned. Prize may not be substituted except that Sponsor in its discretion may substitute a prize, or portion thereof, with a prize or portion of equal or greater value as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion if it deems necessary. Any such changes will be announced by Sponsor. Any portion of the prize not used by winner is forfeit and no cash substitute will be offered or permitted.
HOW TO CLAIM THE PRIZE: Within 24 hours after the end of the Winner Determination Phase, the potential winner will be notified via email and/or telephone using the Personal Information disclosed at the time of entry. Before being declared a verified winner, the potential winner must complete, sign and return all of the following documents at Sponsor's request: notarized Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability & Publicity Release, Exclusive Copyright License Agreement, Confidentiality Agreement, Travel companion Form, Form W-9 and a tax acknowledgement ("Affidavit") (collectively "Prize Claim Forms") within three (3) business days from the date it is emailed to the potential winners by the Administrator. By submitting Prize Claim Forms, Finalist prize winners agree to create and/or supply three (3) pieces of original, Sponsor-approved art works ("Works") to be displayed in Sponsor's selected proprietary clubs and/or lounges for any period of time during 2019, as determined in Sponsor's sole discretion.
Potential winner is subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. Failure to provide all required information within the stated time period may result in forfeiture of winner's right to claim the prize, and may result in the prize being awarded to an alternate winner, if time permits. The Contest Entities shall not be held responsible for any delays in awarding the prize for any reason. If the potential winner is found to be ineligible, is not in compliance with these Official Rules, declines to accept the prize, or any winner notification is returned as undeliverable or the potential winner fails to respond to a winner notification within the timeframe specified in such winner notification, or if a potential winner does not answer the initial notification, the prize may be forfeited. If the prize is forfeited for any reason, an alternate potential winner may be selected based on the Judging Criteria from all remaining non-winning Semi-Finalist and Finalist Submissions received during the Submission Phase. If the prize is unclaimed, unredeemed or any portion thereof returned as undeliverable, it will be forfeited. Prize is not transferable and includes only the items specifically listed as part of the prize. Any portion of the prize not accepted by winner will be forfeited. The winner shall be solely responsible for payment of any and all applicable federal, state and local taxes for the prize won. Approximate retail value is as of the time these Official Rules were printed and the value of the prize may fluctuate. The winner is not entitled to any difference between the ARV and the actual value of the prize at the time the prize is awarded. All other costs and expenses not expressly set forth herein shall be solely the winner's responsibility. The prize will only be awarded to a verified winner. If, after a good-faith attempt, Sponsor is unable to award or deliver the prize, the prize will not be re-awarded. If any event or experience portion of a prize, including, but not limited to, the Gallery Event, is cancelled or postponed for reasons outside Sponsor's control, including Force Majeure (defined below), the corresponding portion of the prize will not be awarded and no cash substitute or alternate prize component will be offered or permitted except as determined in Sponsor's sole discretion. THE WINNER WILL BE ISSUED A FORM 1099 FOR TAX PURPOSES IN THE AMOUNT OF THE ACTUAL RETAIL VALUE OF THE PRIZE AND MUST SUBMIT HIS/HER SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, AS REQUIRED BY LAW. ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES IMPOSED ON THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE PRIZE ARE SOLELY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: By participating in this Contest, entrants agree that the Contest Entities and each of their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, representatives, consultants, contractors, legal counsel, advertising, public relations, promotional, fulfillment and marketing agencies, website providers and each their respective officers, directors, stockholders, employees, representatives, designees and agents ("Released Parties") are not responsible for: (i) lost, late, incomplete, stolen, misdirected, postage due or undeliverable e-mail notifications, telephone calls, or postal mail; (ii) any computer, telephone, satellite, cable, network, electronic or Internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, connections, or availability; (iii) garbled, corrupt or jumbled transmissions, service provider/Internet/website/UseNet accessibility, availability or traffic congestion; (iv) any technical, mechanical, printing or typographical or other error; (v) the incorrect or inaccurate capture of Submission information or the failure to capture, or loss of, any such information; (vi) any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, technical error, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to the Contest; (vii) any injury or damage, whether personal or property (including any injury related to dancing or creating the entry), to entrants or to any person's computer related to or resulting from participating in the Contest and/or accepting or using the Prize; and (viii) entries that are late, forged, lost, misplaced, misdirected, tampered with, incomplete, deleted, damaged, garbled or otherwise not in compliance with the Official Rules. Further, the Contest Entities are not responsible for any undelivered telephone calls, messages or emails, including without limitation, emails that are not received because of an entrant's privacy or spam filter settings that may divert any winner notification or other Contest related email to a spam or junk folder. By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees: (i) to be bound by these Official Rules, including Submission requirements; (ii) to waive any rights to claim ambiguity with respect to these Official Rules; (iii) to waive all of his/her rights to bring any claim, action or proceeding against any of the Released Parties in connection with the Contest; and (iv) to forever and irrevocably agree to release and hold harmless each of the Released Parties from any and all claims, lawsuits, judgments, causes of action, proceedings, demands, fines, penalties, liability, costs and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys' fees) that may arise in connection with: (a) the Contest, including, but not limited to, any Contest-related activity or element thereof, and the entrant's entries, participation or inability to participate in the Contest; (b) the violation of any third-party privacy, personal, publicity or proprietary rights; (c) acceptance, attendance at, receipt, travel related to, participation in, delivery of, possession, defects in, use, non-use, misuse, inability to use, loss, damage, destruction, negligence or willful misconduct in connection with the use of the Prize (or any component thereof); (d) any change in the prizing (or any components thereof); (e) human error; (f) any wrongful, negligent, or unauthorized act or omission on the part of any of the Released Parties; (g) lost, late, stolen, misdirected, damaged or destroyed prizing (or any element thereof); or (h) the negligence or willful misconduct by entrant. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned, or the integrity and or feasibility of the Contest is severely undermined by any event beyond the control of Sponsor, including but not limited to inclement weather, fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, war (declared or undeclared), terrorist threat or activity, or any federal, state or local government law, order, or regulation, order of any court or jurisdiction, infection by computer virus, unauthorized intervention, technical failures or other cause not reasonably within the control of Sponsor (each a "Force Majeure" event or occurrence), Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to abbreviate, cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and/or proceed with the Contest, including the selection of winners in a manner it deems fair and reasonable, including the selection of winners from among eligible entries received prior to such cancellation, termination, modification or suspension without any further obligation provided a sufficient number of eligible entries are received. If Sponsor, in its discretion, elects to alter this Contest as a result of a Force Majeure event, a notice will be posted at the Website. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING REGARDING THIS CONTEST, INCLUDING THE PRIZE, IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.
