Easy Ways to Save Money on Summer Travel

Tuesday, July 24 at 12:00 PM
Category: Business Banking

Traveling can be expensive, especially during the summer months, but with a simple schedule change or the click of a button, you could be well on your way to your dream vacation without emptying your bank account. Leave the stress at work, and enjoy vacation knowing you’re getting the most out of your hard-earned pay check.

Flexible Schedules Equals Savings on Flights

Although it may be tempting to book flights for specific dates, it can pay to be flexible. According to USA Today*, July is the peak month for summer travel – and one of the most expensive times to fly. However, you can save money by flying domestically on slower days like Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays when airlines are trying to fill empty seats.

Want the deepest summer travel discounts? The USA Today report also reveals airlines usually offer the biggest discounts beginning August 28th. That means if you’re able to delay your beach getaway a few weeks, not only will you miss the crowds, but your budget will stretch further!  Plus, those cheaper airline tickets still earn you rewards points when purchased with a credit card, which can be redeemed on other expenses.

Eat Like a Local, for a Fraction of the Cost

Save on food expenses by exploring local markets and avoiding over-priced restaurants. Smarter Travel* suggests buying unique, local ingredients and using them to prepare your own meals. Even those small, everyday purchases can earn credit card rewards points.

If your accommodations don’t offer a place to prepare food, restaurants are still a good option! Rather than asking your hotel concierge for suggestions, Smarter Travel recommends finding local restaurants by reading blogs, travel books or talking to locals. You may find a diamond in the rough with authentic local cuisine that doesn’t charge tourist prices. Those daily restaurant meals are one of the easiest ways to rack up credit card rewards points when you travel. After all, you have to eat!

A Better Hotel Room is an Upgrade Away

Don’t settle for the standard hotel room when planning your summer vacation. According to Business Insider*, hotels are more likely to upgrade your room if you book later in the day. When rooms are left unoccupied, hotels may be more willing to offer upgrades to late arrivals. In addition, front desk hotel employees upgrade customers more often than 800 reservation numbers do, so when possible, call the hotel directly.

Don’t hesitate to mention when you are booking a hotel room for a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. Business Insider says some hotels offer perks or upgrades to help make your visit more positive and memorable.

Remember to ask how to become a member and earn points when you stay at certain properties. Not only do most hotels offer points and rewards opportunities for future stays, but likely so does the credit card you used to book the room!

Take Advantage of Credit Card Rewards

When you opt in for that hotel room upgrade, don’t forget to opt in for your credit card rewards points! If you have an Arvest Bank credit card, you’re already halfway to earning 5X rewards points on up to $1,000 of all charges this summer starting July 1, 2018. Simply go online to your Arvest Rewards account, and click the activation button or call the rewards phone line at (800) 356-8085, extension 3 to activate the bonus offer and start earning 5X rewards on future purchases through September 30, 2018.

Not an Arvest Bank credit card customer? Don’t miss out on rewards for vacation purchases and everyday purchases both big and small. Sign up for a credit card today at your local branch or online! Be sure to activate rewards as soon as possible, because bonus points will only be awarded on eligible purchases from the time you activate until September 30, 2018.

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Disclosure:  Activate to earn 5X Arvest Flex Rewards points on up to $1,000 in eligible purchases made on your Arvest Personal Credit Card between July 01, 2018 and September 30, 2018. The bonus offer must be activated online by clicking the activation button in your Rewards Account or by calling the rewards phone line at (800) 356-8085, extension 3. Bonus points will only be awarded on eligible purchases from the time your bonus is activated until September 30, 2018. Eligible purchases are not limited by merchant categories such as groceries or fuel, but do not include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, convenience check transactions, purchases of traveler’s checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards or purchases of other cash equivalents. Bonus points will be applied to your account within three billing cycles after your qualifying purchase. The Card Account must be open and not in default as of the date the bonus points are applied. New applications are subject to credit approval.

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Arvest Bank Announces Sullivan Hiring in Mena

Wednesday, July 18 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News


Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Erica Sullivan has been hired as assistant branch manager.

Sullivan, a graduate of Mena High School and the University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain, has five years of experience in the banking industry. In her new role, her responsibilities include sales efforts, customer service, branch operations and security, among other duties.

“We are very excited to have Erica Sullivan back as part of our team here in Mena,” Arvest branch sales manager Theresa Young said. “Erica’s outgoing personality will be a great inspiration to our Mena branch.”

Sullivan lives in Mena with her three children.

 

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Arvest Bank Gears Up for the 2018 Rogers Cycling Festival

Tuesday, July 17 at 12:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is excited to announce its support of the 2018 Rogers Cycling Festival, to be held July 27-29.

