How do credit card issuers define 'travel'?
This is about the time of year when everyone starts thinking about redeeming travel rewards. That is, it's cold outside, and you want to go somewhere warm. If you are somewhere warm, you're probably thinking this might be a good time to find the white stuff and pull out the skis. Whatever your rationale, if [...]
Millennials wary of credit cards but keen on potential benefits, new survey finds
The $93 billion credit card market is massive and growing, but it’s probably not because of millennials.
Maria Kagianas, a 20-year-old college student from Homer Glen, Ill., is one of those millennials who doesn’t have a credit card to pull out of her wallet.
"I have a debit card that is satisfying my current needs as a [...]
Make a new year resolution for your credit health in 2017
Your mental and physical health usually top New Year's resolutions lists each year, but let's not forget how important your credit card health is, too. After all, if your credit card health dwindles, the debt disease could set in and that could wreck your overall credit health. And that credit health, well, if it suffers [...]
11 tips to protect your credit this holiday season
Your credit score can tank as fast as the holidays approach if you're not careful.
You get in the spirit of the season, feeling grateful for friends, family and… plastic and suddenly things are out of control. Freezing the cards no longer deters you because nowadays you can swipe, slide, tap, enter or scan credit cards. [...]
When is a credit card annual fee worth it?
Unless you're someone who needs a specialist credit card that helps people rebuild their credit, chances are you can choose from a whole array of plastic that doesn't levy an annual fee. In fact, those fees are a somewhat rare nowadays. So why would consumers volunteer to pay for something they could get free?
Obviously, they [...]
5 unconventional ways credit cards can save you money
It's coming. That moment when you realize it's time to buy a new car, pay for your child's education, retire, replace your refrigerator… and the list goes on and on. It's a fact of life that major expenses are going to come up. They just do. Sometimes you get years to plan ahead – as [...]
How do credit cards affect your credit score?
Your credit score - that, single, all-important number - has an enormous impact on your financial future.
But too many people don't understand how this number is formulated or how their actions will help or hurt their score, especially when it comes to credit cards. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, just more than 70 percent [...]
Credit card guide for college graduates
Every year, thousands of college graduates receive their diplomas - and plenty of advice about making it in the real world. Credit cards are a powerful financial tool that can open doors when used wisely. If you're a recent grad and have minimal experience with credit cards, here's a guide for how to use them [...]
Pay down your credit card debt with this two-step process
Looking for the quickest way to pay down your debt without paying exorbitant interest rates or hurting your credit? One of the best ways to get that debt under control and minimize what you're paying in interest while lowering those balances is to take a two-step approach that begins with transferring those balances. Take advantage [...]
3 steps to take ahead of applying for your first credit card
Credit cards allow you to build a solid credit history, which can help you do everything from secure a car loan at a better interest rate to getting a mortgage on a new home.
But how do you go about getting your first credit card? If you're an 18-year-old college student with no credit history or [...]