Frequent Flyer Tips for Experienced Travelers

850 FICO: Do you really need the highest credit score?

850 FICO: Do you really need the highest credit score?

While many people struggle to improve their credit scores, there are some super prime consumers who have earned a perfect credit score of 850. The higher your credit score, the better terms you’ll get on loans and perks on your credit cards. But do you really need the highest credit score possible to get the best loan interest rates and credit card benefits? And what steps can you take to improve your credit score?

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Why the Free Checked Bag Benefit Doesn’t Always Mean “Free”

Why the Free Checked Bag Benefit Doesn’t Always Mean “Free”

The airlines are making a killing by charging us for checked bags. In 2017, airlines made over $4.5 billion from this additional source of revenue. Now, checking a bag is getting more expensive for travelers because United and JetBlue are increasing the first checked bag fees from $25 to $30. And the other airlines are sure to follow.

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Credit Utilization: Everything You Need to Know to Increase Your Score

Credit Utilization: Everything You Need to Know to Increase Your Score

To increase your credit score, you want to focus on what you can change the quickest. Credit utilization is the second largest factor in your credit score. And it is the one you have the most control over on a monthly basis. Simply put, the lower your balances versus the amount of credit you have, the better your score will be. We’re going to discuss everything you need to know to increase your credit score by controlling your credit utilization rate.

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10 Passive Income Ideas to Rock Your World

10 Passive Income Ideas to Rock Your World

The only thing better than making money is making money while you sleep. That’s the whole concept behind passive income. You can spend more time with your family and friends, perfect your golf swing or learn another language. The possibilities are endless because you’ve set up passive income streams that provide you a paycheck without needing to clock in. Here are the 10 best passive income ideas that will rock your world.

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Soft Credit Check vs. Hard Inquiry

Soft Credit Check vs. Hard Inquiry

I don’t know about you, but I’m very protective of my credit. When I learned that allowing credit card issuers and businesses to simply look at my credit could ding my score, I became a lot more protective of who gets access.

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Singapore Airlines Devaluation

Singapore Airlines Devaluation

Regular airline and hotel program devaluations are becoming the norm, and recently Singapore Airlines has announced program changes without giving us a whole lot of warning. Effective December 7, 2017, many flights booked on Star Alliance partners will be changing in price and there are a few non-price related changes as well. All in all this is a pretty big deal.

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8 Reasons Your Credit Card Was Declined

8 Reasons Your Credit Card Was Declined

Imagine that you’re standing at the checkout counter and the cashier informs you that your credit card has been declined. Not only is this an embarrassing situation to be in, but it can also be an inconvenience. If you don’t carry cash, you’re left scrambling for another method of payment. 

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What to Do When a Fraudulent Charge is Discovered on Your Credit Account

What to Do When a Fraudulent Charge is Discovered on Your Credit Account

If you discover a fraudulent charge on one of your credit accounts, you should act fast to avoid further damage. By taking immediate action, almost any fraudulent purchase made with a credit card can be disputed and resolved. Many credit issuers have zero liability policies when it comes to fraud and some offer credit monitoring services at no charge. There are also federal laws that limit the liability of consumers when it comes to fraudulent charges.

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Four Ways to Use the Right Combination of Points, Miles, and Money to Save on Airfare

Four Ways to Use the Right Combination of Points, Miles, and Money to Save on Airfare

Airfare sales happen every day but not necessarily from your home airport. In order to take advantage of some of the best deals out there, you might have to get a bit creative. There are plenty of options available to help reduce the cost of airfare. You may save money by positioning yourself to nearby airports or by using your frequent flyer miles like cash to reduce the cost of a ticket. If you’re earning points on a credit card you will want to access their travel portals to see if your points have greater value there. Additionally, using a combination of award tickets and purchased tickets for securing your airfare may result in paying less. Try these combinations to find the best deal.

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Why do Credit Cards Expire?

Why do Credit Cards Expire?

You may know a lot about the rewards and benefits that are included with your credit card, but you may not have considered those all-important four digits on the front of your card: the expiration date. It’s almost impossible to complete an online purchase without that data point, but what is the expiration date really used for? Banks have several reasons for including it. Read on to find out more.

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Can Award Tickets Earn Miles?

Can Award Tickets Earn Miles?

