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.
Hello, friends! In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap of our posts this week:
Joe wrote about:
- His thoughts on which credit cards to keep, which ones to downgrade and which ones to toss.
- The pros and cons of staying at a chain hotel vs. an independently owned hotel on Key West.
- Some tips on how to get a better boarding group if you’re flying on Delta.
- How he FINALLY got his long-awaited Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card.
- The process of how to get internet access in Cuba.
Sharon wrote about:
- Her very first visit to The Mai-Kai, a 61-year-old Polynesian Tiki bar, restaurant and dinner show in Fort Lauderdale.
- The 6/6/17 to 6/8/17 $49 air fare sale on SouthWest Airlines.
- The changing of a beloved & historic Walt Disney World attraction and pondering why A.D.A. compliance and maintaining art & history can’t happen at the same time.
- TBT! Their visit to the World Expo in Aichi Japan in April 2005.
- A really weird thing that has been happening since 1989, whenever she goes on vacation.
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“You can’t always get what you want” – The Rolling Stones
The lyrics of Mick Jagger were of little comfort to me for the past nine months. I’ll be the first one to admit I can get a little nerdy when talking miles and points (edit by Sharon: a LITTLE nerdy?!?!) and with that being said, even *I* think I was a little TOO excited about finally getting this card. I mean it’s just a credit card but getting it was out of my grasp until now. Let me explain why I wanted it so badly and what was keeping me from getting it.
I’m at the point where I am ready to sign up for a new credit card. It’s always an exciting time when we’re almost finished with the spending requirements for our most recent cards. I’ve read many articles listing the “Best sign up bonuses” so I have an idea of what is available. Instead of making yet another list, I’ll give you some insight into the things I take into consideration when making a decision like this.