Credit Cards

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

Credit Card Interest Typically Compounds Daily – Here’s How to Take Advantage of That

A few weeks ago, I posted an article on the idea of interest that accrues daily. Here’s a brief explanation; check out the full post for more details: Some banks will accrue interest daily. Some even accrue it continuously. Rest assured, the more often a bank accrues interest on your debt, the worse it is …

Can “Churning” Credit Cards Really Work?

There are a lot of credit card offers out there that reward you for signing up by giving you a bunch of frequent flyer miles, hotel discounts, or big gift certificates. If you weren’t particularly worried about your credit in the short term, wouldn’t it make sense to sign up for a bunch of these, …

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Best Business Credit Cards of 2015

You don’t need to have 1,000 employees and a mahogany-walled board room to reap the rewards from business credit cards this year. Small businesses with few employees, sole proprietors, and independent contractors can all use business credit cards to manage cash flow and earn rewards on their spending. In fact, even if you don’t have …

Best Prepaid Debit Cards of 2015

While prepaid cards were once a last resort for those who couldn’t qualify for a traditional bank account, new features have moved some of the best prepaid cards into the mainstream. According to a Nilson report, prepaid cards with the top 50 U.S. Banks and credit unions accounted for $118.09 billion in spending at merchants in …

Six Tactics for Handling Piles of Credit Card Debt

This article first appeared at U.S. News and World Report Money. A lot of American families have a lot of credit card debt. The average U.S. household credit card debt is $15,270. That’s almost a third of the annual median household income in the United States. On top of that, 72% of Americans are living …

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The Best Hotel Credit Cards for 2015

In Part 4 of this series, I write about the best hotel credit cards. If you missed the other parts, I already covered the best all-around rewards credit cards, best airline credit cards, and the best cash back credit cards. In 2015, the best hotel credit cards still offer impressive perks and rewards for frequent …

How to Fix Your Credit Properly

Sometimes, it seems like you can scarcely turn on your television or radio or web browser without seeing someone offering you a great solution to your credit woes or proper protection against credit worries. Pretty much anything involving the word “credit” is a hot commodity. There are thousands of businesses out there who want to …

Personal Finance Advice For Store Credit Cards

You can barely visit a chain store these days without being offered a credit card associated with that store. From Wal-Mart and Best Buy to Target and JC Penney (and countless others), offering credit has become a big part of the business for many retailers. The usual advice for store-specific credit cards is to avoid …

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