Travel http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/254/all en-US 5 Best Secured Cards with Travel Rewards http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-secured-cards-with-travel-rewards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-best-secured-cards-with-travel-rewards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000057953502.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The primary purpose of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-are-secured-credit-cards?ref=internal">secured credit cards</a> is to repair or establish a credit history that results in a better credit score. If you have less than stellar credit, it can be difficult qualifying for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal">good travel rewards credit cards</a> &ndash; many of which require an &ldquo;excellent&rdquo; credit rating, but there are secured cards which offer travelers a little more than other cards on the market. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-secured-credit-cards?ref=seealso">5 Best Secured Cards</a>)</p> <p>Travelers often look for perks and benefits from credit cards that enhance their travel experience, provide awards for purchases made with the card, or just allow them to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-secured-cards-with-low-or-no-foreign-transaction-fees?ref=internal">save a little money in foreign transaction fees</a>. Whether road tripping across the country or traveling overseas, there could be a number of reasons you need to travel, and poor or no credit shouldn&rsquo;t mean missing out on rewards and savings. If you need a good secured card that meets your traveling needs, consider these.</p> <h2>AeroMexico Visa Secured Card</h2> <p>U.S. Bank offers several co-branded airlines secured cards that allow you to earn miles. If you like to travel with AeroMexico, the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/aeromexico-visa-secured-card-rebuild-your-credit-while-you-travel?ref=internal">AeroMexico Visa Secured</a> card provides a great opportunity to earn miles for your purchases while establishing or repairing your credit. Earn two miles for each dollar you spend on gas and grocery store purchases, and one mile for each dollar spent on all other purchases. Redeem your miles for AeroMexico flights, or with SkyTeam airlines such as Delta, Air France and Korea Air. You also get a free checked bag, travel accident insurance, and a companion certificate each year. The annual fee is $25, waived for the first year, and the APR for purchases and balance transfers is 22.99%.</p> <h2>LANPASS Visa Secured Card</h2> <p>Another offering from U.S. Bank is the LANPASS Visa Secured Card, which offers 1 mile for every dollar you spend, with no caps on miles and a 5,000 mile bonus when you make your first purchase. There is also a 10% discount on your first LAN purchase each year. The APR for purchases and balance transfers is 22.99% and the annual fee is $0 for the first year and $25 after that.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Korea Air SKYPASS Visa Secured Card</h2> <p>The SKYPASS Visa Secured Card allows you to earn 1 mile for every $1 spent on purchases, with 5,000 bonus miles after your first purchase. Additionally, you get 1,000 bonus miles at renewal each year. Miles can be redeemed for flights and upgrades on Korean AIr and SkyTeam partners. Other benefits include travel accident insurance, EMV chip technology, auto rental insurance, and travel &amp; emergency assistance. The APR for purchases and balance transfers is 16.24% and the annual fee is $50.</p> <h2>Best Western Rewards Secured Card</h2> <p>The only secured card that offers rewards on hotel stays, the Best Western Rewards Secured MasterCard offers 3x points for each dollar spent at Best Western and 1 point for each dollar spent elsewhere. There is no limit to the number of points you can earn. Get 5,000 bonus points for your first purchase. Points are redeemable for Best Western stays and upgrades. There is a $40 annual fee for this card, and the APR for purchases and balance transfers is 20.99%.&nbsp;</p> <h2>SunTrust Secured Credit Card with Cash Rewards</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/suntrust-secured-credit-card-with-cash-rewards-review?ref=internal">SunTrust Secured Card</a> isn&rsquo;t normally considered a travel rewards credit card. If, however, you find yourself on the road often, it is one of the rare secured cards that allow you to earn cash rewards on your gas purchases. You can receive 2% cash back on the first $6,000 spent yearly on gas and grocery store purchases, and 1% cash back on all other purchases.</p> <p>As an additional bonus, if you have a SunTrust checking, savings, or money market account, you receive a 10% bonus on the cash back deposited. This can add up to a significant savings on gas if your traveling involves filling up at the pump. The card is also chip-enabled, which is convenient when traveling, and provides additional travel benefits such as travel accident insurance up to $250,000. The annual fee is $32.</p> <h2>Avianca LifeMiles Visa Secured Card</h2> <p>The LifeMiles Visa Secured Card earns one mile for every dollar you spend, with a 5,000 miles bonus after your first card use. Additional benefits include 15% baggage fee redemption discount and travel accident insurance. Redeem miles for Avianca flights. The APR for purchases and balance transfers if 22.99%. The annual fee is $25, waived for the first year.&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christina-majaski">Christina Majaski</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-secured-cards-with-travel-rewards">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-secured-cards-with-no-annual-fee">5 Best Secured Cards with No Annual Fee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-secured-cards-with-low-or-no-foreign-transaction-fees">5 Best Secured Cards with Low or No Foreign Transaction Fees</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-secured-credit-cards-that-don-t-require-credit-checks">5 Best Secured Credit Cards that Don’t Require Credit Checks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-secured-credit-cards-with-low-minimum-deposit">5 Best Secured Credit Cards with Low Minimum Deposit</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel secured cards Sat, 01 Aug 2015 01:39:28 +0000 Christina Majaski 1504328 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Things to Do with Kids at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-to-do-with-kids-at-the-st-croix-national-scenic-riverway <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-things-to-do-with-kids-at-the-st-croix-national-scenic-riverway" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/stcroix1.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><font color="#666666"><i>This post contains references to products from our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Please visit our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/advertiser-disclosure">Advertiser Disclosure</a> to view our partners, and for additional details.</i></font></p> <p>With a three-year-old and an 11-month old, most weekends my family stays pretty close to home. But when I learned that one of our nation's national parks, the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, is less than an hour's drive from my hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, I knew my family could enjoy some time away together without the long drive to make. The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is a unique national park because it is long and narrow, encompassing 225 miles of the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers along the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota, and is made up almost entirely of the waterway. And what better way to spend a Midwest summer weekend than on the water? Courtesy of the Amex EveryDay Credit Card our family was able to enjoy some great moments together and create new memories. (<a href="http://bit.ly/1elJ6qC">Jump to details on how to win a free trip to a national park</a>.)</p> <h2>1. Camp</h2> <h2><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/stcroix5.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22.1000003814697px;" /></h2> <p>Interestingly, because the national park is mostly water, the park has extremely primitive camping (think holes in the ground and no real toilets). Instead, the national park's website directs you to camp overnight at some of the many state parks that adjoin the national park. While I might be up for true wilderness camping with just my spouse, with the two little ones we thought a more developed campground would be a better fit. We opted for William O'Brien state park, which shares land and water with the national park. Our older one loved setting up the tent, &nbsp;&quot;building&quot; a fire (by gathering sticks), and exploring the campground with the many other kids nearby. Surprisingly, he slept extremely well in the tent. Our 11 month old loved crawling around the campsite, trying to eat dirt, and playing inside the tent. (She didn't sleep so well.)</p> <h2>2. Boat</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/stcroix6.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Since the St. Croix Scenic Riverway is a <i>river</i>, one of the best ways to explore it is by boat. Both Stillwater and Taylor's Falls have very large boats which you can take a river cruise on. We had planned on taking a lunch cruise out of Taylor's Falls, but due to thunderstorms decided to skip it this time around. Various parts of the rivers are good for kayaking and canoeing, which was a little too risky for our ever-moving 11 month old, but would be great with a child old enough to sit still. Our kids turned out to be good &quot;pontoon-ers.&quot; Slow moving and enclosed, a pontoon boat proved the best way for our family to get out on the water.</p> <p>There are plenty of places to rent boats, or public water access spots, all along the river, and you'll likely need a credit card if you want to rent. If you use your Amex EveryDay, you can get Membership Rewards points for all these purchases.</p> <h2>3. Fish</h2> <p>Interestingly, adult Minnesota residents can fish within the state park without having to obtain a fishing license. And kids younger than 16 don't have to get a fishing license anywhere in the state. We got a kid-sized pole, but the fish weren't active enough for my three-year-old. Nevertheless, it's a great activity to teach kids patience and for them to learn more about nature.</p> <h2>4. Hike</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/stcroix7.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>There are hundreds of miles of trails up and down the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers. We carried our youngest in a baby carrier and let the three-year-old walk. He loved running up and down the trails, climbing the large stones left by glaciers many years ago, and finding interesting leaves and bugs to pick up.</p> <h2>5. Make S'mores</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/stcroix2.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>No trip to a national park is complete without a campfire and s'mores. Luckily for us it didn't rain during our entire stay there and we were able to build a campfire. The three-year-old found sticks for us to cook the marshmallows with. And I can't think of anything that makes a kid happier than eating a s'more. (And I used my EveryDay card for the supplies purchases, making it even easier for me to enjoy this #EverDayMoment.)</p> <h2>6. Eat St. Croix Chocolate</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/stcroix4.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>When I was researching the best locally made chocolates for Valentine's Day this year I learned about the St. Croix Chocolate Company. I didn't order any at the time, but I couldn't have been happier to have stumbled upon it just outside the boundaries of the national park in Marine on St. Croix. We pulled the car over, and like the proverbial kid in a candy store, my son was in heaven. Truly gourmet chocolates, these are as much for the parents as the kids.</p> <h2>7. Visit Teddy Bear Park</h2> <p>While Stillwater, Minnesota is technically just beyond the boundaries of the national park, if you're driving to the St. Croix River from Minneapolis, you'll drive right through the town and by a park called Teddy Bear Park. If you have young children, it is definitely worth a stop. There are activities for kids ranging from just crawling to a playground large enough for 10 or 12-year-olds. They also have clean restrooms which makes it an easy stopping point on your road trip.</p> <h2>8. Eat Snacks on the Road Trip</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/stcroix3.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>I have fond memories of roadtrips with my family when I was growing up, and they all involve peanut butter M&amp;M's (which my dad insisted was a must for every road trip.) We used our Amex EveryDay to load up on snacks at the grocery store (which I love because you get 2x points at U.S. grocery stores) before we headed out of town, and then at stops along the way. With the number of stops we made, it was easy to compile almost our entire 20 purchases, which earn us a 20% bonus each card-period that we make 20 purchases. An added benefit for the roadtrip? The EveryDay card comes with access to the Roadside Assistance Hotline, which will coordinate help if a tire blows or your car breaks down. Thankfully, we didn't need this feature on our trip to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.</p> <p>St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is a phenomenal national park to visit with kids. Load up the car with lots of snacks and the hour drive from the Twin Cities will go by fast.