United Airlines "United Journey" Contest
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING A PRIZE.
THE FOLLOWING PROMOTION IS INTENDED FOR ENTRY BY LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ("D.C.") ONLY AND WILL BE GOVERENED BY APPLICABLE U.S. LAW. DO NOT ENTER THIS PROMOTION IF YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE (SEE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT IN RULES 1) AND LOCATED IN ONE OF THE 50 UNITED STATES OR D.C. AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.
The United Airlines "United Journey" Contest ("Contest"), sponsored by United Airlines, Inc. ("Sponsor") will begin at 12:01:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time ("CDT") on August 7, 2018 and is scheduled to end at 11:59:59 p.m. CDT on August 28, 2018 (the "Promotion Period"). The Contest is subject to applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. By participating, you agree to abide by and be bound by these Official Rules and all decisions of the Administrator (as defined in Rule 1, below), which shall be final and binding on you in all matters relating to this Contest.
The Contest is no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Twitter or Instagram. Twitter and Instagram are not affiliated with Sponsor in any way.
1. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is only open to individuals who are legal residents of one of the 50 United States or D.C. and 18 years of age or older (19 years or older if a resident of Alabama or Nebraska) at the time of entry. The Contest is not open to employees, officers or directors of Sponsor, or Wunderman, LLC ("Administrator"), or any of their respective parent companies, affiliates or subsidiaries, distributors, Contest material suppliers, Contest or media partners, printer(s) of Contest materials or advertising, advertising or promotion agencies, other coordinating agencies involved in the development or implementation of this Contest (collectively, the "Contest Entities"), and the immediate family members (defined as spouse, biological, adoptive or step-parent, grandparent, child, sibling or spouse of any of the foregoing, regardless of where they live), or household members (whether related or not) of any of the foregoing. Void outside of the 50 United States/D.C. and where prohibited by law.
2. ENTRY: There are three (3) methods of Entry into the Contest.
METHOD #1. VIA WEBSITE: During the Promotion Period, visit https://twitter.com/signup to register for free. During Promotion Period, post a Photo and a description about why this photo represents your favorite travel moment and where you'd want to go on your United Journey; include the hashtag #UnitedJourneyContest (each referred to herein as a "Tweet" or "Entry"). Tweet must include a relevant response, must comply with the Tweet Guidelines (as set forth below) and the Twitter.com Terms of Service, and must include the "#UnitedJourneyContest" hashtag. Each Tweet must contain at least thirteen (13) characters and no more two hundred eighty (280) characters and must be in English. Entrant's Twitter profile must be set to "public" for the Tweet to be a valid Entry. The Twitter account used to enter must be registered in your name. You may not enter via a corporate or shared account. Your properly completed and submitted submission will constitute your "Entry" into the Contest.
METHOD #3. VIA INSTAGRAM: You must be a registered user of Instagram and must be a follower of United to enter this Contest via this method. If you are not a registered user of Instagram simply visit https://Instagram.com/signup to register for free. During Promotion Period, post a Photo and a description about why this photo represents your favorite travel moment and where you'd want to go on your United Journey; include the hashtag #UnitedJourneyContest. Submission must include a relevant response, must comply with the Instagram Guidelines (as set forth below) and the Instagram.com Terms of Service, and must include the "#UnitedJourneyContest" hashtag. Each submission must contain at least thirteen (13) characters and no more than two hundred eighty (280) characters and must be in English. Entrant's Instagram profile must be set to "public" for the submission to be a valid Entry. The Instagram account used to enter must be registered in your name. You may not enter via a corporate or shared account. Your properly completed and submitted submission will constitute your "Entry" into the Contest.
Once submitted, an Entry cannot be deleted, cancelled or modified. Entries must include all required information and the required hashtag, or they will not be eligible. Limit: one (1) Entry per person/email address/Twitter or Instagram account (as applicable) for the entire Promotion Period. Participants are solely responsible for Internet connectivity, software and/or hardware that may be required in order to create and/or submit any Entry.
In case of multiple Entries received from any person/email account, Instagram account or Twitter account during the Promotion Period, only the first Entry received from such person, email address, Instagram account or Twitter account will be included in the Contest.
If you choose to enter via a mobile device, STANDARD MESSAGE RATES AND DATA CHARGES APPLY. Please consult the terms and conditions of your individual service plan prior to participating via a mobile device. A mobile device is not required to enter the Contest.
