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The AFAR Media Trip to Switzerland Sweepstakes Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

 

SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY PERIOD: The Trip to Switzerland Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:00:01 AM Pacific Time (“PT”) on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 and ends at 11:59:59 PM PT on Monday, August 21, 2017 (the “Sweepstakes Entry Period”).

 

ELIGIBILITY: The Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, age 21 or older at the time of entry. Void in Puerto Rico, outside the U.S., and wherever else prohibited by law. Employees of AFAR Media (the “Sponsor”) and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies and marketing/prize providers (collectively, “Sweepstakes Entities”), and the immediate family members of, and/or those living in the same household of each, are not eligible to enter. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.

 

ENTRY: To enter, visit http://win.afar.com/switzerland and follow all entry instructions to complete the entry form in its entirety, including providing your name, email address and zip code, and submit (“Online Entry”). Online entries must be received between Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 12:00:01 AM PT and Monday, August 21, 2017 at 11:59:59 PM PT. Online entrants are subject to all notices posted online including but not limited to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy.

 

Limit: One (1) entry per person or email address regardless if entrant has more than one (1) email address.

 

PRIZE/APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE (“ARV”)/ODDS:

Grand Prize: One (1) Grand Prize is available to be won. Grand Prize includes a trip for winner and one (1) guest to Switzerland. The Grand Prize trip includes:

  • Round-trip economy airfare for winner and guest on Swiss International Air Lines from EWR, JFK, MIA, BOS, LAX, SFO or ORD airport; and
  • Participation for winner and guest in the ten (10) day “Grand Tour of Switzerland” vacation package hosted by Cosmos (full package details at http://www.cosmos.com/tour/grand-tour-of-switzerland/6020/).

 

Trip must be booked in advance and completed by December 31, 2018.

 

Total ARV of Grand Prize: $9,000.

 

Odds of winning will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received.

 

RANDOM DRAWING: The potential winner will be selected in a random drawing on or about Monday, August 28, 2017 from among all eligible entries received, by an independent agent of the Sponsor whose decisions are final.

 

Potential Grand Prize winner will be confirmed via email and/or phone, and will be required to sign and return, within seven (7) days of notification, an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Waiver, a W-9 Form and where allowable, a Publicity Release (collectively, “the Releases”). These Releases will require the winner to furnish his/her Social Security Number for the sole purpose of tax reporting, as required by law. Travel companion of winner must be at least 21 years of age and will be required to sign a Travel Companion Liability Release. Noncompliance may result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected. Prize will be awarded within approximately 45 days after the winner is verified.

 

If a prize notification or prize is returned as undeliverable, it will result in disqualification, and the prize may be awarded to an alternate winner in a separate random drawing. If Releases are returned as undeliverable or if the selected winner cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason, or he/she is not in compliance with these Official Rules, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be selected in a separate random drawing.

 

PRIZE CONDITIONS: All travel related expenses including but not limited to transportation to and from home and departure airport, taxes, gratuities, incidentals, upgrades, insurance, service charges, airport surcharges, departure taxes, hotel, resort or property fees, food & beverage, excursions and personal expenses including but not limited to telephone/Internet charges and gift shop purchases are the sole responsibility of prize winner. Winner and travel companion must travel on same itinerary. Winner and travel companion must have valid photo ID, passport, or any other required documentation prior to departure. Trip elements and travel are subject to availability. Trip must be booked in advance and trip must be completed by December 31, 2018.

 

Actual retail value of Grand Prize may vary depending on travel dates and fare/rate fluctuations; any difference in the value of the prize as stated herein and value at time of prize notification or awarding, if any, will not be awarded. All reservations will be made by an agent of the Sponsor. All hotel reservations are based on availability and all holidays may be excluded. Accommodations are subject to availability at time of reservation. Blackout dates, advance booking requirements and travel restrictions may apply. Availability is subject to factors such as weather, seasonality and space availability. Reservations are subject to availability. If weather affects the ability for winner and his/her guest to redeem any portion of prize during the scheduled date and time, then the Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the winner and/or guest other than to supply the remaining elements of the prize package minus the unused portion of prize. If for any reason whatsoever, winner and/or guest are unable to travel after arrangements have been made and paid for, the Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the winner. If Grand Prize is forfeited prior to Sponsor finalizing and paying for travel, and there is sufficient time to notify an alternate winner, the prize may be awarded to an alternate winner in a separate random drawing from among all non-winning eligible entries. Winner and guest are responsible for obtaining the proper travel documentation (e.g., valid photo ID and/or passport) prior to travel. Winner’s guest must be a legal U.S. resident, 21 years or older and must complete and return a Travel Companion Liability Release prior to travel as noted above.

 

In the event a winner or his/her travel companion engages in behavior that, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, is obnoxious or threatening, illegal or that is intended to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the trip early, in whole or in part, and send the winner and his/her guest home with no further obligation. In the event a winner engages in behavior during travel that (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) is illegal, tortious, or subjects winner to arrest or detention, Sponsor shall have no obligation to pay any damages, fees, fines, judgments or other costs or expenses of any kind whatsoever incurred by winner as a result of such conduct. SPONSOR AND SWEEPSTAKES ENTITIES SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURIES, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR OTHER DAMAGES OR EXPENSES RESULTING FROM OR ARISING OUT OF ANY TRAVEL RELATED TO THE PRIZE OR ANY OTHER ASPECT OF GRAND PRIZE WINNER’S ACCEPTANCE OR USE OF THE PRIZE.

