JetBlue is promising a free round-trip plane ticket to 1,006 international travelers next year as a consolation prize if their candidate doesn’t win in the November presidential election.
“If things don’t go your way, don’t worry,” an announcer says in an online video promotion for the sweepstakes. “Here’s your chance to get out of the country with a free flight.” The country’s international destinations are mainly in the Caribbean.
The airline’s “Live Free or Fly” contest invites voters to enter at jetblue.com/electionprotection. There you’ll select a candidate, represented by a “donkey” for Democrat Barack Obama and an “elephant” for Republican Mitt Romney, and one international destination. Then you’ll complete a contest registration form, which includes your name, email address, and a valid home address.
Contest entries are due by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 5, the day before the presidential election. If the candidate you selected is a match with the losing candidate in November you’ll receive one sweepstakes entry. Winners will be randomly selected around Nov. 7 and prizes will be awarded within eight to 10 weeks, the airline said.
Free, however, is rarely entirely free. While winners will get free round-trip tickets, they’ll have to pick up taxes, fees, hotel and car rental.
Several passers-by in the video promotion are asked what they would do if their candidate loses.
“I would leave the country,” one man said. A woman said she would go to Mexico, while another one said Barbados. One man said he would take “the wife, the dog and the cat.” The airline promotion doesn’t include party affiliations.
The airline says the real purpose of the promotion is to get people to get out and vote on Nov. 6.
While JetBlue doesn’t serve Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, it is a popular airline in the Northeast. Wonder if the other airlines will match the sweepstakes?