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Curtis Arnold

Curtis Arnold

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Curtis Arnold, a nationally recognized consumer educator and advocate, has been educating consumers about credit cards since 1998. New! Curtis is the author of 'How You Can Profit from Credit Cards: Using Credit to Improve Your Financial Life and Bottom Line' (FT Press, 2008). He is also the co-author of the upcoming Complete Idiot's Guide to Person-to-Person Lending (Alpha Books/Pengiun Group USA, April 2009), a contribitor to The Ultimate Allowance (InnerWealth Publishing, 2008) and is extensively featured in 42 RulesTM for Driving Success With Books (Super Star Press, January 2009).

Recent Contributions by Curtis Arnold

Editor's Choice Awards 2013: The year's best credit cards

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Best credit cards for luxury perks

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Best credit cards with no foreign transaction fee

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Best credit cards for cash back rewards

As consumers get smarter about using credit cards, banks have discovered that big cash rebates can drive customer loyalty. If you keep just one or two credit cards in your wallet, consider carrying a card that can earn you as much as 6 percent cash back on eligible purchases. Here

CardRatings.com's Hall of Shame: Worst credit cards of 2012

This year's editor's choice awards illustrated so much of the positive change sweeping the personal finance business. With banks competing on price and service, consumers enjoy access to affordable, useful tools to manage their credit and make secure shopping decisions. Still, a handful of companies keep trying to cash in

Deck the malls: The 4 best credit cards for holiday shopping

It seems like big box stores start leaking their Black Friday sale flyers around the same time they discount leftover Halloween candy. That gives you a few weeks to work out a strategy for financing your holiday purchases. These four rewards credit cards offer special deals and promotions that can

Sweet dreams: best credit cards for hotel rewards

If you're a casual traveler, signing up for a hotel credit card can qualify you for upgrades and special perks usually reserved for touring rock stars. Frequent guests can cover the costs of personal trips to the kinds of resorts not usually covered under corporate travel policies. Our list of

2012 balance transfer survey

With holiday shopping on the horizon again, many banks have shifted their marketing toward interest-free purchases and away from no fee balance transfers. The CardRatings.com team revisited 15 credit cards from our February balance transfer survey and added 8 more accounts to our watch list. Our September review of 23

Best credit cards for airport lounge access

Once marketed as havens for jet-setting executives, airport lounges now serve anyone who is willing to invest in a less stressful airport experience. If flight delays, crowded departure gates, and challenging travelers make you want to tear your hair out, a handful of travel credit cards can help you escape

5 credit cards to turn your wallet into a workhorse

Pay for your everyday purchases with a plain vanilla debit or credit card, and you could be leaving as much as 6 percent of your household budget in the cashier’s till each month. Our survey of the market’s best cash back credit cards reminds us that you can earn some

Flying high: Best credit cards for free airline perks

Although ticket prices and associated fees have crept higher over the past few years, the right airline credit card can save you enough cash to offset the cost of air travel. Three of today's best travel credit cards offer bonus perks that can make your next trip relaxing and rewarding. Virgin

6 luxury credit card perks

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5 best cards for newly minted alumni

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I've been asked many times to upgrade my American Express card to platinum. I am especially interested in their companion ticket perk.

Editor's Note: This offer expired and is no longer available. Q: I've been asked many times to upgrade my American Express card to platinum. I am especially interested in their companion ticket perk. Are companion tickets only available on a full fare basis? Are they available only for flights originated from

I have some medical bills that have been turned over to a credit collector and my credit score is 640. Am I eligible for a credit card for travel?

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Top 12 "Ask the Expert" credit card questions

Every day at CardRatings.com, readers just like you submit questions about credit cards to our "Ask the Expert" columnists. We try to pull the most compelling questions from your submissions, so readers in similar situations can also take advantage of what we've all learned. However, we can't answer every question,

The prepaid debit card comes of age

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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 free travel faster than your traditional airline credit cards. Capital One® Venture® Rewards

My current credit card for bad credit is about to expire. I'm looking for a new card with cash back rewards and a low interest rate.

Congratulations on using that bad credit credit card the way it's really meant to work. It sounds like you're on the right track. Here's where things get interesting. Even though your FICO score is probably high enough to help you graduate to a credit card with better terms, you're not