Please read the judging criteria in Rule 4, below, and the "Photo/Video/Twitter/Instagram Entry Requirements", below, before creating your Entry.
No other method of submitting an Entry will be accepted or acknowledged. Photos, Videos and written paragraphs deemed to be of an indecent or offensive nature, as solely determined by Sponsor and its agents in their discretion, will not be eligible for the Contest. (See complete list of prohibited content in Rule 3, below.) The Contest Entities are not responsible for: any lost, late, misdirected, garbled, damaged, or incomplete Entries; incomplete or inaccurate capture of entry information (regardless of cause); technical, hardware, software, telephone or other malfunctions, errors, delays, unavailability or failures of any kind in online transmissions; any Internet connection, software or hardware; any other delays in the transmission or receipt of Entries, whether human or technical in nature; or unauthorized human intervention. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt by Sponsor.
3. PHOTO/VIDEO/TWITTER/INSTAGRAM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Photos must be in .JPG or .PNG format and Videos must be in MP4 format. File size must be no more than 10 MB for Photos and Videos. Photos, Videos and written paragraphs must be entrant's own original creation and executed solely by entrant. Modifying, enhancing or altering a third party's preexisting work does not qualify as entrant's own creation. By submitting an Entry, entrant hereby warrants and represents that the Entry conforms to the "Photo/Video/Twitter/Instagram Entry Requirements" set forth herein.
The following requirements apply to the Photo, Video and/or Written Paragraph ("Paragraph") included with the Entry:
Photo/Video/Paragraph cannot be sexually explicit or suggestive, violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, or professional group, or of any sexual orientation, national affiliation, disability, or referential to any particular socioeconomic group or age group, nor can it be profane or pornographic, or reference nudity or any materially dangerous activity.
Photo /Video/Paragraph cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing), any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or any particular political agenda or message.
Photo/Video/Paragraph cannot depict any cartoons, drawings, images, slogans, advertising copy, phrases and marks that identify a brand or any proprietary mark of any living person or deceased.
Photo/Video/Paragraph cannot promote any religious or political agenda or messages.
Photo/Video/Paragraph cannot be obscene or offensive or endorse any form of hate or hate group.
Photo/Video/Paragraph cannot defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about Sponsor or its products, or other people, products or companies.
Photo/Video/Paragraph cannot contain, or reference trademarks, logos or trade dress owned by others, or advertise or promote any brand or product of any kind, without written permission of the trademark owner, or contain any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, email addresses or street addresses.
Photo/Video/Paragraph cannot contain copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media) without permission, and cannot be in violation of any person's rights of privacy or publicity, nor can it portray any person in a false light.
Other than entrant's likeness, Photo/Video/Paragraph cannot contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, photographs or other indicia identifying any person, living or dead, without permission.
Photo/Video/Paragraph cannot communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which the Sponsor wishes to associate.
Photo /Video/Paragraph cannot depict, and cannot itself constitute, a violation of any law.
Photo/Video/Paragraph cannot depict or suggest any direct competitors of United Airlines.
No minors may be included in a Photo or Video, subject to the following limited exception: A minor may appear in your Photo or Video if he/she is your child or legal ward.
Entries that do not comply with these Official Rules or that otherwise contain prohibited or inappropriate content, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified and will not be considered for the Contest.
BY SUBMITTING AN ENTRY, ENTRANT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE ENTRY MAY BE POSTED ON SPONSOR'S WEBSITE AT SPONSOR'S DISCRETION. By entering, entrants acknowledge that Sponsor has no obligation to use or post any Entry submitted. By affirming that United may use or post the Photo/Video, you further affirm and warrant to United that: (a) you are the owner of all rights in the Photo/Video; (b) you are one of the adult person(s) shown in the Photo/Video, if any; and (c) you are the parent and/or legal guardian of any minor(s) who appears in the Photo/Video.
By submitting an Entry, entrant warrants and represents that: (a) it is, in its entirety, the Entrant's original work; (b) it has not been previously published; (c) it has not won previous awards; (d) it does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity; and (e) publication of the Entry via various media including on the Sponsor's website and social media channels, will not infringe on the rights of any third party. Entrant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Contest Entities from and against any claims to the contrary.
*LIMITED LICENSE: THE SPONSOR'S TRADEMARKS MAY BE USED FOR PURPOSES OF THIS CONTEST ONLY. NO OTHER RIGHTS IN OR TO SPONSOR'S TRADEMARKS ARE GRANTED UNDER THESE OFFICIAL RULES.
