Travel News Travel Tips Hotels.com Wants You to Write Off Your 2020 Travel Losses for a Travel Credit File by April 15 for a chance to win By Katherine Alex Beaven Katherine Alex Beaven Instagram Katherine Alex Beaven is a freelance news writer for TripSavvy. She’s lived abroad in Italy, Japan, South Africa, and Australia. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 04/07/21 Fact checked by Jillian Dara Fact checked by Jillian Dara Instagram Emerson College Jillian Dara is a freelance journalist and fact-checker. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Michelin Guides, Hemispheres, DuJour, and Forbes. TripSavvy's fact-checking Share Pin Email Thomas Barwick / Getty Images It’s tax season, and chances are your expenses look a little different in 2020 considering we all barely traveled, had significantly fewer meals and drinks out with friends, and just generally shook up what we spent money on during lockdown. Well, Hotels.com is asking you to add up your “only in 2020” expenses in order to win something even better than a tax break—some spending money for your next trip. A survey by the site showed that 85 percent of people are planning to use some of their tax refund on travel, so this means you won't have to dip into your tax refund. The booking website’s new, cheekily-named “Write Off 2020” contest asks entrants to file a faux-tax form (1040-X) for the chance to win a Hotels.com credit and Visa gift card to use toward your 2021 return to travel. The total "refund" amount? $2,741, the average refund amount from last year's tax season. The form starts by asking about any changes to your status (new pet? elopement?), number of travel dependents, and your travel status (solo, with a friend, or with a partner), and then moves on through the specifics of an unprecedented year. Instead of a social security number, they ask for your Hotels.com member number—so be sure to sign up. You’ll also need to fill out an itemized list of “expenses” encountered during your lockdown life, adding up things like the number of pounds of sourdough bread consumed, number of hours lost on TikTok, number of hours spent daydreaming about a vacation, and gallons of gas burned for cross-country road trips. There’s also an area to calculate losses, from the number of vacations canceled and the number of reward points lost to how many spa treatments and late-night room service meals were missed out on. Finally, you have to let them know where you want to take that post-pandemic trip. Even though the IRS may have extended the deadline for your actual tax forms, Hotels.com is holding steady and keeping it real—all 1040-X forms must be submitted by 5 p.m. ET on April 15. You’ve also got to be at least 18 years old at the time of entry and must be a legal resident of the United States. You can only enter once, but the good news is that they will be picking 10 winners. However, they won’t be posting the winners online—you’ll have to send a self-addressed stamped envelope within four weeks of the contest end date requesting the results. To sign up for that required (but free) Hotels.com membership, head over to Hotels.com. For the fine print, including where to send your request for the winners, visit the official contest site. Article Sources TripSavvy uses only high-quality, trusted sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial policy to learn more about how we keep our content accurate, reliable and trustworthy. IRS Newsroom. "Filing Season Statistics." July 24, 2020 Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Intrepid Travel Is Giving Away A Free Trip For Two to Antarctica—Here’s How to Enter These Countries Are Inviting US Citizens to Live and Work Remotely This Site Is Giving Away Up to a Decade of Free Trips to Travelers in Their 20s I Just Spent 4 Days in Barbados—Here's How the Country Is Keeping People Safe Every Travel-Related Black Friday Deal You Need to Know About These Countries Are Allowing Vaccinated Travelers to Visit How Long Does It Take to Get a Passport? 10 Travel Trends We're Looking Forward to in 2021 How to Find an Ethical, Authentic Food Tour Do You Have to Pay Taxes on Airline Miles? The 11 Best Travel Money Belts of 2022 How to Earn Miles If Your Flight Is Canceled What You Need to Know to Cancel a Vacation (and All the Reservations) Here's What It's Like to Travel to France Right Now What Is VAT and How Do I Claim It Back? Hospitality Design Is Having an 'Instagram Moment'