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Beijing Comes to Chicago at The United Terminal at O'Hare

January 27, 2015 at 3:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

The United Terminal at Chicago O’Hare International Airport just got a little artsier.

“City Windows,” a permanent art installation has been unveiled near gate B19, It was created by Chinese artist Qiao Xiaoguang and it’s pretty awesome. So awesome, it might not make us so pissed off to fly United anymore.

The ancient art of Chinese paper cutting was used to create a panorama of iconic images from Chicago and Beijing. The images highlight landmarks like Navy Pier and the Willis Tower in Chicago, and Tiananmen Square and the Olympic Stadium in Beijing. The display symbolizes the deep friendship and cultural and business connections between Chicago and China, and can also be viewed from outside the airport when approaching the terminal.

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United Begins To Flip The Switch On Regional Jet WiFi

January 14, 2015 at 10:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Wow—it’s been years and years since United first put WiFi on a muthafunking plane, but now that it's 2015, United is finally set to offer WiFI on their regional jet fleet. The cramped legroom and claustrophobic conditions will feel less so, as you’ll be tweeting, streaming, and posting from here to there.

Aircraft like the E170, E175, and CRJ700 will be heading into the hangar, as Gogo InFlight’s ATG-4 advanced air-to-ground is to be installed, hopefully by summer. Not only can travelers expect the usual WiFi offerings, but these planes—thankfully—will also score a slice of what United calls their “Personal Device Entertainment” giving access to movies, television, and other goodies right from your own mobile screen.

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New Routes from ANA, LAN, and United to Start 2015

January 2, 2015 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· ANA:
There’s still some government stamps and seals to be had, but it does sound like we’re well on our way to a new option from All Nippon Airways. The plan is for ANA to do the nonstop thing beginning on June 12 between Tokyo-Narita and Houston. The daily service will operate thanks to some Boeing 777-300ERs, and if you’re looking to book things or cash in some miles—expect eight seats in First, 52 in Business, and 190 in Economy.

· LAN:
New Boeing birds are on the move beginning next year, as LAN Airlines is sending their 787-9 between New York-JFK and Santiago, Chile. The new route will start doing its thing on July 20, so start planning your vacation now. Utilizing this stretched version of the 787, LAN will be the first carrier to offer up international service down to South America from JFK using a plane such as this. There are 313 seats in total, so we’re sure you can find one that fits you well.

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Why United May Be Apple's Biggest Customer for the iPhone 6 Plus

December 15, 2014 at 9:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it seems like everyone around you has the newest, best smartphone, and soon that feeling will include all the flight attendants onboard United Airlines. The carrier just announced that they’re ordering a boatload Apple's freshest offering to aid with in-flight service efficiency.

United was sold on the awesomeness of these little—well, big—devices, as the carrier is bringing the iPhone 6 Plus to 23,000 flight attendants. It's not a holiday present, however; the iPhones will be used to record retail transactions and other purchases aboard flights. Access to corporate email, intranet sites, and even policies and manuals will also be accessed through the new phones. United is even ditching the traditional printed safety manuals, as everything will now be right on the screen.

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5 Ways to Spend United MileagePlus Miles and Get More Than a Glass of Wine

December 3, 2014 at 10:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

A few weeks ago, United began trialing a program at Newark Airport. It essentially allowed frequent flyers to redeem those hard-earned MileagePlus miles for food in some restaurants in the terminal. While it might be cool to just swipe your boarding pass and pay from your account, at about 1,000 miles for a glass of wine, the conversion rates aren't the most favorable.

This got us thinking that there are plenty of other United products better worth the miles than an overpriced meal in an overpriced airport restaurant...

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United Airlines Adding iPads to Each and Every Seat at EWR

November 12, 2014 at 6:03 AM | by | Comments (2)

United Airlines is offering some upgrades and improvements over at Newark Airport, but unfortunately it has nothing to do with the terminal—it’s all about the technology.

The folks over at the airline have just made a pretty big order over at the Apple Store, as they’re spending $120 million on new iPads and other gadgets to modernize bits and pieces of the airport experience. It sounds like the focus will be within Terminal C, as airline officials certainly recognize that their home at the airport is a little tired and certainly less than welcoming. We’re not so sure that travelers can be tricked by a little touch screen trendiness, but we shall see.

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Short Flights on Small Planes Won't Be Left Off United's In-Flight WiFi Plan

October 17, 2014 at 8:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news for United flyers, as the airline is bringing its WiFi capabilities to even more planes. Now the cramped legroom and narrow cabins of all those United Express regional jets will be slightly improved, since they're next to have the switch flipped on in-flight WiFi.

Installations will start sooner rather than later, and the fleet is expected to be finished at some point next summer. All in all they’re looking to install the wires, cables, and antennas on over 200 planes. WiFi of course will be a great option, but the up in the air connectivity should also work for their snazzy streaming service too—check out our thoughts on that.

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Cookies on a Plane: Which Airlines Still Bake Treats Onboard

October 16, 2014 at 2:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes you just need a chocolate chip cookie, but munching on such treats while hurtling through the air is sadly mostly a thing of the past. We've seen some airlines warming up cookies onboard as recently as 2012, but mergers and cutbacks mean these sweet bites are rarer than ever.

Don't despair! A few airlines do still deliver cookies on select services:

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A Review of United's BYO-Device Entertainment, Still in Beta Testing

October 15, 2014 at 10:03 AM | by | Comment (1)

Just about a year ago, Virgin Australia launched their cool new wireless BYO-device entertainment system. It was thought that this would be the wave of the future, as more travelers armed themselves with iPads.

Now we're excited to announce United has begun testing a similar system on this side of the Pacific. On a recent flight from Chicago to Fort Lauderdale, we were lucky to score a plane equipped with beta-test of this technology.

As a regular passenger, we received an email from United two days before departure, with the info that we'd be on a plane with this system. The email was similar to their webpage explanation, and it detailed how we could trial the entertainment choices by streaming them to our own iPad, iPhone, or laptop. By simply downloading the free application from the Apple App store, we would be able to enjoy hours of movies and television shows from gate to gate.

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United Adds DIY Baggage Tagging Over at O'Hare

August 28, 2014 at 6:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Practice your sticker skills before heading off to the airport, as one of the country’s largest carriers is going the DIY route when it comes to baggage tagging.

United Airlines just started offering self-service bag tagging over at Chicago-O’Hare in an effort to speed up the check-in process at the airport. The airline’s angle is that it provides more options for customers looking to do things for themselves, and it will free up agents to help out those flyers that have questions or need a little more assistance.

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United's Newest Safety Video is Surprisingly Entertaining

August 4, 2014 at 8:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve seen our share of airline safety videos, and once again there’s another carrier releasing a refresh and upgrade of their pre-flight entertainment. This time it’s United, and we have to say we’re pleased with their latest presentation.

Now it’s hardly comparable to an offering from Air New Zealand or Virgin America, but for United—and what we think is the airline’s personality—it’s a decent fit and certainly an improvement.

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How Your Next United Flight May Help to Track Endangered Animals

July 9, 2014 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Chances are we've all seen a David Attenborough documentary or two, and listened as he discussed how specific animals move, live and act in their natural habitat. The reason this information is known is mostly due to animal tagging and tracking. Basically, putting small GPS sensors onto animals to track their migration and possibly help prevent the endangerment of the species plays an important part in conservation and research.

Now, United will play a new role in this animal tracking with their installation of radio receiver antennas on their aircraft. They'll be able to pick up signals for animal tags while they fly around, which seems like a perfect idea since the airline criss-crosses any part of the planet 5,300 times per day.

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