ENTRIES SUBMITTED IN THIS CONTEST WERE NOT EDITED BY SPONSOR AND ARE THE VIEWS/OPINIONS OF THE INDIVIDUAL WHO SUBMITTED THEM, AND DO NOT REFLECT THE VIEWS OF SPONSOR IN ANY MANNER.
IF YOU THINK THAT ANY ENTRY INFRINGES YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, CLICK HERE IF YOU WISH TO REPORT IT HTTP://WWW.UNITED.COM/LEGAL.HTML.
4. JUDGING: All Entries will be judged by qualified judges on the following equally weighted criteria:
Inspiration (40%) - highlighting a personal moment of discovery; the ability to tell a story and inspire others through travel,
Creativity (30%) - ability to convey an original and imaginative idea, and
Uniqueness (30%) - capturing a unique element of a specific destination.
The Video entries will be judged ONLY among all other eligible Video Entries submitted and the Photo entries will be judged ONLY among all other eligible Photo Entries submitted. Judging will be completed by or about September 18, 2018. In case of a tie, the Sponsor will select the winner on the basis of the highest score received for the criterion "Inspiration".
5. PRIZES: Three (3) PRIZES are available to be awarded, as follows: Two (2) winners will be selected from among all of the eligible Photo Entries and One (1) winner will be selected from among all of the eligible Video Entries.
Each winner will receive: a) One Million (1,000,000) United MileagePlus® award miles ("Miles"). Miles will be deposited into each winner's MileagePlus® Account. (*See details of prize delivery below); and b) Multi-Merchant Gift Cards with a total value of $7,000. The Gift Cards may not be returned, redeemed or exchanged for cash. The Gift Cards will not be replaced if lost or stolen and are subject to the terms and conditions set forth by the issuer including but not limited to those listed on the back of the gift card, and to all applicable state and federal laws and regulations.
The Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") of each prize is $27,000.
Total ARV of all prizes is $81,000. All prizes will be awarded provided they are claimed properly in accordance with these Official Rules.
Winners will be notified via email, U.S. Mail and/or Instagram or Twitter Direct Message on or around September 19, 2018. Sponsor is not responsible for any change to an entrant's email address or social media account subsequent to entering the Contest that makes contact with such entrant impossible.
Potential winners are subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, including but not limited to verification of age, as a condition of receiving a prize. If a potential winner is found not to be eligible or not in compliance with these Official Rules, or if a prize notification or any prize is returned as undeliverable, the corresponding potential winner will be disqualified and will forfeit his/her prize. Any forfeited prize will be awarded to the entrant whose Entry received the next-highest score from the judges (after the disqualified winner).
Winners may be required to complete, sign, and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (the "Affidavit") (where permitted) within seven (7) days of date printed on prize notification or prize may be forfeited. Failure to provide all required information and signature on the Affidavit, will result in forfeiture of rights to be declared a prize winner and/or receive prize. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor reserves the right to award the forfeited prize to the entrant whose Entry received the next-highest score from the judges (after the disqualified winner).
In order to accept a prize, winner must be a member of the United MileagePlus® program. If a winner is not a member of the United MileagePlus® program, s/he may sign up for free at time of prize notification. Upon receipt and verification of each winner's Affidavit and United MileagePlus® program membership, winner will be notified via email or overnight mail regarding the specific delivery details of the deposit of the 1,000,000 United MileagePlus® award miles into winner's account. All federal, state, and local income taxes on the prizes and all other related costs not specifically outlined in these Official Rules are the sole responsibility of the winners. Winners will be required to provide Sponsor with a valid social security number or tax identification number, for tax reporting purposes, before any prize can be awarded. Each winner will be issued an IRS Form 1099 for the value of the prize. Prizes cannot be transferred, assigned, sold, auctioned or redeemed for cash or substituted except at Sponsor's sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if the advertised prize becomes or is unavailable for any reason. United MileagePlus® award miles are subject to the terms, conditions, and restrictions of the United MileagePlus® program. By accepting a prize, each winner agrees to abide by and be bound by all such terms, conditions and restrictions.
