Contests

Vaccinated? You could win free flights for a year.

Sweepstakes prizes include free travel

Not wanting to contract, transmit, or die of COVID-19 is a darn good reason to get vaccinated.

But some people may need a bit more encouragement and the promise of rewards.

That’s why we’re reading about bars offering free drinks, donut shops offering free donuts, and employers offering time off and cash bonuses to people who roll up their sleeves for a jab.

Fine. Whatever it takes.

Now United Airlines is upping the ante.

In support of the national effort to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 vaccination, the airline is offering its loyalty program members the chance to win free flights for a year’s worth of travel.

Under the terms of the “Your Shot to Fly” sweepstakes, any new or existing MileagePlus member who uploads their vaccination records to the airline’s mobile app or website before June 22 will be entered to win a roundtrip flight for two, in any class of service, to anywhere in the world United flies.

The sweepstakes is open to any resident of the United States who is at least 18 years old and a MileagePlus member.

United will give away 30 pairs of tickets throughout the month of June. In addition – on July 1 United will announce which five randomly selected MileagePlus members who have entered the sweepstakes will win a grand prize of travel for a year for themselves and a companion – also in any class of service, anywhere in the world that United flies.

Want to be “the shuttle voice” at Tampa Int’l Airport?

Tampa International Airport (TPA) is hosting a fun contest that also raises funds for a good cause.

Traditionally, the recorded voice on the shuttle vans wishing TPA passengers safe travels before their flights and welcoming them back home after vacation belongs to the city’s current mayor.

But now the airport is putting that honor up for grabs.

TPA is hosting a contest that will give the grand prize winner the honor of being the voice passengers hear on the shuttle for the month of July.

You don’t need to have a great voice to get the position, nor do you need to send in an audition tape or video.

Each contest entry is $5 with all proceeds going to United Way Suncoast, a non-profit that provides food, financial assistance, and educational support for those in need in the Tampa Bay Community.

You must be at least 18 years of age to enter and, if you win, you must show up at Tampa International Airport to record a script prepared by the airport. You can enter as many times as you like.

Entries are being accepted at www.voiceofTPA.com through Monday, June 14 at 2 p.m. The winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, June 15 at 9:00 a.m. and announced on social media.

Good luck!

Travel Tidbits – Out of the Inbox edition

Enter these sweepstakes

Baseball is back. (Sort of). And Alaska Airlines has a fun promo running with the Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants.

Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants fans – or anyone – can enter to win one million miles as part of Alaska’s Million-Mile Home Run Sweepstakes. Register with your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan number, or sign up to get one free.

As a bonus, each week of the season Alaska Airlines will also pick one winner to receive air travel and tickets to 2021 Spring Training.

We also found an easy to enter sweepstakes from Bojangles. Prizes include $2,500 in cash, a $500 hotel gift card, a $500 gas card, a $500 rental car gift card, and $500 to spend at Bojangles.

Giant Robots at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

Ten-foot-tall robots, a whole family of them, are now ‘living’ in the Phoenix Airport Museum’s Terminal 4 Gallery at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

The robots are part of an installation titled “Electro-Symbio Phonics for Phoenix,” by Nam June Paik.

What you’ll see: a mother, father, and child robot in an athletic pose with arms raised nearly touching the ceiling. Their heads, appendages, and torsos consist of 63 televisions blitzing with fast-paced video clips of sports highlights, popular culture, and desert imagery.

Ready to reconsider cruising?

Do you think you – and the world – might be ready to embrace cruising again in a year or so? Then you might want to go all-in on Viking’s new 2021-2022 Viking World Cruise. The trip will last 136 days, with visits to 27 countries and 56 ports.

The ship sets sail in Fort Lauderdale on December 24, 2021. After visiting ports of call in Central America, transiting through the Panama Canal, and going up the West Coast of North America, the ship will cross the Pacific Ocean and visit Hawaii. From there it’s off to New Zealand and Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean before ending in London.

Too long a trip for you? There’s a shorter, 119-day sailing. The 2022 Viking World Horizons which departs from Los Angeles on January 10, 2022, and visits 22 countries and 49 ports before ending in London.

Prices (which include lots of extras, such as business class airfare and transfers to and from the ship) start at $49,995 per person for the 2021-2022 Viking World Cruise and $45,995 for the 2022 World Cruise Horizons (based on double occupancy).

JetBlue giving away ‘Hamilton’ tickets in Puerto Rico

Have you seen Lin Manuel Miranda’s hit play Hamilton yet?

Me either.

But here’s a cool contest that not only includes tickets to the play – with Lin-Manuel Miranda back in the role of Hamilton – plus plane tickets from New York to Puerto Rico, where the play is being performed.

JetBlue’s Duel Seats: JetBlue’s Hamilton in Puerto Rico Ticket Giveaway starts January 10 at 9:00 AM and runs through January 16.

it’s a new contest each day.

Winners get two roundtrip flights from New York City’s JFK International Airport to San Juan, Puerto Rico; two premium tickets to Hamilton; and a one-night hotel stay in San Juan.

This is a ‘last-minute’ type of contest. So read the rules carefully.

A winner will be chosen each day at 9 a.m. If you win you’ll have just an hour to respond to a phone call and email prize notification. And you’ll need to be ready to take the trip to San Juan the next day.

If you don’t live in New York, you’ll need to get yourself there in time to fly out of JFK on a 5:40 a.m. flight on the day of the performance. And if you do live in or near New York, you still have to get yourself to and from the airport in time for that early flight.

Good luck!

Cash in on that middle seat on the plane

 

Whether or not you end up a middle seat on an airplane this holiday season, or just live in fear of finding yourself there, Stella Artois has a contest for you.

The beer-maker will be granting “upgrades” in the form of gift card vouchers and free Lyft ride codes to frustrated travelers who post a photo and a message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram about getting stuck in a middle seat. 

To be entered in the contest, be sure include a photo and include #StellaUpgrade, #Contest and @StellaArtois in your message. (More instructions here).

The contest runs through December 21. Social media posts will be judged during 29 posted entry periods, with prizes to include gift card vouchers worth up to $500 for upgrades on return flights, $500 e-card for adventures on the ground, and codes for free rides on Lyft. 

Judging criteria includes creativity, originality and relevance to the contest theme of  showing the woes of travel.

Let the grimacing begin…