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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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Awhile back, I told you that Barclaycard had started offering free FICO credit scores to holders of their Arrival World MasterCard. If you have this card, you can see your credit score whenever you want via their online interface. Not only that, but new customers could (and still can) get […]

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Free FICO Credit Score From Barclaycard

by Michael on Nov 7, 2013

Hmmm… This is pretty cool… One of my favorite reward credit cards just got a little better. I’m talking here about the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard, which is now offering free access to your credit score. Yes, that’s right. Free for all cardholders. And yes, we’re talking about your real, […]

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A couple of years ago, many of the best reward credit cards adopted rotating reward categories with quarterly re-enrollment. This is a great business model for them because they can offer relatively generous 5% cash back rewards without necessarily having to pay them because people may fail to re-enroll. Since […]

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By now, we all know about things like the car rental insurance provided by many credit card issuers, as well as the extended warranty protection that sometimes comes with a credit card purchase. Well, my pal TFB recently tipped me off to a really nice World MasterCard feature… Price protection. […]

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How to Save Money on Currency Conversions

by Michael on Sep 18, 2013

When traveling overseas, it’s often helpful to have at least a bit of the local currency in your pocket. This, of course, begs the question… What’s the cheapest and easiest way to get your hands on foreign currency without getting ripped off on the conversion from US dollars? Today I […]

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