Miles accrued, awards, and benefits issued are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program, including without limitation the Premier® program (the "MileagePlus Program"), which are expressly incorporated herein. Please allow 6-8 weeks after completed qualifying activity for miles to post to your account. United may change the MileagePlus Program including, but not limited to, rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers or terminate the MileagePlus Program at any time and without notice. United and its subsidiaries, affiliates and agents are not responsible for any products or services of other participating companies and partners. Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the member. Bonus award miles, award miles and any other miles earned through non-flight activity do not count toward qualification for Premier status unless expressly stated otherwise. The accumulation of mileage or Premier status or any other status does not entitle members to any vested rights with respect to the MileagePlus Program. All calculations made in connection with the MileagePlus Program, including without limitation with respect to the accumulation of mileage and the satisfaction of the qualification requirements for Premier status, will be made by United Airlines and MileagePlus in their discretion and such calculations will be considered final. Information in this communication that relates to the MileagePlus Program does not purport to be complete or comprehensive and may not include all of the information that a member may believe is important and is qualified in its entirety by reference to all of the information on the united.com website and the MileagePlus Program rules. United and MileagePlus are registered service marks. For complete details about the MileagePlus Program, go to www.united.com and each winner should review such details prior to accepting a prize. The Gift Card portion of the prize will be sent to winner's home address via UPS overnight delivery.
By accepting a prize, each winner acknowledges that the Released Parties (as defined in Rule 7, below) have not made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the prize, including but not limited to its quality, mechanical condition or fitness for a particular purpose.
6. RIGHTS GRANTED: By submitting an Entry, you hereby grant the Sponsor, its affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, licensees, and designees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to use, reproduce, edit, market, store, distribute, have distributed, publicly and privately display, communicate, publicly and privately perform, transmit, have transmitted, create derivative works based upon, and promote the Entry or portions of the Entry (as such may be edited and modified by the Sponsor at its discretion) for editorial, commercial, promotional and all other purposes, including without limitation posting on Sponsor-affiliated websites, social media sites and/or other Sponsor-selected media. In addition, you hereby assign to the Sponsor all rights, titles, and interests that you may be deemed to have in any reproduction, product, or derivative work using or incorporating the Entry. Such rights, title and interest shall include, but are not limited to, all intellectual property, sales and licensing rights. Entrant further agrees to waive any "Moral Rights" in the Entry.
By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees that his/her Entry is gratuitous, unsolicited and without restriction, and will not place Sponsor under any obligations other than those contained in these Official Rules, and that Sponsor is free to disclose the ideas contained in the Entry on a non-confidential basis to anyone or otherwise use the ideas therein without any compensation to the entrant. Each entrant further acknowledges that Sponsor does not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas previously known to Sponsor, or developed by its employees, or obtained from sources other than the Entry.
By entering the Contest, each entrant acknowledges that he/she will not now or in the future be paid or compensated in any way for his/her Entry or for granting the Sponsor any of the rights set out in these Official Rules. Each entrant further acknowledges that Sponsor is not obligated to make use of any of the rights granted in these Official Rules.
Upon request of Sponsor, entrants shall execute and deliver such additional instrument of assignment, as may be solely deemed by Sponsor reasonably necessary to establish the grant of license, the transfer of copyrights and waiver of "Moral Rights" under these Official Rules. Should Sponsor fail to request the said assignment as stated, that shall not be deemed a waiver of Sponsor's rights and Sponsor may at a later time request the assignment.
7. OTHER CONDITIONS: By participating in the Contest, each participant agrees to release, indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Sponsor, Administrator, their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, distributors, and the officers, directors and employees of each of the foregoing, (collectively "Released Parties") from and against any and all claims, injuries, damages, expenses, losses and/or liabilities of any nature that in any way relate to or arise from participant's participation in the Contest or participation in any Contest-related activity, or from the receipt, possession or use/misuse of any prize (if applicable), including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (b) errors (including but not limited to human errors) in the administration of the Contest or notification of winners; (c) injury or damage to persons or property (including death); and (d) technical, hardware, software, telephone or other communication malfunctions or errors that may limit one's ability to enter the Contest, including but not limited to any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participating in the Contest. Each winner shall bear all risk of loss or damage to his/her prize after it has been delivered.
ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND/OR CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY AND SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned for any reason which Sponsor, in its sole opinion, deems capable of corrupting or affecting the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate, modify or suspend this Contest, in whole or in part. If the Contest is terminated before the designated end date of the Promotion Period, Sponsor will select the Contest winners based on the Judging criteria (as defined in Rule 4) from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received as of the date and time of the event giving rise to the termination; Sponsor will post notification of the cancellation at www.unitedsweepstakes.com. In no event will Sponsor, and/or other Released Parties, be responsible or liable to any participant for any damages or losses of any kind, including, but not limited to, direct, incidental, consequential or punitive damages, to the extent they may be disclaimed by applicable law, arising out of or in connection with participation in the Contest or the acceptance, possession or use of any prize (if applicable). SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES; THEREFORE, SOME OF THE AFOREMENTIONED LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, DEPENDING ON YOUR PLACE OF RESIDENCE.
