If you want to buy a unique gift for those who enjoy travel, then an airline gift card could be the perfect present. Gift cards give users flexibility, allowing them to be used for everything from airfare to baggage fees.
Here is a large sampling of what different airlines have to offer for those who are considering giving the gift of travel:
Air France - While the carrier doesn't sell gift cards, it does sell Flying Blue miles, in increments of 2,000, that can be used to buy tickets. Flying Blue Ivory members can buy up to 75,000 Miles per calendar year, while Flying Blue Silver, Gold and Platinum members can buy an unlimited number of Miles.
American Airlines - Travel gift cards are available for purchase on its website in denominations between $50 and $1,500. Purchasers can buy a plastic gift card delivered by mail or a virtual gift card with a personal message delivered via email. The card can be used to buy tickets to destinations around the world on American and its oneworld alliance partners. There is no expiration date or fees. Cards can't be used for upgrades, Admirals Club memberships enrollments, Admirals Club one-day passes, AAdvantage Award Travel or other non-flight products and/or services sold on AA.com.
- Air Canada - The card can be used to buy tickets or travel options on Air Canada, Air Canada Express (i.e. Air Georgian, Sky Regional, Exploits Valley Air Services and Jazz Aviation LP) and Air Canada rouge. Air Canada Gift Cards are available in both plastic and as an eGift card. You can buy the cards ranging from C$25 to C$10,000 or from US$25 to US$2,000.
- British Airways - While the U.K. flag carrier doesn't offer gift cards, it does allow travelers to buy Avios, which can be used for reward flights and cabin upgrades . You can buy up to 35,000 Avios in a calendar year online in multiples of 1,000. The cost is 31 pounds ($44) per 1,000.
- Delta Air Lines - Travel gift cards are available for purchase on its website in denominations between $50 and $1,000. They can be used toward airfare at delta.com, at the airport, through reservations or by phone with Delta Vacations. only be used for the total purchase price of air transportation, including taxes, fees, and surcharges imposed on the air transportation. They may not be used for any additional fees (including baggage fees) or for any other products or services (including class upgrades, in-flight purchases, premium seating, mileage booster, SkyMiles Cruises, cargo, hotel stays, or car rentals).
- Hawaiian Airlines - The carrier offers customized gift cards for between $50 and $2000. it offers five different styles and allows buyers to include a personal message.
- JetBlue - The carrier no longer sells gift cards, but is honoring ones that were previously bought.
- Ryanair - The Irish low-cost carrier sells gift vouchers ranging from £25 up to £200. The voucher can be used 1,600 daily flights, connecting +185 destinations in 30 countries across Europe.
- Southwest Airlines - Southwest gift cards can be purchased in any amount between $10 and $1,000 online or through the reservations department. Cards can be delivered via email or shipped to recipients. Gift cards can't be used to buy Southwest Airlines Vacation Packages, cargo, hotel, rental car, Southwest Airlines merchandise, Southwest Airlines group tickets, EarlyBird Check-In, international baggage fees, additional Southwest gift cards, or inflight purchases. They can be used to pay for domestic oversized and excess baggage, sales tax, security fees, passenger facilities charges, pet fare, and unaccompanied minor service charge.
- Spirit Airlines - The Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based carrier allows travelers to buy Free Spirit frequent flyer miles as a gift that can be used toward flights. Prices range from $25 for 1,000 miles to $1,500 for 60,000 miles.
- United Airlines - Gift certificates are available in amounts between $25 and $10,000, and can be used toward the purchase of air travel on United and United Express. It is valid for five years after purchase.