Where to find holiday competitions
Picture it now… lying on a sun-drenched beach in the Maldives, sipping your cocktail and enjoying the luxury of a five star hotel. Your dream holiday… and it cost you NOTHING at all!
Winning a holiday doesn’t need to be something you can only dream of – whether you lust after an all-inclusive week in the Caribbean, a ski trip in Switzerland or just a cottage stay in Wales, there are lots of holiday competitions out there with the perfect prize for you!
Since I started comping I’ve been lucky enough to win over 60 trips away, ranging from a three week tour of New Zealand and a family holiday to Florida, to an all inclusive week in Antigua and a trip to the Brazilian Grand Prix. I’ve won two holidays to Japan, four trips to New York, and countless UK hotel breaks too. I’m always excited about where my next prize holiday will take me!
How flexible are promoters when it comes to booking a prize trip?
Probably the most common question I’m asked about holiday prizes is whether the promoter is prepared to be flexible: can you pay to add a third child to a family holiday, or to move a term-time trip into the school holidays? Is it OK to win a couples holiday and then pay extra to take the children along? Can I transfer the prize holiday to a friend or family member?
Whether the prize is flexible depends on the T&Cs, brand and the prize fulfilment agency. From my own experience:
- I won a trip for 2 adults and 2 children to Sorrento, and they let us take 1 child and 1 grandma with no extra charge
- I won a trip for a family of 2 adults and 2 children to Legoland Denmark, and took Ry’s cousin with us instead of a second child
- I won a trip to the Brazilian Grand Prix, but had actually already booked flights to South America for my honeymoon – the promoter agreed to give me a cheque for the flight cost instead!
- I won a trip for a family of 4 to Seville, and took my parents instead of kids.
My last big holiday win was an all inclusive term-time trip to Mexico for 2 adults, with an over 18s snorkelling cruise trip included. I said I was keen to bring my son, so NDL didn’t book the cruise, but put the cost of it towards paying for him to come along. We then paid the extra cost to fly in school holidays. The T&Cs for this particular Capital FM competition stated the winner had a choice of hotels in Mexico. But if the prize is a trip to a specified hotel which is adults only, your child won’t be able to stay there – so if the promoter won’t switch your hotel, you do need to be prepared to travel as a couple, or why not take a comping friend with you?
As for transferring the holiday, you won’t usually be able to do this. I personally would not recommend entering a holiday with the intention of passing it on to someone else – always encourage them to enter it. It can be a hassle if you win a trip you had no intention of going on!
So do consider entering for prizes that aren’t quite perfect for you – but check T&Cs thoroughly first. And if you’re entering competitions to travel abroad, make sure your passport is in date! You don’t want the disappointment of winning and then realising you can’t get a new passport in time (I’ve had SuperLucky readers win trips to the USA who have been unable to travel).
This post will give you an overview of all the places you’ll find competitions to win a holiday – so take a look, cross your fingers and get that passport ready!
Competition listings websites
The most obvious place to start looking for holiday competitions is, of course, competition listings websites – but keep in mind that these comps will be getting thousands of entries! The links below will take you directly to the Holiday competitions section of the sites. You will need to register with Loquax & Competition Database to see the competition listings but don’t worry, they won’t email you any spam.
- Loquax (Worldwide holidays category)
- Competition Database (International travel category)
- Latest Deals (Travel category)
Many compers use PrizeFinder but this has a lot of pop-ups and affiliate links which go to spam-generating websites such as MyOffers and UKPrizeCompetition – so be very cautious about the comps you click on. MSE has a decent competitions forum, but you can’t easily filter it to focus on certain prizes or competition type.
Travel blogs & websites
The following websites collate current travel competitions from across the internet and social media. No sign up is necessary.
