How would use a $10,000 United Airlines voucher?
Yesterday, I wrote about Allison Preiss, who received a $10,000 United voucher after she was bumped from an oversold Washington Dulles (IAD) to Austin (AUS) flight.
Many asked her on Twitter: how will you use your voucher? She mused about flying first class to Australia. That’s actually no longe possible since United uses two-cabin 787s on its Australia routes. Furthermore, the travel credits are also only good on United or United Express flights, no codeshares or Star Alliance partner flights. So much for connecting on Singapore Suites...
Even so, $10,000 can get her far…and she doesn’t have to use it all at once.
Here’s How I Would Use $10,000 in United Credit
My parents love Hawaii. Love it. First thing I would do is book them a ticket two r/t first class tickets to Hawaii. That would take about $3K for the two tickets.
I’d also book two ticket on United’s new Tahiti route, preferably in economy class upgraded to business rather than straight business, for my wife Heidi and me. I’ve always wanted to take her to Tahiti and United’s new service starting this summer would represent a great opportunity.
The rest I would keep and use for my boring domestic travel. Business trips often pop up at the last minute. I’ve also got to buy my own tickets to Frequent Traveler University in New York and Washington, DC later this year.
There are many other things I’d like to do. For example, I would love to book a ticket for my father-in-law to visit from Zurich to Los Angeles. He hates to travel by plane and is not interested in such a long journey. But I don’t need a voucher to do that. I’d do that now in heartbeat with or without the voucher…the problem is getting him to agree to travel. Even an upgrade to business class is not a sufficient enticement.
Whether you blow it on one fancy trip or several smaller ones, $10,000 can get you to many (and most) places around the world. How would you use a $10K voucher from United?