Starting on March 3, 2021 United Airlines will introduce a new prize on its Halfway to Hawaii game: a Polaris cooling gel pillow. Not a bad prize for one of my favorite parts of flying to Hawaii on United Airlines.
United Airlines Halfway To Hawaii Game
For as long as I can remember, United Airlines has played a “Halfway to Hawaii” game. Shortly after leveling off on all flights to Hawaii, the captain will come on the PA system and note a number of data points, including:
- takeoff and landing times
- air speed
- wind speed
You then write down what time you believe the flight will cross the halfway line to Hawaii. The person (or usually 3-4 people) who guessed closest to the actual time received a prize like a Hawaiian CD, amenity kit, or Lonely Planet book.
The game was cut during the pandemic, but returned in October.
Starting on March 3rd, the new prize will be a Polaris cooling gel pillow (the kind Untied warned flight attendants to stop customers from stealing).
Do note the game is currently on the honor system, in order to reduce interaction between flight attendants and passengers. A flight attendant memo notes:
To minimize touch points and guarantee consistency across routes, ensure you play the game as an “honor system.” To do this, use the PA to communicate game rules and other information.
The only time you should approach a customer for any game-related interaction is to verify the answers of the first six people to press their call buttons and distribute prizes. Customers wishing to participate must use their own resources for working out the solution, whether on paper or their own personal electronic devices. In previous versions of the game, flight attendants distributed pencils and paper, but under our updated procedures, if asked, please inform customers that you are unable to meet this request.
In the past, you would receive a form to fill out:
Like Mai Tais and macadamia nuts, it’s not earth-shattering, but this game helps to put you in the Hawaiian spirit and is a fun way to pass the time. The addition of Polaris cooling gel pillows is a decent prize.
Have you ever won the Halfway to Hawaii game on United Airlines?