</p> <p>Starting on July 30th, Amex EveryDay is <a href="http://bit.ly/1elJ6qC">kicking off a contest</a> that encourages people to share a photo and caption of their own #EveryDayMoments, taken at any park, for a chance to win one of three trips to some spectacular National Parks: National Mall &amp; Memorial Parks (Washington, DC), Yosemite National Park (California) and Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona).</p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/1elJ6qC">Click Here to Enter</a> between July 30th and August 31st; terms apply.</p> <p><i>What is your favorite national park to visit with kids?</i></p> <p><i>Disclaimer: I am an Amex EveryDay CardMember and Ambassador for this program. However, all opinions about the Card are my own.</i></p> <div> <p><em>Editorial&nbsp;Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author&rsquo;s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any bank, card issuer, airline or hotel chain.</em></p> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-to-do-with-kids-at-the-st-croix-national-scenic-riverway">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/surefire-ways-to-save-on-summer-camp-costs">Surefire Ways to Save on Summer Camp Costs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/train-now-for-a-summertime-family-cycling-trip">Train Now for a Summertime Family Cycling Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-saving-tips-for-the-summer-road-trip">5 Money-Saving Tips for the Summer Road Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-minimize-baggage-fees-when-flying">5 Ways to Minimize Baggage Fees When Flying</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Travel Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:00:12 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 1476878 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Fun, Affordable Train Trips http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-affordable-train-trips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-fun-affordable-train-trips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_train_ride_000055717024.jpg" alt="Mother and child taking fun and affordable train trip" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Trains are not only a huge part of our history and economy, but they make for scenic, relaxing, and enjoyable travel. Next time a three-day weekend rolls around, try going on one of these five fun, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-train-hacks-from-an-amtrak-veteran">affordable train trips</a>.</p> <h2>1. California: Pacific Surfliner</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.amtrak.com/pacific-surfliner-train">beachy train</a> runs daily from the heart of the Central Coast all the way down to San Diego, past many of California&rsquo;s most beautiful beaches. Expect to see lots of everyday train commuters, college kids headed home for the weekend, and vacationing families on their way to Legoland. Two great times for people-watching are on the week of <a href="http://www.comic-con.org/">San Diego Comic-Con International</a>, where you can meet tons of comics, movie, and TV celebrities on their way to the convention; and on opening day of the <a href="https://www.dmtc.com/">Del Mar race track</a>, when men in suits and women in their most colorful fineries and elaborate hats turn the whole train into a party.</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: As low as $61 per adult ($30.50 child) one way, for the full route.</p> <h2>2. Colorado: Durango-Silverado Mining Trail</h2> <p>Any frontier history buff should have this <a href="https://rezeast.net/durango/default.aspx">mining trail train</a> on their bucket list. The Denver-Rio Grande Railway Company founded the railway to haul tons of ore through the Colorado Rockies back in 1880, but the route was (and still is) so scenic that it was immediately in use for passenger trains as well. The Durango-Silverado trains are vintage models indigenous to the route, and there are plenty of <a href="http://www.durangotrain.com/packages/adventure-packages#.VYslX1WJOuY">literature, tours, and adventures</a> to accompany the trip. Great for the adventuring prospector in all of us and great for kids, too.</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: As low as $85 adult ($51 child) per roundtrip.</p> <h2>3. New York: Ethan Allen Express</h2> <p>Live near NYC and want an unforgettable Walden-esque scenic experience? The Ethan Allen railway is one of the <a href="http://www.amtrak.com/ethan-allen-express-train">prettiest railroad routes</a> in America, stretching over 271 miles of verdant Northeastern mountain ranges such as New York&rsquo;s Adirondacks and Vermont&rsquo;s Green Mountains. Try going during early autumn, when the leaves turn into that famous red and gold foliage and apples are ready for picking. Rutland, Vermont, the end of the line, is also well-known for its <a href="http://www.rutlandrec.com/events/2014/10/25/55th-annual-halloween-parade">Halloween celebrations</a>. Bring the kids!</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: As low as $72 per adult ($36 child) one way.</p> <h2>4. West Virginia: Cass Scenic Railroad</h2> <p>Let this route take you <a href="http://mountainrailwv.com/choose-a-train/cass-scenic-railroad">into the Appalachian mountains</a> and back in time, when the Cass company railway opened in 1902. It was used to transport lumber to the Cass sawmill. Now you can gaze upon the old mill surrounded by lush, overgrown wilderness from the open air passenger train. There is also a <a href="http://www.cassrailroad.com/new.html">museum and a tour</a> through the old company shop that built and maintained the lumber trains. A must-see for Americana and railroad fans alike, with lots of activities for the kids.</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: As low as $35 per adult ($24 child) roundtrip.</p> <h2>5. Arizona: Grand Canyon Railway</h2> <p>Ready to savor the Grand Canyon, but not necessarily the hiking type? The <a href="http://www.thetrain.com/the-train/train-rates/">Grand Canyon Railway</a> is a wonderful way to travel the South Rim comfortably and in style, as did many U.S. presidents such as Roosevelt, Taft, and Eisenhower. Another historical gem, there are stories of all the train&rsquo;s most notable passengers since its opening in 1901 throughout the tour. The train will provide a four-hour stopover, where you can stretch your legs, walk around the rim, or <a href="http://www.grandcanyonlodges.com/">sleepover in a nearby lodge</a>. A great trip for a family with older children ready experience the Old West.</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: As low as $65 per adult ($29 child) per trip.</p> <p><em>Have you taken a family vacation by rail? How was it?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-affordable-train-trips">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-simple-rules-of-excellent-houseguest-etiquette">11 Simple Rules of Excellent Houseguest Etiquette</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/volunteer-to-travel-11-opportunities-for-free-or-very-cheap-travel">Volunteer to Travel: 11 Opportunities for Free or Very Cheap Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/car-yoga-and-9-other-ways-to-beat-long-drives">Car Yoga and 9 Other Ways to Beat Long Drives</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-budget-for-summer-vacation">7 Easy Ways to Budget for Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel family history trains trips vacation Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:22 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1502093 at http://www.wisebread.com For Business Travelers: CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard http://www.wisebread.com/for-business-travelers-citibusiness-aadvantage-platinum-select-world-mastercard <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/for-business-travelers-citibusiness-aadvantage-platinum-select-world-mastercard" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000042398506_4.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-12202850-1430762337000?sid=review-citi_AA_PSM" target="_blank">CitiBusiness&reg; AAdvantage&reg; Platinum Select&reg; World MasterCard</a> is partnered with the AAdvantage rewards program allowing small business owners an opportunity to earn miles on purchases made with U.S. Airways and American Airlines, and business related purchases such as office supplies. The miles earned can then be redeemed for flights, which in connection with the other perks and benefits the card offers, can become quite valuable to your business.</p> <h2>Why We Like This Card</h2> <ul> <li>30,000 sign-up bonus miles</li> <li>Annual companion certificate</li> <li>Travel perks</li> </ul> <h2>How This Card Works</h2> <p>Earn two miles for each dollar spent on American Airlines and U.S. Airways purchases, office supplies, telecommunications, and car rentals, and one mile for each dollar spent everywhere else. You can earn an unlimited number of miles which do not expire.</p> <p><strong>Sign up bonus: </strong>Get 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months.</p> <p>Miles can be redeemed for flights with American Airlines and U.S. Airways at 12,500 miles for one-way MileSAAver flights within the U.S. Cabin upgrades are available for as few as 5,000 miles.</p> <p>Miles can also be redeemed on all oneworld airlines, which includes airberlin, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas Airways, and more.</p> <h2>Other Benefits</h2> <p><strong>First checked bag free.</strong> When you fly American Airlines and U.S. Airways, your first checked bag on domestic flights is free for yourself and up to four companions on the same reservation.</p> <p><strong>Priority boarding. </strong>Includes Group 1 boarding privileges on American Airlines and Zone 2 on U.S. Airways flights.</p> <p><strong>Mileage discount on award flights.</strong> Get a discount of 7,500 miles when redeeming miles for MileSAAver flights.</p> <p><strong>Renewal bonus.</strong> When you renew your card, you receive a bonus of 5% AAdvantage miles based on the purchases made with the card during the previous year.</p> <p><strong>Companion certificate.</strong> Each year that you spend $30,000 with your card, you receive an American Airlines companion certificate when you renew your card membership. This is good for one roundtrip domestic economy fare at $99 plus taxes and fees of $21.60 to $43.20 for a companion on the same reservation. The certificate is good for one year after it is issued.</p> <p><strong>In-flight discount.</strong> Get a 25% discount on in-flight purchases such as headphones, food, and beverages. The discount is applied to your statement as a credit.</p> <p><strong>Free employee cards. </strong>Add cards to the account with designated account limits for your employees at no additional cost. This allows you to monitor and manage the accounts and lets the employees earn miles on their purchases as well.</p> <p><strong>Business account management.</strong> Includes tools for small businesses such as quarterly and annual reports which can be broken down by employee, expense, and spending category.</p> <p><a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-12202850-1430762337000?sid=review-citi_AA_PSM"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" width="154" height="50" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>Costs</h2> <ul> <li>$95 Annual Fee (waived the first year)</li> <li>15.24% APR (purchases); 21.99% (cash advance); 29.99% (penalty)</li> <li>3% Balance Transfer Fee</li> <li>3% Foreign Transaction Fee</li> </ul> <h2>Pros</h2> <p><strong>Sign-up bonus.</strong> If you spend at least $1,000 with &nbsp;your card within the first three months, you can earn a bonus of 30,000 miles. These miles can be redeemed for at least one round-trip MileSAAver flight and, depending on the flight, can be worth hundreds of dollars. This bonus can help offset the cost of the annual fee for at least a couple years after the first waived year.</p> <p><strong>Earn miles on business purchases.</strong> You can earn miles not only from American Airlines and U.S. Airways purchases, but for many business purchases such as office supplies, telecommunications, and car rentals. This helps business owners rack up miles faster.</p> <p><strong>Travel perks. </strong>From free checked bags to priority boarding, traveling can be a bit more &nbsp;comfortable and cost effective. If you or your employees frequently travel with American Airlines or U.S. Airways, benefits such as the 25% in-flight discount can add up.</p> <p><strong>Companion certificate.</strong> Each year that you spend at least $30,000 with your card, you receive a companion certificate that can be used by anyone traveling on the same reservation. The companion certificate can result in tremendous savings whether traveling with a family member or an employee.</p> <h2>Cons</h2> <p><strong>High annual fee.</strong> Although the annual fee of $95 is common with other travel rewards cards, the benefits and bonuses opportunities are dependent on whether or not you use the card enough. For example, if you don&rsquo;t meet the spend requirement for the sign-up bonus or spend at least $30,000 per year with the card, you won&rsquo;t be able to offset the annual fee. If you don&rsquo;t travel or spend enough to benefit from the extra bonuses, you may want to instead consider <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-small-businesses?ref=review">other small business credit cards</a>.</p> <p><strong>Foreign transaction fee.</strong> This is a disadvantage if you or your employees must travel abroad or make foreign purchases. This fee can devalue any rewards earned from your purchases.</p> <h2>Who This Card Is Best For</h2> <p>The CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select Card is best for small business owners whose purchases fall within the double miles categories. It is also a great card for those who will spend at least $30,000 per year with the card in order to qualify for the companion certificate, and fly with American Airlines and U.S. Airways frequently enough to benefit from the valuable travel perks. Additionally, &nbsp;if you have employees you can add to the account so their business purchases earn miles also, you can earn enough miles for award flights fairly quickly.