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Cheap Vacation Showdown: All-Inclusive Resorts vs. Cruises

With spring break just weeks away, many of us are daydreaming about our upcoming travel plans. And that’s especially true for those of us who endure

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Real-World Cost of Living Analysis: Los Angeles vs. Madison, Wis.

Awhile back I wrote a post explaining my decision to move from Los Angeles to the Midwest. I’ve now lived in Madison, Wis., for more

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Seven Cheap Romantic Getaways

With the thick of winter upon us and Valentine’s Day around the corner — smack in the middle of Presidents Day weekend, no less —

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Hotel Rewards Cards for People Who Hate Hotels

Hotel credit cards let you earn points for free hotel stays, room upgrades, and more. With the right card, you could even book a week-long

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Why I’ll Never Feel Bad About My Vacation Spending

A few weeks ago, I spent seven nights in Cancun with my little family of four. It was a fairly inexpensive trip, largely paid for

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Seven Ways to Find Affordable Flights

Airfare is one of the most expensive components of any vacation or business trip. More often than not, getting there isn’t just half the fun — it’s half

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No, You Don’t Have to Fly to Earn Airline Miles

Think you need to fly to earn airline miles? Think again. Consumer Reports notes that nearly 100 million consumers belonged to a frequent flyer program

U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Travel Rewards Visa Signature® Review

If you’re looking for a rewards card that’s slightly different than its competitors, the U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Travel Rewards Visa Signature® Card is one to consider.

American Express Platinum Review

If you look at the card’s $450 annual fee on its own, it’s fairly easy to assume that  isn’t worth it. However, this card might be

Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Review

When it comes to co-branded hotel cards, the is in a league of its own. Thanks to some remarkable changes to the program in early

IHG rewards club points can be redeemed at Intercontinental hotels like this one, as well as Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza

IHG Rewards Club Credit Card Review

With so many co-branded hotel credit cards on the market, it can be difficult to know which loyalty program is for you. However, a quick

Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard Review

The Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® offers a decent signup bonus, excellent ongoing rewards, and several key perks that help it stand out. These benefits combined

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Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard Review

Tired of earning points and miles that are difficult, and sometimes impossible, to redeem? With the , you’ll earn miles that aren’t tied to any

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Best Travel Insurance for 2016

The best travel insurance can help cushion the financial blow in case of situations that can upend an expensive, carefully planned trip. Whether you’re dealing

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Eight Alternative Ways to Redeem Credit Card Rewards

Depending on the type of rewards credit card you sign up for, you can earn all kinds of free stuff just for being a cardholder.

11.25.15
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Here’s What Living Cheaply in Another Country Looks Like

American retirees looking for a low cost of living and a comfortable climate are increasingly packing up for cheap, warm countries abroad. Around 615,000 Americans reportedly received

11.17.15
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Travel Insurance and Terrorism

Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris were horrifying on every level. Unsurprisingly, some rattled and fearful travelers are considering canceling their trips to the City of Light, one of

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12 Strategies for Saving Money on Convention or Conference Trips

Back when I worked in an office environment, I attended two or three professional conferences per year. I often presented at these events and, for

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