(UPDATED: Originally posted on May 31, 2012)
When it comes to gifts, getting what you’ve always wanted can be a rarity – especially if you already own all the best gadgets from the SkyMall catalog. Your family and friends have the impossible task of trying to figure out what to give you. And then there are the folks who are left guessing on gift giving because they don’t know you well enough to have your hobbies and interests nailed down.
You can avoid having to find a place to stash yet another electric tie rack. Sign up to receive the gift of travel by establishing a gift registry on united.com. Name the occasion – birthday, wedding, anniversary, graduation. Now your family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances have the perfect present for you.
Two kinds of gift registries
On united.com you can choose from two gift registry options:
A cash gift registry – When you set up a united.com gift registry, friends and family can deposit money into your registry or TravelBank account. You can use these contributions to purchase tickets on united.com or cover any taxes and surcharges. After creating your registry, you can send out email announcements with instructions that explain to your contacts how to deposit money into your account.
A MileagePlus® gift registry – By setting up this type of gift registry, friends and family can purchase or transfer miles into your registry account. You can then redeem these deposited miles for air travel, hotel stays, car rentals and merchandise. You can also establish a gift registry page for someone else, helping them obtain award miles from those who make contributions.
Purchased miles cost $35 USD per 1,000 miles, plus a 7.5% excise tax.
A maximum of 100,000 miles is permitted per purchase.
According to James Steen, United’s Sr. Analyst, Merchandising Planning & Programs, “With united.com gift registries, our customers can receive contributions of cash or miles toward a future trip – whether it’s for an important event or a vacation.”
Create a gift registry
Starting a gift registry is easy:
1. On the main navigation bar on united.com, hover your mouse over the Products & Services tab and, in the drop-down menu, select Travel Products. The Travel Store page opens.
2. On the left side of the Travel Store page, select Gift Registry from the menu options.
3. Choose which type of gift registry you want to create – a cash one or a MileagePlus one – and then select the Learn More
Cash gift registry
Here’s how to create a united.com cash gift registry.
1. After selecting the Learn More button, scroll down the Cash Gift Registry page and select the yellow Create Gift Registry button. The Create Gift Registry page opens.
2. Fill in the fields with your information, and then select Create Gift Registry.
You’ll receive an email confirming your gift registry enrollment.
After you’ve created your new gift registry, you can go back in and manage it, accessing any funds already deposited in your account. Go back to the main Gift Registry page, and select the yellow Manage Gift Registry button.
On the My Gift Registry page, you have a number of options, including the ability to send gift registry announcements to others and view responses to announcements that you’ve sent.
MileagePlus gift registry
After selecting the Learn More button on the main Gift Registry page, you’ll land on the MileagePlus Gift Registry page, where you can create a new gift registry, find others’ gift registries and manage your own.
Now you’ve got the tools to set up a cash or MileagePlus registry. Create a gift registry today, and “just say no” to yet another painting of Elvis on black velvet.