Does It Make Sense to Pay an Annual Fee?

Have you ever vowed to sign up for a rewards credit card, but changed your mind after seeing the annual fee? If you have, you’re

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The Best Way to Join U.S. News’ Top Hotel Rewards Programs

While no hotel rewards program is perfect for every traveler, certain ones tend to stand out among the rest. To highlight the best programs for

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Six Habits That Can Land You Deep in Debt

If you’ve ever been in debt, you know just how soul-crushing and stressful it can be. When you’re deep in debt, you have to plan

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The Southwest Airlines Companion Pass: A Gold Mine of Free Travel

When it comes to domestic travel, the Southwest Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program is consistently rated as one of the best – and for good

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Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Card Review

If you’re looking for one of the best rewards credit cards for domestic airfare, look no further than the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit

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Do You Need Rental Car Insurance?

It’s a familiar scenario for anyone who has rented a car lately: You’re tired after a long flight, and it’s finally your turn at the

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Start College Off Right With Discover it® for Students

Your bags are packed and your dorm room is ready, but do you have everything you need for college? Chances are, you’re missing a valuable

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How to Get a Free Flight for Just 4,500 Credit Card Points

One common misconception surrounding airline miles is that it always costs a gazillion points to redeem them for a flight. While that may be true

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Personal Finance 101: What Is a Cash Advance?

So you need some cash, and you need it quick. What about taking a cash advance from your credit card? Well, unless you really don’t

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Five Things People With Good Credit Have in Common

Good credit can’t be bought or sold; it can only be cultivated over time. And with the right financial moves – and credit strategy –

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Is Financing Furniture With a Store Credit Card Ever a Good Idea?

For many Americans, summertime means big transitions: new jobs, new cities, and often even new homes. And as just about any homebuyer can attest, a

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Personal Finance 101: What Is a Debit Card?

A debit card looks like a credit card — and functions like one at the cash register — but acts as a direct link to

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How Is Credit Card Interest Calculated?

Paying credit card interest is painful enough. Figuring out how that interest is calculated? That’s almost as bad! The entire process is rife with complexity

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Five Ways to Improve Your Credit Score Without a Credit Card

Unless you have enough cash to finance your entire life, you’ll probably need credit at some point. Whether you’ll need to take out a mortgage

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How Do Credit Cards Work?

Credit cards are complex financial tools that get a lot of praise – and a lot of flak. When used properly, they can work as

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What Can I Do If My Credit Card Application is Denied?

If you’ve ever applied for a credit card and been denied, you’re probably wondering whether you did something wrong. Let’s face it – rejection hurts, even

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Will Getting Multiple Credit Cards Hurt My Credit Score?

As a credit card rewards enthusiast and credit expert, I am constantly asked the same set of questions. Not only do people want to know

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Eight Hidden Benefits of Credit Cards

In 2013, Lance Cothern and his fiancé, Victoria, purchased a $250 wedding dress from a retailer based in China. Unfortunately, while the dress arrived intact,

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