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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 [...]

Categories: Card Basics
Double dip to maximize your credit card rewards

Massive signup bonuses, strategic spending in specific categories or using your credit card for everyday purchases aren't the only way to rack up rewards. Savvy consumers use another strategy to maximize bonuses: double dipping. Double dipping can take several forms, from using a rewards card to book travel with your preferred airline and amassing miles or points [...]

Categories: Travel Rewards
A billion reasons to donate your credit card reward points

Can you donate your credit card rewards? We'll cut to the chase: Yes, you can. Sure, a lot of people love cash-back rewards as a tool for saving money and getting perks you wouldn't otherwise get, but some people like to use their savings as a way to give a gift to a charity; it's [...]

Categories: Rewards Cards
Age-by-age guide to teaching kids about money

If you're a parent who has ever made any questionable financial decisions, like buying a car you really couldn't afford, you've promised yourself - my kids are not going to make the same mistakes. But your kids probably aren't listening to you now when you tell them to put their dirty clothes in the laundry basket [...]

Categories: Card Basics
Best credit cards for travel rewards from our partners

GENERAL TRAVEL REWARDS | AIRLINE REWARDS | HOTEL REWARDS It's time to travel better and less expensively and to not have to jump through dozens of hoops to make it happen. Whether you're looking for general travel rewards, airline-specific rewards or are more focused on cushy hotel stays, there are credit card options out there that will reward [...]

Categories: Best Cards
3 things you need to know about company credit cards

There seems to be more confusion than you might expect out there on how to use a company credit card. True, millions of people use them every day without making the news, but there are also plenty of local headlines about employees getting in hot water for how they've managed their business credit card. A quick [...]

Categories: Small Business
Best small bank and credit union credit cards

Sure there are lots of big banks out there who hire celebrities to sing the praises of flashy credit cards loaded with perks and features. But what if you prefer smaller, more personal and less flashy (but still loaded with perks and features)? In that case, it’s time to look at credit unions and smaller regional [...]

Categories: Best Cards
Credit card guide to Spring Break: 6 things to know before you go

Your bags are packed, your reservations are made, and Spring Break looks like it's going to be legendary. But legendary can go both ways. So the question is, will you remember your vacation because it was one of the best weeks of your life, or the worst? After all, while there are many factors that can [...]

Categories: Card Basics
The best and worst states for credit conditions

The U.S. economy has come a long way since the wreckage of the financial crisis, but some states have made more progress than others. Is your state one of the winners or is it one of the losers? Since 2011, CardRatings has ranked credit conditions in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, based on [...]

Categories: Insights
Can credit cards help save for college?

The average annual tuition and fees for a private four-year college is more than $32,000 - and that doesn't include books, meals, and room and board. A public four-year college is nearly $24,000 for out-of-state students. That's just for one year. Add up four years' worth of tuition, fees, books and room and board, and you're looking [...]

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