What’s stopping you from taking a trip out of the country? Do you need a passport? Surprisingly, two-thirds of Americans aren’t ready for international travel. According to the U.S. Department of State, only 36 percent of citizens hold a valid U.S. passport. That’s why Hotels.com is giving away free passports, helping with the financial burden, as passports cost $110. That’s right, Hotels.com is helping Americans save by offering “free passports” with qualifying international accommodation bookings.
Although the U.S. lags behind countries like Great Britain, Australia, and Canada, Americans applied for about 17 million passports in 2016* and it’s already predicted that applications this year will hit 21 million. One of the barriers for a passport can be cost (a U.S. passport runs $110), so online lodging expert Hotels.com is Giving Away free passports** with qualifying international accommodation bookings.
“Americans are eager to get out of town. We’re seeing a strong increase in searches for European destinations year over year,” said Josh Belkin, VP and GM for the Hotels.com brand. “With declining airfares, increased international flight options, and great hotel deals, now is an obvious time to venture abroad.”
Before you pack your bags, follow these Five Simple Passport Tips.
Be in the know. Get to know the application process. See the US Department of State website for helpful details.
Keep time on your side. The routine application process can take six – eight weeks so don’t procrastinate.
Drop the shades and spectacles. Most people don’t know that you can’t wear glasses in your passport pic!
Choose a Passport Card or Book. A passport card costs $30 and is valid for U.S. land and sea ports-of-entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda, but not for air travel outside the U.S. You’ll need a passport book for international air travel.
Save $110 with the Hotels.com Passport coupon. Book by August 31, 2017 for travel through March 31, 2018.
Hotels.com is Giving Away Free Passports
Hotels.com is helping Americans save by offering “free passports” with qualifying international accommodation bookings. Travelers can continue to save $110 with the Hotels.com Passport coupon, an offer now extended through August 31.
See www.hotels.com/passport17 to learn more.
*Source: The US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs.
**See www.hotels.com/passport17 for terms and conditions.
***Instant savings are only available on select, participating properties.
**** Free nights are only available on select, participating properties. The maximum value of the free night is the average of daily rate of the 10 paid nights and doesn’t include taxes or fees. See site for details.
Secret Prices are available to Hotels.com app users, Hotels.com® Rewards members, and individuals who unlock Secret Prices on the website by subscribing to Hotels.com by email. Secret Prices will be shown where the “Your Secret Prices” banner is displayed in your search results. Available on select hotels and select dates only. Subject to full terms and conditions.
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I’m in the process of replacing my passport as we speak! Great tips!