Destination club Exclusive Resorts has recently expanded their Gateway travel card to members in the United States. Previously available only in Canada, Gateway is similar in structure to a jet card. The Gateway Card offers travelers the option to purchase from three to twenty-one travel days over a three-year period. The travel options include the entire portfolio of Exclusive Resorts' homes - over three hundred, multimillion-dollar homes with two to five bedrooms in seventy-five different destinations.

Pricing for the Gateway travel card works out to between $1550 - $1995 per residence per night. Premium upgrade packages are available for those guests looking for access to holiday dates. Access to Exclusive Resorts' custom excursions and experiences - Exclusive Journeys and Events - is another cardholder benefit. Trips to Kenya and Borneo, and VIP experiences at Milan Fashion Week and The Masters are among those excursions offered.

Like jet cards in the private aviation sector, Gateway cardholders are prepaying for guaranteed service and to lock in rates, without needing to make a long-term commitment to the club. It's a great option for those looking to try out and experience Exclusive Resorts' properties without committing to or investing in a full membership.

In addition to the Gateway travel card, Exclusive Resorts has also launched a Choice membership option. With the Choice membership, travelers that don’t want to commit to a 30-year membership can purchase a three to ten year membership. Nightly rates for each residence range from $1,430 to $1,817. According to Kristen Nolte, SVP of Marketing “Whether you’re committed to experiencing a lifetime of unforgettable vacations or simply seeking a quick weekend getaway, Exclusive Resorts now has a product to suit the tastes and budgets of all travelers and corporation.”

The table below summarizes the Gateway card:

 Gateway Card Snapshot
 Term  3 Years
 Travel Days  21 Days
 Total Cost Year One  $40,000
 Average Nightly Rate  $1,905
 Number of Destinations  75
 Pre-Trip Planning  Dedicated Team of Ambassadors
 Advanced Booking Window  2 Reservations Up to 18 Months
 Booking Window  40 Days

NOTE: This is an article from 2014. More recent articles are available below and linked at the Exclusive Resorts overview page. At the time of this update the Gateway Card is no longer available.