Airlines, bloggers, cruise lines, and resorts flood our inboxes daily with travel contests and sweepstakes. The prizes are always tempting, but it’s tough to figure out which giveaways are worth your valuable time (and contact information) and which you should demote to the spam folder. To up your odds of scoring a free vacation, we’ll feature one travel contest each week – and say why it’s worth your while.

Contest: Angry Birds aficionados will attest that the mobile game is crazy addicting, and eight lucky gamers will get to prove it onboard Finnair’s Angry Birds Flight from Helsinki to Singapore September 20. The entire plane will be decked out in Angry Birds paraphernalia – think game-inspired entertainment, Angry Birds-themed crew uniforms, and a real live Angry Bird – and each seat equipped with a mobile tablet to master the game. When the plane reaches cruising altitude, the Angry Birds Asian Challenge commences; the highest-scoring players, as well the eight Finnair contest winners, advance to the final competition.


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Winners receive not only a seat on the Angry Birds flight but also transportation from their home airport to the appropriate destinations; Finnair will also provide accommodations in Helsinki and Singapore, if necessary.


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Ease of Entry: Moderate. You need to sign up on the Finnair contest site, plus write up to 150 words about why you’re the ultimate Angry Birds fan. Photos, videos, and other multimedia materials are accepted as further evidence of gaming prowess. Five winners with the most Facebook votes will score a seat on the flight; Finnair will select the remaining three by jury.

Value: The value varies depending on the winner’s city of origin. Flights between Helsinki and Singapore cost about $1,250, plus winners receive at least one night’s accommodation.

Odds of Winning: Moderate. As of publishing, the winning fan has garnered 365 votes since the contest launched August 31, an impressive – but beatable – number. If you enter close to the deadline, focus on creativity to catch the Finnair jury’s attention.

Deadline: September 12, but don’t wait until the last day to enter. You need time to round up votes!

Details: Go www.finnair.com/angrybirds to enter.

Verdict: Though the prize value isn’t super high, Angry Birds addicts should jump on this contest if only for the novelty. After all, when else will you have 11.5 uninterrupted hours to play the game?

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