Travel http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/254/all en-US 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="/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="/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="/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="/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="/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="/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="/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="/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="/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="/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="/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-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/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/fun-frugal-vacations-what-the-experts-fail-to-mention">Fun, Frugal Vacations: What the Experts Fail to Mention</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/castles-ranches-and-other-weird-affordable-hotel-alternatives">Castles, Ranches, and Other Weird, Affordable Hotel Alternatives</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="/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. 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/the-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling">The 14 Best Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</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/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling">4 Secrets to Eating Great Food for Cheap While Traveling</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/anyone-can-spend-less-for-food">Anyone Can Spend Less for Food</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/eat-less-sugar-with-these-10-simple-tricks">Eat Less Sugar With These 10 Simple Tricks</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/how-to-eat-well-on-just-20-a-week-with-meal-plans">How to Eat Well on Just $20 a Week (With Meal Plans!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Travel Cheap Food culture eating foodies Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:00:27 +0000 Christa Avampato 1467925 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best Credit Cards for Online Booking Sites http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-online-booking-sites <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-credit-cards-for-online-booking-sites" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel_postcards_000054017570.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the old days, frequent travelers would call their <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-reasons-you-still-need-a-travel-agent?ref=inarticle">travel agent</a> to make airline, hotel, and rental car reservations. These days, travelers can do all of this themselves through the Internet, but it takes time to shop around for each reservation. The alternative is to use online booking sites that allow you to compare prices and make reservation all at once.</p> <p>In addition, the most popular online booking sites allow travelers to earn rewards when they use a co-branded credit card. In this way, travelers can sometimes double-dip by earning these rewards in addition to frequent flyer miles. Here are the best credit cards offered by popular online booking sites.</p> <h2>Expedia+ Card&nbsp;</h2> <p>This card offers 3x points for every dollar spent on eligible Expedia purchases, including flights, hotels, activities, and vacation packages, and 1 point for every dollar spent on other purchases. Cardholders also receive automatic +silver status, which offers 10% bonus points and other exclusive benefits. New cardholders can earn 15,000 Expedia+ rewards bonus points after spending $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months, which is redeemable for $200 in coupons at +VIP Access hotels. There is no annual fee.</p> <h2>Expedia+ Voyager Card</h2> <p>This is the annual fee version of the Expedia+ Card mentioned above. It offers 4x points for every dollar spent on eligible Expedia purchases, including flights, hotels, activities, and vacation packages, double points for every dollar spent at restaurants and on entertainment &nbsp;purchases, and one point for every dollar spent on other purchases. Points are worth about 1.4 cents each towards most Expedia purchases, or two cents each towards reservations at their +VIP hotel collection.</p> <p>In addition, cardholders receive Gold status in their program which offers a 30% points bonus on bookings as well as free amenities like room upgrades, spa discounts, and free drinks at select +VIP Access hotels. Cardholders also receive a $100 annual statement credit that can be used toward airline incidentals on qualified airlines, Wi-Fi carriers, or for the Global Entry application fee. Spend $10,000 in a year and get an anniversary bonus of 5,000 Expeida+ bonus points.&nbsp;</p> <p>New cardholders can earn 25,000 Expeida+ rewards bonus points after spending $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months, redeemable for $350 in coupons at +VIP Acess hotels. There is no foreign transaction fee but there is a $95 annual fee.</p> <h2>Orbitz Rewards Visa Card</h2> <p>This card offers 10% back in Orbucks when you book eligible hotels on their mobile app, or 8% for bookings from their desktop website. Cardholders earn 6% back in Orbucks on all&nbsp;flights, 7% at qualifying restaurants, and 2% on all other&nbsp;purchases. In addition, new cardholders receive a $50 statement credit when they use their card to spend $200 within the first 90 days of account opening. These Orbucks can be used for reservations at qualifying hotels. Cardholders also receive Gold status with the Orbitz Rewards program which offers perks like hotel upgrades, w-fi and breakfast at Orbitz Rewards Hotels. There is no annual fee for this card.</p> <h2>Priceline Rewards Visa Card&nbsp;</h2> <p>While Priceline's bidding process can be a bit complex, everything about this rewards card is fairly simple. This card offers 5x points on all Priceline purchases and one point per dollar spent elsewhere. Points can then be redeemed for statement credits against any purchases, not just travel. New applicants receive 5,000 bonus points after making their first purchase, worth $50. Additionally, get 10% points back every time you redeem points for statement credits toward Priceline or travel purchases of $25 or more. There is no foreign transaction fee and no annual fee for this card.</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/the-best-credit-cards-for-online-booking-sites">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/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/travel-and-money-using-prepaid-travel-cards">Travel and Money: Using Prepaid Travel Cards</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/how-to-buy-and-sell-airline-miles">How to Buy and Sell Airline Miles</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/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles">5 Best Credit Cards that Transfer Points to Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel online travel travel portals Thu, 18 Jun 2015 05:57:40 +0000 Jason Steele 1462436 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Avoid Common Travel Scams http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-avoid-common-travel-scams <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-avoid-common-travel-scams" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/unhappy_travelers_000020679508.jpg" alt="Couple trying to avoid common travel scams" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></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 common travel scams and how to avoid them, what it really costs when you dine out at work, and ways to increase your miles per gallon.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0614/Four-common-travel-scams-and-how-to-avoid-them">Four common travel scams and how to avoid them</a> &mdash; Don't buy your bus or train tickets from people hawking them on the street; they're likely fake. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cleverdude.com/content/the-real-cost-of-eating-out-during-the-work-week/">The Real Cost Of Eating Out During The Work Week</a> &mdash; Taking a lunch to work allows you to finish up last night's leftovers, and it saves you time, too! [Clever Dude]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugaltoad.com/household/increase-mpg">How to Increase Your MPG</a> &mdash; Make sure your gas cap is undamaged. If you hear a hissing sound when you remove your gas cap, it means that your tank is properly sealed. [The Frugal Toad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyspruce.com/avoid-the-5-biggest-career-mistakes/">Avoid the 5 Biggest Career Mistakes</a> &mdash; If you don't let your superiors know when you're doing something above and beyond your assigned duties, they may not realize what a great job you've been doing. [Money Spruce]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/lifestyle/fashion/10-ways-fashion-designers-will-try-rip-off/59406">10 Ways Fashion Designers Will Try and Rip You Off</a> &mdash; Designer pieces come with designer prices, but sometimes the quality of the materials are not worth the cost. [SheBudgets]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2015/06/12/7-financial-habits-to-start-in-your-20s/">7 Financial Habits to Start in Your 20&rsquo;s</a> &mdash; It's important to live frugally, but some items are worth the higher price if the better quality means you won't have to pay double for a replacement. [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-ways-to-surprise-dad-this-fathers-day">5 Ways to Surprise Dad This Father's Day</a> &mdash; Plan the day around dad's favorites &mdash; think foods, places, and activities! [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Questions-Ask-Declutter-34352100">8 Questions to Ask Yourself to Help You Declutter</a> &mdash; Be honest. Do you have a concrete plan to use an item? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/keeping-up-with-the-joneses-is-easy-because-being-different-is-hard/">Keeping Up With the Joneses is Easy Because Being Different is Hard</a> &mdash; It's easy to fit in with a group if you go along with their definition of normal. Going against the grain, even if it's good for you, might isolate you socially. