Introducing Arvest Flex Rewards™

Thursday, July 02 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is excited to announce we’ll be launching a new rewards program, Arvest Flex Rewards™, this fall. In an effort to bring greater value to your rewards program, this more robust platform will feature:

  • No annual membership fee. Join the program for free, and enjoy no annual fee.
  • Cash-back opportunities. Redeem Arvest Flex Rewards™ for credit card statement credits or deposits into your checking account.
  • New travel redemption categories. Includes most airlines, hotel chains and car rental facilities with availability, as well as cruises and other travel packages.
  • A significantly expanded pool of gift card brands. Redeem points for gift cards from more than 50 merchants, including retailers, restaurants, airlines and hotels.
  • The ability to redeem points at lower thresholds. Cash-back and gift card categories will require fewer points for redemption. Cash-back redemption opportunities start at 2,500 points and some gift cards at 5,000 points. 
  • The ability to pay for travel with a combination of points and your Arvest credit card.
  • Bonus points. Customers will have special opportunities to earn bonus rewards points throughout the year.
  • A dynamic online customer interface. Along with a new look and feel, the Arvest Flex Rewards™ website will feature improved navigation and rewards redemption experience.
As always, we are excited to offer competitive products – like our upcoming enhanced rewards program – that meet your financial needs. If you have questions or would like more information about your current Arvest Rewards account or the upcoming program changes, please call (855) 380-2204.  We are here to help.
 
Tags: Arvest Flex Rewards™
 

Pointers to Help Seniors Live at Home Longer

Wednesday, July 01 at 11:05 AM
Category: Personal Finance

The vast majority of older Americans want to remain in their homes as they grow older, also known as aging in place. More than 90 percent of the baby boomer population prefer to age in place, according to a recent Georgetown University survey.*

“America’s 50 and older population is expected to increase by 20 percent in the next 15 years,” said American Bankers Association President and CEO Frank Keating. “It’s important that older adults and their families plan ahead to ensure they have the housing they need for a safe, comfortable and independent life.”

The ABA Foundation is offering the following tips for older Americans considering aging in place.  

Take a hard look at your finances. Arrange a meeting with a trusted family member or friend and your financial advisor. It’s critical to understand your financial resources, how long they’ll last and what housing options are the most cost effective for you. Be sure to consider all costs associated with aging in place, including:
  • Home modifications
  • Transportation to medical appointments, shopping and other errands
  • In home caregiver for house upkeep and medical purposes
  • Property taxes and home insurance
Assess your home and determine what modifications are necessary. While staying in your home is preferable for many, there are often design changes that must be made to ensure it’s also safe and comfortable.
  • Make sure there is at least one step-free entrance to your home.
  • Update lighting inside and outside of the house so that all walkways and stairs are well lit. Clear pathways throughout house and firmly secure all carpets to the floor to prevent tripping
  • If a bedroom and bathroom does not or cannot exist on the first floor, consider installing an elevator or chairlift. At a minimum, make sure you have handrails on both sides of your stairs.
  • Install grab bars in the bathtub, shower, or near the toilet.
Make security a priority. Older Americans are often targets for scams and other criminal behavior. Be cautious about who you allow in your home and disclose sensitive information to.
  • Install up-to-date and easy-to-use locks. Make sure your front door has a peep hole or a security monitor so you can see who is outside.
  • Consult someone you trust when hiring a contractor, financial advisor, etc.
Look into community resources. If mobility is limited, look in to services offered in your area. Many communities have established non-profit programs that offer transportation and food delivery to assist older Americans at a reasonable cost.

Be prepared for possible emergencies.
  • Keep a list of all emergency contacts on your refrigerator or by a phone.
  • Consider a Personal Emergency Response System.* Transmitters can be worn as a bracelet or around your neck and require the simple push of a button to send a signal to a call center.
  • Have your address number visible from the street so emergency responders can easily identify your home.
Reevaluate every six months to make sure all needs are being met. As you age, your needs inevitably change. Take time twice a year, or as needed, to sit down with your trusted family or friend and make sure your current living situation is still the right one. 

For more information and additional housing tips, visit aba.com/housing.*

Article courtesy of American Bankers Association.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution. 

Tags: Consumer Protection, Financial Education, Retirement
 

Bartlesville, Okla. Blood Drive

Wednesday, July 01 at 06:50 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The American Red Cross Eastern Oklahoma chapter* has partnered with Arvest Bank to host a blood drive on Monday, July 13, 12 - 6 p.m. in Bartlesville, Okla. We encourage associates, customers and community members to donate blood and give back to our community. Anyone interested can sign up online* or stop by the American Red Cross location at 601 S.W. Jennings Ave., Bartlesville, Okla. on July 13.

“The Eastern Oklahoma Red Cross is responsible for the safety and preparedness of 1.5 million people spread across 26,000 square miles in eastern Oklahoma. We reach 516 people every day in the 31 counties we serve,” according to the American Red Cross website. 
 
For questions, please contact Camie King at cking1@arvest.com
 
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.   
 
Tags: Bartlesville, Community Support, Oklahoma
 

Friday Financial Forum July 3 in Bartlesville, Okla.

Tuesday, June 30 at 05:35 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Join us Friday, July 3, at 10 a.m. for our Friday Financial Forum hosted by Jim Bohnsack. We’ll meet in the Friday Forum Room at Arvest's Eastside Branch located at 4225 S.E. Adams Rd., Bartlesville, Okla. Every Friday we invite customers like you to attend our one-hour Financial Forum. 

This week, the well-known Ad Lib Singers will be bringing their Fourth of July Patriotic Extravaganza in music and song! The Ad Lib Singers, who were founded in 1994, is a lively group of music lovers who amuse and entertain with show tunes, gospel, patriotic music and more. They most certainly are aptly named — should the audience hear a mistake, rest assured, they never make a mistake — they simply ad lib!    
 
Most recently, the Ad Lib Singers were showcased at this year’s OK Mozart Festival under the direction of American Kids founder and former Bartian, Dr. Dale Smith, who will be directing at this week’s forum. As a songwriter and performer, Smith produced “Oklahoma’s Will” in celebration of Will Rogers’ 100th birthday. He has written, produced, sung and acted in numerous shows. Recently Smith composed music and lyrics, performed and toured with his original musical production, “The Will and The Wind,” commemorating the plight of Oklahoma’s Dust Bowl era.
 
Please make plans to join us this Friday for a grand celebration of America’s Independence Day! If you have any questions or would like to add someone to the invitation email list, please contact Billie Roane at (918) 337-4358. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Tags: Bartlesville, Community Support, Oklahoma
 

Mobile Banking Updates

Monday, June 29 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Existing Mobile Banking App users will be prompted to download a required app update on June 30. In this update, the app will look the same and include minor enhancements. Once you have updated the app, you may notice the following updates:

  • Ability to provide feedback on your mobile banking experience, right inside the app
  • Improved visibility of Arvest services found at branch locations
  • Increased compatibility with other Arvest banking systems
Some customers may receive a password expiration message when logging in via the app or mobile web browser. Please log in to Arvest Online Banking from arvest.com via a web browser on your computer or tablet and update your password. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

If you have questions about these updates or need assistance logging in to mobile banking, please contact Customer Service at (866) 952-9523 or visit your local Arvest Bank branch.

New Mobile Banking App users must be signed up for Arvest Online Banking to be able to use the Mobile Banking App. You can sign up for Online Banking by visiting a nearby Arvest Bank branch or calling Customer Service at (866) 952-9523.

This blog edited by Blog Admin on 6/29/15.

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