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How Do Credit Cards Define "Travel"?

by Michael on May 15, 2014

In response to my recent post about the Barclaycard Arrival 5k point promo, a reader named Paul wrote in to ask: “Regarding the Barclaycard Arrival credit card, which hotels, motels, airlines, tour operators, car rental agencies, etc. are affiliated with this card?” The short answer is: it depends. This card […]

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Remember when I was hunting around for a credit card with an EMV chip for use in Europe? At the time, such cards were relatively hard to come by in the American market. As a reminder, Europe has largely transitioned to so-called “chip-and-PIN” credit cards in hopes of reducing credit […]

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It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard. With a huge signup bonus that’s worth up to $444, free access to your FICO credit score, and 2x cash back rewards, it’s hard not to love this card. While they don’t have rotating bonus reward categories […]

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Looking ahead, it’s time for Discover cardholders to enroll in the new bonus reward categories for Winter 2013. Full details can be found below. As a reminder, Discover (and others) adopted rotating reward categories a few years ago. This means that you can get 5% cash back on select purchases, […]

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For those of you with a Chase Freedom card, it’s time to look ahead to their 5% reward categories for 2014. As a reminder, Chase (and others) adopted rotating reward categories a few years ago, offering 5% cash back on select purchases, but you have to re-enroll quarterly.

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As a quick followup to my earlier post about the Discover it card offering free access to your FICO credit score, I also wanted to point out that this same card is currently offering 0% on balance transfers for up to 18 months. That long promo period makes the Discover […]

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Free FICO Credit Score from Discover Card

by Michael on Jan 27, 2014

There was a time when your credit score was a closely guarded (and costly) secret. But that’s been changing. For example, as I noted awhile back, the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard started offering free access to your FICO score via their website. These scores are updated monthly. And now Discover […]

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Have you checked your credit report recently? I have. In fact, I pulled my Equifax credit report (for free) just last week. Care to guess what I found? Absolutely nothing. Or at least nothing out of the ordinary. Just my boring report. But, when it comes to credit reports, boring […]

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