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Jason Steele

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Jason Steele has been writing about credit cards and personal finance since 2008, poring through the terms and conditions of credit card agreements to understand the minutiae of how these products work. His work has appeared on Yahoo, MSN, HuffingtonPost and other major news outlets. In his free time, Jason’s a commercial pilot. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in History.

5 Smart Ways to Use Credit Cards During the Holidays

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5 Smart Ways to Use Credit Cards During the Holidays

5 Smart Ways to Use Credit Cards During the Holidays

As another hectic holiday shopping season approaches, perhaps the biggest differences between this year and years past are that some retailers are scaling back their Black Friday events, and that shoppers may be inserting their smart-chip-equipped credit cards into a terminal, rather than swiping an old magnetic stripe. But beyond the mechanics of using credit cards... Read More

Does My Credit Card’s ‘Member Since’ Date Matter?

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Does My Credit Card’s ‘Member Since’ Date Matter?

Does My Credit Card’s ‘Member Since’ Date Matter?

Have you ever wondered why some credit cards have a “Member Since” date printed on the front? There are a handful of credit card issuers, notably American Express, that prefer to prominently note how long customers have held their account, but does this date matter? “The Member Since date definitely matters,” Melanie L. Backs, director of... Read More

5 Chip Credit Card Myths Busted

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5 Chip Credit Card Myths Busted

5 Chip Credit Card Myths Busted

Are you a little confused about how the new chip credit cards work? In October, more stores began using credit card terminals that read smart-chip-enabled cards as part of a fraud liability shift, which strongly encouraged the use of this technology. And while the technology appears to be working somewhat smoothly at stores, many credit card users are still unsure... Read More

5 Rewards Credit Cards With No Annual Fee

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5 Rewards Credit Cards With No Annual Fee

5 Rewards Credit Cards With No Annual Fee

When the Credit CARD Act of 2009 was being debated, many predicted that this law would force card issuers to impose annual fees on all of their cards. While there are still many no-annual-fee credit cards, many of the top rewards credit cards have an annual fee. But if you don’t have much of a need for the... Read More

How Do You Really Redeem Credit Card Miles?

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How Do You Really Redeem Credit Card Miles?

How Do You Really Redeem Credit Card Miles?

Collecting credit card miles can be easy — you spend money on a credit card and the points accrue on your statements. But any consumers find that the tough part can be redeeming those credit card miles. Unfortunately, many airlines continue to increase the number of miles required to redeem awards, and make fewer seats... Read More

6 Travel Credit Cards With Flexible Rewards

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6 Travel Credit Cards With Flexible Rewards

6 Travel Credit Cards With Flexible Rewards

While it can be fun to collect points and miles with your favorite airline or hotel, there is one major drawback. When your miles are tied to one specific company, you don’t have the flexibility that many travelers crave. A top consumer complaint about brand-specific travel credit cards is that some airlines offer few award seats at the lowest... Read More

3 Things You Should Absolutely Never Do With a Credit Card

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3 Things You Should Absolutely Never Do With a Credit Card

3 Things You Should Absolutely Never Do With a Credit Card

There are two kinds of credit card advice. What you will most commonly hear are smart recommendations for how to use your credit card. These tips typically include ways to minimize your debt and maximize your rewards while avoiding fees. And while these can be valuable suggestions, some people ignore them and continue to use their credit cards,... Read More

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