Act Like a Traveler, Think Like a Local (Pt. 2)

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Act Like a Traveler, Think Like a Local (Pt. 2)

So you’ve learned a bit about your travel personality, style, how to combat travel anxiety and feel like a local.  All great accomplishments, but you may still find yourself seeking resources and advice. Specifically, financial advice.

Credit card companies know this, retailers know this and even our fast food chains.  They all know there are many of us that wait until the last minute, over-pack, over-analyze and have to post every minute of our lives on social media.  While these moments may seem gratifying, they can add up before the trip has even begun.

Travel preparation is both an art and a science and most advice is on what to do vs. what not to do. At Her Leisure is not only in the business of providing travel accessories, athleisure, and decor to match your travel style but your travel personality.  In your local look pursuit, we certainly don’t want anyone questioning, what’s in their wallet.

So what’s some advice we could all adhere to?

  • Going somewhere different in climate warrants that we have to spend to adjust our wardrobe, however, if you live in an area with 4 seasons, you are already prepared. If you have to buy it’s most likely out of vanity and not necessity.

Fun Fact: Invest in a one-time purchase for a travel bag, swimsuit, shoes, sundress etc. crafted with quality and durability and you’ll stay ready. I pack the same clothes every time I travel. If I do want something “new” I shop off season and on sale.

You should NOT wander into a Nordstrom, Everything but Water, Express, Pink, Sephora, South Moon Under or Target prior to your trip if you do not have the discipline.

Similarly, if you enjoy makeup, fragrance and self-care products, purchasing before a trip may leave you with buyers remorse. Vacation is a time to think minimally and again, like a local.

2. Although credit cards aren’t a “local” thing, they do aid in providing many benefits and features for travel.  Flights, cabs, trains and all purchases “travel related” are eligible for reimbursement.  You can earn 20,000 bonus miles once you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening*  Please note that this is a direct, one time offer applicable from account opening and until 3 months time. 

You have two ways to redeem your miles for travel:
1) Redeem for past travel purchases using Purchase Eraser®
Simply book your travel through your favorite travel website, travel agent, or other travel resource using your Capital One Rewards card. Then, go online at capitalone.com or call our Rewards Center to use our Purchase Eraser feature to redeem your miles and receive an account credit for the cost of your travel purchase.Purchase Eraser redemptions must be made within 90 days from the date your travel purchase posts to your account. Your account credit is usually applied to your balance within 2 to 3 business days after the redemption. Redemptions for a portion of a purchase amount (partial redemptions) are available.2) Book new travel reservations
Go online to capitalone.com or contact our Rewards Center to book your flight, car rental or hotel and use your miles to pay for your travel.
The number of miles needed for travel redemption varies and is based upon the cost of the travel purchase. Here is how it works:

Simply multiply the cost of your travel purchase by 100. For example, if your travel purchase costs $200, you would multiply that by 100 to determine you need 20,000 miles to redeem.

If your travel transaction includes taxes, surcharges, and fees, these expenses will be included in the overall calculation to determine how many miles are required for redemption. Separately itemized travel transactions on your statement cannot be combined for a single redemption. Please note that Capital One has no control over how merchants itemize and charge related transactions.

What types of travel purchases are eligible for Purchase Eraser for Previous Travel?
Purchases made from airlines, hotels, rail lines, car rental agencies, limousine services, bus lines, cruise lines, taxi cabs, travel agents and time shares are generally considered to be travel purchases and availability for redemption is based on the merchant category code assigned to them by the merchant. Capital One is not responsible for how merchants assign these codes.
Can I redeem my rewards for something other than travel?
You can also redeem your miles for cash in the form of a check or account credit, gift cards and more. Rates for these other redemption options vary and are subject to change without notice. As an Accountholder, you can enroll in online servicing at capitalone.com to see a complete description of current redemption offers.
3. Another INVALUABLE tip, is that you should NOT select your RT flight with the same airline. It can be much cheaper to fly to your destination on AA and from with Southwest.  If you have a desk with dual monitors, work smart, open your browsers, pop in your anticipated itinerary and do your research.  Additionally, every 1st time traveler or leisurist should have an account setup with hotels, cars and airlines to accumulate points.  There’s no greater feeling than simply having to pay taxes on travel.  -NONE!

 

Author: Jennifer Wilder

Jennifer Aria Wilder-Boynes is a passionate, heart-centered illustrator supplying art, fashion and decor around the world. Her original designs are saturated in influence from travel, culture, and well-being.

Jennifer concentrated on contributing to a global understanding and appreciation of Caribbean culture, traditions, lifestyle, and identities and how that extends to Africa. At Her Leisure celebrates the entire Caribbean region and its Diaspora. At Her Leisure brings Afro- Caribbean culture to diverse audiences both on and offline in addition to keeping the Diaspora connected with their cultural heritage.

Developed in the U.S. and designed from inspiration around the world. For life, travel and leisure through love, travel and wander!

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About the Author:

Jennifer Aria Wilder-Boynes is a passionate, heart-centered illustrator supplying art, fashion and decor around the world. Her original designs are saturated in influence from travel, culture, and well-being. Jennifer concentrated on contributing to a global understanding and appreciation of Caribbean culture, traditions, lifestyle, and identities and how that extends to Africa. At Her Leisure celebrates the entire Caribbean region and its Diaspora. At Her Leisure brings Afro- Caribbean culture to diverse audiences both on and offline in addition to keeping the Diaspora connected with their cultural heritage. Developed in the U.S. and designed from inspiration around the world. For life, travel and leisure through love, travel and wander!

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