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/3-surefire-ways-set-day-financial-success/">3 Surefire Ways To Set Up Your Day for Financial Success</a> &mdash; Challenge yourself to at least one no-spend day a week! [ReadyForZero]</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-how-to-avoid-common-travel-scams">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/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</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/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-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/8-vile-craigslist-scams-to-watch-out-for">8 Vile Craigslist Scams to Watch Out For</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/travel-resources">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips scams Tue, 16 Jun 2015 19:00:17 +0000 Amy Lu 1459321 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Best Credit Cards that Transfer Points to Airline Miles http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/world_travel_000003712634.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you know any fair weather fans that only root for their team when they are winning? How about those who jump on the bandwagon and declare themselves to be loyal fans only after a team becomes great? These can pretty annoying traits among sports fans, but people do this in order to be aligned with a winner.</p> <p>Like sports teams, airline frequent flier programs have their good times and their bad times, and no one wants to earn miles with a carrier that suddenly decides to change their program for the worse. Thankfully, there is a type of credit card that allows cardholders to transfer their rewards to one of several different airlines at their choosing. So cardholders need not commit to transferring miles to a single airline program until right before they need to redeem a particular award ticket. So they can essentially pick their team while it is winning.</p> <p>These flexible point transfer programs have been increasing in popularity as airlines continue to change the rules of their frequent flier programs, sometimes with no notice. To choose the best flexible points transfer card for your needs, you should examine the features and benefits of these cards, and which airline miles you can transfer your points to.</p> <p>Here are the top five credit cards that offer point to mileage transfers:</p> <h2>Starwood Preferred Guest</h2> <p><a title="Starwood Preferred Guest&reg; Credit Card from American Express" alt="Starwood Preferred Guest&reg; Credit Card from American Express" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=3050761&amp;fot=1240&amp;foc=2&amp;foc2=531849"><img border="0" alt="" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" src="http://content.linkoffers.net/SharedImages/Products/70/531849.gif" /></a>Among travel rewards enthusiasts, the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=3050761&amp;fot=1240&amp;foc=1">Starwood Preferred Guest&reg; Credit Card from American Express</a> has a loyal following of raving fans due to its over 30 different airline transfer partners, most which offer 1:1 conversion rate. Cardholders also get an additional 5,000 mile bonus when transferring 20,000 points at one time.</p> <p>The card also earns two points per dollar spent at Starwood properties and one point per dollar spent on other eligible purchases. New cardholders receive 10,000 points after making their first purchase, and another 15,000 points after using their card to spend $5,000 within the first six months of cardmembership. There is a $65 annual fee for this card that is waived the first year.</p> <p><strong><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=3050761&amp;fot=1240&amp;foc=1">Click here to apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest Card today!</a></strong></p> <h2>Chase Sapphire Preferred</h2> <p><a title="Chase Sapphire Preferred&reg; Card" alt="Chase Sapphire Preferred&reg; Card" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=13242651&amp;fot=1240&amp;foc=2&amp;foc2=599888"><img border="0" alt="" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" src="http://content.linkoffers.net/SharedImages/Products/204650/599888.png" /></a>The Chase Ultimate Rewards program features six airline transfer partners and four hotel programs. Although this doesn't seem like a generous number of airline partners, the selection is among some of the more valuable programs. For example, Southwest and United are exclusive transfer partners to this program, and others like Korean and British Airways offer partner awards with Delta and American Airlines respectively.</p> <p>Chase also allows points from their <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chase-freedom-visa-review-200-cash-back-bonus?ref=internal">Freedom card </a>to be transferred to Sapphire, which allows points from Freedom to be transferred to travel partners as well. Freedom cardholders cannot do this without a Sapphire card.</p> <p>For each dollar spent, the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=13242651&amp;fot=1240&amp;foc=1">Chase Sapphire Preferred&reg; Card</a> offers double points for dining and travel purchases, and one point for other purchases. New cardholders receive 40,000 bonus points when they spend $4,000 on their card within the first three months of account opening. There is a $95 annual fee for this card that is waived the first year.</p> <p><strong><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=13242651&amp;fot=1240&amp;foc=1">Click here to apply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred&reg; Card today!</a></strong></p> <h2>IHG Rewards Club Select&nbsp;</h2> <p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" alt="IHG&reg; Rewards Club Select Credit Card" title="IHG&reg; Rewards Club Select Credit Card" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=26113024&amp;fot=1240&amp;foc=2&amp;foc2=603634"><img style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" alt="" src="http://content.linkoffers.net/SharedImages/Products/220366/603634.png" /></a>IHG points can be transferred to over 30 airline partners, with a transfer ratio of 10,000 points to 2,000 miles in most cases. The <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=26113024&amp;fot=1240&amp;foc=1">IHG&reg; Rewards Club Select Credit Card</a> earns 5 points per dollar spent at IHG properties, 2 points at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants, and 1 point on other purchases. New cardholders can earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months. Additional benefits include annual free night&rsquo;s stay, platinum elite status, 50% bonus earnings, and 10% rebate on point redemptions. The $49 annual fee is waived for the first year.</p> <p><strong><strong><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=26113024&amp;fot=1240&amp;foc=1">Click here to apply for the IHG&reg; Rewards Club Select Credit Card today!</a></strong></strong></p> <h2>Citi ThankYou Premier</h2> <p><a title="Citi ThankYou&reg; Premier Card" alt="Citi ThankYou&reg; Premier Card" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-12095672-1421936408000?sid=5x-airline-transfer"><img width="154" height="98" border="0" alt="" style="float:right; margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" src="/files/fruganomics/u11/Citi_ThankYou_Premier_Card-154.jpg" /></a>The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-12186944-1429536352000?sid=5x-arline-transfer">Citi ThankYou&reg; Premier Card</a> allows their ThankYou points to be transferred to 11 airline partners, however they are all foreign carriers at this time. Nevertheless, many of these frequent flier programs allow partner awards on airlines based in the United States. For example, Singapore Airlines offers award flights on its partner United, and Air France's Flying Blue program allows awards on Delta.</p> <p>The card earns 3x points on gas, 2x points on dining and entertainment, and 1 point of other purchases. New cardholders can get 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after spending $3,000 in purchases within the first three months, which is redeemable for $625 worth of airfare. There is $95 annual fee for this card that is waived the first year.</p> <p><strong><a target="_blank" href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-12186944-1429536352000?sid=5x-arline-transfer">Click here to apply for the Citi ThankYou&reg; Premier card today!</a></strong></p> <h2>Amex EveryDay<sup>SM</sup>&nbsp;</h2> <p><a title="The Amex EveryDay&reg; Credit Card from American Express" alt="The Amex EveryDay&reg; Credit Card from American Express" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=23007525&amp;fot=1240&amp;foc=2&amp;foc2=601821"><img border="0" alt="" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" src="http://content.linkoffers.net/SharedImages/Products/220217/601821.png" /></a>The <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=23007525&amp;fot=1240&amp;foc=1">The Amex EveryDay<sup>SM</sup> Credit Card from American Express</a> offers points in the American Express Membership Rewards program, which features 17 different airline transfer partners. Most of these transfer partners offer a 1:1 transfer ratio. This is one of the few cards that offer a flexible point transfer program without an annual fee.</p> <p>Cardholders earn one point per dollar spent, and double points for spending at grocery stores. In addition, cardholders will receive a 20% bonus during each statement period that they make at least 20 transactions (less returns and credit). New cardholders can earn 10,000 bonus points when they use their card to spend $1,000 on purchases within the first three months of cardmembership. Finally, American Express also offers the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amex-everyday-preferred-card-review?ref=seealso">EveryDay Preferred card</a> which features even more bonus points, but has an annual fee.</p> <p><strong><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=23007525&amp;fot=1240&amp;foc=1">Click here to apply for the Amex EveryDay<sup>SM</sup> Credit Card today!</a></strong></p> <!--<h2>Citi Hilton HHonors Visa</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-12244580-1434031192000?sid=5x-airline-transfer"><img width="154" height="98" alt="" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" src="/files/fruganomics/u784/CitiHiltonHHonorsVisaSignatureCard.jpg" /></a>HHonors points can be converted to miles with over 40 airline partners, at around a 10:1. ratio. It&rsquo;s not great, but the card offers generous points for purchases. The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-12009442-1434057096000?sid=5x-airline-transfer">Citi&reg; Hilton HHonors&trade; Visa Signature&reg; Card</a> earns 6 points per dollar spent at Hilton hotels, 3 points at supermarkets, drugstores, and gas stations, and 2 points elsewhere. There is no annual fee.