Friends and Family
The Expat Survey 2013 Overview
Regardless of nationality, expats demonstrate considerable thoughtfulness and generosity when it comes to giving gifts to their loved ones overseas.
Gestures range from the usual items such flowers, chocolates and cards, with Interflora, Hotel Chocolat and Moonpig dominating activity,to the gifting of retail vouchers with Amazon, John Lewis and Sears being nominated as favourites.
Many really push the boat out with indulgent experiences such as Red Balloon Days, luxury spa visits and top quality restaurants to funding their relatives’ next visits with airline vouchers*
Expats shared their enthusiasm for airlines that they describe as going the extra mile. Emirates, Qatar and Virgin featured as the three leading favourites. However aside these they also heavily criticised the gift voucher schemes of some airlines stating that they are not user friendly due to excessive traveller contraints and prohibitive conditions of use.