Gas prices are up about $1 per gallon from last year, and according to the AAA annual leisure travel survey, that’s cramping our travel plans. Airfares cost more, and it’s tougher than ever to use your frequent flyer miles. But you still want to go on vacation this summer. So what to do? Enter one of these contests and sweepstakes and win a free vacation or getaway.
Got a really cute pet? Kimpton Hotels, which calls itself the most pet-friendly hotel chain on the planet, is running a contest for the most photogenic dog or cat or other creature. Through May 31, 2011, human companions can submit photos of their pet into the contest. Photos with the most ‘Like’ votes will win playful pet prizes including products from Olive Green Dog, Polka Dog Bakery, Republic of Paws or Sherpa Pet Group.
Expert judges from Animal Radio will select one grand prize photo for the grand prize that includes a two-night stay at any Kimpton hotel, two round-trip tickets on JetBlue for human passengers and a $500 credit to Pet Airways for non-human pet passengers, and more. Kimpton Hotels include the Monaco brand, which is one of my favorites, for its modern styling — and they’ll give you a goldfish bowl for your stay, so you have something to watch besides the TV.
Win a trip for two to Las Vegas by submitting an entertaining travel story to Vantage Hospitality group, and then get your friends to vote for you, since the story — with or without a video — that gets the most votes wins the prize. You probably aren’t familiar with the name Vantage Hospitality, but you would know the hotel and motel brands they operate, including Americas Best Value Inn, Canadas Best Value Inn, Value Inn Worldwide, Lexington Hotels, and Lexington Inns.
The person whose funny story about a trip to the beach or backyard pool gets the most votes will win the grand prize of a four-day, three-night stay for two in a suite at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, whose pool was named one of the top 10 coolest in the world. The package also includes a $500 airfare allowance, two massages at the hotel spa, and dinner for two at Vic & Anthony’s steakhouse. Deadline is September 16, 2011. Even visitors to the websites can win something. Ten winners will be chosen each month for prizes including gift certificates, an underwater camera and sunscreen products.
You won’t win a free vacation with this contest from the National Historic Landmark 12th annual photo contest, but winning photos will be published in the 2012 calendar. Take your best shot — literally — of world famous American landmarks including the U. S. Capitol building, Mt. Ranier, the U. S. Air Force Academy. The list goes on. Submit up to ten photos before July 31, 2011 for a chance to win. Check out last year’s photos for inspiration.