Holiday Travel Promotion with Alamo and $100 Amex Prize Package {Giveaway}

Rental cars are very popular during holiday travel. I know for us, it would be ideal since our tires are not so good and family is 6+hrs away.  Choosing a rental is also ideal if you need something larger or something better on gas.  Alamo is providing you guys with a special promotion to use this holiday season, as well as, giving a prize package for me to give away here!

My favorite things about holiday travel are getting to see all the pretty decorations & lights in the towns we travel to.   It’s fun to go through states and see the various styles used as well.  I know here in Texas, we go all out in a western tradition!   I also thing traveling in the car with the kiddos makes for great conversation and fun games.  Truett’s always wanting to play ‘I Spy’.  He uses the “I spy with my little bitty eyes” and he makes us say, “I spy with my big ol’ eyes”.   It’s just a time that we can all be close and nobody can head to their rooms or town or a friend’s house.  And finally, the best part is knowing you’ll arrive at your loved one’s home to celebrate the best time of the year!  And with the money you save with the Alamo rental car promotion, you could stop in one of those towns and buy a gift to take wherever you’re headed.

Before I get to the giveaway, let me share the promotion with you so that you can save some money when traveling via a rental car this holiday season.


Deal: $20 off Specialty

Details: Offer available for the rental of a Convertible, Minivan, or SUV at participating locations in the United States and Canada; not valid in Manhattan, NY. Minimum three-day rental required. Valid for rentals November 19, 2012 through February 10, 2013.

And to add to this, if you sign up for Alamo’s loyalty program, you’ll get an additional 10% off ANY Alamo promotion! You can follow all their weekly deals and check them out on Facebook.  As always, check the website out for additional details, terms & conditions.


One lucky winner will receive the following to help ease their holiday travel and make it a more joyous family vacation!

  • Alamo branded Striped Boat Tote bag
  • Alamo branded travel coffee mug
  • Alamo branded sunglasses
  • Alamo keychain
  • Travel scrabble game
  • iTrip iPhone/iPod adaptor for your car
  • $100 Amex giftcard


(required) Leave a comment here telling me what your favorite part is about holiday travel.  (one-time entry)

BONUS ENTRY: Check out my sponsor’s website and tell me which vehicle you’d rent for your holiday travel?  (You may do this daily, sharing a different vehicle each day.)

This giveaway ends on December 11th, around 10pm CST.    Disclosure: Giveaway & post is sponsored by Alamo. All opinions are my own, always.




  1. says

    My favorite thing about holiday travel is stopping in the tourist shops along the way as well as eating in a hole in the wall kind of joint. We always have fun with that!

  2. Penny Snyder says

  3. Becky Gifford says

    My favorite part is kids sleeping in the back while we travel at night….. to the quiet sounds of jazzy Christmas music in the car. Safe and warm inside while the Christmas magic happens all around us. The lights. the promise of good things to come.

  4. Penny Snyder says

  5. Peter G says

    My favorite part of travel is renting a large van when the whole family gets together. We all travel together and it’s lots of fun.

  6. Margaret Smith says

    I like that it gives my kids, husband and I a chance to really spend time together. From the drive to the actual vacation, it’s all quality time. Thanks so much.

  7. Elizabeth Logan says

    I would love to rent a nice sedan to be able to drive my Mom to be with the rest of the family for Christmas. She is 96 and handicapped so she can’t get up into our SUV or Pickup truck.

  8. Elizabeth Logan says

    The Lincoln MKS would be a wonderful ride to travel with my elderly Mother to the family Christmas!! Red of course!!

  9. Elizabeth K says

    We would rent the Dodge Grand Caravan because it’s the only thing that will fit us all! :)

  10. Stephanie V. says

    the end stop – reaching family and friends to celebrate the holidays with good food, hugs, and love.

  11. April V. says

    The best part of holiday travel is visiting friends and family you wouldn’t see otherwise.

