Last-Minute Gifts: The Best Travel Gift Cards and Certificates
If you’re doing some last-minute Christmas shopping, you may be at a loss for what to buy. The pressure is on to get a great gift, and you certainly don’t want to disappoint. If a friend or family member travels often, one present they’ll appreciate is a travel gift card or certificate. Here are some ideas for the traveler in your life.
A Viator gift certificate gives travelers the freedom to redeem their gift in exchange for a wide variety of excursions. The folks at Viator say travelers can use their card for anything from a helicopter tour in Las Vegas to a hot-air balloon ride in Italy. There are more than 4,500 global tours and activities to choose from. Viator gift certificates are generally good for two years from the date of purchase or as required by local law. Know that the certificates cannot be redeemed for cash.
If your loved one prefers a bed and breakfast instead of a hotel, you’re in luck. BedandBreakfast.com offers gift cards that can be used at several bed and breakfast locations. Your recipient will have a choice of roughly 4,000 bed and breakfasts across the United States and Canada. The BedandBreakfast.com Getaway Gift Card does not expire and the value never declines. The card also has no blackout dates. If you’re in a rush to deliver your gift, you have a choice between a traditional or electronic gift card.
Those who love to take in the sights upon landing in a new city (or those looking to cross off some items on their bucket list) will love CityPASS. A CityPASS combines prepaid admission to a city’s major attractions into one ticket booklet. These handy passes will reduce the cost of event admission by up to half off the original cost since the admissions fee won’t have to be paid at each attraction separately. The CityPASS is great for those who are short on time, since it will allow users to bypass ticket lines at most events. The pass comes in the form of a ticket booklet, gift card, or gift certificate. CityPASS is currently available in 12 U.S. destinations including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and New York.
If the traveler in your life frequently uses Airbnb, consider a gift card. Airbnb gift cards are available through electronic delivery and never expire. Payments made with the card are quick and simple. As soon as a reservation is booked, gift card funds are automatically withdrawn. Know that recipients have 90 days to claim their gift and that gift card funds can’t be applied to a reservation that is 28 nights or longer.
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