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Mexico's 7 most glamorous vacation spots

By The Hub team

Well, the temps are dropping and the days are shortening, which means we've got one thing on our mind: a warm-weather getaway. And when it comes to planning yours, don't underestimate our close and fabulous neighbor Mexico. Here, seven glamorous Mexican resort towns that don't require sacrificing a whole vacation day for travel time.

Nizuc Resort and Spa in Cancun, Mexico Nizuc Resort and Spa | Facebook

Cancun

Yes, Cancun has that pesky spring-break reputation. But if you seek out one of the many tranquil resorts, you'll feel worlds away from the crowds. Home to a major airport, Cancun is an easily accessible locale for a quick winter trip or long-weekend getaway.

Where to stay: Nizuc Resort and Spa

The Fairmont Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico Fairmont

The Riviera Maya

This stretch of crystal-clear blue Caribbean coastline (just south of Cancun) is home to dozens of luxurious resorts. And its abundance of outdoor adventure makes it a popular destination for families. For example, you can take a day trip to visit the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá and swim in a limestone cenote (a water-filled sinkhole). If you want to stay close to the beach, hit up the lively neighboring town of Playa del Carmen and its pedestrian Fifth Avenue, which is lined with alfresco restaurants, bars and shops.

Where to stay: Fairmont Mayakoba

Jashita Hotel in Tulum, Mexico Jashita Hotel | acebook

Tulum

A decade ago, Tulum was a bohemian hideaway with no electricity or traffic lights. Today, the secret's out. This town (which is also technically on the Riviera Maya) now attracts Insta-bloggers and celebs alike to its gorgeous beaches that boast jade-green water and snow-white sand framed by Mayan ruins. It's also home to a sophisticated culinary scene, including the world-renowned Hartwood restaurant.

Where to stay: Jashita Hotel

The Resort at Padregal, Los Cabos, Mexico The Resort at Padregal

Los Cabos

On the Gulf of California are the sister cities of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, located just 20 minutes apart on the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula. While the former is known for luxurious resorts and nightlife, the latter has a sophisticated art scene with galleries and open-air plazas.

Where to stay: The Resort at Pedregal

Casa Dos Chicos in Sayulita, Mexico Casa Dos Chicos

Sayulita

For those who love Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita is a sleepy little surf town not too far away. Colorful and laid-back, the Pacific Coast town is filled with vibrant Huichol arts and crafts, surf shops, taco stands and tequila bars. Along the beaches you'll find seaside casitas and welcoming guesthouses.

Where to stay: Casa Dos Chicos

La Casa Que Canta in Zihuatanejo, Mexico La Casa Que Canta

Zihuatanejo

Once a small fishing village, this town in the state of Guerrero is now a trendy destination known for its laid-back vibe and upscale boutique hotels (meaning it's not as overcrowded as nearby Acapulco). Just three hours from Los Angeles on the Pacific Coast, Zihuatanejo's main beach is a tranquil bay protected by rocky cliffs. For adventure seekers, the resort town also offers fishing, snorkeling, nature preserves and public markets ripe for exploring.

Where to stay: La Casa Que Canta

Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada in San Miguel del Allende, Mexico Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada | Facebook

San Miguel de Allende

You won't find sand or waves in the enchanting Guanajuato mountain city of San Miguel de Allende. But you will find lots of culture among the 16th-century colonial Spanish architecture, lush gardens, incredible restaurants and flourishing art scene, from interior design studios to shops selling hand-painted pottery.

Where to stay: Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada

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United Airlines Plans to Begin Flights Between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria in November

United to operate the first ever nonstop flight between Washington, D.C. and Lagos and offer more flights between D.C. and Africa than any other carrier
By United Newsroom, September 17, 2021

CHICAGO, Sept. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines announced today that new service between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria will begin November 29 (subject to government approval). The airline will operate three weekly flights connecting the U.S. capital to Nigeria's largest city, which is also the top Western African destination for U.S-based travelers. Tickets will be available for sale on united.com and the United app this weekend.

"This new flight to Lagos has been highly anticipated by our customers and offers the first ever nonstop service between Washington, D.C. and Nigeria, as well as convenient, one-stop connections to over 80 destinations throughout the Americas including Houston and Chicago," said Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of international network and alliances. "On behalf of all of United we'd like to offer our sincere thanks to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and U.S. Department of Transportation for supporting our plans to provide this service."

"We are honored to work with our partners at United Airlines to welcome their second nonstop connection from Dulles International to the African continent," said Carl Schultz, acting vice president of airline business development at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. "Lagos joins nearly 50 other nonstop international destinations currently served by the National Capital Region's gateway to the world."

