**April 25 UPDATE! Wow! We’ve received nearly 300 entries for this contest and are reading through all of them now. We should have a winner chosen by the end of today. Thanks everyone! We are really enjoying reading through the entries and wish we had tickets for everyone! Choosing just one winner is going to be tough. Stay tuned…**
April 26: Winner chosen! See this.
How would you like to jump in a big lie-flat BusinessFirst seat on a United 787 on its inaugural flight to one of the most interesting cities in China?
Here’s how it works: Regular readers of the TravelSkills blog are familiar with our popular Trip Reports— where we chronicle inflight experiences on a wide variety of airlines. Due to a schedule conflict, Chris is unable make the inaugural SFO-Xian flight, so we asked United if a reader could take the trip instead. United said yes!
To find the right reader for the trip, we’ve created a contest and will pick a winner for the two tickets.
Interested? Then fill out the entry form below by April 24 and tell us why YOU would be the best person for this mission. We’ll review all entries on April 25 and choose a winner based on several factors: Cleverness, eagerness, writing style, ability to take good photos with a phone or camera, and an explanation of what a trip like this would mean to you personally. (Keep your entries to less than 300 words, please.)
All we ask the winner to do is to take notes, plenty of photos and then write about your business class experience on United. (Submitting a report to us within two weeks of your return.) That’s it! Don’t worry if you’re not a professional writer– I’m happy to help the winner craft and edit his or her Trip Report.
Some important notes: We are only providing air transportation for this trip. The winner is responsible for all other costs related to this trip such as hotels, visas, transfers, food, etc. We are not responsible for additional costs due to irregular operations such as delays and cancellations. The winner is responsible for obtaining proper visas for travel to China. We’d prefer that the winner travel on the inaugural outbound flight from SFO (Sunday, May 8) to enjoy the airport and inflight festivities celebrating the service. But we realize that may not be possible– so the winner could take the trip any time before July 8. (Note: Be sure to read the full official contest rules at the bottom of the entry form!)
United is the only U.S. carrier to serve Xian. Its flights will depart San Francisco International Airport at 1:35 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and arrive in Xi’an at 5:30 p.m. the following days. The return flights will depart Xi’an’s Xianyang International Airport at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and arrive at SFO at 6:35 a.m. the same days. Flight times will be approximately 12 hours, 55 minutes westbound and 12 hours, 5 minutes eastbound- plenty of time for the winner to take lots of notes and photos!
Xian is a 3,000 year-old city in central China, with a population of around 8 million. It’s probably best known as the home of China’s famous Terracotta Warriors. Curious? Then take a look at what TripAdvisor says about what to do, where to stay and what to eat in Xian. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg went to Xian last year and posted this.
Ready to go? Then fill out the form embeddedbelow (or click here)… and hurry! The contest ends on Sunday, April 24. We’ll select the winner on Monday, April 25!
Increase your chances of winning by emailing this post to your potential trip companions- tell them to enter, too! 🙂
Questions? Ask Chris
Don’t see a form embedded below? Then click here.