Travel

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 Card. Named the third-best airline rewards program for 2015-16 by U.S. News and World Report, the Southwest Rapid Rewards program offers a slew of handy perks that are essential for …

Best Hotel Rewards Programs

The best hotel rewards programs ease the burden of high-cost travel, which is a good thing since traveling with a family can be prohibitively expensive. After all, airfare and lodging for four people can be a budget-breaker. A 2013 survey from American Express showed that the average travel expense per person in the United States …

Categories: Credit Cards, Travel

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 rental car counter. The agent is pleasant until it’s time to talk insurance, when he rattles off all the dire potential consequences of declining the company’s coverage. You’re tempted to …

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 for first class or business class awards or long, international flights, it couldn’t be further from the truth for certain award seats with specific airlines. Take the British Airways Avios …

Categories: Credit Cards, Travel

Complete Guide to the Best Credit Card Signup Bonus Offers in 2015

Whether you’re pursuing airline miles, hotel loyalty points, flexible rewards, or simple-to-redeem cash back, the biggest bang for your buck is almost always found in a credit card’s signup bonus. These signup bonus offers, which are normally doled out after you meet a set of predefined requirements, are often worth $500 or more. Although signup …

A Look at Our Inexpensive Vacation in Wisconsin

Last summer, my family went on a rather expensive family vacation in the southeast United States. As is our family tradition, we try hard to balance out expensive summer vacations with much less expensive ones, so this year we planned out a much less expensive vacation. The centerpiece of our vacation saw us camping for …

The Best Credit Cards to Score Free Hotel Stays in the U.S.

While most people think of credit card rewards as a way to pursue international travel on a budget, it’s important to note that the same programs offer plenty of opportunities for domestic travel as well. Even if you have no desire to travel outside of the U.S., you can find plenty of value all over …

Categories: Credit Cards, Travel

Smart People Use This Simple Trick to Get Free Vacations

Have you ever wondered how some people can afford to travel so often, or so luxuriously? While you’re stuck at work, some people you know are frolicking through cities like Paris and London, dancing the night away at the hottest night clubs, or relaxing on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches – and all on an …

American Express Platinum Review

With a $450 annual fee, it’s fairly easy to assume that the Platinum Card® from American Express isn’t worth it. However, a closer look at the card’s many benefits might be enough to convince you that the perks are more than worth the price you’ll pay to be a Platinum cardholder. Let’s start with those …

Categories: Credit Cards, Travel

Pay for Your Honeymoon With Credit Card Rewards

More and more newlyweds are putting off their honeymoons. A lot of busy couples reach this decision because of scheduling conflicts, while others simply see no hurry to rush it. But other soon-to-be-married couples are putting off their honeymoons for one reason only: money. In many cases, that’s probably an excellent decision. While it’s certainly …

Categories: Credit Cards, Travel

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

Best International Credit Cards With No Foreign Transaction Fee

If you plan on traveling overseas for any reason, you’ll want to make sure you have at least one international credit card that doesn’t charge a foreign transaction fee. Since most traditional credit cards charge a fee equal to 1%-3% of every purchase you make in a foreign country, you can save money and expand …

How to Keep Your Money Safe While Traveling

One big treat that Sarah and I enjoy is an annual family vacation. We usually travel somewhere within the United States or Canada as a family, sometimes camping and sometimes staying in hotels. Sometimes we visit state and national parks, while other years involve visits to cities. I’ve been to most of the states in …

Categories: Travel

Five Cheap Vacations to Take This Summer

Summer’s here, and you deserve a vacation. The problem is, can you afford one? We’re here to help. There are a number of ways to get a discount on where you want to go — from cashing in credit card travel rewards, to making the most of online booking sites. But sometimes just picking a …

Categories: Family, Travel

Looking for Travel Insurance? Check Your Wallet First

Just last winter, my husband and I took a much-anticipated vacation to Jamaica with some friends. Not only was it a nice way to break up the cold Midwestern winter, but it was also nice just to get away. That’s probably why we paid so little attention to what was going on back home; we …

A Basic Guide to an Inexpensive and Incredibly Fun Family Camping Vacation

This summer, my family and I are going to be camping in northern Wisconsin for several days. We plan on camping at two different locations during the trip so that we get a chance to see and enjoy two completely different areas. Small camping trips are a staple of our summer – we usually camp …

Eight Best Places to Retire Abroad (and Enjoy the Good Life for Less)

More than 373,000 Americans had retired abroad by 2013, according to the Social Security Administration, and for various reasons. For some, the decision to retire overseas could be based on a desire to experience different cultures and surroundings. Others may want to be closer to relatives or friends. But for a certain percentage of would-be retirees, the decision to …

Five Ways to Write Off Your Next Vacation

Planning a vacation and dreading all the costs? While there are many ways to spend less on vacation, there’s another route to try if you want to travel at a discount: Write off a portion of your trip on your taxes. The savings won’t be immediate, but you’ll appreciate them come tax time next year. The trick is, you’ll …

Categories: Saving Money, Taxes, Travel

Getting the Most Out of Your American Express Rewards Points

When it comes to earning points and miles, it often pays to focus on flexible, versatile points that can be redeemed in a number of ways. Fortunately, American Express offers its own flexible rewards program that allows consumers to earn travel rewards without being tied down to a specific loyalty program or travel currency. Here’s …

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