Online Travel Auctions That Benefit Charities

September 21, 2008 | By | Reply More
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Beach BalconyTravel well while doing good! We all know about Priceline, Hotwire and Luxury Link, where you bid for travel arrangements, but here’s a different angle on these traditional travel auctions.  Several online  auction sites offer top notch travel experiences for the benefit of charity. It sort of reminds me of attending a local charity auction to benefit the food pantry where folks have donated services, tickets and stays at their luxury vacation property.  You are likely to find all sorts of opportunities that wouldn’t ordinarily be offered to the public.  Here are just a few examples of terrific charity travel auctions we’ve found:

Bidding For Good – This site is choc-o-block full of great travel and entertainment experiences.  Take for instance an auction item we found to benefit the Perkins School For The Blind – a “Chance of a Lifetime opportunity to be a Celtics Ball Boy or Ball Girl”, that starts at $500.  Or how about 50,000 frequent flyer miles currently bid at $450?  Golfers would jump at the chance to play a round  during the 2009 Masters Tournament in South Carolina to benefit Muscular Dystrophy.  There are tons of great offers on this site.

Maui Bike TourGenerous Adventures – I’ve known about this site for years and find their offers to be interesting and often times exotic.  They offer adventurous travel experiences all across the globe for the benefit of various charities.  They select 5 charities at a time to receive the profits from their auctions.  I particularly like their “Steel of a Deal” section and the ability to search by auction closing date – which are coordinated to close on the same day once a month.  Today’s offerings include several resort offers in Belize with bids starting at $325, or how about a chance sail aboard Dennis Conner’s famous America’s Cup boat Stars and Stripes in San Diego, including airfare on American Airlines and 4 nights stay at the Hyatt – bidding is currently at $2,800 for two.  Now if you’re really adventurous, the Mt. Everest Trek for 4 might just be the thing…

CherCharity Buzz – For all you celebrity junkies, this site’s for you!  This site is brimming with opportunities to get up close and personal with your favorite star of stage and screen for the benefit of their favorite charity.  Bid on the chance to meet Cher or Bette Midler backstage after their Vegas show, or hang out with Elton John in Paris.  Take a private tennis lesson with Andre Agassi or become a Sound Stage intern for a day, or BE STILL MY HEART>>> dinner with Congressman Dennis Kucinich!  They’re all here, the famous and the infamous… it only takes money (and quite a bit of it) to meet your favorite celebrity and see if that golden star glow is as great as you’ve been imagining.

So the next time you’re looking for unique and unusual travel experiences, give these travel auction sites a try – you’ll have a great vacation and a charity will be the better for it.

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