Giving the Gift of Travel

A Tam, May 11, 2010
Fares from Washington DC:

    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
             
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
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