Win a Trip to Washington, DC for July 4 Festivities

The National Archives
The National Archives — Check it Out!

Washington, DC is blessed with so many interesting museums that the exhibitions and programs at the National Archives may not be on your radar.

We visited recently for a screening of the animated shorts that had been nominated for the Oscars, one of many free film events offered regularly.

The updated Archives Museum is an interactive display that brings the Archives to life.

Sleepover in the Rotunda The National Archives
Sleepover in the Rotunda at the National Archives

Twice a year, the Archives invites 8-12 year olds to participate in a sleepover in the Archives Rotunda.  Pretty cool!

Celebrate July 4th with a Trip to DC

The National Archives Foundation is sponsoring a  contest to fly a family of four to Washington, DC for the Independence Day celebration on the National Mall on July 4, 2016.

The contest prize includes flights, three nights in a hotel, and dinner at one of DC’s hottest new restaurants.  (Check out the Japanese-themed spring menu here!)

Win a trip to DC!
Win a trip to DC!

The contest winner will receive:

  • Round-trip airfare for four on Southwest Airlines
  • Three night stay at a local hotel
  • Three course tasting menu for four people at Derek Brown’s Columbia Room
  • Membership in the National Archives Foundation
  • VIP experience on July 4th at the National Archives
  • Private tour of the National Archives Museum
  • July 4th gift basket, courtesy of the National Archives Store, including a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence

I don’t often post about contests, but this one seems to have pretty good odds.

To enter, submit your zip code and sign up for a newsletter here!

The last day to enter the contest is June 10, 2016.

Read the Terms and Conditions here.

Giveaway to Getaway

Enter the Giveaway for 1,500 IHG Points
Enter the giveaway for 1,500 IHG points!

I’m giving away 1,500 IHG (Intercontinental Hotel Group) points to a reader who newly likes my Facebook page.

IHG Rewards Club is a program of hotels like Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Intercontinental Hotels, Crowne Plaza, and others.

I earned these points through the IGH Share Rewards promo that is running this summer.

I’d like to share my points with you!

In one week, I’ll select a winner randomly and post the results on Facebook.

You’ll need to contact me with your name and email address so I can send you the points.

1,500 IHG reward points could be just what you need to top off your account for your next award stay!

Online Raffle to Support Sustainable Harvest International

The Passports with Purpose online raffle is supporting Sustainable Harvest International in 2014
The Passports with Purpose 2014 online raffle is supporting Sustainable Harvest International

When I learned that Sustainable Harvest International was to be the beneficiary of this year’s travel blogger charitable giving, I knew I had to participate.

First of all, I believe it is important to support sustainable development.

Second, my daughter’s science teacher spent five years working for Sustainable Harvest International in Central America, and takes kids to volunteer with this organization every year.  That is how I know of the good work they do to provide training and tools to families, and to encourage environmentally sound agricultural practices.

Each year, travel bloggers band together under the banner of Passports with Purpose to raise funds for worthwhile projects in developing countries.

This year’s project will support Sustainable Harvest International’s work in Honduras.  You can read more about Sustainable Harvest International here.

Passports With Purpose Online Raffle

Passports with Purpose is a volunteer-run effort begun by several travel bloggers from Seattle that wanted to give back.  The fundraising mechanism for Passports with Purpose is an online raffle.  Bloggers donate travel-related prizes or secure prizes from travel vendors.  Passports with Purpose publishes a catalog of online prizes beginning December 1, 2014.  You can bid on any prize by making a $10 donation.  Each $10 donation is one entry and all proceeds go to Sustainable Harvest International.

The raffle runs through Wednesday, December 17, 2014.  

Over 70 bloggers are participating this year.

I have thrown a prize in the pot that may appeal to some readers.  I donated three United Club lounge passes which are good for entry into any of United ‘s special airport lounges.  You can get a drink and snack, recharge your laptop, and relax while awaiting your flight.  The book value is $150.

Some of the other prizes will likely be higher value:  travel gear, hotel vouchers, tours, and other travel-related stuff, including some trips to pretty exciting destinations.

Passports with Purpose is a worthwhile effort by the travel blogger community, so please check out the raffle to see if anything entices you to enter!