There are a number of travel based magazines that host holiday competitions on their websites. Here are some of the best:
- Conde Nast Traveller
- Family Traveller
- Food and Travel
- Sunday Times Travel
- Guardian Travel
Holiday competitions on the radio
UK radio stations give away lots of holidays and UK breaks – they’re advertised on air and also on their websites. There are various ways to enter including easy entry online prize draws, social media competitions, creative photo/video competitions, and also text in or phone in competitions broadcast on air. Your best chance to win is where you have to be listening to the show and only have a short time to call or text in. Do not text in for the premium rate prize draws (these will cost £1.50 or £2 to enter, and are usually big cash prizes) – instead, enter the promotions that have a sponsor, where it’s just a standard rate text or call that only costs a few pence.
Holiday prizes are usually given away during the Breakfast or DriveTime shows – and at the weekends. Heart and Capital FM regularly team up with Jet2 across their regional stations to win holidays flying from their regional bases (Bristol, Stansted, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Leeds Bradford). Members of my Lucky Learners Facebook group have won hundreds of holidays on the radio, so be brave and give it a go, it’s really not that scary to go on air!
Read my tips on winning radio competitions, and check these station websites regularly for the latest competition T&Cs.
- Absolute Radio (Bauer)
- Heart FM (Global)
- Capital FM (Global)
- Magic Radio (Bauer)
- Classic FM (Global)
- Kiss FM (Bauer)
- Smooth Radio (Global)
- Virgin Radio
Note that Bauer have restrictions on winning prizes, and if you win a holiday on one of their radio stations you will be banned from entering comps on any of their stations for 6 months. They email you to confirm the end date of the ban. With Global, it’s a £1,000 value prize that gets you a six month ban. Find out more in my post Bauer & Global Rules and Restrictions.
Holiday competitions on social media
Follow your favourite hotel chains and holiday companies on Facebook, and set notifications for their pages so you don’t miss any posts. There are also a few private Facebook groups where people share holiday competitions:
- Travel Competitions – a group created by Travelscoop
- Holiday Competitions Group UK – a group created by compers
On Instagram, follow your favourite hotels, local airports, and holiday companies as they often do giveaways. Try a hashtag search on Instagram – #winholiday, or #holidaycompetition. Watch out though – there are a lot of scammers using Instagram. Check profiles carefully, and visit the website links in bios to check brands are genuine.
Use X search to find holiday competitions – try searches combining words and phrases like win, holiday, competition, overnight stay, hotel break, trip, cottage, voucher, travel, UK etc, then view results by the most recent. Brands tend to advertise their website, email, Facebook and Instagram comps on X so you should get lots of results.
Travel shows & events
There are travel shows in London, and sometimes in Manchester or Birmingham. At these events many of the exhibitors will be running competitions and prize draws to win holidays.
Look out for experiential (pop-up) events at airports, train stations and shopping centres to win holidays. British Airways have given away lots of flights at London train stations in the past!
Google for holiday competitions
If you have a particular destination in mind for your dream holiday – or a certain type of trip (spa, cottage, ski, camping etc), create a Google search for it. Go to www.google.co.uk, and try typing keywords like win competition italy or win cottage holiday voucher. Use the Tools to filter the search results to UK and Past Week, then save this link to your bookmarks and check it weekly. The first page of search results is likely to feature links to competition listings sites, but click through more pages to find less popular results! For more advice on Google searching, read my tips on How to search Google for competitions.
On-pack and in-store holiday competitions
Look out for in-store displays and flashed packaging in the supermarkets – brands like KitKat, Cadbury and Aunt Bessies, have all given away big holidays recently.
ITV & Channel 5 competitions
You might have seen the big prize holidays advertised on TV – but did you know you can enter these by post, rather than paying for a £2 phone call or text message? All entries are treated exactly the same. Of course, stamps are pretty expensive now so it’s not the cheapest way to enter a competition – but if you like sending postcard entries, give it a go! You can find postcard enry details for current Channel 5 comps at superlucky.me/c5comps and ITV comps at superlucky.me/itvcomps
Good luck – let me know in the comments if you’re lucky enough to win a holiday!