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We’re counting down to the end of our seventh annual Road Warrior contest. If you don’t put your entry together and click “Submit” before August 31 at 11:59 p.m. CDT, you’ll forfeit your chance to win the coveted role of American Way Road Warrior. “So what,” you say? Ah. Perhaps I haven’t explained the contest well enough. Maybe a few of our former winners can convince you that it’s worth your time to enter.

“I dig entering the Road Warrior competition,” says Chris Newberry (RW ’07). “It allows me to tell my tales to that wonderful fraternity of travelers, to hear their stories. And, as we all do, to quietly smirk that surely I’m the one true road warrior.”

Carolyn Hanley (RW ’04) shares this: “As if the fabulous prizes were not enough, I met my future husband as a result of the contest. We worked for the same company for years but had never met each other. Six months after the Road Warrior issue was printed, he walked up to me at a company event and said, ‘Oh, I read your article in American Way!’ And the rest is history!”

According to Jaime Vogel (RW ’06), “It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be on the cover of a magazine/have it be your picture staring back at you from the seat-back pocket; be a celebrity in road-warrior circles (people still recognize me); receive lifetime Gold status on AA; travel, travel, travel!”

“One of the best parts of American Way Road Warrior,” says Jack Jensen (RW ’07), “was being ‘the talent’ at the photo shoot. Sitting around talking with the AW staff and the other Road Warrior winners was a lot of fun and very interesting. Listening to everyone’s travel stories was great and made up for taking the same camera shot 342 times before moving on to the next one. … One of the side benefits of being on the front cover of the magazine was getting bumped up to First Class several times. After the first time, I shamelessly carried a copy to show the gate agent in hopes of being upgraded again.”

Jodie Brinkerhoff (RW ’05) says, “There’s nothing like raising a glass (or two … or three …) and toasting success with the AW magazine team (especially when they’re picking up the tab). Three years later, I’m still getting e-mails from college and high school friends who saw me in the magazine. You might as well enter -- after all, you’ve done the long hauls, the boomerang trips, and the lines in security. Your observations from the road are surely more exciting than those of the guy sitting next to you.”

Pretty impressive stuff, eh? And here’s a little more about the great prizes.

In addition to the photo shoot that lands all the winners on our pages, the grand-prize winner receives two million Hilton HHonors bonus points and one million AAdvantage bonus miles.

The second-prize winner gets a Bose Lifestyle 48 home entertainment system, a pair of Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones, and a Bose Wave music system, as well as a five-night trip for two to the Hilton Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica, courtesy of American Airlines Vacations, and a Panasonic Toughbook W7 laptop computer.

Three third-prize winners receive a three-night trip for two to the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau, Bahamas, courtesy of American Airlines Vacations, and a Panasonic Toughbook W7 laptop computer.

I can’t tell you how many people try to enter at 11:50 p.m. every year. It’s possible to do, but if you don’t have everything ready to enter, or if there’s a computer problem, you’re toast. So get started now. Just head to www.americanwaymag.com/roadwarrior for all the details.


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