Fishing4Deals Giveaway: Two United Club Lounge Passes

United Club Lounge Pass Giveaway
United Club Lounge Pass Giveaway

Schools finally out!  Summer is in full swing, and that means vacation time!

I’m celebrating by giving away a pair of United Club lounge passes!

United Airlines sells these passes for $50 apiece.  They also offer them as a benefit of the United Mileage Plus credit card, which is how I got them.

The lounges offer a variety of amenities:   
  • free bev­er­ages and light snacks
  • com­pli­men­tary bar service
  • agent assis­tance with reser­va­tions
  • high-speed wire­less Inter­net access
  • charging stations for your cell phone and laptop
  • con­fer­ence rooms (at select locations)
  • com­pli­men­tary use of pho­to­copy and fax machines
  • cur­rent magazines and newspapers

Here’s the link to all the United Club locations with their hours and amenities.

These two passes expire on November 31, 2014.   

There are three easy ways to enter this giveaway

  1. Sign up for updates from Fishing4Deals by subscribing on the sidebar to the right.
  2. Leave a comment on this post answering this question:  Where are you going on your summer vacation?
  3. Follow @Fishing4Deals on Twitter and tweet this message:  @Fishing4Deals is giving away a pair of United Club lounge passes.  RT for a chance to win!

This contest closes Monday, July 14, 2014 at 12 noon, Eastern time.  The winner will be chosen at random.

If you don’t win, you may be able to pick up some lounge passes for cheap on Ebay.

Good luck, and happy summer!

Dulles Flyer: What is the #icelanDChase?

Icelandair Ticket Giveaway Washington DC to Europe
Icelandair Reps Will be Giving Away Freebies on the Streets of Washington, DC

Icelandair is celebrating its new year-round service from Washington D.C. by giving away round-trip tickets for two to any of Icelandair’s more than 20 destinations in Europe!

Icelandair representatives will be hitting the streets of the nation’s capital to give away one pair of tickets each day from Thursday, June 12, 2014 through Saturday, June 14, 2014.

Additional prizes include thirty $100 gift certificates for travel, tee shirts, Icelandic music CDs, and cool merchandise.

How can Washingtonians join the #icelanDChase?

You can search for the location of each day’s tickets, by finding clues and a password on Icelandair’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

  • Follow #icelanDChase on Twitter for clues
  • Clues will be given at various times of the day until the tickets are found
  • The first person to arrive at the location and reveal the password to the Icelandair representatives will win tickets for two to any one of more than 20 destinations in Europe
  • For further information, see the Terms and Conditions

    Where can you Fly on Icelandair?
    Where can you Fly on Icelandair?

You can find Icelandair on Facebook ( or Twitter (@Icelandair).

Note the blackout dates, which exclude travel during the summer, or over the Christmas holiday:  May 21, 2014 through September 5, 2014; and December 15, 2014 through January 6, 2015.  

If You Don’t Live in Washington, Here are Two  Other Contests to Iceland

1.  Icelandic Fourmula is giving away a trip for two to Iceland!  This online giveaway includes:

  • Roundtrip coach class airfare for two
  • room accommodations for three nights/ four days at a luxury hotel in Reykjavik
  • City of Reykjavik Welcome Card
  • VIP room for 2 at the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa.
Icelandair Launches Year Round Service from IAD
Icelandair Launches Year Round Service from IAD

Fill out the entry form online to enter for a chance to win this Iceland getaway!  Enter by December 31, 2014.

Click here for sweepstakes rules and conditions.

2.  X-Men X-Treme Adventure

This contest is for a trip to Iceland, or weekly packs of Flipz, X-Men memorabilia, Schick razors and cash.  Enter before October 31, 2014.  

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a trip for two to Iceland and $2,274 in cash for personal expenses.  The trip must be taken between October 31, 2014 and March 31, 2015, but cannot be taken over Christmas, New Years or public holidays in the U.S. or Iceland.  The official rules are here.  

The Amazing Spiderman 2 NYC Sweepstakes

Belkin's Spiderman 2 Sweepstakes
Belkin’s Spiderman 2 Sweepstakes

Here’s another chance to win a trip to New York City, this time courtesy of Belkin, the electronics manufacturer.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a trip for two to New York City, including:

  • Round-trip flights for two and airport transfers
  • A private The Amazing Spider-Man 2 photo lesson and tour of New York City
  • VIP club access at the top of Times Square with $150 credit for refreshments
  • 3 nights in a 4 star hotel
  • $200 towards meals and incidentals

Runners-up will receive Belkin and/or The Amazing Spider-Man 2 products.

