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The Reason You Should Check Your Credit Card Bills Right Now

The Reason You Should Check Your Credit Card Bills Right Now

The Reason You Should Check Your Credit Card Bills Right Now

Fraudsters were certainly busy over the holidays. According to a new report from ACI Worldwide, one out of 67 transactions from Thanksgiving to December 31, 2015, was a fraud attempt, up from one out of 72 transactions during the same time last year. The payments solution provider found that thieves were using stolen credit card... Read More

What Does It Really Mean to Be Pre-Approved for a Credit Card?

What Does It Really Mean to Be Pre-Approved for a Credit Card?

What Does It Really Mean to Be Pre-Approved for a Credit Card?

Have you ever received a message from a credit card issuer congratulating you on being pre-approved for a credit card? If so, don’t pat yourself on the back just yet. Being pre-approved might not means what you think it does. How Did I Get Pre-Approved? Although credit card issuers aren’t allowed to look at your... Read More

How to Get the Best Airline Seats Without Paying Extra

How to Get the Best Airline Seats Without Paying Extra

How to Get the Best Airline Seats Without Paying Extra

It’s understood that seats in first class are roomier than in coach. But did you know that some seats in coach are better than others? Seats may be narrower in the back of the plane. Also, some seats may have more “pitch” — the space between your seat and the seat in front of you. Get the wrong seat and you’ll have less legroom,... Read More

5 Credit Card Fees You Can Avoid & How to Do It

5 Credit Card Fees You Can Avoid & How to Do It

5 Credit Card Fees You Can Avoid & How to Do It

We all love the security and convenience of credit cards, but nobody likes paying fees. Most credit cards charge a variety of them, along with some penalties, yet nearly all of them can be avoided. So, if you are looking to take advantage of using a credit card, while minimizing their costs, here are five credit... Read More

I Travel a Lot. Should I Get a Hotel or Airline Credit Card?

I Travel a Lot. Should I Get a Hotel or Airline Credit Card?

I Travel a Lot. Should I Get a Hotel or Airline Credit Card?

Co-branded credit cards can be a great way for frequent fliers to pool loyalty and rewards points, maximize earnings, enjoy perks like a free checked bag or hotel Wi-Fi, and score upgrades like a first-class seat or a night in a suite. In fact, for travelers who don’t carry a balance (and, subsequently, lose points to interest),... Read More

Why Does It Take So Long to Use My Chip Credit Card?

Why Does It Take So Long to Use My Chip Credit Card?

Why Does It Take So Long to Use My Chip Credit Card?

There’s a good chance by now that a retailer (or their payment terminal) has prompted you to dip your chip credit card to pay for a purchase. The lag time can certainly inspire annoyance — particularly if you were trying to make said purchase during the mad holiday shopping rush— but it also could have simply... Read More

Can I Buy Powerball Tickets With a Credit Card?

Can I Buy Powerball Tickets With a Credit Card?

Can I Buy Powerball Tickets With a Credit Card?

People all over the country clamored to buy Powerball tickets this week, driving the jackpot up over $1.5 billion on Tuesday. That’s no small feat: In most states, buying a Powerball ticket means looking up a licensed seller and venturing out to make the purchase. In Utah, where gambling is illegal, residents are driving across... Read More

Can Students Get a Credit Card If They Don’t Have a Job?

Can Students Get a Credit Card If They Don’t Have a Job?

Can Students Get a Credit Card If They Don’t Have a Job?

There was a time when credit card issuers were doing everything possible to give students credit cards. There were once kiosks on campus and at college stadiums that offered students prizes just for applying, and accounts were opened for students who didn’t even have the means to repay their charges. Many considered this practice to be predatory,... Read More

Millennials Are So Over Debit Cards. Here’s Why.

Millennials Are So Over Debit Cards. Here’s Why.

Millennials Are So Over Debit Cards. Here’s Why.

Using plastic that automatically deducts payments from a checking account has apparently fallen out of favor with the kids. Debit card usage is at a seven-year low among young adults, according to a new report published by Mercator Advisory Group. Debit card usage is flat for most of the general population. The difference is small... Read More

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