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Which Chase Ink business credit card is right for you?

The three Chase Ink business cards provide incredible rewards value on everyday spend for small business owners. Whether your business expenses are primarily travel related, at office supply stores, or fluctuate in different categories from month to month, there is likely a Chase Ink card that is well-suited for you. With a myriad of other benefits [...]

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card vs. American Express® Gold Card

With excellent ongoing rewards, valuable new card member welcome offers, and flexible redemption options, the CardName and CardName offer great value with relatively low annual fees. Taking into account the numerous benefits that these cards provide, both of them were named to the CardRatings 2020 list of Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards. While these [...]

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Ink Business Preferred℠ vs. Ink Business Cash℠

The CardName and CardName are two popular Chase business credit cards both falling in the "Ink" family. Both also carry a CardRatings Best Business Credit Card winner title, but which is the better card? In short, both of these cards are solid choices. Deciding which card is the better option for you depends on [...]

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Chase Freedom® vs. Chase Freedom Unlimited®

While points and miles are nice, everyone needs a good all-purpose cash-back card in their wallet. Cash-back cards generally ensure you are rewarded for every purchase and with something you can always use: cold hard cash. CardName and CardName are both strong choices for a cash-back credit card. They have no annual fee, an introductory 0% [...]

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American Express Platinum vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve®

 In the world of premium rewards credit cards, two of the most widely known and used cards are the CardName and CardName. American Express is a CardRatings advertiser. Both of these cards have great rewards earning rates and welcome offers, valuable point redemption benefits, and stellar travel perks. These cards come at a higher cost [...]

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What you need to know about metal credit cards

Heavier than their plastic counterparts, metal credit cards are gaining popularity among some credit card users. They’re sleek, sturdy and still relatively rare in comparison to plastic cards, making them a status symbol for some. So what are the benefits of metal credit cards? The cons? Who offers them? Let’s start with a bit of history [...]

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Best credit cards for Global Entry and TSA PreCheck reimbursements

TABLE OF CONTENTSWHAT IS GLOBAL ENTRY? WHAT IS TSA PRE✓? GLOBAL ENTRY VS. TSA PRECHECK WHICH IS BETTER, GLOBAL ENTRY OR TSA PRECHECK? BEST CREDIT CARDS FOR GLOBAL ENTRY AND TSA PRECHECK [RELATED_ARTICLE]There are a lot of things to love about traveling, but we think it’s safe to say that waiting in long airport security lines probably isn’t one of [...]

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Guide to the American Airlines AAdvantage program

TABLE OF CONTENTSHOW IS THE AMERICAN AIRLINES AADVANTAGE® PROGRAM STRUCTURED? HOW DO YOU EARN AMERICAN AIRLINES AADVANTAGE® MILES? HOW MUCH ARE AMERICAN AIRLINES AADVANTAGE® MILES WORTH? CREDIT CARDS THAT EARN AMERICAN AIRLINES AADVANTAGE® MILES ADDITIONAL TRAVEL REWARDS CREDIT CARD OPTIONS [RELATED_ARTICLE]With major hubs in Dallas and Charlotte, American Airlines sends off nearly 6,700 flights each day to almost 350 destinations [...]

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Guide to the Hilton Honors program

TABLE OF CONTENTSHOW IS THE HILTON HONORS PROGRAM STRUCTURED? HOW DO YOU EARN HILTON HONORS POINTS? HOW MUCH ARE HILTON HONORS POINTS WORTH? CREDIT CARDS THAT EARN HILTON HONORS POINTS ADDITIONAL TRAVEL REWARDS CREDIT CARD OPTIONS [RELATED_ARTICLE]As the company's loyalty program, Hilton Honors allows members to earn points for hotel stays, credit card purchases, car rentals and more. Those points [...]

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Guide to the Marriott Bonvoy program

TABLE OF CONTENTSHOW IS THE MARRIOTT BONVOY PROGRAM STRUCTURED? HOW DO YOU EARN MARRIOTT BONVOY POINTS? HOW MUCH ARE MARRIOTT BONVOY POINTS WORTH? CREDIT CARDS THAT EARN MARRIOTT BONVOY POINTS ADDITIONAL TRAVEL REWARDS CREDIT CARD OPTIONS [RELATED_ARTICLE]The merger of Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts created one of the largest hotel brands in the world. It also created a [...]

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