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-12202850-1430762337000?sid=review-citi_AA_PSM" target="_blank">Click here to learn more and apply for the CitiBusiness&reg; AAdvantage&reg; Platinum Select&reg; World MasterCard today!</a></strong></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christina-majaski">Christina Majaski</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-business-travelers-citibusiness-aadvantage-platinum-select-world-mastercard">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-american-airlines-us-airways-credit-card-should-you-get">Which American Airlines / US Airways Credit Card Should You Get?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-platinum-select-aadvantage-world-mastercard-review">Travel with Comfort and Ease: Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-hilton-hhonors-visa-signature-card-big-rewards-with-no-annual-fee">Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card: Big Rewards with No Annual Fee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-hilton-hhonors-reserve-enjoy-more-free-stays">Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve: Enjoy More Free Stays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-prestige-card-world-class-benefits">Citi Prestige Card: World Class Benefits</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel aadvantage american airlines Citi Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:57:38 +0000 Christina Majaski 1502350 at http://www.wisebread.com No Fees and Unlimited Miles: Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card http://www.wisebread.com/no-fees-and-unlimited-miles-capital-one-ventureone-rewards-credit-card <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/no-fees-and-unlimited-miles-capital-one-ventureone-rewards-credit-card" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000042361010.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=review">travel rewards cards</a> available that offer valuable rewards for your purchases. However, most of those rewards focus on specific categories of spending, and redemption may be limited to specific airlines or hotels. If you want a more flexible travel rewards card that offers valuable miles on all purchases, check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/capital-one-ventureone-rewards?ref=review">Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card</a>.</p> <h2>Why We Like This Card</h2> <ul> <li>Sign Up Bonus: 20k Miles (worth $200)</li> <li>Unlimited 1.25x miles on all purchases</li> </ul> <h2>How This Card Works</h2> <p>Earn 1.25 miles for each dollar spent on all purchases. There is no limit to the number of miles you can earn and miles do not expire unless you close your account.</p> <p><strong>Sign Up Bonus: </strong>Get 20,000 miles (equal to $200 in travel) after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months.</p> <p>You can redeem miles for travel purchases made within the last 90 days. Qualifying travel purchases include those made through travel websites or agents, car rentals, hotels, airlines, taxis, and many others. You can also redeem your miles for travel purchases such as flights and hotel stays made through CapitalOne.com at Travelocity. There are also opportunities to redeem for cash, gift cards, and merchandise but the value of your miles decreases to approximately half a cent per mile versus a full cent for each mile if you redeem for travel.</p> <h2>Other Benefits</h2> <p><strong>Credit Tracker.</strong> Access your TransUnion credit score, financial simulators for managing your credit, and tools for monitoring your credit file.</p> <p><strong>Visa Signature benefits. </strong>Includes a wide range of benefits such as 24/7 concierge service for buying gifts and making reservations, travel savings and upgrades, and extended warranty protection for purchases made with your card.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/capital-one-ventureone-rewards?ref=review"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" width="154" height="50" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>Costs</h2> <ul> <li>$0 Annual Fee</li> <li>0% APR (purchases only) until July 2016. APR for after introductory period and for all balance transfers is 11.9%, 16.9%, or 21.9%, based on your creditworthiness.&nbsp;</li> <li>$0 Balance Transfer Fee</li> <li>$0 Foreign Transaction Fee</li> </ul> <h2>Pros</h2> <p><strong>High sign-up bonus.</strong> The sign-up bonus worth approximately $200 is among the highest offered, especially by a card with no annual fee.</p> <p><strong>No fees.</strong> There is no annual fee, balance transfer fee, or foreign transaction fee, which makes it a great card for earning miles without worrying whether you earn enough to cover the cost of the card. Furthermore, many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation?ref=review">travel rewards cards without foreign transaction fees</a> have annual fees of at least $50 per year.</p> <p><strong>No rotating or spending categories.</strong> Many travel rewards credit cards award specific categories such as hotel stays or airfare with specific airlines. This can be a challenge if your travel purchases vary and are not exclusive to a particular brand. Furthermore, the card does not award based on rotating categories that change every quarter and allows you to earn 1.25 mile for each dollar spent, all year, regardless of the type of purchase.</p> <p><strong>Redeem for any travel purchase.</strong> Not only are there no limitations on the purchases that earn miles, you are able to redeem your miles for nearly any type of travel purchase. It is common with other travel rewards cards to earn awards on your purchases that can be redeemed for either hotel stays or airfare with specific hotels or airlines. This card provides the option to redeem for a wide range of travel purchases, including bus fare and taxi fare, which isn&rsquo;t always an option with most travel credit cards.</p> <h2>Cons</h2> <p><strong>No introductory APR for transfers.</strong> Although there is no balance transfer fee, there is also no <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-0-balance-transfer-credit-cards?ref=review">0% introductory APR for balance transfers</a>. If you need to transfer a balance from another card, you won&rsquo;t pay a balance transfer fee, but you also won&rsquo;t save money in interest payments, unless you are transferring from a card with an APR higher.</p> <p><strong>Only 1.25 miles per dollar spent.</strong> One of the primary benefits of this card is the freedom to earn a flat rate of miles on all purchases. However, 1.25 miles per dollar is just barely more than the rate you earn from most rewards credit cards &ldquo;other&rdquo; purchases. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/discover-it-miles-simple-and-flexible-travel-rewards?ref=review">Discover it Miles</a> also has no annual fee but offers 1.5 miles on all purchases. However, because it&rsquo;s Discover, it is not accepted at as many places as a Visa. Additionally, the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/capital-one-venture-rewards-card-review?ref=review">Capital One Venture card</a> awards two miles for each dollar spent on all purchases, with an annual fee of $59 waived the first year.</p> <h2>Who This Card Is Best For</h2> <p>The Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card is one of the best no fee travel rewards credit cards that offer flexible redemptions and is particularly ideal for those who travel abroad frequently because there is no foreign transaction fee. If, however, you regularly spend $8,000 or more per year with your card, you should consider the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/capital-one-venture-rewards-card-review?ref=review">Capital One Venture card</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/capital-one-ventureone-rewards?ref=review"><strong>Click here to apply for the Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card today!</strong></a></strong></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christina-majaski">Christina Majaski</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/no-fees-and-unlimited-miles-capital-one-ventureone-rewards-credit-card">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/capital-one-venture-rewards-card-review">Travel Rewards Doesn&#039;t Get Easier Than This: Capital One Venture Rewards Card</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-s-on-your-travel-bucketlist">What’s on Your Travel #BucketList?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-secured-cards-with-travel-rewards">5 Best Secured Cards with Travel Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel Capital One Mon, 27 Jul 2015 04:16:48 +0000 Christina Majaski 1500874 at http://www.wisebread.com Car Yoga and 9 Other Ways to Beat Long Drives http://www.wisebread.com/car-yoga-and-9-other-ways-to-beat-long-drives <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/car-yoga-and-9-other-ways-to-beat-long-drives" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_in_car_000049523678.jpg" alt="Friends doing car yoga and surviving a long drive" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In case you haven't noticed, America is huge. Tooling across just two or three states can challenge even the most patient soul and driving from coast to coast is a test of sheer physical endurance. Whether you're traveling solo, with friends and family, or with co-workers, make things easier by mastering these 10 ways to survive a long drive.</p> <h2>1. Make Reservations</h2> <p>Know what makes a long day behind the wheel even worse? A long night behind the wheel. Don't assume every city or town you pass through will have lodging vacancies. Conventions, concerts, college sporting events, and county fairs can deplete hotel rooms quickly. Plot your trip, know where you'll be stopping each evening, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-to-negotiate-a-cheaper-hotel-room">negotiate a great room rate</a>, and make reservations ahead of time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-money-on-a-great-american-road-trip?ref=seealso">10 Ways to Save Money on a Great American Road Trip</a>)</p> <h2>2. Invest in Roadside Assistance</h2> <p>Long drives can be exhausting for cars too. Arrange for AAA coverage or roadside assistance through your insurance carrier before you hit the road. Particularly if you're travelling alone, the peace of mind is well worth the money.</p> <h2>3. Pack Snacks and Water</h2> <p>A good supply of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-healthy-and-inexpensive-snack-options">healthy and inexpensive snacks</a> keeps everyone energized during those long stretches between stops. And as a rule, two or three days' worth of non-perishable high-protein food and water are must-haves for emergencies &mdash; particularly if you're traveling in remote areas or during winter.</p> <h2>4. Avoid Marathon Days</h2> <p>Set a specific drive time limit each day and avoid &quot;marathon&quot; driving days of 12 or 14 hours. Without compromising your safety, set mileage-based goals along the way, too. For example, stop for lunch after the first 200 miles; plan a coffee break after another 100 miles; stop for the night when you've driven 500 miles. Small goals will add structure to your day and help you stay motivated mile after mile.</p> <h2>5. Don't Be a Stop Cop</h2> <p>Okay, okay&hellip;we get it &mdash; stopping too often eats into your finely-tuned schedule. Get over it. Denying yourself or others regular bathroom breaks, opportunities to stretch, or moments to simply breathe some fresh air turns a long trip into a bladder-busting nightmare.</p> <h2>6. Get Your Game On</h2> <p>Boardless games like trivia, spelling bees, and I Spy are fun ways to pass the time for kids and adults. Remember, safety comes first. Avoid anything that's too competitive and if your game is delivered through a mobile app, make sure playing it is hands-free.</p> <h2>7. Choose Truck Stops Instead of Rest Areas</h2> <p>Rest areas are great places to take quick bathroom break or change a flat. But truck stops offer more services that cater to weary road warriors. Larger bathrooms (some with showers), cafés, and small markets can help restore your mood and your motivation.</p> <h2>8. Move It</h2> <p>If you've made long drives before, you're probably familiar with the medical condition known as <em>Gluteus Notfeelmuch </em>that develops after about four hours of being folded up in a car. Fight it by making a conscious effort to stretch, jump, walk, or strike a few basic yoga poses each time you stop for food or fuel.</p> <h2>9. Skip the Shortcuts</h2> <p>The longer your trip, the more tempting shortcuts become. But in unfamiliar territory shortcuts can easily turn into maddening mazes that guzzle gas and burn daylight. Plan your route and stick to the main roads.</p> <h2>10. Rotate Drivers</h2> <p>If you're traveling with other adults, alternate your time at the wheel every two or three hours. Capitalize on what each driver is best at and determine who prefers driving at night, urban driving, driving through mountains, etc.</p> <p><em>What's the longest road trip you've taken? What methods did you use to survive the drive?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/car-yoga-and-9-other-ways-to-beat-long-drives">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-have-the-best-cheapest-summer-vacation">25 Ways to Have the Best, Cheapest Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-affordable-train-trips">5 Fun, Affordable Train Trips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-budget-for-summer-vacation">7 Easy Ways to Budget for Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Travel driving long drives on the road road trips vacation Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:00:11 +0000 Kentin Waits 1493710 at http://www.wisebread.com Travel in Comfort with the United MileagePlus Club Card http://www.wisebread.com/travel-in-comfort-with-the-united-mileageplus-club-card <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/travel-in-comfort-with-the-united-mileageplus-club-card" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000053119548.