DISPUTES: As a condition of entering, participants agree (a) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, consequential, or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses; (b) all causes of action arising out of or related to this Contest, or any prize awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court in the state of Illinois, to which participant submits to personal jurisdiction; and (c) any and all claims, judgments and award shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, excluding attorneys' fees and court costs. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures and other statements contained in any Sponsor materials and the terms and conditions of these Official Rules, these Official Rules shall prevail, govern and control.
PUBLICITY RIGHTS: Except for residents of Tennessee and where prohibited by law, by accepting the Prize, the winner agrees to allow Sponsor and Sponsor's designee the perpetual right to use his/her name, biographical information, photos, likeness and performance, voice recording, video images and all related footage, and statements for Contest, trade, commercial, advertising and publicity purposes, at any time or times, in all media now known or hereafter discovered worldwide, including but not limited to television, radio, and Internet, without notice, review or approval and without additional compensation for three (3) years from the date of winner determination.
RELEASE: By participating in the Contest, each entrant releases and agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Contest Entities, from and against any and all costs, claims, damages, or any other injury, whether due to negligence or otherwise, to person(s) or property (including, without limitation, death or violation of any personal rights, such as violation of right of publicity/privacy, libel, or slander), due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, to participation in the Contest, creation or use of an entry, acceptance or usage of the Prize, or arising out of participation in any Contest or Prize related activity, whether hosted by Sponsor or a third party.
GENERAL: This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. Winning the prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. Any attempted form of participation in this Contest other than as described herein is void and will result in disqualification, and if such person is selected as a potential winner, revocation of his/her prize. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any individual found, in its sole opinion, to be tampering with the operation of the Contest, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike manner or with the intent to disrupt the normal operation of the Contest. Any use of robotic, automatic, macro, programmed, third-party or like methods to participate in the Contest will void any attempted participation effected by such methods and the disqualification of the individual utilizing the same. CAUTION AND WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR TO UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of an entrant, the entry will be declared made by the primary account holder of the email account associated with the email account used to enter the Contest. Potential winners may be required to show proof of being the primary account holder. The "primary account holder" is the natural person listed as the primary owner of the email address by an email service provided. Sponsor is not responsible for any change of email address, mailing address and/or telephone number. If any provision of these Official Rules or any word, phrase, clause, sentence or other portion thereof should be held unenforceable or invalid for any reason, then that provision or portion thereof shall be modified or deleted in such manner as to render the remaining provisions of these Official Rules valid and enforceable. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules or any Prize documents will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. Sponsor's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision and such provision shall remain in full force and effect. All entries and/or materials submitted will not be returned. In the event of any conflict with any Contest details contained in these Official Rules and the Contest details contained in any Contest promotional materials (including, but not limited to, point of sale, television and print advertising, or any other promotional media), the details of the Contest as set forth in these Official Rules shall prevail. In the event of any conflict between the Official Rules and the Website terms and conditions, the terms and conditions of the Official Rules will prevail.
WINNERS LIST: For the name of the Contest prize winners, send a self-addressed, stamped, #10 envelope to: UNITED AIRLINES "HER ART HERE" CONTEST Winners List; C/O Momentum, Attn: Compliance Dept., 1831 Chestnut St., 7th Floor, St. Louis, MO 63103-2242. Winners List will be sent when the Contest Period is over and all properly claimed prizes have been awarded. Requests for Winners List must be received by June 30, 2019.
SPONSOR: United Airlines, Inc., 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606.
Gone but not forgotten
Captain Dean McDavid, Standards Director at United's flight training center in Denver, wasn't sure what he'd find when, late last year, he began working his contacts to locate a Gold Star family – the family of a U.S. service member killed in action – that could use a helping hand.
McDavid leads the Denver chapter of United for Veterans, an employee association for military veterans at the airline, which was newly established in Colorado, and the membership was anxious to hit the ground running with a worthy objective in mind: to honor the fallen by embracing the living. They had no doubt they could do some good; they just needed some direction. Then, one afternoon, McDavid received the call he'd been waiting for.
Major General Michael Loh, Adjutant General of the Colorado National Guard and one of McDavid's friends from his days in the U.S. Air Force, relayed to him the story of the Sampers family, the widow and children of U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class James Sampers, who was killed in Vietnam in 1969.
One of his sons, Jim Sampers, had recently been diagnosed with a pre-leukemia condition known as myelodysplasia, which required a stem cell transplant. His sister, Christina Ribbens, had been cleared as a donor, but there was one problem: she lived in Colorado and Jim is being treated in Calgary, Canada. With medical bills and other expenses piling up, the cost of airfare for Ribbens to fly back and forth for preliminary tests and the procedure added another layer of stress to an already difficult situation.
Hearing that, McDavid thought of a way to ease their burden. Working with Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO), one of United's non-profit partners, he and his group helped arrange travel for Ribbens and her mother, Patricia Sampers, using miles generously donated by United MileagePlus members.
"When Christina and I talked, I told her, 'First of all, we appreciate everything your dad did,'" says McDavid. "I let her know that we were here to support his family members just like he would have wanted."
Ribbens knew it would make her dad proud to know his brothers and sisters in arms are still looking out for him. "I imagine if he were here, he would be doing the same thing for others," she says, fighting back tears. "That's the kind of man he was."
