FlipKey Virtual Tours & “Take Me There” Contest

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***UPDATE: Thank you to all entrants! The winner of the contest has been chosen. Congratulations to The Girl and Globe! You can view the winning blog post here.

FlipKey “Take Me There” Contest

No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

FlipKey, Inc. (“FlipKey”) is changing the game when it comes to pre-trip research. Instead of a bland description of an area or a few static pictures, we are taking destination testing to the next level with our virtual tours. We started in our hometown of Boston, and have expanded our series to include three all-star vacation destinations: Lake Tahoe, Miami Beach, and Phoenix. These virtual tours take you on the ground of a destination, and using parallax technology allow you to scroll through to each major attraction, and even allow you to see a 360 degree view at each stop!

One select blogger will win a $1000 VISA gift card by entering FlipKey’s “Take Me There” Contest (the “Contest”). To enter the Contest, participants (each, an “Entrant”) must write a post on their blog about one of our virtual tour locations (Lake Tahoe, Miami Beach, Phoenix) and what they would do during their time in that destination. Use our virtual tours for inspiration by telling us what you’d love to do, and feel free to take us off the beaten path.

Submit your blog post by tweeting @FlipKey with the link to your post and the hashtag #takemethereflipkey.

The Contest starts December 8, 2014 and the entry period will close on December 31, 2014 (the “Entry Period”).

After the Entry Period closes, a panel of judges from FlipKey will evaluate the entries based upon the following criteria before selecting and announcing the winner in December:

  • Originality
  • Description of top attractions at the destination
  • Well thought out itinerary

Good luck to all!

The Simple Version of the Rules:

