Americans are notoriously bad at claiming their paid time off (PTO). Last year was no exception, according to the United States Travel Association, with workers forgoing an average of 33 percent of their PTO, a statistic Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is now looking to rectify.
In hopes of encouraging Americans to start using their vacation days, Wyndham is launching an initiative called Operation Out of Office to give one lucky traveler two weeks of paid vacation: 14 nights at one or more Wyndham properties, a $5,000 paycheck, and a daily $250 travel stipend, not to mention a complimentary upgrade to Wyndham Rewards Diamond membership.
The winner has until the end of 2021 to redeem their prize and can do so at any Wyndham hotel, which includes well-known brands like La Quinta, Ramada, and Days Inn across the US. The winner can even split the two-week giveaway into multiple trips. So as much as we advocate for taking your two-week vacation all at once, you’ll be able to make Operation Out of Office work for you, no matter how and when you’re actually able to set your OOO away message.
To throw your hat in the ring, or nominate a loved one, submit a 100-word essay explaining a bit about your hard-working nominee and why they’re the perfect person to win two weeks of travel, even if that person is you. Essay submissions are being accepted now through April 6. When the winner is announced, all they’ll have to do in return is post about their trip on social media to encourage other Americans to claim their PTO, too. Not a bad day at the office if you ask us.