</p> <p>The Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card, with an annual fee of $95, offers 10 points per dollar on Hilton hotel stays, 5 points on airline and car rental purchases, and 3 points on others.</p> <p><strong><a target="_blank" href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-12009442-1434057096000?sid=5x-airline-transfer">Click here to apply for the Citi&reg; Hilton HHonors&trade; Visa Signature&reg; Card today!</a></strong></p>--><!--<h2>Citi Hilton HHonors Visa</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-12244580-1434031192000?sid=5x-airline-transfer"><img width="154" height="98" alt="" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" src="/files/fruganomics/u784/CitiHiltonHHonorsVisaSignatureCard.jpg" /></a>HHonors points can be converted to miles with over 40 airline partners, at around a 10:1. ratio. It&rsquo;s not great, but the card offers generous points for purchases. The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-12009442-1434057096000?sid=5x-airline-transfer">Citi&reg; Hilton HHonors&trade; Visa Signature&reg; Card</a> earns 6 points per dollar spent at Hilton hotels, 3 points at supermarkets, drugstores, and gas stations, and 2 points elsewhere. There is no annual fee.</p> <p>The Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card, with an annual fee of $95, offers 10 points per dollar on Hilton hotel stays, 5 points on airline and car rental purchases, and 3 points on others.</p> <p><strong><a target="_blank" href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-12009442-1434057096000?sid=5x-airline-transfer">Click here to apply for the Citi&reg; Hilton HHonors&trade; Visa Signature&reg; Card today!</a></strong></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/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles">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/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/travel-and-money-using-prepaid-travel-cards">Travel and Money: Using Prepaid Travel Cards</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/how-to-buy-and-sell-airline-miles">How to Buy and Sell Airline Miles</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/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 Sat, 13 Jun 2015 13:00:11 +0000 Jason Steele 1455616 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Best Credit Cards with Free Airport Lounge Access http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-with-free-airport-lounge-access <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-best-credit-cards-with-free-airport-lounge-access" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/airport_lounge_000040909714.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you ever seen an airport meltdown? When one flight is delayed, others often get stuck too, and the airport can quickly become overwhelmed with hundreds of frustrated, tired, and sometimes angry passengers. Seats fill up, and people end up sitting on the floors for hours, waiting for their flights to depart.</p> <p>Yet there's always a quiet corner of the airport, behind a understated door where a privileged few relax in comfort and solitude. These lounges can offer guests free food, drinks, Wifi, and even a shower, yet membership typically costs around $500 a year.</p> <p>For less money than that, you can have a credit card that offers airport lounge membership in one or more programs, plus a whole host of other included benefits. So whether you just want to be able to &nbsp;wait for your flight in comfort, or you&rsquo;re avoiding an airport meltdown, here are the best cards that can get you into the exclusive lounge at no additional cost.</p> <h2>Platinum Card&reg; from American Express</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=3050772&amp;fot=1239&amp;foc=2&amp;foc2=568915" rel="nofollow" alt="The Platinum Card&reg; from American Express" title="The Platinum Card&reg; from American Express"><img border="0" src="http://content.linkoffers.net/SharedImages/Products/156/568915.gif" style="float:right;margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" alt="" /></a>The <a target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=3050772&amp;fot=1239&amp;foc=1" rel="nofollow">Platinum Card&reg; from American Express</a> offers membership in four different lounge programs. First, cardholders can access the Delta SkyClub lounge network (worth $450), which is one of the more extensive domestic programs. In addition, cardholders receive membership in the Priority Pass Select program (worth $399), which is strongest overseas. American Express operates its own network of Centurion lounges in the United States (worth $50 per visit), which is small but growing. And finally, Airspace Lounges are available to cardholders as well. Unfortunately, any family members or guests will have to pay an additional charge for access to the Delta and Priority Pass lounges. Other benefits of this <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-premium-credit-cards?ref=review">premium card</a> include a $200 annual airline fee credit and a $100 credit towards an application in the Global Entry program (or $85 for TSA PreCheck). Cardholders earn points in the American Express Membership Rewards program with their purchases and there are no foreign transaction fees. There is a $450 annual fee for this charge card.</p> <p><strong><a target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=3050772&amp;fot=1239&amp;foc=1" rel="nofollow">Apply for the Platinum Card from American Express today!</a></strong></p> <h2>Citi Prestige&reg;</h2> <p><a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-12177135-1428585868000?sid=5x-airport-access" target="_top"><img width="154" height="98" border="0" alt="" src="/files/fruganomics/u784/CitiPrestigeCard.jpg" style="float:right;margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" /></a>The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-12177135-1431610282000?sid=5x-airport-access">Citi Prestige&reg; card</a> offers membership in both the American Airlines Admirals Club (worth $575-$825) and the Priority Pass Select lounge network (worth $399). Cardholders are allowed to bring immediate family or up to two traveling guests. To use the Admirals Club lounges, you must have a boarding pass for an American, American Eagle or an American Connection carrier flight departing within 12 hours. &nbsp;Other benefits of this card include a $250 annual Air Travel Credit and a $100 Global Entry (or TSA PreCheck) Application fee credit. Cardholders earn rewards in Citi's ThankYou points program, which can be used to transfer to airline and hotel loyalty programs. ThankYou points are also worth more when redeeming for American Airlines or US Airways flights. Earn 3 points per dollar on travel, 2 points on entertainment and dining, and 1 point on other purchases. There is a $450 annual fee for this card.</p> <p><strong><a target="_blank" href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-12177135-1431610282000?sid=5x-airport-access">Apply for the Citi Prestige credit card today!</a></strong></p> <h2>Citi&nbsp;/ AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard</h2> <p>The Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard offers access to the American Airlines Admirals Club for two guests or all immediate family members (worth $575-$825). Additional premium benefits include first bag checked free and dedicated priority check-in areas at ticket counters and airport screening lanes, as well as boarding privileges and 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases. This card earns 2 miles per dollar spent on American Airlines and US Airways purchases, and 1 point on other purchases. There is currently a sign up offer of 50,000 bonus miles after $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. The annual fee is $450.</p> <h2>United MileagePlus Club card</h2> <p>The United MileagePlus Club card offers a United Club membership, which includes complimentary access for spouse and children under 21, or as many as two guests (worth up to $500). Other benefits include baggage fee waivers for up to two bags for the cardholder and one companion, as well as priority check-in, security screening, boarding and baggage handling privileges. This card earns 1.5 miles per dollar on every purchase, and an additional 0.5 mile on tickets purchased from United. New card members can take advantage of their $100 bonus statement credit after the first purchase. There is a $395 annual fee or this card.</p> <h2>Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express</h2> <p>The Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express includes Delta Sky Club Access (worth $450). Additional benefits for this card include a companion certificate each year upon renewal, free checked bag, priority boarding, and 20% savings on in-flight purchases. The card gets 2 miles for every dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta, and 1 mile for every eligible dollar spent on other purchases. Cardholders also get a 15,000 bonus in miles <em>and</em> MQMs after $30,000 and $60,000 on purchases in a calendar year. The annual fee is $450.</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/5-best-credit-cards-with-free-airport-lounge-access">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/the-best-credit-card-perks-beyond-points-and-miles">The Best Credit Card Perks Beyond Points and Miles</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/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</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/travel-and-money-using-prepaid-travel-cards">Travel and Money: Using Prepaid Travel 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/how-to-buy-and-sell-airline-miles">How to Buy and Sell Airline Miles</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-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">5 Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel airport lounge Thu, 11 Jun 2015 23:26:05 +0000 Jason Steele 1454094 at http://www.wisebread.com Get Free Nights with IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card http://www.wisebread.com/get-free-nights-with-ihg-rewards-club-select-credit-card <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-free-nights-with-ihg-rewards-club-select-credit-card" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hotel-iStock_000043385808_Small.jpg" alt="man relaxing by hotel pool" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="170" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For those who travel frequently and often find themselves in hotels, the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=26113024&amp;fot=1238&amp;foc=1">IHG&reg; Rewards Club Select Credit Card</a> from Chase is an ideal card for earning points on a wide range of purchases which can be redeemed for future hotel stays. InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) also offer a range of mid level and upper level types of hotels which are available all over the world. With over 700,000 rooms in over 4,800 hotels around the world, it&rsquo;s easy to find a hotel room no matter where you happen to travel.