In addition to being a presenting sponsor, Arvest is partnering with Pedal It Forward NWA as a host at Advocacy Alley/Rider Village, located at the corner of S. Arkansas and E. Poplar streets. Pedal It Forward NWA will accept donations of any used bicycles at the Arvest tent at Advocacy Alley/Rider Village from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, July 27, and from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, July 28. Arvest will give a Polar Bottle water bottle to those who donate.

Also, during the three-day event, attendees may post a picture of themselves at the Rogers Cycling Festival to Instagram and use the following hashtag #RCF2018 and tag @arvestbank. Five lucky Instagram users will be selected, and win a Polar Bottle water bottle and a six-month premium subscription to Spotify or Pandora. Winners will be announced, Monday, July 30.

Attendees also can utilize Arvest’s Snapchat filter anytime during the three-day event.


The 2018 Rogers Cycling Festival consists of several road cycling and mountain bike events in downtown Rogers, and is designed to bring together cyclists from across the central United States. Family-friendly rides also are part of the schedule, as are the 2018 Arkansas State Road Race Championships. Proceeds from the festival benefit several nonprofit cycling causes in Northwest Arkansas.

For more information about the Rogers Cycling Festival, click here: www.rogerscyclingfestival.com or check out the group’s Facebook page @Rogers Cycling Festival.

For more information about Pedal It Forward NWA, click here: www.bikenwa.org/pedal-it-forward/ or check out the group’s Facebook page, @PedalitforwardNWA

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

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Arvest Bank Names Mike Willard President / CEO of North Central Arkansas Region

Friday, June 29 at 10:30 AM
Category: Arvest News


Arvest Bank has promoted Mike Willard to president and CEO of the bank’s North Central Arkansas and West Plains, Missouri region, effective July 1.

Willard currently is the president and CEO of Arvest Bank’s Prairie Grove market in Northwest Arkansas. During his 15-year career with Arvest Bank, Willard also served as consumer loan officer, commercial loan officer and community bank president in Mountain Home, Ark. from 2010-2013.

He currently is a member of the Arkansas Economics Advisory Board and has served on the board of directors for the Baxter Regional Medical Center Foundation, Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce, Mountain Home Education Foundation, Mountain Home Rotary Club and Performing Arts Council for Arkansas State University Mountain Home, in addition to leadership roles with other organizations.

“Mike’s previous work and compassion for the North Central Arkansas community make his return to this area a perfect fit,” said Don Walker, regional executive for Arvest Bank. “He was very invested in the surrounding communities and in serving our customers and local businesses, so I’m sure he’s looking forward to this opportunity.”

Willard earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla. He is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Banking.

Willard succeeds Tom Dame who recently accepted an executive leadership position in Arvest’s Springfield, Mo. market.

“Tom has been an exceptional leader in this market for many years and our customers and associates have benefitted from his experience and leadership,” said Walker. “We are fortunate to be able to utilize Tom’s experience in our Springfield market and name a successor who also had expertise in North Central Arkansas. We thank Tom for his great work here and wish him continued success in our sister territory.”

Dame’s history with Arvest began in 2000 when he joined the bank at Yellville. He has served as president and CEO of the North Central Arkansas market since 2014.

About Arvest

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 15 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

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Arvest Bank Announces Phipps Hiring

Thursday, June 14 at 11:00 AM
Category: Arvest News


Arvest Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Doug Phipps.

Phipps, who has more than 17 years of industry experience, will serve as a commercial lender for the Joplin region, but Lamar and Golden City in particular. In that role, he will generate, evaluate and approve commercial loans, among other duties.

Phipps earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Missouri Southern State University. He is a board member for the Lamar Metro Club, among other civic endeavors. Phipps and his wife, Misty, have one son. They are members of Pathways United Methodist Church.

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Arvest Provides More than 2.1 Million Meals

Wednesday, June 13 at 12:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank launched its annual 1 Million Meals initiative to fight hunger in the four-state region the bank serves two months ago. Today, the bank announced that with the help of customers and community members, it has exceeded the campaign goal by raising a record total of 2,114,630 meals in the fight against hunger.


Launched in 2011, Arvest’s 1 Million Meals campaigns have raised an eight-year total of 13,600,098 meals, which includes more than $2.3 million in funds given directly to the bank’s dozens of local food partners.

This year’s campaign total of 2,114,630 meals was made possible through donations from the bank, Arvest associates, customers and community members through fundraisers, events and nonperishable food drives in all Arvest branches throughout April and May. With summer here, the success of the campaign is especially meaningful because many schoolchildren will be without the meals they ordinarily receive at school.

The bank’s decision to provide one million meals was based on the fact hunger is an issue in every community it serves. In 2016, more than 12 percent of American households surveyed were food-insecure, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle for all household members.

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