Wow – how time flies! It seems like just yesterday SoCalGal Jennifer Miner, TwinCitiesGal Beth Blair and I were celebrating one year in business together. But today marks two years of publishing posts on TheVacationGals.com, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the content we’ve delivered, the places we’ve traveled and the relationships we’ve formed with other travel bloggers members of the travel industry.
Over the past year, we’ve shared our social-media and travel blogging knowledge at a number of industry events, from a Minneapolis Social Media breakfast, to the annual Travel Blog Exchange conference in Vancouver, to the recent North America Travel Journalists Association meeting in Anaheim. But for all three of us, family trips were the highlights of our travels over the past year. Some recent fun vacations included Jen’s trip to Italy, Beth’s week-long stay at a Montana ranch and Kara’s annual trip to her childhood state.
Perhaps our biggest news of the past year? Beth went back to work as a flight attendant just this month! Don’t worry, though, she’ll continue to share her savvy travel tips, destination profiles and hotel reviews here at The Vacation Gals — in between keeping passengers safe and helping them stow their carry-ons in the air.
We want all of our regular readers to know how much we appreciate your following along on our journeys and adventures over the past two years. We love your comments, your emails and your interactions on Facebook and Twitter — thank you for your support!
In celebration of our two-year anniversary on the web, we’ve partnered with Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express to give away 50,000 Delta miles! Check out what you can do with 50,000 SkyMiles using this nifty chart. You could get a free round-trip ticket within the continental United States, or from the U.S. to Hawaii, Caribbean, Central America and Northern South America and more. You can also spend SkyMiles in the Marketplace on electronics, food & wine, home decor… think holiday shopping!
American Express recently announced some new benefits for its Gold and Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Cardmembers: they now enjoy early boarding on Delta flights. I think this is huge — these days it’s key to get on the plane early to have plenty of time to store carry-ons in overhead bins. Also new for all Delta SkyMiles Cardmembers: 20 percent inflight savings discount on in-flight purchases like movies and meals. As always, a free checked bag on every Delta flight – up to a $50 savings per person on a round-trip ticket – is available for the Cardmember and up to eight people traveling in their reservation (that’s $200 for a family of four).
All you need to do to win 50,000 Delta SkyMiles is leave a comment below telling us what you’d do with your miles. Where would you fly, what would you buy? You might also purchase some magazines or hit Broadway with your miles!
You may enter once a day through September 29, 6 p.m., Pacific Time, and we’ll update this post with the name of the winner (determined via comment number generated by random.org) on September 30.
- The winner will not have to apply for an American Express Delta SkyMiles card; you can be enrolled in the SkyMiles loyalty program without having to get a credit card.
- The winner will receive a w-9 to fill out, as American Express will send a 1099-MISC to the winner for tax-reporting purposes.
- The winner must be a resident of the United States — or file a U.S. tax return — to win this prize.
UPDATE: Bryan, commenter #157 is the winner of the Delta SkyMiles! A man of few words, Bryan says he’d use the miles toward traveling “ATL to EZE” — that’s Atlanta to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for those who haven’t memorized worldwide airport codes. Congrats, Bryan! We’ll be in touch to get you your miles.