</p> <p>The IHG Rewards Club Select card also provides hotel benefits and card bonuses, which can be valuable depending on your spending. If you are a fan of IHG properties, there&rsquo;s a good chance that this is the card you want with you while on the road.</p> <h2>Some Card Highlights</h2> <ul> <li>Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening</li> <li>Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide</li> <li>Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels</li> <li>Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants</li> <li>Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental&reg; Hotels &amp; Resorts, Crowne Plaza&reg; Hotels &amp; Resorts and Holiday Inn&reg;</li> <li>Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember</li> <li>$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49</li> </ul> <h2>How This Card Works</h2> <p>Earn five points for each dollar spent at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) properties. This includes purchases on your room bill and hotels such as Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Candlewood Suites, and EVEN Hotels. You also earn two points for each dollar spent on gasoline, groceries, and restaurants, and one point for each dollar spent on everything else.</p> <p>You can redeem points for hotel stays starting at 10,000 points, or for merchandise and entertainment as low as 800 points. Gift cards with retailers such as Barnes &amp; Noble and Best Buy are available at 11,000 points for $25 gift cards. Additionally, you can redeem points for frequent flyer miles with airline loyalty programs such as Delta SkyMiles or British Airways. As an example, you can receive 2,000 SkyMiles or Avios for 10,000 IHG points. There are no limits on the number of points you can earn and your points do not expire.</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=26113024&amp;fot=1238&amp;foc=1"><img alt="" class="img-exempt" src="/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" /></a></p> <h2>Other Benefits</h2> <p>As a card member you receive Platinum Elite status for as long as you are a member, which provides you with additional hotel perks and benefits such as priority check-in, 50% bonus earnings, complimentary room upgrades, and more.</p> <h2>Costs</h2> <p>The APR for purchases and balance transfers is 15.99% which varies with the prime rate. There is no foreign transaction fee. The annual fee of $49 is waived the first year.</p> <h2>Pros</h2> <p><strong>Valuable sign-up bonus.</strong> The sign-up bonus of 60,000 points is a valuable bonus when compared to other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-hotel-deals-and-rewards?ref=review">hotel rewards credit cards</a>. That can be worth as much as 6 free nights at an IHG hotel. IHG rooms are approximately $150 to $200 per night, which can boost the value of the bonus to approximately $1,000. This is one of the most valuable sign-up bonuses provided by hotel rewards credit cards, which can cover the annual fee for many years after the first waived year.</p> <p><strong>Annual bonus points.</strong> Each year you receive a bonus of 10% on the points you have redeemed, up to a total bonus of 100,000 points each year. For example, if during the year you have redeemed 25,000 points, you receive a bonus of 2,500 points.</p> <p><strong>Anniversary hotel stay.</strong> You also receive a complimentary hotel stay each year on your card anniversary, without any extra requirement except that you pay your annual fee. The anniversary night can also help to offset the annual fee of $49 that is charged after the first year.</p> <p><strong>Platinum Elite Status.</strong> This is another valuable benefit that comes with the card. Of the three elite statuses offered by IHG &mdash; Club, Gold, and Platinum &mdash; this is the highest. Platinum Elite status generally requires 50 nights or 60,000 points, but as long as you are an IHG Rewards Club Select cardmember, it is complimentary. This allows you access to additional hotel and card benefits such as complimentary room upgrades and a 50% bonus on base points earned with the rewards program.</p> <p><strong>No foreign transaction fee. </strong>This is one of the few cards that does not charge a foreign transaction fee, which can be as much as 3%, for purchases made outside of the United States. In fact, other hotel rewards cards without foreign transaction fees, often carry higher annual fees, such as the Marriott Rewards and Chase Hyatt cards, with annual fees of $85 and $75 per year, respectively. If you travel abroad frequently, this card can save you money on foreign purchases.</p> <h2>Cons</h2> <p><strong>Low point value outside of hotel redemption.</strong> In order to fully benefit from the rewards program, you do need to be a fan of IHG properties. You have the option of redeeming your points for merchandise, gift cards, and frequent flyer miles, however, your points are worth the most if you redeem for hotel stays. If you redeem for gift cards, for example, each point is only worth about a quarter of a cent each, and the frequent flyer miles option requires transferring at a dismal ratio of 5:1, or five IHG points for one mile. If you don&rsquo;t stay in IHG hotels very often, this is a less valuable rewards program and you should instead choose a general travel rewards or a card such as the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/capital-one-venture-rewards-card-review?ref=review">Capital One Venture Rewards</a> or the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/discover-it-miles-simple-and-flexible-travel-rewards?ref=review">Discover it Miles</a> which award statement credits on travel purchases.</p> <h2>Who This Card Is Best For</h2> <p>This card is best for those who frequently stay in IHG property hotels or plan on doing so in the future. The card offers many valuable benefits and hotel perks such as complimentary Platinum Elite status. Furthermore, it&rsquo;s a great card if need to make foreign purchases. You get the most value from the rewards program and card benefits, however, if you stay in IHG hotels often enough to use the opportunities for free nights and hotel stays.</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=26113024&amp;fot=1238&amp;foc=1"><strong>Click here to apply for the IHG&reg; Rewards Club Select Credit 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/get-free-nights-with-ihg-rewards-club-select-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-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/chase-freedom-visa-review-200-cash-back-bonus">Chase Freedom: A More Rewarding Way to Shop</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/rewards-that-change-with-your-spending-us-bank-flexperks-travel-rewards-american-express-credit-card">Rewards that Change with Your Spending: U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards American Express 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/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation">Smarter Security and No Foreign Transaction Fees: The Best Credit Cards to Use While on Vacation</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/best-domestic-frequent-flyer-program-southwest-airlines-rapid-rewards-premier-credit-card">Best Domestic Frequent Flyer Program: Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel chase credit card reviews Thu, 11 Jun 2015 05:48:20 +0000 Christina Majaski 1452624 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Avoid Expensive Phone Charges When Traveling http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-avoid-expensive-phone-charges-when-traveling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-avoid-expensive-phone-charges-when-traveling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_taking_selfie_000051919134.jpg" alt="Woman avoiding international roaming and phone charges" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So, you're planning that long-anticipated international vacation, and you're eager to get away from it all. Guess what? You're probably still going to need phone service. Here are five easy ways to avoid roaming and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-minimize-cell-phone-charges-when-you-travel-abroad">phone charges</a> while traveling abroad.</p> <h2>1. Use Your Provider's International Pass</h2> <p>This may be surprising: Your mobile carrier might have a great international package that, if compared to only using international data when you need it, is a much better deal. Without a special international package you could be paying several dollars per megabyte of data &mdash; which these days feels like nothing &mdash; so it adds up fast!</p> <p>T-Mobile is known for having a really good <a href="http://www.t-mobile.com/International/RoamingOverview.aspx?tp=Inl_Tab_RoamWorldwide">international mobile passport </a>that has converted some smartphone users who can't bear to part with their email or social media when away. Ask your carrier. With some haggling, you might even be able to bring down already-incurred charges if you buy the package last-minute.</p> <h2>2. Turn Off Data Roaming</h2> <p>When data roaming is &quot;on&quot; in the U.S., it simply makes use of any cell towers in the area, which is usually of no extra cost to the user. However, once you go outside the U.S., your carrier knows right away you're abroad, and the charges from international cell towers start to rack up immediately.</p> <p>Learn how to do it correctly.</p> <ul> <li>With an iPhone, go to &quot;Settings,&quot; then turn off &quot;Airplane Mode.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>On Android phones, select Wireless &amp; Networks &gt; Mobile Networks &gt; uncheck Data Roaming.</li> </ul> <p>This will ensure you won't incur extra roaming charges. You can still run Wi-Fi while on Airplane Mode. A bonus benefit? Your phone's battery will last longer because it's not using as much power on data &mdash; more juice to take photos!</p> <h2>3. Do a SIM Card Swap</h2> <p>The classic SIM card swap still works, especially if you don't have an iPhone. The drawback to this, of course, is that you also get a new phone number temporarily until you put your original SIM card back. If this works for you, it's the easiest way to get full use of your phone while overseas.