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One fine Day: Las Vegas

By The Hub team

Greet the day from one of the blue mohair banquettes inside world-renowned chef Thomas Keller's light-filled Bouchon at the Venetian.

9 a.m.

The menu features a range of deftly executed bistro classics, like a springy chive crêpe filled with brie and jambon de Paris and a housemade merguez-sausage hash. The Venetian is also home to two Bouchon bakeries, so don't skimp on dessert—especially not the sturdy cheese danish, topped with a dollop of cream-cheese frosting.

By Lauren Vespoli | Rhapsody, March 2018

Bouchon's dining roomBouchon's dining room

11 a.m.

Leave the casinos for later and head to Las Vegas Motor Speedway to act out your favorite Fast and the Furious scenes at Exotics Racing. Choose from a selection of 50 high-performance vehicles, including a McLaren 570S, Lamborghini Aventador LP700, or even a race car like the EXR LV02. (Multicar packages are also available.) After sitting in the passenger seat for two “discovery laps," put the pedal to the metal on the 1.2-mile track's seven turns and 1,800-foot straightaway.

2 p.m.

For almost two decades, one of America's best Thai restaurants has drawn foodies like Jonathan Gold and Anthony Bourdain to an anonymous mall far off the Strip. At the end of last year, Lotus of Siam opened a second location closer to the action, on East Flamingo Road. Here, James Beard Award–winning chef Saipin Chutima continues to serve northern Thai dishes inspired by family recipes, while her husband, Bill, oversees an impressive wine list of more than 300 varieties. A dry riesling cuts the richness of the crispy duck with panang curry especially well.

4 p.m.

Take a breather at your hotel, the Mandarin Oriental. As one of the Strip's few non-gaming properties, the 392-room hotel offers a welcome respite from smoky blackjack tables and flashing lights without killing all the fun (keep an eye out for the Moët & Chandon vending machine near the 23rd-floor check-in). With sleek decor inspired by 1930s Shanghai, each room features floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious bathrooms outfitted with deep soaking tubs. Cool off in the outdoor lap pool on the eighth floor or get a treatment at the bilevel, East-meets-West spa.

7 p.m.

The Strip has become a magnet for celebrity chefs, as hotels seek to distinguish themselves by attracting top culinary talent. Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, inside the Mandarin Oriental, is the three-Michelin-starred French master's only stateside restaurant. The modern French menu offers rich yet refined dishes like Royal Ossetra caviar and bone marrow toasts and an A5 Japanese wagyu beef filet. If views of the city lights 23 floors below and the glimmering globes hanging from the ceiling above have you feeling especially extravagant, opt for one of the seasonal tasting menus, like the Lucky Number 7, which features seven courses inspired by seven outstanding wines—for $777 a head.

10 p.m.

Las Vegas history is written in lights at the Neon Museum, a nonprofit that collects and rehabs iconic Sin City signs from properties like the Golden Nugget and El Cortez, the longest continuously running hotel and casino in town. During the hour-long tour, you'll learn about the personalities who built Vegas, from Bugsy Siegel to Howard Hughes. Be sure to nab a spot on a nighttime tour (check the schedule, which changes seasonally) so you can see the museum's 11 restored neon signs in action.

11:30 p.m.

It's time for another drink—this is Vegas, after all. Catch an Uber to The Palazzo, where last year New York–based mixologist Sam Ross (of acclaimed speakeasy Attaboy) and NYC nightlife vet David Rabin opened the elegant cocktail lounge Rosina. The menu is devoted to classics like the old fashioned and the Jimmie Roosevelt, but if you order a glass of bubbly, you can use one of the bar's Champagne call buttons for an effortless top-off. Rumor has it there's a secret menu with five variations on the mint julep, including one made with mezcal and rosewater.

An old fashioned at the Art Deco bar, RosinaAn old fashioned at the Art Deco bar, Rosina

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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