February 2017: Issue 54
Come Sail Away ...
Or take the car, bus, train or plane. But whatever you do - and wherever your customers go - traveling with the right card can make all the difference in the world.

A recent publication by Deloitte discusses the four biggest impacts to the Travel industry for 2017: Economy. Consumer Mindsets. Enabling Technology. Platforms. Each of these will affect how consumers travel and interact with travel-related merchants and providers. READ HERE.

While cbsi serves the Financial Services industry, we do travel and so too do our customers. So understanding their needs can help all of us in the long run.

With Spring around the corner and Spring Break just next door, be sure that you are prepared to help your customers search for tomorrow on every shore by providing them with the best Travel Benefits available.

Enjoy the trip.

Consumer Awareness and Travel Benefits
This month, cbsi's Sonia Perugini brings some insight to the increase in purchased travel benefits from the airlines or other online travel groups. As Sonia discusses, consumer awareness and usage of Travel Benefits is at an all-time high.

Be sure to read Sonia's article HERE.
Travel Trends to Expect in Q1 2017
Travel expert, Marlene Follick, recently met with Ken Kraetzer to discuss the travel trends for the first part of 2017.

Did you know that cruises are a popular vacation idea? Or how about a trip to Arizona for some well-deserved spa treatments. Whatever is of interest, Ken has the story covered.

Read more HERE

Recommended Reads: Travel
We like to read as much as possible to stay on top of all things related to our industry. While we aren't travel agents, we certainly understand how to support the travel industry. So before your customers hit the road this year, be sure to provide them with all the information they need to travel smart. Be sure to pass along these helpful travel guides

19 Top Travel Tips and Destinations for 2017

Eight Ways to Save on Travel in 2017

Travel Hacks That Will Save You Time and Money in 2017

7 tips for Using Credit Cards While Traveling

Stay Safe
No matter if we travel to a summer home or to a far away business destination, safety should always be a top priority. We think it important to keep informed as much as possible. These two links below should be part of any traveler's itinerary.

STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program): The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. CLICK HERE to learn more.

ACTE GLOBAL (Association of Corporate Travel Executives): Creating meaningful dialogue since 1988 through education, advocacy and research for the global corporate travel community. Often provides emergency information relevant to local and overseas travelers. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Travel Apps
We like to make sure that your mobile device is one of the best resources for you and your customers. Below are some of the best travel apps to use for yourself or pass along to your account holders.

The 20 must-have travel apps for 2017

10 Best Apps For Traveling 2017

The 50 Best New Travel Apps for 2017