All Entries are subject to verification by Administrator, an independent judging organization, before any prize is awarded. By accepting a prize, each winner agrees and consents to Sponsor and/or Administrator releasing his/her identity/name to any one requesting a list of prize winners and the use of his/her name, likeness, voice and/or biographical information (city and state of residence) for advertising and Contest purposes in any media now known or hereafter invented without time or territorial limitations and without additional notice or compensation.
8. DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, each participant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Cook County, Illinois. All issues and questions concerning these Official Rules, participants' rights and obligations, or Sponsor's rights and obligations shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules. Some jurisdictions do not allow for limitations on the ability to pursue class action remedies, and so these limitations may not apply to you, depending on your place of residence.
9. WINNERS LIST: For the names of the winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: United Airlines "United Journey Contest" Winners List Request, 233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1500, Chicago, IL. 60601. Winners Lists will be sent as soon as administratively feasible after the prizes have been awarded. Requests for Winner List must be received by October 30, 2018.
10. SPONSOR: The Contest is solely sponsored by United Airlines, Inc., 233 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606 ("Sponsor"). All trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.
Following the devastating wildfires in Australia and powerful earthquakes that shook Puerto Rico last week, we're taking action to make a global impact through our international partnerships as well as nonprofit organizations Afya Foundation and ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency).
Helping Puerto Rico recover from earthquakes
Last week, Puerto Rico was hit with a 5.2 magnitude earthquake, following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake it experienced just days before. The island has been experiencing hundreds of smaller quakes during the past few weeks.
These earthquakes destroyed crucial infrastructure and left 4,000 people sleeping outside or in shelters after losing their homes. We've donated $50,000 to our partner charity organization Airlink and through them, we've helped transport disaster relief experts and medical supplies for residents, as well as tents and blankets for those who have lost their homes. Funding will go towards organizations within Airlink's partner network, which includes Habitat for Humanity, Mercy Corps and Americares, to help with relief efforts and long-term recovery.
Australian wildfire relief efforts
Our efforts to help Australia have inspired others to make their own positive impact. In addition to teaming up with Ellen DeGeneres to donate $250,000 and launching a fundraising campaign with GlobalGiving to benefit those impacted by the devastating wildfires in the country known for its open spaces and wildlife, our cargo team is helping to send more than 600 pounds of medical supplies to treat injured animals in the region.
Helping us send these supplies is the Afya Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit that seeks to improve global health by collecting surplus medical supplies and delivering them to parts of the world where they are most needed. Through Airlink, the Afya Foundation will send more than $18,000 worth of materials that will be used to treat animals injured in the Australian fires.
These medical supplies will fly to MEL (Melbourne) and delivered to The Rescue Collective. This Australian organization is currently focused on treating the massive population of wildlife, such as koalas, kangaroos, and birds, that have had their habitats destroyed by the recent wildfires. The supplies being sent include wound dressings, gloves, catheters, syringes and other items that are unused but would otherwise be disposed of.
By working together, we can continue to make a global impact and help those affected by natural disasters to rebuild and restore their lives
Australia needs our help as wildfires continue to devastate the continent that's beloved by locals and travelers alike. In times like these, the world gets a little smaller and we all have a responsibility to do what we can.
On Monday, The Ellen DeGeneres Show announced a campaign to raise $5 million to aid in relief efforts. When we heard about Ellen's effort, we immediately reached out to see how we could help.
Today, we're committing $250,000 toward Ellen's campaign so we can offer support now and help with rebuilding. For more on The Ellen DeGeneres Show efforts and to donate yourself, you can visit www.gofundme.com/f/ellenaustraliafund
We're also matching donations made to the Australian Wildfire Relief Fund, created by GlobalGiving's Disaster Recovery Network. This fund will support immediate relief efforts for people impacted by the fires in the form of emergency supplies like food, water and medicine. Funds will also go toward long-term recovery assistance, helping residents recover and rebuild. United will match up to $50,000 USD in donations, and MileagePlus® members who donate $50 or more will receive up to 1,000 award miles from United. Donate to GlobalGiving.
Please note: Donations made toward GlobalGiving's fund are only eligible for the MileagePlus miles match.
