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Southwest Airlines “Hats off to you” Graduation Contest

The sky is the limit and every grad is ready for takeoff into the next chapter!  Starting on May 21, show us your Fun-LUVing Attitude and" Southwestify" your graduation cap for a chance to win one $500 southwestgiftcard in the Southwest Airlines “Hats Off to You” Graduation Contest! To enter, upload an Instagram photo and/or Twitter photo of a graduation cap that has been decorated to incorporate the Southwest Airlines brand.  Include the Southwest Airlines Instagram handle @SouthwestAir or twitter handle @SouthwestAir using the hashtag “#HatsOffToYou."  Judging will be based on the amount of creativity, originality, entertainment, and Southwest appeal involved.  See below for of the details! No Instagram and/or Twitter?  No worries!  You can sign up today and start following us at @SouthwestAir. From May 21 through June 2, all photos via Instagram and/or Twitter with graduation caps incorporating the Southwest Airlines brand will be accepted.  Photos on other social networks, such as Facebook, are welcome and appreciated, but will not be judged from those channels. Get ready to conGRADulate yourself with a southwestgiftcard and the vacation you have earned!

Southwest Airlines “Hats Off to You” Graduation Contest Rules and Regulations NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.  VOID IN PUERTO RICO AND WHERE PROHIBITED. 1)  How to Enter the Contest
a. Southwest Airlines “Grads” will begin at 10 a.m. CT on May 21, 2014, and end at 10 p.m. CT June 2, 2014. This Contest consists of One Graduation student award.  At the start of the Contest Period potential entrants will have to follow Southwest Airlines on Instagram® via the handle @SouthwestAir, Facebook via Southwest Airlines page, and/or Twitter via the handle @Southwestair to enter.  b. To participate in the Contest, you may enter via the following method: Submit an Instagram photo and/or Twitter photo of a graduation cap that has been decorated to incorporate the Southwest Airlines brand.  Include the Southwest Airlines Instagram handle @SouthwestAir or twitter handle @SouthwestAir using the hashtag “#Hatsofftoyou.  Entrants may also share all “Hats Off to You” photos on Facebook®, but will not be judged from that channel.  All entries submitted will not be acknowledged or returned. By entering, Entrant grants Sponsor an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, freely transferable license to use the photo for all purposes, in any and all media, whether now known or hereafter devised. Photos must not be copied.  Entries may not violate any third party rights nor use any third-party intellectual property such as logos or background signs.  Entrants acknowledge and agree that their entry does not violate any rights of privacy or publicity and that they have the written permission of anyone appearing in their photo to submit their image.  Entries must not disparage; contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, or vulgar; or promote bigotry, racism, hatred or discrimination based on race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.  Use of any device to automate entry is prohibited.  Proof of submission of an entry shall not be deemed proof of receipt by Southwest.  Southwest Airlines’ computer is the official time keeping device for the contest.  Southwest is not responsible for entries not received due to difficulty accessing the internet, service outage or delays, computer difficulties or other technological glitches.  By entering this Contest, you agree to abide by these Official Rules and acknowledge that this Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by or associated with Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. c. One entry per person (One Grad) is permitted.  Any person found using multiple Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter accounts to enter will be found to be ineligible.
2.  Eligibility Restrictions
a. The contest is open to all legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older and the age of majority in their place of residence and have a valid e-mail address and an Instagram account as of May 21, 2014.   Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited or restricted by law.  The contest is offered only in the United States.  Employees of Southwest Airlines, AirTran Airways, and the members of their immediate families (spouse and parents, children and siblings and their spouses) and individuals living in the same households of such employees are ineligible to enter or win.  The contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. b. Only one winner per household is permitted in any Contest administered by Southwest Airlines. c. Entrants are required to provide truthful information and Southwest will reject and delete any entry that it discovers to be false or fraudulent.  Southwest Airlines will disqualify any entry from individuals who do not meet the eligibility requirements, and Southwest Airlines will also delete any entry received from persons under the age of 13 in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.
