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members circle a newsletter for Alliant Credit Union members February 2012

1 Turning summer travel daydreams

Turning summer travel daydreams into reality

Are you daydreaming about your summer vacation? Do you entertain visions of where youll go, what youll do, and how much fun or relaxation youll enjoy? To make those dreams come true, now is a good time to start making your travel arrangements. As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm or in this case better availability and fringe benefits, as well as better rates for airline tickets and hotels. If travel is in your budget, but you wait too long, youre likely to face already filled or budget-breaking flights, overbooked hotels and a mad dash to get your logistics in place. Many of our members have flight benefits (through an association with United Airlines or US Airways) and may choose to wait until the last minute for a chance to fly standby. But for everyone else, its best to start booking several months in advance and to be flexible, according to travel experts. Thats because many airlines, hotels and resorts offer perks and early bird rates if you lock in your reservations early on. And, if youre flexible with your itinerary, you can experiment with dates and travel times to find the least expensive option. Here are some tips: Create a budget. To help you spend only what you want to spend on your vacation, create a clear budget. Start with the total you are comfortable spending and break down the total into items, such as meals, transportation, accommodations, tips, souvenirs and fun activities. Go online to explore your options. Check out the big three travel sites: Orbitz, Expedia and Travelocity for airline tickets, hotels and rental cars. Youll find prices vary considerably if you plug in different days and times within a three-day range. Also, prices often vary among these sites, based on the deals each has arranged with different vendors. Other sites, such as Kayak, dont sell tickets online but compile information from various other websites and enable you to compare, at a glance, different offers. Meanwhile, if youre undecided where to travel, sign up for the free Travelzoo Top 20 newsletter. Then, youll get each weeks best travel package deals sent to your email address. Compare the amenities among hotels. Look for free breakfasts, free pool and gym access and other incentives, such as free upgrades. Also, make sure the location is desirable and check how much extras will cost you, such as transportation from the airport, resort fees, parking and Internet access. Consider insurance. Do you have car rental insurance as a benefit of your auto policy or credit card? If so, avoid paying for any duplicate insurance on a rental car. Also, if you are paying a hefty price for the trip, consider travel insurance so you wont be left holding the financial bag if you cant take the trip because of illness or an emergency. Research your destination and whats happening when youll be there. Go to the bookstore or your library to get travel guides, maps and DVDs. Go online to find events and activities that will occur during your visit, great restaurants and must-go-to attractions, such as historical sites, museums or parks.
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2 How to save on your vacation

The 10 worst major airport terminals Heads up: Want to wire money from another financial institution to your Alliant account? More Valentines Day notes from our members

March Savings Dividend DECLARED FEBUARY 16, 2012

The March 2012 Savings and IRA dividend, declared 02/16/2012, provides a Compounded Annual Percentage Yield of



Dividends are paid on the last day of the month to accountholders who have maintained an average daily balance of $100 or more. Savings dividend is subject to change monthly.
March Checking Dividend DECLARED FEBUARY 16, 2012

The March 2012 High Rate Checking dividend, declared 02/16/2012, provides a Compounded Annual Percentage Yield of

0.95% APY

Checking dividends are paid on the last day of each month to accountholders who meet the requirements of the account. Checking dividend is subject to change monthly.

How to save on your vacation

How much does the average American spend on his or her summer vacation? About $1,000 per person (or $4,000 for a family of four), according to a 2010 American Express travel survey. Of course, the decision of how much to allocate for your trip is yours. Meanwhile, heres how people often cut back on their travel expenses, according to the survey: Drive instead of flying (33%) Cut the length of the trip (30%) Spend less on activities and excursions (27%) Conduct deal hunts for best prices in advance (24%) Use credit card reward or vendor loyalty points (20%) Travel outside of the most popular, peak summer days (13%) Downgrade lodging (12%)

More Valentines Day notes from our members

At Alliant, everyday is a Valentines Day a chance to provide members like you with friendly, efficient and personalized service. Here are some additional member testimonials from the series we published in our January 2012 newsletter. Member
Sara Espeland, Grangeville, ID I had a fraud claim for some weird charge and you guys fixed it all for me. Thank you for making it easy to resolve. I appreciate all your hard work. Jo Ann Ferrara Waity, Mechanicsburg, PA We always have a feeling of personal conversation with your Member Service Representatives both in person and on the phone. Its an experience only shared via a credit union like yours that has a were all in this together mindset. Thanks for great employees. Ruth Bobeczko, Huntington Beach, CA Ana Munoz is so knowledgeable, helpful and kind. She explains complicated issues for me in terms I can understand. Im always thankful when I stop by and she is on duty to help me. Shes always cheerful, with a spirit I admire.

The 10 worst major airport terminals

Traveling these days often involves being stranded in an airport terminal until your next available flight appears. A writer from Frommers Travel Guides scanned delay statistics, professional surveys and stories from her frequent-flier friends to come up with a list of the 10 terminals where youd least like to spend an extra hour. 1. JFK Airport Terminal 3, New York, NY 2. Manila Airport Terminal 1, Manila, Philippines 3. Moscow Sheremtyevo Airport, Terminal B/C, Moscow, Russia 4. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya 5. Charles de Gaulle Airport, Terminal 3, Paris, France 6. Queen Alia Airport, Amman Jordan 7. LaGuardia Airport, US Airways Terminal, New York, NY 8. Newark Airport, Terminal B, Newark, NJ 9. Beauvais Airport, Paris, France 10. Midway Airport, Chicago, IL
Source: Frommers

Alliant employee
Ana Munoz, Sr. Member Service Representative, Los Angeles, CA

Heads up: Want to wire money from another financial institution to your Alliant account?
To ensure your transaction is completed correctly, be sure to follow our new instructions on receiving wire transfers. To learn how, go online to the Services section at, call our 24/7 Member Contact Center at 800-328-1935 or visit an Alliant Service Center.

Andrea Sewell, Eustis, FL This credit union has been my main financial security and facilitator since 1962 through loans, cars, a house and savings. Always exceptional service and completely trustworthy. Thank you!

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Alliant will be closed in observance of the following holidays:

Memorial Day Monday, May 28, 2012

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