Travel contests: you can’t win if you don’t play

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It would be great to have the money and the time and the energy to go everywhere, but few of us have that option.

So we plan and we dream…and we enter travel contests.  Here are a few fresh ones to try:

JetBlue Airways’ “TrueBlue Birthday Sweepstakes” marks the first anniversary of the airline’s revamped frequent flier program.

The Grand Prize is one million TrueBlue points. Second Prize: a four-night package for four at a resort in Barbados. Third Prize: a two-night getaway package for two at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. Other prizes include: a five-night stay at any Waldorf Astoria Hotel worldwide, $250 Hertz gift certificates and $100 FTD gift certificates.

Enter JetBlue’ contest here.

Every Thursday through December 2, American Express is giving away a 3-night stay at a Sheraton hotel as part of the American Express and Starwood’s “Thank Goodness It’s Thursday (TGIT)” Facebook Giveaway. The value of the prize increases each week, so by the end of the promotion the prize will be a 3-night stay at a Sheraton Category 6 hotel.

Enter the contest here.

Pan Pacific Hotels in the Seattle, Vancouver and Whistler, B.C. are also having a Dream Getaways contest on Facebook. To enter, you’ll need to write a note about how you’d spend a weekend at one of the hotels.

Three winners will win a trip to Seattle, Vancouver or Whistler (1 prize for each destination), 2 nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast, complimentary parking and an in-city activity.

You can enter this contest three times (once for each hotel on via) via email at or on Facebook: Vancouver,

Whistler or  Seattle . Deadline: November 30, 2010. Winners announced December 3, 2010.

And on its Facebook page Cathay Pacific is asking travelers to come up with an Asian-inspired dessert for the airline’s international flights.  The prize: a pair of business class tickets to Hong Kong.

Enter the Art of the Dessert contest here.

Good luck! And if you win, don’t forget to bring a souvenir.

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