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What Countries are Open to American Tourists

What Countries are Open to American Tourists

Lockdowns are ending around the world and countries are starting to ease border restrictions and reopen for international tourists. On August 6, 2020, the U.S. State Department lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory, which advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. So you now might wonder what countries are open for travel and for U.S. citizens travel in particular.

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COVID-19 Travel Restrictions – Fall 2020 Update

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Now it seems that a lot of time has passed since the beginning of the pandemic. Many countries have already experienced a peak in incidence and are slowly beginning to ease restrictions. However, there are still over 70 countries that stay completely closed allowing only citizens, residents returning home, or people in other special circumstances to enter. More than 100 countries continue to maintain entry restrictions (e.g. for people with certain citizenship or those arriving from particular countries). And only a few countries have no formal restrictions on entry by air but may require adherence to special measures while on their territory like the COVID-19 testing or quarantine upon arrival.

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Airline Loyalty Programs During the Pandemic: Updates and Changes

Airline Loyalty Programs

The COVID-19 outbreak affected both business and pleasure travel, and losses of the global airline industry will be huge this year. To retain some of their loyal customers, many airlines have updated their loyalty programs. Below are some of the airlines that have updated their mileage rewards programs due to the coronavirus.

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Is It Safe To Travel? Your Coronavirus Travel Guide

Your Coronavirus Travel Guide

Is It Safe To Travel? Your Coronavirus Travel Guide

The pandemic forced people to stay at home and cease traveling as domestically as internationally. Now, as stay-at-home orders are being lifted and cities around the world are slowly reopening, travel restrictions have started to soften, and travelers are looking forward to traveling again. Some travelers give preference to camping, short trips, and road trips, while others hope to return in the sky. But is it safe to travel right now?

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Best Balance Transfer Credit Cards: Pay Off Your Debt Faster

Balance Transfer credit cards

When you carry a balance on your credit cards and pay big interest, you may want to pay off your debt faster and ideally without paying the interest at all. In this case, consolidating your debt on a balance transfer credit card could be a good option.

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AAdvantage Credit Cards from Citi

American Airlines frequent flyers have plenty of credit card options that can help them earn additional miles and get access to travel benefits. There are two banks offering co-branded AAdvantage credit cards: Citi and Barclays. Here we will talk about top Citi/AAdvantage credit cards for consumers and small businesses.

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Should You Get a Travel Credit Card During a Crisis Like Coronavirus?

Should you get a travel credit card during a crisis like coronavirus?

You might be wondering why anyone would want to get a travel credit card while we’re fighting СOVID-19 and staying at home. However, if you think in the long term, you can switch to using a travel credit card or a rewards credit card to earn rewards that you can use when the crisis is gone.

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Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards – Everything You Need to Know to Choose

Earlier this fall, Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest joined forces into a single entity, the oddly named Marriott Bonvoy program. As part of that process, the Marriott and Starwood credit card programs merged and changed as well. What was once six cards had morphed into four.
Given the changes and the popularity of what were the Marriott and Starwood programs – and given that the cards and program have had time to work through any issues – not seems a good moment to take a look at the collection of Marriott Bonvoy cards that are available today.

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No Lounge for You: United and American Changes Airport Lounge Access Rules

I’m sitting in a very nice American Express Centurion Lounge in Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza International Airport just as lounge access is being cut off for millions of flyers on Delta, United and American Airlines.
The Big Three have decided to change lounge-access policy in a way that upends how business travelers travel … and that means you have to rethink the credit cards you own.

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Seven Credit Card Signup Bonuses to Consider for Your Christmas Spending

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Christmas is but a few weeks away, and, more important, Black Friday fast approaches to kick off the official holiday-shopping season.
If web-hosting platform Cloudways is right, the average American household will be spending $1,226 on Christmas gifts – a sum of money that will go a long way toward helping you meet the credit-card spend requirements necessary to earn cash-back bonus points or bonus miles that can help you land free airfare or hotel rooms for your next vacation (which, as winter descends, you are undoubtedly already considering).