In addition to helping with fundraising, we're staying in touch with our employees and customers in Australia. Together, we'll help keep Australia a beautiful place to live and visit in the years to come.
20. Spot Giant Pandas in China
In 2016, giant pandas were removed from the endangered species list, and China would like to keep it that way. This year, the country plans to consolidate the creatures' known habitats into one unified national park system spanning nearly 10,500 square miles across Sichuan, Gansu, and Shaanxi provinces—about the size, in total, of Massachusetts. —Nicholas DeRenzo
19. Follow in James Bond's Footsteps in Jamaica
When No Time to Die hits theaters on April 8, it marks a number of returns for the James Bond franchise. The 25th chapter in the Bond saga is the first to come out since 2015's Spectre; it's Daniel Craig's fifth go-round as 007, after rumors the actor was set to move on; and it's the first time the series has filmed in Jamaica since 1973's Live and Let Die. The Caribbean island has always had a special place in Bond lore: It was the location of one of creator Ian Fleming's homes, GoldenEye (which is now a resort), and the setting for the first 007 movie, 1962's Dr. No. Looking to live like a super-spy? You don't need a license to kill—just a ride to Port Antonio, where you can check out filming locations such as San San Beach and colonial West Street. Remember to keep your tux pressed and your Aston Martin on the left side of the road. —Justin Goldman
18. See the Future of Architecture in Venice
Every other year, Venice hosts the art world's best and brightest during its celebrated Biennale. But the party doesn't stop during off years, when the Architecture Biennale takes place. This year, curator Hashim Sarkis, the dean of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning, has tasked participants with finding design solutions for political divides and economic inequality; the result, on display from May to November, is the intriguing show How Will We Live Together? —Nicholas DeRenzo
17. Celebrate Beethoven's 250th Birthday in Bonn
Catch a Beethoven concerto in Bonn, Germany, to celebrate the hometown hero's big 2-5-0.
16. Eat Your Way Through Slovenia
When Ana Roš of Hiša Franko was named the World's Best Female Chef in 2017, food lovers began to wonder: Do we need to pay attention to Slovenia? The answer, it turns out, is definitely yes. This March, the tiny Balkan nation about two hours east of Venice gets its own Michelin Guide. —Nicholas DeRenzo
15. Star- (and Sun-) Gaze in Patagonia
Come December 13 and 14, there will be no better spot for sky-watchers than northern Patagonia, which welcomes both the peak of the Geminid meteor shower and a total solar eclipse within 24 hours. —Nicholas DeRenzo
14. Explore Miami's Game-Changing New Park
About 70,000 commuters use Miami's Metrorail each day, and city planners aim to turn the unused space beneath its tracks into an exciting new public space, a 10-mile linear park aptly named The Underline. Luckily, the Magic City is in good hands: The project is being helmed by James Corner Field Operations, the geniuses behind New York's High Line. “Both projects share similarities in their overarching goals," says principal designer Isabel Castilla, “to convert a leftover infrastructural space into a public space that connects neighborhoods, generates community, and encourages urban regeneration." When finished, Miami's park will be about seven times as long as its Big Apple counterpart. The first half-mile leg, set to open this June, is the Brickell Backyard, which includes an outdoor gym, a butterfly garden, a dog park, and gaming tables that call to mind the dominoes matches you'll find nearby in Little Havana. “We envision the Underline dramatically changing the way people in Miami engage with public space," Castilla says. —Nicholas DeRenzo
13. Kick Off the NFL in Las Vegas
Former Raiders owner Al Davis was famous for saying, “Just win, baby." His son, Mark Davis, the team's current owner, is more likely to be shouting “Vegas, baby!" Swingers-style, as his team becomes Sin City's first NFL franchise, the Las Vegas Raiders. After years of threats and lawsuits, the Raiders have finally left Oakland, and this summer they're landing just across the highway from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in a 65,000-seat, $1.8 billion domed stadium that will also host the UNLV football team, the next two Pac-12 championship games, and the Las Vegas Bowl. Construction is slated to be finished July 31, just in time for the NFL preseason—and just in time to lure football fans from the sportsbooks to the grandstand. —Justin Goldman
