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New winter routes: Surf or slopes?

By The Hub team, December 20, 2017

Planning the perfect winter escape just got easier. Beginning today, we are offering customers more than 100 additional ways to hit the ski slopes or catch some waves.

"Regardless of which hub our customers fly from, world-class skiing or fun in the sun is just a flight away," said Jake Cefolia, United's vice president of Sales. "Whether our customers are looking for a ski or sun getaway, United offers unmatched access to the country's top ski resorts and the beautiful islands of Hawaii."

Chair lift and ski slope at mountain resort

We are increasing service to multiple popular ski destinations across the United States – in fact, United flies to more ski destinations than any other U.S. carrier. We have added three new routes this winter from San Francisco to Vail, Colorado and Chicago to Reno, Nevada, as well as to Sun Valley, Idaho. We are also adding more flights to existing routes from our airport hubs to popular ski cities. The full list of these cities include:

  • Aspen, Colorado
  • Vail, Colorado
  • Crested Butte, Colorado
  • Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Bozeman, Montana
  • Glacier National Park, Montana
  • Reno, Nevada.

Aerial view of Oahu coastline and mountains in Honolulu Hawaii

In addition to these fun winter destinations, we are strengthening our gateways to Hawaii from our airport hubs in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco by adding more flights.

From Chicago, we offer the only nonstop service to Hawaii and are now increasing our service to Maui to five times weekly, while continuing daily, year-round nonstop service to Honolulu.

Denver has become one of our Hawaiian gateway cities and is now connecting more than 90 U.S. cities to Honolulu, Kona, Lihue and Maui. In addition to offering customers more opportunities to connect, we are increasing our routes from seasonal to daily, nonstop service to Kona, Lihue and Maui - while continuing to operate year-round daily service to Honolulu.

From Los Angeles we are increasing service between Los Angeles and all of our Hawaii destinations – Hilo, Honolulu, Kona, Maui and Lihue. Making us the only U.S. airline with nonstop service from Los Angeles to Hilo, on the Island of Hawaii.

In addition to its five-times-daily service between San Francisco and Honolulu in February, we are increasing service to Kona, Lihue and Maui.

Learn more about our expanded schedules to the Hawaiian Islands here. Check out United's winter schedule to ski destinations here.

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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