Perks they deserve
Essential workers deserve all of the perks that can be thrown their way, and it has been encouraging to see the travel industry is honoring them by offering them free and discounted travel options they can take advantage of right now.
Here are some of the best travel deals for our frontline workers.
Essential workers—nurses, doctors, firefighters, food/agriculture workers, paramedics and transit employees—are being given a special “Choice Cares” rate, allowing them to book up to nine rooms.
To test the offer, I entered a two-night stay, which gave me a room for $88 per night under “best available” option under “select rate.” When I changed the drop down to “Choice Cares-Essential Workers Only,” the rate dropped to $82 per night.
Hyatt is offering their special Friends & Family rate to healthcare workers from now through June 30, 2021. This rate is typically between 15%-40% off the standard room price. Healthcare workers can get the Friends & Family rate at Hyatt’s website or via its Global Contact Centers by inputting the offer code“THANKYOU” and giving their professional credentials.
For example, a two-night stay with an original rate of $139 per night and is $109 with the Friends & Family rate.
The “Holidays For Your Heroes” initiative was created to donate 150 all-inclusive resort vacations to essential workers and their families for future use. Essential workers can be nominated from now until June 30, 2020. Winners will be selected in July 2020 and will receive a four-night, five-day stay for up to five family members at a Karisma property of their choice in the Caribbean or Latin America.
Medical professionals, emergency personnel, first responders, police officers, firefighters and military will be given 20% off their next stay. You must book by May 31, 2020 for travel through June 30, 2020.
Under Playa’s “Heroes Service from the Heart” program, over 30 free vacation packages will be given away to first responders from top travel advisors in the nation. One vacation will be given each day of May, which will include a four-night stay for two, private airport transfers and a $25 excursion credit. The eligible travel dates are from August 1, 2020 to December 15, 2021 at any Playa property, with the exception of “Sanctuary Cap Cana” located in the Dominican Republic.
Essential workers can now obtain free Gold Status at Wyndham hotels. Through the Everyday Heroes Initiative, grocery associates, delivery drivers, healthcare workers, truck drivers, warehouse workers, construction workers and sanitation workers can apply online for their reward status.
The status grants you:
- Late check out
- Preferred room choice
- Member services access
Greyhound’s “Rides for Responders” is giving back to doctors, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, medical technicians, firefighters, members of law enforcement and morticians volunteering to relocate and needing to travel to a volunteer site. They are offering two free one-way Road Rewards tickets to essential workers traveling from their home to a city or town in need of pandemic support.
Here’s how to get the tickets:
- Join Road Rewards, if you’re not already a member
- Send an email with a photo of your professional ID
- Include your full name, phone number, email attached to your Road Rewards, Road Rewards number, profession, volunteering city, and intended travel date.
- Wait up to 72-hours for the tickets to appear in your Road Rewards account
From now until May 31, 2020, Airbnb is offering 100,000 essential workers stays without any additional fees as part of its Frontline stays program. Stays listed on the program’s website can be booked by essential workers only and will not include booking fees, cleaning fees or service fees. Additionally, some Airbnb hosts have chosen to offer their homes to first responders are free or discounted rates.