FILE – In this July 18, 2018, file photo a United Airlines commercial jet sits at a gate at Terminal C of Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

(KTVX) — Vaccinated? You could receive as much as a year’s worth of travel from United Airlines.

As part of the “Your Shot to Fly” sweepstakes, available to new and existing loyalty members, customers who upload their vaccination records to United Airlines’ mobile app or website by June 22 can be entered to win a roundtrip flight for two, in any class of service, to anywhere in the world United flies. Entrants will also be eligible to win a year’s worth of air travel.

“With more dream destinations reopening for travel (ciao, Roma!), your COVID-19 vaccine is your ticket to the world,” the airline said in a statement.

Through the month of June, 30 pairs of tickets will be given away. On July 1, United says, it will randomly select five loyalty members to receive a grand prize of one year of free travel anywhere United flies for themselves and a companion, in any class of service.

The sweepstakes is open to U.S. residents who are at least 18 years old and a MileagePlus member. For more information and to enter, visit United.com/YourShotToFly.  

United says the sweepstakes is in support of the Biden administration’s national effort to encourage more people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The administration is stepping up its efforts to sustain demand for COVID-19 shots to help meet its goal of delivering at least one dose to 70% of adult Americans by July 4.

The White House recently partnered with numerous dating apps to promote COVID-19 vaccinations.

Apps like Hinge, Tinder, Match and Bumble are offering special incentives to people who roll up their sleeves, including badges showing vaccination status and free access to premium content. BLK and Chispa will boost profiles of those who are vaccinated to make them more visible to potential matches. And OKCupid will even let users filter out potential partners based on whether they’ve gotten a vaccine.

Other businesses have also offered vaccination incentives. Shake Shack announced Thursday that it’s offering free fries to its vaccinated customers across the U.S. Target, Krispy Kreme, Budweiser, and more are also offering freebies to vaccinated Americans.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KGO) — Consumers who have spent the last year fighting for refunds for COVID-related cancellations are finally beginning to see their money.

After more than 12 months, there are new signs of hope.

“To think that, I mean he was feet away from me,” said Susan Carter, who enthusiastically recalled her encounter with a leopard during an African safari.

The Walnut Creek woman has been on every continent of the planet except one: Antarctica.

“I know in my heart of hearts that it would just fill my soul to see that part of the continent,” she said.

She shows 7 On Your Side photos taken by another traveler, Breene Yuen.

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Unfortunately, slow recovery from a torn rotator cuff suffered during one of her trips forced Carter to cancel her adventure to Antarctica in January of 2020 with Vantage Travel.

Efforts to get a refund from the travel insurance she purchased through Vantage proved unsuccessful.

“They said, ‘Oh, Vantage took this over in, I don’t know, October or November. Don’t call us anymore. We have nothing to do with it,'” said Carter.

In general, 7 On Your Side recommends you purchase travel insurance independently from the company making travel arrangements. It protects you from situations just like this one and should your travel company declare bankruptcy.

The insurance company blamed the delay in getting a refund on COVID.

After one year with no results, Carter reached out to 7 On Your Side.

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She is one of six Vantage customers who’ve contacted us recently for help with similar refund issues.

Carter received a refund of $11,000.

“Well, I have to tell you, I’m a pretty happy person. But I was really happy when that happened,” she exclaimed.

Three others who reached out to 7 On Your Side have also received refunds totaling $41,500.

Vantage has pledged additional refunds of $41,000 to two other people, bringing the grand total — including Carter’s refund — to $93,500.

One refund has so far been denied.

“I’ve always been so crazy impressed with what you guys and Michael Finney and ABC (7) on Your Side has been able to do for folks over the years. It’s such an amazing service,” Carter said.

Vantage Travel did not respond to our request for comment.

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U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. – Air Force junior Peter Fiori and freshman Morgan Kreb were named College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) All-Americans, while Kreb and junior Devin Schwindt received Scholastic All-America honors.
 
“With Peter, Morgan, and Devin getting recognized as CRCA All-Americans, it’s the best way we could wrap up this very challenging year”, said head coach Launi Meili
 
Individually, Fiori was named to the CRCA second team in both smallbore and air rifle. In aggregate scoring, Fiori was named CRCA All-America third team.  This is Fiori’s third CRCA All-America honor of his Academy career.
 
Kreb, who was named second team in both the smallbore and the air rifle, received her first combined CRCA America second-team honor. She was also named to the CRCA’s Scholastic All-American list.
 
Junior Devin Schwindt received his CRCA Scholastic All-America honor for the second time of his Academy career.
 
“The cadets were resilient, with matches almost every weekend starting in January,” said Meili. “They survived academically, with many missed days due to travel, and we made it as a team to Nationals! I’m proud with how hard they continued to work without a break right up to the championships.  Now we’ll use what we learned through this crazy year to “build on for next season!
 

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In commemoration of Women’s History Month, Dream Vacations/CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. awarded CruiseOne franchisee Addie Edwards and Cruises Inc. independent vacation specialist Debra Duffy with its 2021 Outstanding Performance and Leadership Award (OPAL) for Women.

In addition to paying tribute to women for outstanding performance and leadership, the OPAL award also recognizes them for their activities with community and civic organizations. In 2021, it also celebrated women who overcame the hardships of the pandemic and thrived by revamping their businesses.

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“2020 was a trying year and these two women found a way to continue giving back to the community and being a beacon of light for others,” said Debbie Fiorino, chief operating officer of CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. “The OPAL Award celebrates women’s accomplishments and contributions to helping others, and Addie and Deb epitomize what this recognition is all about.”

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Edwards positively impacted her community as a board member of the Believe I Can Academy, a non-profit school for children with special needs, by helping to find a larger facility to accommodate the growing numbers of students unable to attend public schools due to closures from the pandemic.

Among other things, Edwards also served as a caregiver for the 93-year-old philanthropist Betty Lee, a founding member of Creative Women of Pinnacle Peak, which supports charities for women and children in need. “Edwards visited Lee weekly, did her grocery shopping and helped navigate the many constraints involved in obtaining a COVID-19 vaccine,” CruiseOne said.

Duffy, who is based in Palisades Park, N.J., is an environmentalist involved with PopCorn Park Zoo, a sanctuary for abused and rescued animals in Forked River, N.J. She is also a volunteer with CoCoRaHS, a group that observes, measures and maps precipitation in their communities.

As a former member of the Palisades Park Environmental Commission, Duffy was named the Bergen County Volunteer of the Year for her work with recycling programs, infrastructure enhancements and planting trees.

Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. are part of World Travel Holdings.

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