Enter to Win a Spot on the Amazing Race for Regular Folks, Competitours
After some intensive lobbying by a number of the entrants for the Competitours team travel competition contest, and because one of the two earlier winners hasn’t yet picked up their prize, I am going to shake loose one more ‘half-sponsorship’ — for grabs for the July 2-14 trip.
I’ve convinced my award booking partner Steve Belkin who runs the trip to help me cover the $3850 trip for one teammate (your team partner will be repsonsible for their trip fee). Both team members will cover their own airfare, meals and incidentals. (I’m running dry on miles to donate this month – hah.)
We’re going to run this contest quickly, just 24 hours, so the winner will know they’ve got this quickly.
Just like Steve’s mystery destinations and surprise challenges, to win this contest, ‘ya gotta be spontaneous’. And instead of doing a random drawing, please make your case why your team should be the next and last sponsored team….in the comments, in 100 words or less!
My Award Booking Partner Steve
Many of you know that I offer an award booking service. It grew too big to handle on my own, and I was fortunate enough to be able to partner with one of the real veterans and gurus in the frequent flyer game, Steve Belkin (known in online forums as ‘beaubo’).
Steve is most famous for exploiting loopholes in frequent flyer programs like Aeroplan and United’s MileagePlus in a truly big way, scaling opportunities to earn millions instead of thousands of miles. And in that pursuit he has hired disable Thai rice farmers to fly in and out of the Golden Triangle area of Thailand, and New Zealand college students to fly to Europe for the summer.
His ‘Amazing Race for Regular People’
One of the really fun projects he’s had is called Competitours. Every summer, Steve disappears from work to run what the Chicago Tribune calls “The Amazing Race for Regular People.”
COMPETITOURS is a team travel competition, traversing a mystery itinerary of Western Europe and earning points by accomplishing a daily dose of surprise challenges in pursuit of a $7200 cash prize split between three teams.
Challenges are structured to test 7 – 10 pairs of teams’ creativity, resourcefulness and spontaneity (NOT speed or fitness – hah!). Here’s some of the challenges. Each day’s destination and challenges are revealed just a day or two before. Unlike the ‘Amazing Race’ TV show, Competitours steers clear of weird food, exhausting tasks and manufactured conflict and drama.
It’s a great project, reports are that the trips are great fun. I just lose Steve for those couple of weeks.