Score 250 Bonus Elevate Points Just For Entering This Sweepstakes

S tarting today and through 8:59:59 in the evening Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, May 27, 2016, you can score 250 bonus Elevate points from the Virgin America Elevate frequent flier loyalty program just for entering the Make Your Hawaiiscape Sweepstakes, which celebrates the launch of the partnership of two travel entities — both of which will be acquired: Virgin America and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Incorporated where you can earn one Elevate point for each Starpoint you transfer; and you can now earn two Elevate Points per dollar spent on qualifying stays at all Starwood Hotels & Resorts properties worldwide.

Score 250 Bonus Elevate Points Just For Entering This Sweepstakes

To enter the sweepstakes, simply complete and submit the entry form found here with your first and last name, Elevate membership number, a valid e-mail address, and telephone number — as well as why you deserve a Hawaiiscape, which you can either write yourself or select from a pre-populated response. You will have the option to share your submission via your choices of LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter with your friends; and each extra share earns an extra entry for you — for a potential total of four entries into the sweepstakes.

There is a limit of one entry per person; and potential winners may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder. Multiple entrants are not permitted to use the same e-mail address.

You must be a legal resident of the fifty United States of America or the District of Columbia who is 21 years of age or older at the time of entering this sweepstakes; and you must be an active member of the Virgin America Elevate frequent flier loyalty program. No purchase is necessary to enter or win in this sweepstakes; and a purchase or payment of any kind will not increase your chances of winning.

On or about Tuesday, May 31, 2016, two entries will be selected at random from all entries received during the sweepstakes period as the potential winner. Only winners will be notified — either by telephone or e-mail message.

By acceptance of a prize, you hereby grant the right to publicize your name, city and state of residence, photograph, voice, statements and other likeness and prize information in any media now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, in perpetuity, without limitation and without additional compensation or consideration, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.

Sweepstakes Prizes

As for the sweepstakes itself, if you are one of the winners, you will be fully responsible for all applicable taxes — including income and withholding taxes — and be issued Form 1099-MISC. from the Internal Revenue Service.

If you are one of the winners, you will be responsible for all transportation which is not set forth — including without limitation, to and from the departing and arrival airports. All other expenses and costs not expressly stated in the prize description below — including, but not limited to, ground transportation, meals, beverages, incidentals, taxes, passenger tariffs or duties, surcharges, airline or airport fees, service charges, facility charges, gratuities, optional excursions and purchases made during trip — will solely be your responsibility. Travel must occur within the dates specified; and travel and accommodations are subject to availability.

You could win one of the following prizes:

One Honolulu in Oahu prize — whose total approximate retail value is $4,870.88 — which includes:

  • 50,000 Elevate Points.
  • Two roundtrip Main Cabin seats on a Virgin America flights departing from LAX to HNL. All travel must be completed by December 21, 2016. Seats are subject to availability and seats will not be available during certain holiday periods and blackout dates. Schedules and markets are subject to change without notice. Passes are not eligible for upgrades or premium seats, nor are redeemable for cash. If traveling internationally, guests are required to pay for all international fees and taxes. Changes to the reservations cannot be made after booked. Flights must be booked no later than 21 days prior to travel. The approximate retail value of the flights is $1,552.00.
  • Four night stay for winner and one companion at the Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii. Must check out by Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Hotel stay includes room rate and applicable taxes for one Ocean View Room, double occupancy. The winner will be required to provide a valid photo identification and credit card at check in for any incidentals. The Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach is not responsible for any incidental spend on property besides room rate and tax. Hotel may extend substitute accommodations of comparable or greater value if the accommodation listed becomes unavailable for any reason whatsoever. Such offer substitution shall be allowed at the sole and absolute discretion of the hotel property. Additional travel restrictions may apply, and the hotel reserves all rights. The approximate retail value of the hotel accommodations, aforementioned inclusions and applicable taxes is $2,000.00.
  • Uber – Four unique promotional codes each valid for up to $50.00 off an Uber ride. Codes expire on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 and are not valid on uberTAXI. The approximate retail value of the Uber rides is $200.00.
  • LinkedIn Premium – Business Plus account good for one year. The approximate retail value of the LinkedIn package is $719.88.
  • GoPro Hero4 Silver camera. Approximate Retail Value of the GoPro package: $399.00.

One Kahului in Maui prize — whose total approximate retail value is $4,670.88 — which includes:

  • 50,000 Elevate Points.
  • Two roundtrip Main Cabin seats on a Virgin America flights departing from LAX to OGG. All travel must be completed by Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Seats are subject to availability and seats will not be available during certain holiday periods and blackout dates. Schedules and markets are subject to change without notice. Passes are not eligible for upgrades or premium seats, nor are redeemable for cash. If traveling internationally, guests are required to pay for all international fees and taxes. Changes to the reservations cannot be made after booked. Flights must be booked no later than 21 days prior to travel. The approximate retail value of the flights is $1,552.00.
  • Four night stay for winner and one companion at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Maui, Hawaii. Must check out by Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Hotel stay includes room rate and applicable taxes for one Oceanfront Room, double occupancy. The winner will be required to provide a valid photo identification and credit card at check in for any incidentals. The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is not responsible for any incidental spend on property besides room rate and tax. Hotel may extend substitute accommodations of comparable or greater value if the accommodation listed becomes unavailable for any reason whatsoever. Such offer substitution shall be allowed at the sole and absolute discretion of the hotel property. Additional travel restrictions may apply, and the hotel reserves all rights. The approximate retail value of the hotel accommodations, aforementioned inclusions and applicable taxes is $1,800.00.
  • Uber – Four unique promotional codes each valid for up to $50.00 off an Uber ride. Codes expire on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 and are not valid on uberTAXI. The approximate retail value of the Uber rides is $200.00.
  • LinkedIn Premium – Business Plus account good for one year. The approximate retail value of the LinkedIn package is $719.88.
  • GoPro Hero4 Silver camera. The approximate retail value of the GoPro package is $399.00.

Select Terms and Conditions

Prizes are not transferable or refundable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash or other substitution may be made, except by the sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the stated prize is not available for any reason as determined by the sponsor in its sole discretion. If you are one of the winners, you will be responsible for any applicable fees, surcharges, service charges associated with receipt or use of a prize.

Released parties are not responsible if travel is delayed, postponed or cancelled for any reason, in which event that portion of prize is forfeited in its entirety and no substitution will be provided except as in the sole discretion of the sponsor. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation, postponement or delay of any travel. Your companions must be of legal age of majority in their jurisdictions of residence; and at least 21 years of age or older as of the date of departure and must travel on same itinerary and at the same time as you, unless the companions are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The potential winner must — within three days of the date of issuance — execute and return an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability and, unless prohibited by law, a publicity release, or other documents required by the sponsor. In the event that the prize notification is returned as undeliverable — or the potential winner is otherwise unreachable for any reason within the stated time — the sponsor may award the prize to an alternate potential winner.

Other terms and conditions apply.

Summary

I thought that the launch of a new partnership between two entities which are to be acquired by other entities was somewhat strange; but I have seen stranger occurrences in the world of frequent travel miles and points.

Perhaps the partnership should be between Alaska Airlines and Marriott International, Incorporated — but there is the possibility that those 250 bonus Elevate points may become Mileage Plan frequent flier loyalty program miles sometime in the future.

I am not interested in the partnership; nor am I interested in winning one of the two prizes. I am only interested in entering the sweepstakes — which I did — in order to get the free 250 Elevate points.

If you decide to enter the sweepstakes, good luck to you — and I hope that you win.

Source: Virgin America.

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