</p> <p>If you have a GSM unlocked phone and want to buy a prepaid SIM card, a company called Telestial Passport has a <a href="http://www.telestial.com/view_product.php?ID=MSIM-PP02#none">good SIM card</a> meant for lots of data usage.</p> <h2>4. Use Facebook Messenger</h2> <p>All your friends are on Facebook all day anyway, right? Another great alternative to using phone service, Facebook Messenger makes itself most useful when traveling internationally. Use the app to communicate with your colleagues, traveling buddies, or friends and family back home.</p> <p>Download the instant messaging app well in advance and make sure you are Facebook friends with everyone you need to contact while abroad.</p> <h2>5. Try Google Voice</h2> <p>Deciding to go the &quot;Airplane Mode with Wi-Fi where available&quot; route? Google Voice and Google Hangouts will be huge boons to your trip. <a href="https://www.google.com/voice/b/0/rates">Google Voice</a> is an almost entirely free method to call any phone domestically and internationally &mdash; it's only one cent to call the U.S. from anywhere.</p> <p>Google Hangouts, formerly known as Google Chat, is a great way to touch base with coworkers and friends. Nearly everyone is on Gmail and Hangouts, so it's very easy to find someone to IM instead of texting. Download the app well before your trip to give yourself enough time get used to it.</p> <p><em>How else do you avoid international phone and roaming charges?</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-ways-to-avoid-expensive-phone-charges-when-traveling">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/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/everything-you-need-to-know-about-frequent-flyer-miles">Everything You Need to Know About Frequent Flyer 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/become-a-frequent-flyer-master-and-earn-a-free-flight-every-year">Become a Frequent Flyer Master and Earn a Free Flight Every Year</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/frugal-travel-with-esperanto">Frugal travel with Esperanto</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/a-one-touch-approach-to-managing-household-finances">A One Touch Approach To Managing Household Finances</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Travel bills data international roaming smartphones Thu, 04 Jun 2015 13:00:09 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1439308 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Creative Travel Tips You Haven't Thought Of http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-creative-travel-tips-you-havent-thought-of <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-creative-travel-tips-you-havent-thought-of" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-iStock_000048252646_Small.jpg" alt="traveling couple" title="traveling couple" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></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 creative travel tips you probably haven't thought of, how to host a big party on a small budget, and natural solutions to stay bug-free.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/12-creative-travel-tips-you-probably-didnt-think-of">12 Creative Travel Tips You Probably Didn&rsquo;t Think Of</a> &mdash; Pack power cords and cables a sunglasses case. [CouponPal]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/big-party-small-budget-7-ways-to-be-an-awesome-host/">Big Party, Small Budget: 7 Ways to be an Awesome Host</a> &mdash; The cost of drinks for a party can add up quickly, but you can save money by asking your guests to bring a bottle of their favorite drink. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Natural-Bug-Repellents-30974095#photo-30974095">Stay Bug-Free This Summer With These 9 Natural Solutions</a> &mdash; Make a fly and wasp catcher with a plastic bottle! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/things-that-have-no-impact-on-your-credit-score/">4 Surprising Things That Have No Impact on Your Credit Score</a> &mdash; Your income measures your capacity to make payments, but it doesn't say anything about your creditworthiness. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0531/Five-ways-U.S.-hostels-are-stepping-up-their-game">Five ways U.S. hostels are stepping up their game</a> &mdash; Hostels aren't just for the student backpacker! Many U.S. hostels are family-friendly as well. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/insurance/T027-C000-S002-get-a-discount-on-insurance-with-a-fitness-band.html">How Using a Fitness Band Can Save You Money</a> &mdash; Some employers are offering insurance discounts and other rewards to employees who meet fitness goals. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/will-your-home-be-a-good-investment/">Will Your Home Be A Good Investment?</a> &mdash; Depending on your situation, it can make sense to rent out your property...and live in a rental yourself! [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.aspiringmillionaire.com/2015/05/upskilling-ideas-for-entrepreneurial.html">Upskilling Ideas for Entrepreneurial Success</a> &mdash; Digital technology is a big part of our lives &mdash; and businesses. In order to be successful, entrepreneurs need to constantly learn new and more advanced computer skills. [Aspiring Millionaire]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/shopping-smart/does-a-bigger-store-always-mean-better-prices/">Does a Bigger Store Always Mean Better Prices?</a> &mdash; Sure, large retailers can often offer lower prices, but while a store may have a big physical footprint, the company might actually be relatively small. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-ways-youre-making-your-child-unhealthy">10 Ways You're Making Your Child Unhealthy</a> &mdash; Don't do everything for them. They need to try things on their own (and fail sometimes) to develop independence and resilience. [Parenting Squad]</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-creative-travel-tips-you-havent-thought-of">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/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers">25 Secrets From the World&#039;s Most Frugal Frequent Travelers</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/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</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/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-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/travel-resources">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips travel tips Tue, 02 Jun 2015 19:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1443839 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Easy Ways to Budget for Summer Vacation http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-budget-for-summer-vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-easy-ways-to-budget-for-summer-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_on_the_beach_000035975022_0.jpg" alt="Couple using prepared budget for summer vacation" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everyone needs a vacation from time to time. It's a break from the day-to-day grind and an opportunity to spend quality time with family. But just because this is your escape from responsibilities and reality, it doesn't mean you can spend money like it's going out of style.</p> <p>Summer is right around the corner, so now's the time to think about your plans and budget. Here are seven tips to begin preparing your budget for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-affordable-ways-to-stay-cool-in-the-summer-heat">summer vacation</a>:</p> <h2>1. Estimate How Much You'll Need</h2> <p>To begin preparing your budget for summer vacation, research the destination and get a feel for how much you'll spend. This way, you know how much cash it'll take to make the vacation happen. There are several things to take into consideration. For example, what's the average hotel rate in the city? What are your transportation costs? How much will you spend on activities? How much do you anticipate spending on meals every day? Also, don't forget to include incidental costs in your budget, such as road tolls, souvenirs, fees for boarding a pet, or hotel parking surcharges. Based on these factors, estimate the minimum you'll need to save each week or month.</p> <h2>2. Be Realistic About Your Budget</h2> <p>You might have your heart set on a fabulous, envy-worthy summer vacation, but you need to plan a vacation you can actually afford. One of the worst things you can do is get into debt financing your summer vacation.</p> <p>&quot;Don't finance a vacation and place the cost on your credit card or line of credit unless you have a responsible repayment plan,&quot; says John Rosenfeld, head of Everyday Banking at Citizens Bank. &quot;A credit card is a great convenience, especially when traveling, but if you don't pay off the full balance, you will incur charges that will add to the expense of your vacation and may make your vacation memorable in an unintended way.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Set Up a Vacation Savings Account</h2> <p>Some people make the mistake of keeping their vacation cash in their checking accounts or stashed underneath their mattresses. But with the cash easily accessible, it might be tempting to spend the money on other things. Instead, open a separate savings account specifically for your vacation money, preferably with an online bank so you can earn a higher interest rate. Also, look into automating your savings to ensure you're putting something in the account every paycheck.</p> <p>&quot;Set up an automatic transfer to a separate savings account on a weekly basis with whatever you can afford, [even if] it's just $25,&quot; says consumer and money-savings expert Andrea Woroch. &quot;After 12 weeks, you'll have stashed away $300 cash without even realizing it. Though it may not be enough to cover your entire vacation, it can be used for gas money for a road trip or for meals.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Get Rid of Expenses That Drain Your Pocket</h2> <p>We're all guilty of spending money on stuff we don't really need. Unfortunately, these seemingly innocent purchases can be the difference between affording and not affording a vacation. You'll be surprised at how fast your vacation budget grows once you eliminate a few expenses and put the savings into your vacation fund.