You Could Fly Around the World for Free Taking Photos and Telling Stories for Southwest Airlines
Now’s your chance to live that perfect jetsetter lifestyle you always knew you deserved. All you have to do is apply.
Southwest Airlines said in a statement that the company is looking for “storytellers” and “influencers” to create travel content for the airline.
Social media influencers are particularly popular on Instagram for producing beautiful and engaging content, and are often well-paid to post about their experiences. If you already are well-traveled and have the Instagram feed to prove it, this is the gig for you.
However, it’s not exactly a full time job. Interested influencers will “compete” for the chance to win a grand prize of up to 12 round-trip tickets in the form of e-passes from Southwest worth approximately $4,800, according to USA Today.
Here’s how it works. In order to apply, you must be over 21 and have at least 2,500 Instagram followers. If you happen to tick off both those boxes, follow @southwestair on Instagram. Then, pick out your very best travel photo to post and caption with something that “tells a compelling travel story,” according to the Southwest statement. Be sure to tag @southwestair and post the hashtags #SouthwestStorytellers and #Contest to your post.
Influencers have until Feb. 24 to apply. Then, the airline will select 100 photos and invite posters to fill out a survey about their social media influencer background and why they are right for Southwest.
If you make it to the final round, you’ll be one of 10 people to post a new photo based on a brief given to you by the airline. We know, this sounds complicated, but think of it as doing several rounds of interviewing before you get a dream job.
From there, judges will chose a grand prize winner plus a handful of smaller prizes. First and second place winners will receive prizes of 12 and 6 Southwest flight e-passes, respectively. Two third-prize winners will each receive a $500 Southwest gift card. And five fourth-prize winners will each receive 10,000 Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards points, according to the Southwest website.
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The grand prize winner will be able to travel to Southwest destinations in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America while creating engaging travel content along the way.
More information on how to enter the contest can be found on the Southwest website.