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The United MileagePlus Club Card is the elite version of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-better-with-the-united-mileageplus-explorer-card?ref=review">Explorer card</a> and offers exclusive travel benefits for those who travel with United Airlines frequently. If you&rsquo;re trying to decide which United Mileage Plus credit card to get, we have a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-united-mileageplus-credit-card-should-you-get?ref=review">side-by-side comparison chart</a> to help. As for the Club Card, here are the terms and offers to consider.</p> <h2>Why We Like This Card</h2> <ul> <li>Sign-up bonus of $100 after your first purchase.</li> <li>United Club membership worth $500 per year.</li> <li>Exclusive travel privileges.</li> </ul> <h2>How This Card Works</h2> <p>Earn two miles for each dollar spent on tickets purchased from United and 1.5 miles per dollar spent on all other purchases.</p> <p><strong>Sign Up Bonus: </strong>Get $100 Statement Credit after your first purchase.</p> <p>Miles earned can be redeemed for one-way Saver Award flights for as few as 12,500 miles. You can also redeem your miles for seat upgrades, hotel stays, car rentals, merchandise, and gift cards with retailers at approximately 14,000 miles for a $100 gift card. There are no caps on the number of miles you can earn, and miles do not expire.</p> <h2>Other Benefits</h2> <p><strong>Free checked bags.</strong> Includes free first and second checked bags for yourself and a companion traveling on the same reservation when you travel with United Airlines.</p> <p><strong>United Club membership.</strong> You receive United Club membership, which allows you and eligible travel companions to access United Club airport lounges. These lounges provide members with complimentary beverages and snacks, high-speed wireless Internet and access to telephones and fax machines when needed. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-with-free-airport-lounge-access?ref=review">Credit Cards that Offer Free Airport Lounge Access</a>)</p> <p><strong>Priority travel. </strong>This benefit includes travel privileges such as designated check-in lines, priority boarding, and priority baggage handling.</p> <p><strong>Luxury Hotel and Resort Collection.</strong> In addition to benefits that make smoother and more comfortable flights, the card offers access to guest privileges with the Luxury Hotel and Resort Collection. This includes amenities such as room upgrades, breakfasts, and food and beverage credits often worth as much as $100, at over 750 luxury hotels, resorts, lodges, and spas.</p> <h2>Costs</h2> <ul> <li>$450 Annual Fee</li> <li>15.99% APR (purchases and balance transfers); 24.99% APR (cash advances)</li> <li>3% Balance Transfer Fee</li> <li>5% Cash Advance Fee</li> <li>$0 Foreign Transaction Fee</li> </ul> <h2>Pros</h2> <p><strong>$100 Sign Up Bonus.</strong> This is a good sign up bonus because unlike most sign up offers, there isn&rsquo;t a spending requirement -- you get the credit after your first purchase. Furthermore, this bonus is awarded basically as cash and not as miles or points that can sometimes hinder your ability to actually use the bonus. However, the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-better-with-the-united-mileageplus-explorer-card?ref=review">MilelagePlus Explorer Card</a> offers 30,000 bonus miles after $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months, which is enough for a round trip Saver Award flight.</p> <p><strong>Earn more miles.</strong> It is common for travel rewards cards to award double miles for purchases made with specific airlines and hotels, however, many only award one mile or point for each dollar spent on other purchases. The card allows you to earn 50% more on all of your purchases, which can help rack up miles that can be used for award flights a bit faster.</p> <p><strong>Free checked bags.</strong> The benefit of free first and second checked bags for yourself and a companion traveling with you can be worth as much as $240 per roundtrip. Most cards only offer first checked bag free.</p> <p><strong>United Club access.</strong> Access to the United Club airport lounges can cost $50 for one-time visits, $500 per year for yourself, or $750 per year for a spouse membership. As a card member, United Club membership is complimentary for you and your spouse if he or she is an authorized card holder and traveling with you. This also includes participating Star Alliance member lounges.</p> <p><strong>No transaction fees. </strong>Not having to pay a 3% fee when using a credit card abroad is always helpful. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation?ref=review">Best Credit Cards to Use While on Vacation</a>)</p> <h2>Cons</h2> <p><strong>Annual fee. </strong>Although the card provides numerous ways in which to cover the annual fee of $450 through bonuses and privileges, it is still one of the highest annual fees charged by a credit card. If you travel infrequently with United Airlines and are not positive that you will use the benefits fully, cards with fewer perks and lower annual fees could benefit you more. In fact, if you travel only occasionally with United Airlines, the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-better-with-the-united-mileageplus-explorer-card?ref=review">MileagePlus Explorer Credit Card</a> offers similar benefits and perks for travelers, but for a lower annual fee of $95 per year.</p> <p><strong>No elite status benefits.</strong> Like many other airline rewards programs, the United MileagePlus program offers status levels which provide additional benefits when flying with United. There are no additional elite status benefits provided with the Club Card, largely because many of the benefits are included with your card membership. However, if you have been saving miles or participating in the elite status program, you can reach statuses such as Premier Platinum and Premier 1K with the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-better-with-the-united-mileageplus-explorer-card?ref=review">MileagePlus Explorer Card</a> instead.</p> <h2>Who This Card Is Best For</h2> <p>The United MileagePlus Club Card is a great card for those who fly frequently with United Airlines. It provides the most value if you can take advantage of the exclusive benefits and privileges such as United Club membership and free checked bags. Annual fees in this range are common among <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-premium-credit-cards?ref=review">elite style credit cards</a> and $450 per year is actually at the lower end of this group of cards. The value of almost any credit card, however, is dependent on how you use it and how it benefits you personally.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christina-majaski">Christina Majaski</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-in-comfort-with-the-united-mileageplus-club-card">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-better-with-the-united-mileageplus-explorer-card">Travel Better with the United MileagePlus Explorer Card</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-together-for-less-with-british-airways-visa-signature-credit-card">Travel Together For Less with British Airways Visa Signature Credit Card</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-united-mileageplus-credit-card-should-you-get">Which United MileagePlus Credit Card Should You Get?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-free-nights-with-ihg-rewards-club-select-credit-card">Get Free Nights with IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel chase United Airlines united mileageplus Mon, 20 Jul 2015 05:31:56 +0000 Christina Majaski 1496544 at http://www.wisebread.com Travel Together For Less with British Airways Visa Signature Credit Card http://www.wisebread.com/travel-together-for-less-with-british-airways-visa-signature-credit-card <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/travel-together-for-less-with-british-airways-visa-signature-credit-card" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/group_travel_000040400440.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When choosing a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=review">travel rewards credit card</a>, it&rsquo;s important to evaluate whether or not you would be able to take full advantage of the rewards offered by the card. Unlike <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards?ref=review">cash back credit cards</a>, it&rsquo;s not always clear what the value of a &ldquo;mile&rdquo; is, especially if you can&rsquo;t use them all. However, the opportunity to get greater value from your purchases is better with a travel reward card, especially co-branded airline cards like the <a target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=21894743&amp;fot=1246&amp;foc=1" rel="nofollow">British Airways Visa Signature&reg; Card</a>.</p> <h2>Why We Like This Card</h2> <ul> <li>Sign up offer for 50,000 bonus Avios if you spend $2,000 with your card within the first three months.</li> <li>Travel Together Ticket each calendar year that you spend $30,000 in purchases.</li> <li>Redeem Avios with British Airlines and oneworld partners.</li> <li>No foreign transaction fees.</li> </ul> <h2>How This Card Works</h2> <p>You must be a member of the British Airways Executive Club program in order to participate in the rewards program. When you open your credit card account, you will be automatically enrolled in the program if you are not already a member. You can earn 3 Avios for each dollar spent on British Airways purchases and 1 Avios for each dollar spent on all other purchases. You can earn an unlimited number of Avios which do not expire as long as you collect, spend, purchase, or share at least one Avios every 36 months. The annual fee of $95 is waived the first year.</p> <p><strong>Sign Up Offer: </strong>Get 50,000 bonus Avios if you spend $2,000 within the first three months.</p> <p>You can redeem Avios for flights or upgrades with British Airways or with oneworld airline partners such as American Airlines, Japan Airlines, and LAN Airlines. Flights are available with British Airways for as few as 12,500 Avios and with oneworld partners at 30,000 Avios for a flight that is up to 1,500 miles in distance. You are responsible for taxes, fees, and carrier charges with all award flights which can range from $682 to $1,250 for each adult economy class ticket.</p> <h2>Other Benefits</h2> <p><strong>Travel Together Ticket. </strong>Every calendar year that you make $30,000 in purchases, you will earn a Travel Together Ticket good for two years. Use it to bring a companion in the same cabin (even first class) when you redeem your Avios for a reward seat.</p> <p><strong>Smart chip.</strong> Smart chip technology protects your card information from hackers and fraudulent purchases. Because of the extra security, chip cards are becoming more popular and are sometimes preferred with global retailers over cards that only have the magnetic stripe.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=21894743&amp;fot=1246&amp;foc=1" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" width="154" height="50" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>Costs</h2> <ul> <li>$95 Annual Fee (waived the first year)</li> <li>15.99% APR (purchases and balance transfers); 24.90% APR (cash advances and overdrafts)</li> <li>3% Balance Transfer Fee</li> <li>5% Cash Advance Fee</li> <li>$0 Foreign Transaction Fee</li> </ul> <h2>Pros</h2> <p><strong>Sign-up bonus.</strong> The sign-up bonus of 50,000 Avios can be worth up to four one-way economy class tickets with British Airways. A flight from New York to London requires 13,000 Avios plus taxes, fees, and carrier charges of $256.80, but generally costs at least $1,400 one way. If you use your bonus Avios for at least three flights, in this example, you save almost $1,100 per ticket. This is a valuable sign-up bonus with other cards offering only enough miles for one or two domestic flights.</p> <p><strong>Annual companion ticket.</strong> Each calendar year that you spend $30,000 with your card earns a Travel Together Ticket which is good for two years. A companion traveling with you can use this ticket for a flight in the same class (including first class), on the same schedule. Taxes, fees, and carrier charges apply, and vary according to the flight. Furthermore, the annual ticket is in addition to the Avios you have earned from your purchases, which can result in another round-trip ticket by itself. Note that this can only be used when you use Avios to book a reward flight. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-with-airline-companion-tickets-and-3-bad-ones?ref=review">Best Credit Cards that Offer Airline Companion Tickets</a>)</p> <p><strong>Use Avios for oneworld flights.</strong> You can choose from a number of partner airlines with oneworld airlines and are not limited to using your rewards on flights with British Airways. This allows more flexibility in using the rewards earned from your card and allows you to use your Avios for flights with other airlines.</p> <p><strong>No foreign transaction fee.</strong> It is best if you travel abroad frequently to use a credit card for purchases that does not charge a foreign transaction fee. This fee can range from zero to 3% and minimizes the value of any rewards earned from the purchases. Because there is no foreign transaction fee, this card is ideal for making foreign purchases.</p> <h2>Cons</h2> <p><strong>Annual fee.