Use Travel Rewards to Escape the Winter Blues

Posted February 09 2018
by PenFed Team
couple sitting in chairs on beach facing the ocean

If a wintertime getaway trip seems like a financially unobtainable dream in your post-holiday life, you need a secret weapon: a travel rewards card powerful enough to whisk you away in affordable style.

With a supercharged travel rewards card on your side, you can earn enough points to get you to that special place that puts sparkle back into your life—whether that’s a lazy week in Tahiti or three glittering nights in the City of Lights. And after the dust settles on those whirlwind adventures to travel destinations near and far, use the travel rewards you’ve earned to ease the impact on your wallet and smooth your return to everyday life.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of using a travel rewards credit card, and a few of the top features we think you should look for when choosing one.

Reward your travel lust with more travel

Flying. When you use your travel rewards card, you earn more points for doing more of what you love. A romantic Valentine’s Day beach getaway in February can help put you closer to a European museum art tour this summer.

Driving. Everyday purchases get you a little farther down the road when you pay using your rewards card. You’ll earn points every time you fill up your gas tank or buy groceries for the week—maybe just enough for a spring road trip to help you break out of the winter doldrums.

Weekend escape. When you need a break right here and right now, redeem your rewards points for great deals on local entertainment and hotel accommodations. Book an overnight stay in the city and make reservations for dinner at a restaurant you’ve never tried. It’s a great way to break free from the same old, same old.

When you get where you’re going

Once you get where you’re going, relax with the help of Card benefits designed to help you enjoy your travel experience. Look for a Card program that offers the following benefits and features:

Concierge services. A concierge is like a personal assistant for the little things you need on a trip like restaurant reservations, event tickets, taxi rides, and shipping home your souvenirs—the ultimate convenience for any traveler.

Worldwide travel insurance. Get peace of mind when you’re away from home with travel accident insurance. You’ll want to choose a travel rewards card that covers you, your spouse, and your children against accidental bodily injuries or death during your travels—whether it’s by land, water, or air.

No foreign transaction fees. Don’t pay more for your purchases just because you’re abroad. Many credit cards still hit travelers with annoying foreign transaction fees, which can eat away at a carefully planned budget. If you want the best value out of your travel rewards card, then look for programs that do not charge a fee just because a purchase is made outside the U.S.

Chip-enabled cards. Smart chips on credit cards have been the security standard in many parts of the world for years now, but some U.S. credit cards are just now catching up. Choose your travel card wisely. Don’t even think about taking off on your next travel adventure without the latest technology and secure benefits of a chip-enabled credit card!

Digital wallet-capable cards. Leave your wallet in the hotel safe while you’re sight-seeing with a travel rewards card that offers a digital wallet service for your smartphone. With a digital wallet service you can easily pay for purchases with a wave or tap of your phone.

No annual fee. Don’t pay for the privilege of earning rewards points or enjoying your benefits.

Rewards designed for travel junkies

If hitting the road lights up your life, why not choose a rewards card that’s all about travel?

The PenFed Pathfinder Rewards American Express® Card rewards you with 4X Points on travel purchases for PenFed Honors Advantage Members.**

But it’s not only travel that helps you earn. You’ll earn 1.5X points on all purchases unrelated to travel. Whether it’s a once in a lifetime getaway, or your daily commute, you deserve to earn more. However you get there, whatever you buy you’ll maximize your rewards everywhere you go.

Need a head start? Enjoy a 25,000-point bonus when you spend $2,500 with the Card during the first three months after opening a PenFed Pathfinder Rewards American Express® Card account. Because these are reward points, not airline miles, you can redeem them for virtually any type of reward you’d like including gift cards, merchandise, charitable donations, or more travel. Your points can help get you to your destination, whether you need help covering everyday purchases at home or a boost toward hotel and rental car expenses.

Aim for the life you want to live

The PenFed Pathfinder Rewards American Express® Card is designed for travel enthusiasts who love exploring new places and seeing new things. If your interests lie closer to home, try another PenFed rewards card program that offers rewards and benefits designed to fit your lifestyle.  

Disclosures: The PenFed Pathfinder Rewards American Express® Credit Card program is issued and administered by PenFed.  American Express® is a federally registered Service mark of American Express® and is used by PenFed pursuant to a license.