Plymouth, MN (December 8 2016) — Gift-giving remains a large part of the holiday season. Deciding what to give a close friend, colleague or family member is not always easy. One gift someone can never receive too often, in terms of the reward of memories and experiences, is the gift of travel. Travel Leaders – America’s largest retail travel agency brand with thousands of travel agents across the United States – are seeing an uptick in the number of clients adding a travel component to their gift-giving list. Whether it is as a multigenerational family trip, a gift card toward a cruise experience, or simply covering the cost of a passport or TSA Precheck, Travel Leaders offers practical tips on giving the gift of travel.
“Many people procrastinate in making travel plans because they aren’t certain where and when to go, or even with whom to travel. That’s why the gift of travel is a perfect solution to give to family, friends or even colleagues,” said Roger E. Block, CTC, President of Travel Leaders Network. “The gift will inspire the recipient by providing the emotional impetus and financial incentive to cross a trip or destination off their wish list. And our Travel Leaders travel agents can provide their expert advice on the best destinations for any occasion and personality.”
Studies show that the holidays spur thoughts of travel into action. U.S. consumers are expected to spend 10% more during the 2016 holiday season compared to last year, with almost half of the total holiday budget (42%) going to travel and entertainment, according to PwC’s 2016 Holiday Outlook. As for their wish list of what they’d like to receive, 31% said experiential gifts of travel and entertainment.
There are many ways to give the gift of travel that will enhance an experience or spark an opportunity for the recipient that does not necessarily involve planning a surprise trip. Here are some of Travel Leaders recommendations for giving the gift of travel:
Purchase TSA Precheck or Global Entry. If a traveler has not yet signed up for expedited service at security checkpoints, offer to pay for the service. It’s a gesture that shows consideration for their time. TSA Precheck for domestic travel costs $80 for a 5-year clearance and Global Entry for International travel costs $100 for 5-years and includes TSA Precheck.
Pay for a Passport. If the traveler has not yet been overseas or has a passport that will soon expire, encourage them to expand their travel horizons by offering to pay the $110 cost of a new passport. The forms can be downloaded from www.travel.state.gov. Since a passport for an adult is good for 10 years, it is essentially an amazing gift that keeps on giving.
Airline Ticket. Whether it is to encourage someone to come for a visit or to tag-along for a vacation, it is simple to cover the airfare for someone. Most major airlines, including Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, offer gift cards that can be sent to the recipient or delivered via email with a personal message. Carriers will have different terms and conditions for their use, so be sure to check the fine print. Generally, airline gift cards can only be used to pay for transportation, not for services such as baggage fees. A Travel Leaders travel agent can offer a voucher for the recipient to use that can cover more than just the flight.