Travel http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/254/all en-US 8 Unexpected Ways a Credit Card Can Save You Money on Travel http://www.wisebread.com/8-unexpected-ways-a-credit-card-can-save-you-money-on-travel <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-unexpected-ways-a-credit-card-can-save-you-money-on-travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_travel_credit_card_000076858727.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways credit cards can save her on travel" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are plenty of obvious reasons to use a credit card while traveling. For example, it's easier than carrying a lot of cash, and if it gets lost or stolen, you can call your credit card company and you won't be held responsible for fraudulent charges. But did you know that using a credit card actually saves you money on your travels? Here are eight ways that credit cards can save you money on your next trip.</p> <h2>1. Rewards Points</h2> <p>Surely the most obvious way that credit cards can put more funds in your travel piggy bank is earning rewards points. It might seem overwhelming to dive into the world of credit card rewards, but it doesn't have to be.</p> <p>To start out, simply apply for three of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">best travel credit cards</a> for you. Chose two based on a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">good sign up bonus</a> so that you can get a head start on your points, and one based on a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards">good percentage of cashback</a> return.</p> <p>Make sure you spend the minimum amount on each card in the first three months to ensure you get your sign-up bonus. Then continue to use the best cards based on their highest earning potential. For example, if one of them offers 3% <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">cash back on groceries</a>, always use that one at the supermarket. If one offers a high percentage on gas, use that at the pump.</p> <p>If you have a hard time keeping track, you can always put a sticky note on each card. After a while, you won't need the notes anymore.</p> <h2>2. Rental Car Insurance</h2> <p>This is a really easy way to save a few bucks a day on your rental car. All major credit card providers offer <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-does-car-rental-insurance-really-cover-on-your-credit-card">good insurance coverage on rentals</a> if you put the full cost of the rental car on your card (obligatory with most rental companies).</p> <p>Don't pay extra for the damage collision waiver or for extended coverage if your credit card includes it! Many people who don't know about their credit card's coverage buy a ton of extra insurance through the rental company, not knowing that it's already covered on their card.</p> <h2>3. Travel Insurance</h2> <p>This is another place where so many people waste their money because they don't know that their card has them covered. There are dozens of cards that offer <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-exactly-does-travel-accident-insurance-cover-on-credit-cards">complementary travel insurance</a>.</p> <p>Before paying for expensive third-party insurance, call your credit card provider and ask what kind of travel insurance they include in their policy. You may be surprised to find out that they cover you for more than the expensive third-party insurance you've paid for in the past!</p> <p>Stop wasting money on extra insurance. Call your credit card provider before your next trip.</p> <h2>4. Rental Car Discounts</h2> <p>Many credit card providers offer discounts if you book your rental car with their partners. If you can't get a direct deal with the rental car agencies, many issuers have their own travel portal sites that allow their cardholders to book travel with exclusive discounts.</p> <h2>5. Lost Luggage Insurance</h2> <p>As someone who has recently been a victim of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-airline-lost-your-luggage-now-what" target="_blank">lost luggage at an airport</a>, I have to say that this is something you may take for granted, but can save you a lot of money.</p> <p>You may think that when an airline loses your luggage, they'll reimburse you for everything you lost, plus pay you a little extra for your troubles. This simply isn't true with most airlines. While recent laws have been enforced to hold airlines accountable for your belongings, they are still only required to pay you the depreciated value of your used goods.</p> <p>Credit card lost luggage insurance will help to top up the amount that the airline isn't willing to pay and will even give you a small amount to pay for emergency purchases while the airline tries to retrieve your luggage. That way you can at least pick up some warm clothes, extra underwear, and a toothbrush knowing that your credit card insurance is paying for it.</p> <h2>6. Airline Credits</h2> <p>Some credit cards will actually offer to reimburse a certain amount each year for airline fees and in-flight food and entertainment. At a minimum, most <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards">airline credit cards</a> will offer a discount for in-flight purchases.</p> <h2>7. Baggage Fees</h2> <p>These days, pretty much every airline in North America is charging passengers for their first checked bag. Put an end to this by having the right plastic in your wallet.</p> <p>Again, this is where airline credit cards will come in handy. Most of them will give you a free checked bag, plus for your companions, too. Before you book your flight, make sure you're using the right credit card.</p> <h2>8. Foreign Fees</h2> <p>Most credit cards will charge a 3% foreign transaction fee for using your credit card abroad. This fee cancels out any convenience or advantages of using a credit card abroad. Worse is figuring out whether the exchange rate is going to leave you better off or worse off than the 3% fee.</p> <p>The good news is that there are credit cards that have <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation">no foreign transaction fees</a>. Sign up for one and make sure to use that one on your travels.</p> <h2>The Bottom Line</h2> <p>If you're a disciplined spender, signing up for numerous travel rewards credit cards and putting all your purchases on plastic can save you a lot of money both at home and on the road. Just make sure that you're careful about how many cards you apply for and how you spend.</p> <p>There's no point in earning points if you are paying 19.99% interest. Be sure to pay off your card each month and abide by the minimum spending for sign-up bonuses and you'll have more money to enjoy (or to save up for your next adventure).</p> <p><em>Have you taken advantage of any of these credit card travel savers?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-unexpected-ways-a-credit-card-can-save-you-money-on-travel">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/the-airline-lost-your-luggage-now-what">The Airline Lost Your Luggage. Now What?