  12. Candace Butler says

    Although I do not travel far for the holidays my favorite part is getting there and being with family who are excited to see and spend time. Also seeing the lights as you pass by homes and businesses.

  13. Candace Butler says

    Chevrolet Aveo then I could see if I want one. I need a car (mine died) it would give me a test drive.

  14. says

    I would like to rent the Toyota Prius for my Holiday travel, I’ve never had the chance to drive a Hybrid vehicle and I’d love to try one. It would make my trip less expensive fuel-wise. Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. Joyce S says

    What an awesome promotion — just in time for the holidays!
    We travel to visit both sets of parents at Christmas. One set
    lives in a cold weather climate so we get to enjoy all that is
    seasonal for the midwest. The other parent lives in Florida
    so we get to appreciate how they decorate in warm weather
    Christmas. Love those decorated palms!

  16. Nicholas S says

    I like going to visit family in tropical climates. I’m ready for some warm weather by then and getting to wade in the ocean water in December is such a treat.

  17. Donna B says

    I enjoy the time we get to spend together in the car and seeing all the Christmas lights and decorations along the way!!

  18. Tonya says

    My favorite thing is the retelling of stories about our times with those we are visiting on the way, and rehashing this visit’s fun on the way home.

  19. Lani says

    We used to like to just take off & see where it leads…before gas hike. Now we drive around close to home. Any convertible.

  20. Lori A. says

    My favorite part of holiday travel is when we drive and see parts of the state that we haven’t seen before. We also stopping at little out-of-the-way places.

  21. Ronda says

    We use to travel more but now since gas has went up we just mainly taking day(night) trips looking at lights/decorations

  22. Amanda Sakovitz says

    My favorite part of holiday travel is singing Christmas songs with my family. We sound awful!

  23. debbie says

  24. Thomas Murphy says

    I love seeing all the x-mas lights while I am driving to the next state over to see family for the holidays.

  25. jules p says

    favorite part is going to see family that we don’t see very often. and just spending time in the car with my family!

  26. Cassandra McCann says

    i love to see the kids faces when we they see new things. being a single parent travel does not happen often though

  27. says

    My favorite part of the holiday travel is getting to be with family and having a big meal. I could care less about presents or gifts, I just love the time we get to spend talking and laughing.

  28. says

    I checked out the website and I’d want to rent a Hummer! I’ve always wanted one but not 100% sure since I’m really a pickup girl.

  29. debbie jackson says

    my favorite part is hubby does the driving debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  30. JoAnn F. says

    We also love to see the Christmas lights when we travel. When the kids were smaller we would drive around town just to see the Christmas lights.

    jofo120 at yahoo dot com

  31. Terri says

    My favorite part of holiday travel is getting to spend time playing travel games with my children.

  32. Lori Z. says

    I would like a Suburban to get everyone (our family and in-laws) in one car to San Francisco for the holidays..

  33. Natalie J Vandenberghe says

    In the past, my favorite part of holiday travel was getting to see the people I love. I no longer make those long road trips; however, I look forward to traveling just up the road an hour to see my grandson. Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. Marlon says

    The best part of traveling during the holidays for us is the togetherness….we play various games based on what we can see outside the car (abc game) and /or sing songs as well….

  35. Marlon says

    We would definitely rent a van or an SUV….the van would be a Chrysler Town & Country and an SUV would be a Honda Pilot….they both give you room to move around….

  36. Christine Harding says

    My favorite part of holiday travel is the time spent together, looking for christmas lights listening to christmas music. So excited for Christmas!!

  37. Carla Bonesteel says

    The only thing I like about Holiday Travel is GETTING THERE!!! LOL. Sometimes it’s not so bad, but I hate traffic.

  38. Kim Henrichs says

    I love going to Maine in the winter between Christmas and New Years. It’s quiet, it’s a perfect snowed-in place to be, and we’ve had the most fun adventures in the snow there!

  39. Angie Adelman says

    My favorite part of travel is getting to where you are going. You will see the family or friends and be able to spend time and be with people you love and care for.

