Q: I'm going to Costa Rica for 10 days to volunteer with child care. Any help to suggest a credit card that will have no fees? I have excellent credit.
Whether you're spotting sea turtles, exploring volcanoes, or simply chilling out on the beach, Costa Rica's a great destination. So cheers to you for actually visiting the country to do some work! It's no wonder you'll want a travel credit card that won't limit your options or charge you extra fees.
Some ideal credit cards for your upcoming trip include:
Chase Sapphire Preferred. Chase recently upgraded the Preferred version of their Sapphire rewards credit card by eliminating foreign transaction fees. You'll earn bonus points in Chase's Ultimate Rewards program that you can redeem when you get home, plus you'll enjoy special rewards throughout the year.
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card. If you think your travels will keep you in the air beyond your next trip, consider this travel rewards card that doesn't require loyalty to a single airline. Use your reward miles to request a statement credit for any eligible travel purchase, like airfare, hotel, or taxi rides. Like all Capital One credit cards, this one carries no foreign transaction fee.
LANPass Visa Signature from US Bank. Chilean airline LAN operates some of the most popular flights in South America. If you're flying LAN to or from your destination, this airline credit card from US Bank can score you some bonus flight upgrades and frequent flier miles. It doesn't waive foreign transaction fees, but you might earn more from cashing in your rewards than you'll pay for currency conversion during your stay.
I'm including three Visa Signature credit cards on this list based on the advice of travel agents and resident experts. Though I'd often lean on The Platinum Card from American Express for overseas travel, Costa Rican merchants accept Visa on a much wider scale, especially outside tourist areas. Plus, you'll have telephone access to the Visa Signature concierge team, who can help you find compatible ATMs and just about anything else you'll need on your trip.
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