Through 01 March 2014, United Airlines is offering customers in BusinessFirst and Global First special edition tin amenity kits that highlight its seven U.S. mainland hubs.
These special edition amenity kits will be available on longhaul international flights departing from the U.S. only and will contain the contents currently found in United’s BusinessFirst amenity kit. Global First customers will receive their enhanced Global First amenity kit in addition to the commemorative tin.
Flying out of a certain hub does not mean you will receive that tin. Tins will be mixed and FAs have been instructed to do their best to accommodate specific requests from customers.
These are nifty and I hope I can get my hands on all of them, though at least Washington and Los Angeles. While Chicago and Houston have the ORD and IAH codes (respectively) on the tins (not intuitively resembling Chicago or Houston), United has DC instead of IAD on the Washington Dulles tin and NYC instead of EWR on the Newark Liberty tin.
I can understand that distinction. United serves only Bush Intercontinental (IAH) In Houston, not Hobby Airport (HOU). United also serves only O’Hare (ORD) in Chicago, not Midway (MDW). But in New York, United services LaGuardia (LGA) and Kennedy (JFK) in addition to Newark (EWR) and in Washington United serves Baltimore (BWI) and Reagan National (DCA) in addition to Dulles (IAD). The NYC and DC abbreviations better capture United’s more comprehensive service in those towns, even if the tins are supposed to commemorate hub airports.
Here’s a memo that went out to FAs–
To celebrate United’s new “fly the friendly skies” campaign, our premium-cabin customers will receive a special edition amenity kit on international flights departing the U.S. beginning Jan. 3, 2014. Each commemorative tin depicts one of United’s eight U.S. hub regions. Here’s what you should know:
The special edition tins will be available from Jan. 3 through March 1, or until supplies are depleted.
Distribute one tin to each premium-cabin customer on international U.S. outbound flights only. Distribute the regular amenity kits on international U.S. inbound flights.
For United Global First, present a commemorative tin to customers, along with the standard amenity kit, which will also be boarded.
For United BusinessFirst, present a commemorative tin to customers. The standard amenity kit will not be provisioned in addition to the commemorative tin because the contents of the kits are the same.
The assortment of tins is random. If a customer requests a tin representing a specific location and it is available, feel free to honor the customer’s request.
Follow all current amenity kit procedures. Do not distribute to customers seated in United Economy or United Economy Plus.