  40. Pearl says

    The best part of travel for my husband and I is the uniterupted time. We turn off our phones and the radio and just Talk:)

  41. Sarah Hirsch says

    My favorite part about holiday travel is being with my family and heading somewhere other than what we see everyday in our daily life.

  42. Lisa Brown says

    To me, there is nothing good about holiday travel. I do not travel during the holidays because it is a hassle.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  43. Joy Q says

    My favorite part about holiday travel is going back home to spend the holidays with my family.

  44. BlackAsphodel says

    My favorite part is seeing different places.

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  45. patricia skinner says

    What I like about Holiday Travel is when you are travelling and you realize that other people are travelling the same way you are and you keep meeting up at places to eat and rest area’s.

  46. Christine burd says

    We traveled to Hawaii during the holidays to be with my daughter and loved seeing new places and how they celebrate Christmas Everyone was in a joyous mood .and so helpful . The Christmas spirit was upon everyone

  47. Alex says

    My favorite part about holiday travel is arriving, LOL…I hate flying and long drives.

    If I was going to rent a car from Alamo, I would get a green rental, if it was available.

  48. D Schmidt says

    Honestly apart from being able to see people I have not seen in forever I love the opportunity to stop at drive thru’s and restaurants I would otherwise not frequent

  49. kfloveinme says

    My favorite part of holiday traveling is getting to the destination! Whether its visiting family or using the holiday for a nice vacation.

  50. Amy Green says

    My family and I spending time in the car-trading off who gets to pick what music, and eating from the drive-thru along the way!

  51. Helene Tienda says

    I love the excitement and anxiety of travelling to your destination, just anticipating the moment that you see your family that you haven’t seen since the year before. I also love how the kids get so excited asking “are we there yet?”. All of that just gives me such a happy feeling! Thanks!

  52. Selene M. says

    Favorite part of holiday travel is the excitement of seeing loved ones we don’t get to see very often.

  53. Crystal F says

    I like the being in the vehicle with my family. It’s a time that we can talk and share. thank you!

  54. nannypanpan says

  55. Michelle Hudak says

    My favorite part of holiday travel is riding in the car, we get to spend time talking, laughing and playing games

  56. S.K. says

    Arriving at the destination since I dislike long car trips. Singing ’99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall’ together to pass the time is always fun and listening to an audio book helps too..

  57. S.K. says

    I’d rent an SUV Hybrid – Ford Escape since I’ve never driven a hybrid and it would be interesting to drive and learn how a hybrid performs.

  58. Rochelle says

    I love the fun of a road trip with the family. Trying new restaurants and seeing new sights and driving to relatives we have missed dearly over the year. Thanks!

  59. Geoff K says

    I love long road trips with holiday music and hot chocolate — always gets me in the festive spirit!

  60. Amy L says

    My favorite part of holiday travel is the time I get to spend with my husband just talking and enjoying each other’s company.

  61. Valerie Furr says

    My annual favorite Christmas place is The Grove Park Inn I never get tired of going there anytime. When you enter it is iike stepping back in time to a place long ago with huge fire places with rocking chairs in front. A large lobby with people dressed from years ago. The story of the Grove is amazing and I love all the details. They have so many Christmas trees up and down the long harll ways that are decorated so beautiful.It is breath taking the view you could look at forever from the back huge porch. The spa made of of rock under the Grove is a 5 class spa and you will never see anything like it anywhere. So if you live near Asheville NC or can fly there I urge you to take a trip to a place you will never forget…

  62. Colleen Jensen says

    My favorite part of the holidays, is family. We moved recently and can’t visit this year, miss everyone so much.

  63. Molly says

    My favorite part of Holiday travel is being in a nice heated car with the family. Everyone’s in a good mood and chatting or singing to the Christmas songs on the radio, so for once it’s a pleasant car ride!!! :)

  64. Rebecca Harris says

    I would love to try and drive a 7-Passenger Minivan Dodge Grand Caravan on my Christmas travel..My favorite place to travel for the holidays is to my daughters house to see my grand daughter and spend time with her and her llittle family.

