I work online quite a bit, and some of the sites pay in gift cards. I've been acquiring Tango cards, since they can be used for a variety of other gift cards. You can get what you really want this way, instead of having limited options. Tango let's you save up cards to buy one larger one from the company you choose. So far, I've saved up $40 worth to apply towards a Hotel card. I hope to get at least one more in time. That will give me $50 off my hotel room, which is a pretty nice discount. Of course, you could get restaurant gift cards or gas gift cards or a number of other ones as well, to help with your travel expenses.