Sean Husmoe of Goodyear, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb, recently received a phone call from United Capt. CJ Charlton telling him he was one of five winners of United’s Your Shot to Fly sweepstakes.
“Are you kidding me? That’s incredible! You enter a sweepstakes, you don’t necessarily expect to win,” Husmoe said in a video United Airlines shared with The Arizona Republic and USA TODAY Network of him receiving the news on July 2.
A seasoned traveler, Husmoe still has two continents, South America and Antarctica, to visit. He hopes to use the grand prize to travel with his wife and daughters.
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Other winners, according to United, are:
conducted the contest in May. Members of the airline’s MileagePlus frequent flyer program uploaded their vaccination status for a chance to win round-trip tickets or the grand prize of a year of travel anywhere in the world. The five winners can fly with a companion on up to 26 round-trip flights.
The airline launched the program to encourage people to get their COVID-19 vaccinations. In less than a month, more than 1 million United MileagePlus members entered the contest.
“We were proud to do our part to encourage more Americans to get their shot and were thrilled by the overwhelming response we received,” Scott Kirby, United’s CEO, said in a press release. “This prize clearly struck an emotional chord with our customers, as the opportunity to travel and connect with people and places that matter most is something that clearly has been missed during the pandemic.”
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Husmoe echoed that sentiment in his conversation with Charlton.
“We’ve had to put travel on hold for a year. For more than a year. That’s one of the things our family spends our money on is traveling and going and seeing the country and seeing the world internationally,” Husmoe said. “We did kind of put our lives on hold like a lot of people did, so we’re ready to get back on the road.”