  65. Kiara says

  66. Mary Beth Elderton says

    My favorite part of holiday travel is the hustle bustle of happy people going to see family.

  67. Tabathia B says

    Sight-seeing, I love checking out new little stores and restaurants

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  70. ELIZABETH C. says

    I love knowing that in a few hours, I’ll be at my destination with my family for a week or so.

  71. Sarah L says

    My favorite part is seeing people I haven’t seen for a while and spending time with them.
    Thanks for the contest.

  72. Candace P says

    I would rent a Chrysler 200 from Alamo. Looks like a great car and I would like to try it out.

  73. dani marie says

    depends on who i am traveling with. if it is with friends or family the trip is half the fun. if it is by myself it is the destination.

  74. Dane says

    I love meeting other people who are travelling as well. There’s nothing like a travel buddy that you meet at the airport and by the time you land, you’re new best friends. I’ve made so many great friends this way.

  75. Dane says

    I’d rent the Jeep Wrangler. I rented a Jeep in New Orleans when I went there and it was a great experience all around. Plenty of room and not much smaller than the truck I’m use to driving.

  76. MelissaO says

    Well, I love to travel during any time of the year and holiday season is no exception!

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  77. Brynn says

    I love that it gives us some quality family time which there isnt always a lot of time for normally!

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  79. Jacob says

    I like the winter scenery. I live in a city so most snow and ice gets removed and dirty but driving through the country (which I have to do) you get to see fresh snow, snow on trees and it’s just so beautiful

  80. Lisa says

    My favorite part of traveling is there is time to talk with my kids and they can’t just up and leave :)

  81. Alison Wood says

    I don’t travel for the holidays any longer, but my favorite year of holiday travel was the year we flew from our home in Michigan to my grandparents in Florida on Christmas Day. My brother and I had so much fun swimming in their pool on Christmas! New experience for us.

  82. Angela Kinder says

    I’d love to rent the Cadillac Escalade because I have never been in one and think it would make for a smoother ride than our 1996 Plymouth Voyager. (Daily comment)

  83. Gena says

    I really like listening to Christmas music in the car on the trip(s). I never really listen to music at home and so it makes it really nice

  84. Lauren says

    My favorite part of traveling (holiday or otherwise) is listening to music while driving. It’s always a plus for me.

  85. Derek Timm says

    For going places the best part is going to be with family. But as far as travel goes, we just go down the road!

  86. Diana Stanhope says

    My favorite part about travel is packing because I get to use my imagination about what may happen.

  87. tracey johnson says

    we kinda go a little crazy. lol We sing christmas songs at the top of our lungs as we are driving to my moms

  88. Julie Jones says

    My favorite thing about holiday travel is seeing the Christmas lights on buildings and houses.

  89. Melissa VandenBerg says

    My favorite part of travel is the destination….its so sweet to arrive at where you are going!!

  90. Elle Thomas says

    I love listening to the all Christmas music station as I drive!
    ellesjunkmail at gmail dot com

  91. Jennifer R says

    My favorite part of holiday traveling is the time to catch up with my family since all we have to do is talk to each other.
    reejen at comcast dot net

  92. Lisa Garner says

    My favorite part of holiday travel is sharing all the different holiday lights I see with my children.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  93. Lisa Garner says

    I would rent the Jeep Grand Cherokee because it would have enough space for everyone to travel comfortably.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  94. Stephanie Larison says

    I’d rent the Standard SUV, love the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Looks like it has lots of room!

  95. Micaela P says

    I hate the traveling part, (planes make me sick!) but I LOVE seeing my family and spending time with them.

  96. Carolyn Daley says

    I would rent the Nissan Maxima because it is a little roomy, but not too compact. It is also not a big gas guzzler like the SUV’s.

  97. Bryan E. says

    Thanks for the giveaway…we enjoy traveling with our kids during the Holidays & sharing stories about the relatives we will be visiting.

