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Stronger together: A mission to make a difference

By The Hub team, June 26, 2018

In early 2018, we announced an exciting expansion of our relationship with Special Olympics, one that will propel our mission to connect people and unite the world.

Oscar Munoz, along with Special Olympics International Chairman Tim Shriver, made the announcement during United's annual Leadership Conference, where more than 2,000 of our employees teamed up with 190 Special Olympics athletes for unified team-building activities. Side by side, they packed more than 67,000 kits that will be donated to our charitable partners, including Special Olympics.

Together we are stronger, and together we will break down barriers and work to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities," said Community Affairs VP Sharon Grant. "This expanded partnership can and will make a positive impact on the world and change the lives of our customers and employees wherever they live.

United is proud to partner with an organization that embodies our spirit of inclusion. As exciting as the partnership is for the company, it may be even more so for our employees, many of whom are already involved with Special Olympics. Employees like Community Affairs Senior Manager Bill Egan, whose brother is a Special Olympics Illinois athlete, and ORD Zone Control Supervisor Nancy Pelletier, who has organized teams and fundraisers for plane pull events in support of Special Olympics llinois for the past seven years. Watch the video above to learn more about their stories.

United will support two major Special Olympics events this year, the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle July 1-6, and the 50th Anniversary celebrations in Chicago July 17-21. The news is extra special for Chicago Contact Center Reservation Sales Supervisor Dawn Galea, whose husband David competed in the very first international Special Olympics Summer Games held in Chicago in 1968, where he won a gold and silver medal in track events.

From a young age, David was told he would never be a functioning adult due to his developmental disability, but he proved that prognosis wrong, consistently working since he was 16 and leading a healthy and happy life.

David never let what anyone told him stop him from pursuing his goals, said Dawn. "I couldn't be more thrilled that United is supporting a cause that's so near and dear to us and I'm looking forward to getting involved as much as I can."

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 First U.S. Airline to Offer Economy Customers Option to Pre-Order Snacks and Beverages

New pre-order option builds on the airline's contactless payment technology and is another example of the customer experience transformation underway at United
By United Newsroom, July 28, 2021

CHICAGO, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today on select flights, all United customers – no matter what cabin of service they're flying in – can use the airline's award-winning mobile app and website to pre-order meals, snacks and beverages up to five days before they're scheduled to travel. United is the first and only U.S. airline to offer economy customers the option to pre-order snacks and beverages, a reflection of the customer experience transformation underway at the airline.



United Airlines to Operate More than 40 Weekly Flights as England Re-Opens to U.S. Travelers

In August, United is adding a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. to London
By United Newsroom, July 28, 2021

CHICAGO, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- With today's announcement of England reopening to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. beginning Aug 2, United Airlines is making it easier for business and leisure customers to jet across the pond with the addition of flights to London. In August, United will have six daily flights between the U.S. and London, including a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. and increasing service from Houston to daily. United looks forward to resuming additional London service in the coming months as well as launching new nonstop service between Boston and London. Customers traveling to England must be fully vaccinated in the U.S. with vaccines that have been approved by the FDA and must take a test before departure as well as a PCR test within the first two days of arrival. Passengers vaccinated in the U.S. will also need to complete a passenger locator form prior to traveling to England and provide proof of U.S. residency.

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