Variations in the kinds of discount card programs available continue to emerge. Some companies have more than one entry in this area.
To illustrate, American Leisure Industries has both Encore and Short Notice Go-Cards.
With the Encore card, which costs $36 a year, you and a guest sharing a room can get the second night free at 1,900 hotels, and modest discounts (10% or more) on some tours, cruises and car rentals. You also get cash rebates when you book through your Encore card, plus participation in the company's own frequent flyer program. A Family Card, available for an extra $12, provides a second card with the same benefits.
In addition, you have access to a toll-free number providing information and membership services, flight insurance and a magazine. However, you have to call Encore long-distance in Maryland at your own expense to book any particular program.
On a Family Basis
Moreover, the discounts that come through Encore are not of the deep-discount type usually found with distress merchandise. To get these larger discounts, which you can usually take advantage of only when you travel on short notice, you can obtain the company's Short Notice Go-Card. This card, which can be bought separately, is on a family basis (with discounts applying to all members of the family living in the household) and costs $36 a year.