Awards & Recognition



100% on the Corporate Equality Index
Human Rights Campaign

DHL Carrier Award for Reliability and Excellence

United Polaris - Best Up in the Air Initiative
Future Travel Expreience Global

Choice Cargo Belly Carrier of the Year
Payload Asia Awards

Carbon Disclosure Project's Leadership Index
Carbon Disclosure Project

Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

Airports Going Green Award
Airports Going Green

United MileagePlus:

  • Best Overall Frequent-Flyer Program
  • Best Frequent-Flyer Bonus Program

Global Traveler

Best Trans-Pacific Airline
Global Traveler

United MileagePlus Credit Card from Chase:

  • Best Credit Card
  • Best Credit Card Rewards Program
  • Best Frequent-Flyer Affinity Credit Card Redemptions

Global Traveler

Golden Gavel Award - Brett Hart, executive vice president and general counsel
Cook County's Coordinated Advice & Referall Program

Nuts and Bolts Award
Airlines for America (A4A)

United Bug Bounty Program: CSO50 Award

Double Eagle Award
U.S. - Mexican Chamber of Commerce

Domestic Airline of the Year
American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)

Chicago 40 Under 40 recipient - Michelle Brown, managing director of airport ops planning & standards
Crain's Chicago

Chapter Mission Award
United States Green Building Council - Illinois Chapter

Commercial Production Trailblazer Award
Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative

Named to the "Leading" category in aviation biofuels
Natural Resources Defense Council

Favorite Frequent Flyer Program
Trazee Travel

100% on Disability Equality Index and Best Place to Work recipient
Disability Equality Index

Women's Enterprise 100 Corporations of the Year recipient
Women's Enterprise (PDF)

John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award
Illinois State Bar Association

Best Pet Friendly Airline
Global Traveler Magazine

Green Cross for Safety Innovation Award
National Safety Council

Corporation of the Year
Chicago Minority Supplier Diversity Council

Top Corporation for Women's Business Enterprises
Women's Business Enterprises National Council



Top Airline Global Network
Travel Weekly

Global Traveler Tested Reader Survey Awards:

  • Best Overall Frequent Flyer Program
  • ​Best Frequent Flyer Bonus Program
  • Best Trans-Pacific Airline

Global Traveler

Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality
Human Rights Campaign

Candidate's Choice Award

Landmark Award - Public-Private Partnership
Houston Business Journal

"40 under 40" honoree - Sarah Rae Murphy, Vice President financial planning and analysis
Crain's Chicago Business

Official Honoree - Mobile: Travel (handheld devices)
Webby Awards

The Digital Edge 25 Award
IDG Enterprise

Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards - Angela Foster-Rice, managing director of global environmental affairs and sustainability
Green Building and Design

Award for Excellence in Advanced Biofuels
WBM Bio Business Awards

Pro Patria Award



Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Award - Travel Supplier
Global Business Travel Association

Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality
Human Rights Campaign

Herbie Hancock Humanitarian Award
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

100% rating in the Corporate Equality Index and Best Place to Work award recipient
Human Rights Campaign Foundation

CIO 100
CIO Magazine

Human Rights Corporate Award
National Immigrant Justice Center

Top 100 Corporations of the Year
Women's Enterprise USA Magazine

Top 100 companies providing the most opportunities for Latinos
Latino Magazine

Best Airline in North America 
Irish Travel Industry Awards

Business Traveller - Middle East
Best North American Airline serving the Middle East



Voted among top airlines for "Best Economy Class Flight Experience"
USA Today-sponsored "10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards"

Gold Eco-Airline of the Year
Air Transport World

MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Organization) of the Year
Aviation Week

Best North American Airline
Business Traveler Magazine

Corporation of the Year
Minority Supplier Development Council

“20 in their 20s” honoree - eCommerce Managing Director Mark Nasr
Crain’s Chicago Business

Marketer of the Year and Innovation Award for MileagePlus
Direct Marketing Association

Business Leadership Award
Equality Illinois

100% rating in the Corporate Equality Index and Best Place to Work award recipient
Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Airline to North America
Irish Travel Industry Awards

Communicator Awards for Hemispheres inflight magazine:

  • Excellence in Magazine Design
  • Excellence in Photography
  • Distinction in Magazine Cover Design
  • Distinction in Photography

The International Academy of Visual Arts

Travel Magazine of the Year: Hemispheres
The New York Travel Writers Society

North America Lounge of the Year – Terminal E United Club at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport
Priority Pass

Alex Marren named on Women Worth Watching 2013 list
Diversity Journal

Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center



Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality
Human Rights Campaign

Airline MRO of the Year Award
Aviation Week

Best Airline for North American Travel
Business Traveler Magazine

Best North American Airline to Middle East
Business Traveller – Middle East

“40 under 40” honoree – O’Hare Vice President Charles Duncan
Crain’s Chicago Business

100% rating in the Corporate Equality Index and Best Place to Work award recipient
Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Best Frequent Flyer Program for MileagePlus (9th year in a row)
Global Traveler Magazine

Best Transatlantic Airline
Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association

Most saver-style award-seat availability among the largest U.S. global airlines
4th annual Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey (PDF)

Best North American Airline

Top Corporation for Women’s Business Enterprises
Women’s Business Enterprise Council