United Airlines MileagePlus members can win free flights by uploading their proof of vaccination to its mobile app by June 22. They call it “Your Shot To Fly.” Ha ha ha.
The airline will give away a prize each day in June,
- roundtrip flight for two
- valid for premium class of service
- to any United destination
On July 1 they will award 5 sweepstakes winners a grand prize of a year of travel, valid for premium cabin to any United destination.
The truth is that you don’t need to be vaccinated to enter. You can complete an entry form online and upload your CDC vaccination card, or just enter by mail without proof of vaccination,
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.
Buried in the details is that the prizes are better than the headline even suggests because they include cash, which helps with the taxes.
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.
Ohio of course is running a cash lottery for vaccinated residents. This was followed by efforts in Maryland, New York and Oregon. The Ohio lottery appears to have driven a bump up in vaccination.
It’s going to be a lot of different efforts to get incremental vaccination in the United States. Some of it is incentives, some is driving excitement along the lines of this lottery, Ohio’s lottery, or holding vaccine clinics in strip clubs,
“I was going to wait, I tell you that,” said Las Vegas resident Michael Myers as he stood between a full-length picture of a naked woman and a sign promoting social distancing and other behaviors to mitigate the virus spread.
Myers’ wife, Lisa Harper, said he changed his mind when she told him they could both get it at the Hustler club.
…“Nothing says vaccinations like a stripper pole,” said the couple’s friend George Stoecklin, who joined them to get his shot.
…Myers said he was disappointed there were no dancers on the stage while he got his shot but said, “at least I got the scope of it.”
…The club offered its own incentives to those who show proof of vaccination: a membership card giving them and five friends free admission, a complimentary bottle of alcohol, dances from “a vaccinated entertainer” and other perks.
United, in its news release about the vaccine travel lottery, frames this as being “in support of the Biden administration’s national effort to encourage people to get vaccinated.” That’s gratuitous, though we can debate whether it is in furtherance of the airline’s increasingly left-leaning politics or because U.S. airlines are now creatures of the state after $79 billion in Covid-era bailouts and the prospect of increasing funds as part of infrastructure and green fuels efforts (and whether those two things are related).