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SFO debuts new United Polaris lounge

By The Hub team, April 25, 2018

Beginning April 30, customers traveling in United Polaris® will be able to relax and dine pre-flight or refresh upon arrival in the new United Polaris lounge at San Francisco airport. Designed with San Francisco in mind, you'll notice details weaved in everywhere that play tribute to the City by the Bay.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for a 360 panotour of the new United Polaris lounge at SFO.

Unique features inspired by San Francisco

The two-story, 28,120-square-foot lounge located in the International Terminal at SFO was designed with sweeping views of the airport and the San Francisco Bay Area. The lounge offers customers three distinct experiences: an area to relax, an area to recharge and an area to engage. A custom scent, curated music playlist and subtle mood lighting also come together to create a memorable sensory experience.

To allow for maximum produtivity, 440 seats, 492 power outlets and 492 USB ports have been carefully and strategically placed throughout the lounge.

Spacious seating areas to meet a variety of needs

The space features a variety of seating areas to meet the needs of customers, with 19 different types of seats throughout the lounge. This includes 49 United Polaris signature lounge seats which offer additional privacy for uninterrupted work or relaxation — the oversized chairs come equipped with an integrated work or dining table, large privacy dividers and a personal side lamp. With 492 outlets and 492 USB ports situated throughout the lounge, staying connected has never been easier.

Enjoy the relaxation area at the SFO United Polaris Lounge.

Rest starts here with soothing amenities

Tucked away from the rest of the lounge, daybeds outfitted with a Saks Fifth Avenue blanket and pillow offer a place to rest. Visitors also have the option to freshen up in shower suites, outfitted with Soho House & Co's Cowshed Spa products, which have ample space for visitors to keep their luggage with them so they will have all their personal items at hand. A valet is available to steam clothes upon request.

Our menu blends international comfort foods, such as hand-cut pappardelle pasta or a traditional Chinese congee breakfast, with American classics like our United Polaris Burger, paired best with an ice cold beer.

Regional influences are infused in food and drink selections

Food and drink selections include nods to both the local area and the popular destinations United serves from San Francisco. Visitors can grab something from the buffet before boarding or settle in for a full meal in the private dining space, which sits close to 40 people. The menu by Chef Tritia Gestuvo, a California native, blends international comfort foods, such as a traditional Chinese congee breakfast and hand-cut pappardelle pasta with mushroom ragout, with staples such as the United Polaris Burger, which will be on the menu at all United Polaris lounges.

Regionally inspired cocktails include the Mai Tai, invented in Oakland in 1944 at Trader Vic's after Vic "The Trader" Bergeron returned from a trip to Hawaii, and the Pisco Punch, first seen in the 1830s when San Francisco began to import the brandy from Peru. The lounge also offers a house-made vodka infusion with a blend of garnishes, oolong-steeped bourbon and house-made vermouth.

Relax with a cool-gel memory foam pillow onboard your flight.

Additional updates rolling out

In addition to United Polaris lounge openings, customers will also see a few thoughtful updates on board including a cool-gel memory foam pillow to help you relax and a pre-arrival treat to satisfy any sweet cravings before landing. We're also expanding United Polaris seating within our fleet approximately every 10 days.

Visit the new United Polaris lounge at SFO starting on April 30. The lounge is available to customers traveling in United Polaris first or business class on long-haul international flights departing or arriving into SFO as well as customers traveling on a long-haul international flight on a Star Alliance™ partner airline in first or business class. Visit United Polaris to find out when additional lounges are slated to open.

Ready to go inside? Take a look at the new United Polaris lounge at SFO with our 360 panotour below:

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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 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.

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