These brands are giving away flight upgrades to combat holiday travel woes

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It’s officially the most magical time of the year — and the busiest, especially when it comes to travel. While this year’s AAA holiday travel forecast isn’t out yet, it was forecasted last year that 107.3 million Americans would travel via planes, trains or automobiles from Dec. 23–Jan. 1.

Yup — that’s a lot of traffic.

While being in a car for hours is daunting, if you’ll be joining some of the millions who will be taking to the skies this holiday, you know there is perhaps one thing worse — being stuck in the middle seat for an entire flight. No window. No aisle. It’s definitely not a good start to your holiday.

To hopefully lessen at least this travel woe for flyers, Stella Artois and Smirnoff Seltzer are both offering some pretty sweet upgrades — and other prizes — for those stuck in the dreaded middle seat. In both cases, entering the contests is simple, but the prizes and upgrades differ a bit.

To enter the Stella Artois contest, you just need to follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and share a photo of your travel experience with the hashtags #StellaUpgrade and #Contest by Dec. 21. Prizes include a gift card voucher worth up to $500 so you can upgrade your seat, a $500 TicketMaster digital gift card to attend a sporting event or concert with friends and family, a CLEAR Membership worth $179 or Lyft codes so you can at least skip public transportation once you get off your flight.

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And there’s a little less time to enter this one, but Smirnoff Seltzer is also upgrading travelers from their coach middle seats now through Dec. 14. For your chance at a free upgrade worth up to $3,125, you need to have a middle seat ticket on a flight taking place between Dec. 17, 2018 and Jan. 31, 2019 and share your travel itinerary and the reason you deserve an upgrade by visiting Smirnoff’s website.

Smirnoff will be spending a whopping $50,000 on upgrades this holiday season, so there will definitely be multiple winners. Because this upgrade voucher covers your departing and returning flights, it means you’ll be upgraded before you ever have to be stuck in the middle.

Will you be entering these contests for a chance to hopefully not have to sit in the middle seat this holiday season?