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Top 14 Travel Gift Cards and Certificates


Stumped for a gift? Travel gift cards and certificates can solve that problem. They allow recipients to choose when they want to travel and where they want to go. (And they can help to ensure a recalcitrant traveler will get moving!)

Depending on when you buy travel gift cards, you may be able to take advantage of promotional offers that can include free shipping, a free gift, even a small gift certificate for yourself to accompany the purchase.

1. Restaurant.com Gift Cards

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A meal out makes a great gift for people who travel (as well as friends and family who never go far from home). Restaurant.com gift cards also help your money go further: You can spend as little as $10 to get a card worth $25. An outlay of $40 yields a card worth $100. Just make sure there is an ample selection of restaurants close enough to your recipient's home so that they can use the gift.

2. Viator Gift Certificates

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Give the gift of adventure with a Viator gift certificate. It'll allow your recipient to choose from the industry's largest selection of tours and activities. From hop-on, hop-off buses to helicopter tours, Viator excursions help travelers experience of the world. Gift certificates are available in a choice of currency including US and Canadian dollars.

3. Zappos Gift Card for Luggage

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If someone's about to take a trip, send him or her off in style. Zappos, known for shoes, free shipping, and superb customer service, also sells many brands of luggage. Whether your sweetie needs a carry-on piece or a great spinner suitcase, a garment bag or a duffel, the selection and prices at Zappos are excellent.

4. Rail Europe Gift Cards

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What's more romantic than train travel through Europe's most interesting and exciting cities? With Rail Europe, you can research a trip and buy tickets online without having to worry about currency exchanges or deciphering instructions in a different language. Rail Europe Gift Cards are available in $25, $50, $100, $250 and $500 denominations and do not expire.

5. Go Card Travel Gift Cards

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Know someone who's planning to to travel to a popular city and would appreciate the opportunity to see the sights without spending a bundle? Go Card gift cards provide great savings on major attractions such as the Empire State Building in NYC and the Universal Studios tour in Hollywood. You can purchase a card online for friends or family heading to New York City, Las Vegas, Chicago, Asheville, Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Seattle, Toronto, and Maui and Oahu.

6. Cruise Travel Gift Certificates

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Cruise Brothers — ranked among the top 15 cruise brokers by MSNBC — offers gift certificates for cruise travel through its customer care office. Before contacting the company, you may want to compare prices for specific cruises on several online travel agents before making a commitment to this particular broker.

7. Nordstrom Gift Cards

Part of the fun of traveling is anticipating and shopping for a trip. At Nordstrom, find quality bathing suits for him and her, shoes, luggage, products to protect skin and help it glow, and much more.

8. iTunes Gift Card

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Does your giftee have to have music wherever he or she goes? Send him or her off with new tunes from iTunes. Gift cards are available online in denominations from $15-$100. Also makes a great stocking stuffer.
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9. Four Seasons Gift Certificates

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Gift certificates that get the bearer into some of the world's best hotels, Four Seasons' are available online in any denomination ranging from $100 to $5,000. Certificates are redeemable for direct hotel charges at properties managed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

10. Spa Finder Gift Certificates

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A gift certificate to travel to a romantic spa where you indulge in relaxing treatments could do wonders for both of you. Spa Finder gift certificates are available in denominations from $50-$2,000 and redeemable at many resort and day spas. These gift certificates have no expiration date when purchased online.
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