</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-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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-4 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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards">5 Best Co-Branded Airline Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airlines foreign transaction fees insurance lost luggage rental cars rewards sign up bonuses Thu, 05 May 2016 10:00:14 +0000 Nick Wharton 1703936 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save Big at Hotels http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-big-at-hotels <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-big-at-hotels" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_laptop_hotel_000046691626_0.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to save big at hotels" 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 helpful articles on ways to save money at hotels, great options for selling your clothes, and simple tips forå people who eat alone.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Ways-Save-Hotels-41178939">17 Ways to Save Money at Hotels</a> &mdash; Tell the hotel if you're traveling for your birthday or anniversary. You may be eligible for a bottle of champagne or even a free upgrade. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalbeautiful.com/blog/spring-cleaning-hacks-options-selling-clothes/">Spring Cleaning Hacks: Best Options for Selling Your Clothes</a> &mdash; Tradesy is a good option for higher end items, like a Louis Vuitton bag or Marc Jacobs jeans. [Frugal Beautiful]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bestkeptself.com/2016/05/02/5-simple-tips-busy-people-eat-alone/">5 simple tips for busy people who eat alone</a> &mdash; Spend less time in the kitchen by cooking enough for two meals. You can give leftovers new energy by adding fresh veggies. [Best Kept Self]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/money-tips/save-your-bucks-at-the-ballpark/">Save Your Bucks at the Ballpark!</a> &mdash; Games with giveaway items are usually marked up, so avoid these if you want a deal. Check your team's schedule, pick a non-promo game, and buy tickets ahead of time. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://sustainablog.org/2016/05/smart-recycling-tips-sensible-home-owners/">Smart Recycling Tips for Sensible Home Owners</a> &mdash; Don't know what to do about your old furniture? There are professional teams that can help your furniture find its best use, whether it's resale, recycling, or donation. [Sustainablog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2016/05/01/10-powerful-mantras-to-stop-you-from-judging-people/">10 Powerful Mantras to Stop You from Judging People</a> &mdash; Remember that we all take different roads toward fulfillment and joy. Someone who isn't on your road is not necessarily lost. [Marc &amp; Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/15-surprising-qualities-of-creative-geniuses/">15 Surprising Qualities of Creative Geniuses</a> &mdash; Creative geniuses fail well. They know that failure can provided a useful learning experience. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/5-warning-signs-may-much-stress-life/">5 Warning Signs You May Have Too Much Stress In Your Life</a> &mdash; When we feel like we're losing control, we actually try to control even more in our lives. Usually, that ends up being the people around us. [Change Your Thoughts]</p> <p><a href="http://www.theorderexpert.com/why-now-is-the-right-time-to-get-started-on-your-goals/">Why Now is the Right Time to Get Started on Your Goals</a> &mdash; Life is always changing. If you don't start on your goals now, you may become distracted or sidetracked and never get to your goals at all. [The Order Expert]</p> <p><a href="https://due.com/blog/shortcuts-for-entrepreneurs/">3 Shortcuts for Entrepreneurs Who Want to Get Profitable FAST</a> &mdash; Find a mentor who will give you solid advice on your business venture. Your greatest resource is the human brain! [Due.com]</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-ways-to-save-big-at-hotels">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</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-book-an-amazing-cheap-vacation-package">How to Book an Amazing Cheap Vacation Package</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/25-hotel-hacks-from-professional-travelers">25 Hotel Hacks From Professional Travelers</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/the-easy-way-to-negotiate-a-cheaper-hotel-room">The Easy Way to Negotiate a Cheaper Hotel Room</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/20-secrets-of-last-minute-travel">20 Secrets of Last-Minute Travel</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips hotels Thu, 05 May 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1703706 at http://www.wisebread.com The Airline Lost Your Luggage. Now What? http://www.wisebread.com/the-airline-lost-your-luggage-now-what <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-airline-lost-your-luggage-now-what" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_lost_luggage_000021488707.jpg" alt="Airline lost this man&#039;s luggage and doesn&#039;t know what to do" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The absolute worst thing that can happen to you when you arrive at the airport after a long trip is waiting at the luggage carousel and watching it stop as you stand there empty-handed. The airline has lost your bags and you're stranded in a foreign country with no toothbrush, no shampoo, and no clothing. I had the misfortune of living through this catastrophe on a recent trip, and it's not fun.</p> <p>Here's what you can do if it happens to you.</p> <h2>Report Your Loss Right Away</h2> <p>In every airport, there will be a luggage lost and found counter. They are usually located right next the baggage carousels and are typically well-marked. As soon as you realize that you made it to your destination but your luggage did not, head to the lost and found area to make a claim.</p> <p>Make sure you bring your baggage ticket as they will need to enter it in the system. They will usually go on the radio and contact the luggage handling staff at the airport to see if your bags were accidentally left somewhere.</p> <p>If you're lucky, your bag is sitting on the tarmac or in the transit area and you'll get it back within an hour or so. If not, you'll have to file a lost luggage claim. The staff will give you a form to fill out with your name, home address, hotel address, passport number, phone number, luggage description, and baggage tag number as well as a brief description of what was in your bag.</p> <p>They will then photocopy your luggage tag, your passport, and the information you gave them and hand you a piece of paper with a reference number.