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Weekend inspiration: Coronado Island

By Kelsey + Courtney Montague

San Diego has become our West Coast home away from home. It's where we come to relax and rest by the sea. Recently we were able to spend a good amount of time on the island of Coronado, just outside of downtown San Diego.

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Coronado Island has a hip, yet warm and friendly small-town vibe and as you walk around the downtown area, you feel as though you've stepped back into the 1950s.

If you find yourself in the area for a few days, here are some of our favorite things to do.

Friday night

If you're looking to stay in an iconic spot, look no further than Hotel Del Coronado. Known as San Diego's best full-service beachfront hotel, this hotel has been around for over 130 years.

Hotel Del Coronado

Their new beach village is right on the ocean, fully updated and away from the heavy crowds that occupy the main hotel areas.

After checking in, walk down the street to LeRoy's Kitchen and Lounge for dinner. They have a great happy hour deal from 3:00-6:00 p.m. with refreshing specialty cocktails. Their farm-to-table approach to food keeps their ingredients local and sustainable, and their deviled eggs with chutney are a must.

As you walk back toward the hotel, stop in the cute shops and boutiques up and down Orange Avenue.

Saturday

There's nothing better than getting up in the morning and enjoying the ocean breeze. Head north on the ocean sidewalk towards Coronado's famous dog beach. A frolicking herd of dogs are the best remedy for anything ailing you.

For breakfast, walk up Orange Avenue and stop by Clayton's Coffee Shop for their incredible acai bowls. Try to get there when they open because a line tends to form on the weekend.

Collection of shells at Silver Strand State Beach

One of our favorite Montague family past-times is shell hunting and the shelling at Silver Strand State Beach on Coronado is legendary. It was even voted one of the top 10 shelling beaches in the country according to Travel & Leisure magazine. Grab a windbreaker (it can get pretty windy out there), a canvas bag to keep your treasures and go hunting. We've found stunning shells on this beach including cockles, limpets, scallops and sand dollars.

After you've worked up an appetite, make your way up the beach to the best grass-fed burger bar you'll ever find — Burger Lounge — a Southern California staple.

Beach near Hotel Del Coronado

Relax after lunch by swimming in the pool at Hotel Del Coronado or in the ocean. If you don't feel like getting into a swimsuit after a burger (we get it) go to Coronado's tide pools to check out Southern California's marine life. These tide pools are visible during low tide in front of the hotel.

For dinner, we recommend Lobster West Coronado along Orange Avenue. We believe their fresh lobster rivals the East Coast's. After dinner, check out Coronado's Summer Concert Series at Spreckles Park to see if anyone is playing.

Sunday

Looking for a different take on breakfast? Night and Day Café offers some yummy Mexican breakfast options including stellar huevos rancheros.

If you're up for some sea adventures, we highly recommend heading over to Seaforth Boat Rentals to hire a boat or yacht tour around the island. If you've never paddle boarded, give SUP Coronado a call and book a time to take a class and a tour on one of their paddleboards. The calm waters between the island and the mainland often make for perfect paddle boarding conditions.

For lunch, stop by Coronado Brewing Company for wood-fired pizza and a barrel-aged German chocolate cake brew for dessert.

After lunch, jump on a ferry over to the Gaslamp Quarter on the mainland. Make sure to keep your phone out for awesome views of the city on your way over.

Dragaonfly flock art mural in Horton Plaza Park

In the Gaslamp Quarter, stop by Horton Plaza Park to check out our art mural. One side is a dragonfly flock you can appear to be "letting go" of up the wall. On the other side you can stand under an upside-down San Diego cityscape. If you put your hands up towards some of taller buildings and then flip the picture, it looks like you're doing a handstand on the tallest buildings in San Diego.

From there, grab an Uber over to the San Diego Seaport for cute touristy shops and stellar guacamole at Puesto in the Headquarters area. Kelsey's movable sea creature winged mural is usually stationed in the adjoining courtyard, so keep your eyes out for it.

For dinner, we think the two best places in town are Ironside in Little Italy or Seersucker restaurant in the Gaslamp. You can't go to Ironside without getting their bread appetizer, but if you're staying away from carbs, Seersucker has great options, including an amazing steak.

As you ferry back to Coronado Island, grab a few last photos of San Diego — our favorite California city by the sea.

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Beach or mountains? Take your pick with our newly announced routes to the West Coast, the Rocky Mountains and the Caribbean

By Matt Adams , November 21, 2019

We will continue building out our already expansive route network next year, adding flights to some attractive leisure destinations in the United States and the Caribbean.

Our hometown hub, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, will be the beneficiary of three of those new routes, which include Santa Barbara, California; Pasco, Washington; and Vail, Colorado. Rounding it out, United will add service from Denver to Nassau, Bahamas, and from Houston to Spokane, Washington. Tickets for all of these destinations are on sale now.

Colorful houses in Nassau

The Denver-Nassau route will begin on March 7, 2020, followed by Chicago-Santa Barbara, Chicago-Pasco, Chicago-Vail and Houston-Spokane on June 4. When that time comes, United will be the only airline offering nonstop service between Denver and Nassau and Chicago and Pasco.

All of these routes will open up a world of connection possibilities for customers living in each market. They'll also be scheduled to give flyers optimal arrival and departure time options. For instance, a passenger going from Chicago to Santa Barbara will have a flight option that departs O'Hare at 7:45 p.m. local time, arriving at Santa Barbara Airport at 10:30 p.m. That's ideal for business travelers.

"We want to offer customers the very best schedule, the best network and the most flight options in the industry," said Ankit Gupta, United's vice president of Domestic Network Planning.

