Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
Going on an international trip is very exciting but it can also be very expensive. Using a credit card to pay for purchases when traveling internationally is often the best way to get a good exchange rate and the rate your bank gets will be better than the one you’ll get on your own if you exchange cash. Using a card also means that you don’t have to carry around a bunch of cash with you. However, many cards will add on a “foreign transaction fee” to any transactions made with anything except your home currency. Here’s an easy way to keep from paying that extra 2-3 percent on all of your purchases while away.
No matter if it’s planned or unplanned, no one likes being faced with a large bill that you need to pay. It could be something you know is coming, like your tax payment. You could also be planning some renovations that’ll cost a pretty penny. There are also unplanned expenses like car repairs or emergency medical bills. Needless to say, there is any number of these things that you’ll need to pay. One thing you want to happen is that they’ll accept a credit card for the amount due.
Hopefully, you’ll have enough money stashed away to pay these bills. You don’t want to carry a balance on your card and pay the interest charges. However, if you can put the charge on a card, you can earn a bunch of points and miles for these expenses, if you’re prepared.
Here are some of the ways you use large expenses to your advantage to maximize travel rewards.
Back in May, Barclays increased the signup bonuses for the co-brand JetBlue credit cards. The JetBlue Plus card bonus went up to 50,000 True Blue points.
That promotion is due to end on July 31st so you better act fast if you were interested in getting this offer.
Perfection. Whether you’re a gymnast, ice skater, high diver, bowler or even a student getting back your exam, there’s just something special about getting a perfect score.
For some in the points and miles world or even those who care about their credit score, there’s something special about getting a perfect credit score. Now, having a perfect credit score doesn’t get you anything. I’m sure that there are those who would argue that if you have a perfect score then you’re leaving plenty of opportunities on the table.
Having a perfect score doesn’t open any doors for offers that a good or great score doesn’t provide. You’ll still be approved, or denied, for credit based on the criteria each bank applies to new requests.
So I never really paid that much attention to our scores, just a causal check every month or so to make sure something funky isn’t going on.
Imagine my surprise when I saw this.