</p> <p>At this time you can leave the airport and head to your hotel. The airline will search for your bag and call or text you when it is found. When they find your bag, they should send it to your hotel or wherever you are staying at the time. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-if-you-dont-have-your-id-at-the-airport?ref=seealso" target="_blank">What to Do If You Don't Have Your ID at the Airport</a>)</p> <h2>Check the Status</h2> <p>If, after 24 hours or more, you still haven't heard from the airline, go online to the airline's website and click on the &quot;Lost Luggage&quot; section. Enter your reference number and last name and check the status of your claim.</p> <h2>Follow Up</h2> <p>Most airlines will update your status as soon as they find your luggage, but sometimes they can be slow and unreliable. Some people have had to go without their bags for months, while others never saw their precious luggage again.</p> <p>Go on the airline's website and look for a customer service number. Call them and navigate the automated telephone menu until you get to a luggage lost and found representative. Give them your reference number and tell them your situation. Ask them to do everything they can to find your bag and also tell them how long you'll be at the hotel. Make your situation sound as dire as possible to try to encourage them to actively search for your bag.</p> <h2>Keep the Claim Updated</h2> <p>Make sure that all of the information that you gave is correct and remains valid. If you check out of your hotel and move to a new one, call or go online and change the information on the claim so that the airline can properly contact you when your bag is found. Even if you move to another city or country, they should courier your bag to you as soon as possible.</p> <h2>Go Shopping</h2> <p>The <a href="https://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer/fly-rights">US Department of Transportation</a> has laws in place that help to hold the airline responsible for your lost luggage and the contents of your bag. While the airline is technically required to reimburse you for any losses, the individual airline regulations vary greatly.</p> <p>You can, however, be certain that you will be covered for your essentials. Contact the airline and ask them how much essential spending you will be covered for. Then go out and buy yourself some new underwear, shampoo, deodorant, and clothing. Keep all the receipts for these purchases because you will be asked to submit them later.</p> <p>Sometimes the &quot;Maximum Claim Amount&quot; can be found on the back of your luggage ticket. This is the amount that you can spend on essentials and emergencies. For permanently lost luggage, there are different amounts you can be reimbursed.</p> <h2>Negotiate</h2> <p>No airline is going to willingly offer you the full reimbursement for your troubles or for the value of your lost items. You will have to negotiate, complain, and protest. Make sure you talk to a supervisor when making your claims and if you had anything of sentimental value in the bag, make sure you tell them. Also request that they refund you your checked baggage fee. The airline shouldn't be paid $25 for losing your luggage!</p> <p>You can also ask to be reimbursed in other ways. You may be able to complain your way into a free flight or at least an upgrade into first class on your next scheduled flight with the airline.</p> <h2>Use Social Media</h2> <p>Some airlines don't make the claim process very easy. In this situation, you can take to social media and try a good old fashioned smear campaign. Mention the airline and explain your situation on any social media accounts you have and be sure to @ them so that they will see the posts.</p> <p>No company wants to have the story of your lost luggage go viral on social media. You may be able to speed up the claim process or land yourself some free flights by posting about your situation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.</p> <h2>When to Give Up</h2> <p>According to the DOT's latest <a href="http://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/2015JuneATCR.pdf">Air Travel Consumer Report</a>, 2.9 in 10,000 passengers experience delayed, damaged, or lost baggage. They estimate less than 2% of those passengers actually end up with their luggage permanently lost. If you are one of those unlucky people, it's time to make a lost luggage claim.</p> <p>Claims for reimbursement will have to be backed up by receipts and proof of payment. When you go out shopping for emergency clothing and essentials, make sure to keep all of your receipts and when you claim the items that were permanently lost in your bag, try to find as many receipts as you can to back up your claims of what was in the luggage.</p> <p>Before 2009 when DOT tightened restrictions on lost luggage claims, you would have had to kiss your luggage goodbye and never be reimbursed more than the cost of your essential emergency spending. Nowadays, the airlines are held responsible for &quot;all reasonable, actual, and verifiable expenses related to baggage loss, damage, or delay.&quot;</p> <p>Technically, the per passenger maximum for domestic flights in the U.S. is around $3,400, but getting that amount would be like winning the lost luggage lottery. You're more likely to be refunded a small portion of what you lost. For international flights, you may only be reimbursed around $1,600. It is unlikely that you'll ever receive these full amounts unless you can prove that your bag was indeed carrying more than that value.</p> <p>Even if you can prove that you were carrying $3,400 worth of stuff in your lost baggage, the airline will only pay you a fraction of that amount. They are only required to pay the &quot;depreciated value&quot; of your items, so expect to take a major loss.</p> <h2>Contact Your Insurance and Credit Card Provider</h2> <p>Some travel insurance policies will cover you for lost baggage. This can help to top up the amount the airline agrees to pay. Contact your travel insurance provider and ask about their lost luggage policy. If you paid for the flight with your credit card, contact the card issuer and ask about baggage insurance. Many credit cards will help to cover you for your losses.</p> <h2>Get Your Bag Back</h2> <p>Hopefully you didn't have to go through every step in this article and somewhere in this process you were contacted by the airline and informed that they found your bag. If this is the case, you can either return to the airport to pick up the luggage yourself, or have it delivered to the address that you entered on your claim. Some airlines will try to make your pay for the delivery (believe it or not). If this is the case, negotiate and try your best to have them cover the cost. When your bags are safe and sound back home, it might be wise to invest in a <a href="http://amzn.to/1VOGZjc">GPS luggage tracker</a> in the event this should ever happen again.</p> <p><em>Has the airline ever lost your luggage? Did you get it back?