The Boeing 737-800 aircraft will serve the Denver-Nassau route. Passengers going from Chicago to Santa Barbara and from Chicago to Vail will fly on the 737-700. United's 76-seat Embraer 175 aircraft, equipped with United First, Economy Plus and United Economy class seats, will operate on the Chicago-Pasco and Houston-Spokane routes.

You'll find flight times and additional details in the grid below. For more information and to book your tickets, visit united.com or download the United mobile app.

Depart

Arrive

Frequency

Duration

Chicago (ORD)

7:45 p.m.

Santa Barbara (SBA)

10:30 p.m.

Daily

Year-round

SBA

11:20 p.m.

ORD

5:20 a.m.

Daily

Year-round

ORD

8:00 p.m.

Pasco (PSC)

10:24 p.m.

Daily

Year-round

PSC

11:38 p.m.

ORD

5:20 a.m.

Daily

Year-round

ORD

4:00 p.m.

Vail/Eagle (EGE)

5:54 p.m.

Daily

Summer seasonal

(June 4 through September 6, 2020)

EGE

9:00 a.m.


ORD

12:45 p.m.

Daily

Summer seasonal

(June 4 through September 7, 2020)

Denver (DEN)

9:56 a.m.

Nassau (NAS)

4:00 p.m.

Once a week on Saturdays

Year-round

(with a break from mid-August through late-October)

NAS

11:37 a.m.

DEN

2:43 p.m.

Once a week on Saturdays

Year-round

(with a break from mid-August through late-October)

Houston (IAH)

9:32 p.m.

Spokane (GEG)

11:32 p.m.

Daily

Summer seasonal

(June 4 through August 17, 2020)

GEG

11:55 p.m.

IAH

6:17 a.m.

Daily

Summer seasonal

(June 4 through August 17, 2020)

Reflecting on Veterans Day: a message from our CEO Oscar Munoz

By Oscar Munoz, CEO, United Airlines , November 11, 2019

Right now, around the world, brave members of America's armed forces are on duty, defending our freedom and upholding our values.

When not laser-focused on the mission at hand, they're looking forward to the day when their service to our nation is fulfilled and they can reunite with their families.

They are also imagining how they can use their hard-earned skills to build an exciting, rewarding and important career when they return home.

I want them to look no further than United Airlines.

That's why we are focused on recruiting, developing and championing veterans across our company, demonstrating to our returning women and men in uniform that United is the best possible place for them to put their training, knowledge, discipline and character to the noblest use.

They've developed their knowledge and skills in some of the worst of times. We hope they will use those skills to keep United performing at our best, all of the time.

That's why we are accelerating our efforts to onboard the best and the brightest, and substantially increasing our overall recruitment numbers each year.

We recently launched a new sponsorship program to support onboarding veterans into United and a new care package program to support deployed employees. It's one more reason why United continues to rank high - and rise higher - as a top workplace for veterans. In fact, we jumped 21 spots this year on Indeed.com's list of the top U.S workplaces for veterans. This is a testament to our increased recruiting efforts, as well as our efforts to create a culture where veterans feel valued and supported.

We use the special reach and resources of our global operations to partner with outstanding organizations. This is our way of stepping up and going the extra mile for all those who've stepped forward to answer our nation's call.

We do this year-round, and the month of November is no exception; however, it is exceptional, especially as we mark Veterans Day.

As we pay tribute to all Americans who have served in uniform and carried our flag into battle throughout our history, let's also keep our thoughts with the women and men who are serving around the world, now. They belong to a generation of post-9/11 veterans who've taken part in the longest sustained period of conflict in our history.

Never has so much been asked by so many of so few.... for so long. These heroes represent every color and creed. They are drawn from across the country and many immigrated to our shores.

They then freely choose to serve in the most distant and dangerous regions of the world, to protect democracy in its moments of maximum danger.

Wherever they serve - however they serve - whether they put on a uniform each day, or serve in ways which may never be fully known, these Americans wake up each morning willing to offer the "last full measure of devotion" on our behalf.

Every time they do so, they provide a stunning rebuke to the kinds of voices around the world who doubt freedom and democracy's ability to defend itself.

Unfortunately, we know there are those who seem to not understand – or say they do not - what it is that inspires a free people to step forward, willing to lay down their lives so that their country and fellow citizens might live.

But, we – who are both the wards and stewards of the democracy which has been preserved and handed down to us by veterans throughout our history – do understand.

We know that inciting fear and hatred of others is a source of weakness, not strength. And such divisive rhetoric can never inspire solidarity or sacrifice like love for others and love of country can.

It is this quality of devotion that we most honor in our veterans - those who have served, do serve and will serve.

On behalf of a grateful family of 96,000, thank you for your service.

Humbly,

Oscar

United named a top workplace for veterans

By The Hub team , November 10, 2019

Each year around Veterans Day, Indeed, one of the world's largest job search engines, rates companies based on actual employee reviews to identify which ones offer the best opportunities and benefits for current and former U.S. military members. Our dramatic improvement in the rankings this year reflects a stronger commitment than ever before to actively recruiting, developing and nurturing veteran talent.

"We've spent a lot of time over the past 12 months looking for ways to better connect with our employees who served and attract new employees from the military ranks," said Global Catering Operations and Logistics Managing Director Ryan Melby, a U.S. Army veteran and the president of our United for Veterans business resource group.

"Our group is launching a mentorship program, for instance, where we'll assign existing employee-veterans to work with new hires who come to us from the armed forces. Having a friend and an ally like that, someone who can help you translate the skills you picked up in the military to what we do as a civilian company, is invaluable. That initiative is still in its infancy, but I'm really optimistic about what it can do for United and for our veteran population here."

Impressively, we were the only one of our industry peers to move up on the list, further evidence that we're on a good track as a company.

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