Contest Watch: Asia Trip + $12,500, Los Cabos, London
Fancy yourself a travel personality? CheapOair is looking for a budget travel correspondent to share the thrills of affordable travel, with up to $12,500 in prize money and travel credits. Not so extroverted? Three other sweepstakes take little more than a few clicks to whisk you away to London, Los Cabos, New York City, or Texas.
“Traveler of the Year” Contest, CheapOair
Enter Now – August 19, 2012
Are you a frugal, charming traveler? CheapOair is crowning its first-ever “Traveler of the Year”—the traveler who can best demonstrate how to travel the world for less. Two semi-finalists, selected by CheapOair’s social media followers, will embark on the journey of a lifetime, one to China and the other to India, with $7,500, courtesy of CheapOair.
The two competitors will be sent on a series of challenges highlighting the richness of budget travel. All tasks will be documented by photographs, videos, social media and blog posts. After reviewing the content created by the travelers, social media followers will again pick the winner, who will receive an additional $5,000 worth of travel from CheapOair.
To enter, travelers must submit three to five-minute videos to CheapOair’s “Traveler of the Year” website, featuring their own unique tips and tricks for traveling the world for less. Entrants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid passport, and be able to travel between 10/12/12 and 11/12/12.
Extend Your Summer at Solmar Sweepstakes, Los Cabos, Mexico
Enter Now – September 4, 2012
Twitter users can win a four-day, three-night stay at Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa in Losa Cabos. Retweet one of @SolmarResorts tweets that use the hashtag #ExtendSummer in order to be eligible for entry. The sweepstakes ends September 4, 2012, the Tuesday following the Labor Day holiday—the unofficial end of summer, hence the contest name. For official rules and conditions, visit www.solmar.com.
“Peter's Pick Becomes Reality” Sweepstakes, New York, NY
Enter Now – September 7, 2012
For the past year, the Kimberly Hotel's concierge, Peter Johnson, has posted his favorite NYC spots, events, and itineraries online on the Kimberly Hotel’s Facebook page under a “Peter's Pick of the Week” tab. Now, entrants have the chance to experience Peter’s Picks on the hotel’s dime. Simply like the Kimberly Hotel page and click the sweepstakes tab. The random winner will win all the items in Peter's August 6 pick, including a two-night stay for two at the Kimberly Hotel; lunch for two at Benjamin Steakhouse; brunch for two at Upstairs; two tickets to a show at Gotham Comedy Club; dinner for two at Brabant Belgian Brasserie; and a manicure and pedicure treatment at Allure Day Spa.
“Texas Three-Step Sweepstakes”, Texas
Enter Now – August 31st, 2012
Travelers who enter Facebook are eligible to win a two-night stay at the Texas Four Seasons of their choice (Austin, Houston, or Dallas), including two spa treatments and dinner for two at the selected hotel (approximate value: $1,600). To enter, fill out the contest forms on facebook.com/FourSeasonsResortDallas, facebook.com/FourSeasonsHotelAustin, or facebook.com/FourSeasonsHotelHouston - increase your chances by entering on all three pages.
"GE Lights Contest", London
Enter Now – August 12, 2012
In honor of the London Olympics, GE is celebrating its new energy efficient lighting system that has reduced the power usage for London’s Tower Bridge. Teams of lighting designers and electricians strung tens of thousands of power-saving LEDs along the bridge towers, suspension cables, and granite ledges to cast a colorful glow.
Now, you can win a trip to see the display (and surely some other sights) in London. As a bonus, you can also win a complete lighting makeover for your home. To enter, take a nighttime photo or video of your favorite local monument, tag it on Instagram or Viddy using the hashtag #GELights, and send it to GE’s ecomagination page on Facebook. The public will vote on Viddy and Instagram for their favorites (one winner for each site) until August 19, 2012.
Charlotte Savino is an online listings editor for Travel + Leisure.