The sweepstakes ends May 20, 2014.

Enter here.

Win a Trip to the Lobster Rumble in NYC

Win a Trip to the 2014 Lobster Rumble
Win a Trip to the 2014 Lobster Rumble

2014 Lobster Rumble

Here’s a chance to win two VIP tickets to the 2014 Lobster Rumble in New York City on June 5, 2014.

The charity event features a chance to vote on your favorite lobster roll among 23 contestants.

The winner and a guest will get roundtrip airfare to New York, a two night stay in a four star hotel, and a $500 gift card, courtesy of Haagen Dazs ice cream.

The event is completely sold out so this contest is your only chance to get in to this year’s tasting event!

Ice cream and lobster — two of my favorite foods!

Enter here for your chance to win.

Two More Chances at $10,000 from Barclay’s “Be Your Possible” Contest

Barclay's Contest "Be Your Possible"I logged in to the online account for my Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® and noticed a contest Barclay’s been running in honor of Women’s History Month.  

The “Be Your Possible” contest will award four $10,000 prizes.  There are two more chances to enter, by April 1 and April 8, 2014.

Being your possible means you don’t let anything stand in the way of accomplishing your goals and reaching your full potential.

Barclay's "Be Your Possible" Contest
Barclay’s “Be Your Possible” Contest

It’s easy to enter the contest via Facebook.  You just need to write a 200-word essay on one of these topics:

  • Empower your career
  • Be your own boss
  • Invest in your future
  • Your money smarts

The writing prompt is simply:   “Tell us your financial goal and how you plan to achieve it.”

All eligible entries will be judged based on the following three criteria:

  • Appropriateness to category theme (50 points)
  • Level of detail/clarity of expression (25 points)
  • Originality and usefulness of content (25 points)

 What do you think?  Is this contest worth your time?

MasterCard Contest: Win a Trip to London to See Justin Timberlake in Concert

MasterCard Contest to See Justin Timberlake Every time you swipe your MasterCard, you are entered into a contest to win a trip to London!

MasterCard is running a contest as part of their Priceless Surprises campaign to win a chance to see Justin Timberlake live in London on The 20/20 Experience World Tour.

They launched the campaign with an amusing video with JT that aired during the Grammys.

Every time you use your MasterCard you are automatically entered into this contest (just like the Visa contest to win at trip to the winter Olympics.)

If you want to increase your chances of winning, TWEET or INSTAGRAM using the hashtag #PricelessSurprises.  The more you tweet and post, the more chances you have.

The grand prize is a 5-day/4-night trip for winner and a guest to attend a 2014 Justin Timberlake concert in Europe as part of his 20/20 Experience World Tour. The trip includes round-trip coach air transportation, hotel, ground transportation, concert tickets, and a city tour.  The grand prize also includes $6,000 that may be used to help offset taxes.

 The value of this “priceless” prize:  approximately $19,500.

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Sharing the LUV: Southwest Airlines Drink Coupon Giveaway

Southwest Airlines Drink Coupon GiveawaySouthwest Airlines Drink Coupon GiveawaySouthwest Airlines Drink Coupon Giveaway
Southwest Airlines Drink Coupon Giveaway

I have been blogging just over a year now, and to celebrate, I am sharing the LUV with my readers!

Eight lucky readers will receive a Southwest Airlines free drink coupon!

The coupons are good for one free beer, wine, liquor, or vitamin water, and expire October 31, 2014 or December 31, 2014.

If travel on Southwest Airlines is in your future, just comment below to win a coupon for a free drink.

I love to fly Southwest for many reasons and think it offers some of the value  for budget domestic travelers:

  • credit card sign-up bonuses of 50K points every few months
  • easy to redeem Rapid Rewards points for flights
  • no fee for changes to reservations
  • free checked baggage
  • wifi on most flights
  • a bit of extra legroom
  • they still serve peanuts
  • friendly and entertaining flight attendants

Where do I get all these free drink coupons, anyway?  Southwest sends them to me periodically — most recently for Valentine’s day.

Southwest Airlines Drink Coupon Giveaway

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