United will operate this route with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 28 United Polaris® business class lie-flat seats, 21 United Premium Plus® premium economy seats, 36 Economy Plus® seats and 158 standard economy seats. This flight is the only service between the U.S. and Nigeria to offer premium economy product. Flights will depart Washington, D.C. on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and return from Lagos on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

This new flight builds on United's expansion into Africa and solidifies United's leadership position to Africa from the D.C. metro area, with more flights to the continent than any other airline. Just this year, United launched new service between New York/Newark and Johannesburg, South Africa and between Washington, D.C. and Accra, Ghana. And this December and January, United will increase its service to Accra from three weekly flights to daily* as customers travel home for the winter holidays. United is also returning its popular service between New York/Newark and Cape Town, South Africa on December 1.

United's new flights comply with each country's COVID-19 protocols and customers should check destination requirements before traveling.

Making International Travel Easier

United is the only U.S. airline to offer its own one-stop-shop where customers can conveniently get "travel-ready" by finding a location to schedule a COVID-19 test as well as upload and store their test results and vaccination records directly through the airline's website and award-winning mobile app with the Travel-Ready Center. The airline's easy-to-use travel tool available on United's mobile app enables customers to reduce stress and save valuable time at the airport right from the palm of their hand. United also announced a collaboration with Abbott and became the first U.S. carrier to set up an easy way for international travelers to bring a CDC-approved test with them, self-administer while abroad, and return home.

United Next

United is more focused than ever on its commitment to customers and employees. In addition to today's announcement, United has recently:

  • Launched an ambitious plan to transform the United customer experience by adding and upgrading hundreds of aircraft as well as investing in features like larger overhead bins, seatback entertainment in every seat and the industry's fastest available Wi-Fi.
  • Announced a goal to create 25,000 unionized jobs by 2026 that includes careers as pilots, flight attendants, agents, technicians, and dispatchers.
  • Announced that United will train at least 5,000 pilots by 2030 through the United Aviate Academy, with the plan of at least half being women and people of color.
  • Required all U.S. employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Became the first airline to offer customers the ability to check their destination's travel requirements, schedule COVID-19 tests and more on its mobile app and website. 
  • Invested in emerging technologies that are designed to decarbonize air travel, like an agreement to work with urban air mobility company Archer, an investment in aircraft startup Heart Aerospace and a purchase agreement with Boom Supersonic.
  • Committed to going 100% green by 2050 by reducing 100% of our greenhouse gas emissions without relying on traditional carbon offsets, including a recent agreement to  purchase one and a half times the amount of all of the rest of the world's airlines' publicly announced Sustainable Aviation Fuel commitments combined.
  • Eliminated change fees for all economy and premium cabin tickets for travel within the U.S.

About United

United's shared purpose is "Connecting People. Uniting the World." In 2019, United and United Express® carriers operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 162 million customers. United has the most comprehensive route network among North American carriers, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.  For more about how to join the United team, please visit united.com/careers and more information about the company is at united.com. United Airlines Holdings, Inc. is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

*daily flights to Accra this winter are subject to government approval

 

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United, Honeywell Invest in New Clean Tech Venture from Alder Fuels, Powering Biggest Sustainable Fuel Agreement in Aviation History

United agrees to purchase 1.5 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) over 20 years - which is one and a half times the size of the rest of the world's airlines' publicly announced SAF commitments combined
By United Newsroom, September 09, 2021

CHICAGO and DES PLAINES, Ill., Sept. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United and Honeywell today announced a joint multimillion-dollar investment in Alder Fuels – a cleantech company that is pioneering first-of-its-kind technologies for producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at scale by converting abundant biomass, such as forest and crop waste, into sustainable low-carbon, drop-in replacement crude oil that can be used to produce aviation fuel. When used together across the fuel lifecycle, the Alder technologies, coupled with Honeywell's Ecofining™ process, could have the ability to produce a carbon-negative fuel at spec with today's jet fuel. The goal of the technologies is to produce fuel that is a 100% drop-in replacement for petroleum jet fuel.

United Airlines to Present at the 14th Annual Cowen Global Transportation & Sustainable Mobility Conference

By United Newsroom, September 01, 2021

CHICAGO, Sept. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United (NASDAQ:UAL) will present at the 14th Annual Cowen Global Transportation & Sustainable Mobility Conference on Thursday, September 9. The presentation will begin at 10:30 a.m. CT / 11:30 a.m. ET.

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