Nominate a ‘healthcare hero’ to win 1,000,000 United miles

May 3, 2021

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It’s been an incredibly challenging year for so many people, but there’s no question that healthcare workers have had to bear the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, at least four of them will soon have enough miles to book a very special trip.

In celebration of 40 years of the MileagePlus program, United Airlines is giving away 1,000,000 miles to four lucky “essential healthcare workers.” U.S. residents age 18 or older can suggest an eligible nominee at United’s dedicated site between now and 11:59 p.m. Central Time on May 17, 2021.

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In addition to the nominee’s name, you must also provide an “essay” of up to 150 words, which, according to the terms and conditions, United can then publish in any way it sees fit, along with a photo, if you choose to attach one to the nomination.

Winners will have enough miles to fly themselves and several companions in business class to destinations all around the world. (Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

The four winners will receive 1,000,000 miles each, valued at $20,000, plus a check for $7,750, presumably to help cover potential federal, state and local taxes. As United explains:

“Winners will be responsible for all taxes (federal, state and local of all applicable jurisdictions) and all expenses not listed herein related to acceptance and use of any prize. If required by law, an IRS 1099-MISC Form will be prepared in the Winner’s name and submitted to the IRS for the value of the Winner’s prize. Sponsor will cause a copy of any submitted 1099-MISC Form to be sent to Winner’s last known address.”

Fortunately, United is defining “essential healthcare worker” broadly as part of this contest. Winners may include nurses and physicians, of course, but also many categories of support staff, including individuals who provide laundry and food services, people who work at companies that manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE), and many others, as outlined here.

Not eligible for United’s latest giveaway? Through May 9, 2021, you can enter to win 1,000,000 MileagePlus miles through TPG’s partnership with Prizeo as well. Head to this page for all of the details!

Featured photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy

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