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The Genius, Cost-Saving Hotel Hack For Post-COVID Travel

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The Genius, Cost-Saving Hotel Hack For Post-COVID Travel
Jacqueline Parisi

By Jacqueline Parisi

When the $2.2 trillion stimulus package was signed into law in March, airlines were the big winners, with the Associated Press reporting that they received a sum of $50 billion. This left hotels competing for a share of the $500 billion allocated for loans, despite the fact that they originally asked for a dedicated bailout of $150 billion, plus $100 billion for suppliers.

With the American Hotel & Lodging Association claiming that hotel occupancy rates have fallen to 20% in major cities, it's clear that many properties—especially the smaller, independent, boutique accommodations—are at risk of folding.

Fortunately, there's now a way to support the hotel industry while saving big time on future travel: purchasing hotel credits through Porter & Sail.

How hotel credits work

It's simple. Travelers purchase credits for hotels, which they can then redeem at a higher value later when planning a trip. In some cases, the discounts are as high as 50%. Travel dates are not required to book, and in most cases credits are valid for up to two years, which means more flexibility during a time when travelers need it most—no one wants to be locked into set rates or booking windows these days. Think of it as a low-risk, high-reward purchase. A win-win for travelers and hotels alike.

Benefits of purchasing hotel credits in advance

  • Save money
    We're talking upwards of $2,500 on select properties. Use the credits to book rooms, dine at eligible onsite restaurants, and occasionally even shop at property facilities.
  • Choose from a wider selection of boutique independent hotels
    When a vaccine becomes widely available and travel opens back up again, the best boutique, independent hotels around the world will be prohibitively expensive due to skyrocketing demand. But at the moment, the selection is vast and the prices, reasonable.  
  • Support independent businesses and local economies
    Purchasing hotel credits helps generate near-term cash flow while creating demand and opportunity. Plus, when you purchase credits through Porter & Sail, you'll also have the opportunity to donate to Saira Hospitality, a nonprofit that partners with luxury hotels around the world—from Namibia to Tulum to Los Angeles—to build pop-up schools providing local communities with the necessary training and resources to build sustainable careers in hospitality.
  • Enjoy the flexibility of traveling when you want
    When you book through Porter & Sail, you don't need to commit to any travel dates. Upon purchasing, you'll receive a confirmation email with details on how to book—now or later. Like a gift card, credits are applied against your total bill.
  • Have something to look forward to during long days at home
    Let's be real—the novelty of working from home is wearing off. Days are blending together, and you'd much rather look forward to seeing a beach in real life than on your co-worker's Zoom background. Invest in yourself by purchasing hotel credits and having something to look forward to. Even if it doesn't happen in 2020, it will happen. And that's what matters.

Select hotel properties around the world offering the best deals

Esencia, Xpu - Ha (Mexico)

Spend $2250, get $3000 in credits

Between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, far from the huge resorts, the immaculate bay of Xpu-Ha is a natural haven where sea turtles make their nests. Here, on 50 sprawling, tropical acres sits Hotel Esencia, a timeless mansion built as the hideaway home of the Italian Duchess of Ferrera on the Riviera’s most beautiful beach. Each separate bungalow is tucked down a private pathway lined with palms and tropical foliage. Some rooms have plunge pools, all have gorgeous views. Dining is open air. The beach itself is pristine and feels as though it’s yours alone.

Save On Hotel Esencia Credits

Habitas, Tulum (Mexico)

Spend $1000, get $1500 in credits

Habitas Tulum is a sustainable oasis tucked beautifully between the jungle and the Caribbean Sea. Its bungalows are made with natural palapa roofs, canvas walls, and 500+ square feet of private space- the perfect environment for relaxation and reflection. Designed to coexist with nature, the Ocean Front, Pool, and Jungle rooms are built with materials that leave no impact on the environment. Oceanfront rooms have unparalleled views of the turquoise sea, while those in the jungle blend seamlessly into the ancient Yucatan palms. Glamping has never felt so good.

Save On Habitas Credits

Anvil Hotel (Jackson, Wyoming)

Spend $200, get $300 in credits

Unpack your gear for adventure when you come to Anvil Hotel. The good folk here will help you find the spots where the fish are biting, the hiking is good, the powder is fresh, and the scenes are scenic. A dream team of artisans constructed its American West hotel rooms. Designed for a modern traveler, custom iron beds and handmade brass fixtures set a comfortable, vintage tone. Outside of the window, you’ll see only the quiet grace of nature. Glorietta, the hotel’s laid-back Italian restaurant, focuses on wood-fired cooking and handmade pasta.

Save On Anvil Hotel Credits

The Alida (Savannah, Georgia)

Spend $200, get $300 in credits

Get to know the rich history of the burgeoning River Street neighborhood through a hotel that offers guests unparalleled access to Savannah’s local artists, makers and thinkers.Rooms at The Alida come with a thoughtful mix of residential furnishings and timeless décor. Full of custom creations, no two rooms are quite the same, but oversized windows in every room afford exceptional views of the historic city.

