Travel discounts can show up in places you never thought to look! One underutilized method to reduce travel costs is shareholder benefits. Several companies offer remunerations to stock owners in the form of discounts, credits or reward status. Below is information and shareholder page links to travel-related companies which offer stockholder rewards. In no way are we endorsing or suggesting purchase of these stocks, but if you do hold them, take full advantage of your ownership! Every dollar saved is a dollar you can spend on fun!
The following brands offer shipboard credit depending on cruise length – Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Princess Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Lines, P&O Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and Aida Cruises. You must own a minimum of 100 shares of stock and apply for the credit at least three weeks prior to cruising. Credit per stateroom:
$50 6 days or less
$100 7 – 13 days
$250 14 days or greater
Norwegian requires ownership of 100 shares of stock and request for shipboard credit must be made at least 15 days prior to sailing. Brands eligible include Norwegian Cruise Lines, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Credit per stateroom is as follows:
$50 6 days or less
$100 7-14 days
$250 15 or more days
Royal Caribbean also requires ownership of 100 shares to receive shipboard credit. The request must be made at least 3 weeks in advance of the cruise. Brands included are Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises (excluding Celebrity Xpedition) and Azamara Club Cruises. The following credit applies:
$50 5 days or less
$100 6-10 days
$200 10-13 days
$250 14 days or more
Online Vacation Center is one of the largest cruise retailers in the US providing “unprecedented cruise deals to savvy travelers”. Owners of 500 or more shares are eligible for a 5% cash reward on “qualified bookings” and shareholders will always receive better prices than those offered to the general public. ONVC also waives the Custom Air Fee (a $50 value) for stockholders.
IHG is a hospitality company which offers discounts, depending on availability, to shareholders through a dedicated website. Brands that take part in the shareholder discounts include Regent Hotels, InterContinental Hotels, Kimpton, Hotel Indigo, Even Hotels, Hualuxe Hotels, Crown Plaza Hotel, Voco Hotels, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Avid Hotels, Staybridge Hotels and Candlewood Suites.
Raddison Hotel Group (formerly Carlson Rizidor Hotel Group) is a hospitality company which offers direct entry into their Gold level Radisson Rewards program for owners of at least 200 shares of stock. Brands in the program include Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Red Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn, Country Inn and Suites and Prizeotel.
Remember – every dollar saved is a dollar you can spend on an upgrade, a nice meal, a good bottle of wine, an extra excursion! Check your portfolio and take full advantage of stock ownership.