Michael Bublé

Here’s a chance to travel like a celebrity, and to meet one.  American Airlines just launched their new Guaranteed Smoothness Sweepstakes to promote their Five Star VIP travel assistance, and the winner of the drawing will receive a VIP trip to Los Angeles and will get to meet Michael Bublé.
From the promo page:

Beginning today, the American Airlines Five Star Service Guaranteed Smoothness Sweepstakes offers customers the opportunity to register for the chance to win a VIP trip to Los Angeles complete with American’s Five Star Service and an exclusive, VIP meet-and-greet with legendary smooth jazz singer Michael Bublé.

“Our celebrated Five Star Service offers customers personalized assistance that ensures an expedited and hassle-free travel experience,” said Nancy Knipp, American’s Managing Director – Premium Services.

“The lucky winners of our sweepstakes will experience firsthand the smooth Five Star Service travel experience and will be treated like a VIP from start to finish during this once-in-a-lifetime journey.”

Some details of the prize

Through June 11, 2012, customers can register at www.aa.com/buble for the chance to win an exciting trip package that includes two First Class tickets to Los Angeles (LAX);

Five Star Service for two;

an exclusive, VIP gathering with Michael Bublé;

A $2,000 American Express gift card to be applied toward hotel, dining, shopping and more.

If you’re not familiar with American’s Five Star service, it’s one-on-one personal assistance at the airport to escort you through the check-in and security process to minimize wait times and stress, and to get you to the Admirals Club where you can relax before your fight:

Here’s a list of 5 Star services:

Coordinate with Car Service
Curbside Meet & Greet
Assist with Check-in including exclusive Flagship Check-in at participating airports
Expedite through Security Queue
Admirals Club Lounge Access
Pro-active Flight Monitoring and Priority Re-Accommodation during Delays
Escort to Gate
Coordinate Special Requests with In-Flight Crew
Pre-Boarding Assistance

It cost between $125-$200 for Domestic Five Star travel assistance.   The service has received good reviews (like this one from Marshal Jackson when he purchased Five Star Service for his mom as a Mother’s Day gift), and though I can’t imagine actually needing the assistance for myself, I’ve been tempted to try it just so that I can check out the Flagship Check-in area at LAX.  

As for the sweepstakes, I have to confess that I had heard the name Michael Bublé but wasn’t sure why he was famous (now I know), which isn’t a comment on him or his celebrity so much as the fact that my iPod is living in the 90′s!

From the terms and conditions:

• NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
• OPEN TO/ENTRY DETAILS: Open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years or older.
• Sweepstakes begins at 11:59 a.m. [Central time (“CT”) April 27, 2012 and all entries must be received by 11:59 a.m. CT time on June 11, 2012.
• PRIZE DETAILS: Two (2) Grand Prizes each with an ARV of $8,400. Total ARV of all Prizes: $16,800.

Go here to enter. Good luck!

Photo: Michael Bublé
Credit: Eva Rinaldi on Flickr

  • Scottrick said,

    I had to listen to that damn song four times a day for two months because of some undergrad lab assistant. Then I went on vacation to Vegas and stayed at the MGM, where they were playing it nonstop as an advertisement for an upcoming tour. Hopefully “five star service” includes the option to NOT meet Michael Buble.

  • Cedarglen said,

    Who the heck is Buble and why should I care? Unless he’s the one carrying my bags (and looking to extract a heft tip in addition to the hefty up-sell) this is not the program for me. If I win without entering, give him the day off.

  • aadvantagegeek said,

    @ Cedarglan – LOL, I’m of the same mind – while I wouldn’t mind the trip to LA, I’d just as soon skip hanging out with Buble!

    @ Scottrick – I listened to one of his YouTube videos for just a few seconds, it was all I could take. Can’t image 4 times a day for 2 months! He’s like a male Celine Dion:-D

  • The Weekly Flyer said,

    I thought your iPod (Classic 1.0 green version) was living in the 80′s…

    I have to admit, I liked one of his songs – which I can’t recall the name.

  • The Weekly Flyer said,

    Forgot the :D after 80′s… :D

  • aadvantagegeek said,

    @ Weekly Flyer Hey, I’ve got songs as recent at 1994 on my parallel port iPod! :-D

  • Carrie McNeish said,

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Michael Buble! I have enjoyed his songs since the day I first heard him. I use his songs in my Cycle and Line Dance classes that I teach and now EVERYONE knows who he is (which is why I can’t get the good seats to see him anymore :( ). Just finished reading his book. I just love his voice, style and sense of humor. You go Michael B!

