United Airlines Wants To Send Someone With Lot’s Of Unused Vacation Time To Tahiti – Could It Be You?

According to a recent poll more than 50 percent of American employees have unused vacation time and United is now partnering with Project: Time Off to send one individual and a guest to Tahiti.

With this promotion United also wants to promote their new nonstop service between San Francisco (SFO) and Papeete, Tahiti (PPT) which begins October 30th 2018.

Unused vacation days are common in many societies though the most prevalent must be Japan and South Korea. But according to the Project Time Off study a total of 705 million unused days last year were left behind in America alone.

To emphasize on this and to celebrate their new Tahiti flight, United wants to send “America’s hardest working person” and one guest to Tahiti after their new service launches.

You can access the competition on the United Hub site here.

Americans are working harder than ever and not taking time off to rest and recharge. Each year, more than 700 million vacation days go unused in the U.S. That’s why we want to give the hardest working person the ultimate United Vacation in Tahiti.

Beginning October 30, we will offer new nonstop service between San Francisco (SFO) and Papeete, Tahiti (PPT), and to celebrate, we want to send America’s hardest working person and one guest to take some much-deserved time off in Tahiti.

You can also nominate sombody else following these steps:

The entire study is also available from Project: Time Off (see here):

Download (PDF, 502KB)

Finding the hardest working person based on leftover vacation days is a rather rough roster but let’s just call it a regular competition.


The study is really interesting and depending from what angle you look at it reveals disturbing attitudes related to taking vacation. A work environment that discourages employees from taking their annual leave contributes to loss of motivation and burns out employees at a much faster rate.

Traveling has been extremely cheap this entire year but all this ain’t much good if one doesn’t have the vacation days to take time off work. Not even talking about money here but simply the willingness of the employer to approve vacation and employees actually applying for leave without fearing retribution.

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