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Creative gifts during the busy travel season

10:43 AM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
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Gabe Saglie, senior editor with Travelzoo, shared some creative gifts for this season Thursday morning.

THE GIFT OF AIR

Miles

  • Using your own: minimal fees
  • Buy miles into their account: fees and taxes
  • Gift them an upgrade

Gift cards

  • Recipient can buy airfare on their own schedule and on multiple airlines

Buying them an actual airline ticket

  • Know their schedule (change fees are high)
  • Buying for the holidays? (Act fast)
  • Do yourself a favor

TIP: Shop Tuesday/Wednesday and consider alternate airports

THE GIFT OF STAY

Know their schedule

  • Beware of cancelation policies

Packages offer savings

THE GIFT OF EXPERIENCE

Local deals as stocking stuffers

  • Local businesses get creative in the return for a new customer base

Cast a wide net

  • "New" is good

Drive a Dream Car at Mile High Stadium

  • Live out the dream of driving a Lamborghini or Ferrari at high speeds. Included; 3 laps around a closed autocross course at Mile High Stadium. Drivers also get safety briefing, instruction and professional photos and video of the experience. $149/pp (reg. $500) Buy pass now, they get to use it in May; upgrade to 6 laps: $279 (reg. $629)

THE GIFT OF TRAVEL

The Gift of a Tropical Getaway

  • Kauai Beach Resort, Kauai, HI. Lush, plantation-style resort set on 25 acres and an isolated stretch of beach. Amenities include 4 pools, a 75-foot lava tube waterslide and two whirlpool spas located in a secluded grotto. Guests receive complimentary shuttle service to and from Lihue airport, as well as area golf courses. $469 for a 4-night stay for 2 (44% off) Deal inc. upgraded accommodations to an Oceanview Room w/private lanai. Buy the 4-night certificate now, and they can use it all the way through June; 3 nights is $349

The Gift of a Winter Staycation

  • Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, Edwards, CO. Luxurious AAA 4-Diamond resort atop a private mountain just a short distance from Beaver Creek and Vail. Property features 2 restaurants and a luxury spa, and it boasts a private ski-in/ski-out club with free access for guests at the base of prestigious Beaver Creek. $299/nt. for a 2-night stay (45% off). Deal includes a $50 resort credit. Buy the 2-night certificate now, and they can use it all the way through April 15.

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