Jim, like his sister, was touched, but he's not surprised by gestures like this anymore. From his siblings stepping up without hesitation to donate their stem cells (his brothers, Ron and Steve, were also tested, but neither was a match), to his sister giving him the gift of life, to the love and encouragement he's received since his diagnosis, he is regularly reminded of the goodness in this world. But this experience had the added benefit of reminding him of his father's goodness as well.
"Family was very important to Dad," Jim says, drawing from the images of his father that are etched into his memory. "He was a jokester and he loved to tease, but he was very loyal."
The military is itself a family, one in which loyalty stands above all else, even bravery. Loyalty to your country, loyalty to the men and women on either side of you, and loyalty to those who came before you and made the ultimate sacrifice. As they bow their heads in solemn remembrance on Memorial Day this month, Denver's United for Veterans members will reaffirm their loyalty with a commitment to keep fighting for those who fought to their last breath.
"There's nothing wrong with laying wreaths and planting flags next to gravestones," McDavid says. "But we can't forget the loved ones those veterans left behind. As much as anything, that's how we can show our gratitude."
To learn more about how United and TRIO assist transplant recipients, living donors and their families, visit donate.mileageplus.com
Expanding our commitment to powering more flights with biofuel
Today, we strengthened our emerging reputation as the world's most environmentally conscious airline by expanding our contract with Boston-based World Energy, agreeing to purchase up to 10 million gallons of cost-competitive, commercial-scale, sustainable aviation biofuel over the next two years. The biofuel, which we currently use to help sustainably power every flight departing out of our Los Angeles Airport hub (LAX), achieves more than a 60 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis.
Our contract extension follows our original purchase agreement in 2013, helping us to make history in 2016 when we became the first airline in the world to use sustainable aviation biofuel on a continuous basis. We are still currently the only U.S. airline to use biofuel in our regular operations. World Energy's biofuel is made from agricultural waste and has received sustainability certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials.
Recently announced, World Energy will invest $350 million to fully convert its Paramount, California facility to renewable diesel and sustainable aviation jet fuel, bringing its total capacity to 300 million gallons of production annually at that location, one of the company's six low-carbon fuel manufacturing plants.
"Investing in sustainable aviation biofuel is one of the most effective measures a commercial airline can take to reduce its impact on the environment," said Scott Kirby, United's president. "As leaders in this space, United and World Energy are setting an example for the industry on how innovators can work together to bring our customers, colleagues and communities toward a more sustainable future."
"Great companies lead," said Gene Gebolys, World Energy's chief executive officer. "We are honored to extend our commitment to United to advance their efforts to drive change to a lower carbon future."
Our contract renewal with World Energy will further assist us in achieving our commitment to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2050. Our pledge to reduce emissions by 50 percent relative to 2005 represents the equivalent of removing 4.5 million vehicles from the road, or the total number of cars in New York City and Los Angeles combined. Our biofuel supply agreements represent more than 50 percent of the commercial aviation industry's total agreements for sustainable aviation biofuel.
In addition to our purchase agreement with World Energy, we have invested in more than $30 million in California-based sustainable fuel developer Fulcrum BioEnergy. Our investment remains the single largest investment by any airline globally in sustainable fuels. And our agreement to purchase nearly 1 billion gallons from Fulcrum BioEnergy is also the largest offtake agreement for biofuel in the airline industry.
Our biofuel supply agreements represent more than 50 percent of the commercial aviation industry's total agreements for sustainable aviation biofuel.
Visit our United Eco-Skies® page to learn more about our ongoing commitment to the environment.
Love flies with us: Upcoming Pride month events
To help celebrate Pride Month, we're offering customers the opportunity to use their MileagePlus® award miles to bid on exclusive Pride packages. All proceeds will benefit our charity partner, The Trevor Project, a nonprofit that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ youth.
Bid on one of our exclusive Pride packages including:
- Attend a Drag Queen Brunch in Chicago
- Pride getaway package + walk in the parade with United in Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston or San Francisco
- WorldPride New York City getaway package + walk in the parade with United
- VIP Family movie night in the park in NYC
- Attend a Drag Queen Brunch at Newark Airport
"As Pride Month approaches, we invite MileagePlus members to show their pride, embrace the LGBTQ+ community and join United in saying 'all routes lead to love'," said Luc Bondar, United's president of MileagePlus and vice president of Loyalty. "United is thrilled to offer these unique Pride experiences and help The Trevor Project in their mission to support LGBTQ youth."
Additionally, on June 28, in partnership with iHeartMedia's Z100, we will celebrate PRIDE LIVE's Stonewall Day, the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. The Stonewall Foundation will be inducting key community members including United into PRIDE LIVE's STONEWALL ambassador program at Stonewall Day.
"Supporting LGBTQ youth in crisis from every state across the country takes significant travel resources, and we're grateful to United Airlines for contributing to our mission in such a valuable way," said Muneer Panjwani, Head of Corporate Development for The Trevor Project. "Their commitment to our mission of ending suicide among LGBTQ youth makes them a valued partner throughout the year, helping us save young LGBTQ lives every day."
Be sure to look out for United throughout the month of June as we'll be participating in Pride events across the globe including Pride parades in Washington, D.C. on 6/8, LA on 6/9, Denver on 6/16, Houston on 6/22, San Jose (Costa Rica) on 6/23, Mexico City on 6/29, Bogota on 6/30, San Francisco on 6/30, Chicago on 6/30, World Pride in New York City on 6/30 and then on 7/6 in London and 10/19 in Honolulu.
We team up with Audubon International to save owls in San Francisco
Today, we strengthened our emerging reputation as the world's most environmentally conscious airline by announcing that we are expanding our successful Raptor Relocation Network to our premier West Coast hub, San Francisco International Airport. We are teaming up with Audubon International to trap raptors — primarily barn owls — residing near the airport and resettle these birds of prey at suitable golf course habitats where the species are more likely to thrive.
