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Purchasing airfare during peak holiday travel periods can be painful for your wallet. It’s even worse if you wait too long and find yourself needing holiday flights at “last-minute” prices. But you can still fly for virtually no out-of-pocket cost if you have been stashing away airline miles. Award availability can be tough on peak travel... Read More
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
Marriott International announced on Monday that it had agreed to buy Starwood Hotel and Resorts for $12.2 billion. The news is noteworthy in that, should it close, the deal will effectively create the world’s largest hotel company, but there is another reason that you may want to pay attention to the merger. The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card... Read More
Opening your wallet to pull out a certain credit card (matching rewards with purchases) can make you feel smart. But not being able to find that card — or worse, not being able to find your wallet — is an entirely different experience. During the busy holiday season, this scenario can happen more often than you think. (People... Read More
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
A lot of Americans are in credit card debt — about 39%, according to data from the Pew Charitable Trusts — and there’s a new tool that could help them pay down their credit card balances while saving money: SimplyCredit. The tool started out as a way to save on credit card interest, according to... Read More
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
Will you be using your credit card for holiday shopping? Most Americans will use plastic for its security and convenience, and many will earn rewards in the process. But while some will only be earning rewards worth 1% back, others will enjoy much higher levels of bonus rewards from their cards. The key is to use... Read More
Falling for a credit card scam is an incredibly frustrating experience and having your financial security disturbed for even a short time can disrupt your peace of mind. However, providing you arm yourself with the right knowledge, you can minimize the impact credit card scams have on your financial well-being. So, with that in mind,... Read More
Holiday shopping season will soon be (or, in some cases, is already) upon us. But there’s one small thing that may throw a monkey wrench into your carefully plotted Black Friday plans: the chip debit or credit cards that are on now in many consumers’ wallets. Europay, MasterCard and Visa — aka EMV — chip cards... Read More
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