Americans are known around the world as incredibly hard workers. They’re also known for letting millions of vacation days go unused every year — a problem that can lead to burnout. United Airlines wants to do something about it, so it’s sending one overworked American and their closest companion to Tahiti for a week of beachside relaxing over tropical cocktails.
Via United’s website, you can nominate an overworked employee in dire need of a holiday — and yes, that overworked employee can be yourself. Entries will be judged by United and Project Time Off. The giveaway program conveniently coincides with the October 30th kickoff of United’s new nonstop service between San Francisco and Papeete, Tahiti, meaning you won’t even have to spend time on a layover en route to your much-needed vacay.
In addition to roundtrip airfare, United is covering three nights at the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort and Spa, two nights at the Intercontinental Moorea Resort and Spa, and an additional two nights at Maitai Rangiroa. They will shuttle you between the islands and throw in an excursion in either Tahiti or Moorea. Plus, you’ll receive a prepaid card loaded with $2,000 to cover additional expenses. The only thing the airline won’t do is approach your boss about taking the time off — you’ll have to figure that one out for yourself.
The deadline for applying is September 25th, and the winner will be announced October 11th. The airline wants to know, in 300 words, why the person you’re nominating is the country’s hardest worker — maybe it’s been years since that last vacation, or perhaps they just wrapped up a major project that required immense overtime hours. No matter the reason, apply here before you get so burned out that you can’t even type a few hundred words.