We initially partnered with Audubon International to launch the Raptor Relocation Network in 2017 at Newark Liberty International Airport, where it has successfully resettled more than 80 birds — including several American kestrels, a species of concern in New Jersey. We will now work in tandem with Audubon International and San Francisco airport officials to resettle the barn owls and other at-risk species at Bay Area golf courses certified within the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program. As an official sponsor of the PGA Tour, we are uniquely positioned to help connect wildlife professionals at airports with the suitable golf course habitats identified by Audubon International for relocation purposes and to help inform the public on the importance of environmental sustainability.
Our expansion of the Raptor Relocation Network follows our recent announcement in San Francisco that we have committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050. Our pledge to reduce emissions by 50% relative to 2005 represents the equivalent of removing 4.5 million vehicles from the road, or the total number of cars in New York City and Los Angeles combined.
"Being environmentally conscious means more than just reducing our footprint; it means convening different groups to develop new and innovative ways to actively protect vulnerable species," said Janet Lamkin, United's president of California. "As we continue our commitment to protect raptors in the New York area, we are excited to expand our efforts to San Francisco and further underscore our industry-leading efforts to operate sustainably and responsibly."
"Audubon International is excited to be working with United Airlines' Eco-Skies program to expand the Raptor Relocation Network to the West Coast," said Christine Kane, Audubon International's chief executive officer. "Thousands of golf courses across the world have adopted environmentally sustainable property management practices that support wildlife habitat through our Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program. Bringing this all together to provide safe, high-quality habitat for raptors is a great success."
For more information on our commitment to environmental sustainability, visit united.com/ecoskies.
Escape to Cape Town: Waves, wines and lions at the "bottom of the world"
The reasons world travelers give when calling Cape Town their favorite African city are as abundant as the African Penguins (about 3,000) that waddle the beaches of Table Mountain National Park. Besides that park, which stretches from the city to the southwestern tip of Africa, these reasons include a wow-worthy waterfront, great restaurants and easy access to wonderful wineries.
Cape Town becomes more accessible beginning in December 2019, when United is due to become the first U.S. airline to offer nonstop flights to Cape Town, subject to government approval. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flights will depart New York/Newark on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and return from Cape Town on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. They will reduce travel time by at least four hours and allow one-stop service to Cape Town from more than 80 U.S. cities.
Every accommodation type can be found, from quiet B&Bs; to chic urban hotels. Central Cape Town and waterfront hotels are ideal if you want the convenience of being close to restaurants and shopping. Simon's Town district guesthouses bring you within waddling distance of penguins and False Bay beaches. Table Mountain views are relished at Gardens district hotels. Then there are coastal hideaways like Monkey Valley Resort, wedged between a milkwood forest and a beach, and The Twelve Apostles, a seaside hotel named for the mountains that tower above it.
Under the Table
Table Mountain National Park is as diverse as the flora and fauna that populate its 85 square miles. The piece of the park within city limits is a stunning swath of evergreens that soar up to the flat-topped, 3,500-foot namesake peak. The day hike or cable car ride to the summit is an exhilarating use of a few hours to shake off your jet lag. The two other main sections of the national park are Tokai Park, filled with birds and baboons, and Cape Peninsula, which extends along the Atlantic Ocean (including the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony) all the way to the Cape of Good Hope at the "bottom of the world."
On the waterfront
It's hard to beat simple pleasures like hiking up Table Mountain or Lion's Head, lazing on Cape Town's beaches or visiting the world-class Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. But, visitors should also spend time on Cape Town's Table Bay waterfront, home to a dizzying array of restaurants, shops, museums, galleries and attractions. Zeitz MOCAA houses the world's largest collection of contemporary African art in a 10-story former grain silo that was repurposed in 2017. Also on the waterfront are the Two Oceans Aquarium and ferries that whisk you to Robben Island, where the museum tells the inspiring story of Nelson Mandela's journey from prisoner to president.
Wining and dining
Constantia grape wineland countryside landscape background of hills with mountain backdrop in Cape Town South Africa
The Cape Winelands, among the world's leading wine regions, is within 40 miles of Cape Town, centered around the 17th-century towns of Stellenbosch and Paarl. Excellent restaurants are found at many Winelands wineries (as well as in Cape Town), but perhaps the best spot to wine and dine is even closer to the city — Groot Constantia, where wines have been produced since 1685. Visitors can enjoy tastings or food pairings of the award-winning wines; tour the Manor House, wine museum and history museum; and dine at one of two restaurants.
Lions, leopards and rhinos
Several game reserves within a three-hour drive of Cape Town allow visitors to see African wildlife in their native habitat. The 25,000-acre Inverdoorn and Aquila reserves each offer half-day safaris on which you may spot all of the "big five" — lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo — as well as cheetahs, giraffes and wildebeests, from open-air vehicles. The Sanbona Reserve is even larger (but a bit farther out), while the Grootbros Reserve specializes in boating safaris that deliver sightings of southern right whales, great white sharks, bottlenose dolphins, African penguins and Cape fur seals.
When to go and how to get around
The first United nonstop flights and South Africa's summer both begin in December. Rain is rare from December to March, when high temperatures are typically in the high seventies, so Cape Town is a perfect warm-weather escape. Once you arrive, Uber, taxis, rental cars (driven on the left side), sightseeing buses and trains and are all convenient transportation options. And oh yeah, South Africans speak English.
If you go
You can purchase tickets now at united.com or on the United app for three weekly nonstop flights from New York/Newark to Cape Town beginning December 15, subject to government approval. Redeem MileagePlus® Rewards points to cover your hotel and car.
Chicago's 10 best outdoor bars and restaurants
Don't let its Windy City nickname fool you. During the spring and summer months, Chicago is the perfect destination to enjoy some outdoor fun. And there's no better way to do that than by catching a few rays on one of the city's rooftop bars or restaurant patios. As the weather brightens, here's a guide to Chicago's most exciting outdoor drinking and dining spots.
