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Why a trip is the perfect holiday gift

By Nick Harper

This year, give a gift that keeps on giving. Read on for four reasons why a trip makes the best present this holiday season.

Reason 1: A trip builds more excitement

When you open a gift box, you experience a momentary buzz of excitement while you tear through the wrapping paper. Opening a small envelope may not elicit as much excitement, but the airline ticket inside has potential far greater than any other gift. Initially, all you have is the promise of a journey sometime in the future. But the excitement and anticipation of that trip keep on building until the day you finally embark. And when you return, you will have joyful memories of your adventure, which only grow fonder with the passing of time. The gift of travel is the gift that truly keeps on giving.

Reason 2: A trip gives a sense of perspective

The holidays are about spending time with our loved ones, bringing families and friends together and providing a brief respite from our daily grind to enjoy the people we care about. If you hand someone the latest electronic gadget, you'll watch as they race off into a world of their own, particularly if the gadget involves headphones. If you hand them two tickets for a long weekend in New York or two weeks in Europe, you've gifted them the opportunity to engage and connect on a human level, to travel, to learn, to experience and to build memories together. As ancient Roman philosopher Seneca said: “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind."

Reason 3: Travel is packed full of benefits

Travel can have multiple benefits for those involved. From boosting your mood to providing a little rest and relaxation, traveling can do wonders for your health and well-being, simply by being on your feet and exploring a new place. On top of all that, travel can help give the traveler a greater sense of being alive.

Reason 4: We are all the sum of our experiences

We are all the sum of where we've been, what we've seen and what we've done. That is why the gift of a trip may come to define who you are. When we look back on our fondest memories, the experience of watching the sunset over the Serengeti or seeing kangaroos in the Australian Outback will leave a long-lasting impression.

So this year, when you're thinking about the perfect gift to give, try something new and give the gift of travel.

United Awards Free Flights for a Year to Winners of "Your Shot to Fly" Sweepstakes

Grand prize winners live in Bradenton, FL; Cleveland, OH; Goodyear, AZ; Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA
By United Newsroom, July 29, 2021

CHICAGO, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- 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

The sweepstakes was in support of the Biden administration's ongoing national effort to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 vaccination and encouraged United's MileagePlus® loyalty members to upload their vaccine records to United. In less than a month, more than one million MileagePlus members uploaded their vaccine cards to the United app and website for a shot to win one of the grand prizes. In June the airline awarded 30 first prize winners with a pair of roundtrip tickets anywhere United flies.

United First U.S. Airline to Offer Economy Customers Option to Pre-Order Snacks and Beverages

New pre-order option builds on the airline's contactless payment technology and is another example of the customer experience transformation underway at United
By United Newsroom, July 28, 2021

CHICAGO, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today on select flights, all United customers – no matter what cabin of service they're flying in – can use the airline's award-winning mobile app and website to pre-order meals, snacks and beverages up to five days before they're scheduled to travel. United is the first and only U.S. airline to offer economy customers the option to pre-order snacks and beverages, a reflection of the customer experience transformation underway at the airline.

United Airlines to Operate More than 40 Weekly Flights as England Re-Opens to U.S. Travelers

In August, United is adding a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. to London
By United Newsroom, July 28, 2021

CHICAGO, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- With today's announcement of England reopening to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. beginning Aug 2, United Airlines is making it easier for business and leisure customers to jet across the pond with the addition of flights to London. In August, United will have six daily flights between the U.S. and London, including a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. and increasing service from Houston to daily. United looks forward to resuming additional London service in the coming months as well as launching new nonstop service between Boston and London. Customers traveling to England must be fully vaccinated in the U.S. with vaccines that have been approved by the FDA and must take a test before departure as well as a PCR test within the first two days of arrival. Passengers vaccinated in the U.S. will also need to complete a passenger locator form prior to traveling to England and provide proof of U.S. residency.

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