Credit Cards

How to Use Credit Card Rewards for a Disney Vacation

If you have kids, you’ve probably priced out a Disney vacation at least once. And when you did, you were probably struck by just how expensive it can be. Basic park tickets for Disney World in Florida are, in most cases, upwards of $90 per person per day. That means that, all other expenses aside, …

Categories: Credit Cards, Travel

Using Upromise to Pay for College

Whether you’re looking for a way to save for your child’s college or deal with your own student loan debt, Upromise might be a way to give your efforts a boost. According to its website, users have earned more than $850 million toward college through everyday spending. What Is Upromise? Upromise, a partnership with Sallie …

5 Amazing Hotels You Can Book with Starwood Points

Despite what you may have heard, you don’t have to pay for a single hotel stay in order to begin racking up hotel loyalty points. Case in point: With the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, you simply need to meet a minimum spending requirement in order to earn a boatload of points. …

Categories: Credit Cards, Travel

How to Handle Post-Holiday Debt

For most of us, the holiday season is a few weeks into the past. We have some happy memories, but the joy of the holidays is already long gone as we start a new year and move through the rest of the winter season. In many mailboxes, bills from the countless expenses of the holiday …

The Hidden World of Credit Cards

Chances are you’re among the 71% of Americans who carry one or more of the 1.5 billion credit cards in the U.S. While survey results vary, they all agree that most people don’t understand how credit cards work or how fees and interest are calculated, and an overwhelming majority don’t understand all the parts of a …

How to Build Good Credit in College

The typical college student has a lot to worry about – paying for school, classwork, holding down a job, and of course that little issue of figuring out what to do with your life. A good credit score might not be too high on the priority list for most college students. In fact, the average …

Can You Get a Chip-and-PIN Credit Card Now?

2014 seemed to be the year of big data breaches in the United States. Hacks at four major retailers — Home Depot, Michaels Stores, Neiman Marcus, and Target — compromised the payment-card data of more than 130 million customers. Breaches like these left consumers vulnerable to fraud and identity crimes. As of Dec. 23, there had been 761 …

The Best Airline Credit Cards of 2015

This year, I decided to take a fresh approach to the best airline credit cards. With rising fares and falling oil, no one knows the future for air travel prices, but these cards will still offer you great sign-up bonuses and the ability to earn air miles in your frequent flier program to put towards …

Best Travel Credit Card for 2015

If you’re looking to travel in 2015, a great way to come up with some extra savings on airfare, hotels, and general travel is to find the best travel rewards credit cards and cash in on lucrative points bonuses that many of these cards offer. Last year, I decided that the best travel rewards credit …

Are Credit Card Rewards Really Worth It?

A friend recently mentioned that she wished she had more time off work to travel – and more money to travel with. “I don’t see how you do it,” she said. “Airfare is crazy expensive. And then you have to pay for your hotel, rental car, and food!” She was right, but I quickly reminded …

Best Ways to Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

There is a reason why so many fans of credit card rewards go out of their way to earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Aside from being versatile and easy to use, the points can be very lucrative — especially if you know how to use them. If you’ve never had a Chase credit card that earns Ultimate …

Best Cash Back Credit Cards for 2015

In 2015, you won’t see significant changes from many of the best cash back credit cards, but there are a few improvements with rewards programs that will benefit cardholders. For example, some of the rotating category cash back credit cards have now added groceries as a quarterly item to earn rewards on. In the past, …

Best Rewards Credit Cards of 2015

My Favorite Rewards Credit Card for 2015 Chase Sapphire Preferred® 2015 marks a big year for changes to many of the best credit cards in the U.S. By October of this year, you will most likely be issued new cards containing a microchip. It seems that EMV technology, which boasts better security (a microchip instead …

Why You Probably Don’t Need Rental-Car Insurance

Your bags are packed, you’ve found a sitter for the dog, and you’ve suspended your newspaper subscription for a few days. That can only mean one thing: You’re going on a trip. This year, consumers will take 1.6 billion leisure trips across the United States, reports the U.S. Travel Association, a trade group. Nearly eight in …

Vacations You Can Take With Credit Card Rewards

The average vacation for a family of four rang in at a staggering $4,580 in 2014, according to a recent study from American Express. That total includes the cost of lodging, transportation, food, and entertainment, and of course the excessive taxes and fees that are levied on every component of your travel itinerary. Furthermore, a recent …

Categories: Credit Cards, Family, Travel

10 Steps to Rid Yourself of Credit Card Debt Forever

No one likes being in credit card debt. It’s one of the easiest payment methods for overspending, and yet is the most difficult to pay off because of the high interest rates and other fees. So how can you pay off credit card debt and remain free of it forever? These steps will show you how. …

Easy Ways to Fulfill a Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus

Most credit card rewards deals ask you to spend a specific amount of money on your card within a clearly defined time frame. If you complete the task and play by the rules, you can often earn a tidy sum of cash back, airline miles, or hotel loyalty points. Sounds easy, right? Unfortunately, some sign-up bonuses can …

What Is a Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus?

Unless you’ve opted out of junk mail or targeted offers altogether, you’ve probably gotten at least a handful of credit card bonus offers in the mail. Most of them read something like this: “Spend $500 on your card within 90 days and earn $200 in cash back.” “Spend $3,000 on your credit card within three …

The Unregulated World of Identity Theft ‘Insurance’

It’s all over the news: celebrity photo hacking scandals, digital security breaches at major retailers, and banks that have misplaced unencrypted backups of confidential customer data. More than 13 million consumers suffered from identity fraud in 2013, according to a study by financial services research firm Javelin Strategy & Research. This is second only to 2012, when …

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