Unexpected Gifts for Frequent Fliers

Unexpected Gifts for Frequent Fliers

Taryn Williford
Dec 2, 2011

Do you know a nomad? Somebody who seems to spend more time in airports than at home? They can be some of the toughest to buy for—mostly because everybody's travel styles are different. But there are still a few comforts that any flier will enjoy, and we've rounded them up here. But you won't find any luggage scales or neck pillows, these are a few surprisingly creative gift ideas that the frequent flier in your life is sure to enjoy.

In-Flight Wi-Fi
Whether you're flying for business or pleasure, it's always nice to stay connected at 30,000 feet. While purchasing (the admittedly overpriced) wi-fi access in-cabin always feels like an unneccessary expense for fliers, it's an added luxury that will definitely be appreciated by anoyone who's in the air as often as they're on the ground.

You can buy and gift pre-paid packages of in-air wi-fi sessions from the service providers. GoGo air provides wi-fi for a ton of major American carriers (American Airlines, US Airways and Delta, to name a few), for instance, and sells an unlimited 1-month pass for $39.95. Find out what airline your giftee flies most frequently and inquire about their wi-fi resources and pre-paid packages.

"1st Class" Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Chances are, your up-in-the-air giftee already has a pair of headphones for enjoying music or watching movies on the plane. But chances are they'd get a lot more quality use from a great pair of cans.

Check out our rounup of 5 1st Class Headphones for In-Flight Sound Relief and pick out a pair that your flier will really love. They're pricey, to be sure, but if it's in your gift budget, any of those sets would make a great gift.

Lounge or Club Membership
Even if they're set to get connected and tune out on the plane, sometimes fliers get grounded. If your guy-who-has-everything already owns all of the modern comforts of flying, head online to gift them with a lounge membership for his favorite airline. They'll have a spot to wait for their flight and catch up on their laptop with complimentary wi-fi and plenty of outlets, plus other benefits like drinks, snacks and sometimes even beds and showers.

An annual lounge membership for an airline might cost anywhere from $150 to $500+. If that's out of your budget, look into purchasing a 90-day trail pass or a few single-day lounge passes (which run $25 to $50 a piece) to bundle up for your flier.

(Images: 1st Class Headphones for In-Flight Sound Relief, Think Ahead for Cheap (or Free!) In-Flight Wi-Fi)

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