  98. says

    My favorite part of holiday travel is getting back home again. I’m not much of a traveler. I do like making plans though and following them through, it makes the trip go by much easier.

  99. carol lewis says

    My favorite part is getting to my destination. If it is to see family, the excitement of time together.

  100. Sydney Mathis says

    I love holiday travel as it builds so many magical memories. The experiences of our lives enriches us immeasureably.

  101. Louanna Gawith says

    I love holiday travel to see the beautiful scenery we have been blessed with. The mountains, amazing sunrise and sunset,the clouds, the trees, and many other things are a joy to take in when traveling. I also love to visit my family and freinds. I would rent a mini van from Alamo,so there would be plenty of room. No one likes to be cramped up when traveling. The extra room a mini van has to offer,would be essetial in taking a long holiday trip. I would have plenty of room for my luggage and any gifts I brought along. The Alamo has some great discounts and promotions,so that would make renting a vehicle from them very affordable for holiday travel.

  102. Betty C says

    It’s the rare time when everyone manages to be together. Usually work or some other obligation keeps part of the family away..

  103. Mary Somerville says

    We have fun singing carols in the car, to pass the time! Really tho-the best part is getting to our destination!

  104. Mary Somerville says

    I would choose the Chevrolet Spark. It has plenty of room for us, and the hatch-back would be convenient. Plus, it is a good looking vehicle!!

  105. Tracy Allen says

    Getting a break from normal daily activity and work is my favorite part of holiday travel – it’s a little dose of freedom cause if you are at home you can’t stop working!

  106. Mike says

    The best part of holiday travel is the unknown. No matter how well you plan, things happen that is unexpected and that is the cool part.

  107. Leslie S. says

    I love taking the back roads and seeing all the sights,all the little mom and pop places.Thanks!

  108. Tonya Dean says

    Seeing my brother! We only get to see him once a year because he lives so far away.


  109. says

    My favorite part is the anticipation and eagerness of what is to come — getting to my destination, being with family, enjoying the holidays!!

  110. Jennifer Peaslee says

    My favorite part of holiday travel is when you finally arrive! LOL! I also like the chance to talk with family in the car and to listen to holiday music :) jenniferpeaslee at gmail dot com

  111. cassandra says

    My favorite part about the holiday season and traveling is because I go to visit family! Nothing is better than catching up with everyone :)

  112. cassandra says

    Our family would definitely go with the toyota prius! Making travel a little more realistic with the great mileage.

  113. Michelle Tucker says

    When we travel for the holidays, we travel at night. Our favorite part is looking at all the lights!
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  114. Barbara A. Ramirez says

    My favorite part of Holiday travel is seeing all the festive lights and decorations in each city I pass through!

  115. Jane H says

    This year, my favorite part is that I don’t have to do it. It is our turn to entertain. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  116. Nicole Lancaster says

    My favorite part of holiday travel is stopping at rest-stops to stretch out my legs and walk for a few minutes before its back in the car again.

  117. Vanessa says

    I love being with my husband. He works out of town so our time together is precious. momlovesdeals at gmail dot com

  118. Vanessa says

    I’d like to get a Chevy Spark but with three kids, I’d need something bigger. I’d like to drive a Hummer H3. momlovesdeals at gmail dot com

  119. mary gardner says

    i’d love to rent the Chevrolet Tahoe – we need something with lots of room!

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

  120. Charlene says

    We usually travel by car, so I enjoy the long car ride talking with my family & enjoying the sites along the way :)

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  122. Leslie says

    The best part for me is getting a whole new sense on life and outlook. Every time I go away I have a renewed sense of self and that is priceless.

  123. Samantha Meyer says

    I like the silly road games that we play in the car, like making words out of the license plates.

  124. Sand says

    My favorite part is being able to see different parts of the country and see the different holiday decorations.

  125. Em Darr says

    I like the journey itself…traveling with my spouse/kids is awesome…talking, laughing and just being together is the best!