SP Xtra: Editor's Blog

Hi, my name's Sammy and I'm the Editor of Simply Prizes magazine. Every week I'll be bringing you an update or two about any interesting competitions I find or any comping news. Plus I'll bring you any competitions or offers I find.

Fancy a short break? Well you can win one here!

I went away at the weekend to visit the hubby in Copenhagen. Having never flown alone before and with a fear of flying, I'm super proud that I even managed to set foot on a plane on my own. I love weekends away and in the past have won quite a few short breaks; they are definitely up there at the top of my list for most favourite wins. Most can be taken over a weekend (so you don't necessarily need time off work), are short enough where babysitters aren't a problem (if you have little ones in your house), and can often include breakfast and dinner which means the only pennies you need are if you want to treat yourself.

So with this in mind I've gone for a short-break themed comp newsletter - let's see if we can win ourselves a little break away! And don't forget you could probably fit me in your suitcase too. Good luck!
Spa Breaks is offering you the chance to win a two-night city spa break plus a £250 Dorothy Perkins gift card. Submit your details here before 31st October.
Abercrombie & Kent have teamed up with Cox & Cox to give away a two-night break in Stockholm alongside a £500 voucher. Enter your details here before 31st October.
Freesat has a one-night stay at the four-star Beaulieu Hotel in the New Forest for two adults, plus two adult Beaulieu tickets with access to all attractions and £200 travel money up for grabs. Just answer the following question here before 31st October; on which Freesat channel number can you find Travel Channel? Suggested answer - 150.
EasyJet have just recently released their seats for travelling next year to include Easter and the May half term break; the seats are always priced cheaply at first and then increase depending on demand for a certain travel period. So, if you are looking to fly then book as early as you can to bag the best deal. I looked at some flights for a city break to Copenhagen for next March and for two adults it was just £160, which means there are some great bargains to be had! You can take a look here at their prices and availability.
Now the same goes with train journeys too; book as much as up to 12 weeks in advance to get the best prices. If you are looking at travel over the festive break now is the time to start looking at the fares! The trick of the trade is generally to book two singles too, so you can get your pre-Christmas ticket about now and then you'll need to keep checking for your post-Christmas one. Another way to keep on top of the game is to sign up to The Trainline ticket alert, by entering your travel details it will then email you when the advance tickets for your journey become available. Network Rail also provide a future travel chart which will advise you how far in advance you can book with different rail providers. You can take a look at that here.

Good luck!


Sammy x


Ho Ho Ho! Grab yourself a festive spa break with SP Xtra!
With the kids now back to school I'm on a countdown to my winning holiday in Sri Lanka. My tickets arrived at the weekend, so it all feels real now! I've got so much to organise as not only do I need to make sure the hubby and I are sorted, but I need to make lists for the babysitters and jot down the kid's schedules (as they have far busier socials lives than us!). I think by the time I arrive at the resort I'll be ready to chill for the whole week!
Now talking of chilling, I think you should head on over to Simply Prizes where you will find some lovely competitions; settle yourself down with a cuppa and get comping. Most take a few seconds to enter and there are hundreds of competitions currently listed featuring tickets for days out, short breaks, holidays, toys, things for the home and garden plus lots more!
And I've also found a corker of a comp for you too; how do you fancy a Christmas spa break to Bath? It includes a stay at The Queensberry boutique hotel in a deluxe room, including breakfast, tickets to the real outdoor ice rink Bath on Ice, two Twilight Spa Packages at Thermae Bath Spa, Britain's only natural thermal day spa, a hamper of Bath Christmas Market goodies and to top it off a free pass to many of Bath's top attractions and museums. A nice chance to relax before the onset of the festive madness. Simply enter your details here before 17th November to get your name in the draw.
I was hoping to be a bit more organised for Christmas before I jetted off to the sun but then I realised that Black Friday was going to fall while I was away - so I plan on shopping via Wi-Fi with a cocktail in one hand and my iPad in the other! However, I do realise that sometimes the deals can be hyped up so it's best to compare price, especially as a lot of promoters will release their deals before the day itself. But for your reference this year Black Friday is 24th November and Cyber Monday is 27th November. Last year a lot of retailers ran their deals for the entire weekend so if there is a shop or item you're hoping to get discounts in/on then just keep an eye on their website for sale news soon!
Also, pop on over to our Facebook page where you will find a selection of competitions; it's also a wonderful comping community where you can chat to other compers and share your own comping news and advice.
Plus don't forget that tomorrow The Postcard Store are putting their prices up, so if you want to grab a pack of your favourites and beat the price increase, click here to visit their online shop now. 


Good luck and happy comping!


Sammy x