Frequent flyer programs and travel sweepstakes have something in common: Both feature free travel. That's why I profile the occasional sweepstakes alongside the frequent flyer bonuses.
Contests, on the other hand, are just that: competitions, where the prizes go to those who have outperformed others. In other words, they require work, which takes the "free" out of free travel.
This week, instead of a sweepstakes, I'm covering Wyndham Hotels' "My Horrible Holiday Gift" contest, because what it lacks in "free" it more than makes up for in "fun." And because the prize is worth working for.
Love That ... What Is it Exacly?
Enter Wyndham's "My Horrible Holiday Gift" contest by January 10, 2012, by submitting a photo of the worst holiday gift you've ever received.
Photos must be in digital form (.jpg, .jpeg, .gif, or .png), no larger than 10 MB.
The grand prize: 2 million Wyndham Rewards points. Four runners-up will each receive 25,000 Rewards points.
After the contest ends, the sponsor will choose five finalists, and the grand prize winner will be determined by a vote by Wyndham Rewards members.
Even if you don't plan to enter, it's worth having a look at some of the entries already posted on the contest landing page. Funny stuff!
The Fine Print
- Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and all provinces of Canada (with the exception of Quebec), who are at least 18 years old at the time of entry. Void in Quebec, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other U.S. territories and possessions, and where prohibited by law.
- You must be a member of Wyndham Rewards to enter.
- Limit: five entries per person
- Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") of the grand prize: $10,000
This article originally appeared on FrequentFlier.com.