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-airline-lost-your-luggage-now-what">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-travel-hacks-that-will-save-time-money-and-your-sanity">23 Travel Hacks That Will Save Time, Money, and Your Sanity</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-airline-travel-sucks-and-what-you-can-do-to-make-it-better">5 Ways Airline Travel Sucks — and What You Can Do to Make It Better</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airlines airports baggage customer service depreciation filing claims lost luggage Wed, 04 May 2016 09:30:21 +0000 Nick Wharton 1699846 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_airport_travel_000072076767.jpg" alt="Woman learning travel hacks that frequent flyers keep secret" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Airports can be a drag. Long lines, grumpy staff, crowded waiting areas, and poorly automated climate control can really put a damper on your travel day. But layovers, delays, and airport lobbies don't have to be uncomfortable. Using these expert tips, you can hack your way into a more enjoyable flying experience.</p> <h2>1. Skip the Lines</h2> <p>&quot;Oops! Am I in the wrong line?&quot; Most of the time, these simple words will allow you to get checked in at the priority desk without any issue. If you are at the airport and you see a painfully long check-in line and an empty priority line, consider &quot;accidentally&quot; walking up to the latter. You might be surprised at how often your mistake can save you time.</p> <p>You may also want to apply for <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck">TSA Pre-Check</a> or get a <a href="http://www.globalentry.gov/">Global Entry</a> card which allows travelers to go through security faster and get expedited clearance through customs. There are fees associated with applying, but there are some credit cards that reimburse the cost. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-that-offer-tsa-pre-check-and-global-entry-reimbursement?ref=seealso">Best Credit Cards that Offer TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry Reimbursement</a>)</p> <h2>2. Get Upgraded</h2> <p>The check-in agents at the airport have more power than you know. If there is space in the first class cabin, they can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-cheapest-ways-to-fly-first-class">upgrade you free of charge</a>. Be extremely nice to the staff at the check-in counter and ask if there's food on the plane. Maybe you can't go a long time without food? Tell them this and vaguely hint that you'd like to get upgraded.</p> <p>You could also try the &quot;I've never flown first class and I've always wondered what it's like&quot; line in a last-ditch effort to join the more comfortable business passengers.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-frequent-flyer-programs-with-free-first-class-seat-upgrades?ref=seealso">Best Frequent Flyer Programs With Free First Class Seat Upgrades</a></p> <h2>3. Piggyback to the First Class Lounge</h2> <p>Every passenger in the first class lounge is allowed to have a guest. You could be that guest! Just hang out outside of the first class lounge and make a new friend just before they go through the doors. Ask them if you can be their guest and you can enjoy a wide variety of drinks and food... for free. If only you could piggyback your way into the first class cabin on the plane!</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-with-free-airport-lounge-access?ref=seealso">How to Get Free Airport Lounge Access</a></p> <h2>4. Use the My TSA App</h2> <p>Wait times can vary greatly depending on which airport you're flying out of and what time of day you're scheduled to depart. Check out the My TSA app on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-tsa/id380200364?mt=8">Apple</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.dhs.tsa.mytsa&amp;hl=en">Android</a> to search current wait times at many airports around the world. There's no point in showing up at the airport three hours early if the security check lines will only take you 10 minutes. Conversely, you better be there extra early if the lines are going to take forever. This app can save you a lot of time and worry.</p> <h2>5. Fly Private</h2> <p>I know what you're thinking. Private flights are only for celebrities and rewards point hoarders, but these days that just isn't true. There's a new app called <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jetsmarter-fly-on-private/id562937375?mt=8">JetSmarter</a> and it's being called the Uber of air travel. Some of the flights found on the app will still be way too expensive for the average traveler, but some are much cheaper than you might expect &mdash; like a flight from Houston to Arlington on a private jet with only seven other people for $365 per person. Talk about living large on a small budget!</p> <h2>Fly Smarter</h2> <p>Recent polls have shown that people tend to <a href="http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/travel/flights/2007-12-20-tsa-survey_N.htm">hate the TSA</a> as much as the IRS, while other polls show that passengers would be <a href="http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/236884-poll-passengers-willing-to-pay-higher-airport-fees">willing to pay more</a> for their ticket just to have a more enjoyable airport experience. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-credit-cards-that-offer-the-best-travel-perks?ref=seealso">Get Exclusive Travel Perks with These Credit Cards</a>)</p> <p>This is all to say that most people are not satisfied with the challenges associated with air travel. But now you're not most people! You can utilize these tips to make your flying experience as enjoyable as possible.</p> <p>You'll never fully avoid the hassle and annoyance of the TSA, security checks, and airport line-ups, but at least you can minimize their negative effects now. Enjoy!</p> <p><em>Anything we've missed? Share you favorite airport travel tips in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-expert-tips-for-redeeming-miles-for-free-travel">12 Expert Tips for Redeeming Miles for Free Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</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/15-airport-hacks-from-professional-travelers">15 Airport Hacks From Professional Travelers</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/23-airport-hacks-to-remember-before-your-next-flight">23 Airport Hacks to Remember Before Your Next Flight</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel air travel airports first class flying frequent flyers lines pre-check tsa upgrades vacation Mon, 02 May 2016 10:30:04 +0000 Nick Wharton 1693268 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 International Destinations You Can Visit for $50 a Day http://www.wisebread.com/5-international-destinations-you-can-visit-for-50-a-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-international-destinations-you-can-visit-for-50-a-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bali_beach_000031398374.jpg" alt="Traveling to destinations on less than $50 per day" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you think you can't explore breathtaking and exotic places on a budget, think again. Here are five beautiful destinations where you can travel and experience culture for less than $50 a day.