Located on the roof of the Hoxton hotel, Cabra is one of Chicago's newest rooftop bars and restaurants that is sure to be a busy summer hangout spot. This Peruvian restaurant is colorful and vibrant with a menu filled with reinvented and traditional Peruvian dishes. The open designed dining room is filled with plush seating, bright colors and plants hanging over the bar, giving the restaurant a lively yet relaxing atmosphere.
Offering an elevated view of the Chicago River, this stylish rooftop bar more than lives up to its name. Located on the third floor of the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, Raised combines a modern industrial aesthetic with all the comforts of a sophisticated hotel bar. The beverage menu includes a wide variety of local microbrews, plus seasonal cocktails served by the glass or decanter for larger groups.
Fun is on tap at Cerise, the playful rooftop bar on the 26th floor of Chicago's Virgin Hotel. Inspired by Japan's popular izakaya gastropubs, this hip lounge features a colorful cocktail menu filled with sparkling spritzers and fruity fizzes. Famed designer Paola Navone helped craft the whimsical decor, making Cerise one of the most Instagrammable bars in the city.
The J. Parker
It's difficult to decide what's most impressive about The J. Parker. From the signature mixed drinks inspired by the flavors of Mexico, Cuba and Spain, to the sharing menu created by award-winning chef Paul Vivant, every aspect of this rooftop bar is worth experiencing. Above all, the bird's eye view of Lake Michigan and Lincoln Park make it truly spectacular.
Located on the 13th floor of the historic Chicago Athletic Association building, Cindy's is one of the most popular spots in the city, and for very good reason. Sporting incredible views of Lake Michigan and Millennium Park, this gorgeous rooftop bar and restaurant welcomes patrons with a constantly evolving food and drink menu, including summery treats like boozy popsicles and amaretto ice cream pops.
Can't decide whether to try a rooftop beer garden or a street-level patio? Parlor has you covered either way. With two locations in Chicago, this comfortable pizza bar offers multiple outdoor dining options. On the menu, Parlor has some of the most creative pizzas you'll ever try, like Eggs Benedict (Canadian ham, three eggs, and lemon Hollandaise sauce) and Pork-Q Pie (cherry peppers, BBQ pork, pineapple and smoked mozzarella).
Combining traditional and modern Mexican food with killer margaritas that you can order by the pitcher, El Cid has been a mainstay of Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood for more than 15 years. Their outdoor front patio is great for people-watching, while their discrete back patio provides an intimate atmosphere that's perfect for a romantic dinner.
Open on three sides at the back of the restaurant, the private terrace at Gather is a relaxing alternative to the elegant inner dining room. Seating on the terrace is first come, first served, so you might run into an occasional wait. But rest assured, it's well worth it. To help distinguish the space, Executive Chef Ken Carter has crafted a separate menu designed to be shared outdoors.
Chicago carnivores, rejoice! You're in for a treat at this restaurant, bar and butcher shop in the city's Wicker Park neighborhood. The menu is loaded with steaks, chops, burgers and charcuterie, all of which are available to order on the upstairs patio. For a full night's entertainment, check out a live concert in Chop Shop's popular event space after your meal.
With its lush outdoor patio and upscale menu, The Dawson is a place you'll want to return to repeatedly. Tucked away in the River West neighborhood, it's an ideal spot for large groups of friends looking to unwind after a day of exploring the city. The patio includes a full outdoor bar and a fireplace for cooler nights.
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An insiders’ tour of Fishtown, Philadelphia
Story by Lauren Itzkowitz | Illustrations by Francesco Zorzi | Hemispheres, May 2019
Named for the shad fisheries that once lined the Delaware River, this working-class Irish, German, and Polish neighborhood has drawn creative types for years. New restaurants and lodging options may be raising Fishtown's profile, but it's still a tight-knit community—as evinced by these six locals, who showed us the area's hot spots.
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“Suraya has great healthy lunch options that don't drag you down the rest of the day. It's a beautiful space, and the food is ambitious."
Suraya executive chef and co-owner Nick Kennedy recommends…
“Riverwards Produce is a go-to when my family is planning dinner. I love their produce and cheese—they have what I find myself needing."
Riverwards Produce owner Vincent Finazzo recommends…
“I send people to Vestige to experience a boutique that feels like it's from the desert in California. With jewelry, candles, and a curated body-care section, Vestige transports you to a better place."
Vestige owner Ashley Gleason recommends…
“I like La Colombe [the coffee brand's flagship café] for people-watching and spending a few hours staring into my laptop. They also have the best bread in the city."
La Colombe president and cofounder JP Iberti recommends…
“Wm. Mulherin's Sons is a great place to grab a drink, mostly because a drink always turns into dinner, and Mulherin's offers one of the best meals in Philly. Their hotel is always booked, much like the restaurant."
Wm. Mulherin's Sons co-owner Randall Cook recommends…
“Cheu is great when I'm in the mood for a midday treat. A counter seat at the bar lets you see all the action, the ramen is killer, and the draft beer is ice cold."
The 2019 Hemispheres hotel top 20
Story by Nicolas DeRenzo | Hemispheres May 2019
Our annual compendium of the best new hotels in the world takes us from from Rio to ryokan, Savannah to surf club. No matter where you're going, in these pages, you'll find a place where you'll want to stay.
Hotel Amparo San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
For Social Media Influencers
Just in time for its designation as the 2019 American Capital of Culture, San Miguel de Allende—which is practically an artists' colony unto itself—welcomed this five-room hideaway in the 300-year-old former mayor's residence. Thanks to co-owner Mariana Barran Goodall, who grew up in Monterrey, Mexico, and runs Houston-based Hibiscus Linens, every tiny detail here is ready for its close-up. It won't take long for you to fill up your Instagram grid with shots of gold room keys, hand-stitched napkins, custom bathroom tiles made by local artisans, and even the coasters.
