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Lyn writes about how to fly nearly free on Southwest at GotoTravelGal.com and has written “The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning the Southwest Companion Pass“ available for free download.
I’ve asked her to share a way you can earn a free trip on Southwest. And it’s not by collecting points!
Lyn: While we’re all hip to the idea that we can fly nearly free on Southwest by using points combined with the Southwest Companion Pass, did you know you have a chance every month to win a trip (complete with accommodations and some other perks) from Southwest, too?
It’s part of Southwest’s Sweepstakes, which change monthly. I’ll explain how it works!
Nearly every month, Southwest offers one or more opportunities to enter a contest for a free trip and usually other perks, too, like hotel rooms, event tickets, and meals. They often promote special events or festivals or new destinations on Southwest.
Past contests have sent winners to New Orleans, the Dominican Republic, Los Angeles to see the movie debut of “Coco,” and even Paris!
Every now and then they’ll even offer bonus Southwest points as part of a contest.
The contests typically run for 1 month and are easy to enter. You simply fill out an online form, once per person over age 21.
The current sweepstakes gives you a chance to win a vacation to Grand Cayman, one of Southwest’s newer destinations. It includes:
- Round-trip airfare for 2
- 4 nights of accommodations at the Grand Cayman Marriott
- $100 resort credit per stay
- Hotel/airport transfers
Enter here by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on March 31, 2018.
Visit my Southwest Sweepstakes page, which is updated every month, to learn about and find out how to enter Southwest’s latest contests.
Special Southwest Nintendo Contest
In addition to their monthly giveaways, Southwest is also partnering up with Nintendo to help promote the new Super Mario Odyssey game where Mario journeys to new worlds just like Southwest wants its customers to explore the destinations it serves.
As part of the Southwest Odyssey Sweepstakes, the airline will be giving away 29 Nintendo Switch prize packs that include:
- Nintendo Switch system
- 1 Game Traveler: Deluxe Super Mario Odyssey Travel Case
- 1 Super Mario Odyssey Collector’s Edition Guide
- Super Mario Odyssey video game
One grand prize winner will receive:
- 4 round-trip flights on Southwest within the US and Puerto Rico for winner and 3 guests (mandatory government security fee of $5.60 per person per way not included)
- 1 $1,000 Starwood Preferred Guest hotel gift card
- 1 Nintendo Switch prize pack
Enter the contest here (one entry per person) by March 16, 2018, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Southwest will select the winners around March 19, 2018, and notify them within 72 hours.
Do you ever win sweepstakes? It doesn’t hurt to try!
Even without collecting points, you have the chance to win free travel on Southwest plus some other perks like free accommodations, Nintendo prize packs, event tickets, and more.
It only takes a minute to enter Southwest’s contests every month. You never know – you might be the lucky winner!