</p> <h2>1. Thailand</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/thailand_scenic_000083562507.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <ul> <li>Budget for a solo traveler: $50 / day</li> <li>Budget for a couple: $65 / day</li> <li>Average budget private room cost: $25 / night</li> <li>Cost of a meal in a restaurant: $5</li> <li>Round trip flight from New York to Bangkok in high season: $640+</li> </ul> <p>A long time budget traveler's favorite, Thailand can give you more bang for your buck than almost anywhere else on earth. Here you can explore Buddhist temples, swim in impossibly clear water, lay on white sand beaches, and sample some of the world's best cuisine. The people are always smiling and the weather is always hot and balmy.</p> <p>There are good value flights from the U.S. and when you're in Thailand, everything is affordable. You can get rooms here for as little as $10 per night, but for a nice, clean, and comfortable stay, $25 will be more than enough. If you stay in Thailand for two weeks, it will likely cost you less than one week at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico.</p> <h2>2. Indonesia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/indonesia_scenic_000082383127.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <ul> <li>Budget for a solo traveler: $45 / day</li> <li>Budget for a couple: $60 / day</li> <li>Average budget private room cost: $20 / night</li> <li>Cost of a meal in a restaurant: $5</li> <li>Round trip flight from New York to Bali in high season: $820+</li> </ul> <p>Indonesia offers travelers even better value than Thailand in most cases, and fewer travelers make their way to this jungle clad, volcano-carved archipelago. Land in Bali and explore the beaches, temples, and surf spots that made this island famous. Then head out to some of the lesser visited islands like Lombok and Sumatra.</p> <p>Domestic flights in Indonesia are very cheap and you can also take local ferries between many of the islands. Consider a trip to Komodo Island where you can share the rugged landscape with real, live prehistoric dragons.</p> <p>Flights to Bali will take a long time from the U.S., so it's best to plan to visit Indonesia for two weeks or more if possible. A two-week trip here, including flights, won't likely cost a solo traveler more than $1,500! That's still less than many one week, all-inclusive holidays.</p> <h2>3. Bulgaria</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bulgaria_scenic_000063026485.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <ul> <li>Budget for solo traveler: $50 / day</li> <li>Budget for a couple: $65 / day</li> <li>Average budget private room cost: $25 / night</li> <li>Cost of a meal in a restaurant: $5</li> <li>Round trip flight from New York to Sofia in high season: $1,100+</li> </ul> <p>Not all European destinations will cost you a fortune, especially now that the U.S. dollar is so strong. Bulgaria is one of the best-value-for-money countries in all of Europe and the people here are extremely hospitable.</p> <p>You can take tours to some of the region's oldest wineries, explore ancient Roman ruins, and wander around fascinating Ottoman-era towns. There are even beautiful beach holiday hot spots along the Black Sea coast in towns like Varna and Burgas.</p> <p>A two-week holiday here including flights, traveling around to different towns, and exploring much of the countryside will only cost you around $1,800.</p> <h2>4. Mexico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/mexico_city_scene_000086558147.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <ul> <li>Budget for solo traveler: $50 / day</li> <li>Budget for a couple: $70 / day</li> <li>Average budget private room cost: $30 / night</li> <li>Cost of a meal in a restaurant: $6</li> <li>Round trip flight from New York to Cancun in high season: $410+</li> </ul> <p>Before your mind automatically starts daydreaming about cocktails on the beach in an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, consider traveling this fascinating country for its culture. Mexico is one of the most underrated independent travel destinations simply because so many North Americans are hypnotized by posh resorts and free booze.</p> <p>Mexico has so much more to offer than beaches and cocktails. By traveling independently here, you'll be able to sample some of the world's most complex cuisine, explore ancient Mayan ruins, discover Spanish colonial towns, and learn how to salsa dance.</p> <p>The best part is that Mexico is actually one of the best-value countries for travelers in all of the Americas. A return flight from the U.S. probably won't cost you more than $500 in the high season and you don't have to worry about jet-lag.</p> <p>Give Mexico a try. Steer away from the resorts and immerse yourself in the culture instead. Most people who travel Mexico this way once never go back to all-inclusives again.</p> <h2>5. South Africa</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/south_africa_safari_000081147409.jpg" width="605" height="339" alt="" /></p> <ul> <li>Budget for solo traveler: $50 / day</li> <li>Budget for a couple: $70 / day</li> <li>Average budget private room cost: $30 / night</li> <li>Cost of a meal in a restaurant: $7</li> <li>Round trip flight from New York to Cape Town in high season: $1,200+</li> </ul> <p>The Rand (ZAR) has recently taken a huge dive, meaning that travel to South Africa is cheaper now than it has been in over a decade. You'll have to be on a pretty tight budget to keep it under $50 per day, but it's definitely doable, even with the occasional wildlife safari.</p> <p>Even though it's possible to get by on $50 per day, I highly recommend upping your budget by $20 per day to allow room for a rental car. There's no better way to see South Africa than in your own private vehicle.</p> <h2>Pick Your Place</h2> <p>I've only listed five places where it's possible to travel on $50 a day or less, but there are many others. In this article we've visited four of the world's continents and even with the long journeys, most of these destinations will cost you less than your average resort holiday.</p> <p><em>Have you traveled to any of these frugal destinations?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-international-destinations-you-can-visit-for-50-a-day">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/7-lessons-i-learned-about-money-after-living-in-mexico">7 Lessons I Learned About Money After Living in Mexico</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-avoid-expensive-phone-charges-when-traveling">5 Ways to Avoid Expensive Phone Charges When 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/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/the-airline-lost-your-luggage-now-what">The Airline Lost Your Luggage. Now What?