Party like it’s 1968

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USA TODAY US Edition - - LIFE - – Ben Mutz­abaugh

Have more United fre­quent-flier miles than you know what to do with? Are you a big fan of the Boe­ing 747?

If you an­swered “yes,” this promotion might be for you. United Air­lines is auc­tion­ing off a chance to travel to an avi­a­tion scrap­yard for a toast on­board its last 747, which is await­ing dis­as­sem­bly.

United flew its last pas­sen­ger flight on the 747 in Novem­ber, re­tir­ing the model with a splashy farewell flight.

For United’s MileagePlus mem­bers who want one last look at the jumbo jet, there’s now the op­por­tu­nity to bid for that ex­pe­ri­ence, which in­cludes a trip for two to Mem­phis from June 1-3.

The high­light for most likely would be the June 2 visit to nearby Tu­pelo, Miss., where United has three of its fi­nal Boe­ing 747s at the Uni­ver­sal As­set Man­age­ment (UAM) Air­craft Dis­as­sem­bly Cen­ter.

The visit will in­clude a champagne toast in the first-class cabin of the car­rier’s last 747 to fly pay­ing pas­sen­gers, fol­lowed by din­ner un­der the belly of the plane. Win­ners also get a tour.

United’s MileagePlus mem­bers have un­til Thurs­day to bid for one of the five “Din­ner with the Queen” pack­ages. As of mid­day Wed­nes­day, the min­i­mum bid for a pack­age was 157,000 United miles.


You can’t fly on it, but you can still toast a United 747.

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