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Monthly Archives: November 2006

My friends at Travelzoo want me to do their marketing for them for free! (Looks like they get what they want…). They’re telling me that if I name names, they’ll give me the chance to compete in a random drawing for “miles,” which is the same as money — $5,000 if you’re not a member of the Starwood alliance or something.

Anyway, as you probably realize, you never EVER have to do what they tell you in order to win what they aren’t really giving away (Statistically, nobody wins. But technically, one person does. That could be you….).

2. How to Play
Participants in the Game are subscribers of the Newsletter during the Game Period who refer at least ONE (1) new subscriber, who has not been a subscriber to the Travelzoo Top 20 within the last 6 months, to the Newsletter via http://sweepstakes.travelzoo.com, or new registered subscribers of the Newsletter who are entered in the sweepstakes by signing up to receive the Newsletter at http://www.travelzoo.com/Signup.asp but may opt-out by removing their entry via the Web site at http://www.travelzoo.com/profiles. Newsletter subscription is free. LIMIT: Each Participant can receive only ONE (1) entry in the sweepstakes. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, illegible, or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified; for failed, partial or garbled computer transmissions; for technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to electronic malfunctioning of any network, hardware or software; or for any error, human, technical or otherwise. Alternative method to enter without referring a friend: hand-print your name, address, city, state, zip, day and evening phone numbers, your e-mail address which is subscribed to Travelzoo’s Top 20 newsletter, and the words “250,000 Frequent Flyer Miles (November 06 Edition)” Sweepstakes on a 3″ x 5″ card, and mail it in a stamped #10 envelope to: Travelzoo Inc., c/o “250,000 Frequent Flyer Miles (November 06 Edition) Sweepstakes”, 200 S. Wacker Dr, Suite 3100, Chicago, IL 60606. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by November 20, 2006 and received by November 29, 2006. Only one entry per valid e-mail address will be accepted. No mechanical reproductions permitted. Entries become the property of Travelzoo Inc. and will not be returned.

Check out the alternative way to enter. Looks like you might need to be registered with them already, but it’s free to do that. So if you want all those miles, go ahead and send a 3″x5″ card (yup) in a special #10 envelope to the good people at Travelzoo on Wacker Drive in Chicago. Good luck.

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I want to help you. I know how you can get a brand new Toyota Prius. It’s part of a new plan by my bank, Wells Fargo, to appear to care about the environment.

Wells Fargo is a publicly traded company that has a CEO who earns more than $8 million each year, earning a rating of 139/189 in Forbes’ Performance Vs. Pay ranking. That’s either pretty good or pretty bad. He’s a smart guy, though, so he’s gotta be smart enough to know whether that’s good or bad. Most of us can’t tell. All we know is that we put our money in the bank and the guy who runs the bank is making more each month than we’ll make all year. (Note to self: CEO of bank = good job.)

Anyway, since Wells Fargo is publicly held and therefore beholden only to one group of people (shareholders) when it comes to loyalty (customers are merely a means to an end. take a number!), and since those shareholders tend to look more at earnings and stock values than they do to, say, CO2 levels, it is possible that this offer of a free Toyota Prius is just a cynical ploy. But it’s still a free car as far as you’re concerned.

Like most contests these days, you don’t have to buy anything or sign up for anything, and even though it really looks like you should, it won’t improve your chances at all if you do take out a new checking account or CD or whatever else they want you to consider. All you need to get your free Prius is a little bit of luck and a 3″x5″ card and a pen and a stamp and a daytime number and a nighttime number. (It sounds a little creepy that a bank would want your “nighttime number.” I mean, I only give out my nighttime number to people I really care about. And people that I really want to care about me. But that never works. Dammit.).

Anyway, give my bank your card with your digits, and see if you don’t win a new Toyota Prius. (The Prius is not the solution to all of our problems, by the way. It’s just another way to deliver gasoline to us. Kind of like filter cigarettes. But smoke ’em if you got ’em.)

2. By Mail: To enter via postal mail, send a 3″ x 5″ card with your
name, address, daytime and evening telephone numbers postmarked by
January 2, 2007, to be received no later than January 9, 2007, to:
Wells Fargo Go Green Sweepstakes, 2554 Lincoln Blvd., PMB 1049,
Venice, CA 90291-5082. Only one entry per envelope.