</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-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel bulgaria exotic indonesia international mexico south africa thailand Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:00:12 +0000 Nick Wharton 1697852 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Apps for the Tech-Challenged Traveler http://www.wisebread.com/7-apps-for-the-tech-challenged-traveler <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-apps-for-the-tech-challenged-traveler" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000059692012_Large.jpg" alt="using a travel app even though she isn&#039;t tech savvy" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There is an app for everything these days, from apps that allow you to see constellations in the sky, to others that can control the temperature of your house. When it comes to traveling, there are more apps than you could count, but some of them are a bit confusing to operate. Here are seven of my favorite apps that can make travel easier for you, and you don't have to be a tech expert to use them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-saving-travel-gadgets?ref=seealso">5 Money Saving Travel Gadgets</a>)</p> <h2>1. Trail Wallet</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/trail_wallet.jpg" width="605" height="521" alt="" /></p> <p>This friendly budget helper is the best app on the market for keeping track of your expenses while on the road. There are a few categories already included in the app, like accommodation, food, and transport, but you can also include your own.</p> <p>Every time you make a purchase, you can simply input the amount into the app in the local currency. It will automatically convert it into your home currency and create handy pie charts and graphs so that you can see how your budget is divided.</p> <p>The app is only available for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trail-wallet-travel-budget/id547171665?mt=8&amp;uo=8&amp;at=11l9Wj">iOS</a>. The first few purchase inputs are free, but to get full use of the app, you'll have to pay $1.99.</p> <h2>2. Packing Pro</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/packing_pro.jpg" width="605" height="523" alt="" /></p> <p>We've all experienced that awful moment when we leave the house and then realize that we forgot our most important travel item. The Packing Pro app helps put an end to this by allowing users to create handy checklists of everything that they want to bring on a trip.</p> <p>Simply create a packing list, then hit the check button as you put each item into your luggage.</p> <p>The $3 app is only available on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/packing-pro/id312266675?mt=8">iOS</a>.</p> <h2>3. XE Currency</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/xe_currency.jpg" width="605" height="521" alt="" /></p> <p>I never leave home without making sure that my XE app is up to date. This simple, yet incredibly useful tool keeps track of multiple currencies for you and converts them into your home currency.</p> <p>If you're planning a 10-country trip, add all of the currencies from your planned destinations into the app and it will allow you to easily convert any purchases on-the-go. Spending 300 <em>baht </em>in Thailand? Type it into the app and instantly see the equivalent in USD.</p> <p>The app is free for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xe.currency&amp;hl=en">Android</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/hr/app/xe-currency/id315241195?mt=8">iOS</a>.</p> <h2>4. TripAdvisor</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/trip_advisor.jpg" width="596" height="300" alt="" /></p> <p>If you're a TripAdvisor traveler like myself, and you like to know how a restaurant stacks up before eating there, download the TripAdvisor app onto your smartphone before you leave home.</p> <p>The app doesn't have full functionality when offline, but you can still use its navigation feature and check reviews of different restaurants, hotels, and activities on-the-go. You can download city maps and reviews as well if you plan to use it without an Internet connection.</p> <p>When using data, the &quot;Near Me Now&quot; function can be very useful for finding top-rated restaurants within a one-kilometer radius.</p> <p>The app is free for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tripadvisor.tripadvisor&amp;hl=en&amp;referrer=utm_download_tracking=Brand_AppPage_0_10568#_=_">Android</a> and <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUrl-a_partnerKey.1-a_url.http%3A__2F____2F__itunes__2E__apple__2E__com__2F__us__2F__app__2F__tripadvisor__2F__id284876795__3F__mt%3D8__26__pt%3D14124__26__ct%3DBrand__5F__AppPage__5F__0__5F__10568-a_urlKey.1997bccf622c70c69.html">iOS</a>.</p> <h2>5. Navmii</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/navmii.jpg" width="570" height="421" alt="" /></p> <p>My personal favorite navigation app, this one works without using any data at all. Some maps are available free of charge, while some add-ons and extra maps are available for a small fee.</p> <p>If you've been using Google Maps for your navigation, Navmii will feel like a dream. It's much more intuitive and easy to follow than Google's BETA navigation feature and the best part is that it doesn't need to use data to give you directions. As each map is downloaded locally to your device, the app is very quick to load and easy to use.</p> <p>The app is free for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.navfree.android.OSM.ALL">Android</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/geolife-ltd./id345881276">iOS</a>.</p> <h2>6. Google Hangouts App</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/google_hangouts.jpg" width="605" height="521" alt="" /></p> <p>Even if you have the Skype app on your phone, you should consider getting Google Hangouts, too. Why? It generally has better connection than Skype, but the main reason it's better is because you can call almost any number in the U.S. or Canada for free.</p> <p>So if you're an American traveling overseas, you can call your friends and family without paying a cent! This app can be a huge money saver for frequent travelers.</p> <p>The app is free on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.talk&amp;hl=en">Android</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hangouts/id643496868?mt=8">iOS</a>.</p> <h2>7. Vivino</h2> <p>This final app is really just for <em>winos</em>, but it's a very good one to have in your pocket. If you're like me, you like to try lots of local wines while you're traveling, but often the labels aren't in English and you really have no idea what the tasting notes are, or how many awards the winery has won.</p> <p>With the Vivino app, you can simply take a photo of the wine bottle's label and the app will find the bottle from its archive of over 3 million wines. It will then display reviews from other users (of which there are 14 million), tasting notes, awards and even offer you other wines you may like based on your selection.