Let’s face it: Not every job is created equal. And for those of us who love, love, LOVE to travel, work commitment means that finding time to leave the country is not always an easy task!
It appears that a few companies have noticed the increased wanderlust that employees secretly harbor, and benefits are starting to reflect the real desires of the staff they hope to retain. Let’s take a look at American workplaces that really seem to get it!
Airbnb, Inc. is located in sunny San Francisco. If you are not familiar with this giant travel innovator, the company created an online platform that allows users to offer their own homes as bed and breakfasts for extra cash, and customers can browse and reserve unique rooms around the world — often below hotel market prices. We just love using this app! But what is it like to work there? Let’s learn more.
The best thing about working at AirBNB is definitely its unique travel perk: $2,000 a year to globe trot and enjoy company listings all around the world! Employees generally rate this office highly, and we think this kind of hands-on encouragement to test out the product is a superb idea. Burning question: Where can we apply ASAP? Yes, we’re willing to travel!
Travelzoo is a company that consolidates great online deals just for you! Customers can browse through offers in travel, restaurants, and spas. Currently, 28 million members enjoy the service. But what about the employees?
Employees at Travelzoo work from 25 different offices around the world and enjoy interacting with global colleagues. But by far, the best part about the job? A $1,500 travel fund for deals they want to explore! Employees receive three more vacation days if they do use the travel money to test out new adventures. These are perks more of us could use! Where would you go with an extra $1,500 designated for touring this year?
Hyatt Hotels Corporation is pretty darn famous. Maybe you’ve even stayed there before! The company has been an American institution in the hospitality industry for decades, starting all the way back in 1957. So what kind of employee benefits have been developed at this stage in the business?
Good news! After one year of employment, Hyatt workers are given 12 free nights in rooms all around the world. Let’s be honest — these rooms are not exactly budget friendly on a normal night! The Hyatt program is an amazing opportunity for staff to experience luxury in locations like Tokyo, Mumbai, NYC, Manilla, and more. Additional bonus: Discounted rates are given to immediate family members who want to reserve rooms during their own explorations around the globe. Very impressive, Hyatt!
Did you know that American Airlines is actually the world’s largest airline today? The company usually has around 6,700 flights a day, catering to almost every travel wish on your list! Flights go back and forth to more than 50 countries and 350 cities. With all that regular transportation, perhaps employees can sneak in once and a while? Let’s find out more!
Indeed, there is a significant travel benefit if you are lucky enough to work for the airline: 1.5 million current (and former!) employees are allowed to fly economy for free with family and guests, and they also receive a good rate if they upgrade to business. But beyond that, they are actually permitted to designate 8-16 “buddy passes” each year to let more friends enjoy the world! We are definitely wowed with this company’s efforts to say thank you. Next flight to Tokyo, please.
REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.)
Founded all the way back in 1938, REI is an American outdoor recreation store that you can probably find in a city near you. If you ever visit, the first thing you will notice is the knowledgeable and helpful staff ready to advise you on the best choices for your camping (and glamping!) excursions. But why do they seem so experienced? It turns out the company has figured out a really clever win-win arrangement!
REI’s Employee Challenge Grant offers $300 to employees to spend on products for their own outdoor adventures. The terms indeed specify that it must be challenging! The thinking behind this innovative approach is that these trips improve staff product knowledge and really end up helping the customer! At the end of the day, we think this is very, very smart. Maybe more companies should take a look at this idea for application in other industries. Think about it — maybe this could work in yours!