Shortly after starting a new job last year, I won a non-specific vacation of my choosing to the tune of a few thousand dollars as a taxable benefit. Now that the pandemic has sort of shut down global leisure travel and the future is hazy, I'd like to ask the CEO if it's possible to exchange the vacation for some other token gift, like some fancy devices that may be useful for work or entertainment in the near-term.
It's been communicated to me that the prize is somewhat vague and not restricted by time, but this discussion was long before any part of life was interrupted. The question is, is there any reason the specific type of gift would be important and non-arbitrary, or would there be a good reason they'd decline this request?
For further context, this is in Canada, and no specific trip has been purchased. This would come in the form of my purchases up to a certain amount being reimbursed later.