Hotelscom – Chaplain Obvious Vows Contest – Win a virtual wedding ceremony officiated by Captain Obvious on an agreed-upon date in June 2020.
Official Rules for Hotels.com Chaplain Obvious Vows
No Purchase Necessary. A Purchase Will Not Increase Your Chances of Winning.
Eligibility: The contest is open only to legal residents of the United States who are at least eighteen (18) years old. Employees of Hotels.com, L.P. (“Sponsor”), as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees, are not eligible to enter.
Entry Period: The entry period begins on Thursday, May 7 at 8 a.m. CT, and ends at Sunday, May 17 at 5 p.m. CT (“Entry Period”). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the contest.
How to Enter: Fill out entry form by visiting https://www.hotels.com/page/chaplainobvioussweeps/. There is a limit of one (1) entry per couple during Entry Period. The use of an agency or any automated system to enter is strictly prohibited, and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries received through such methods, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. By entering, you indicate your full agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions regarding the contest, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements in these Official Rules.
Sponsor’s Rights to Entries: You do not transfer ownership of your entry by entering the Contest. However, by entering, you grant Sponsor, its agents, licensees, and assigns an irrevocable, perpetual (non-exclusive) right and permission to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, modify, create derivative works of, exhibit, and otherwise use your entry as-is or as-edited (with or without using your name) in any media throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from you.
Judging: On May 20, 2020, Hotels.com will select up to four (4) winners to participate in a virtual wedding ceremony and receive $5,000 to be used towards future travel on Hotels.com. Submissions will be evaluated based on the following judging criteria:
Originality – unique answer that relays couple’s desire to participate in Chaplain Obvious wedding ceremony (25%)
Creativity – ability to imaginatively share reasoning for why individual wants to participate in Chaplain Onvious wedding ceremony (35%)
Passion – individual showcasing desire and excitement to participate in Chaplain Obvious wedding ceremony (40%)
The odds of being selected depend on the performance of each entrant. They will be evaluated on a weighted scale. Potential winners will be notified via email on May 22, 2020. A potential winner will be required to respond to the notice within forty eight (48) hours in order to win. If a potential winner doesn’t respond within this time, Sponsor may select up to three alternate potential winners.
Potential Winner Requirements: Couples must provide proof of valid marriage license and reside in a state where marriage ceremonies over video conference are valid and legal. Except where prohibited by law, a potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility and a liability/publicity release. If a potential winner fails to sign and return these documents within ten (10) days of receipt, Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place according to the Judging Criteria.
Prizes: Up to four (4) potential winners will receive a virtual wedding ceremony officiated by Captain Obvious on an agreed-upon date in June 2020. Dates and times will be offered by Hotels.com and non-negotiable. Ceremonies will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Saturday, June 13 at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. PST. Couples will also receive $5,000 to be used towards future travel on Hotels.com. Travel bookings and credits will be paid out to winners by July 17, 2020. A winner is responsible for paying any applicable income taxes and any and all other costs and expenses not listed above. Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. A prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prizes or prize components. You may not request cash or a substitute prize; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value. The prize is subject to and a winner must abide by the prize providers’ terms and conditions of booking and of stay for the hotel. Total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of all prizes is $20,000.
General Conditions: In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest; or (b) award the prizes according to the criteria set forth above from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Contest, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. The Contest is subject to federal, provincial, state, and local laws and regulations and is void in where prohibited.
Release and Limitations of Liability: Except where prohibited, by entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, their parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (b) technical errors related to computers, servers, providers, or telephone or network lines; (c) printing errors; (d) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (g) injury or damage to persons or property. You further agree that in any cause of action, in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney’s fees. You waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.
Disputes: Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Texas. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Texas, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of Texas or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Texas.
Sponsor: The Contest is sponsored by Hotels.com, L.P., 5400 LBJ Freeway, Suite 500, Dallas, TX 75240.
Results: To request a winners list, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Administrator, Hotels.com Chaplain Obvious Vows Contest, 5400 LBJ Freeway Suite 500, Dallas, TX 75240. Requests must be received within four (4) weeks of the end of the Sweepstakes Period.