Smart Money Tip: Get Spending Rewards


With so many opportunities to earn spending rewards today, you might be missing out on hundreds of dollars a year just for spending as you normally would on groceries, gas, travel, etc. Tying your spending to a rewards program doesn’t have to be complicated.

DO THIS TODAY: Look over the cash back programs available today (credit, debit, and cash-back shopping sites) and sign up to start using one or two of them. Tie as much of your spending as you can to the programs.



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Sensibill Publishes The Barcode Report on Consumer Travel Spending Trends


TORONTO–()–Sensibill, the leading provider of everyday financial tools and SKU-level insights, shares this month’s Barcode Report on travel-related spending trends during the pandemic, leveraging item-level receipt data to uncover the deepest and most relevant insights into consumer spending.

The Barcode Report transforms SKU-level data derived from receipts into consumable and actionable insights that organizations can leverage to better understand their customers’ spending habits and behaviors. In this report, Sensibill analyzed millions of receipts from U.S. and Canadian consumers to evaluate travel-related spending behaviors in January 2020 compared to April 2021. The company defines these expenses as accommodations, flights, train tickets, receipts in consumers’ marked travel folders and those from known travel merchants like Expedia.

U.S. Key Takeaways:

  • Despite a higher rate of infection per capita in the U.S., the overall average travel expense increased by 121% during COVID.

    • More specifically, travel-related transportation expenses increased by 14-fold, travel-related accommodation expenses tripled and travel-related parking expenses doubled.
  • As COVID cases decreased by 4% in January of 2021, travel expenses increased by 183%.
  • With people travelling closer to home, consumers no longer need to spend on luggage and baggage carriers. Luggage-related expenses declined by 8 fold since the pandemic.

Canada Key Takeaways:

  • The overall average travel expense declined by 86% in Canada during COVID.
  • As COVID cases decreased by 2% in January of 2021, travel expenses in Canada increased by only 21%.

Izabella Gabowicz, Chief Operating Officer at Sensibill, said, “While Canada and the U.S. faced a similar crisis over the past 15 months, the SKU-level data featured in this month’s Barcode Report paints two very different pictures about the two regions’ responses and their resulting sentiment around travel. Understanding spending patterns and behavioral shifts such as these can uncover deep insights into regional differences with notable cultural implications; knowing how the pandemic has impacted consumers worldwide can help businesses more effectively engage with them as we all acclimate to the ‘new normal.’

Please click here to read the full version of the June report.

About Sensibill

Sensibill provides everyday financial tools and makes SKU-level data actionable, equipping financial institutions with personalized insights to help their customers build healthier financial habits. The AI-powered solution enables end-users to easily track their spending and manage their finances while unlocking unprecedented insights for the institution. Sensibill has rolled out its technology to over 60 million users across North America and the U.K. Visit getsensibill.com to learn more.



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Country Financial Survey Finds Big Summer Travel, Spending Plans


People are making big plans this summer, as vaccination rates tick up and COVID restrictions ease.

A recent survey by Country Financial found that after a year of conservative saving, people are ready to let loose.

The survey results show more than half of Americans (62%) currently feel good or excellent about their financial security. That’s up nearly 10% from before the pandemic.

Laurie Adams, a Country Financial representative based in Peoria Heights, said that security inspires confidence to spend.

“We’ve already got evidence in the marketplace that there has been a surge in consumer spending on the, for want of a better expression, stuff side—people spending that money on their home, people spending the money on furniture, people spending the money on clothing, for the first time in a long time. The retail numbers are just off the charts,” Adams said.

But Adams said that’s just the tip of the iceberg. What people really want to spend money on is experiences.

Laurie Adams

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Laurie Adams is a COUNTRY Financial Representative based in Peoria Heights.

About two in three Americans are planning large purchases like a vacation or home remodel, according to the survey. Another one in 10 plan to go to a live show, concert or sports event this summer.

For those looking to hit the road, Adams said careful planning is more important than ever.

