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August 26, 2016

New Travel Website Links Hotel Discounts and Charity Gifts

A new hotel-booking site offers travelers discounts at selected inns if they donate at least $10 to charity for each night of their stay, writes The New York Times.

Kind Traveler launched earlier this month with a roster of 21 mostly boutique and style-focused hotels in 11 destinations in the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Users who donate through the site can get up to 25 percent off published lodging rates, which the Kind Traveler’s founders say are comparable to the prices at established travel sites such as Orbitz and Expedia.

Users can give to major charities such as the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross or earmark their donations for local organizations selected by the site’s partner hotels. Kind Traveler says the hotels are vetted for wellness (such as having a spa), sustainability (such as composting), and community impact (like shopping at local farmers' markets).