A Classic Gift

Classic Vacations announces American Express gift card promotion

By: Dawna Robertson

Classic Vacations, a leading provider of luxury travel experiences, has announced a new promotion entitled Give Yourself a Gift. Clients who travel to Hawaii or Tahiti, stay a minimum of five nights at a participating resort and purchase the Travel Smart Plan program can receive American Express Gift Cards valued at up to $250. The promotion applies to bookings made between March 17-May 31 for travel between March 31-June 30.

In addition to the American Express Gift Card, those booking a Hertz rental car will receive a three-category upgrade from a compact to a full-size vehicle. Those traveling to Hawaii may also receive up to 20 percent savings on United Airlines airfares on select flights from select gateways. And clients originating from select West Coast gateways can receive free use of a compact car rental in Hawaii.

“The Give Yourself a Gift promotion is filled with value,” said Greg Bernd, vice president of sales for Classic Vacations. “The American Express gift card coupled with valuable rental car and airfare savings is an incredible offer. And since clients can combine the gift card promotion with best-in-market promotions at participating resorts, this promotion is truly a great choice for agents and their customers.”

The Give Yourself a Gift promotion is available exclusively with many of the best offers from participating luxury resorts in Hawaii and Tahiti. For the complete listing of participating resorts, visit http://www.classicvacations.com/travelagent/giftcard.aspx.

The American Express Gift Card offer applies to new bookings on stays of at least five nights at a participating hotel and the purchase of the Travel Smart Plan program (must be purchased by every traveling adult). Flights must be booked by May 31 for travel by June 30.

Those booking a participating hotel will receive two American Express Gift Cards with a total value of $250 if deposit and full payment are paid using any American Express Card. If using any other form of payment, they’ll receive one American Express Gift Card valued at $200.

There is a limit of one award per booking, regardless of the number of rooms booked. Hotel space is subject to availability at the time of booking. Blackout dates, seasonal surcharges, taxes, resort fees (if any) and other restrictions may apply.

The American Express Gift Card promotion is valid with select hotels and resorts, applies to select room categories only and is combinable with select specials only. The customer is responsible for hotel taxes and fees on free night offers. Not redeemable for cash, gift cards will be provided with travel documents prior to travel.

As for ground transportation, compact car rentals through Hertz are eligible for a complimentary three-category upgrade to a full-size car. Up to 20 percent savings on United Airlines applies to net fares and “L” class of service on select flights departing only from San Francisco or Los Angeles. Savings from other gateways will vary. All rules apply to flights to Hawaii only.

The American Express Gift Card promotion is combinable with Classic Vacations’ Free Car Offer in Hawaii from select West Coast gateways only. All rules for existing Free Car Offer apply. For complete details, see www.classicvacations.com/travelagent/freecar.aspx.

Cancellations made after travel documents have been issued will be refunded less the cost of the Travel Smart Plan and less the cost of the American Express Gift Card(s). If gift card(s) is returned to Classic Vacations with the full awarded value, the cost of the adjustment will be made after Classic Vacations has received the gift card(s).

Classic Vacations offers a full line of luxury accommodations (including suites, villas and residences), first-class and private transportation options, and unique tours and excursions to Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, Tahiti, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand.