Travel Companies End Partnerships With the National Rifle Association
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In the wake of the mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, which killed 17 people, numerous travel companies and one credit card issuer have announced the end of their partnerships with the National Rifle Association.
Credit Card Issuers
On Thursday, First National Bank of Omaha announced it wouldn’t renew its contract to issue a NRA co-branded credit card. Doctor of Credit reports that the credit card isn’t accepting new applications.
Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA. As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card.
— First National Bank (@FNBOmaha) February 22, 2018
Car Rental Companies
On its website, the National Rifle Association listed discount codes for Hertz, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Alamo and National. Now, that page redirects to the general NRA Member Benefits website, as all six of the brands have announced the end of this discount program effective March 26:
Thank you for contacting us! All three of our brands ended the discount for NRA members. This change will be effective March 26. Thank you again for reaching out. Kind regards, Michael
— EnterpriseRentACar (@enterprisecares) February 23, 2018
Thanks for contacting us. We ended the program – effective March 26. https://t.co/gwYeQR3xAh
— Alamo Rent A Car (@alamocares) February 23, 2018
On Friday morning, Wyndham Worldwide responded to a tweet to note that “Wyndham is no longer affiliated with the NRA.” Wyndham is the parent company of hotel brands Days Inn, Howard Johnson, Ramada, Super 8, Travelodge and recently-purchased La Quinta.
Hello Elaine. Please know, Wyndham is no longer affiliated with the NRA.
— Wyndham Worldwide (@Wyndham) February 23, 2018
Best Western clarified that it “does not have an affiliation with and is not a corporate partner” of the NRA:
Best Western® Hotels & Resorts does not have an affiliation with and is not a corporate partner of the National Rifle Association.
— Best Western (@BestWestern) February 23, 2018
Meanwhile, HotelPlanner has reiterated its support for the NRA. In a statement to Bloomberg, co-founder Tim Hentschel confirmed that, “Our company provides discounted rooms to several large associations, including the NRA.”
Airlines have been the latest to announce the end of NRA partnerships. On Saturday morning, Delta announced its intentions to end its NRA contract, which provides discounted rates through group travel.
United joined the list with an announcement Saturday morning:
American Airlines clarified on Saturday afternoon that the airline doesn’t have a discounted group travel rate agreement with the NRA:
Featured image courtesy of United