Funny thing about running a blog: If people read it, there’s a whole world of folks who will want to give you free stuff.
An audience is a valuable thing and, if you have one, there are lots of people and businesses who will do anything they can to get their name in front of it.
There’s nothing wrong with it, but Riskology.co does not operate like this. Almost every day I have to tell someone no when they want to pay me to write about their “amazing” new product or service. I even have a fairly strict policy of saying no to free offers. I turn down books, products, free trials, etc. all the time—even when there are no strings attached.
Side note: When a business sends you something for free with “no strings attached,” you had better believe that there are strings attached. There are *always* strings attached.
I can say with certainty that I’ve turned down tens of thousands of dollars in cash and free offers since starting Riskology.co almost three years ago. Keeping my integrity and your trust is far more valuable to me than free stuff I don’t even want.
But, every so often, I’ll get an offer for something I think one of our smart Riskologists here can put to good use, so I’ll accept it and then give it away. Everyone wins!
The other day, American Airlines gave me a free day pass to their Admirals Club. The Admirals Club is a network of private lounges in 37 different airports around the world. Many airlines have a club like this, and access is limited to frequent flyers who have status with the airline or pay a ridiculous fee for a pass.
I’ve never visited an AA lounge, but I’ve visited other airlines’ lounges and, I have to say, it’s a nice experience!
Since travel is a big part of the story here at Riskology.co and I like to write about frequent flyer miles and airports from time to time, I thought it would be fun to give away my day pass to a reader who can put it to use.
I’m giving away a free day pass to the AA Admirals Club. If you want it, here’s what to do:
- Sign up for my free email newsletter over here. (Only newsletter subscribers are eligible to win).
- Ensure you’ll be traveling before July 31, 2013. This is when the pass expires.
- Ensure you’ll be traveling to/from/through an airport that has an Admirals Club lounge in it.
- Most important: Send me an email with the subject line “I Want the Pass!” (Be sure to use the same email address you signed up to the newsletter with.
UPDATE: The contest is now over. Thanks to everyone who entered, and congrats to Marko from Chicago who won the day pass.
See you in an airport somewhere!