“My family is notoriously spontaneous. We will decide we’re going someplace, we’ll decide where we’re going to stay and we may pick a couple of activities, but mostly we go and we explore. That’s really hard to do right now,” Adams said. “It’s really important that you do more research on where you’re going (and) that you have a level of understanding on how much their economy is or isn’t open.”

Adams said many attractions, like theme parks, are open. But they require advance reservations for nearly everything—from standing in line for a ride to eating at any of the restaurants. She said every community has its own rules on masking and social distancing that may be different from the attraction you’re traveling to visit.

She recommends turning the planning phase into part of the fun: let kids research the destination online and allow each family member to choose one activity they want everyone to participate in.

“By engaging everybody, you can create ownership, but you also can create a shared anticipation for the experience,” Adams said. “I think that’s going to be really important because it will allow families to try and stay within a budget.”

When it comes to budgeting for a trip, Adams said it’s important to make sure some financial basics are covered.

Financial advisors generally recommend having three to six months worth of expenses saved in an emergency fund before spending toward other goals. Adams said if a family has diligently saved beyond the conservative end of that range, it’s OK to shell out a month or two of savings.

But she said many families are looking at lower-cost options, like exploring the great outdoors. The Country Financial survey found about one in five families want to visit a national park, or go camping this summer. About 40% indicated they want to head to a lake or the beach.

Adams said these destinations generally allow people to save money and stay in relatively low-risk environments for COVID. She said it also reflects a change in priorities in light of the pandemic.

“I’m finding that families in many cases had a reset of what they value. They learned to value spending time with each other much more. So I think in a lot of cases, they’re less driven by the need to do, do, do—and instead focus on what can we do together,” Adams said. “If they’re focusing on that, they probably won’t spend as much money because the experience will be in the people, not in the place.”

Adams said she’s hopeful that this attitude and the penchant for saving that many built during the pandemic will continue, even after the economy fully reopens.





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Retail sales were flat in April as stimulus spending waned


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                                A woman carries Target shopping bags as she leaves the store in New York.

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NEW YORK >> Retail sales in the U.S. were flat in April after soaring in March, when many Americans received $1,400 stimulus checks that boosted spending.

The report today from the U.S. Commerce Department was worse than the 0.8% rise Wall Street analysts had expected. But it wasn’t all bad: March’s number was revised upwards to 10.7%. Americans started receiving a third round of stimulus checks that month, helping retail sales soar.

The question is whether consumers will continue to spend without stimulus checks. “The April retail sales tip the odds toward slower sales in the coming months,” said analysts at Contingent Macro Advisors.

Friday’s report comes amid other signs the economy is improving as vaccinations accelerate and business restrictions are relaxed. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 473,000, a new pandemic low. And consumer confidence hit its highest level last month since the pandemic began.

On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear a mask or social distance outdoors and in most indoor settings, which may get more people to travel, eat out or shop.

Consumer spending, which makes up two-thirds of all economic activity in the U.S., is closely monitored by economists to gauge the nation’s economic health. Friday’s report covers a third of all consumer spending, but doesn’t include services, like hotel stays or haircuts.

The report today suggests Americans were heading out last month to eat instead of shop. Sales at restaurants and bars rose 3%. But sales fell at stores that sell clothing, sporting goods and furniture.

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Retail sales were flat in April as stimulus spending wanes


NEW YORK (AP) — Retail sales in the U.S. were flat in April after soaring in March, when many Americans received $1,400 stimulus checks that boosted spending.

The report Friday from the U.S. Commerce Department was worse than the 0.8% rise Wall Street analysts had expected. But it wasn’t all bad: March’s number was revised upwards to 10.7%. Americans started receiving a third round of stimulus checks that month, helping retail sales soar.

The question is whether consumers will continue to spend without stimulus checks. “The April retail sales tip the odds toward slower sales in the coming months,” said analysts at Contingent Macro Advisors.

Friday’s report comes amid other signs the economy is improving as vaccinations accelerate and business restrictions are relaxed. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 473,000, a new pandemic low. And consumer confidence hit its highest level last month since the pandemic began.

