If you’re looking for a good travel deal this summer, there are a lot of options out there, even with the rapidly inflating prices. But, you can also try your luck with these travel contests and sweepstakes that could have you on your way to a free vacation instead.
From a QR code scavenger hunt in Las Vegas to making simple social media posts online, there are all kinds of travel prizes up for grabs. They include things like top-notch hotel elite status, loyalty points, gift cards and even all-expenses-paid trips for you and a companion (or the whole family). Here are a dozen travel contests and sweepstakes worth checking out this summer.
Win a golf trip for two to St. Andrews from TravisMathew
The popular men’s golf and lifestyle brand TravisMathew has a dream trip for golfers this summer. Before August 7, enter the free sweepstakes for the chance to win a trip for two to Scotland including airfare, three nights at the Rusacks St. Andrews Hotel, rounds of golf on the Castle Course and the Old Course, and a $1,000 shopping spree to spend on products at the TravisMathew St Andrews store.
Next month, TravisMathew will become the first brand to have a storefront at this iconic golf destination. After the 150th Open Championship later this month, the TravisMathew website will launch co-branded TravisMathew and St Andrews Links products and lightweight attire, which will eventually be available in the St. Andrews store, too.
Prizes from Marriott’s boozy, buzzworthy ‘Camp Moxy’
Throughout the summer, Moxy Hotels around the country are offering “throwback” 90s-inspired cocktails like the “Dirty Shirley” (a stronger take on the Shirley Temple) and the “Dirtier Shirley” that substitutes tequila for vodka. There are also snacks on the menu that harken back to decades-old favorites like Dunkaroos and Pop Rocks. The playful menu is available at many Moxy hotels including Moxy NYC East Village and Moxy Chicago Downtown among others.
Win prizes between now and September 6 by posting your favorite Camp Moxy pictures to Instagram or TikTok using the hashtag #SummerAtTheMoxySweepstakes. The grand prize is a two-night trip for two to any Moxy in the continental U.S. including airfare and spending money. Other prizes include Moxy gift cards to use toward a hotel stay.
Cathay Pacific giving away 200,000 Asia Miles
Sign up before July 14 to be one of three lucky winners to win 200,000 Asia Miles. The giveaway is only available to new members of the program. The frequent flier miles are good for flight redemptions on Cathay Pacific or any of its oneworld alliance partners (including American Airlines and Qatar Airways among others), hotel stays and other partners. The contest celebrates the combination of Cathay Pacific’s Marco Polo Club and the Asia Miles program. Beginning this month, existing balances will be carried over to the airline’s new program giving members the chance to redeem across the Asia Miles network of partners.
Radisson Hotels Americas 10-Million-Point Sweepstakes
Spend at least one night at a Radisson Hotels Americas property between August 1 and August 21 to receive one entry in the sweepstakes. Each additional night you stay counts as another entry as long as the bookings are made through the Radisson website. The grand prize is 2 million Radisson Rewards points (enough for 20 nights at the highest category property in the portfolio) plus a $300 TULA skincare gift card. Two second prize winners will each receive 1 million points and a $200 TULA gift card. One third prize winner will win 500,000 points and a $100 TULA gift card. In addition, 10 weekly winners will each receive 210,000 points and a $50 TULA gift card during the sweepstakes period.
MGM Rewards launches Las Vegas scavenger hunt
Win MGM Rewards invitation-only, top-tier Noir elite status or one of 100 other prizes this summer with the “Wild Wild West” Las Vegas scavenger hunt from MGM Rewards. Between now and July 11, Las Vegas visitors can scan QR codes hidden around the city to unlock travel perks like top Noir elite status in MGM Rewards, hotel points in the MGM Rewards program, tickets to major sporting events, cash or even the grand prize (a private plane flight for two with Usher and two VIP tickets to his new show at the Dolby Live theater at Park MGM). It also includes a stay at the ARIA Sky Suites in a Strip-view Penthouse, top-tier MGM Rewards status, and the associated credits for hotels, food and a free cruise that come with the Noir elite tier.
Win a honeymoon at Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya
Take the honey and run with this new sweepstakes from this Hilton family property near Cancun. Honeymoon and gift registry site Honeyfund is partnering with Hilton to offer a six-night honeymoon at the brand new Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya resort. The trip includes two 30-minute massages, breakfast and dinner each day, and other special bonuses. Enter between now and August 31 to be eligible to win. Since multiple entries are allowed, you can really increase your chances.
Evolve Vacation You For Life Sweepstakes
Private rental hospitality company Evolve is holding an Evolve Vacation You For Life Sweepstakes giving entrants the chance to win credits for life to travel at any of the vacation rental properties that are part of Evolve. Despite the name, the prize is only valid for 50 years, but it’s quite generous. Each year, the winner can plan trips to wherever they want and have up to $5,000 per year covered by the brand. The deadline for entry is Nov. 30. A vacation for life is the gift that will keep on giving, especially if you’re short on cash (or miles and points).
Win 3 all-inclusive stays at CheapCaribbean resorts
Through the CheapCaribbean’s 2022 Woohoo Beach Ambassador Program, beach bums can win three dream trips, including one where they can bring along three other people and two where a second companion can tag along. The popular beach resort website is searching for three “ambassadors” from the contiguous United States who can help showcase “woohoo” moments for the brand. The ambassadors will also be guest judges for the annual Noble Beach Prize that picks this best beach resorts and destinations for CheapCaribbean. Enter by July 31 for a chance to win.
Win a family trip to Arizona
Enter the The Wigwam’s Summer Sweeps before August 4 for a chance to win a family vacation for as many as four people. The two-night trip includes overnight accommodations at The Wigwam, breakfast each morning and a $100 resort credit. Just complete the brief online form to enter, and pay attention to the Phoenix resort’s Instagram page for the winner to be announced later this summer.
10 “Beercations” up for grabs in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Win one of ten “beercation” experiences in Grand Rapids, Michigan to celebrate its 10th anniversary of being named “Beer City USA.” The Beer City giveaway is taking place weekly through August 31 and includes different prizes each week. The winner is announced each Wednesday and will receive a Grand Rapids beer experience, an overnight stay in downtown Grand Rapids, 2 local tourism passes ($48 value) and a $50 Visa gift card. To enter, visit the Experience Grand Rapids giveaway page.
Win a Maker’s Mark distillery trip and helicopter tour
If you’re a whisky fan, Maker’s Mark has an exciting summer sweepstakes for you. Send in a slow-motion, five-second video clip about how you plan to savor the summer season for a chance to win. Between now and September 6, the Summer at Makers contest is open for entries. The grand prize is an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Star Hill Farm and the home of Maker’s Mark. Also included is a helicopter tour and the opportunity to gather ingredients from the farm’s gardens for a farm-to-table cooking and cocktail experience. Even if you don’t win the big prize, there is plenty of Maker’s Mark-branded gear up for grabs.
Earn gift cards by building the best sandcastle
The Roundhouse Aquarium in Manhattan Beach, California is holding its second virtual sandcastle competition. Between now and July 24, beach goers can enter the Sunsational Sandcastle Competition by submitting a photo of their impressively built, sandy kingdom through the registration page. To enter, there is also a $30 donation to the museum to help fund its marine life educational programs popular with visitors. People can share their opinions, too, by voting for their favorites online after donating $10 to the museum. Winners in each category will receive between $100-$150 gift cards to restaurants, grocery stores and popular stores.