If you want to give a gift that a traveler will actually use, look no further than these 11 monthly and annual memberships. Bonus: You can buy them online at any time, so even if you’re searching for last-minute gifts, your recipient will never know.
Best Memberships and Subscriptions to Give as Last-Minute Gifts
From airport lounge access to free two-day shipping from a trendy online retailer, there’s an online membership or subscription to give everyone on your list.
Do you know a frequent traveler who’s not a fan of airline loyalty programs? With a Priority Pass membership, you gain access to airport lounges across the world at a discounted fee for you and a guest at the standard membership level. But if you’re willing to pay more, you’ll get complimentary access for a limited number of times.
Standard membership: $99 per year; includes visits for $27 each. Standard Plus membership: $249 per year; includes 10 free visits, with subsequent visits for $27 each. Prestige membership: $399 per year; includes unlimited complimentary visits (guests cost $27 each)
Amazon Prime has awesome benefits for travelers: Letting you order food on-demand for when you return from a trip; free books with Prime Reading; Prime Video offline downloads; free two-day shipping for last-minute trip essentials … the list goes on and on. Seriously, any traveler will love this last-minute gift idea.
On a monthly basis, an Amazon Prime membership costs $11. If you choose to be charged on an annual basis, you will be charged $99. Prime Video membership is $9 a month.
The Skyroam Solis, a mobile hot spot (or MiFi) with purchasable day passes, is a great gift for international travelers. No SIM card or service provider changes are required, and the mobile-friendly device can connect up to five devices at a time. The unlimited day passes make a great gift for those who already have the mobile hot spot, too.
Passes are $9 per day; the device itself costs $150, or you can rent the device and the daily pass costs $10 per day.
TSA PreCheck or Global Entry
Give the gift of expedited security and custom-clearance! While maybe not a bragging-rights-worthy gift, a membership for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry is one of the best last-minute gifts for travelers—it’s useful and it’s not something everyone wants to splurge on for themselves (even though they should).
Both programs enroll approved applicants for a five-year period, and PreCheck costs $85 and Global Entry costs $100.
If they already have PreCheck or Global Entry, make their life even easier with CLEAR. This service lets you skip the ID checkpoint part of security and sends you straight to bag screening. While not a super necessary service, it saves a decent amount of time, and it’s not something they’d typically purchase themselves. Bonus: Participating stadiums and arenas are also implementing CLEAR kiosks to bypass security checkpoints.
An Annual Standard Membership costs $15 per month, billed annually at $179. Kids under 18 are free.
An Apple Music subscription makes a great last-minute gift for travelers because of its offline feature. Pre-download any playlist (the subscription grants you access to more than 40 million songs) or purchased video or TV show from your iTunes library and you’re good to go.
Apple Music costs $10 per month, or $15 per month for a family subscription for up to six people.
Travelers also love Netflix for its pre-download feature as well. Some hotel chains, like Marriott, also offer Netflix streaming in room. And, hopefully, in-flight Wi-Fi will soon fully support video streaming. Plus, it hosts award-winning content like Golden Globe-nominated The Crown and Stranger Things.
Basic membership is $8 per month. The standard tier (allows members to watch on two screens at once) is $11 per month. The premium tier (available in Ultra HD and allows users to watch on up to four screens) is $14.
A Kindle Unlimited account gives your traveler access to millions of books. Everyone needs entertainment during travel days, and books and podcasts are a go-to for flights, trains, and car or bus rides.
Kindle Unlimited is $10 a month.
If you’re looking for a last-minute gift for a trendy traveler, give them free two-day shipping with the popular fashion brand ASOS. Whether it’s headphones or the latest jumpsuit, ASOS has everything a traveler might need at the last minute for an upcoming trip.
Premier Delivery with ASOS is $19 for 12-months of unlimited two-day shipping (within the U.S.) with no minimum order value.
Local Attractions Membership
For the homebody or staycationer on your list, memberships to a local museum or state park are great last-minute gifts. Visit the museum’s or park’s website to find out ways to purchase a membership.
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