</strong> The annual fee of $95 is waived the first year and you do have a couple different ways to earn award tickets to help pay the fee, either through the sign-up bonus or the annual bonus. However, if you don&rsquo;t frequently travel with British Airways or you are unable to meet the requirements for the extra opportunities, the annual fee can become a hefty expense. There are travel rewards cards such as the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/capital-one-venture-rewards-card-review?ref=review">Capital One Venture Card</a> which carries a lower annual fee.</p> <p><strong>High taxes and fees.</strong> Taxes, fees, and carrier charges vary depending on the flight, but can become rather expensive. British Airways has the highest fees so even when redeeming reward flights, you&rsquo;ll need to pay out some cash.</p> <p><strong>No built in travel perks. </strong>Other co-branded airline cards offer travel perks like priority boarding, free checked baggage, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-with-free-airport-lounge-access?ref=review">airport lounge access</a>. The only way to get those perks from British Airways is to earn them through flying.</p> <h2>Who This Card Is Best For</h2> <p>The British Airways Visa Signature Credit Card is best for those who frequently fly with British Airways, simply because you can earn the most Avios from those flights. You can redeem with oneworld partners, but the best value for your Avios is often in redeeming for British Airway flights. You also need to travel with British Airways enough to be able to use the companion ticket you earn each year if you spend at least $30,000. It is also best for those who travel outside of the U.S. frequently because there is no foreign transaction fee. If you don&rsquo;t travel British Airways often, you should use one of the other travel rewards cards available that not only may offer a lower annual fee, but rewards you can take advantage of.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=21894743&amp;fot=1246&amp;foc=1" rel="nofollow"><strong>Click here to apply for the British Airways Visa Signature&reg; Card today!</strong></a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christina-majaski">Christina Majaski</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-together-for-less-with-british-airways-visa-signature-credit-card">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-in-comfort-with-the-united-mileageplus-club-card">Travel in Comfort with the United MileagePlus Club Card</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-better-with-the-united-mileageplus-explorer-card">Travel Better with the United MileagePlus Explorer Card</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-free-nights-with-ihg-rewards-club-select-credit-card">Get Free Nights with IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chase-sapphire-preferred-review-500-signup-bonus">Chase Sapphire Preferred: Get The Most Value For Your Travel Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel british airways chase Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:07:50 +0000 Christina Majaski 1494978 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Use Miles and Points for a Big Award Trip http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-miles-and-points-for-a-big-award-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-use-miles-and-points-for-a-big-award-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel_000026468266.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Would you like to take a big trip to another part of the world? Wouldn't we all! But for most of us, spending tens of thousands of dollars on an epic excursion just isn't in our budgets.</p> <p>But there are people who regularly take these kind of big international vacations by using their points and miles. While many people have used travel rewards for a free domestic flight, or an award night in a hotel, award travel enthusiasts like myself are able to put it all together and redeem their rewards for luxury travel around the world. Here's how you can too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal">Best 5 Credit Cards with Travel Rewards</a>)</p> <h2>Start with a Goal</h2> <p>Having an award travel goal is not just useful for daydreaming, it actually serves a practical purpose. For example, you will want to know how many points or miles you need. So if your goal is to visit Hawaii, you will need to make sure you collect miles with an airline that offers service there, or at least through its partners.</p> <h2>Collect Points and Miles</h2> <p>Find a credit card that offers redemption options for the airline of your choice. This could be a card co-branded airline card (for example, Delta SkyMiles, AAdvantage, United MileagePlus) or a card that allows you to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles?ref=internal">transfer your points to airline miles</a>. Finally, you can also get a credit card that simply reimburses you for travel expenses, like the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/discover-it-miles-simple-and-flexible-travel-rewards?ref=internal">Discover it Miles</a> card or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/capital-one-venture-rewards-card-review?ref=internal">Capital One Venture Rewards</a>. These cards offer the most flexibility on travel options, but the value of each point is never more than $0.01. &nbsp;</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t forget about hotel credit cards, too, since you&rsquo;ll need a place to stay once you get to your destination. Co-branded hotel <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-with-free-hotel-status-upgrades?ref=internal">credit cards that offer elite status</a> can get you valuable benefits.</p> <h2>Look for Bonuses</h2> <p>The quickest way to get a ton of points is through <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards?ref=internal">credit card sign-up bonuses</a>, which can frequently offer tens of thousands of points or miles to new applicants. Nevertheless, these offers should only be used by the most responsible credit card users who avoid interest by paying their entire balance in full each month. In addition, it helps to use credit cards that offer bonus points where you shop the most. For example, the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chase-sapphire-preferred-review-500-signup-bonus?ref=internal">Chase Sapphire Preferred</a> offers double points at restaurants and on all travel expenses, while the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amex-everyday-preferred-card-review?ref=internal">Amex Everyday Preferred</a> offers bonus points at gas and grocery stores. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries?ref=internal">Credit Cards that Offer Bonus Rewards for Groceries</a>)</p> <p>Finally, you should spend a few minutes learning about the airline, hotel, and credit card programs you are a part of, and all the ways you can earn rewards. These programs are partnered with a wide variety of companies that offer rewards, and many feature shopping and dining programs that represent additional earning opportunities.</p> <h2>Tips on Putting a Big Trip Together</h2> <p>To the surprise of many would-be award travelers, spending the miles can turn out to be even more difficult than earning them. Credit cards are competing with each other to give out ever increasing numbers of points and miles, while travel providers are rapidly curtailing the value of these rewards. Often airlines and hotels are increasing the number of points and miles needed for an award, while other times they reduce the availability of airline seats or hotel rooms offered at the published prices. In fact, Delta Airlines recently took the unprecedented step of removing its award chart entirely, along with any expectation of what its miles were worth.</p> <h3>Be Flexible</h3> <p>The first thing I will do when I am putting together an award trip is to find my flights. In doing so, I start with my ideal travel dates, but will usually have to be flexible enough to vary it a little bit. Likewise, I will always prefer a non-stop flight or one with a single change of planes, but I am more likely to accept additional flights in order to reach my destination while using my miles as efficiently as possible.</p> <h3>Perform Multiple Searches</h3> <p>Airline award search engines are far from perfect, and will not always present all of the available options. For example, if you are trying to fly from Denver to Paris on United Airlines, it is not enough to simply search for flights between those two cities. I would try to searching to Paris from United's hubs in Chicago, Newark, Houston, and Washington-Dulles. If I found an acceptable flight, I would then perform a separate search from Denver to the gateway city. Finally, I could try to get United's website to ticket this itinerary using a multi-city award search, or perhaps just call their reservations center.</p> <h3>Don't Forget Partners</h3> <p>Every major airline has a dozen or more partners that you can use your miles to fly with. Yet often, these partner awards are not visible on their web site. To find these awards, you need to search another web site. For example, the American Airlines web site does not show flights on its partner Iberia, but the British Airlines site will. There are also paid services such as <a href="http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=204317&amp;U=255320&amp;M=25056&amp;urllink=">Expert Flyer</a> that also provide award search functions. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-airline-partnerships-can-supercharge-your-travel-rewards?ref=internal">The Secret to Redeeming Travel Rewards with Airline Partners</a>)</p> <h3>Consider Splitting the Team</h3> <p>Finding an available award seat can be difficult, finding two seats on the same itinerary can be a real challenge, but finding three or more seats on one flight can seem impossible. So in some cases, it makes sense to split up travelers, at least at the time of booking. Later, as there are schedule changes or even delayed flights, you can try to have the airline re-accommodate you on the same flights, which they can do at their discretion under these circumstances.</p> <h3>Consider Purchasing Positioning Flights</h3> <p>Sometimes it is smart to pay for a short flight that will connect you to a valuable award. Perhaps you find a great Delta award flight from Atlanta to Europe in business class, but there is no reasonably price awards from your home airport to Atlanta. In this case, the price in miles for the entire ticket will go up, just because of that one domestic flight. So you might be able to purchase an inexpensive ticket there, which is a small price to pay for the award ticket you need. Just be careful leave plenty of time between your arrival and departure to account for delays, preferably overnight.</p> <h3>Find a Hotel</h3> <p>Once you have your flights in place, it is time to consider hotels. The web site <a href="http://www.awardmapper.com/">Award Mapper</a> is a great tool for showing which hotel awards are available in various cities, along with their prices. Remember that programs like Hilton, Hyatt, and Starwood claim to offer any unsold standard room as an award, so if you are unable to book an award night, but they are still selling rooms, you may have to call reservations and remind them of this policy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breakdown-of-benefits-and-value-of-the-best-hotel-rewards-programs-and-credit-cards?ref=internal">Breakdown of Benefits and Value of the Best Hotel Rewards Programs</a>)</p> <p><em>Do you have any tips on putting together an award trip?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-miles-and-points-for-a-big-award-trip">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-secured-cards-with-travel-rewards">5 Best Secured Cards with Travel Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">5 Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cash-back-vs-travel-rewards-pick-the-right-credit-card-for-you">Cash Back vs Travel Rewards: Pick the Right Credit Card for You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:06:27 +0000 Jason Steele 1475223 at http://www.wisebread.com Which United MileagePlus Credit Card Should You Get? http://www.wisebread.com/which-united-mileageplus-credit-card-should-you-get <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/which-united-mileageplus-credit-card-should-you-get" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/traveler_000042581002.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>United is one of the largest airlines in the world, with several important hubs and an impressive global network. It's MileagePlus frequent flyer program is also very valuable, as it allows members to earn and redeem points on 26 other Star Alliance carriers as well as several other non-alliance partners. (See: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-airline-partnerships-can-supercharge-your-travel-rewards?ref=united">How Airline Partnerships Can Supercharge Your Travel Rewards</a>).</p> <p>And the best way to earn MileagePlus miles on the ground is through your credit card. Fortunately, there are several different cards you can use to earn these miles, so travelers should take care to pick the best one for their needs.</p> <h2>United MileagePlus&reg; Explorer Card</h2> <p><a title="United MileagePlus&reg; Explorer Card" alt="United MileagePlus&reg; Explorer Card" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=16809253&amp;fot=1245&amp;foc=2&amp;foc2=605293"><img border="0" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" class="img-exempt" alt="" src="http://content.linkoffers.net/SharedImages/Products/209853/605293.png" /></a>The <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=16809253&amp;fot=1245&amp;foc=1">United MileagePlus&reg; Explorer card</a> offers double miles on all United purchases, and one mile per Dollar spent elsewhere. Benefits include free checked bag for the cardholder as well as one companion traveling on the same reservation, so long as they purchase their ticket with this card, priority boarding, and two free United Club passes each year. New cardholders get 30,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months. Add an authorized user and get 5,000 bonus points after making a purchase within the first 3 months. You also get 10,000 bonus points each year you spend at least $25,000. There is a $95 annual fee for this card that is waived the first year, and no foreign transaction fees.