Three Tips To Make Your Vacation Dream A Reality

With so many amazing places to visit in the world, it’s impossible to see everything. That’s why some Americans have a travel bucket list. According to a recent Capital One survey, Hawaii (57 percent) is the top destination for most Americans on their travel bucket list followed by The Grand Canyon (38 percent) and New York City (33 percent).

Interestingly, more than half of Americans don’t really have a travel bucket list. Don’t you just wish you had a little more time in your summer and a little more money in your wallet to make your travel aspirations a reality?

Unfortunately, our busy schedules and tight wallets have put the kibosh on many exciting travel plans. The good news is that with some smart planning, you don’t have to forego your next vacation – not to mention winter and spring break fun.

With Capital One Venture and its doubles miles, you can go just about anywhere and make your travel dreams come true. Here are a few tips to help you plan for your next memorable vacation:

  • Decide sooner rather than later: Money experts have said for years that if you don’t identify concrete goals, it’s much more difficult to set aside the cash necessary to obtain those goals. The same is true for travel planning. For money saving motivation, create a list of the must-see places you’d like to visit. (Hint: If you need some amazing travel ideas check out the Venture Travel #BucketList on Tumblr.)
  • Know before you go: Make sure your travel budget includes trip insurance, and the cost of any visas or other documentation you’ll need. And, if your credit card charges fees for overseas use, re-evaluate your options.
  • Plan your next vacation every day: Use your rewards card to pay for every day expenses such as gas, groceries, etc. What may seem like a run-of-the-mill purchase could help you rack up enough rewards to offset costs and make your next dream vacation a reality!

Interestingly, according to the recent Capital One Rewards Barometer – a survey that shows how consumers accumulate and redeem credit card rewards – 42 percent of rewards cardholders redeem their rewards to cover the cost of airfare.

Whether you’re using credit card rewards toward airfare, or saving cash to buy a pearl necklace in Hawaii, your vacation will be that much more satisfying when you have more in your wallet.

So what are you waiting for? Be smart with your vacation planning and before you know it you will be busy turning your travel aspirations into reality. Share your travel dreams using #BucketList with Capital One and join the conversation.

Gain Independence From Travel Expenses This July Fourth

We get it! More of you – actually 31 percent more – plan to travel this summer according to a new Capital One survey, the Rewards Barometer. While you’re psyched for your upcoming trip and likely started to share your plans with friends on Facebook, you may not be as happy about getting hit with extra fees and mounting costs at every click of the mouse while finalizing your vacation.

This Independence Day, free yourself to focus on that beachside margarita or that epic theme park ride because you didn’t “break-the-bank” on your travel budget by using those credit card miles or points you stockpiled during the cold days of winter. Now, more than ever, travelers are enjoying that triumphant feeling of saving by using their rewards to cover some or even all of their summer getaway costs.

But even savvy travelers have their limit on what they are willing to give up to save a few bucks, and legroom is one of those sticking points. Two-thirds of travelers surveyed would opt to fly direct instead of taking a cheaper flight with a layover, which can eat into that first coveted vacation day. Who wouldn’t rather spend a few extra hours on the beach instead of pacing the corridors of the airport?

Whether it’s beachside in the majestic Florida Keys or island hopping in Greece, location is the top priority when making summer 2013 travel arrangements. With the right rewards program, you can book a trip to just about any destination on your travel “bucket list.” If you’re looking to avoid the July Fourth crowds, and opt for a trip across the pond, make sure you read the fine print and watch out for foreign transaction fees. Otherwise you may feel like having your own Boston Tea Party when you check your statement and up to 5 percent in fees is tacked onto your overseas souvenirs. Luckily, Capital One rewards cards don’t charge any foreign transaction fees, so you can bring home all of the English tea you want. No matter which destination is on your “travel bucket list,” you should have the freedom to earn and redeem rewards whenever and however you want.

The Rewards Barometer surveyed how customers accumulate and redeem credit card rewards, specifically relating many of the findings to how people use those rewards for travel. The survey was conducted earlier this spring among U.S. adults who currently hold a rewards credit card.

What destination is on your travel bucket list this summer?