As a general rule that award tickets do not earn frequent flyer miles since they are paid for with miles, the same way you do not earn hotel points when you redeem points on an award stay. Frequent flyer programs will usually exclude award booking classes from mileage accrual. This applies to partners as well.

With that being said, there are a few exceptions or situations when award tickets might earn you miles after.

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Six Common Business Credit Card Myths

Six Common Business Credit Card Myths

When an entrepreneur first starts a business, cash flow is crucial. Many will get loans to fund the initial effort. Some will seek out help from family and friends. Others will turn to credit cards as a way to pay for the expenses that come with a new business. There are some common myths about using business credit cards.. Let’s go through them so you don’t risk your business and credit score.

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The Top 5 Frequent Flyer Programs for International Travel

The Top 5 Frequent Flyer Programs for International Travel

Picking the right frequent flyer programs for your international travel depends on the region, the distance (short-haul/long-haul) and your own objectives. Are you looking to get status? Or do you favor cheap redemptions?

Start by assessing your travel patterns and booking habits (deep-discounted economy vs. full-fare economy or business/first) and reviewing both the redemption side as well as earning ability of potential programs. Some programs however generally stand out by their number of partners, ease of achieving elite status and overall value. Here’s a rundown.

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Three Perfect Solo Destinations You Can Book Using Frequent Flyer Miles

Three Perfect Solo Destinations You Can Book Using Frequent Flyer Miles

You’re ready to travel but none of your friends have the time, money, points or miles to travel with you. Or perhaps you would just like to try a solo adventure and experience the freedom of traveling alone. How far will your miles take you? You might be surprised. Here’s a trio of affordable destinations that can easily be reached using frequent flier miles.

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American Zodiac vs. Iberia Solstice Business Class Seats Comparison

American Zodiac vs. Iberia Solstice Business Class Seats Comparison

People like to grumble about the bygone era of generous seats, lots of legroom, amazing catering, and people dressing up for the occasion as if they were going to the opera. These are understandable sentiments, but the truth is, the bygone era didn’t have lie-flat seats. And it wasn’t even possible back then to redeem a ticket for miles, considering that modern frequent-flyer programs only date back to the 80s.

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How to Navigate the World of Points and Miles as a Couple

How to Navigate the World of Points and Miles as a Couple

Credit card rewards are a great tool for travelers who want to score a free vacation, and the only thing better than one sign-up bonus is two. Navigating the world of points and miles as a couple can be twice as rewarding, but also twice as complicated. Let’s take a closer look at some of the pros and cons of playing the credit card game in two-player mode.

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The Ultimate Guide to Get Free Cell Phone Insurance With Your Credit Card

The Ultimate Guide to Get Free Cell Phone Insurance With Your Credit Card

You may be aware of some of the cardholder perks that come with many premium credit cards, such as rental car insurance and lost baggage coverage. But did you know that some cards will reimburse you if your cell phone is stolen or damaged?

This coverage isn’t common, but some big issuers, such as Capital One, Chase, Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank, have cards with some sort of cell phone protections. It may be worth getting one of those cards just to protect your phone. I know I’ve dropped, sat on, cracked or otherwise damaged many smartphones over the years.

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Four Ways to Save on Foreign Transactions While Traveling

Four Ways to Save on Foreign Transactions While Traveling

Your trip is booked, your bags are packed, and you’re ready to go. Chances are the last thing on your mind is how you’re going to save money on currency conversion fees, securing pocket cash and on your foreign purchases.

These expenses can add up though and without some upfront planning, you’ll return from your holiday with a bank or credit card statement full of fees. Minimal time invested before you go can result in reducing transaction fees, avoiding overcharges for foreign travel expenses and even earning rewards while you’re traveling.

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The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Credit Card Without a Social Security Number

The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Credit Card Without a Social Security Number

The good news is that you don’t need a Social Security number to get a credit card. The bad news is that you’ll probably have to establish a credit history in the United States before applying.

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Flying Blue Eliminates Free Stopover on Award Tickets

Flying Blue Eliminates Free Stopover on Award Tickets

Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program of Air France-KLM. They share it with some partners: Kenya Airways, Tarom, Aircalin, and Transavia. It is one of Europe’s major frequent flyer programs, along with Executive Club (British Airways) and Miles&More (Lufthansa group).

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