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Orbitz "Gift It Forward" lets entrants nominate their favorite do-gooder on Facebook for a chance to win an all-inclusive luxury vacation in Mexico

CHICAGO, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- This holiday season, Orbitz Facebook fans will have the chance to recognize individuals who make the world a better place with the gift of travel through the Orbitz "Gift It Forward" contest on Facebook.  Whether saving someone a trip to the store or helping to save the world, the "Gift It Forward" contest allows Orbitz Facebook fans to nominate a deserving neighbor, co-worker, family member, or friend for a well-deserved luxury vacation to Mexico.

"The wonderful thing about the Gift It Forward contest is that it allows our fans to nominate others for the good things they've done," said Chris Orton, president of  "Orbitz is excited to provide a much-needed vacation to those who have gone above and beyond, and Gift It Forward is a great way for deserving people to be recognized for their actions."

To nominate someone for "Gift It Forward," visit the Orbitz Facebook page and complete a short form describing why the person nominated deserves to win.  After submitting the form, the nominator must inform the nominee that they need to "Gift It Forward" and nominate someone else for their entry to be valid.  Orbitz will award six travel packages to the nominees and their nominators for all-inclusive luxury trips to Mexico. Orbitz will also award fans with pairs of round-trip airline tickets throughout the contest just for submitting a nomination.  Nominations are accepted now through December 9.

Orbitz will select ten finalists based on a combination of relevance, quality, and creativity.  Orbitz Facebook fans will then vote for their favorite story.  The top three finalists and those who nominated them can win one of these grand prizes:

  • First Place:  Vouchers for round-trip airfare, one all-inclusive 4-night stay at the Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Perla for two and $800 in spending cash; and one 5-night stay at the Palace Resorts for two including meals, beverages, and $800 in spending cash.
  • Second Place:  Vouchers for round-trip airfare, one all-inclusive 5-night stay at Marival Residences & World Spa for two including unlimited tours and unlimited golf green fees, and $700 in spending cash; and one 5-night all-inclusive stay at the Riu Santa Fe for two, including $575 in spending cash.
  • Third Place:  Vouchers for round-trip airfare, one all-inclusive 5-night stay at the Hotel Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe for two including a $20 spa services credit and $575 in spending cash, and one all-inclusive 5-night stay at the Riu Emerald Bay for two and $550 in spending Cash.

In addition to the prizes mentioned above, Orbitz will randomly award pairs of round-trip airline tickets throughout the promotion just for submitting a nomination.  To nominate someone for "Gift It Forward," visit  Grand prize winners will be announced on or about December 22, 2011.

Terms & Conditions

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY; Void in Alaska, Hawaii and where prohibited or restricted by law.  Open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States (including the District of Columbia), who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry and have a valid email address. The Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on December 21, 2011 (the "Promotional Period"). Visit for Official Rules and entry.

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