If you’re looking for a great travel deal this summer, there are many options, even with the prices soaring. But you can also try your luck with these travel contests and sweepstakes that can put you on the path to a free vacation instead.
From a QR code scavenger hunt in Las Vegas to posting simple social media posts online, there are all kinds of travel prizes to be won. They include things like first-class hotel elite status, loyalty points, gift cards, and even fully paid-for travel 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
Popular men’s golf and lifestyle brand TravisMathew has a golfers dream trip this summer. Enter the free sweepstakes before August 7 for a chance to win a trip for two to Scotland including airfare, three nights at the Rusacks St Andrews Hotel, rounds of golf at the Castle Course and the Old Course, and a $1,000 shopping trip to spend on products in the TravisMathew St Andrews store.
Next month, TravisMathew will become the first brand to have a storefront in this iconic golf destination. After the 150e Open Championship later this month, the TravisMathew website will launch co-branded TravisMathew and St Andrews Links products and lightweight apparel, which will eventually also be available in the St Andrews store.
Prices of Marriott’s Booze, Buzzworthy ‘Camp Moxy’
Throughout the summer, Moxy Hotels across the country offer “throwback” 90s-inspired cocktails like the “Dirty Shirley” (a stronger take on the Shirley Temple) and the “Dirtier Shirley” which replaces tequila with vodka. There are also snacks on the menu that reference decades-old favorites such as Dunkaroos and Pop Rocks. The playful menu is available at many Moxy hotels, including Moxy NYC East Village and Moxy Chicago Downtown.
Between now and September 6, win prizes by posting your favorite Camp Moxy photos to Instagram or TikTok using the hashtag #SummerAtTheMoxySweepstakes. The top prize is a two-night trip for two to any Moxy in the US mainland, including airfare and spending money. Other prizes include Moxy gift cards to use for a hotel stay.
Cathay Pacific is giving away 200,000 Asia Miles
Sign up before July 14 to be one of the three lucky winners to win 200,000 Asia Miles. The giveaway is only available to new members of the program. The frequent flyer miles are good for redeeming flights on Cathay Pacific or any of its oneworld alliance partners (including American Airlines and Qatar Airways, among others), hotel stays and other partners. The competition celebrates the combination of Cathay Pacific’s Marco Polo Club and the Asia Miles program. Starting this month, existing credits will be transferred to the airline’s new program, giving members the chance to redeem through the Asia Miles network of partners.
Radisson Hotels Americas 10 Million Points Sweepstakes
Spend at least one night at a Radisson Hotels Americas property between August 1 and August 21 to receive a raffle entry. Each additional night you stay counts as a new entry, as long as the bookings are made through the Radisson website. The top prize is 2 million Radisson Rewards points (enough for 20 nights in the highest category of accommodation in the portfolio) plus a $300 TULA skincare gift card. Two runner-up winners will each receive 1 million points and a $200 TULA gift card. third prize winner will receive 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 scavenger hunt in Las Vegas
This summer, win MGM Rewards by invitation, top noir elite status, or one of 100 other prizes with MGM Rewards’ “Wild Wild West” Las Vegas scavenger hunt. Between now and July 11, Las Vegas visitors can scan QR codes hidden throughout the city to unlock travel benefits such as 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 in Park MGM). It also includes a stay at the ARIA Sky Suites in a Penthouse with a view of the Strip, top-tier MGM Rewards status, and associated hotel, food, and complimentary cruise credits that come with Noir’s 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 has partnered 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 every 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 company Evolve is holding an Evolve Vacation You For Life sweepstakes where entrants will have the chance to win lifetime credits for traveling to one of the vacation rentals that make up Evolve. Despite the name, the award is only valid for 50 years, but it is quite generous. Each year, the winner can plan trips to wherever they want and get up to $5,000 per year covered by the brand. The deadline for entry is November 30. A vacation for life is the gift you keep on giving, especially if you’re short on cash (or miles and points).
Win 3 all-inclusive stays at CheapCaribbean Resorts
Through CheapCaribbean’s 2022 Woohoo Beach Ambassador program, beach lovers can win three dream trips, including one where they can bring three other people and two where a second companion can go. The beach resort’s popular website is looking for three “ambassadors” from the contiguous United States to help showcase “woohoo” moments for the brand. The ambassadors will also be guest judges for the annual Noble Beach Prize that picks these best beach towns and destinations for CheapCaribbean. Enter before July 31 for a chance to win.
Win a family trip to Arizona
Enter The Wigwam’s Summer Sweeps before August 4 for a chance to win a family vacation for up to four people. The two night trip includes overnight stays at The Wigwam, breakfast each morning and a $100 resort credit. Simply fill out the short online form to enter and keep an eye out on the Phoenix resort’s Instagram page so the winner will be notified later. will be announced in the summer.
10 “Beercations” Up for Grabs in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Win one of ten ‘beercation’ experiences in Grand Rapids, Michigan to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the name ‘Beer City USA’. The Beer City giveaway takes place weekly through August 31 and includes different prizes each week. The winner will be announced every Wednesday and will receive a Grand Rapids beer experience, an overnight stay in downtown Grand Rapids, 2 local tourist passes ($48 value), and a $50 Visa gift card. To enter, enter the Experience Grand Rapids giveaway page.
Win a Maker’s Mark Distillery Tour and Helicopter Tour
If you’re a whiskey fan, Maker’s Mark has an exciting summer sweepstakes for you. Submit a five second slow motion video of how you plan to enjoy the summer season for a chance to win. Between now and September 6, the Summer at Makers competition is open for entries. The grand prize is an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Star Hill Farm and Maker’s Mark’s home. Also included is a helicopter ride and the opportunity to collect 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’s plenty of Maker’s Mark branded gear up for grabs.
Earn gift cards by building the best sand castle
The Roundhouse Aquarium in Manhattan Beach, California is holding its second virtual sandcastle competition. Between now and July 24, beachgoers can enter the Sunsational Sandcastle Competition by submitting a photo of their impressively built, sandy kingdom via the registration page. To participate, there is also a $30 donation to the museum to fund the marine life educational programs that are popular with visitors. People can also share their thoughts by voting for their favorites online after donating $10 to the museum. Winners in each category will receive gift cards between $100 and $150 to restaurants, grocery stores, and popular stores.