How to Stay Connected On the Go - United Hub

How to stay connected on the go

By Benét J. Wilson

As a nation of travelers, we've all turned into multitaskers. You may be on the road for work or leisure, but life must go on and you need to keep up, making it vital to stay connected on the go. How can you do it successfully?

1. Keeping track

One of the most important things about travel is keeping track of your reservations. There are many smartphone and tablet apps that help do that, but one of the newest and best is Google Trips. The app keeps all of your travel information in one place, including reservations and confirmation numbers. It helps plan your day on the road and makes recommendations of things to do in local areas. Your travel information can even be downloaded and accessed without internet access, a win-win for those on the go.

2. Charge me up

These days, many people carry a combination of smartphone, tablet and laptop computer when traveling. On the ground or in the air, these devices are power hogs and there may not always be an outlet available. Plan ahead by carrying a portable multi-port battery pack that has the bandwidth to keep all three devices charged.

3. Where's the Wi-Fi?

Your devices are charged, but you may still need Wi-Fi in places where reception is either spotty, expensive or nonexistent, so you need to have a backup plan. One option to consider is SkyRoam, a portable Wi-Fi hotspot that offers global access and unlimited data. Travelers can buy the hotspot for $99 or rent one for $9.95 a day, including the Wi-Fi access. You pay by the day, so only use it when you need it. And if you're in the air, we offer Wi-Fi on all of our larger aircrafts and most of our smaller planes. And bonus — you can use your United MileagePlus® frequent flyer miles to purchase inflight Wi-Fi.

4. Give me the power

You may find yourself in an airport that doesn't have enough power outlets, so carry something like the Belkin Mini Surge Protector, which has three outlets and two USB ports. Plus, it's a great way to make new friends when you travel.

5. Be balanced

One of the keys to successful business travel is to travel light. Let your tablet do double duty by connecting it to a mini keyboard. You'll be thrilled with the space you saved.

6. Stay organized

Finally, all of these devices need a convenient place to live because nothing is worse than being disorganized when you're traveling. Consider a durable sleeve that can hold a tablet and slim keyboard, along with other necessary items like your smartphone, cords, chargers and smaller office supplies.

The next time you prepare for a trip with us, use these tips to stay connected and ready to fly. Book your ticket on United.com or by using the United app.

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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