COVID-19 vaccinations

Vaccinated? You could win free flights for a year.

Sweepstakes prizes include free travel

Not wanting to contract, transmit, or die of COVID-19 is a darn good reason to get vaccinated.

But some people may need a bit more encouragement and the promise of rewards.

That’s why we’re reading about bars offering free drinks, donut shops offering free donuts, and employers offering time off and cash bonuses to people who roll up their sleeves for a jab.

Fine. Whatever it takes.

Now United Airlines is upping the ante.

In support of the national effort to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 vaccination, the airline is offering its loyalty program members the chance to win free flights for a year’s worth of travel.

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 before June 22 will be entered to win a roundtrip flight for two, in any class of service, to anywhere in the world United flies.

The sweepstakes is open to any resident of the United States who is at least 18 years old and a MileagePlus member.

United will give away 30 pairs of tickets throughout the month of June. In addition – on July 1 United will announce which five randomly selected MileagePlus members who have entered the sweepstakes will win a grand prize of travel for a year for themselves and a companion – also in any class of service, anywhere in the world that United flies.