</p> <p>&quot;Cutting back on monthly spending will speed up your savings efforts,&quot; Woroch says. &quot;Focus first on luxury services and include anything that you could live without for a few months or can do yourself at home like professional house cleaning, weekly car washes, manicures and pedicures, and dog grooming.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Know the Local Deals</h2> <p>A vacation budget may limit how much you can spend, but you can still have a wonderful time and experience new things in your destination city. If you take advantage of local resources, you might be able to do more without breaking your budget.</p> <p>&quot;Once you pick your vacation destination, sign up for local deal newsletters such as Groupon, LivingSocial, or Amazon Local Deals in your destination city,&quot; suggests Regina Novickis, consumer expert with<a href="http://slickdeals.net/"> Slickdeals</a>. &quot;This can be a great way to tap into experiences in the city at a much lower rate.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Sell Your Stuff</h2> <p>If vacation is right around the corner, and you don't think you'll save enough in time, sell unwanted stuff for quick cash. There's probably a lot of stuff in your house that you don't need or use. Go through your garage, attic, basement, and closets, and turn your trash into cold, hard cash.</p> <p>&quot;Selling unwanted stuff to pad your summer vacation budget is less painful, and can be as simple as selling unwanted stuff at a yard sale or online at Craigslist,&quot; says Kendal Perez, savings expert for CouponSherpa. &quot;You can also sell that old iPhone that's been collecting dust at websites like&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gazelle.com/">Gazelle</a> or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nextworth.com/">NextWorth</a>, and earn over $150 in some cases!&quot;</p> <h2>7. Create a Plan to Stay on Budget</h2> <p>It isn't enough to create a summer vacation budget, you have to stick to it and only spend what you've set aside for the trip. If you haven't already, sign up for online banking or download your bank's app to your smartphone. When you're constantly swiping your debit card for attractions, meals, gas, and incidentals, charges can add up quickly and it's easy to lose track of how much you're spending.</p> <p>Mobile banking is a practical way to keep track of your budget on-the-go, letting you transfer funds, locate ATMs, check balances, and pay bills, according to Rosenfeld. Additionally, you can avoid overspending by staying away from credit cards and bank debit cards altogether, and loading funds onto a prepaid debit card.</p> <p>Glinda Bridgforth, personal finance expert and author of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0767904885/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0767904885&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=V465LBQR4NK4F2M4">Girl, Get Your Money Straight</a>, adds, &quot;once you know how much you can allocate towards vacation, load it on a prepaid card, like a Green Dot Prepaid Debit Card, to ensure you're staying within the budget you've outlined and avoid overspending,&quot;</p> <p><em>Do you have other ways to begin preparing for your summer vacation that you'd like to add? Let me know 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/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-budget-for-summer-vacation">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/the-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling">The 14 Best Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</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/how-to-budget-and-track-expenses-for-your-next-vacation">How to Budget and Track Expenses for Your Next Vacation</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/7-budget-items-you-may-be-forgetting">7 Budget Items You May be Forgetting</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/working-on-the-road-a-book-review-for-professional-nomads">Working on the Road: A Book Review for Professional Nomads</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/11-must-packs-for-your-summer-vacation">11 Must-Packs for Your Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Travel expenses saving money summer vacation Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:00:09 +0000 Mikey Rox 1437194 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Ways Your Bank Account Can Boost Your Travel Rewards http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-your-bank-account-can-boost-your-travel-rewards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-ways-your-bank-account-can-boost-your-travel-rewards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_on_vacation_000048727382.jpg" alt="Couple using bank account to boost their travel rewards" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The far-reaching airline perks of credit cards are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/personal-finance/credit-cards">well-documented</a>, but what about those who choose to go the Dave Ramsey route and live credit-free? Good news: it's still possible to rack up rewards the old-fashioned way. Here's how to accumulate the most mileage using your bank account. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards?ref=seealso">Best Sign Up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>Fly High With a Miles-Earning Checking Account</h2> <p>Although the number of debit cards that offer airline miles has dwindled due to the <a href="http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/banking/durbin-amendment-explained/">Durbin Amendment</a>, there are still some worthwhile offerings to consider. One such card is the <a href="https://www.ufbdirect.com/personal-banking/checking/airline-rewards-checking#Overview">UFB Direct Airline Rewards Checking</a> account, which awards one mile for every two dollars spent in point-of-sale debit transactions made with the card. There's also a one-time bonus of 1,000 miles after making a direct deposit of $1,000. Currently, the only airline affiliated with the program is American Airlines, but UFB Direct says they may be adding more airlines in the future.</p> <p>BankDirect is another online bank that offers perks with American Airlines. For opening a <a href="https://www.bankdirect.com/programs/aadvantage.aspx">Mileage Checking with Interest</a> account, you'll receive 1,000 AAdvantage miles; once it's open, you can keep earning miles with recurring direct deposits (six consecutive monthly deposits of $2,000+ must be made to earn 10,000 miles). Pay at least three bills online each month (totaling $500 or more), and you'll score another 5,000 AAdvantage Miles. Plus, you'll also receive up to 100 miles per every $1,000 stored in your account based on the average monthly balance. The caveat? You'll pay a $12 monthly fee, and the &quot;interest&quot; paid is just .01%.</p> <p>Craving savings the &quot;Mahalo&quot; way? Sign up for the <a href="https://www.boh.com/personal/banking-products/debit-cards/bankoh-hawaiian-airlines-visa-check-card.asp">Bankoh Hawaiian Airlines Visa Check Card</a>, available only to Bank of Hawaii checking account holders. You'll earn one mile for every two dollars spent on qualifying purchases; plus, you can get up to 10 more HawaiianMiles for every dollar spent at participating <a href="https://partners.hawaiianairlines.com/pages/rewards/shopListing.aspx">&quot;Cardholder Exclusive&quot; partners</a> (most of which are Hawaii-based businesses, but there are also a few national companies like Hartmann and 1-800-Flowers). FYI: cardholders can only earn a maximum of 1,000 miles every month, and there's also a $3 monthly fee to consider.</p> <p>Here's an ongoing promotion to keep a hawkeye out for: The Citibank airline bonuses offered about once a year. (Tip: set a Google alert so you don't miss out on the special promotion code!) In the past, this promotion has awarded 30,000 AAdvantage miles for Citigold accounts; 15,000 AAdvantage miles for Citibank accounts; and 5,000 AAdvantage miles for basic banking accounts. Typically, to snag the bonus, one must open one of these accounts and then make a minimum debit card purchase of $125&ndash;$750, as well as set up at least one online bill payment for two months in a row.</p> <h2>Earn Airline ROI With a Miles-Earning CD or Money Market Account</h2> <p>Along with the checking account mentioned above, BankDirect also offers American Airlines rewards for those who purchase a <a href="https://www.bankdirect.com/products/cdmileage.aspx">Mileage Certificate of Deposit</a>. The longer the term, the better &mdash; since the two-year CD awards up to 1,000 AAdvantage miles for every $1,000 invested, while the one-year and six-month CDs offer 500 and 250 miles for each $1,000 invested, respectively. A few things to know: there's a minimum opening balance of $10,000, and the interest rate is .10% on all three offers.</p> <p>They also offer a <a href="https://www.bankdirect.com/products/moneymarketmileage.aspx">Mileage Money Market Account</a>, on which the interest rate is .05% for accounts of more than $500. Account holders can snag 50 AAdvantage miles for every $1,000 of their average daily balance each month; once your account hits $50,000, you'll get 25 AAdvantage miles with the same setup. You'll also get a bonus of 1,000 miles just for opening the account.</p> <h2>Invest Your Way Into the Friendly Skies</h2> <p>Planning on making a somewhat sizable investment? You might want to consider signing up with Fidelity Investments &mdash; or simply adding to your existing Fidelity account &mdash; to get more bang for your hard-earned bucks. Here's how to earn miles with <a href="https://rewards.fidelity.com/offers/united">United MileagePlus</a>, <a href="https://rewards.fidelity.com/offers/delta">Delta SkyMiles</a>, or <a href="https://rewards.fidelity.com/offers/aa">American Airlines AAdvantage</a> with a non-retirement brokerage account (either new or existing): add at least $25,000 and you'll get 15,000 miles; $50,000+ and get 25,000 miles; or $100,000+ and get 50,000 miles. Be aware that the money must stay in your account for at least six months, or the mileage bonus may be withdrawn. Also, all money must be deposited within 60 days of signing up for the promotion.</p> <p>And, as always, it's important to weigh your objectives before signing up for any of these offers. After all, if you'd rather earn ample interest than rack up airline miles, it might be wiser to shop around for snazzier rates with accounts that <em>don't</em> offer flight incentives. But for those already considering one of these bank accounts and/or are trying to milk miles the credit-free way, these options just might be the (round-trip) ticket.</p> <p><em>Are you earning airline miles from your checking account?