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Don't forget! Southwest's VIP Contest ends Friday, November 13th!

There are times when you see a picture of a beautiful landscape, a charming café, or the bright lights of a big city, and it makes you just want to grab your bags and go!  We’re looking for your “Vacation Inspiring Photos,” or VIP’s, to feature on our Travel Guide, with great prizes for the best of the best.

Submit your original, jaw dropping, pack-your-bags-right-now-because-It’s-On! photos to the Southwest Airlines Travel Guide between October 20, 2009, and November 13, 2009.   Each week, we will select one winning photo and the winner will receive a new digital Kodak camera. At the end of the four weeks, one Grand Prize winner will receive two roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines and have his or her photo featured in our onboard magazine, SPIRIT.

To Enter:

  • Visit and create a Travel Guide profile. 
  • Add a Trip titled “(insert city name) has V.I.P’s!” For Example:  “DENVER has V.I.P’s!”       
  • Enter the appropriate destination city name
  • Upload your photo
  • Title the photo “VIP Contest – (insert title of photo).”  For Example:  “VIP Contest—Rocky Mountains”

Show us what you’ve got! 

Southwest Airlines Travel Guide’s  “Vacation Inspiring Photo(s)” Contest
How to Enter the Contest
1.    Submission Format:
Southwest Airlines “My Vacation Inspiring Photo(s)” (“Contest”) will begin on or around 12 a.m. CT on Monday, October 20, 2009, and will end on or around 4 p.m. CT on Wednesday, November 13th, 2009.
•    Visit and create a Travel Guide profile. 
•    Add a new Trip to your Travel Guide profile:
•    Title Your Trip:  (Insert City Name) has VIPs!  (Ex. Dallas has VIPs!)
•    Enter the appropriate destination
•    Upload a photo:  Submit a Vacation Inspiring Photo(s)  
o    (Required format: photo must be submitted as a 528x193 jpg)
•    Title your photo:  “VIP Contest –(insert title of photo)”.  (Ex. “VIP Contest—Rocky Mountains”)
All entries submitted become the sole property of Southwest Airlines and will not be acknowledged or returned.  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. 
2.   Eligibility Restrictions
a.    The contest is open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous state, who are 18 years of age or older as of October 19, 2009. Employees of Southwest Airlines have to be in good standing and on the payroll as of, October 19, 2009. 
b.    Only one winner per household is permitted.
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
3.   Vacation Inspiring Photos—“Helpful Hints”
•    Ask yourself, “Does this photo remind me that it’s been too long since I had a vacation?”
•    Focus on showing photos with scenery in the background. (Ex Beautiful photos of city landmarks )
•    Avoid images taken inside a building and with large groups of people.
•    Inappropriate photos will not be posted or entered for judging
4.  Prizes:
a.    One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive the following:  1) A full page placement of their winning photo in our Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine (2010 issue; month TBD),  2) Winning photo showcased within Travel Guide (on the appropriate destination page), and  3) Two green passes to travel to any of our Southwest Airlines destinations.  (Approximate Retail Value ("ARV"): $1,000)   Certain travel restrictions may apply.  Travel arrangements must be made through Southwest Airlines.  No prize substitutions, cash equivalent, or transfer of prizes permitted except at the sole discretion of Southwest Airlines.   All other costs not specifically stated herein, including, but not limited to, taxes, meals, tips and ground transportation, are the responsibility of the winner.  Taxes are solely the responsibility of the winner.  Winner and travel companion must travel on the same itinerary and are responsible for obtaining all required travel documents.  In addition, travel companion of Winner must be 18 years of age or older.   Winner and travel companion are responsible for obtaining travel insurance (and all other forms of insurance) where applicable, at their option, and hereby acknowledge that Southwest Airlines has not and will not obtain or provide travel insurance or any other form of insurance.   Tickets are subject to terms and conditions as specified by Southwest Airlines.  (Should the grand prize winner be an Employee of Southwest Airlines, then they will be awarded two blue passes in exchange for the two green passes.)  Southwest Airlines reserve the right to remove or to deny entry to winner and/or guest if he/she engages in a disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.
b.   Four (4) First Prizes Weekly Winners will receive a Kodak digital camera.  (Approximate Retail Value: $200) 
c.    In the event that a prize or prize certificate 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.  Southwest Airlines is not responsible for the safe arrival of a prize or prize certificate.
5.   Selection of Winners
Decisions of Southwest Airlines management with respect to the Contest are final.
a.    The top 5 Vacation Inspiring Photo(s) Winners will be selected by a Southwest Airlines panel of judges from the Marketing/Communications department to determine the most inspiring vacation photo.   All submissions will be judged on the following:  Created Travel Guide Profile (33%), Quality of photo submitted with required formatting sizes met (33%) and Photo submitted is deemed a Vacation Inspiring Photo (33%).
b.     Winners must execute and return any required affidavit of eligibility and/or liability/publicity release within ten (10) days of notification attempt or prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be chosen. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, 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.
6.   Conditions
a.    By participating in the contest, the winner or winners agree 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.
b.    Prior to awarding any prize or prize certificate, Southwest Airlines in its sole discretion may require contest winners (and their travel companions, if any) to sign a liability release, agreeing to hold Southwest Airlines and it’s officers, shareholders, directors, employees, agents and representatives harmless against any and all claims or liability arising directly or indirectly from the prize or participation in the Contest.
c.    Southwest Airlines, in is sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of Southwest Airlines website or is otherwise in violation of the rules.  It further reserves 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.
d.    Southwest Airlines reserve the right to make changes in the rules of the Contest, including the substitution of a prize or equivalent value, which will become effective upon announcement.  If due to circumstances beyond the control of Southwest Airlines, any competition or prize-related event is delayed, rescheduled, postponed or cancelled.  Southwest Airlines reserves the right, but not the obligation, to cancel or modify the contest and shall not be required to award a substitute prize.
e.    Southwest Airlines 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.
g.    Copies of the written Contest rules and a list of winners (when complete) are available during regular business hours at Southwest Airlines Online Marketing 2702 Love Field Dr. Dallas, TX 75235