  • aadvantagegeek said,

    @ Carrie – I hope you win!!

  • Carrie McNeish said,

    Oh, and by the way, the only reason I entered this contest was to meet Michael……. :)

  • aadvantagegeek said,

    @ Carrie – Good luck! :)

  • ThunderStorm said,

    What if you live in LA??? :(

    Can’t I fly to NYC? :(

  • ThunderStorm said,

    AAdvantage Geek,

    I’m guessing you are ExPlat and if so you can access the flagship check-in at LAX — its not much really, just a corner of the airport lobby with an escalator up to the Priority Line.

  • Lastdance said,

    Entered, and wanted to know when is the final date to enter?
    Been a fan since he started~ He brought back the American Songbook with a style all his own. He struggled to get where he is and he deserves the notarity he has gotten. Love ya Mike!

  • Lastdance said,

    Please excuse the question as I did see the final date to enter! This contest is very exciting~ Thanks
    AMERICAN AIRLINES!! :)

  • aadvantagegeek said,

    @ Lastdance – I didn’t know anything about how he got his start, but after your comment I read his biography. Wow, what an improbable beginning! It’s good to see someone succeed because of their determination, hard work, and talent.

    Thanks for reading and good luck in the contest!!

  • Lastdance said,

    @aadvantagegeek,~~ So glad you read up on Michael. He has a passion and creativity for the songs he sings. He chooses them carefully for an album. He has integrity and the songs have to feel right for him to sing, as he sings them over and over at his shows~ I’m so happy I was able to have someone understand the person. People think he just another Sinatra, or Martin, but he’s not~ he makes these timeless songs his own~ ok, I’ve been on the soapbox too long~~ Can you guess I would so love to be a winner!! It’s been many years for me as a follower, I’d love the opportunity to talk with him and get a picture~ Thx aadvantagegeek for checking on Mike~~ :))

  • aadvantagegeek said,

    @ Lastdance – He has an inspirational story and definitely deserves the success. :-) Hope you get to meet him!

  • Lastdance said,

    @aadvantagegeek,
    Can you please tell me how and when we will know who is the winner of the contest? I couldn’t see that info anywhere here~ Thank you!

  • I love him said,

    Who won???

  • aadvantagegeek said,

    @ Lastdance @ I love him – The actual drawing is on June 18. The winner will be notified by phone or by certified email (I’m assuming they either captured that info with each entry or they’ll send you an email and ask for you contact information).

    Here’s how they describe the notification process. Good luck!

    On or about June 18, 2012, a random drawing will be conducted from among all Eligible Entries received by American, whose Administrator, an independent judging organization, will select the Winners in a random drawing from among all Eligible Entries received by Sponsor.

    The Administrator’s and Sponsor’s decisions will be final in all matters relating to this Sweepstakes.

    The potential Winners will be notified by phone and/or certified mail.

    The potential Winners may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility (which affirms that he/she has complied with these Official Rules) as well as a liability release, and where legal, a publicity release, each of which, if issued, must be completed, signed and returned within five (5) days from date of issuance, or the Prizes will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate Winner to be selected in a random manner from among the remaining Eligible Entries received.

    If any Prize, Prize notification or attempted notification is returned as undeliverable, the Prize will be forfeited and will be awarded to an alternate Winner to be selected in a random manner from among the remaining Eligible Entries received.

    Except where prohibited, acceptance of a Prize constitutes Winner’s consent to use of his/her name and/or photograph without further compensation for advertising, promotional and publicity purposes by Sponsor.

    By accepting Prize, Winners acknowledge compliance with these Official Rules. If a potential Winner is considered a minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence, the foregoing documents must be signed by his/her parent or legal guardian and such Prize will be delivered to minor’s parent/legal guardian and awarded in the name of minor’s parent/legal guardian.

  • Lastdance said,

    @aadvantagegeek! Thanks so much for the info~~ June 18 is today! What a great opportunity to see Michael up close and personal~ Fingers crossed~ Exciting~~ :)

  • Carrie said,

    Who won?? Not me?? :(

  • MICHELE said,

    Who won? Will it be posted here? I waited all day but my phone never rang!

  • aadvantagegeek said,

    @ Michele and Carrie – They haven’t publicly announced the winner’s name yet. When they do, they’ll post their name to this list of promotion winners.

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