</p> <p><strong><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=16809253&amp;fot=1245&amp;foc=1">Click here to apply for the United MileagePlus&reg; Explorer card today!</a></strong></p> <h2>United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card</h2> <p>The business version of the Explorer card offers all of the benefits of the consumer version, plus more categories to earn double miles in. In addition to earning double miles on United purchases, cardholders earn double miles for each dollar spent at restaurants, gas stations, and office supply stores. This card also offers a 50,000 bonus for new cardholders after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months. There is no additional bonus for adding an authorized user. The annual fee of $95 is waived for the first year.</p> <h2>United MileagePlus Club Card</h2> <p>This card offers double miles on United purchases, and 1.5 miles per dollar spent on all other purchases. Yet the big benefit of this card is a United Club membership that allows the cardholder and eligible travel companions access to all United Club locations and participating Star Alliance affiliated lounges worldwide. Other benefits include the first and second checked baggage fees waived for the cardholder and one companion as well as premier access travel services including designated check-in lines, priority security lanes, priority boarding, and priority baggage handling. Finally, cardholders can have their close-in booking fees waived on United Awards. New cardholders can earn $100 statement credit after their first purchase. There is a $450 annual fee for this card, and no foreign transaction fees.</p> <p>Note: There is a business version of this card that has the exact same benefits.</p> <table class="table-design1"> <tbody> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p><strong>United MileagePlus Explorer Card</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>United MileagePlus Club Card</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card </strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Sign Up Bonus</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>30k after $1,000 in first 3 months + 5k for adding first authorized user and making a purchase in first 3 months</p> </td> <td> <p>$100 statement credit after first purchase</p> </td> <td> <p>50k after $2,000 in the first 3 months</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Earning Miles</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>2 miles per dollar on United, 1 mile per dollar on other purchases</p> </td> <td> <p>2 miles per dollar on United, 1.5 miles per dollar on other purchases</p> </td> <td> <p>2 miles per dollar on United, restaurants, gas stations, office supply stores, and 1 mile on other purchases</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Checked Bags</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>First bag free + 1 companion</p> </td> <td> <p>First and second bags free + 1 companion</p> </td> <td> <p>First bag free + 1 companion</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Priority Travel</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>Priority boarding</p> </td> <td> <p>Priority check-in, security screening, boarding, and baggage handling</p> </td> <td> <p>Priority boarding</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Lounge Access</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>2 United Club passes per year</p> </td> <td> <p>United Club membership + eligible travel companions</p> </td> <td> <p>2 United Club passes per year</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Anniversary Bonus</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>10k after spending $25k each year</p> </td> <td> <p>None</p> </td> <td> <p>10k after spending $25k each year</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Foreign Transaction Fee</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>Zero</p> </td> <td> <p>Zero</p> </td> <td> <p>Zero</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Chip-enabled Card</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>Yes</p> </td> <td> <p>Yes</p> </td> <td> <p>No</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Annual Fee</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>$95, waived the first year</p> </td> <td> <p>$450</p> </td> <td> <p>$95, waived the first year</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Other Ways to Earn</h2> <p>Another way to get award flights on United could be credit cards that offer points to miles transfer to United&rsquo;s MileagePlus program. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chase-sapphire-preferred-review-500-signup-bonus?ref=internal">Chase Sapphire Preferred</a> and Chase Ink Plus offer 1:1 transfer of their points to United miles. The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-rewards-card-the-starwood-preferred-guest-credit-card-from-american-express?ref=internal">Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express</a> also allows transfer to United miles, but on a 2:1 ratio. &nbsp;These cards are better options if you aren&rsquo;t a frequent flyer and can&rsquo;t benefit from the double points these MileagePlus credit cards offer. However, you do sacrifice the United specific perks.</p> <h2>Which card should you get?</h2> <p>The Explorer and Explorer card for business are both great deals for travelers who want to earn miles while receiving a few basic perks like free checked bags and priority boarding. For frequent travelers who crave access to the business lounge, the Club Card is the clear choice. Furthermore, it provides nearly all of the benefits of having elite status with United, except for the first class upgrades. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-with-free-airport-lounge-access?ref=united">Best Credit Cards with Free Airport Lounge Access</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-united-mileageplus-credit-card-should-you-get">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-in-comfort-with-the-united-mileageplus-club-card">Travel in Comfort with the United MileagePlus Club Card</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-better-with-the-united-mileageplus-explorer-card">Travel Better with the United MileagePlus Explorer Card</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-secured-cards-with-travel-rewards">5 Best Secured Cards with Travel Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel mileageplus United Airlines Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:13:07 +0000 Jason Steele 1474765 at http://www.wisebread.com Which American Airlines / US Airways Credit Card Should You Get? http://www.wisebread.com/which-american-airlines-us-airways-credit-card-should-you-get <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/which-american-airlines-us-airways-credit-card-should-you-get" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/airport_000040985942_1.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>American Airlines is in the final stages of its merger with US Airways, and you may be wondering what&rsquo;s going to happen with the co-branded credit cards. Existing cardholders of Barclaycard&rsquo;s US Airways credit card will be transferred to their Aviator line. But Citi will be the exclusive credit card issuer for new applicants. Citibank has been offering credit cards co-branded with American Airlines for many years, and it currently features three different cards.</p> <h2>Citi&reg; / AAdvantage&reg; Platinum Select&reg; MasterCard&reg;</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-12201496-1430762780000?sid=5x-AAUS"><img width="154" border="0" height="98" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" class="img-exempt" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/CitiAAdvantagePlatinumSelectMasterCard.jpg" /></a>The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-12201496-1430762780000?sid=5x-AAUS">Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard</a> offers double miles on all American and US Airways purchases, and one mile per dollar spent elsewhere. New applicants earn 30,000 miles after spending $1,000 on their card within three months of account opening -- enough for a domestic round-trip MileSAAver award. &nbsp;Other benefits include no fees for cardholder's first checked bag, and up to four other traveling together, 25% discount on in-flight purchases, and priority boarding. Cardholders also receive 10% of their redeemed miles back, up to 10,000 per year. There is a $95 annual fee for this card that is waived the first year.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-12201496-1430762780000?sid=5x-AAUS"><strong>Click here to apply for the Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard today!</strong></a></p> <h2>CitiBusiness&reg; / AAdvantage&reg; Platinum Select&reg; World MasterCard&reg;</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-12202850-1430762337000?sid=5x-AAUS"><img width="154" border="0" height="98" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" class="img-exempt" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/CitiBusinessAAdvantagePlatinumSelect.JPG" /></a>The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-12202850-1430762337000?sid=5x-AAUS">CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard</a> is nearly identical to the personal version. The main difference is that cardholders also earn double miles for purchases at certain office supply, telecommunications, and car rental merchants. Also, cardholders can earn an American Airlines Companion Certificate each year when they spend $30,000 and renew their cardmembership. &nbsp;As with the personal card, there is a $95 annual fee for this card that is waived the first year.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-12279797-1436988684000?sid=5x-AAUS"><strong>Click here to apply for the CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard today!</strong></a></p> <h2>Citi&reg; / AAdvantage&reg; Executive World Elite<sup>TM</sup> MasterCard&reg;</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-12279797-1436988684000?sid=5x-AAUS"><img width="154" border="0" height="98" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" class="img-exempt" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/7.15-CitiAAdvantageExecutiveWorldElitex191.jpg" /></a>This top of the line product offers everything the consumer version of Platinum Select does, and more. For a limited time, the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-12279797-1436988684000?sid=5x-AAUS">Citi&reg; / AAdvantage&reg; Executive World Elite<sup>TM</sup> MasterCard&reg;</a> offers 75,000 bonus miles after $7,5000 in purchases within three months of account opening. The big feature is a membership in the Admirals Club lounge program and concierge service. Also, the checked baggage fee waiver extends to eight other companions, and travelers receive priority check-in and airport screening. Finally, cardholders will earn 10,000 AAdvantage&reg; Elite Qualifying Miles from American Airlines each calendar year when they spend $40,000 in purchases. There is a $450 annual fee for this card, and no foreign transaction fees.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-12279797-1436988684000?sid=5x-AAUS"><strong>Click here to apply for the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard today!</strong></a></p> <table class="table-design1"> <tbody> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p><strong>Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Sign Up Bonus</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>30k miles after $1,000 within 3 months</p> </td> <td> <p>30k miles after $1,000 within 3 months</p> </td> <td> <p>75k miles after $7,500 within 3 months</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Rewards on purchases</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>2x miles on AA and US Airways purchases, 1 mile on other purchases</p> </td> <td> <p>2x miles on AA and US Airways purchases, 2x miles on on purchases at certain office supply, telecommunications, and car rental merchants, 1 mile on other purchases</p> </td> <td> <p>2x miles on AA and US Airways purchases, 1 mile on other purchases</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Checked baggage</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>First checked bag free + up to 4 companions</p> </td> <td> <p>First checked bag free + up to 4 companions</p> </td> <td> <p>First checked bag free + up to 8 companions</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Priority boarding</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>Group 1 boarding on domestic American Airlines operated flights; Zone 2 boarding on domestic US Airways operated flights</p> </td> <td> <p>Group 1 boarding on domestic American Airlines operated flights; Zone 2 boarding on domestic US Airways operated flights</p> </td> <td> <p>Early boarding for domestic American Airlines and US Airways</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Lounge Access</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>None</p> </td> <td> <p>None</p> </td> <td> <p>Admirals Club Membership: access over 50 Admirals Club worldwide (+ immediate family or up to two traveling guests)</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Global Entry or TSA PreCheck Fee Credit</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>None</p> </td> <td> <p>None</p> </td> <td> <p>Statement credit up to $100 every 5 years</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Discounts On In-Flight Purchases</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>25% in-flight savings on food, beverages and headsets on US Airways and American Airlines operated flights</p> </td> <td> <p>25% in-flight savings on food, beverages and headsets on US Airways and American Airlines operated flights</p> </td> <td> <p>25% in-flight savings on food, beverages and headsets on US Airways and American Airlines operated flights</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Redeemed Miles Rebate</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>10% back, up to 10,000 per year</p> </td> <td> <p>None</p> </td> <td>None</td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Anniversary Bonus</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>None</p> </td> <td> <p>$99 domestic economy fare AA Companion Certificate with $30,000 or more in purchases each year</p> </td> <td> <p>10k AAdvantage Elite Qualifying Miles towards AAdvantage elite status membership with $40,000 or more in spending each year</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Foreign Transaction Fee</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>3%</p> </td> <td> <p>3%</p> </td> <td> <p>Zero</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Annual Fee</strong></p> </td> <td> <p>$95, waived the first year</p> </td> <td> <p>$95, waived the first year</p> </td> <td> <p>$450</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Which card should you get?