WE LOVE the flower-filled courtyard, a great place to take a selfie or sit with an espresso from the on-site café, which sources Mexican beans from Buna roasters. From $250, hotelamparo.com
Eastwind Hotel & Bar Windham, New York
For Hip Hikers
For many vacationers, the Catskills conjure images of 1950s summer camp resorts and Dirty Dancing. The Eastwind provides a sleek, Scandinavian-style counterpoint to those Borscht Belt spots of old. Opened last June on the site of a 1920s bunkhouse about 150 miles north of New York City, the 19-room retreat is a perfect jumping-off point for hiking, fly-fishing, and snowshoeing excursions. If you're feeling creative, write a few jokes—these are the stomping grounds of Joan Rivers and Henny Youngman, after all—on a vintage typewriter in one of the writer's studio suites. Or take a load off under a Faribault Woolen Mills plaid throw in one of the spartan-chic A-frame Lushna cabins.
Six Senses Maxwell Singapore
The second of two Six Senses urban resorts to open in the Lion City last year doesn't immediately scream “eco-friendly." The posh 138-room property across from the Maxwell Food Centre occupies a 1929 Art Deco heritage building and exudes Old World opulence with fixtures such as brocade headboards, silk lampshades, and damask velvet chairs. However, befitting its home in Asia's greenest city, the hotel is also home to a series of sustainable touches: reusable glass water bottles, biodegradable cornstarch toothbrushes, locally sourced minibar items, and a restaurant that serves responsibly caught fish.
WE LOVE the traditional ice cream tricycle, from which guests can order free organic ice cream sandwiches (in flavors like durian, red bean, and sweet corn) on soft, colorful bread, kept cold by a solar-powered refrigerator. From $240, sixsenses.com
The Middle House Shanghai
Set just off Shanghai's main shopping street, West Nanjing Road, the newest member of Swire Hotels' House Collective is a polished den of understated glamour, courtesy of Milan-based interior designer Piero Lissoni. The entryway is as heart-stoppingly dramatic as any couture runway show: A 3,760-piece Venetian glass chandelier hangs surrounded by emerald-green, bamboo-patterned tiles. The 111-room hotel, which opened last spring, boasts a nearly 700-work art collection—over half of which is Chinese—loosely inspired by the curatorial theme “I Dream of China."
WE LOVE Caroline Cheng's lobby installation, Prosperity, a black robe covered with 12,000 tiny butterfly figurines crafted in China's porcelain-making capital, Jingdezhen. From $268, themiddlehousehotel.com
Palihotel Seattle Seattle
For Stylish Seafarers
Guests arriving at the check-in desk at the first Palisociety hotel outside of Los Angeles are greeted by a portrait of a raincoat-clad, pipe-smoking sailor—a perfect introduction to the subtly nautical vibe that permeates Seattle's newest hotel, which opened in November one block from the bustling Pike Place Market. The prime location means the seafood (sweet-and-spicy salmon jerky, littleneck clams, local oysters) at the on-site restaurant, The Hart and the Hunter, is always as fresh and invigorating as the Puget Sound views from the landmark 1895 building's upper floors.
WE LOVE The Hart and the Hunter's briny Elliott Bay Gibson, which includes oyster-shell-infused gin, Maldon sea salt, bay leaf olive oil, and a pickled onion. From $175, palisociety.com
Perry Lane Hotel Savannah, Georgia
For Aspiring Southern Belles
Few American cities are better preserved than Savannah, with its centuries-old squares and statues and hanging Spanish moss. Last June, the city's Historic District got a rare new addition, the 167-room Perry Lane Hotel. The Luxury Collection property pays such deep homage to the Hostess City of the South that— aside from a loaner jazz guitar from local luthier Benedetto and an art collection that includes works by 81 artists with ties to the Savannah College of Art and Design—it invented a fictional grande dame named Adelaide Harcourt to help define its aesthetic. (Look for her portrait above the lobby fireplace.)
WE LOVE the polka-dotted Gargoyle Artillery statues at the rooftop bar, Peregrin; you'll keep turning away from the views of the Historic District to consider their Gothic-psychedelic visages. From $187, perrylanehotel.com
Hôtel de Berri Paris
For Art Connoisseurs
The City of Light isn't short on artful luxury accommodations, but how many Parisian palaces look like they were born in a Rodin fever dream? The lobby at this Luxury Collection property, which opened last May just steps from the Champs-Élysées, is scattered with sculpted figures and busts, many of them reproductions from the Louvre's molding workshop. Designer Philippe Renaud gave each of the 40 rooms and 35 suites a unique color scheme and art theme; one might have red-and-yellow-striped walls hung with simple figurative line drawings, while another's matte olive-green walls boast Cubist paintings. No matter the decor, reserve a room with a view of the lush garden.
WE LOVE the Bemelmans Bar–meets–Ralph Steadman mural of Parisian street scenes that wraps around the Michelin-recommended Italian restaurant Le Schiap (named for couturier Elsa Schiaparelli, who once lived at this address). From $445, marriott.com
The Ramble Hotel Denver
Most travelers are happy if their hotel has one great bar; at this new 50-room boutique property, there are four, all of them run by the team behind New York's award-winning cocktail den Death & Co. By night, the grand lobby's sunny café transforms into a swanky lounge with velvet curtains and spangly chandeliers. Hidden upstairs is Suite 6A, an intimate 21-seat bar. A ballroom/venue/theater, Vauxhall, is aimed directly at the surrounding River North Art District's culturati. Finally, outside, under the glow of artist Scott Young's neon Wish You Were Her(e) sign, The Garden serves up patio classics such as Aperol spritzes and mojitos.
WE LOVE that the bartenders are so willing to chat about their favorite unsung ingredients, like a French fortified wine called Pineau des Charentes that's featured in the Black Poodle alongside Irish whiskey, amaro, aloe, and sparkling mineral water. From $209, theramblehotel.com
Skylark Negril Beach Resort Negril, Jamaica
For Boho Beach Bums
In Jamaican slang, to skylark is to goof off, mess around, or make mischief. Ironically, that's an activity that the designers at the impeccable Skylark Negril Beach Resort seem not to have pursued. The sister property to the nearby Rockhouse Hotel opened in June on Seven Mile Beach and pairs modernist touches—geometric breeze-block, whitewashed concrete—with pops of color from retro travel posters and throw pillows emblazoned with a print of the island's favorite fruit, bright-red ackee.