12. Celebrate the Suffragettes in Washington D.C.
All eyes are on the ballot box this year, but the electorate would look quite different if not for the 19th Amendment, which was ratified 100 years ago this August. Many D.C. institutions, such as the National Archives Museum and the Library of Congress, are honoring the decades-long struggle for women's suffrage with exhibits. In particular, the National Museum of American History unveils Sarah J. Eddy's portrait of Susan B. Anthony this March, before putting on a 'zine-inspired show on girlhood and youth social movements this June. —Nicholas DeRenzo
11. Go for a Ride Through Mexico City
If you want to get somewhere quickly in Mexico City, try going by bicycle. During peak traffic, bikes average faster speeds than cars or public transportation—which might explain why ridership has gone up almost 50 percent since 2007. And riding on two wheels is getting safer and easier. In 2019, the city announced plans to invest $10 million (more than it had spent in the last six years combined) into the construction of about 50 miles of new paths and lanes. Now, you can cycle on a two-mile separated path along the Paseo de la Reforma, from Colonia Juárez and Roma to Chapultepec Park and Polanco. Future plans include a route along the National Canal between Coyoacán (where Frida Kahlo once lived) and Xochimilco (with its floating flower farms). “The goal is to finish the six-year [presidential] term with 600 kilometers of bike infrastructure," says Roberto Mendoza of the city's Secretariat of Mobility. Time to start pedaling. —Naomi Tomky
10. Consider the Mayflower's Legacy in Massachusetts and Abroad
Before they came to America in 1620, the religious separatists now known as the Pilgrims lived in England and the Netherlands. This year, the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing will be commemorated not only by those nations but also by a fourth: The Wampanoag, the confederation of tribes that live in New England and whose role in this world-changing event has been at best left out and at worst distorted.
“We're challenging the myths and stereotypes," says Aquinnah Wampanoag author Linda Coombs, a board member of Plymouth 400, Inc., which is planning cultural events such
as an Ancestors Walk to honor the native villages pushed aside by settlers, as well as
an indigenous history conference and powwow (plus an $11 million restoration of the replica Mayflower II).
Kerri Helme, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag nation and cultural programs manager at Plimoth Plantation, says that “people want to hear the whole story." She notes that it's a commonly held belief that the Pilgrims were welcomed by the natives, when in fact their first encounter was violent, since the English had been stealing the Wampanoags' food.
“The Wampanoag are key players in all of this," says Charles Hackett, CEO of Mayflower 400 in the U.K. “It's a whole other aspect of this history." In England, a Mayflower trail will connect Pilgrim sites in towns such as Southampton and Plymouth, and in Leiden, the Dutch town where the Pilgrims took refuge before embarking for the New World, the ethnology museum will run an exhibit about the natives.
“The most important thing for us, as the Wampanoag people," says Paula Peters, a former Wampanoag council member, “is to be acknowledged as a vital tribe comprised of people that, in spite of everything that's happened, are still here." —Jon Marcus
9. Discover Lille's Design Scene
Previous World Design Capitals have included major cultural hubs such as Helsinki and Seoul, so it came as a shock when Lille, France's 10th-largest city, beat Sydney for this year's title. Judges cited Lille's use of design to improve its citizens' lives; get a taste for yourself at spots like La Piscine Musée d'Art et d'Industrie, a gallery in a former Art Deco swim center. —Nicholas DeRenzo
8. See Stellar Space in Rio de Janeiro, the World Capital of Architecture
Rio de Janeiro is renowned for the beauty of its beaches and mountains, but the Cidade Maravilhosa's man-made structures are as eye-catching as its natural features. For that reason, UNESCO recently designated Rio its first World Capital of Architecture, honoring a city that boasts such landmarks as the stained glass–domed Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading, the fairy-tale Ilha Fiscal palace, and the uber-modern Niterói Contemporary Art Museum.
