They say the harder you work, the harder you can play. But what if you could skip straight to the “play” part, without having to work so hard for it?
Free giveaways and contests are a way to win vacations and getaways that you don’t have to spend a dime on. You can relax and treat yourself without having to feel guilty about money spent on airfare or lodging.
You may not realize how many vacation packages and weekend trips are offered through Internet contests at any given time, but once you do a little bit of searching, you’ll find them easily. (Just make sure they are through reputable brands or websites before giving any personal info!)
We all want to spend a couple of days away being pampered, which is why weekend spa getaways are especially popular contests. Here are some good spa-weekend contests that are currently open. Just be sure to check the contest entry deadlines!
Weekend Spa-Getaway Contests
Royalton Punta Cana Getaway Giveaway:
- Four-day, three-night stay for two at Royalton Punta Cana in the Dominica Republic
- Includes accommodates for two, plus all meals and beverages
Who knew that probiotics were so exciting! ha ha. Grand Prize:
- Spa retreat for two at the Red Mountain Resort in Utah
- Includes 4-night stay in the Villa Suite, meals, your choice of an adventure activity and more
Romantic Spa Weekend at the Houstonian:
- Two nights in a Deluxe Guest Room for 2
- One 50 minute Swedish Massage (per person) at Trellis Spa
- Access to The Houstonian Fitness Club
Redbook Hawaiian Getaway Sweepstakes:
- Five-day stay for 4 at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
- All hotel amenities included, such as fitness classes and evening entertainment
Tip: Use a “Contest” Email Address
While most reputable companies don’t resell your email address, it’s not a bad idea to use an “alternate” email address for contest and other recreational “signups” online. If there’s a chance that signing up for a contest will result in an increase in junk mail, don’t use your business or everyday email address.
Just remember to check your “fun” email address every couple days!
Be Patient and Don’t Get Discouraged
Entering online contests is a waiting game. Sweepstakes can have entry times that span a couple of weeks, and even after the contest closes, it can be months before you hear back — if you hear back at all. Unless you are the winner, it’s possible that you’ll never get an update on the status of your entry.
And if you get lucky and win your first contest right away, it’s still possible that months will pass before another victory comes your way and the frustration can mount.
No one wants to feel like they’re stuck in a cycle of applying for a contest, waiting months to hear back, and then not even winning. But being patient and sticking with the process can eventually lead to a big reward.
To keep yourself from getting discouraged — and to increase your chances of winning — try to enter at least one new contest a day. If you know that you’re constantly in the running toward something, the contests that you don’t win won’t be as discouraging.
Sooner your later, your name will be the name drawn. Before you know it, you could be shopping for a new bathing suit, getting out your hard wax kit and preparing for a relaxing vacation.
When you’re entering multiple contests for weekend spa getaways, it can be easy to lose track of all of the different details. But it’s important to know when an entry period closes or when winners will be notified.
To stay on top of all of your entries, try creating a spreadsheet or document that lists all of the relevant information. This should include the name of the contest, the site offering it, and a brief description of the prize.
You should also include contest details, such as any entry qualifications, the date the contest closes, and the date on which you entered the contest. When you hear back, you can indicate whether you won or not.
You can even make a list of your top sites so you remember to check them regularly for new giveaway postings.
Having this information all in one place will make it easy to track your progress, and will encourage you to continue to enter more contests.
Read the Rules Carefully
To increase your chances of winning weekend spa getaways you need to spend your time wisely, and you don’t want to waste time submitting to contests that you’re not actually eligible to win.
When entering online giveaways, it pays to read the fine print. Sometimes contests are only open to entrants from a particular state or who are of a particular age. Some require winners to pay for their own airfare or don’t include certain amenities. There could be blackout dates that apply or other rules and exclusions.
On the hand, you find by reading the fine print that there is no limit on the number of entries one person can submit. Or you may realize that you can earn another chance to win by sharing the contest on social media or posting a particular hashtag.
Whatever the fine print reveals, you want to be fully informed. That way you can be sure that the contests you’re entering are worth your time. You may even end up finding ways to increase your chances of winning.
Have Your Information at the Ready
Before you actually begin entering online contests for weekend spa getaways, do a little research into what information entry forms typically ask for. You’ll always have to enter your name and some contact information, but some forms are a little more detailed than that.
You may occasionally have to answer short-form questions about why you deserve to win or what you would do with the prize. Those answers will have to be specific to the contest, but even though you can’t pre-write them completely, you can come up with some basic ideas that can easily be tweaked.
It’s also a good idea to create a separate email address that you only use when entering contests. Also, skip all giveaway contests that aren’t through known brands or resorts.
Ready to Start Winning?
Weekend spa getaways –especially free ones — are the perfect opportunities to get away from the cleaning and chores of daily life and pamper yourself.
For more information on freebies and giveaways around the Internet, explore our blog posts and coupon sites. They are updated regularly to keep you in the know about the best freebies, coupons, and deals! – Missy W