Updated (July 29, 2021): United Airlines today announced the five lucky grand prize winners of its “Your Shot to Fly” sweepstakes, who will each get to fly anywhere in the world United flies with a companion over the course of the next year. The winners of the “Your Shot to Fly” sweepstakes are:

  • Ashley Cronkhite from Bradenton, FL
  • Robert Simicak from Cleveland, OH
  • Sean Husmoe from Goodyear, AZ
  • Lauren Aldredge from Oakland CA
  • Lauren M. from San Francisco, CA

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It’s mind-boggling to think that the U.S. has to incentivize people to get a COVID-19 vaccine when people in other countries are literally dying to get one or standing in crazy long lines to get vaccinated. A Canadian friend of mine waited over two hours outdoors in the middle of the night to get an AstraZeneca shot in below freezing temperatures. The vaccines are obviously working. Look at the United States’ numbers in terms of cases, hospitalizations and deaths compared to countries that don’t have the goods.

In many parts of the USA, including where I live in L.A., you can literally pick and choose which vaccine you want to get (Pfizer, Moderna or J&J) and then use your vaccination card to get freebies, like a donut every day at Krispy Kreme or free lamination to protect your card. FYI: I didn’t laminate my CDC card since you might need to get a booster or in case the lamination process smears the ink. Instead I’m using a protective sleeve.

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Businesses, states and destinations have been offering an array of incentives for people to get vaccinated. From lottery chances in New York, Maryland, Ohio and Oregon, including an up to $5 million grand prize and Talladega Superspeedway letting people drive around track at COVID-19 vaccine event, to sports teams like the Lakers, offering a chance to win season tickets for two.

Now, the airlines are getting in on the act. United Airlines just announced today that they’re offering its loyalty program members (it’s free to enroll and takes a minute to input your info) the chance to win free flights for a year’s worth of travel, in support of the government’s national effort to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 vaccination.

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Under the terms of the “Your Shot to Fly” sweepstakes, any new or existing MileagePlus member who uploads their vaccination records to the airline’s mobile app or website between today and June 22 can be entered to win a roundtrip flight for two, in any class of service, to anywhere in the world United flies. United will give away 30 pairs of tickets throughout the month of June. In addition – on July 1 United will announce five randomly selected lucky MileagePlus members who have entered the sweepstakes for a grand prize of travel for a year for themselves and a companion – also in any class of service, anywhere in the world United flies.

United’s CEO Scott Kirby said, “We’re proud to do our part to incentivize people to get their shot. Thanks to the vaccine, more and more destinations are opening up for travel – and we know our customers are eager to fly. We’re excited to give people one more reason to get vaccinated so they can reunite with friends and family or take that long-awaited vacation which all could be just one shot away.”

The sweepstakes is open to any resident of the United States who is at least 18 years old and a MileagePlus member. For more information and to enter, visit United.com/YourShotToFly.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sweepstakes runs from 12:00:01 am ET on 5/24/21 to 11:59:59 pm ET on 6/22/21. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 US, DC, PR, USVI & Guam who are 18+ or age of majority, whichever older, at entry. To enter online, visit united.com & complete entry form with valid COVID-19 vax card. For mail entry (if you are vaccinated and concerned about privacy or aren’t vaccinated due to health or religious reasons), send your email address, name, full address, phone number & MileagePlus number to MileagePlus Vax Sweepstakes, PO Box 158, Freeburg, IL 62243-0158.  Your info must match MileagePlus account info.  Limit 1 entry per person & per MileagePlus member. 30 1st prize drawings. Odds depend on # of elig. entries received for each drawing. 5 Grand Prizes: 1-year free flights for 2 (traveling together and limited to 26 roundtrip flights) & $275,000. ARV: $784,600 each. 30 1st Prizes: roundtrip flight for 2 worldwide & $7,700. ARV: $27,300 each. Total ARV of all prizes: $4,742,000. For prize drawing deadlines & full rules, visit United.com/yourshottofly. Sponsor: United Airlines, Inc., 233 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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1 Comment On "United Sweepstakes Gives 5 Customers a Shot to Win a Year of Free Flights For Two"
  1. Mike C|

    Ohio wasted lots of $$. I think $100 prize with 1 in 10 chance of winning would have attracted many more people. OH still does not have a high % vaccinated. Better yet, require mask unless on shows a vaccine card at the door of major retailers. Or set up a Vaccine Passport (opt in) for maskless air, ship, bus, stadium, etc. travel. And have major employers require vaccinations. And say heath insurance costs rise by 25% unless vaccinated. We need to get tough.

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