One Fine Day: Las Vegas - United Hub

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

Celebrating immigration perspectives and diverse journeys

By The Hub team, September 25, 2020

From Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, the U.S. celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, a chance to pay tribute to the history, culture and contributions that generations of Latinxs have paved to enrich U.S. history. It is also a reminder to celebrate our differences and spark difficult, yet important, conversations.

To kick off the month, UNITE, our multicultural business resource group for employees, did just that by hosting a panel discussion about the immigrant experience and what it means to be an immigrant in the U.S.

United Litigation and Managing Counsel Elizabeth Lopez, who is a pro bono immigration attorney, moderated the panel, and was joined by Ashley Huebner, Associate Director of Legal Services at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and Magdalena Gonzalez, Program Manager, Leadership Development Programs at Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement. The three women shared their insights and personal stories, while addressing some misconceptions and highlighting the contributions of immigrants to our company and country.

Participants' headshots from United's Hispanic Heritage Month Panel From left to right, Elizabeth Lopez, Ashely Huebner and Magdalena Gonzalez

"I started to notice that there were things I was scared of doing, that I needed to be cautious," said Magdalena while sharing her personal experience as a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient. "My friends, who a majority of them are citizens, did not need to worry about that. As I was able to see that, I realized that, 'oh, there's so many things that revolve around not just being a DACA recipient but revolve around being a person with an undocumented status here in the United States.'"

United maintains a close relationship with the NIJC. In May of 2019, United co-hosted an asylum clinic put on by the legal services organization, where several attorneys and legal professionals were trained on representing asylum-seeking applicants. At the end of the clinic, members of our legal department were assigned an asylum case through the NIJC.

Litigation Managing Counsel Elizabeth Lopez, Commercial Transactions Counsel Tiffany Jaspers, Global Compliance and Ethics Counsel Nancy Jacobson and Employment Litigation Senior Manager Dorothy Karpierz were partnered with attorneys from the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery to take on an immigration case of a mother of three from Honduras. Recently, after a years-long court battle, the legal team was victorious, changing the life of the woman and her family.

United is committed to connecting people and uniting the world. Whether you're an immigrant, a child of immigrants or simply want to learn more about the immigrant experience in the U.S., discussions like these, related to this hot-button issue, are important to have in order to understand the human lives behind it.

Make your voice heard

By Brett J. Hart, September 22, 2020

Your voice matters. Voting is one of the most influential civic activities we can engage in as Americans. At United, our mission is to connect people and unite the world — and one of the most important ways to do that is to engage in the democratic process. That's why we've long provided our employees with resources to help them get registered to vote.

This year, we're taking our support a step further as the official airline of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Since the start of the pandemic, we've overhauled our cleaning measures through a program we call United CleanPlusSM , and the CPD has placed their trust in United to fly Commission production staff to each of the four debates, starting with the first one on September 29, hosted by Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University.

Today, on National Voter Registration Day, we also want to make sure our customers have access to information about how to participate in the 2020 Election. Over the past several months, you've heard a lot from us about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed air travel. We've learned that with some planning and extra effort, it's still possible — and safe. That's true of voting, too.

No matter which party you support or how you're planning to vote, we know our democracy will be stronger if you make your voice heard and make a plan to vote.

Best,

Brett J. Hart
President
United Airlines

United named to Year Up Opportunity Hall of Fame

By The Hub team, September 17, 2020

Since its launch 20 years ago, Year Up, one of our critical needs grant recipients, has helped more than 10,000 young adults gain access to corporate business and technical experience at large companies like United while offering the invaluable perspectives they bring with them.

On Wednesday, the nonprofit inducted United into its Opportunity Hall of Fame – a selection that occurs once every five years.

Year Up's mission is to help close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Since 2018, our partnership has allowed talented student learners the opportunity to gain corporate business experience and technical skill training at the airline while bringing their unique perspectives to our United family and culture. One of those students is Emily Lopez, who graduated from the Year Up program in January 2019 and was hired to be part of the United family as an analyst in Revenue Management.

"I moved from Venezuela to the United States in July 2016 and being a young immigrant with no resources can be difficult to pursue a career in a new country," said Emily.

After learning about Year Up and ultimately being accepted into the program, Emily landed an internship with United, an opportunity she is very grateful for.

Emily Lopez - Analyst, Pricing & Revenue Management

"Feedback from my mentors, coaches and managers was key during my internship phase and helped me convert my internship at United to a full-time position. I am grateful for the opportunity United has provided me and my Year Up Alumni colleagues to keep building a professional career within the company. I am so excited to continue building a professional career with the company and to see United being inducted to Year Up's Hall of Fame. Let's continue closing the opportunity divide!" said Emily.

Although the coronavirus pandemic has made this year's partnership a bit more difficult, we continue to do our part to support the Year Up student learners. Last month, we surprised 145 graduates of this year's Year Up Chicago program with roundtrip tickets to pursue career and networking opportunities within the United States.

"I've been personally honored and inspired to be an advocate for Year Up since I joined United," said CEO Scott Kirby. "This program gives young people from challenged backgrounds an opportunity to get their foot in the door as interns at United. This year's graduates are entering a challenging job landscape, but we have one thing that can help: a route network that provides easy access to major business markets across the United States."

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