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I pay off my bill every month. I really want miles for travel. What card is best for that without blackout dates?

Q: I pay off my bill every month. I really want miles for travel. What card is best for that without blackout dates?  A: I think it's time you looked at some upstart carriers who can help you earn rewards for travel faster than your traditional travel rewards credit card offers. If you plan your travel a [...]

I'd like to find a card that gives me miles for Alaska Airlines.

Alaska Airlines offers some great frequent flier bonuses on a Visa Signature credit card it offers in partnership with Bank of America. However, depending on your travel habits, some alternative airline credit cards could offer you some even better value. The airline's website promotes its Bank of America airline credit card, offering 3 miles for every [...]

I'm traveling to Europe this spring. What do I need to know about using credit cards there, and do I need to get a special one to use there?

Even casual travelers have started to encounter the "chip-and-PIN" credit card terminals that have become popular in Europe. Here's how to avoid getting stuck with an incompatible credit card overseas. Credit cards have streamlined overseas travel for Americans, who rarely need to worry about trading much cash at the corner "bureau de change." However, European banks [...]

Which Disney rewards credit card is the best?

Chase made this an easy question to answer: they've eliminated the Disney Rewards debit card and streamlined their Disney affinity program into a single rewards credit card. However, if you're not a frequent visitor to Walt's theme parks, you may find another of Chase's reward programs more valuable. I've got some hardcore Disney fans in my [...]

I currently have a Visa United Mileage Plus card, but I think I'd get a better deal with a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. What is the best way to switch and not impact my credit score?

Your tastes and habits change over time, and so should your credit card. However, it's common to worry about the impact on your credit report if you apply for a new account. Take advantage of your current issuer's customer service team and a little-known loophole in common credit score algorithms to hunt for a better [...]

I want a free gift for my credit card application. Which credit cards offer the best free gifts?

Competition does wonders for consumers. Think back a few years ago, to the height of the financial crisis. Banks had little money to lend, even to the point of cancelling accounts for long-time cardholders. It's great, then, to see so many lenders loading up their credit card offers with significant signup bonuses. According to Mintel Comperemedia [...]

What is the difference between frequent flyer and rewards credit cards?

This is a great question. There are many credit cards in each category, but there's also some overlap. For instance, if you're flexible about which airline you fly, some cards offer miles that you can also redeem for hotel rooms, car rentals, and more. It's also smart to look for a card that can save you [...]

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