Save On The Alida Credits

Nayara Resorts (Arenal, Costa Rica)

Spend $5000, get $7500 in credits

Nayara Springs is an adults-only, super-luxe enclave set in the tropical rainforest featuring spacious villas, each with a private plunge pool fed with hot springs, outdoor showers, and tropical gardens.

Nayara Gardens is set among acres of lush gardens and rainforest and offers spacious stand-alone bungalows, all with a private terrace, outdoor shower and Jacuzzi tub for two.

Irresistible Nayara Tented Camp is the first luxury tented camp in Central America—a full-service glamping experience. Each extraordinary tree-house-tent has a private pool and unobstructed views of the Arenal Volcano.

Save On Nayara Resorts Credits

Noelle (Nashville, Tennessee)

Spend $200, get $300 in credits

Noelle has shaped itself as an experiential hotel and creative gathering place for adventurous people seeking a true Nashville encounter—and it succeeds. This art-and-craft driven space curated by leaders in the creative community really is an authentic new take on the city.

Inside the Art Deco building, with its original crown moldings, exquisite marble encasements and giant arching windows, guests feel both relaxed and inspired. Stylish rooms offer tons of natural light. Up on the rooftop, the Rare Bird bar serves drinks with a view. Downstairs at Makeready Libations & Liberation the Southern fare is delectable. And the perfectly curated boutique on street level may be the best little shop in town.

Save On Noelle Credits

Sixty Beverly Hills (LA)

Spend $200, get $300 in credits

At SIXTY Beverly Hills, a modern West Coast retreat beckons. The exclusive rooftop scene here is unlike that of any other spot in LA. You’ll get to enjoy panoramic views, stretching from downtown to the Hollywood Hills, while taking a pristine pool dip under the warm California sun. When you step out of the water, simply pad over to your private poolside cabana to enjoy the cuisine and cocktails of Above Beverly Hills.

SIXTY’s rooms and suites boast an earthy and textural quality. You’ll find custom-designed linens and bedding, plush robes, and C. O. Bigelow Apothecary bath products in the marble bathroom. Original photography adorns the walls. From your Juliet balcony, you can bask in the beautiful Southern California landscape.

Save On Sixty Beverly Hills Credits

Jnane Tamsna (Marrakech, Morocco)

Spend $1000, get $1500 in credits

Jnane Tamsna is a true oasis, a blend of owner Meryanne Loum-Martin’s splendid interior design and husband Gary Martin’s blissful botany. Comprising five elegant houses, each with a pool and Moorish arches that frame bright blue skies and verdant gardens, the walled hotel is truly inspiring.

Dinner here is renowned. The passion that Chef Bahija brings to her Moroccan cuisine will awaken your own. Her inventive spin on traditional dishes, made with pristine, organic ingredients from these Edenic gardens will have you drooling. What to do here? Wander the 9-acre garden, beneath olive groves and date palms, play some tennis, browse the art gallery-cum-tearoom, or simply lunch and lounge by your choice of swimming pool.

Save On Jnane Tamsna Credits

Hotel Brummell (Barcelona, Spain)

Spend $400, get $600 in credits

Old meets new, city meets tropics, at extraordinary Hotel Brummell, a delicious little spot outside of Barcelona’s well-beaten city center, in Poble-Sec. The 1870 façade of this building in the shadow of Montjuic remains intact, but the remainder has been reimagined as a modern, Scandi-goes-South East Asian, thoroughly livable, space.

Small doesn’t skimp on luxury. Thoughtfully-designed rooms have bathrooms with heated floors, rainfall showers, and MMLL amenities. On the roof move between the sauna, a photo-friendly pool and a green and verdant sundeck. Down in the atmospheric old courtyard, Brummell Kitchen offers brunch all morning, then at 1pm Palo Cortao takes over, serving tapas and rice dishes, cocktails and vermut to guests and locals till late.

Save On Hotel Brummell Credits

Yurbban Passage Hotel (Barcelona, Spain)

Spend $200, get $300 in credits

Take a 150-year-old building, imbue it with a thoroughly modern boutique sensibility, give it a creamy palette and sleek metallic accents, add picture-perfect pool, spa, and destination restaurant: you’ve set the stage for a memorable Barcelona stay. Yurbban Passage Hotel is well considered. The onsite D'Aprop restaurant features local Catalan produce prepared by a team with a Michelin pedigree. The ideal of Slow Beauty is espoused at the hotel spa—a soothing retreat that only uses organic and fair trade products, so that you can feel good about feeling good. There's plenty of room to stretch out in the guest rooms with their high ceilings and spacious and inviting interiors. The bathrooms feel like an extension of the spa: pockets of peace and rejuvenation.

Save On Yurbban Passage Hotel Credits


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