3.   Prizes
a. Grand Prize: 1 southwestgiftcard® for a total value of $500 will be awarded.  Certain travel restrictions may apply, and the terms and conditions of the southwestgiftcard apply.   No prize substitutions, cash equivalent, or transfer of prizes permitted except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Prize subject to availability and the Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to award a prize of greater or equal value if the advertised prize is unavailable.  Taxes are solely the responsibility of the winner.   A southwestgiftcard is only redeemable at, 1-800-I-FLY-SWA, or any Southwest Airlines ticket counter for passenger air travel only. A southwestgiftcard is not valid for the purchase of Vacation Packages, Cargo, Hotel, Rental Car, Cruise, Group Tickets, additional southwestgiftcards, EarlyBird Check-In, International baggage fees or inflight purchases. Only four total forms of payment including southwestgiftcards, may be combined per purchase. A southwestgiftcard is nonrefundable and not redeemable for cash or credit except where required by federal or applicable state law. A southwestgiftcard is not replaceable if lost, stolen, or destroyed. Protect the card like cash. A southwestgiftcard never expires and has no fees. For balance check, call 1-866-393-2081. For any additional questions call 214-932-0333. Activation or use of a southwestgiftcard constitutes acceptance of all terms and conditions listed at For full terms and conditionals visit   b. In the event that a prize is mailed to the winner, it will be with the prior written consent of the winner and therefore, winner assumes the risk of its loss.  Sponsor is not responsible for the safe arrival of a prize.
4.  Selection of Winner
Decisions of judges with respect to the Contest are final.  This is a contest of skill. Your chances of winning depend on how well your entry reflects the judging criteria, as compared to the other entries in the contest. The judges will be judging on the following qualities:
  • Creativity and Originality: 20%
  • Entertaining: 25%
  • Southwest Appeal: 35% photo should reflect fun Culture and Fun-LUVing Attitude.
  • Rules: 20% Read and complied with the official rules.
a. On or about June 2, 2014, a potential winner will be selected by a panel of judges from the Marketing Department at Southwest Airlines. You need not be present to win. b. Potential winner notification will be made by Sponsor via Instagram/twitter. The potential winner will be asked to contact Southwest with a given e-mail address provided via comment on the entrant’s Instagram entry or Twitter handle. Once potential winner and Southwest make e-mail contact, Southwest will provide a photo for the potential winner to upload to the Instagram account the user uploaded the photo with in order to validate their account. Once the validation occurs, potential winner must execute and return any required affidavit of eligibility and/or liability/publicity release in which they agree to hold Sponsor, Facebook, and each of their parent, subsidiary and affiliated corporations, and the officers, shareholders, directors, employees, agents and representatives harmless against any and all claims or liability arising directly or indirectly from use or misuse of a prize or participation in the Contest.  Affidavits will be mailed or emailed based on the potential winner’s preference beginning Tuesday, June 2. 2014. Affidavits will be mailed or emailed based on the potential winner’s preference upon account validation and must be executed and returned within seven (7) days or prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be chosen. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, is unable to validate their account, fails to sign and return the required affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period, or if a prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize. Upon timely completion and return of required affidavits and release, winner should expect to receive their prize in the mail within two weeks. 
5.  Conditions
a. Payments of all federal, state and local taxes are solely the responsibility of the winner.  Winner may be required to sign an IRS Form W-9 or the equivalent. b. By participating in the contest, the winner agrees to have their name, voice, or likeness used in any advertising or broadcasting material relating to this contest without additional financial or other compensation unless prohibited by law, and, where legal, to sign a publicity release confirming such consent prior to acceptance of the prize. c. Southwest Airlines is not responsible for lost, stolen, mangled, miss-delivered, postage due, illegible, incomplete or late entries, telephone service outages, delays, busy signals, equipment malfunctions and any other technological difficulties that may prevent an individual from entering or claiming a prize. d. Southwest Airlines in their sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of Southwest Airlines website, or otherwise in violation of the rules.  They further reserve the right to cancel, terminate or modify the Contest if it is not capable of completion as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort. e. Sponsor reserves the right to make changes in the rules of the Contest, including the substitution of a prize of greater or equivalent value, which will become effective upon announcement. f. Failure to comply with the Contest rules may result in a contestant’s disqualification solely at the discretion of the Sponsor. g. The Sponsor is not responsible for typographical or other errors in the printing, the offering or the administration of the Contest, or in the announcement of a prize. h. Copies of the written Contest rules and a winner’s list (when complete) are available during regular business hours at Southwest Airlines, Emerging Media P.O. Box 36611, Dallas, TX 75235-1611.  For a winner’s list, send a self-addressed return envelope, after June 1st, 2014.  All requests must be received by July 10, 2014.
6.  Sponsor
Southwest Airlines Co., Emerging Media, P.O. Box 36611, Dallas, TX 75235-1611