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    May 15, 2020

    19 Hotels Selling Gift Cards That'll Be Worth More In The Future

    Your future self will thank you.

    Right now it’s important to stay home and practice social distancing. We hope you’ll find our content entertaining, inspiring, or useful for a future trip.

    Hotels were some of the first businesses to feel the financial crush of the pandemic. Now, many have started offering tempting deals — like gift cards that increase in value over time — as a way to stay afloat.

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    For example, some hotels are selling "bonds" (similar to gift certificates) that cost $100 now, but will be worth $150 when you make a reservation in the future. On websites like Buy Now, Stay Later (run by a group of hotel PR firms) and Hotel Credits (run by the mobile concierge app Porter & Sail) you can browse offers from hundreds of properties from around the world.

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    Like with any deal that sounds too good to be true, there are of course some risks involved. So, it's important to do your research.

    It's possible a hotel may not be able to reopen, or if they do, they might bump up their rates. If you buy credits through Porter & Sail, they've promised to provide refunds if the hotel closes — but every site is different, so be sure to read the fine print.

    Some hotel vouchers will eventually expire, although many not for a few years. Others have rules about when they can be used, such as the "bonds" purchased on Buy Now, Stay Later, which can only be redeemed after a 60 day maturation period.

    If you decide to scoop up a deal, make sure it's for a hotel in a destination that you know you'll visit, and double-check the T&Cs. If you're purchasing a gift card over email, don't forget to ask about expiration dates, blackout dates, and whether or not you'll be able to transfer it to a friend if you're unable to use it.

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    You can help support the travel industry AND give yourself something to look forward to.

    This money will help hotels get through the pandemic, so they can be there to welcome you when it's safe to travel again. Plus, locking down a gift card for a future hotel stay will give you something to dream about (without having to decide on dates just yet). Many hotel gift cards will stay valid until 2022, which is a fair amount of time to make use of them.

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    1. Jade Mountain Resort — Soufrière, St. Lucia

    2. Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino — Oranjestad, Aruba

    3. Flemings Mayfair — London, England

    4. Bisma Eight — Ubud, Indonesia

    5. Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf — San Francisco, California, US

    6. Hotel Julian — Chicago, Illinois, US

    7. Hotel Providence — Paris, France

    8. Charisma Suites — Oia, Greece

    9. Hotel Edison — New York City, New York, US

    10. Nayara Springs — Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

    11. ECO Lifestyle + Lodge — Bathsheba, Barbados

    12. The Roxbury — Roxbury, New York, US

    13. Hotel Villa Flori — Lake Como, Italy

    14. Ocean Club Resorts — Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos

    15. Willka T'ika Wellness Resort — Urubamba, Peru

    16. Bobby Hotel — Nashville, Tennessee, US

    17. Akyra Thonglor — Bangkok, Thailand

    18. Casa Violeta – Tulum, Mexico

    19. Entre Cielos Luxury Wine Hotel + Spa — Mendoza, Argentina

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