</p> <p>It will also tell you where the closest store is to buy the bottle and where you can get it cheaper! This is the world's most popular and most practical wine app.</p> <p>The app is free on <a href="https://www.vivino.com/redirect/play">Android</a> and <a href="https://www.vivino.com/redirect/appstore">iOS</a>.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite travel apps? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-apps-for-the-tech-challenged-traveler">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/8-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling">8 Ways to Save on Smartphone 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/the-5-millennial-money-apps-everyone-should-use">The 5 Millennial Money Apps Everyone Should Use</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-minimize-cell-phone-charges-when-you-travel-abroad">How to Minimize Cell Phone Charges When You Travel Abroad</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-apple-watch-apps-thatll-save-you-money">8 Apple Watch Apps That&#039;ll Save You Money</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-to-slash-the-cost-of-wi-fi-when-you-travel">6 Ways to Slash the Cost of Wi-Fi When You Travel</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology Travel apps smartphone tech challenged tech savvy technology traveling Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:30:25 +0000 Nick Wharton 1699082 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Fun Ways the Sharing Economy Helps You Save on Vacation http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-ways-the-sharing-economy-helps-you-save-on-vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-fun-ways-the-sharing-economy-helps-you-save-on-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_beach_bike_000075343215.jpg" alt="Couple using sharing economy to help save on vacation" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Unless you've been under a rock for the past couple years, you already know that the sharing economy means you can drop your vacation budget, thanks to innovative sites like Airbnb or Uber.</p> <p>But it doesn't stop there. Try these options to shave a few dollars while making the most of your precious vacation time.</p> <h2>1. Rent Someone's Car &mdash; or Their Bicycle</h2> <p>If you need wheels for your vacation plans, then the sharing economy can help. To hire a car direct from a local owner, from only $5/hour, try <a href="https://www.getaround.com">Getaround</a>. Registering is simple, with checks on your driver's license and credit card taking just minutes. There are no fees, and rentals include roadside assistance and insurance. This can be a great option if you need a car for some of your trip, but don't want to hire one for the whole time. You'll also help tackle the genuine environmental issue of car overpopulation.</p> <p>If cycling is more your style, then try <a href="https://www.spinlister.com/about">Spinlister</a>, an app connecting active people with the gear they need to get moving on vacation. Hire a bike &mdash; or even a surf or snowboard &mdash; direct from the owner. Because you're hiring direct, you can ask any the owner any questions you like, who will be able to give you all the detail you need to make your ride a happy one.</p> <h2>2. Hire a Local Guide</h2> <p><a href="https://www.vayable.com/">Vayable</a> connects locals with tourists, allowing travelers to get a genuine insight into the city they're visiting through the eyes of someone who really knows. Local hosts post proposed tours, experiences, and ideas on the site with a description for travelers to book. A thorough review process (similar to most sharing economy platforms) ensures quality, and the choice is enviable in areas covered. It's a marketplace, so prices vary, but check out the details of individual packages offered, and you could find an awesome experience that won't blow the budget.</p> <p>In New York, for example, you could take a <a href="https://www.vayable.com/experiences/494-flushing-chinatown-food-tour">food tour of Chinatown</a> with a food blogger described by The New York Times as an &quot;invaluable food sleuth,&quot; before working it off with a <a href="https://www.vayable.com/experiences/718-new-york-running-tour">running tour</a> guided by a marathon runner who &quot;can run 26 miles in the time it takes some of us to get out of bed.&quot; Luckily he doesn't mind slowing up for us mere mortals!</p> <h2>3. Get a Seat at the Chef's Table</h2> <p>Food is often the highlight of a vacation &mdash; and what better place to try the regional delicacies than in the home of a local? <a href="https://www.eatwith.com/event/9720/">Eatwith</a> allows you to do just that, browsing the menus of home cooks and private chefs, before booking to eat with them in their home. Think of it as the secret supper club you don't need to be a local to know about. If you're visiting LA, for example, you could come away not only well fed, but also with your own pasta making skills, learned from an <a href="https://www.eatwith.com/host/9214/">Italian master and private chef</a>, or sign up for any one of a range of &quot;communal dining events&quot; hosted by local experts.</p> <h2>4. Tap Into Wi-Fi</h2> <p>The original idea behind <a href="https://fon.com/">Fon</a> is astonishingly simple. If users share their home Wi-Fi with others, then they get access to other's Wi-Fi when they are out and about, in return. Today, the company boasts over 19 million hotspots, which users can access either by signing up through their own telco provider to share their own Wi-Fi and access others' for free, or by buying passes for between one hour and one month. With roaming charges a frequent headache for travelers, this could be the solution, helping you keep connected without racking up ridiculous bills.</p> <h2>5. Send Your Puppers on Vacay, Too</h2> <p>Who said the sharing economy should be limited to us humans? If you need a home for your doggie best friend while you travel, the sharing economy can help with that, too. <a href="https://dogvacay.com/">Dogvacay</a> hooks up pet parents with sitters who can look after their dogs in the comfort of a cozy home, rather than a formal kennel setting. As sitters set their own rates, there is a healthy market making costs reasonable, and the range of services varies to meet individual needs. The team look after premium level pet insurance for your pooch, and offer a concierge service should you need anything specific to make your booking work.</p> <p>Vacations are never cheap, and it is definitely worth checking out all the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-vacation-deal-websites">vacation money-saving sites</a> and ideas you can. But the sharing economy is not only about cutting your expenses and getting more for your money. With apps like these, you can also grab experiences that are simply not available in the traditional tourist market, in the click of a button, to truly get the biggest bang for your buck.