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Disappearing features, new reward structures: Industry expert surveys credit card landscape

Beverly Harzog doesn't have a crystal ball to see what credit card bonuses, perks and features issuers might create next to entice new customers, but she does have the benefit of hindsight and experience. Harzog, a credit card expert and personal finance analyst with U.S. News and World Report, has about 30 years of experience in [...]

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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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Cash back reigns supreme, travel cards lag behind, CardRatings survey finds

Rewards credit cards are working hard to woo customers with welcome offers that award tens of thousands of bonus points or miles. However, points or miles may not be what cardholders want. Instead, most people opt for cash-back credit cards, according to a CardRatings.com survey of 1,750 credit cardholders. Nearly three out of four survey respondents [...]

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Guide to Wells Fargo Go Far® Rewards

TABLE OF CONTENTSWHICH CREDIT CARDS EARN WELLS FARGO GO FAR® REWARDS? HOW MUCH ARE GO FAR® REWARDS WORTH? CAN I POOL MY GO FAR® REWARDS? DO MY GO FAR® REWARDS EXPIRE? [RELATED_ARTICLE]Wells Fargo's Go Far® Rewards program probably isn't the best known credit card rewards program out there, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth giving a second (or [...]

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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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Survey: Cardholders unaware of money-saving credit card perks, benefits

You've been told repeatedly: Read the fine print. Why? Because when it comes to a contract's fine print, it may not be fine at all. There may be something confusing or costly, like extra fees, hidden in a lot of legalese. But, if you're like a lot of credit cardholders, you could also be missing out on [...]

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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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Should you use your tax refund to pay off credit card debt?

Your tax refund came and it’s pretty big, so you're thinking of going on a vacation. Or maybe you’ll make some home improvements?  Or just stick it in your checking account to enjoy having extra money for a change… All worthy thoughts, but let us humbly suggest another, possibly less fun, idea: use your tax refund [...]

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