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Credit card travel tips


From airline frequent flier miles to foreign currency conversion, know the rules of the road before you hit the road this summer.

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You want to get away, but soaring gas prices and new airline rules make travel more expensive this year. That’s where a credit card can help — or hurt, if you don’t pick the right card and know how it works.  So before waving goodbye as you head to vacation-ville, take a spin through this advice on credit cards and travel:

1. Booking travel with a credit card
2. Frequent flier, airline rewards
3. Foreign travel transaction fees
4. Renting, gassing up a car

Booking travel with a credit card

Using a debit card for travel: problems and risks — Debit cards are popular, but are not always the best choice for travel … (more)

Vacation, travel plans: Charge to credit card, easier to recoup losses — Recouping your money if your trip is canceled is much easier with credit cards than if you paid with cash or by check … (more)

Reward options for business credit cards: miles, rewards, cash back — Business credit cards used to be plain-vanilla, no-frills cards that served only as a way to separate business spending from personal spending. Look how they’ve grown … (more)

Frequent flier programs, airline rewards

Airlines increase frequent flier sign-up bonus rewards for credit cards — As lenders and airlines compete for the prized frequent flier demographic, credit cards are offering bigger and better airline mileage extras to woo new customers … (more)

Despite ‘no-blackout’ promises, frequent fliers’ freebies limited — While most card issuers assure their rewards-seekers that there are no blackout dates, that’s not the same as a guarantee of getting a desirable holiday flight, no matter how many points you have in your rewards account \u2026 (more)

A survey of airline blackout dates — A survey finds few formal blackout dates, but some restrictions still apply … (more)

Foreign travel transaction fees

Foreign transaction fees and rules for the top credit card issuers — Here are the foreign transaction fees, also known as currency conversion fees, charged by top American credit card issuers to consumers who travel abroad … (more)

Taking a credit card on a foreign vacation: 10 tips — Bringing your credit card on vacation is a smart decision, but expect extra fees and take precautions. … (more)

Foreign travel, your credit card and currency conversion — If you’re headed abroad, you need to be aware of a new payment process called dynamic currency conversion, which may pad your purchase amount … (more)

Renting, gassing up a car

Compare credit cards’ rental car insurance policies — Credit card companies’ policies vary sharply, so don’t always be quick to turn down rental car agencies’ optional insurance coverage … (more)

Compare gas credit cards — reviewed terms and conditions for the top 29 gas cards … (more)

Renting a car with cash or debit card? Expect to try harder — Thought you couldn’t get a rental car if you didn’t have a credit card? Think again … (more)

12 tips for renting a car with a debit card — A survey of the major rental car companies found it’s difficult but not impossible to rent a car without plastic … (more)

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