Giving the Gift of Travel

Want to purchase a travel certificate for that special someone who loves to travel or perhaps send an annoying relative, spouse or roommate on a long trip somewhere far away? We’ve compiled a list of airlines and online agencies that offer gift certificates or gift cards. For the most part, you can simply purchase them online. The exceptions are US Air and Delta. You have to purchase those at the airport or over the phone. Since most cards can be ordered online they can be delivered via email or sent by mail to the recipient for a fee. The only certificates that we found with expiration dates were sold by Travelocity, Delta, and Continental. Those specific certificates must be used within a year. The rest do not expire (at least not until the airline selling them does). See below for other restrictions as these can vary from one company to another.

Company/Airline How to Purchase How To Redeem Delivery Method Expiration Restrictions
Jetblue Online Online or Phone ($15 fee) Email or In person Never Cannot use on Vacation Packages
United Online Online or Phone Mail Only Never Use for United Vacations Only
American Online Online or Phone Mail (fee) or Email Never None- use for any flight
US Air Phone Only Phone Only Mail Never None- use for any flight
Air Tran Online Online/Phone/In Person Email Never None- use for any flight
Southwest Online Online/Phone/In Person Email or Mail(fee) Never None- use for any flight
Continental Online Online Only Email 1 year None- use for any flight
Alaska Air Online or at select Stores Online Only Email or at Select Stores None None- use for any flight
Delta In person only In Person Only or Travel Agent
1 year None- use for any flight.
Travelocity Online Online Email 1 year Use for Last Minute Packages only
Expedia N/A NONE NONE NONE
Orbitz N/A NONE NONE NONE