If you’re like me and not the world’s best gift wrapper, then gift cards are a go-to gift. But this year, skip the iTunes and the Starbucks cards and give your loved ones something they really can use…the gift of travel.
American Airlines, for example, let’s you purchase gift cards from $50- $1,500 online that can be mailed or emailed.
Continental Airlines not only offers gift cards from $25 to $10,000, but it also lets you set up a gift registry where you can deposit money into a travel bank. This money can then be used to pay for any ticket to anywhere in the world.
And if you want to put money toward accommodations the Four Seasons, Marriot and other hotel chains all offer gift cards that are redeemable for anything from a spa treatment to the penthouse suite with no blackout dates.
Last, but not least, there’s an online tool called myTab. It uses PayPal so you can deposit money specifically for that trip. If you’re traveling with a group, you can all put funds into the same account, and others can help you out.
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