</h2> <p>The right card for you will depend on how much travel you are planning with American and US Airways. Also, American Airlines is part of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-airline-partnerships-can-supercharge-your-travel-rewards?ref=aaus">oneworld Alliance which consists of 15 carriers</a>.&nbsp;If you own a small business, the CitiBusiness card is a no brainer over the consumer platinum card. It includes extra bonus categories as well as the annual companion pass. It's also worth noting that the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-rewards-card-the-starwood-preferred-guest-credit-card-from-american-express?ref=aaus">Starwood Preferred Guest Card from American Express</a> offers points to miles transfer at a 1:1 ratio for American Airlines and US Airways. Depending on your travel needs, the SPG card, a favorite among travelers, can give you the best of all worlds.</p> <p>Citi's Executive card is for the most frequent fliers who can make use of the Admiral's club airport lounges on a regular basis. In fact, the $450 annual fee for this card is less than purchasing a lounge membership by itself. This is also great card for those whose travels take them overseas, as it has no foreign transaction fees. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-with-free-airport-lounge-access?ref=aaus">Best Credit Cards that Offer Free Airport Lounge Access</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-american-airlines-us-airways-credit-card-should-you-get">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-business-travelers-citibusiness-aadvantage-platinum-select-world-mastercard">For Business Travelers: CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-platinum-select-aadvantage-world-mastercard-review">Travel with Comfort and Ease: Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-hilton-hhonors-visa-signature-card-big-rewards-with-no-annual-fee">Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card: Big Rewards with No Annual Fee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-hilton-hhonors-reserve-enjoy-more-free-stays">Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve: Enjoy More Free Stays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-prestige-card-world-class-benefits">Citi Prestige Card: World Class Benefits</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel american airlines Citi citibank US airways Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:54:52 +0000 Jason Steele 1470033 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Smart Ways to Save on Air Travel http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-smart-ways-to-save-on-air-travel <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-smart-ways-to-save-on-air-travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_flight_000018947804.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to save money on air travel" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on smart ways to save on air travel, habits of a pro organizer, and items that are cheaper at the dollar store than at Walmart.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2015/06/29/12-smart-ways-save-air-travel/">12 Smart Ways to Save on Air Travel</a> &mdash; You can save on tickets if you schedule a longer layover. Use this extra time to relax, get some work done, or check out your layover city! [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Organizing-Tips-From-Professional-37761620">5 Lifesaving Habits of a Real-Life Professional Organizer</a> &mdash; Dedicate about 10 minutes every night to tidying your desk and coffee table, folding throw blankets, starting the dishwasher &mdash; small clean-up tasks that will give you a fresh start the next morning. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/3669/walmart-vs-dollar-stores">28 Items Cheaper at the Dollar Store Than at Walmart</a> &mdash; Dollar Tree is the place to go for cotton swabs, bandages, and hand sanitizer. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-ways-to-have-4th-of-july-fun-at-home">5 Ways to Have 4th of July Fun at Home</a> &mdash; Dress up the kids in red, white, and blue, and march around in their own mini-parade complete with waving flags or musical instruments. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://phroogal.com/blog/9-easy-meal-prep-ideas-to-save-time-and-money/">9 Easy Meal Prep Ideas to Save Time and Money</a> &mdash; Smoothies are easy, delicious, and a great way to use up produce. Make it even easier by pre-portioning the ingredients into a small plastic bag. [Phroogal Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/i-dont-have-much-money-can-i-still-invest/">I Don&rsquo;t Have Much Money &ndash; Can I Still Invest?</a> &mdash; Betterment is a good option if you're completely new to investing, and you only need to commit to contributing $100 a month to get started. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/10-money-saving-tips/">10 Simple Money Saving Tips</a> &mdash; Like to dine out? Get a copy of your local Entertainment Book for 2-for-1 deals at restaurants in your area. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/housing/how-to-avoid-home-buyers-remorse-before-its-too-late/">How to Avoid Home Buyer&rsquo;s Remorse Before it&rsquo;s Too Late</a> &mdash; Make a list of must-haves before you start looking at houses. This list will likely change as you&nbsp;consider different properties, but it will help you prioritize your needs vs. wants. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0629/How-to-beat-the-heat-without-hurting-your-budget">How to beat the heat without hurting your budget</a> &mdash; Install a fan in your attic to keep hot air from amassing and heating up your upper floors. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="https://www.listenmoneymatters.com/how-to-paleo-on-a-budget/">How To Paleo On A Budget</a> &mdash; Switching to a paleo diet? You can find a lot of good produce and other foods at a farmer's market, but the prices will likely be cheaper at a farm stand or ethnic market without sacrificing quality. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-smart-ways-to-save-on-air-travel">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-worst-and-best-airport-buys">The 8 Worst and Best Airport Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-creative-uses-for-airline-miles">10 Fun, Creative Uses for Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hidden-comforts-to-consider-when-choosing-an-airline">5 Hidden Comforts to Consider When Choosing an Airline</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-helpful-travel-hacks-to-make-flying-stress-free">24 Helpful Travel Hacks to Make Flying Stress-Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-the-surprisingly-easy-way-to-defend-your-knees-and-other-air-travel-tips">Wise Bread Reloaded: The Surprisingly Easy Way to Defend Your Knees and Other Air Travel Tips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips flying Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:00:11 +0000 Amy Lu 1475623 at http://www.wisebread.com Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_camping_000020319724.jpg" alt="Couple camping for a week at national parks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some of the most awe-inspiring <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">places to camp</a> across the United States are in the National Park system, which means that staying inside their boundaries is super affordable. Here is a sampling of attractions and prices for maintained campgrounds at different parks across the country. The mean price to stay at these destinations &mdash; parking and camping together &mdash; is around $160 per week. Have you packed your bags yet?</p> <h2>1. Acadia National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/acadia_000010302667.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Trek up to Maine to <a href="http://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm">Acadia National Park</a>. You'll find Cadillac Mountain, the tallest point on the Atlantic coast, beautiful ocean views, countless acres of forest, and New England's classic rocky beaches. For seven-day access with your vehicle, you'll pay $25; it's only $12 for bikers, hikers, and pedestrians. From there, you have two camping locations from which to choose: Blackwoods Campground and Seawall Campground. Cost is between $22 and $30 per night. Reservations are recommended in the peak season from May through October.</p> <h2>2. Yosemite National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/yosemite_000034939306.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>There are a whopping 13 campgrounds in California's <a href="http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm">Yosemite National Park</a>. That doesn't mean finding a camping spot will necessarily be easy at this popular destination. With Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Tuolumne Meadows, Cathedral Peak, and more attractions &mdash; you'll want to plan ahead. Daily camping fees range from $12 to $26, with parking adding another $30 for a seven-day pass ($15 for bike or foot access). Though most sites require reservations, six of the grounds are on a first come, first served basis.</p> <h2>3. Olympic National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/canoe_olympic_lake_000006288667.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>With close to one million acres, Washington's <a href="http://www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm">Olympic National Park</a> boasts everything from snowcapped peaks to wild winding rivers to gorgeous Pacific Coast shoreline. If you're unable to hike for some reason, check out 30-mile Quinault Rainforest Loop. The road snakes all the way around Lake Quinault on the south side of the park. You get access for your car for $20 a week or hike in for just $7. Camping is another $15 to $22 per day, depending on which of the 16 locations you choose. Most (15) of the campsites operate on a first come, first served basis.</p> <h2>4. Great Smoky Mountains National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/smoky_mountains_000019016860.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>You might not know that America's most visited national park is the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm">Great Smoky Mountains</a>. Its location straddling the North Carolina and Tennessee border makes its majestic mountains, diverse wildlife, and unique culture easily accessible to people traveling from all directions. There are a variety of camping options, including backcountry, frontcountry, group campgrounds, horse camps, and even <a href="http://www.lecontelodge.com">LeConte Lodge</a> (only reached by hiking). The grounds maintained by the park cost between $14 and $23. Oh, and entrance to this park is entirely free!</p> <h2>5. Glacier National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/glacier_park_000003419741.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Between Logan Pass, the Highline Trail, St. Mary Lake, and Grinnell Glacier, there's plenty to see and do at <a href="http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm">Glacier National Park</a> in Montana. There are 1,009 sites in all between the 13 campgrounds the park maintains. Prices range between $10 to $23 per night with an additional $25 for week-long parking during the summer months. Since many grounds operate on a first come, first served basis, you can check the status on this <a href="http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/cgstatus/cgstatus.cfm">handy map</a> for updates.</p> <h2>6. Grand Teton National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/grand_teton_000008257344.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Majorly impressive alpine terrain is one of the highlights of <a href="http://www.nps.gov/grte/index.htm">Grand Teton National Park</a> in Wyoming. You can float the great Snake River, drive the scenic 42-mile park loop, hike the Jenny Lake Trail, and more. Park your car for $30 or walk your way in for just $15. Camping at one of the six campgrounds is $22 per site (some have a utility surcharge). No reservations are accepted. Maximum stay at the Jenny Lake grounds is seven nights per year.</p> <h2>7. Grand Canyon National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/grand_canyon_000020683915.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Of course, Arizona's <a href="http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm">Grand Canyon National Park</a> has to make this ultimate list for its expansive views and stunning geology. Talk about huge: The canyon itself is a mile deep, 277 river miles long, and 18 miles at its widest. Not only is this park a true national treasure, but it's also considered one of the natural wonders of the world. Admission is $30 per vehicle. With camping, you need to act fast. There are three campgrounds total, and only two take reservations. Prices range between $18 to $25 per night with a variety of options.