On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear a mask or social distance outdoors and in most indoor settings, which may get more people to travel, eat out or shop.

Consumer spending, which makes up two-thirds of all economic activity in the U.S., is closely monitored by economists to gauge the nation’s economic health. Friday’s report covers a third of all consumer spending, but doesn’t include services, like hotel stays or haircuts.

The report on Friday suggests Americans were heading out last month to eat instead of shop. Sales at restaurants and bars rose 3%. But sales fell at stores that sell clothing, sporting goods and furniture.

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Retail sales were flat in April as stimulus spending waned


NEW YORK (AP) — Retail sales in the U.S. were flat in April after soaring in March, when many Americans received $1,400 stimulus checks that boosted spending.

The report Friday from the U.S. Commerce Department was worse than the 0.8% rise Wall Street analysts had expected. But it wasn’t all bad: March’s number was revised upwards to 10.7%. Americans started receiving a third round of stimulus checks that month, helping retail sales soar.

The question is whether consumers will continue to spend without stimulus checks. “The April retail sales tip the odds toward slower sales in the coming months,” said analysts at Contingent Macro Advisors.

Friday’s report comes amid other signs the economy is improving as vaccinations accelerate and business restrictions are relaxed. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 473,000, a new pandemic low. And consumer confidence hit its highest level last month since the pandemic began.

On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear a mask or social distance outdoors and in most indoor settings, which may get more people to travel, eat out or shop.

Consumer spending, which makes up two-thirds of all economic activity in the U.S., is closely monitored by economists to gauge the nation’s economic health. Friday’s report covers a third of all consumer spending, but doesn’t include services, like hotel stays or haircuts.

The report on Friday suggests Americans were heading out last month to eat instead of shop. Sales at restaurants and bars rose 3%. But sales fell at stores that sell clothing, sporting goods and furniture.



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American Express Says Travel, Entertainment Spending Improving — Update


By Allison Prang 

American Express Co. is seeing consumer spending start to normalize as Covid-19 vaccinations pick up in the U.S. a year into the pandemic.

Spending in travel and entertainment categories last month rose 40% from February and bookings through American Express Travel jumped by 50% in the first quarter compared with the fourth quarter, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Campbell said in an interview Friday. He also said the number of people signing up for the company’s co-branded cards with Delta Air Lines rose 90% in the quarter compared with the fourth quarter.

Card companies took a hit over the past year as lockdowns to stop the spread of the coronavirus led to consumers spending less on travel and entertainment.

Mr. Campbell said there is an inflection point around the improving economy and increase in vaccinations.

“People are finally able to exercise the pent-up demand for travel that we believed in the whole time,” he said.

Billed business in the first quarter for goods and services rose 6% from a year earlier adjusted for currency fluctuations. That business fell by half from a year earlier for the travel and entertainment category for the entire quarter, but it rose in March compared with declines in January and February.

While travel and entertainment spending is showing signs of improving, Mr. Campbell said the company doesn’t think cross-border travel will have fully returned to its 2019 level by 2022.

“In 2022, we’re really assuming…that consumer travel and entertainment spending is mostly back to where it was pre-pandemic,” Mr. Campbell said on the company’s earnings call Friday, adding that “domestic travel in the U.S. and around the globe will be the fuel that gets us to that level.”

Even as the economy and consumer behavior have started to normalize, the company saw e-commerce spending still rise 23% year over year.

“As that physical retail has come back it has not cannibalized the growth we had seen in online and ecommerce,” Mr. Campbell said in the interview.

For the quarter, American Express had a provision expense benefit of $675 million. The company’s provision a year earlier to cover potential credit losses was $2.62 billion.

Profit for the first quarter rose to $2.24 billion, up from $367 million a year earlier, and the company’s earnings were $2.74 a share, topping Wall Street’s consensus according to FactSet of $1.61 a share. A year ago, earnings were 41 cents a share.

Revenue at the company, net of interest expense, fell 12% to $9.06 billion, while Wall Street was expecting $9.21 billion.

