Pin and Win 2018 Contest Winners Announced

Pin and Win 2018 Contest Winners Announced

April 12, 2018

With over 17,000 pins redeemed online, and 500 hundred instant prizes won, our Pin and Win 2018 contest has come to an end. The only thing left is to award our three grand prizes – an all-inclusive vacation in the Mayan Riviera, a guided-tour of Ireland, and a European river cruise – to three lucky winners. Some had won several contests, and one had never won anything in her life before, and was brought to tears by the surprise!

Transat’s Luxury All-Inclusive Trip to the Mayan Riviera, Mexico (valued at $7,721) – won by Marcia Bowkett

It’s the stuff Transat Vacations are made of: The Diamond Luxury Hotel will serve as Marcia (and guest)’s home base while they swim, snorkel, dance, lounge, and more on the beaches of the Mayan Riviera.

Marcia Bowkett
Pin and Win Winner Marcia

Have you won any contests before?
Marcia: Yes, it was an amazing Panama Canal cruise and it was a very lovely way to spend Spring Break.

Do you ever take trips like the one you won?
M: I enjoy travelling when the opportunities arise. My three biggest trips I have done are Taiwan, Ecuador, and Central Africa.

What was the last big trip you took? What did you enjoy about it?
M: The last big trip I was on was this past early winter to Honolulu with the girls. It was my first trip to Honolulu and seeing the sights and sunshine just made that trip more memorable.

What are you most looking forward to on the trip you won?
M: I am looking forward to being pampered at my first five-star resort and enjoying every moment of this very special trip.

Where were you when you found out? How did you find out?
M: I was at home fast asleep, when my agent Janice called to advise I had won this amazing trip. At first I thought it was a prank call and almost hung up the phone.

Who do you plan on taking?
M: I have a few choices of who I may take with me, but at this time I am still undecided.



Insight’s Irish Elegance Tour featuring a stay at Ashford Castle flying business class with KLM Airlines (valued at $14,848) – won by Sherri Herndier

A round-trip across the Emerald Isle led by the luxurious Insight Vacations will include kissing the Blarney stone, sipping a factory-fresh Guinness, and a stay at the five-star fortress-turned-spa, Ashford Castle.

Sherrie Herndier
Pin and Win Winner Sherrie

Have you won any contests before?
Sherri: A turkey for Christmas one year, a case of beer for selling the winning ticket in a raffle, and a liquor basket last Christmas.

Do you ever take trips like the one you won?
S: We both have travelled with Contiki throughout Europe in our twenties and on a People to People human resources delegation to China (my husband worked in HR for many years and was the president of the Alberta Association when we went).

What was the last big trip you took? What did you enjoy about it?
S: Maui was the last time we left continental North America and we enjoyed the relaxation and warm breezes.

What are you most looking forward to on the trip you won?
S: Ashford Castle in Ireland and flying Business class!

Where were you when you found out? How did you find out?
S: I was at work when my husband called me as he was who Bev (our AMA Travel counsellor) managed to reach.

Who do you plan on taking?
S: My husband.



Uniworld’s Rhine River Cruise flying business class with KLM Airlines (valued at $29,522) – won by Shauna Robertson

Cruising down the Rhine, Shauna will see some of Europe’s most romantic cities reflected in its waters. Pampered by boutique river cruise company Uniworld, the Shauna will have first-class treatment while on board, and amazing experiences while ashore.

Shauna Robertson
Pin and Win Winner Shauna

Have you won any contests before?
Shauna: I have never won anything in my life before.

Do you ever take trips like the one you won?
S: No, it’s never been in our budget to do something like this.

What was the last big trip you took? What did you enjoy about it?
S: We recently went to Las Vegas with the family for our daughter’s rugby tournament. Our trips have always been based around our kids playing sports!

What are you most looking forward to on the trip you won?
S: Seeing a part of the world that we most likely never would have got the chance to!

Where were you when you found out? How did you find out?
S: I was called into the Macleod Trail AMA office. Once there, Bob Christie proceeded to tell me why I was actually there. I still didn’t really know what was up until he started talking and blowing his horn then I looked and my sister and she was crying so I knew it was real! It still feels like it’s not real! Things like this have never happened to us EVER. So, from the bottom of our hearts thank you so much AMA. We are so very grateful for this win in your Pin & Win contest!

Who do you plan on taking?
S: My husband for sure. I celebrate my 40th birthday this Saturday and in July it is our 20-year wedding anniversary.



Want your travel dreams answered? Book with AMA Travel.

Our agents regularly work with Albertan’s across the province to bring their vacations to life! Contact them online or by phone at 1-844-771-1522 to set up an appointment, and learn just what a dream trip looks like. And always keep an eye out for the next amazing AMA Travel contest!

About the Author
Caleb Caswell
Caleb Caswell is the digital copywriter for AMA Travel. When travelling, he enjoys not making plans and expanding his wardrobe. His top travel recommendation is trying Japan’s raw-chicken tataki. C’mon, live a little.