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Our disaster relief efforts go further, thanks to the Humane Society

By The Hub team, November 28, 2017

With a historic tropical storm, two major hurricanes, an unprecedented earthquake and blazing wildfires, August and September dealt us many catastrophic natural disasters, one after the other. Hundreds of thousands of people, including many United employees and their friends and families, were impacted by these events. Though people weren't the only victims, many animals also faced extraordinary hardships in the aftermath of the devastations.

Rescuers saving animals from the flooding in Houston due to Harvey

Through our fundraising efforts and thanks to the generous donations we received from our customers and employees, we have raised more than $3 million to support our many charitable partners, who continue to provide humanitarian aid and participate in disaster relief efforts to those impacted by all of these natural disasters. One of the many beneficiaries of United's disaster relief support was the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), including its international affiliate, Humane Society International (HSI).

We donated $25,000 directly to HSUS and our online fundraising campaign raised more than $65,000 for HSI, thanks again to the donations from our customers and employees. The donated funds, totaling more than $90,000, helped provide crucial aid to thousands of suffering animals impacted by Tropical Storm Harvey, Hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as the earthquake in Mexico City on Sept. 19.

Our fundraising efforts were just one of the many ways we were providing aid to those impacted by the multiple natural disasters. We flew multiple relief flights to deliver food, water, amenities and medical supplies to those affected by Hurricane Irma and Tropical Storm Harvey. Additionally our relief efforts included transporting people and animals from areas affected to safer locations.

Rescued an owl after Hurricane Irma

Through these efforts, so far, more than 15,000 animals have been assisted, 4,000 transported to safety, and more than 250,000 pounds of humanitarian and animal supplies have been provided to areas in need.

"We are truly grateful for United's support!" said HSUS Senior Manager of Corporate Giving Hillary Hutchens. "It's been a crazy time for us, and we could not do all that we were able to do without the generosity of supporters like you."

There are many animals still in need, and HSUS and HSI continue to partner with their Emergency Placement Partners to find new homes for rescued animals. To find out more or to help support their efforts, please visit The Humane Society's website.

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 First U.S. Airline to Offer Economy Customers Option to Pre-Order Snacks and Beverages

New pre-order option builds on the airline's contactless payment technology and is another example of the customer experience transformation underway at United
By United Newsroom, July 28, 2021

CHICAGO, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today on select flights, all United customers – no matter what cabin of service they're flying in – can use the airline's award-winning mobile app and website to pre-order meals, snacks and beverages up to five days before they're scheduled to travel. United is the first and only U.S. airline to offer economy customers the option to pre-order snacks and beverages, a reflection of the customer experience transformation underway at the airline.

United Airlines to Operate More than 40 Weekly Flights as England Re-Opens to U.S. Travelers

In August, United is adding a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. to London
By United Newsroom, July 28, 2021

CHICAGO, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- With today's announcement of England reopening to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. beginning Aug 2, United Airlines is making it easier for business and leisure customers to jet across the pond with the addition of flights to London. In August, United will have six daily flights between the U.S. and London, including a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. and increasing service from Houston to daily. United looks forward to resuming additional London service in the coming months as well as launching new nonstop service between Boston and London. Customers traveling to England must be fully vaccinated in the U.S. with vaccines that have been approved by the FDA and must take a test before departure as well as a PCR test within the first two days of arrival. Passengers vaccinated in the U.S. will also need to complete a passenger locator form prior to traveling to England and provide proof of U.S. residency.

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