According to a new Bankrate.com report, nearly one in three rewards cardholders (31 percent) did not redeem any rewards in 2020. However, 46 percent of rewards cardholders who did redeem rewards did so for rewards of a substantial value, including $300-plus in cash back/gift cards (30 percent), a free hotel stay (15 percent) or a free flight (11 percent).
Many rewards cardholders are also leaving money on the table by not using cards for common purchases like gas, groceries, restaurants and travel. For rewards cardholders who typically pay balances in full monthly, only 51 percent prefer to pay for groceries with credit, and just 59 percent buy gas with credit. The percentage is 56 for those who spend money at restaurants.
“As long as you’re avoiding interest, using credit can pay you back for all of your purchases big and small,” said Ted Rossman, credit card analyst, Bankrate.com. “Many credit card issuers leaned hard into groceries, food delivery, streaming services and other everyday categories in 2020, so it is easier than ever to earn and burn rewards for routine expenses.”
The Hamilton Hotel, located steps from the White House, was the perfect place for a relaxing weekend getaway. Upon arrival, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful with a quick check-in process. The lobby was immaculate with shining marble flooring, velvet couches and an arched ceiling design that brought a sense of sophistication. For added security, the elevators are only accessible to those who have a key card to a guestroom.
Denver’s The Source Hotel offers its new Passport Program. Overnight guests receive The Source Passport at check-in and from there can enjoy restaurants and retail establishments across The Source Hotel + Market Hall with exclusive discounts. Exclusive discounts are available at The Woods, Safta, Reunion Bread, Beet & Yarrow, Melted and more.
Seabourn relaunched its Early Bonus Savings promotion. Guests who pay their booking in full by June 30, receive an additional 10 percent savings off the base cruise fare. The Seabourn promotion applies to select voyages departing on or after Nov. 1, and now includes voyages through fall 2022 and winter and spring 2023.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa introduced its Work, Learn and Play From Hyatt Regency Maui’s Rooftop offer. For the Work aspect, guests have access to screen monitors, office supplies and printers to work from the rooftop. Learn with an astronomy lesson from NASA Ambassador Edward Mahoney. And for Play, enjoy dinner at sunset on the rooftop with a private stargazing experience.
TAP Air Portugal now offers all passengers COVID-19 testing service at Lisbon Airport at a discount. Depending on a destination’s various restrictions, the Rapid Antigen Test is €21; the PCR test is €85; and a PCR Test plus Rapid Antigen Test is €106. TAP customers enjoy priority access to this service.
Talk about a grand entrance! After driving across the state of Pennsylvania and spending the last 40 minutes of our journey in a snowstorm, Nemacolin’s The Chateau coming into view was a welcome and gorgeous sight. After stopping at a checkpoint where our temperatures were taken, we drove to the valet, where we were helped with our many bags (winter gear takes up a lot of luggage space!) and escorted into an equally gorgeous lobby, bedecked with red roses in a nod to Nemacolin’s recent gig as host venue for the latest season of The Bachelor. Given the late hour, the lobby was quiet and empty. We were offered Champagne at check-in and were quickly on our way to our guestroom.
INNSiDE by Meliá New York Nomad partners with Circle Line Cruises to invite locals to be tourists in their own city. Guests of the property will be given a 10 percent promo code for Circle Line’s Landmarks Cruise.