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    Has anyone been able to extend a winning trip?

    I see so many trip sweeps that I would enter, but for me to travel for a 10 hr flight and then have 2 nights at the destination is tough. I see where there is one to Hawaii for 2 nights. You would just get there and spend the first night and have one full day and night and time to come home. Has anyone ever tried to extend by paying for several more days lodging? Just wondered if it is possible to take one of these little jaunts and make it into 5 or 6 days at least. Not sure if certain sweeps administrators would allow this.

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    Re: Has anyone been able to extend a winning trip?

    :sunny: A lot of that would depend on the sweep and the sponsor. Regardless, it never hurts to ask,
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    Re: Has anyone been able to extend a winning trip?

    Yeah, I suppose. It's just that I don't want to enter some of those if you can never ever extend them. I would just leave them for someone else to enter that wants to go for a weekend. Was just wondering if anyone ever tried to extend and what happened. Would love to go to Hawaii again but not for 2 nights when takes all day just to get there from the midwest.

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    Re: Has anyone been able to extend a winning trip?

    hostaaddict - what I would do? I'd look in the rules to see if they would re-award the prize. If yes, then I'd enter, try to work with the sponsors to extend the trip, and feel NO guilt if they denied me.

    If they will NOT re-award the prize? Then I'd leave it for others. :cheers:
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    Re: Has anyone been able to extend a winning trip?

    When we won the trip to Paris (we leave Sept. 19!), it was for 6 nights/7 days. I sent emails to the nice woman at Marden-Kane, asking if we could extend it and leave out of London (three days in London would be on "our dime" of course). It turns out that the cost of the flight to Paris is exactly what the cost would be for the return flight from London would be! So, she said "yes."

    So, it doesn't hurt to ask :sunny: My husband and I will have a wonderful trip, for 10 days - and the travel agent that Marden-Kane turned us over to that worked with us was wonderful (Dot Whitehead at Carlson Wagonlit).

    And from Austin, Texas to Paris, France is about 10 1/2 hours (if we don't get "bumped" or left on the tarmac for 3 hours :cry:

    Ask, ask, ask - if they say "no," at least you won a trip. :headbang:

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    Re: Has anyone been able to extend a winning trip?

    Thanks so much for your replies! I really appreciate your help!! I think I will follow your advice. I even saw one awhile back for 2 nights in Paris and then back home. Wow! What a tiring trip that would be! I would want a bare minimum of 5 or 6. So, if one can extend on their own dollar, it would be so much nicer, since the bulk of the cost is in getting there and returning.

    Have fun Kate!!! Your trip sounds awesome and I am so glad you were able to work with them and extend it to ten days. Be sure and let us know how you enjoyed it.

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    Re: Has anyone been able to extend a winning trip?

    hostaaddict:

    After putting together the trip I won to Australia, I feel like I can say some on this! :laughing: It took me over 40 days and 40 nights to put it together!! I was notified of my win on June 25th and finally got the last piece put together just last week! :cheers:

    Basically trip wins fall into several general categories:

    • [li] 1. Multiple Sponsors: This is like mine was: Airline, hotel, tour, restaurant, Etc.[/li]
      [li] 2. Single Sponsor: Hotel OR Airline OR Tour OR Restaurant.[/li]
      [li] 3. Travel Agency Sponsor: Complete Package set by an Agency[/li]
      [li] 4. Resort Sponsor: Complete Package set by a specific Resort[/li]


    Now to the crux of the matter: extentions. First off, always read the rules...because that is where you will ALWAYS find the exclusions, restrictions, and other 'goofy-stuff-to-screw-up-your-plans' junk you will NEVER find on the entry page! Black-out dates are the favorite. They can sometimes be extremely restrictive, even to the point of where travel extentions are not possible. :cry:

    But, on to address the various types listed above:

    1. The Multiple Sponsor: (Here I can speak with authority) Each sponsor is totally separate from the others. Of course, for any of the sponsors: as long as it in the date restrictions set forth in the rules. The airline (ie: qantas) doesn't care when you fly or how long you stay. The Hotel (ie: Coral Tree Inn) doesn't care how long or when you stay as long as you pay for extra days!. A tour (ie: Spirit of Freedom Dive Yacht) will, of course, be restricted to a certain time frame. But, after they dump you off on the beach they don't care whether you ever leave or not! In putting my trip together I was asked several times if I wanted to extend.

    2. Single Sponsor: Basically the same as above, but it is all co-ordinated through one sponsor (ie: Mastercard). If it is the hotel...they are not going to complain if you stay longer! (But trust me...they will soak you for full rates!) And once again it really doesn't matter to the airline whether you stay 2 days or 2 months.

    3. Travel Agencies: Most of the time this is a "time/place" dependant item they have purchased at a very reduced rate way prior to you winning. Most of the time there is NO wiggle room to be had, but every so often (as mentioned previously) they can make exceptions.

    4. Resorts: Now this is a different "ball of wax" altogether! Since most of the time they are slotting you into "slack dates" and are often providers of the airfare via their own "contracted sources" (ie: 'Bahama Momma Island Fantasy Nude Beach Resort' - airfare from Miami only!) the likelihood of changing iternarary plans is VERY remote. "Move 'em in, Move 'em out, cowboy" is the motto there! (ie: Vegas).

    Did any of that make any sense????

    :cheers:

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    Re: Has anyone been able to extend a winning trip?

    :cheers: very nicely done :thewave:

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    Re: Has anyone been able to extend a winning trip?

    Hey, Loren -- when do you leave on your trip to Australia? And, where do you fly from and how long does it take? :sunny:

    Kate


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    Re: Has anyone been able to extend a winning trip?

    Quote Originally Posted by ktshome View Post
    Hey, Loren -- when do you leave on your trip to Australia? And, where do you fly from and how long does it take? :sunny:

    Kate
    Not wanting to steal this thread....

    ....fly SEA (Seattle) to SFO (San Fran) on 07SEP07 via Alaska Airlines 2 hrs 10 min (5 hr 30 min layover in SF)
    ....SFO to SYD (Sydney) on 07SEP07 via Qantas Airlines QF74 14 hrs 40 min.
    ....encounter amazing disappearing day! Arrive in Sydney on the 9th! (1 hr 45 min layover in SYD)
    ....SYD to Cairns on 09SEP07 via Qantas Airlines QF167 3 hrs 05 min.

    ....fly Cairns to SYD on 19SEP07 via Qantas Airlines QF 60 2hr 50 min (4 hr 50 min layover in SYD)
    ....SYD to SFO on 19SEP07 via QF73 13hr 20 min. (4hr 55min Layover in SFO)
    ....encounter amazing reappearing day!!!!!!! Arrive in SFO 2 hrs 40min BEFORE we take off from Sydney!
    ....SFO to SEA on 19SEP07 via Alaska Airlines 2 hrs 02 min.

    Question??

    Why did I give myself 5 hours layover on the return trip in SFO??? Customs! Of course!!! They have to run them darn dogs over me at least 3 times! (Must be the beard and the shaved head!!!!!) So if you're in SFO stop by and say howdy, cuz I'll be really bored!

    When I went SEA - SHI (Schipole Amsterdam) - CDG (Charles DeGaulle Paris), and return, last Turkey Day you actually have to pass through security 10 times .... and guess what .... I got pulled and patted 10 times!!!

    But I think the little black gay guy in Amsterdam just thought I was awfully cute...he was WAY TOO thorough!!! I told him that and he had a great laugh! But, at least, he quit patting down my crotch and sent me on through!! (NO! I'm NOT!!!)

    :love: :love: :love: :love: :love:

    :crazytongue:
    Loren




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