When does the travel bug bite you? It has become the American standard to cram vacations into the summer season when the kids are out of school and the sun beckons. Not everyone agrees. There’s another smaller portion of our population that considers travel enticing in the fall.
Summer crowds have thinned and the formerly blazing summer temperatures have dropped a bit. Some go into the great outdoors in weather conditions perfect for adventure. Others appreciate the quiet roads and now-attainable restaurant and hotel reservations as the tourist hustle and bustle dwindles. Search your favorite online travel reservation site, and you may
be surprised to see offers for amazing packages and discounts at this off-peak time of the year.
How can businesses afford to offer these deals? With the close of summer vacation season since school is in session for the year, families can’t travel. People are also saving up for the holidays and don’t want to allocate any disposable income towards a vacation. This is an opportune time for people to get away from it all; there’s less demand and more availability.
Destinations that are primarily leisure getaway locales like the Caribbean are very sensitive to these low seasons. They look to this time to market their accommodations and experiences to those who would otherwise look away. By giving you incredible deals and unique experiences at a time when their establishments would be empty otherwise, their goal is to convert you into a loyal, repeat customer.
Frances Liu, who specialized in luxury vacation offerings for a major U.S. airline, said, “Don’t look just at price; consider the quality of the services and caliber of the establishment to get the most for your money. You could be upgraded to a suite or nicer room, gifted a travel credit, or offered restaurant discounts and vouchers.”
Sometimes all you have to do is ask! They want you to have that magical vacation experience so you will come back. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Before you pack your bags, make sure your wallet is ready too. Look into the travel benefits of your credit card as they vary from each provider and can include coverage such as worldwide acceptance of your payment method, travel and emergency services, auto rental insurance at no additional cost, and generous automatic travel accident insurance.
Avoid payment issues by letting your bank and credit card agencies know you are traveling. Many offer the convenience of a virtual travel alert form within your online account to easily check that off your to-do list. For example, Arvest Flex Rewards™ credit card offers an online card manager site
with your own unique login created when you open the account. This allows you to safely and instantly track your charges, schedule bill pay, and now let your bank know when you are traveling with the quick functionality of a simple virtual form.
If you don’t have a credit card that gives you these types of benefits and more, check out Arvest Flex Rewards™ credit cards where new credit card accounts created by Sept. 30, 2016, can earn up to $50 in rewards bonus points
** and additional rewards points on every purchase to redeem for cash back, statement credits, booking travel and shopping. Be sure to tell your friends at Arvest about the vacation deals you find! Happy hunting!
**Open a new Arvest Personal Credit Card to qualify for the one-time bonus of up to $50 after spending $2,000 on eligible purchases within the first (3) months of account opening. $50 bonus is awarded as 5,000 rewards points in the Arvest Flex Rewards™ program. Arvest Flex Rewards™ is a program where you can earn one point for every $1 you spend using your Arvest Credit Card. The 5,000 bonus points will be awarded in installments through a tiered payout model. Make $1,000 in purchases and earn 2,500 bonus points; make an additional $1,000 in purchases and earn an additional 2,500 bonus points. Eligible purchases can be made by the primary cardholder or any additional cardholders on a single Card Account. Limit one 5,000 points bonus per Card Account. Eligible purchases do NOT include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, convenience check transactions, purchases of traveler’s checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards or purchases of other cash equivalents. Bonus points will be applied to your account within three billing cycles after your qualifying purchase. To be eligible for either bonus offer, the Card Account must be open and not in default as of the date the bonus points are applied. Bonus offers are subject to credit approval. For complete details, ask an Arvest associate or go to arvest.com/dreams. Offer valid from August 1 through September 30, 2016.