WE LOVE the outpost of NYC restaurant Miss Lily's, which serves up Caribbean rums and jerk favorites smoked over pimento wood to a soundtrack of reggae and dancehall hits. From $95, skylarknegril.com
The Hoxton, Williamsburg Brooklyn
For Digital Nomads
The London-based Hoxton chain brought its trademark combination of high design and low rates to the States last fall, with the debut of this 175-room outpost—a perfect spot for freelancers and creative types who aren't chained to a cubicle (i.e., Brooklynites). You and your laptop will feel at home in your cheerily appointed room, which features a smart wall-mounted desk and a retro Roberts Radio. If you're more productive surrounded by others, head down to the beehive-busy sunken lobby, which is done up in eclectic, sherbet-hued furniture.
WE LOVE procrastinating by perusing the Best of Brooklyn line of locally made products—such as Pintrill pizza slice pins, Brins strawberry vanilla jam, and Sesame Letterpress notecards—for sale in the lobby. From $159, thehoxton.com
Woodlark Hotel Portland, Oregon
For Plant Lovers
It's fitting that the latest hip lodging in a town known as the Rose City would be aimed at green thumbs. Opened in December in side-by-side landmark buildings downtown, the 150-room Woodlark Hotel is decorated with moody black-and-white botanical photos by Imogen Cunningham, while the conservatory-like foyer teems with a greenhouse's worth of potted trees. In this pattern-obsessed city—remember the famous PDX airport carpet?—the guest rooms' custom wallpaper, featuring the sort of native Pacific Northwest flora you'd find in nearby Forest Park, is sure to become iconic.
WE LOVE the artfully composed bouquets for sale at the lobby outpost of Colibri, an elegant flower shop co-owned by James Beard Award–winning chef Naomi Pomeroy. From $125, woodlarkhotel.com
Janeiro Rio de Janeiro
For Sun Seekers
This 53-room hotel in beachside Leblon was opened last fall by fashion designer and Osklen founder Oskar Metsavaht, but its stark, sun-bleached, minimalist aesthetic owes a great deal to another Brazilian Oscar: architect Oscar Niemeyer, the Rio-born genius best known for New York City's UN headquarters and Brasília's space-age government buildings. In a city beloved for the ostentatious vibrancy of Carnaval, the Janeiro's sandy earth tones, blond freijo wood, travertine limestone, and sculptural rattan pieces offer an oasis of calm.
WE LOVE the 18th-floor infinity pool, which overlooks the white cliffs of the Cagarras Islands and the Morro Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers Hill). From $288, janeirohotel.rio
United Places Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Australia
Many new hotels tout their live-like-a-local bona fides, but few feel as much like a posh apartment block as this 12-suite bolthole, which opened last June in Melbourne's gallery-filled South Yarra neighborhood. If location is everything, you can't do much better than a property overlooking the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, while suites include all the trappings of a dream flat: rain showers with Le Labo products, oak parquet floors, sleek furnishings from Patricia Urquiola and Grant Featherston, and a bar cart stocked with Tasmania's award-winning Sullivans Cove whiskey. Best of all, each suite comes with personalized concierge service.
WE LOVE the in-room breakfasts from the team downstairs at Matilda 159, an open-fire restaurant serving such creative dishes as sea bream tartare and spanner crab with prawn butter. From $461, unitedplaces.com.au
Shinola Hotel Detroit
For American Artisans
A lot is riding on the shoulders of Shinola, the Detroit-based watchmaker that has become synonymous with the Rust Belt's renaissance. In January, the company got into the hotel game with a 129-room space that sprawls across three new buildings and two downtown landmarks—the former Singer Sewing Machine shop and the T.B. Rayl Co. hardware store. Throughout the property, you'll find products made exclusively for the hotel, such as scented candles with notes of cherry blossom, leather, and smoke, and Shinola-branded cola in the Michigan-centric minibar.
WE LOVE the in-room Runwell desk clocks, scaled-up versions of the first watch the company ever produced. From $255, shinolahotel.com
Belmond Cadogan Hotel London
You'll be inspired to put pen to paper at this reimagined Chelsea property, which opened in February after a flawless $48 million renovation of the 1887 Cadogan Hotel. Oscar Wilde's former pied-à-terre is now part of the Royal Suite, in-room libraries are curated by family-owned John Sandoe Books, and an installation of 600 bronze-cast hardbacks encases the lobby elevator bank. Guests of the 54 rooms and suites are granted a key to Cadogan Place Gardens across the street, where they can sit under a mulberry tree with a notebook and sketch their own picture of Dorian Gray. Need inspiration? One taste of the decadent chicken butter at chef Adam Handling's eponymous restaurant will do the trick.
WE LOVE that reading in the bath is encouraged: The deep Victoria + Albert soaking tubs feature a bamboo bathtub tray complete with a book stand—and a holder for your Champagne flute. From $620, belmond.com
Eaton DC Washington, D.C.
For Social Activists
K Street may be synonymous with D.C. lobbyists, but, as of last September, it's also home to a new hub for budding activists. Katherine Lo—the daughter of the Langham hotel group's chairman—designed her 209-room Eaton DC to inspire the next RBG or AOC at every turn. Tune in to the house radio station, grab a book from the Radical Library (which features works by Roxane Gay and Langston Hughes), or brainstorm with fellow progressives over turmeric lattes at the Kintsugi café. You can even call down to the front desk for a nightstand copy of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
WE LOVE Erik Thor Sandberg's Wonderland-themed lobby mural, Allegory, which replaces Alice with civil rights icon Ruby Bridges, the first black child to desegregate an all-white elementary school. From $199, eatonworkshop.com
Noah Surf House Santa Cruz, Portugal
You'll want to learn the Portuguese word for “to chill" (relaxar) before you set foot in this surf-bum paradise, which opened on the Silver Coast, 50 minutes from Lisbon, last July. Its 21 rooms are divided between a central surfhouse that features hostel-style bunk accommodations and 13 boxy bungalows that dot the hilly dunes. There's an inescapably '70s SoCal vibe here, from the beanbag chairs and rope swings to a skate park and an organic garden filled with a small brood of hens.
