Just one thing. As eager as United is to portray themselves as the airline behind the entire Olympic Team, the reality is that athletes have been trickling back to the good ol' US of A for days, on other airlines. Uh oh!
For example, below is a photo Air New Zealand posted to their Facebook, showing Olympic gymnast (and two-time 2012 gold medalist gymnast) Gabby Douglas chilling in the airline's all-white Premium Economy cabin on a flight from London direct to Los Angeles.
On the flip side, United has well noted that it may fly the Olympic athletes, but they're back in Economy. Note this screenshot from one of the United ads played during the first half of the Olympics on NBC:
So, what would you rather? Take the celebratory flight home with a pod of other Olympians but be forced to land in Chicago and fly in Economy, or head home a little earlier, to a city of your choice, in a cabin better than Economy, but pay for it? Keep in mind you've likely just won gold and a boatload of lucrative sponsorship contract offers...
Still, we can't deny that the final United commercial is a thing of beauty:
[Photos: @united on Twitter; Air NZ USA on Facebook]