Is Your Travel Rewards Program Worth It?


AAAtravelforcastAround this time of year, U.S. residents can look forward to the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) travel forecast.

Last year AAA predicted more than 46 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more from their home over Thanksgiving weekend.  The 2015 forecast is not yet available at the time of this writing, but I’m sure the prediction will be similar.BN-LC361_1105ai_J_20151104132758

If you’re like me, I’m sure you’d like to find ways to save while traveling not just over Thanksgiving, but year-round; whether it be discounts on lodging, car rentals or air fare there’s always an opportunity to not pay full price if planning ahead.

For example, my family and I recently visited Orlando, Florida for the weekend and our two night stay at a 4-star hotel was free (less the added resort fee charge of $19 per day).  So, how did we get such a deal?  One word: REWARDS.

Not all loyalty rewards are the same; some work fantastically with little hassle, but others do have fine print that you need to read carefully before signing up. So the question is if it’s worth participating in a reputable travel loyalty reward program…and the answer is a resounding YES!!

What to look for in a Travel Rewards Program

0020-03_loyalty_cardsWhen choosing a travel rewards program, you first want to sign-up with a company that you’re certain to patronize repeatedly. For instance, if you find yourself staying at one of Marriott International hotels when travelling for business or leisure, then it’s best to participate in their Marriott Rewards program.

Over time, you’ll accumulate enough points for priority late checkouts, complimentary room upgrades and free nights.

xBestAirlineRewards2015_125x128.png.pagespeed.ic.bWHbX2mkC1U.S. News & World Report has compiled a robust list of the “Best Travel Rewards Programs” for 2015-216. To find the program that will fit best your travel lifestyle, please feel free to visit their site by clicking here.

rewards credit cardsIf you’re in a quandary as to which travel credit card best fits your travel needs Nomadic Matt has researched several tips to help you make a wise decision.  Visit his site by clicking here.

Wishing you a safe and economical holiday travel season!

Best wishes,


Ms. Dakar is the author of The Busy Person’s Guide to Personal Finance, a primer to help consumers manage their finances so they can build a substantial nest-egg. She also conducts personal finance seminars where she provides concepts to attain overall financial health.