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The Best Credit Cards for Your Thanksgiving Holiday Spending

We’re well into the Month of the Turkey – the month in which everyone’s thoughts turn to eating and shopping.
We have Thanksgiving barreling toward us, with Christmas waiting right around the corner.
All of which means lots of spending happens between now and the new year … and that means now’s a perfect time to consider a credit card that makes the most of your spending by helping you accumulate points or miles faster for either cash back or holiday travel.

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Rakuten Cash Back Visa: The Secret Way to Turn Cashback into American Express Membership Rewards Points

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Rakuten, the largest e-commerce site in Japan, has teamed up with Visa to rebrand the Ebates Visa card. In doing so, the new Rakuten Cash Back Visa now offers a way to collect American Express Membership Rewards points … by way of, um, a Visa card.
To quote Bill Murray’s character from Ghostbusters, it’s like “cats and dogs living together.”

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Currency Exchange – How Not to Fall for Legal Money Scams When Traveling Overseas

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Most international travelers know to beware of currency-exchange booths around the world because the fees are often exorbitant and the currency rates are not generally favorable. But now, you need to learn to beware of ATMs and credit-card machines as well.
If you don’t understand how these work when you use your bank ATM or debit card, or your credit card, you will be ripping yourself off.
Blame is on something known as “dynamic currency conversion.”

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American Express Green Card Review – Amex Changes its Iconic Green Card to Make the Card a Better Choice for Accumulating Miles.

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After 50 years as the most well-known charge-card on the planet, the iconic American Express Green Card is getting a makeover … and it’s a makeover that makes the card much more useful for travel-minded consumers.

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What Changes to Southwest Airlines’ Rapid Reward Program Mean for Frequent Flyers

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Southwest Airlines is continuing an ill trend in which airlines are making it increasingly difficult to remain loyal to a single air carrier.
Recently, United Airlines did away with mileage being the basis of its frequent flyer program, replacing miles flown with dollars spent and number of flights taken.

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The Ultimate Guide to Chase Ultimate Rewards Program and Credit Cards

Objectively speaking, few credit-card companies have built a stable of high-quality credit cards as deep as Chase.
More important to credit-card consumers, few credit-card companies have built a rewards point ecosystem as beneficial as Chase’s Ultimate Rewards.

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The New Capital One Walmart Rewards Credit Card: Improving on the Past?

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Certain facts are given – death and taxes being the two most-obvious. To that we can add a third: Now that Capital One and Walmart have teamed up to revamp Walmart’s credit card offerings, the new Capital One Walmart Rewards credit card program will be a huge success.

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Citi Double Cash Credit Card: What You Need to Know About Converting Cash Back to ThankYou Points

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Citicard’s popular Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer has made a significant change that will allow cardholders to convert cash back into Citi ThankYou points that you can redeem for travel.
Suddenly, what was a top-notch cash-back card has become quite a good travel-rewards card.

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The Six Best Credit Cards for Rental-Car Coverage

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I was in Louisiana last year visiting family. As I was driving out of New Orleans on Interstate 10, an 18-wheeler kicked up a rock that size of a small football stadium, which then slammed the windshield of my rental car with an explosion that sounded like a small bomb going off.
What I’m trying to say is: Thank you, American Express Platinum Card.
Because I’d booked and paid for the rental car with my Platinum Amex, I didn’t have to worry about the cost of replacing a windshield that, when I returned to the airport, looked like abstract art.

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The Peebles Credit Card: Is There Any Reason to Own One?

The Peebles credit card is another in a long list of what I consider to be subpar, limited-use store credit cards offered by Comenity Bank.
That said, if you are a devoted shopper at Stage, Bealls, Palais Royal, Peebles, Goody’s or Gordmans, then you might have some use for this card, if only because of the outside rewards you earn on your spending.

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