American Express shares were down 2.4% at $143.65.

Write to Allison Prang at allison.prang@wsj.com

 

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April 23, 2021 11:47 ET (15:47 GMT)

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Ohioans are ready to travel. Some predict COVID-19 “revenge spending”


“We’ve heard the term ‘revenge spending,’” said Micki Dudas, director of leisure travel sales with AAA Miami Valley. “I missed my Mother’s Day, I missed my Fourth of July celebration … They missed a lot of important events.”

A traveler leaves the Dayton airport Monday Dec. 7, 2020. .

A traveler leaves the Dayton airport Monday Dec. 7, 2020. .

Credit: JIM NOELKER

Credit: JIM NOELKER

AAA has seen increased travel requests and bookings as more attractions and popular activities and destinations open back up and people generally feel more confident making plans, Dudas said.

Some Ohioans may splurge on trips, attractions and accommodations more than they would in a normal year because they did not travel at all in the last year and they have extra money in their travel budgets, Dudas said.

Many people want to travel and also see and reconnect with family and friends, so they are planning trips that include other loved ones, she said.

Advanced planning and reservations are important because pent-up demand may exceed booking availability, Dudas said.

About 87% of U.S. travelers have travel plans in the next six months, which is the highest level since March 2020, according to a recent study from Longwoods International.

Jacquelyn Powell, president and CEO of the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau, says she is “cautiously optimistic” that more people will feel comfortable traveling, staying in hotels and visiting destination attractions and restaurants as Ohio continues to recover from the pandemic and more residents become vaccinated.

Libby Steeves, 45, a teacher who lives in Oakwood, was vaccinated in February and her 17-year-old daughter, Olivia, received her first dose on Friday.

Steeves said now that her entire family is getting vaccinated they plan to vacation in North Carolina for a week in June.

This is their first vacation since the start of the outbreak.

“We’ll just to go out to dinner and go out to things we haven’t done in a year … things we used to enjoy doing,” she said. “We like to go to lunch, go shopping and just walking on the beach.”

Steeves said they will still be careful by wearing masks and social distancing, but she feels better with the extra layer of protection the vaccine provides.

Olivia Steeves said she is ready for a getaway.

“I haven’t gone more than a few blocks away from my house in the past year ― for the most part,” she said.

CDC’s new guidance says domestic travelers don’t have to worry about COVID-19 tests or quarantining but they should still wear masks, socially distance and avoid crowds.

Hotels/motels

Hotels and motels across Ohio expect to see more bookings and welcome more travelers this year, which is good news since many operators could not afford to have another spring and summer like last year, said Joe Savarise, executive director of the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association.

Ohio’s lodging providers had an occupancy rate of just 33.3% during the week of Memorial Day in 2020, which compared to 62.2% in 2019, Savarise said.

Ohio’s hotel occupancy rate more recently was about 44.5%, he said, and most of the demand has been for weekend stays, related to the leisure market.

“There is no doubt hotel and lodging properties are seeing an increase in bookings, and we forecast that trend will continue into the summer,” Savarise said. “Right now, leisure and discretionary travel is leading the way.”

Missy Kozee, 47, of Centerville, says she recently returned from a trip to South Carolina with her husband, daughter and a friend. She was vaccinated a couple of weeks ago and her daughter, Jordyn, received her first shot on Friday at a Kettering Health Network vaccination clinic.

Kozee said she felt comfortable traveling because they stayed with family and they weren’t at the beach or around large groups of other people.

“I don’t know that I would have felt safe doing that,” she said.

Missy Kozee and her daughters Jordyn, 17, and Alyssa, 22. Kozee was vaccinated a few weeks ago. Alyssa, who is in nursing school, was vaccinated in January. Jordyn received her first shot at a Kettering Health Network clinic on Friday. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Missy Kozee and her daughters Jordyn, 17, and Alyssa, 22. Kozee was vaccinated a few weeks ago. Alyssa, who is in nursing school, was vaccinated in January. Jordyn received her first shot at a Kettering Health Network clinic on Friday. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Kozee, Steeves and other people interviewed by the Dayton Daily News said they are still not ready to fly.