WE LOVE the upcycled decor, which incorporates traffic signs, old boats, octopus traps, and fishing nets. From $182, noahsurfhouseportugal.com
KAI Sengokuhara Kanagawa, Japan
For Zen Seekers
It's impossible not to relax at Japan's newest onsen (hot spring) resort, which opened last July in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, two hours by train from Tokyo. The art-themed ryokan invites you to slip into a yukata (cotton robe) and then do absolutely nothing—except soak in the milky, mineral-rich water piped from the Owakudani volcanic valley into a communal bathhouse and private guest room soaking tubs. Equally invigorating are 24-year-old chef Akari Sash's inspired kaiseki dinners; with dishes like abalone grilled over nearly 400-degree stones, she'll have you forgetting all about Western-style spa meals.
WE LOVE the tenugui (cotton towel) decorating workshop, which feels like a sophisticated answer to the adult coloring book trend. From $332 per person, including breakfasts and dinners, kai-ryokan.jp
The Carpenter Hotel Austin, Texas
You'll wish you could sign up for a meal plan at this millennially minded hotel, just steps from Zilker Park. Food-world power couple Christina Skogly Knowlton and Andrew Knowlton (the host of Netflix's The Final Table) are behind the offerings at Hot L Coffee and Carpenters Hall, a restaurant located in, yes, a former union hall. Start with huckleberry butter–topped waffles, snack poolside on the best chocolate chip cookies ever, then sip a pear brandy–based Kind Eyes cocktail before a dinner of big-as-your-head chicken schnitzel. The 93 rooms are just as delectable, with custom-designed striped cotton blankets, blue-and-terracotta-tiled bathrooms, and thoughtful, vintage-inspired over-bed lights.
WE LOVE that each room has a terrace, outfitted simply with two folding chairs—the perfect place to sip a surprisingly inexpensive minibar Lone Star at the end of the evening.From $175, carpenterhotel.com
7Pines Resort Ibiza Ibiza, Spain
For Swanky Swimmers
Forget Ibiza's party-hearty reputation: At 7Pines, on the Mediterranean island's quieter west coast, relaxation is key. Guests at the 186-suite property from The Leading Hotels of the World don't need to pack much more than a bathing suit (and a dinner-appropriate outfit or two) because they'll want to spend all day snapping mermaid-inspired Instagram shots along the infinity pool's glass wall. Need a change of scenery? A five-minute walk down a stone staircase leads to secluded Cala Codolar beach, where all the sunbathers look like they stepped out of an Antonioni film. Finish the day with a massage at the Pure Seven Spa, which, of course, has its own pool.
WE LOVE that no matter where you dine—on modern Asian cuisine at The View, prawn tartare at the Cone Club, or piña coladas at the Pershing Yacht Terrace—the Balearic Sea is always in sight. From $448, 7pines.com
Photo Credits: Marcus Jolly (Hotel Amparos); Jordan Layon (Eastwind Hotel); © E Leong (The Middle House);Eric Laignet/Paris Images (Hotel de Berri); Adam Szafranski (The Ramble Hotel) Nicole Franzen (Shinola Hotel); Courtesy of Belmond Cadogen Hotel (Belmond Cadogen Hotel); Adrian Gaut (Eaton DC); Noah Surf House Portugal (Noah Surf House); Akifumi Yamabe (KAI Sengokuhara); Alex Lau (Carpenter Hotel); Tomas Alonso Salvador (7Pines)
The feedback from customers and employees was clear: we needed to improve our boarding process. As part of our ongoing efforts to put customers at the center of everything we do, we identified boarding as an opportunity to improve the airport experience. We tested a variety of different boarding processes on thousands of flights across multiple airports. Best practices emerged from each test, and combined, they now form what we are calling "Better Boarding".
Better Boarding consists of three key improvements
Less time in line:
By reducing the number of boarding lanes, there is more space for customers to enjoy the gate areas, many of which have been completely remodeled with more comfortable seating and in some airports, the ability to have food and drinks from within the airport delivered directly to the gate area. Over the years, we have invested millions of dollars in our terminals, and now with less time spent standing in line, customers will have more time to dine, shop, relax, work or enjoy a United Club℠.
Simplified gate layout
Say goodbye to the five long lines we see today
Group 1 will board through the blue lane.
Group 2 will board through the green lane, followed by groups 3, 4, and 5.
Late arriving customers in Group 1 and 2 will use the blue lane.
Customers in groups 3, 4, and 5 always use the green lane.
We are providing customers with more information throughout the boarding process so that they feel more at ease, and more equipped with the latest information about their flight. Customers with the United app can receive a push notification once their flight starts boarding. Customers will only receive the notification if they've opted in for push notifications and have a mobile boarding pass in the app's wallet.
Be in the know about boarding
Customers will receive boarding notifications through the United app (if they've opted in for notifications).
Improved gate area digital signage to guide customers through boarding.
Balanced groups and better recognition:
United MileagePlus® Premier 1K® customers will now pre-board and United MileagePlus Premier Gold customers will be boarding in Group 1. For more information on our boarding groups, visit: https://www.united.com/web/en-us/content/travel/airport/boarding-process.aspx
Improved premier customer recognition
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Improved premier recognition and better positioning of customers to create balanced boarding groups.
The new Better Boarding process is just one of the steps we are taking to improve the customer experience. We will continue to collect feedback from customers on ways we can further improve boarding and you may receive a post-travel survey to tell us more about your experience
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