  • No purchase necessary to win
  • Must be 18 or older to enter
  • Must write a blog post (no minimum or maximum length) and submit post via Twitter instructions above by December 31, 2014
  • Must state in your post which locale you want to visit
  • FlipKey team will judge entries and choose a winner based on criteria above
  • Winner will be announced in January and will receive a $1000 gift card
The Fine Print:
The following information relates to the Contest:
  1. This Contest will run from 9:00am ET December 8, 2014 to 11:59pm ET December 31, 2014. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Contest.
  2. The Contest is open to US residents only aged 18 or over. The Contest is open to writers of travel content for a publicly available blog. By entering, the Entrant agrees to these Rules of the Contest and the decisions of FlipKey, which are final and binding in all respects.
  3. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase an Entrant’s change of winning.
  4. ‘Sponsor’: The Contest is sponsored by FlipKey, Inc., 226 Causeway St. Floor 2 Boston, MA 02114.
  5. Contest Overview: Entrants will write a blog on their site mentioning the Contest and specifying one of the three destinations, (Lake Tahoe, Miami Beach, Phoenix) that they would like to travel to. The content of their blog would focus on what they would do if they visited this particular destination. Submit your blog post by tweeting @FlipKey with the link to your post and the hashtag #takemethereflipkey by the end of the Entry Period to become eligible to win.
  6. Determining the Winner: After the Entry Period closes, a panel of judges at Sponsor will evaluate the entries on the following criteria: originality, description of top attractions at the destination, well though out itinerary. The decision of the FlipKey judges is final.
  7. Winner Notification and Requirements: The potential winner will be notified by Twitter or email (sent to the Twitter account or blog site provided by the Entrant when entering and/or telephone, in Sponsor’s discretion, on or about January 15, 2014. As a condition of being awarded the prize, the potential winner may (in FlipKey’s’s sole discretion) be required to execute and deliver to FlipKey a signed affidavit of eligibility, acceptance of these Official Rules, release of liability, and any other legal, regulatory, or tax-related documents required by FlipKey in its sole discretion. If the potential winner fails to return the signed documents in a timely manner (as determined by FlipKey in its sole discretion), he/she will forfeit the prize and Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner.
  8. Prize: FlipKey will send the winning blogger a $1000 VISA gift card.
  9. To enter the Contest, you must tweet the URL to your blog post on Twitter and mention @FlipKey in the tweet.
  10. Only one entry per Entrant will be accepted.  Any additoinal attempts at Internet or email entry is void.  Entries must be received and recorded by FlipKey by 11:59 p.m. December 31, 2014 (EST).
  11. Potential Winner is subject to verification, including verification of age. If potential Winner is found not to be eligible or not in compliance with these Official Rules, if prize notification or prize is unclaimed or returned as undeliverable, or if prize is rejected, the potential Winner will be disqualified and the prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to an alternate winner. Sponsor is not responsible for any change of email address, mailing address and/or telephone number of Entrants. Winners are solely responsible for any taxes on or other expenses related to the prize, regardless of whether the prize, in whole or in part, is used, and will be required to provide IRS Form W9 or equivalent and will be issued IRS Form 1099for the $1,000 value of the prize. No transfer of prize is offered, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. No cash or other substitution of prize is permitted, except that if the prize, or any portion thereof, cannot be awarded for any reason, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize with another prize of equal or greater value. No more than five (5) alternates will be contacted. Unclaimed prize will not be awarded.
  12. Employees of FlipKey and their families are excluded from winning the Contest.
  13. Copyrighted, obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered and will be deleted upon submission. FlipKey retains sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.
  14. FlipKey reserves the right to amend or withdraw the Contest in the event of any unforeseen circumstances outside their reasonable control.
  15. FlipKey accepts no responsibility for difficulties experienced in submitting an entry to this Contest.
  16. The winner’s name will be available after the winner is determined by writing to FlipKey Inc. 226 Causeway St. Floor 2 Boston, MA 02114 Attn: Take Me There Contest Winner
  17. FlipKey assumes no responsibility for lost, late, incomplete, stolen, misdirected, or illegible entries; or for any computer, telephone, cable, network, electronic or Internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, connections, availability or garbled or jumbled transmissions, service provider/Internet/web site/use net accessibility or availability, traffic congestion, or technical failures, or unauthorized human intervention, or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry or other information, or the failure to capture any such information.
  18. FlipKey reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who (i) tampers with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or website; (ii) acts in violation of the Rules of the Contest; (iii) acts in violation of the terms of FlipKey’s website, or (iv) acts in any way that discredits or otherwise disrupts the Contest or FlipKey, including all of its participating entities.
  19. By entering the Contest, Entrant agrees to the following: a) blog entry was written by and is exclusively owned by the Entrant; and b) FlipKey shall have world-wide royalty-free publishing rights of blog entry at no cost and with no financial reimbursement whatsoever. By submitting and entry, each Entrant agrees to receive email communications from FlipKey. Entrant may opt-out of the receipt of promotional communications at any time by following the instructions indicated on the flipkey.com website.
  20. Use of Entrant’s Name, Likeness, etc.  Except where prohibited by law, entry into the Contest constitutes permission to use Entrant’s name, likeness, persona, hometown, and/or Prize information in all media now known or later devised throughout the universe in perpetuity for all purposes FlipKey deems appropriate – including, without limitation, for promotional and publicity purposes – without further permission or compensation.  As a condition of being awarded any Prize, except where prohibited by law, winner may (in FlipKey’s sole discretion) be required to execute a written consent, confirming FlipKey’s right to use such winner’s name, blog URL, likeness, persona, hometown, and/or Prize information without further permission or compensation.
  21. General Conditions: Winner’s name and entry may be posted on the www.FlipKey.com web site and shared on social media.  In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, or other technical problem, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Rules; or (b) award the prizes according to the procedures set forth above. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the operation of the Contest, violates these Rules, or acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any person who seeks to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest. Failure by Sponsor to enforce any term of these Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. In the event of a dispute as to the owner of an entry, the authorized account holder of the Twitter account used to enter will be deemed to be the Entrant. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.
  22. By participating each Entrant releases and agrees to hold harmless FlipKey, its parents, affiliates, subsidiary companies, advertising and promotion agencies and their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents from any and all liability for any injury, loss or damage of any kind to person, including death, and property, arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize, or participation in any Contest related activity. Unclaimed prizes may not be awarded.
  23. Limitations of Liability: IN NO EVENT WILL FLIPKEY OR ITS PARENTS, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES AND RELATED COMPANIES, THEIR ADVERTISING OR PROMOTION AGENCIES OR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS, BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ACCESS TO AND USE OF INTERNET SITE WWW.FLIPKEY.COM OR THE DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM SAID SITE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING ON THIS SITE IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OR LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.
  24. Choice of Law: Except where prohibited, Entrants agree that any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest but in no event attorneys’ fees; and under no circumstances will Entrant be permitted to obtain awards for and Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Rules of the Contest, or the rights and obligations of Entrant and FlipKey in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without regard for conflicts of law doctrine, and all proceedings shall take place in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  25. Disputes: You agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.