Hotwire Is Giving Away an IOU Trip to Help Make up for Canceled Holiday Plans

It’s hard to break the news that you won’t be home for the holidays this year. According to a recent study by Hotwire 80% of Americans are planning on altering or cancelling their holiday travel plans. The online travel site wants to do something to help make things up to your loved ones who will be missing you this year. 

Telling your mom that you won’t be making the trek home has to be one of the hardest parts cancelling your travel plans. Nearly one in three of Americans dread breaking the news to loved ones, with 28% noting they’re procrastinating picking up the phone as long as possible, at least until mid-December.


Hotwire is launching its “Happy Next Holiday” generator and giveaway, to take some of the pressure off letting your loved ones know you can’t travel home this year. To make it up to them, the travel brand is giving one participant the ultimate “IOU” trip worth $25,000 for the whole family to enjoy when they’re ready to reunite and get back to traveling! Hotwire will cover travel expenses like flights and hotel. Plus, since experiences are what make a family reunion one to remember, they’re throwing in $15,580 in cash so you can make up for those activities missed in 2020.


For a little extra comic relief, Hotwire will help the winner remind Mom (or whoever they’re letting down this year) that they still love them, even from a distance. They’ll create a personalized can’t-miss billboard, flyover plane banner or equivalent somewhere your loved one will be sure to notice.

Head to happynextholidays.hotwire.com and follow the prompts to create your ‘Happy Next Holidays’ message. Messages are created when you complete and submit the registration form to enter Hotwire’s Happy Next Holidays Sweepstakes. Select how you’d like Hotwire to generate the news for you: email, text message, postcard or share to social.

The first 100 participants will also receive a special coupon to apply toward future travel on Hotwire.

“We know that this year has been tough on everyone, to say the least, and people are really feeling the stress as we head into the holiday season — a time that under normal circumstances, we reunite with family and friends from around the country,” said Nick Graham, head of Hotwire. “While a trip home might not be in the cards this year, we’re committed to giving travelers something to look forward to and a little comic relief in the meantime. Hotwire’s awesome deals will be there for you when you’re ready to get back out there!”

—Jennifer Swartvagher

All photos courtesy of Hotwire


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