Just in Time for the Holidays, Hotels.com Delivers the Gift of Travel With Gift Cards

Redeemable at 100,000+ properties and destinations worldwide

DALLAS, Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Hotels.com® is making it easier to give the gift of travel for the holidays, or any day of the year, with the introduction of the Hotels.com Gift Card in the U.S. and Canada – a breakthrough for experiential travel.

The Hotels.com Gift Card can be purchased as an instantly redeemable e-gift card or plastic card in values as low as $10 at www.hotels.com/giftcards.

Gift cards have been a consumer mainstay for decades, but shoppers seeking a travel gift card have been limited to airline- and hotel chain-specific selections until now. The Hotels.com Gift Card offers travelers a more convenient and flexible option that is redeemable at over 100,000 hotels, chain properties, resorts, and bed and breakfast accommodations worldwide through the Hotels.com website.

Consumers are already spending $887.9 billion on travel in the U.S.[1], and there continues to be a high demand for gift cards, with Americans expected to spend an estimated $103.2 billion on gift cards in 2014 overall[2]. Additionally, 58 percent of holiday shoppers plan to purchase a gift card this year[3], as it remains the most requested gift item during the holiday season[4].

 "Our new gift card is the first of its kind in the travel space for both gift givers and gift recipients, and it will redefine the gift of travel," said Neha Parikh, VP and general manager, Hotels.com North America. "Whether you want to give the gift of a resort getaway with friends, a romantic weekend on the beach, or a remote lakeside family retreat, the Hotels.com Gift Card lets travelers choose among thousands of options to create unique experiences."

With no applicable fees or expiration dates, recipients are able to purchase Hotels.com Gift Cards in values as low as $10 on the Hotels.com U.S. and Canadian websites. Each card's value can be applied to the balance of new hotel reservations at the time of booking.

The Hotels.com Gift Card can be purchased as an instantly redeemable e-gift card or plastic card at http://www.hotels.com/giftcards

Travelers can share where they would vacation with the gift of travel with #giftoftravel and follow @hotelsdotcom on Twitter for upcoming prize giveaways.

About Hotels.com (www.hotels.com)
Hotels.com L.P. operates Hotels.com, a leading online accommodation booking website with over 365,000 properties around the world, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favorites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals.

[1] U.S. Travel Association: 2013 Travel Economic Impact Overview 
[2] Mercator Advisory Group
[3] PwC US and Strategy& 2014 Holiday Outlook: Top trends, consumer behaviors and implications for retailers 
[4] National Retail Federation's Holiday Consumer Spending Survey

Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals.  

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