Why a Trip Is the Perfect Holiday Gift - United Hub

Why a trip is the perfect holiday gift

By Nick Harper

This year, give a gift that keeps on giving. Read on for four reasons why a trip makes the best present this holiday season.

Reason 1: A trip builds more excitement

When you open a gift box, you experience a momentary buzz of excitement while you tear through the wrapping paper. Opening a small envelope may not elicit as much excitement, but the airline ticket inside has potential far greater than any other gift. Initially, all you have is the promise of a journey sometime in the future. But the excitement and anticipation of that trip keep on building until the day you finally embark. And when you return, you will have joyful memories of your adventure, which only grow fonder with the passing of time. The gift of travel is the gift that truly keeps on giving.

Reason 2: A trip gives a sense of perspective

The holidays are about spending time with our loved ones, bringing families and friends together and providing a brief respite from our daily grind to enjoy the people we care about. If you hand someone the latest electronic gadget, you'll watch as they race off into a world of their own, particularly if the gadget involves headphones. If you hand them two tickets for a long weekend in New York or two weeks in Europe, you've gifted them the opportunity to engage and connect on a human level, to travel, to learn, to experience and to build memories together. As ancient Roman philosopher Seneca said: “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind."

Reason 3: Travel is packed full of benefits

Travel can have multiple benefits for those involved. From boosting your mood to providing a little rest and relaxation, traveling can do wonders for your health and well-being, simply by being on your feet and exploring a new place. On top of all that, travel can help give the traveler a greater sense of being alive.

Reason 4: We are all the sum of our experiences

We are all the sum of where we've been, what we've seen and what we've done. That is why the gift of a trip may come to define who you are. When we look back on our fondest memories, the experience of watching the sunset over the Serengeti or seeing kangaroos in the Australian Outback will leave a long-lasting impression.

So this year, when you're thinking about the perfect gift to give, try something new and give the gift of travel.

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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