But the Dayton International Airport and airports across the nation have seen a steady uptick in passengers going through TSA, and leisure travel currently is a significant share of local foot traffic, said Linda Hughes, Dayton’s air service manager.

Dayton airport passenger bookings in March and April are trending below the U.S. average, she said, but May is slightly above average and June booking performance looks strong.

Enplanements, a measure of the number of passengers boarding a plane, plummeted at Dayton International Airport from 892,414 enplanements in 2019 to 337,517 passenger enplanements in 2020, a 62.2 percent drop, according to statistics provided by the airport.

Enplanements, a measure of the number of passengers boarding a plane, plummeted at Dayton International Airport from 892,414 enplanements in 2019 to 337,517 passenger enplanements in 2020, a 62.2 percent drop, according to statistics provided by the airport.

Credit: JIM NOELKER

Credit: JIM NOELKER

Dayton aviation director Gil Turner said he hopes there will be a significant increase in air travel at the Dayton airport by the fall.

However, he said air traffic volumes will not climb back to pre-COVID levels until business travel returns.

“We remind our community that airlines will follow demand,” he said. “For a strong community we must buy local, and for a strong airport we must fly local.”

Allegiant airlines, which offers four nonstop flights from Dayton to Florida, has found increasingly positive sentiment from its customers in weekly surveys, said Sonya Padgett, an Allegiant spokesperson.

Enplanements, a measure of the number of passengers boarding a plane, plummeted at Dayton International Airport from 892,414 enplanements in 2019 to 337,517 passenger enplanements in 2020, a 62.2 percent drop, according to statistics released by the airport late last month.

Enplanements, a measure of the number of passengers boarding a plane, plummeted at Dayton International Airport from 892,414 enplanements in 2019 to 337,517 passenger enplanements in 2020, a 62.2 percent drop, according to statistics released by the airport late last month.

Credit: JIM NOELKER

Credit: JIM NOELKER

Customers have indicated they are likely to book travel this spring or summer, she said.

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Posted by Kettering Police Department on Saturday, April 3, 2021

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UPDATE 1-U.S. travel spending sank 42% in 2020 due to pandemic


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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters) – Travel spending by Americans plunged by 42%, or $492 billion, in 2020, according to a report by an industry group, amid social, travel and business restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.

The U.S. Travel Association said the industry shed 5.6 million direct and indirect jobs last year, and the decline in travel dragged down total economic output to $1.5 trillion, from 2019’s $2.6 trillion. U.S. tax revenue collected from travel plummeted by $57 billion in 2020.

“While the gradual progress of vaccinations has provided hope that a turnaround may be on the horizon, it is still unclear when travel demand will be able to fully rebound on its own,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow.

As millions of Americans get vaccinated and travel destinations begin to reopen, the industry is optimistic that demand will return this spring. Disney said Wednesday its California theme parks will reopen April 30.

Last year, U.S. passenger airline traffic sank 60.1% to the lowest since 1984, while Americans took far fewer road trips as millions stayed home instead of commuting.

In total, there were 368 million air passengers in 2020, down from 922.6 million in 2019. U.S. driving fell by 430.2 billion miles, or 13%, to 2.83 trillion total miles in 2020, its lowest level since 2001.

Business and international travel were especially hard hit and have been slower to recover. The United States still imposes restrictions that bar the entry of nearly all non-U.S. citizens who have recently been in Brazil, South Africa and much of Europe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends Americans avoid all nonessential travel, even for those who have been vaccinated.

However, more Americans are resuming travel.

The Transportation Security Administration said last week it screened 1.357 million U.S. airport passengers on Friday, the highest number screened since March 15, 2020 in the early weeks of the pandemic, as air travel begins to rebound.

Travel-related employment has been rebounding this year as some pandemic restrictions have been lifted. In February, employment in leisure and hospitality increased by 355,000 jobs. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Bernadette Baum)



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