Thanks for the secret link. I knew there was something like this out there but didn't have the link until now. They really do seem to want to keep it a secret. Also I never knew if this was some kind of scam, because I've seen deal codes come up on other websites but haven't seen this one from the AHA itself until now. I happen to be due for renewal right now. Of course, now when I go in to try to renew, I have pressed the Continue button about 30 times now and can never get through to enter my credit card information. It's likely related to me being at work, the browser here often has problems like this. I even turned off the popup blocker but that didn't help either. I hope I can get it to work from home later.
There's nothing stopping anyone from current members renewing their subscription right now even if not yet due, if you want to be part of the contest for these prizes. I would think it should work. Just because I'm lazy and let my membership expire (by one week) shouldn't give me any advantage over anyone else.