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jen-jones-donatelli">Jen Jones Donatelli</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-your-bank-account-can-boost-your-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-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/how-airline-partnerships-can-supercharge-your-travel-rewards">The Secret to Redeeming Travel Rewards with Airline Partners</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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-scariest-things-probably-coming-to-air-travel">The 8 Scariest Things Probably Coming to Air Travel</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/heres-how-the-major-airlines-determine-when-and-how-you-board">Here&#039;s How the Major Airlines Determine When and How You Board</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/10-airline-perks-from-yesteryear-that-seem-unbelievable-today">10 Airline Perks From Yesteryear That Seem Unbelievable Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airlines bank accounts miles rewards Thu, 21 May 2015 23:00:09 +0000 Jen Jones Donatelli 1430841 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 In-Flight Amenities Worth the Cost http://www.wisebread.com/7-in-flight-amenities-worth-the-cost <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-in-flight-amenities-worth-the-cost" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/holding_phone_000021996824.jpg" alt="Man using in-flight amenity that is worth the cost" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The complimentary in-flight amenities we used to enjoy have mysteriously vanished only to re-emerge with a surcharge. Now that travel is a necessity more than a luxury, we'll take whatever quality of service we can get (right down to being stuck on the tarmac for hours). So, to make your travel experience a more pleasant one, try any combination of these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hidden-comforts-to-consider-when-choosing-an-airline">in-flight amenities</a>. Even if they cost a bit, they are worth the added comfort.</p> <h2>1. Priority Boarding</h2> <p>If you're running late for your flight or simply hate standing in long lines, know that some airlines let you purchase priority boarding passes. Buy these pre-flight or at a kiosk while you're checking-in for your flight. The cost is between $10 and $25.</p> <h2>2. Special Meals, Wine, and Spirits</h2> <p>Unless you remember to bring your own food and drinks or have a really short flight, don't give up your personal comfort because you don't want to pay for the onboard food and beverage service. It's not much more expensive than food purchased at any airport or train station.</p> <h2>3. Wi-Fi</h2> <p>In-flight Wi-Fi costs anywhere from $5&ndash;$14 per day to $25&ndash;$50 for monthly passes. Meanwhile, you can download your own movies or log-in to a subscription service and stream your very own in-flight entertainment (though some Wi-Fi packages include movies). It's a great way to be entertained or catch up on work and e-mails.</p> <h2>4. Headsets</h2> <p>Headsets are a necessity, especially if you're going to be on a long flight. Definitely splurge and pay the extra $2 for a pair. They are yours to keep, so you can hang on to them as a backup pair. It's worth it to drown out the noise of others and relax during your flight.</p> <h2>5. Extra Legroom</h2> <p>Personally, I will not pay for seats with extra legroom. Then again, I'm 5'7&quot;. But, if you're tall, or just like extra space, grab yourself an extra legroom seat and stretch out. They are definitely worth the cost on longer flights. And don't be fooled into thinking you can just wait until the flight takes off and switch seats, because that is no longer allowed.</p> <h2>6. In-Flight Entertainment</h2> <p>Some airlines offer in-flight entertainment programed with television stations, popular games, Sirius Satellite radio, and box office movies for around $6 per movie or $16 for a day pass for the full in-flight entertainment package.</p> <h2>7. First Class and Business Class</h2> <p>The in-flight amenities mentioned above are complementary if you're willing to shell out some extra cash and fly first or business class. Additionally, with a premium seat purchase, most airlines throw in added perks, like access to the airport lounge, one complimentary checked bag, and complimentary food and alcoholic beverages.</p> <p><em>Which in-flight perks do you indulge in?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/qiana-chavaia">Qiana Chavaia</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-in-flight-amenities-worth-the-cost">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/the-8-scariest-things-probably-coming-to-air-travel">The 8 Scariest Things Probably Coming to Air Travel</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/3-ways-your-bank-account-can-boost-your-travel-rewards">3 Ways Your Bank Account Can Boost Your 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/heres-how-the-major-airlines-determine-when-and-how-you-board">Here&#039;s How the Major Airlines Determine When and How You Board</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-airline-perks-from-yesteryear-that-seem-unbelievable-today">10 Airline Perks From Yesteryear That Seem Unbelievable Today</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/the-secret-flight-search-site-savvy-travelers-use">The Secret Flight Search Site Savvy Travelers Use</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airlines amenities comforts flights Tue, 19 May 2015 21:00:09 +0000 Qiana Chavaia 1423430 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Dramatic Vacation Spots for TV and Film Fanatics http://www.wisebread.com/5-dramatic-vacation-spots-for-tv-and-film-fanatics <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-dramatic-vacation-spots-for-tv-and-film-fanatics" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/breaking_bad_grafitti.jpg" alt="Breaking Bad fan graffiti art " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having a hard time deciding on your next vacation destination? Try looking through your DVR or Netflix queue! These are some of the five cheapest TV and film fanatic <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-cheap-summer-vacations">vacation spots</a>.</p> <h2>1. <em>Breaking Bad</em>: Albuquerque, NM</h2> <p>Got a hankering for an action-packed road trip on the cheap? Heisenberg-hat wearing fans of <em>Breaking Bad</em> will want to pack up and drive to Albuquerque, New Mexico for a few days. Not only are there tons of real-life standing locations where Vince Gilligan and crew shot <em>Breaking Bad</em>, but there are even <a href="http://www.visitalbuquerque.org/albuquerque/film-tourism/breaking-bad/">self-guided and guided tours</a>!</p> <p><strong>Key Costs</strong>: Your biggest will likely be gasoline for driving to and from your place of origin, and prices vary across the U.S. Accommodations are cheap and plentiful in Albuquerque &mdash; try staying in the <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60933-d92752-Reviews-Hotel_Andaluz-Albuquerque_New_Mexico.html">well-priced Hotel Andaluz</a>. Meals at <a href="http://www.today.com/food/breaking-bad-fans-flock-albuquerque-restaurant-1C8896426">Los Pollos Hermanos</a> are very cheap!</p> <h2>2. <em>Best Exotic Marigold Hotel</em>: Jaipur, India</h2> <p>This smash-hit movie (and sequel) has inspired lots of empty-nesters to visit India. While you may not be flush enough to retire there, you can probably afford a two-week trip to Jaipur, one of the most beautiful cities in India.</p> <p><strong>Key Costs</strong>: The biggest expense will be airfare from your nearest international airport to the Jaipur airport, which could be approximately $1,600. However, once you are in India, one can live quite comfortably for $20 a day, and extremely well for $50 a day. Food and entertainment are cheap enough so you can splurge on plush accommodations.</p> <h2>3. <em>Game of Thrones</em>: Northern Ireland</h2> <p>Addicted to the racy, bloody, and exciting land of Westeros? Much of <em>Game of Thrones</em> is shot in Northern Ireland, where they shoot much of &quot;The North,&quot; from The Haunted Forest to Winterfell. Come to Ireland for <a href="http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/gameofthrones/">gorgeous, scenic tours</a> of the misty moors, then stay for nice B&amp;Bs and authentic Irish food and drink. While you're there, soak in some real history by touring Belfast and seeing the <a href="http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/downloads/Itineraries-Belfast-TimeTogether.pdf">birthplace of the Titanic</a> and famous prison Crumlin Road Gaol.</p> <p><strong>Key Costs</strong>: Airfare will the the lion's share of the costs, approximately $1500 per person. This is a great time to visit anywhere in Europe because the euro is not as strong against the dollar: one euro is about $1.12. This means if you stay thrifty, lodging, food, and entertainment will be about as much as they would be in America.</p> <h2>4. <em>The Hangover Part II</em>: Thailand</h2> <p>One of the highest grossing films to have shot in Thailand, <em>The Hangover Part II</em> might inspire those looking for a raucous, indulgent trip. While a <a href="http://bangkokhangovertours.com/">Hangover-themed tour</a> is certainly possible, Thailand is also a great destination for nature exploring. Visit <a href="http://www.elephantnaturepark.org/">beautiful elephant reserves</a>, enjoy the beaches, and hike a rainforest.</p> <p><strong>Key Costs</strong>: Your biggest expense here will also be airfare, as it can run approximately $1,200. Once you arrive, though, it's a bargain. One can live very comfortably for under $40 a day if staying on the mainland where the prices are generally cheaper than the surrounding islands.</p> <h2>5. <em>James Bond</em>: Mexico City</h2> <p>So many great films were shot in Mexico: from <em>Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid</em> to <em>Y Tu Mama Tambien</em>. The James Bond franchise has shot several of its films in Mexico, including <em>License to Kill</em>, <em>Tomorrow Never Dies</em>, <em>Quantum of Solace</em>, and <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/movies/spectre-james-bond-mexico-behind-the-scenes-first-116031156967.html">the upcoming <em>Spectre</em></a>. The new movie highlights the Zocalo in historic and beautiful Mexico City, where the Aztecs once ruled and where one can now find very <a href="http://nymag.com/travel/features/mexico-city-entertainment-2012-2/">hip shopping and entertainment</a>. If you travel to the coast, you can even enjoy a <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g150807-d2392342-r182051277-Jungle_Tour_Adventure-Cancun_Yucatan_Peninsula.html">James Bond speedboat tour</a>!