</p> <h2>8. Big Bend National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/big_bend_000009263517.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>For mountains, desert, and all sorts of critters, visit <a href="http://www.nps.gov/bibe/index.htm">Big Bend National Park</a> in Texas. There are over 150 miles of trails that snake through desert oases, canyons, rivers, and more. Three frontcountry campgrounds offer 184 sites total for $14 a night. Vehicles cost $25 for the week and plain entry is $12 per person.</p> <h2>9. Badlands National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/badlands_000035101096.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>South Dakota's <a href="http://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm">Badlands National Park</a> has some impressive fossil beds among its rocky skyline. The Notch Trail is challenging but definitely worth the effort for the view at the end. And everyone in your family can see the sights by driving the Loop Scenic Byway. Entry costs $15 for the week via car or $7 if you hike or bike. There are two campgrounds that cost $18 per night for a basic tent site.</p> <h2>10. Shenandoah National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/shenandoah_000019176722.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Would you believe the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/shen/index.htm">Shenandoah National Park</a> is a mere 75 miles outside Washington, D.C.? Believe it. Getting your vehicle into the park will cost $20 for the week. Camping at one of the park's four campgrounds is a modest $15 to $17 per night. That's not a lot to enjoy a good chunk of the Appalachian Trail, Bearfence Mountain, and the Old Rag Mountain Hike.</p> <p>For information on all parks, visit the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/index.htm">National Park Service</a>.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite National Park?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-cities-for-frugal-lovers-of-the-outdoors">8 Best Cities for Frugal Lovers of the Outdoors</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-outdoor-adventures-that-dont-cost-a-dime">6 Outdoor Adventures That Don&#039;t Cost a Dime</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-camping-cooking">10 Tips for Camping Cooking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fun-frugal-vacations-what-the-experts-fail-to-mention">Fun, Frugal Vacations: What the Experts Fail to Mention</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel camping hiking national parks nature outdoors Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:01:55 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1468136 at http://www.wisebread.com A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/camping_trip_000057103560.jpg" alt="Family using camping hacks for their adventures" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Headed camping this summer? It's a great way to travel &mdash; and certainly <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-summer">lighter on the wallet</a>. At the same time, camping is a lot more work than staying at a hotel. That doesn't need to be a deal breaker, though. Before you pack, check through this list of amazing camping hacks that have your health, safety, and comfort in mind.</p> <h2>1. Smart System</h2> <p>Organize your packing with this family's <a href="http://www.yourownhomestore.com/family-camping-list/">three-tub system</a> and last-minute checklist. One plastic tub is for kitchen stuff, the next holds the stuff that will go inside the tent, and the last will carry all the miscellaneous camping supplies. Your last-minute checklist will vary depending on your family, time of year, and where you're going.</p> <h2>2. Kid Tub</h2> <p>Keeping your little ones clean can be tricky in the wild. If you pack some of your stuff in those big plastic containers, you can <a href="http://www.livingonalatte.com/2011/06/camping-with-little-kids.html">use one as a tub</a> for bath time. The author has a solar shower that gives her family warm water. Placing the tub in a sunny spot for an hour or so should have a similar effect.</p> <h2>3. Clothes Organization</h2> <p>Don't grab your clothes out of disorganized duffle bags or &mdash; worse &mdash; the floor. Instead, bring one of those <a href="http://mamamomtourage.com/2014/08/05/go-see-do-yosemite-2/">collapsible hanging sorters</a> to corral bathing suits, sweaters, shorts, and other gear. This tip works best if your tent is tall. If not, try a smaller organizer like this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000A64AUU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000A64AUU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=EM3L7OAW2CU7SPYV">three-shelf canvas sorter</a>.</p> <h2>4. Clear Storage</h2> <p>For the rest of your stuff, keep the dirt and bugs out with clothing and <a href="http://blueeyedblessings.blogspot.com/2009/08/get-organizedcamping-style.html">bedding storage bags</a>. You know, the kind that come with new sheets, comforters, curtains, etc. Some close with zippers and others with snaps. Either way, they're free storage that's perfect for camping.</p> <h2>5. Tent Cover</h2> <p>Planning to stay somewhere rainy? This camper shares an awesome trick from his adventures in the Pacific Northwest. <a href="http://www.extrahyperactive.com/2014/05/tips-on-camping-in-pacific-northwest.html">Cover your tent</a> with a canopy for extra protection from the elements. This layer will also help if it's particularly windy.</p> <h2>6. Solar Lights</h2> <p>Illuminate your space with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L0IQEMY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00L0IQEMY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YLRKA3RFES2CQKSR">solar lights</a> that don't require any batteries. You'll just need to make sure they get plenty of sun during the day for optimal power. If you're stuck on how to use them, try mounting on an inverted terra cotta pot as a centerpiece.</p> <h2>7. Jug Light</h2> <p>Or use a headlamp <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/listorama/2415268242/in/faves-31716342@N00/">attached to a water jug</a> as a reading lamp. The camper who shared this tip says it's &quot;easy on the eyes&quot; compared to candles and plain flashlights. Just make sure the jug is full of water and you're good to go.</p> <h2>8. Bug Off</h2> <p>Skip the expensive chemical bug repellents and <a href="http://mintjulepsnmuddin.blogspot.com/2013/08/safer-mosquito-repellant.html?m=1">use Listerine</a> instead. Pour the mouthwash into a spray bottle and spritz for protection. You'll need to reapply just like you would with other repellents. And skip the whitening varieties &mdash; they could bleach clothing.</p> <h2>9. Washing Station</h2> <p>Rig a large water container into a <a href="http://doitandhow.com/2013/04/23/hand-washing-station/">handwashing station</a> with a few bungee cords and add-ons. You'll tether a paper towel holder onto the top and place another bucket to catch falling water below. Don't forget to bring soap!</p> <h2>10. Bag Corral</h2> <p>All those plastic grocery bags can come in handy when you're out in nature. Use them to collect dirty clothes, carry garbage, or hold whatever else you might need. Stuff bags in an empty <a href="http://www.theteacherswife.com/2013/09/diy-reusing-baby-wipes-containers-to.html">baby wipes container</a> for easy, clutter-free access. That's all there is to it.</p> <h2>11. Fire Starter</h2> <p>Here's a must if you're planning any campfire this season: <a href="http://overthebigmoon.com/light-a-fire/">DIY fire starters</a>. Stuff your laundry lint into used toilet paper tubes. Then wrap them in newspaper for clean storage. Light up under the rest of your wood to get your fire roaring.</p> <h2>12. Emergency Inflate</h2> <p>If you brought an air mattress but forgot the pump, don't worry. You can actually inflate your bed <a href="http://lifehacker.com/use-a-trash-bag-to-inflate-a-mattress-when-you-don-t-ha-1625193428">using a garbage bag</a>. Lay your mattress out flat and open its valve. Then wave the garbage bag to fill it with air and secure its opening over the valve. Press the air into the mattress (using your body), repeating as many times as necessary.</p> <h2>13. Key Saver</h2> <p>Many of us camp at lakes or river locations. Keep your keys safe with these <a href="http://www.greenmoxie.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/corks.jpg">cork keychains</a>. Screw an eye bolt into the top of the cork. Attach your keys. Then enjoy the water without worry.</p> <h2>14. Toilet Roll</h2> <p>We've all got to go at one point or another. I'd rather not use leaves to, well, you know. Try making this <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Toilet-Roll-Dispenser/">toilet roll dispenser</a> that will keep your paper clean and tidy. Take an empty soda bottle, cut out the middle, then core your toilet paper, pull the sheets up the spout, and put the bottle back together.</p> <h2>15. Air Conditioner</h2> <p>Those of you who are really crafty might want to make this <a href="https://robotfun.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/swampcooler/">evaporative cooler</a>. Or, in other words, a crude AC system. It comes together for around $40 and a lot of effort, but it's worth every bit. Pick up a five-gallon bucket at your local hardware store, a water pump, cooler pad, elbow duct, a 12-volt battery, and some wire and connectors. After you assemble, pour water into the bucket and enjoy the cool breeze.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite camping hack?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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I love nothing better than enjoying delicious, authentic food in the country where it was invented. Here are seven world cities to do just that &mdash; and do it with the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-cities-for-frugal-foodies">frugal traveler</a> in mind.</p> <h2>1. Naples, Italy</h2> <p>Pizza is practically a food group for me. If you're also a pizza aficionado, then you want to experience it as it was truly intended: a thin crust with just the right balance of chewiness and crunch, decorated with a tomato sauce that's both rich and refreshing, and sprinkled with fresh mozzarella in all its melted glory. All that can be found, with plenty of variations, from a wood-fired oven deep in the heart of Naples.</p> <h2>2. Cape Town, South Africa</h2> <p>While getting to South Africa can be a pricey plane ticket, once you're there it's a very reasonably priced vacation spot. The food and wine are second to none. I enjoyed many a good meal with a small price tag in the foodie mecca of Cape Town. One of my favorites included an ostrich steak and a seemingly bottomless wine glass of Pinotage &mdash; a rich red wine with dark chocolate undertones that is a trademark of the South African wine industry &mdash; all for less than $20 USD.</p> <h2>3. Barcelona, Spain</h2> <p>For me, Spanish cuisine is comfort food. It's approachable, soothing even when spicy, and so satisfying that I could never get tired of it. Barcelona is the culinary gem of Spain, thanks to the many celebrity chefs with worldwide reputations that have taken their inspiration from the rich heritage and its equally rich bounty of staples like olives, jamón, and the freshest fish you can find.</p> <h2>4. Tokyo, Japan</h2> <p>While the ramen phenomenon is relatively new to the U.S., ramen has been a celebrated dish in Japan for many years. The deep and velvety broth, homemade noodles that retain their texture and chewy despite their softness, and the sliced chashu (stewed pork) arranged on top, make ramen a dish best consumed hot and quick in one of the many hole-in-the-wall restaurants on Ramen Street in Tokyo.</p> <h2>5. Cochin, India</h2> <p>While not a usual stop on a trip to India, Cochin is well worth it for the food, alone. Nestled along the west coast in the state of Kerala, it boasts a cuisine that is hard to beat. Its proximity to the freshest spice plantations make all of the food wonderfully flavorful in a way that is difficult to replicate here in the U.S. It also benefits from fresh catches of fish and plenty of fresh tropical produce. While I was there, I never paid more than $15, even for the most extravagant authentic meals.</p> <h2>6. Paris, France</h2> <p>Paris is one of those cities that draws you in with its charm, ease, and overwhelming beauty. Its food scene is almost unbeatable. I spent hours there seeking out the best chocolate croissant, admiring the pastry windows that are true works of art, consuming pomme frites by the plateful, and scarfing down as much cheese atop baguette slices as I could. For foodies, Paris is paradise and it doesn't cost nearly as much as I expected.</p> <h2>7. New York City</h2> <p>While the other cities in this article are international, I just couldn't write an article about food in good conscience without including New York City. No matter what kind of food you want or what hour you want it, you can find it and have it delivered right to your door. And while just about everything in else in New York City costs an outrageous amount of money, the best food doesn't. It's found in the tiny neighborhood joints, still owned and operated by people from other countries who brought their incredible culture to New York City in search of a better life. Eating in New York is a spiritual experience and it remains my favorite foodie city in the world.</p> <p><em>Have your travels led you to incredible frugal foodie finds? Please share your recommendations in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-world-cities-for-cheap-eats">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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