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Mark Jackson

In his undergrad years, with no real money to speak of, Mark discovered credit card miles. Now having been a visitor of 45 different countries, he shares his secrets on his site, TheTravelPlaybook.com, as well as several other sites around the web.

Latest articles by Mark Jackson

6 Pieces of Credit Card Tech That Will Blow Your Mind

Get ready to replace your old credit cards with new tech that promises to make paying with plastic easier — and more secure — than ever before.

The Best Times of Year to Travel Anywhere

It's a big world — no matter when you have time to travel, you're sure to find a wonderful place to visit, Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall.

The World's 11 Craziest Frugal Hotels

What these budget lodgings lack in luxury and comfort they make up for with quirkiness and history. Stay someplace unusual -- and cheap -- the next time you travel!

10 Surprising Ways to Save Money on Hotels

Hotels are expensive! Cut the cost of a night's stay with these clever lodging cost cutters.

10 Things You Think Affect Your Credit Score — But Don't

Myths abound about what does and does not impact a credit score. Read this list of "Does Nots" and know why your score is gonna be fine.

The Best New Travel Rewards Cards on the Block: Barclaycard Arrival World / Plus World Elite MasterCard

The new travel rewards credit cards on the block are fantastic options for the frequent traveler.

Unlimited Cash Back: The Quicksilver Cash Rewards Credit Card

The Quicksilver Cash Rewards Credit Card is great for those who want no-fuss cash rewards.

WATCH: The 10 Craziest Annual 4th of July Fireworks Displays

The 4th of July means Main Street parades, backyard barbecues, and fantastic fireworks. Here's where to find the best shows, from coast to coast.

American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card Review

Check out the benefits of the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card to see if it's a good card for you.

The Cheapest Way to Fly to Europe

Not all frequent flyer rewards programs are created equal. Learn which programs offer the best deals on flights to Europe.

Barclays US Airways Premier World MasterCard Review

Fans of US Airways can save on flights and upgrades by signing up for one of their credit cards.

5 Top Travel Destinations for 2014

Make the most of your travel miles and points by seeking out fascinating, off-the-radar destinations such as these.