 

Prize is not redeemable for cash. Prizes are non-assignable or transferable. No substitution is permitted except if prize is unavailable, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. No cash in lieu of prizes and no exchange or substitution of prizes, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Any other incidental expenses on prize not specified herein are the winner’s sole responsibility.

 

Winner is responsible for all federal, state, local and income taxes associated with winning the prize. Winner will be required to furnish his/her social security number for the sole purpose of preparation of any tax forms as required by law. Except where prohibited by law, entry and acceptance of prize constitute permission to use winner’s name, prize won, hometown, likeness, video tape, photographs, and statements for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity (including online posting) in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission.

 

Car rental component is subject to rental agency’s terms and conditions, including minimum age requirements for select vehicles. In the event winner cannot comply with rental agency’s terms and conditions, the Grand Prize Package will be awarded without the car rental component and no other substitution or compensation will be provided in lieu thereof.

 

Winner acknowledges that the Sponsor, the Sweepstakes Entities, and all other businesses involved with this Sweepstakes and their agents do not make, nor are in any manner responsible for any warranty, representations, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relative the quality, conditions, fitness or merchantability of any aspect of the prize being offered, except that each merchandise prize shall be subject to its manufacturer’s standard warranty (if any).

 

GENERAL: Participating entrants agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of The US Sweepstakes & Fulfillment Company and the Sponsor, and release the Sweepstakes Entities, their affiliated companies, and all other businesses involved in this Sweepstakes, as well as the employees, officers, directors and agents of each, from all claims and liability relating to their participation in the Sweepstakes, and the acceptance and use/misuse of the prize offered. Winner assumes all liability for any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused, by participation in this Sweepstakes or use/misuse or redemption of the prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prize.

 

Although subsequent attempts to enter may be received, only the first complete entry received from a particular entrant will be eligible; subsequent attempts by the same person to enter, including entries submitted with an alternate email address, will be disqualified.

 

If for any reason this Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned due to an infection by a computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes, at which time, Sponsor will conduct a random drawing from among all eligible entries received at the time of the Sweepstakes termination. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. The Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or telephone lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received by the Sponsor due to technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participating in this Sweepstakes or downloading any materials in this Sweepstakes. Sponsor is not responsible for incompatibility of entrant’s hardware, software or browser technology.

 

In the event of a dispute over the identity of an online entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the “Authorized Account Holder” of the email address submitted at time of entry. Authorized Account Holder means the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Any entrant or potential winner may be required to provide Sponsor with proof that he/she is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the entry to Sponsor’s satisfaction. Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered, or mass entries or entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices are void. The Sweepstakes Entities are not responsible for: (i) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site or any combination thereof; or (ii) any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Sweepstakes. By participating in the Sweepstakes, you (i) agree to be bound by these official rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of Sponsor and the independent sweepstakes administrator, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Sweepstakes. Failure to comply with these official rules may result in disqualification from the Sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right to: (i) permanently disqualify from any Sweepstakes it sponsors any person it believes has intentionally violated these official rules; and (ii) withdraw the online method of entry if it becomes technically corrupted (including if a computer virus or system malfunction inalterably impairs its ability to conduct the Sweepstakes), and to select winner from among all eligible entries received prior to withdrawal.

 

ANY ATTEMPT BY AN INDIVIDUAL, WHETHER OR NOT AN ENTRANT, TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE, DESTROY, TAMPER OR VANDALIZE THIS WEB SITE OR INTERFERE WITH THE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES, IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND DILIGENTLY PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AGAINST ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

 

DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Sweepstakes or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the state of California. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the state of California without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of California or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the state of California. The remedy for any claim shall be limited to actual damages, and in no event shall any party be entitled to recover punitive, exemplary, consequential, or incidental damages, including attorney’s fees or other such related costs of bringing a claim, or to rescind this agreement or seek injunctive or any other equitable relief.

 

THE PARTIES HEREBY WAIVE THEIR RIGHT TO JURY TRIAL WITH RESPECT TO ALL CLAIMS AND ISSUES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT WHETHER SOUNDING IN CONTRACT OR TORT, AND INCLUDING ANY CLAIM FOR FRAUDULENT INDUCEMENT THEREOF.
PRIVACY: By entering and providing the required entry information, Entrants acknowledge that the Sponsor may also send information, samples or special offers it believes may be of interest to Entrant, or other information or goods offered by its marketing partners. Personal information collected from online entrants is subject to the Sponsor’s privacy policy, which can be found at

http://about.afar.com/about/guidelines-and-terms/privacy-policy/.

 

OFFICIAL RULES REQUEST: To request a copy of the Official Rules, see http://win.afar.com/switzerland or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by August 21, 2017, to: AFAR Trip to Switzerland Official Rules Request, PO Box 24566, Rochester, NY 14625-0466.

 

WINNER CONFIRMATION: For a written confirmation of the winner (available after 08/28/17), send a stamped, self-addressed envelope (no later than 09/25/17), to: AFAR Trip to Switzerland Winner Confirmation Request, PO Box 24566, Rochester, NY 14625-0466.

 

SPONSOR: AFAR Media, 130 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111.

 

VOID in Puerto Rico and wherever else prohibited.