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The Best Travel Rewards Programs Revealed

  • “U.S. News & World Report” just came out with their 2017-2018 Best Travel Reward Programs list, indentifying 26 hotel and airline loyalty programs with the most rewarding perks
  • Marriott Rewards earned top honors for hotel programs, mainly for the ease at which customers can earn points, especially thanks to their huge network of hotels
  • As for airlines, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan earned top honors for a third straight year, with their program allowing customers to earn points based on miles flown, rather than dollars spent

The way airlines and hotels have been treating customers lately, it’s certainly hard for travelers to stay loyal to one company. While we are constantly being asked to sign up for rewards programs that will give us perks for our loyalty, not all programs are alike and not all of them are really worth it. Thankfully, "U.S. News & World Report" is here to help you choose the right one. The mag just came out with their 2017-2018 Best Travel Reward Programs list, identifying 26 hotel and airline loyalty programs with the most rewarding perks. 

For hotels, Marriott Rewards earned top honors mainly for the ease at which customers can earn points, especially thanks to their huge network of hotels. Members also get lots of perks, like free Wi-Fi access, and they can also use their points to book experiences like concerts or even sporting events.

Top Five Hotel Rewards Programs

  1. Marriott Rewards
  2. Wyndham Rewards
  3. Choice Privileges
  4. World of Hyatt
  5. Best Western Rewards 

As for airlines, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan earned the title of Best Airline Rewards Program for a third straight year. Their program allows travelers to earn points based on miles flown, rather than dollars spent, which makes it easier for budget travelers to get free flights.  

Top Five Airline Rewards Programs

  1. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
  2. Delta SkyMiles
  3. JetBlue TrueBlue
  4. Southwest Rapid Rewards
  5. United Mileage Plus

Click here for the complete lists of both hotel and airline programs.

Source: US News & World Report


Majority Of Parents Challenged By Back-To-School Shopping

  • A new survey by Junior Achievement finds that 60% of parents say it’s a challenge to afford all their kids’ school supplies
  • 64% of parents say they’ll likely spend less than $500 per child on supplies, while 17% of parents will spend more than $500
  • 78% of parents will head to traditional retail outlets this year, with only 8% getting their back-to-school needs online

It’s almost time for kids to head back to school - heck, in some states, they’re already there. And while parents will probably be glad to have the kiddies out of the house, it sure sounds like they're dreading what it takes to get them to class.

A new survey by Junior Achievement finds that 60% of parents say it’s a challenge to afford all their kids’ school supplies. Overall, 64% of parents say they’ll likely spend less than $500 per child on supplies, while 17% of parents expect to spend more than $500 on supplies. 

As for where they are shopping, 78% of parents will head to traditional retail outlets this year, with only 8% getting their back-to-school needs online. In addition, 58% will do their shopping at discount stores, with 11% heading to department stores, 5% opting for office supply stores and 3% relying on warehouse clubs.

Source: KEYC.com


Online Grocery Shopping May Be Good For Your Waistline

  • According to a new theory, getting rid of a few extra pounds could be as easy as not stepping foot in the grocery store
  • New research suggests that if you do your grocery shopping online it may help you keep the weight off
  • When folks shop online they tend to stick to the things they need to maintain their healthy diet, and aren’t lured in by impulse buys like junk food

With so many people conscious about their weight, it’s no wonder we’re always hearing different reports on the best ways to stick to a healthy diet and take off the pounds. Well, according to a new theory, getting rid of a few extra pounds could be as easy as not stepping foot in the grocery store.

It turns out, research out of the University of Albany suggests that if you do your grocery shopping online it may help you keep the weight off. The reason? When folks shop online they tend to stick to the things they need to maintain their healthy diet, and aren’t lured in by impulse buys in the aisles, like junk food, that will sabotage them.

Since research suggests overweight people are more prone to such impulse purchases than thinner folks, being able to stick to online searches of exactly what they need could keep them from picking up that extra box of cookies.

  • Of course, other researchers disagree with this assessment. In fact, earlier this year an Australian study suggested online grocery shopping could be making people fat because online sites don’t always have the nutritional information available on their site leading folks to make poorer decisions about what they’re buying.

Source: The Daily Mail


It Isn’t Uncommon To Have Regrets About Leaving A Job

  • A new survey by Accountemps finds that 23% of workers have had regrets about leaving a job
  • Leaving friends and colleagues turns out to be folks’ biggest regret, followed by departing for the wrong reasons and saying goodbye to a great boss or mentor
  • 63% of workers say they would be open to returning to a former employer, although for 52% of people it would take getting a bigger salary to get them to return

Deciding to move on from a job you love is never easy, and while someone may leave for more money or a better position, that doesn’t mean they won’t eventually regret it.

A new survey by Accountemps finds that 23% of workers have had regrets about leaving a job. Leaving friends and colleagues turns out to be folks’ biggest regret (28%), followed by departing for the wrong reasons (27%) and saying goodbye to a great boss or mentor (20%).

But just because an employee leaves, it doesn’t mean they have closed the door on a former company altogether. In fact, 63% of workers say they would be open to returning to a former employer, although for 52% of people it would take getting a bigger salary to get them to return. Other reasons they’d come back include, promised opportunity for growth (15%), a flexible work schedule (15%) and more time off (6%).

Source: Accountemps

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