You Could Win a Free Trip to Australia, but Only if This is Your Legal Name

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If your name is “Sydney,” then boy, oh boy do we have some exciting news for you!

If your name is literally anything else, well, you’re out of luck.

Why? Because to celebrate the upcoming launch of non-stop flights from Houston, Texas, to Sydney, Australia, United is giving free trips on the new route to five people named Sydney.

Yeah, really.

How to Win a Free Flight to Sydney for You and a Friend

Here’s the deal: United is looking for five people with the first or last (legal) name Sydney to send to Australia when the non-stop route starts up on January 18, 2018.

The five winning Sydneys will each receive two free economy-class round-trip tickets for January 18-25. The lucky few will stay at the Westin Sydney and will receive a $500 gift card for spending money. They will also tour the famous Sydney Opera House, go on a Sydney Harbour sightseeing cruise and adventure out on a day trip to the breathtaking Blue Mountains.

(In case you’re wondering, five lucky Houstons from down under will win a similar trip to Texas on the return flights.)

The contest is open to U.S. residents — minus those of us living in Florida and New York — who are at least 18 years old. (And named Sydney, of course.)

If you’re a Sidnee or a Sidney or a Cydney or even a Cidneigh, though, don’t freak out: Your spelling (along with several others) is acceptable per the official contest rules, and you’re just as eligible as the traditionally named Sydneys of the world.

Those who share the Harbour City’s moniker can enter here by filling out a short form. The contest closes on Dec. 27, and the five winners will be selected on Dec. 28.

In the meantime, I guess it wouldn’t hurt to thank your parents for having the foresight to name you after such a cool destination.

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.