Alaska Airlines and Vacation: Palm Springs to Stage Vacation Getaway Contests

Palm Springs, CA (December 26, 2014) – The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival(PSIFF) has partnered with festival sponsors Alaska Airlines and Vacation Palm Springs to launch two exciting travel contests inviting festival goers to “Go Away” and “Come Back.”  The contests will be open prior to and during the 2015 festival which takes place January 2-12.

Alaska Airlines, the Official Airline of the 2015 Festival, invites you to “Go Away,” offering an exciting Mexican Getaway Contest. The winner will receive two coach-class tickets to Cabo SanLucas, Mexico along with a three-night stay at one of Cabo’s most distinguished hotels, the Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos All-Inclusive Golf & Spa.

Vacation Palm Springs, the Festival’s Official Vacation Rental Partner, invites you to “Come Back,” offering a 2016 PSIFF Dream Vacation Palm Springs Contest. One winner will be given the keys to a luxury 3-bedroom vacation rental home for a four-night stay for up to four people.  Included in the package are four tickets to the festival’s opening and closing night screenings and receptions and four festival screening passes.

“This is the first time that two sponsors have each staged a contest for festival goers,” said festival director Darryl Macdonald.  We’re thrilled to be the vehicle for these fabulous vacation packages and grateful to both Alaska Airlines and Vacation Palm Springs.  We will be leveraging e-mail, social media and on-site signage to make sure that everyone is aware of these exciting opportunities.”

“Vacation Palm Springs is a big fan of the Palm Springs International Film Festival as the premier event it has become for both residents and visitors, said Rob Kincaid, President & CEO.  We’re excited to partner this year by offering a contest that gives an opportunity for an attendee to return for the 2016 Festival and vacation like a celebrity in a private luxury vacation home.”

The festival has brought thousands of visitors to Palm Springs every January for more than a quarter of a century, which has benefited the tourist economy exponentially.  A 2014 post-festival survey indicated that of the 135,000+ festival attendees:

    • 71% do not reside in the Coachella Valley full-time, which is up from 68.5% in 2011
    • Nearly 30% fly into Palm Springs, up from 26% in 2011
    • 33% of non-resident attendees chose to stay in a vacation rental; this information was not requested in our survey in 2011


A complete list of contest rules can be found on the Festival’s website

About The Palm Springs International Film Festival
The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees last year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries.  The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, David O. Russell, Meryl Streep, and Kate Winslet.

The Awards Gala of the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Entertainment Tonight. The City of Palm Springs is the Title Sponsor of the Film Festival. Presenting Sponsors are Wells Fargo, The Desert Sun and Spencer’s. Major sponsors are Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Wessman Development, Bank of America, Wintec, Regal Entertainment Group, Ignition Creative, Desert Regional Medical Center, Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, Windermere Real Estate, Eisenhower Medical Center, Guthy-Renker, Integrated Wealth Management,, Ocean Properties, Chihuly and Telefilm Canada.

For more information, call 760-322-2930 or 800-898-7256 or visit

About Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines offers low airfare on all airline tickets, including discount flights on Hawaii vacations and Mexico vacation packages.  For more than 75 years, Alaska Airlines and its people have been guided by a shared commitment to integrity, caring, resourcefulness, professionalism and spirit. In the process, Alaska has grown from a small regional airline to one of the most respected in the nation carrying more than 17 million customers a year.

About Vacation Palm Springs Vacation Rentals
Vacation Palm Springs offers the largest selection of private vacation pool homes and luxury estate rentals in the Palm Springs, California area.  Vacation Palm Springs hand-selects its professionally managed vacation rentals – pool homes, luxury homes, architectural properties, condos, villas, and celebrity estates –  resulting in A+ customer ratings and glowing guest reviews.  Enjoy peace of mind for your Palm Springs vacation home experience with the caring and committed A+ rated service team atVacation Palm Springs Vacation Rentals.