Can’t Travel For Holidays? Hotwire Will Send You On A $25K Trip In 2021

With Covid-19 cases rising in the U.S., health officials are advising people to stay home and avoid end of year holidays, like Christmas and New Years. In an effort to help increase safety measures, and to help people break the news to mom they can’t make it home this year, Hotwire is giving one lucky winner the chance to reunite with friends and family some time in 2021 — with a $25,000 trip.

Today, Hotwire, a travel website, announced a “Happy Next Holiday” generator and giveaway intended to take some of the pressure off letting your loved ones know you can’t travel home this year.

Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai India Check In
Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai India Check In

To enter, participants must create a customized message through the website’s dedicated message platform to break the news to mom. Once the message is sent, it automatically enters you into a sweepstakes for an “IOU Trip” in 2021 worth up to $25,000.

For a little extra comic relief, Hotwire will help the winner remind Mom (or whoever they’re letting down this year) that they still love them, even from a distance. They’ll create a personalized can’t-miss billboard, flyover plane banner, or equivalent somewhere your loved one will be sure to notice, according to Hotwire.

For the lucky winner selected for the “IOU Trip,” Hotwire will cover travel expenses like flights for you and your family and a hotel (up to $10,000), as well as $15,580 in cash for the winners to spend on activities.

Hilton La Romana Beach Dominican Republic
Hilton La Romana Beach Dominican Republic

The trip should be booked in 2021, but travel dates can be any time, even into 2022 and beyond, according to a Hotwire representative.

To enter:

  1. Head to and follow the prompts to create your ‘Happy Next Holidays’ message. Messages are created when you complete and submit the registration form to enter Hotwire’s Happy Next Holidays Sweepstakes.
  2. Select how you’d like Hotwire to generate the news for you: email, text message, postcard, or share to social.
  3. All participants will get the chance to win the ultimate IOU holiday gift. Hotwire will select one grand prize winner to receive a personalized public sign for Mom to see, as well as an IOU trip for the whole family to redeem in the future.
  4. Additionally, the first 100 participants will receive a special coupon to apply toward future travel on Hotwire.
Palmaia House of Aia
Palmaia House of Aia, Mexico.

According to Hotwire, 80% of Americans need to alter or cancel holiday travel plans this year, and nearly one in three (30%) of Americans are dreading breaking the news to loved ones—with 28% noting they’re procrastinating picking up the phone as long as possible, at least until mid-December.

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Jimmy Im has traveled to 113 countries, stayed in over 600 hotels and has flown a million airmiles. He lives in New York City.

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