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American Airlines Holiday Shopping Promotion 2007

American Airlines would like to help you with the overwhelming task of shopping for the holidays this year. AND, they’ll throw in some amazing prizes to boot. The airline has dubbed the promotion the “Depart from the Ho Ho Hum” sweepstakes, and you can take advantage between now and December 31, 2007.

As for the shopping, this is a pretty handy tool. From the website, you can create your own shopping list by entering names of those you need to buy for AND your desired budget for each gift. Excellent. The website will provide you with various gift ideas, separated by cost. Very cool for those of us with a shopping budget. As an added bonus, you can even print out the finished list to finish your shopping up later.

What kind of stuff are they talking about? American Airlines stuff, of course. Gift options range from AAdvantage miles to one day passes to the Admirals Club to gift cards. But you can also earn miles by shopping at partner retainers at American’s eShopping website.

What’s this business about prizes? Here they are, in all their glory:

  • First-Class and Soccer in London – This prize for the football (and by that I mean soccer) fans includes round-trip First Class travel for two to London, four nights accommodation, spending money, and two tickets to the Manchester United vs. Fulham F.C. game. Wow, I don’t know a thing about soccer except that Manchester tickets are HOT property.
  • Pilot Simulator Experience – This winner will receive round-trip Economy Class air travel for two, spending money, and a Pilot Simulator ride at the American Airlines Training Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Don’t tell my Dad, he’d LOVE this one.
  • Ultimate-Island Escape – One lucky winner and a guest will receive round-trip First Class air travel for two to Jamaica, spending money, and five nights at the Sandals Grande Ocho Rios all inclusive resort. I’ve been to Ochos Rios, there’s a nice waterfall climb and horseback riding.
  • Membership, Money and Half-a-Million Miles – This prize includes a one year Admirals Club membership valid for access to American’s 44 lounges worldwide, spending money, and 500,000 AAdvantage miles. You can get a lot of places on 500,000 miles.
  • Hoops and Hockey in Dallas – One winner will receive a deluxe suite for two different sporting events in Dallas (eight suite tickets to a professional hockey game and eight suite tickets to a professional basketball game), along with spending money and round-trip Economy Class air travel to Dallas for 16 people. AWESOME! That’s enough people to make your own hockey team! (I think)

No purchase is necessary for the sweepstakes. You can submit two entries for the promotion. These may be achieved by registering for the sweepstakes or forwarding the sweepstakes to others. So I get two for telling you guys?! Kidding.

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