</p> <p><strong>Key Costs</strong>: Mexico makes for a great, cheap vacation with its beautiful beaches (where many movies shoot instead of the Bahamas!), cheap hotels, and great food. Flights can be upwards of $700, but those living on west coast and southwest regions can manage an easy road trip. One dollar <a href="http://www.visitmexico.com/en/mexico-currency-and-exchange">equals about 15 pesos</a>, so your money will go very far.</p> <p><em>Have you ever traveled to scratch your film or TV fandom itch? where'd you go?</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-dramatic-vacation-spots-for-tv-and-film-fanatics">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-14"> <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-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</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-affordable-amusement-parks-that-are-just-as-fun-as-disney">8 Affordable Amusement Parks That Are Just as Fun As Disney</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/travel-resources">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</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/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</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/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel film movies television TV shows vacations Mon, 18 May 2015 13:00:11 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1421642 at http://www.wisebread.com Smarter Security and No Foreign Transaction Fees: The Best Credit Cards to Use While on Vacation http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_canoe_000034796040.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everyone has their favorite credit card in their wallet for everyday spending. (Expert credit card hackers have different favorites depending on what they're spending on.) But, when it comes to traveling abroad, there are only a few that are worthy of a spot in your pocket. You want to be sure to use the card that will give you the most security and travel benefits, as well as zero foreign transaction fees. Here's a list of the best credit cards to use on vacation abroad.</p> <h2>Cards with Enhanced Security</h2> <p>Some credit cards now have added security with EMV Chip&nbsp;Technology. The U.S. is one of the last to implement this (it has been around for more than a decade) so it has global acceptance and is standard practice in over 80 countries. The chip adds an additional layer of fraud protection that makes the card difficult to duplicate or copy. When traveling abroad the added security is essential. The cards listed below all have zero foreign transaction fees with EMV chip technology.</p> <h2>BankAmericard Travel Rewards&reg; Credit Card</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=26141945&amp;fot=1143&amp;foc=2&amp;foc2=604907" rel="nofollow" alt="BankAmericard Travel Rewards&reg; Credit Card" title="BankAmericard Travel Rewards&reg; Credit Card"><img border="0" src="http://content.linkoffers.net/SharedImages/Products/209868/604907.png" style="float:right; margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" alt="" /></a>With the <a target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=26141945&amp;fot=1143&amp;foc=1" rel="nofollow">BankAmericard Travel Rewards&reg; credit card</a>, cardholders can earn 1.5 points for every $1 spent on purchases. In addition, cardholders can earn a 10% customer points bonus on every purchase if they have an active Bank of America&reg; checking or savings account, and that bonus can increase to 25%-75% if they're a Bank of America Preferred Rewards client. New cardmembers will get to enjoy a 0% introductory APR for 12 billing cycles on all their purchases, which then becomes a 14.99%-22.99% variable APR after the offer period. Not only that, there's currently an online <strong>bonus points offer</strong> where new cardmembers can receive 10,000 bonus points if they make at least $500 in purchases in the first 90 days after account opening, which is enough to redeem for a $100 statement credit toward travel purchase. This card offers EMV chip technology, no foreign transaction fees, and no annual fee.</p> <p><strong><a target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=26141945&amp;fot=1143&amp;foc=1" rel="nofollow">Click here to apply for the BankAmericard Travel Rewards&reg; credit card today!</a></strong></p> <h2>Capital One&reg; Venture Rewards&reg; Credit Card</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/capital-one-venture-rewards?ref=1145791" alt="Capital One&reg; Venture&reg; Rewards Credit Card" title="Capital One&reg; Venture&reg; Rewards Credit Card"><img border="0" align="right" src="http://content.linkoffers.net/SharedImages/Products/161204/602905.png" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/capital-one-venture-rewards?ref=1145791">Capital One&reg; Venture Rewards&reg; </a>credit card is an excellent choice for people who love to travel. New applicants will receive a <strong>sign up bonus</strong> of 40,000 miles once they spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months after account opening, which is enough to redeem $400 in statement credit for travel purchases. Not only that, cardholders can earn 2 miles for every dollar they spend their purchases every day. There's no limit to the total amount of miles that they can earn, and the points will never expire. This card has chip technology, offers no foreign transaction fees and no balance transfer fees, and there's an annual fee of $59 that is waived for the first year.</p> <p><strong><a target="_top" href="http://www.wisebread.com/capital-one-venture-rewards?ref=1145791">Click here to apply for the Capital One&reg; Venture Rewards&reg; Credit Card today!</a></strong></p> <h2>Chase Sapphire Preferred&reg; Card</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=13242651&amp;fot=1143&amp;foc=2&amp;foc2=599888" rel="nofollow" alt="Chase Sapphire Preferred&reg; Card" title="Chase Sapphire Preferred&reg; Card"><img border="0" align="right" src="http://content.linkoffers.net/SharedImages/Products/204650/599888.png" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=13242651&amp;fot=1143&amp;foc=1">Chase Sapphire Preferred&reg; Card</a> is a favorite among frequent travelers. Not only do you earn 2x points on travel and dining, its 1:1 point transfer to other travel programs give travelers additional discounts when using points for their trips. Cardmembers can also get 20% off travel when redeeming through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal. So add those benefits to zero foreign transaction fees and chip enabled card security, it's no wonder that this is used by many travelers both at home and abroad. There is a $95 annual fee for this card, which is waived for the first year.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=13242651&amp;fot=1143&amp;foc=1">Click here to apply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred&reg; Card today!</a></strong></p> <h2>Citi&reg; Hilton HHonors&trade; Reserve Card</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-12009429-1419560302000?sid=mjackson-1145791" rel="nofollow" alt="Citi&reg; Hilton HHonors&trade; Reserve Card" title="Citi&reg; Hilton HHonors&trade; Reserve Card"><img width="154" height="97" border="0" src="/files/fruganomics/u11/Citi_Hilton_HHonors_Reserve_Card-154.jpg" style="float:right; margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" alt="" /></a>If you're a fan of staying at hotels within the Hilton HHonors portfolio (which include over 4,000 hotels and resorts in 91 countries), the <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-12009429-1419560302000?sid=mjackson-1145791">Citi&reg; Hilton HHonors&trade; Reserve Card</a> may pack a punch in terms of points and rewards. The <strong>sign up bonus</strong> includes 2 weekend night certificates each good for 1 weekend night after $2,500 in purchases within the first 4 months. Earn 10x points for hotel stays within the HHonors portfolio, 5x points on airline and car rentals, 3x points on all other purchases. You'll also enjoy the benefits of HHonors Gold status. The card offers EMV chip technology, no foreign transaction fees, with an annual fee of $95.</p> <p><a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-12009429-1419560302000?sid=mjackson-1145791"><strong>Click here to apply for the Citi&reg; Hilton HHonors&trade; Reserve Card today!</strong></a></p> <h3>Citi&reg; ThankYou&reg; Premier Card</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-12095672-1421936408000?sid=mjackson-1145791" rel="nofollow" alt="Citi ThankYou&reg; Premier Card" title="Citi ThankYou&reg; Premier Card"><img width="154" height="98" border="0" src="/files/fruganomics/u11/Citi_ThankYou_Premier_Card-154.jpg" style="float:right; margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" alt="" /></a>The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-12095672-1421936408000?sid=mjackson-1145791" rel="nofollow">Citi&reg; ThankYou&reg; Premier Card</a> offers a <strong>sign up bonus</strong> of 20,000 points after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months, and earn an additional 30,000 points after another $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of your second year. This can be redeemed for up to $625 in airfare through the ThankYou&reg; Travel Center. Earn 3x points for dining and entertainment, 2x points on airfare and hotel, and 1x on all other purchases. Enjoy a 20% discount when redeeming points or airfare through their travel portal. The card offers EMV chip technology, no foreign transaction fees, with an annual fee of $125 waived for the first year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-12095672-1421936408000?sid=mjackson-1145791"><strong>Click here to apply for the Citi&reg; ThankYou&reg; Premier Card today!</strong></a></p> <h3>Conclusion</h3> <p>These are the best credit cards for your wallet when you travel. Other cards may offer insurance for a certain amount of time abroad when you rent a car, or cover loss and damages on purchases, but I like to stick to the basics when I recommend cards for using abroad. You want <em>no foreign transaction fees</em>&nbsp;and c<em>hip technology</em>. Do you have a favorite I didn't mention?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mark-jackson">Mark Jackson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation">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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