"Rio is an old city by New World standards, having been founded in the mid–16th century," says architectural photographer Andrew Prokos, who took this shot. "So the city has many layers of architectural styles, from Colonial and Rococo to Art Nouveau, Modernist, Brutalist, and contemporary." In the case of this museum, which was designed by perhaps Brazil's greatest architect, Pritzker Prize winner Oscar Niemeyer, Prokos was intrigued by how the 24-year-old building interacts with its surroundings. "The upward slope of the museum complements the slope of the Pão de Açúcar across the bay," he says, "so the two are speaking to each other from across the water." – Tom Smyth
7. Join the Avengers at Disneyland
This summer, Disney California Adventure unveils its Marvel-themed Avengers Campus, with a new Spider-Man attraction, followed later by an Ant-Man restaurant and a ride through Wakanda. If the hype surrounding last year's debut of Disney+ is any indication, Comic-Con types are going to lose their fanboy (and -girl) minds. —Nicholas DeRenzo
6. Listen to Jazz in Cape Town
Cape Town's natural wonders draw visitors from all over the world, but there's a hidden gem beyond the mountains, beaches, and seas: music. Much as jazz was born from America's diverse peoples, Cape jazz combines the traditions and practices of the city's multiethnic population, creating genres such as goema (named after a type of hand drum) and marabi (a keyboard style that arose in the townships). Cape Town has hosted an International Jazz Festival for
20 years (the 21st edition is this March 27–28), and now UNESCO is giving the Mother City its musical due by naming it the Global Host City of International Jazz Day 2020. The theme of the event—which takes place on April 30, features an All Star Global Concert, and is the climax of Jazz Appreciation Month—is “Tracing the Roots and Routes of African Jazz." During the dark days of slavery and apartheid, music became an outlet through which repressed people could express their struggle for freedom. What better way to mark a quarter century of democracy here than with a celebration of that most free style of music? —Struan Douglas
5. Take a Walk Around England
Many hikers love walking around England—but how many can say that they've truly walked around England? When it's completed, the England Coast Path will be the longest managed seaside trail in the world, completely circumnavigating the coastline, from the fishing villages of Cornwall and the beaches of Nothumberland to the limestone arches of the Jurassic Coast and the sandy dunes of Norfolk. Much of the trail is already waymarked (the 630-mile South West Coast Path is particularly challenging and beautiful), with new legs set to open throughout the year. If you want to cross the whole thing off your bucket list, be warned that it's no walk in the park: At around 2,795 miles, the completed route is 605 miles longer than the Appalachian Trail and about the same as the distance between New York and Los Angeles. —Nicholas DeRenzo
4. Get Refreshed in the Israeli Desert
Six Senses resorts are known for restorative retreats in places like Fiji, Bali, and the Maldives. For its latest location, the wellness-minded brand is heading to a more unexpected locale: the Arava Valley, in the far south of Israel. Opening this spring, the Six Senses Shaharut will offer overnight camel camping, off-roading in the surrounding desert, and restaurants serving food grown in the resort's gardens or sourced from nearby kibbutzim. While the valley is said to be near King Solomon's copper mines, the Six Senses is sure to strike gold. —Nicholas DeRenzo
3. Say konnichiwa on July 24 at the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, which plays host for the first time since 1964.
The Japanese capital plays host for the first time since 1964. This year, softball and baseball will return after being absent since 2008, and four new sports—karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding—will be added to the competition for the first time. Say konnichiwa at the opening ceremonies on July 24, which will be held at renowned architect Kengo Kuma's New National Stadium. – Nicholas DeRenzo
2. Score Tickets to Euro 2020
Still feeling World Cup withdrawal? Get your “football" fix at the UEFA European Championship. From June 12 to July 12, 24 qualifying national teams will play games in stadiums from Bilbao to Baku, culminating in the semi-finals and final at London's hallowed Wembley Stadium. Will World Cup champion France bring home another trophy? Will Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal repeat its 2016 Euro win? Will the tortured English national team finally get its first title? Or will an upstart—like Greece in 2004—shock the world? —Justin Goldman
1. Soak Up Some Culture in Galway
Galway has long been called “the cultural heart of Ireland," so it's no surprise that this bohemian city on the country's wild west coast was named a 2020 European Capital of Culture (along with Rijeka, Croatia). The title puts a spotlight on the city (population 80,000) and County Galway, where more than 1,900 events will take place throughout the year. Things kick off in February with a seven-night opening ceremony featuring a fiery (literally) choreographed celebration starring a cast of 2,020 singing-and-drumming locals in Eyre Square. “This is a once-in-a-generation chance for Galway," says Paul Fahy, a county native and the artistic director of the Galway International Arts Festival (July 13–26). “It's a huge pressure. There's a heightened sense of expectation from audiences, not just from here but from all over the world." Art lovers will no doubt enjoy Kari Kola's illuminating work Savage Beauty, which will wash the Connemara mountains in green light to coincide with St. Patrick's Day, or the Druid Theatre Company's countywide tour of some of the best 20th-century one-act Irish plays. Visitors would also be wise to explore the rugged beauty of Connemara on a day trip with the charismatic Mairtin Óg Lally of Lally Tours, and to eat their way across town with Galway Food Tours. But beware, says Fahy: “Galway has a reputation as a place people came to 20 years ago for a weekend and never left." —Ellen Carpenter