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Visit the Bahamas or Venice for Free: How to Win $97,270 Worth of Free Travel

June 5, 2015
by Kristen Pope
Contributor
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Do you want to spend your summer at home, sweating it out in the heat and humidity? Or would you rather spend your time somewhere a little more exotic?

These travel contests offer a total of more than $82,000 in vacation awards, including trips to destinations all around the world. And one contest even allows you to bring 49 of your closest family members and friends!

Before you apply, be sure to read the rules and regulations for each contest to make sure you’re eligible, as some have age and residency restrictions. Good luck, and happy travels!

Win a Trip on American Airlines’ Dreamliner

Win a business-class trip for you and a friend anywhere that American Airlines’ new Dreamliner flies. This cushy new aircraft offers power outlets and in-seat entertainment for all, Wifi, windows that dim with the touch of a button, and more — and that’s in coach.

The business suite includes additional perks, such as a walk-up bar and seats that lie flat — and every seat in this suite has aisle access. No crawling over people to get to the bathroom!

American Airlines introduced the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to their fleet domestically in May and will begin flying internationally in June to destinations like Beijing and Buenos Aires.

To enter, hop on Instagram and follow @Americanair. The first image on the page explains how to enter, which basically involves commenting on Instagram and sharing photos). You could win 560,000 AAdvantage miles, which are worth $16,520.

Of course, if you’re affiliated with the airline or the contest, you can’t enter. You must be a legal resident of the U.S. and over 18 years of age (19 years old in Nebraska and Alabama). Enter by 12:00 pm CT on June 29. Complete rules are available here.

Win a Trip to the Bahamas With Southwest Airlines

Fancy a trip to the Bahamas? Who doesn’t?

Southwest Airlines is offering a trip to Nassau’s Paradise Island, which includes roundtrip airfare for two, four nights at Paradise Island’s Royal Towers and tickets to interact with dolphins in Dolphin Cay. While you’re there, you can also enjoy the white sand beaches, a 141-acre waterpark, golf, and many other activities and ways to relax in style. The prizes are worth $4,200, but you will have to pay for your own meals and personal expenses.

To enter, you must be a U.S. resident of the lower 48 states or D.C., be at least 21 years old and submit your entry by 11:59 pm CT on June 17. A winner will be randomly selected on June 25. To submit your entry, simply fill out this form.

Win a Trip to Hawaii, Orlando, New York City or Italy

Hilton Hotels is hosting the Stay Amazed Jurassic World Dream Vacation Sweepstakes. One lucky winner will receive airfare and four or five nights at their choice of Hilton destinations (options include Hawaii, Orlando, New York City and Venice, Italy). Hilton will also give you $500 in spending money for your trip. The prize package is valued at $11,550.

You must enter by 11:59 pm ET on June 19. You can only enter once, but the sweepstakes rules also offer ways to earn bonus entries by Tweeting about the sweepstakes, staying at a Hilton property or sending away by mail for a bonus entry. You can obtain up to 18 bonus entries using these methods (more details here).

The contest is open to legal U.S. residents aged 18 and older. You can’t be an employee or close relation of anyone working for partner companies. Complete rules are available here. To enter, just fill out this form.

Win a $50,000 Family (and Friends) Reunion Trip

Where was your last family reunion held? A local park? A distant relative’s backyard?

Banana Boat is upping the ante on family reunions by hosting a contest to invite one lucky winner (and 49 of their family members and friends) on a trip to a “resort destination.” While they haven’t announced specifically where this destination will be, it’s a pretty good guess that a sunscreen company might bring you to somewhere warm and sunny. This prize package is worth a whopping $50,000.

To enter, you must be a legal resident of the lower 48 states or D.C. and be at least 18 years of age (19 in Alabama and Nebraska). You’ll have to figure out which 49 people you’d like to invite up front, though, because you’ll have to invite them to join your “family group” to enter. Children are allowed to be included in your family group, but they are required to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian if your group is selected.

Banana Boat will choose a winner randomly on July 6. The prize package (worth $50,000) includes roundtrip airfare for all 50 people, three days and two nights at a hotel (though you’ll have to cozy up with four to a room) and a $15,000 check to help offset tax liability.

Entries are due by July 5 at 11:59 pm ET. For more details and to enter, head to Banana Boat’s “The Great Big Family Reunion” website.

Your Turn: Which of these travel contests would you most want to win?

Kristen Pope is a freelance writer and editor in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

by Kristen Pope
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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