Essential workers have been the lifeblood of our country over the past few weeks. Whether many of us had to stay home whether we liked it or not, others have been working to make sure our kids have access to digital learning, that we have food (and toilet paper!) to buy, proper medical care, first responders, morticians, etc.
Some companies are aware of the sacrifices our country’s essential workers have been providing and want to thank them and give back. These are a few of the travel companies making such offers:
Airbnb is waiving all of its fees for the first 100,000 responders who book stays through the home-sharing platform, for when working the front lines, through May 31, 2020.
AmaWaterways is offering medical professionals, first responders and employees of essential services a complimentary certification for a future cruise. It can be used for any sailing in Europe or Asia through December 31, 2021, with one paying guest staying in the same stateroom. A valid ID is required. Reservations must be made within 90 days of sailing.
Choice Hotels has a “Choice Cares” special rate for essential critical infrastructure workers (i.e. nurses, doctors, paramedics, firefighters, food/agriculture workers and transit employees) for up to nine rooms at participating hotels.
Under its Rides for Responders program, Greyhound is offering 2 free one-way Road Rewards tickets to doctors, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, medical technicians, firefighters, members of law enforcement and morticians who need to travel to reach their volunteer site. Tickets must be issued and travel completed by May 31, 2020.
Hyatt is offering its Hyatt Friends & Family Rate to healthcare workers through June 30, 2021.
Karisma Hotels & Resorts
Karisma Hotels & Resorts currently has a Holidays for Your Heroes initiative, therein they’re donating 150 luxury all-inclusive resort stays to essential workers and their families. Winners will receive a complimentary 5-day, 4-night stay for up to five family members at any Karisma property of their choice in Latin America or the Caribbean. You can nominate an essential worker through June 30, 2020. Winners will be chosen in July 2020.
Motel 6 is offering medical professionals, first responders, firefighters, police, military and other emergency personnel a 20 percent discount on their next stay when they book by May 31 for travel through June 30. They’ll leave the light on for you.
Playa Hotels & Resorts
Playa Hotels & Resorts started their “Heroes Service from the Heart” campaign last month. It allows a select group of travel advisors to gift 31 free trips to their “community heroes.” Winners will start being announced on May 15. Each winner will receive a 4-night stays for two at a Playa property in Mexico and the Caribbean between Aug. 1, 2020, and Dec. 15, 2021. The prizes also include private transfers and a $25 excursion credit.
Qatar Airways is offering 100,000 free roundtrip tickets to healthcare professionals around the world. Eligible workers can apply on the airline’s website through 4:59 p.m. ET on May 18. Once chosen, winners can book up to 2 free Economy Class round trip tickets for anywhere Qatar flies. On top of that, healthcare professionals can take advantage of a 35% discount at Qatar Duty-Free retail outlets at Hamad International Airport in Doha.
Red Lion Hotels
Red Lion Hotels brand is offering essential workers 50% off of their stay at its branded properties (Red Lion, Hotel RL and Americas Best Value Inn) through June 30. Bookings must be made by May 15.
Signature Travel Network & Villas of Distinction
Signature Travel Network is partnering with Villas of Distinction and they’re going to send four healthcare workers on a villa vacation in Los Cabos, Costa Rica, Utah or Florida. You can visit HonorAHealthcareHero.com to nominate a healthcare professional through July 31, 2020, for travel through Dec. 15, 2021. Winners will be announced the week of Aug. 17, 2020.
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