Talk about authentic and unique travel experiences?
United Airlines was running a flash sale today for loyalty program members, enabling them to bid their miles toward winning a roundtrip flight, a one-night hotel stay and then a training session in a United Flight Training Simulator.
Limited-time-only auctions of these types for MileagePlus members are part of MileagePlus Headliners, a holdover from a Continental Airlines program before the merger.
As of this writing -- and there was more than a day to go before the auction ended -- there were 75 bids, with the highest being 205,000 awards miles, for the United Flight Simulator Experience. There would be only one winning bid for the package.
Here's how United described the experience, scheduled for June 1-2, 2012:
For those who have ever dreamed of being in the cockpit and having the incredible experience of flying a United airplane, this is your dream come true. You and your guest will fly to Denver on June 1st, the day before your training session. (Flight, hotel and ground transportation included). On the day of simulator training session, you’ll meet with professional instructors and learn what it takes to safely fly some of the most incredible aircrafts ever. You’ll choose your simulated airport and even the weather. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to talk to emergency training personnel, try out the evacuation slide and slide raft. The control tower has cleared you for takeoff. Begin bidding now.
Now this is some creative, travel inspiration.