</p> <p><em>What do you think? What sharing economy apps are transforming your vacations, and your life?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/claire-millard">Claire Millard</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-ways-the-sharing-economy-helps-you-save-on-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-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-vacation-deal-websites">The 6 Best Vacation Deal Websites</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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-budget-for-summer-vacation">7 Easy Ways to Budget for Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <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/the-7-worst-travel-values">The 7 Worst Travel Values</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/why-this-thing-in-your-wallet-is-almost-useless-today">Why This Thing in Your Wallet Is Almost Useless Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel crowdsourcing experiences locals saving money sharing economy tourism vacation Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:30:20 +0000 Claire Millard 1694761 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Save on Smartphone Costs While Traveling http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000075854865_Large.jpg" alt="saving money with her smartphone while traveling" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are two basic necessities that everyone needs when traveling in the 21st century: Their passport and their smartphone. But using data, roaming, and making long distance calls while traveling can cost a fortune. Here are a few basic ways that you can save money by using your smartphone while on the road. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-save-and-make-money-while-traveling?ref=seealso">12 Ways to Save and Make Money While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>1. Unlock Your Phone and Buy Local SIMs</h2> <p>Before you leave home, you should always make sure that your smartphone is unlocked so that you can buy local SIM cards in the countries you're traveling to. Roaming data and local calling charges, as well as long distance calls, will quickly ramp up your bill, so unlocking your phone and buying a local SIM card will effectively pay for itself.</p> <p>To unlock your phone, you can do a quick Google search: &quot;Unlock Smartphone + Your City&quot; to find a local tech guy who can do it for you, or you can <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/phone-unlocking-guide-for-all-carriers/">do it yourself</a>. Unlocking your phone is completely legal as long as you've completed your initial contract with your carrier.</p> <p>Once your phone is unlocked, you'll be able to use it with any carrier around the world. Pay-as-you-Go SIM cards are extremely cheap in most countries. For example, in Italy you can get 1GB Data, 50 minutes of calling, and 1000 SMS for just &euro;20 (about $22 U.S.) per month, including the cost of the SIM card.</p> <p>If you've ever traveled with your U.S. mobile plan and used it while on the road, your bill was likely much higher than this when you returned home. You can pick up local SIM cards at most airports upon arrival into a new country, and there are numerous stores in every town where you can buy them as well. Just make sure you have your passport with you for the initial sign-up process.</p> <h2>2. Download Maps</h2> <p>If you're a frequent user of the Google Maps app, then you'll want to download the apps for the cities you'll be visiting while you're on Wi-Fi. If you don't do this, then every time you zoom in and out of the map and search for locations, you'll be using your data.</p> <p>To download a map, simply connect to Wi-Fi, open the app, zoom over the city or area that you want to download and type &quot;ok maps&quot; into the search field. A bar will then appear that says: &quot;Download.&quot;</p> <p>Then the map will be downloaded to your smartphone for use offline. The phone will even continue to track your location on the map when you're not connected the Internet, making offline navigation a breeze.</p> <p>This function can save a lot of money on data, but it also makes the app quicker to load and easier to use.</p> <h2>3. Download TripAdvisor Content</h2> <p>This can be another big data saver. If, like me, you like to search reviews before checking out a site, eating in a restaurant, or taking a tour, then you're constantly using the TripAdvisor app and your data adds up quickly. The app (available on <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUrl-a_partnerKey.1-a_url.http%3A__2F____2F__itunes__2E__apple__2E__com__2F__us__2F__app__2F__tripadvisor__2F__id284876795__3F__mt%3D8__26__pt%3D14124__26__ct%3DBrand__5F__AppPage__5F__0__5F__10568-a_urlKey.1997bccf622c70c69.html">iOS</a> and <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUrl-a_partnerKey.1-a_url.https%3A__2F____2F__play__2E__google__2E__com__2F__store__2F__apps__2F__details__3F__id%3Dcom__2E__tripadvisor__2E__tripadvisor__26__hl%3Den__26__referrer%3Dutm__5F__download__5F__tracking%253DBrand__5F__AppPage__5F__0__5F__10568-a_urlKey.e5a13a25ef3b7f599.html">Android</a>) now has excellent offline functionality.</p> <p>Adam Medros, senior vice president of global product for TripAdvisor says, &quot;More and more travelers are making spur-of-the-moment decisions about where to go and what to do and need a useful travel resource. Travelers can now access user reviews, photos, and maps throughout their trip to help them pick last-minute hotels, restaurants, and attractions to visit &mdash; all while avoiding costly roaming charges.&quot;</p> <p>To download the content from the app, simply search the city where you'll be traveling and tap the &quot;download city content&quot; button. Once downloaded, the app will give you 10 reviews per point of interest when no data connection is available, and the full live version of the app when it connected to data or Wi-Fi.</p> <h2>4. Connect to a Hotspot Database</h2> <p>We all enjoy free Internet connections while on the road. Whether there's free Wi-Fi in a public park, at a cafe, or in a hotel, it's great to know which signals are strongest and which ones are free to connect to.</p> <p>If you want to save money on data and connect to free Wi-Fi whenever possible, download the WeFi app. The app includes a list of over 100 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world, and you can view them easily on the in-app map.</p> <p>You can download WeFi free on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wefi-pro/id594461043?mt=8">iPhone</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wefi.wefi">Android</a>, but it runs in the background and can be a huge battery drainer, so I recommend only turning it on when you need to find a hotspot.</p> <h2>5. Tether Up</h2> <p>This is only a real money saver if you're at an airport or a cafe that has &quot;limited free Internet access.&quot; You know when you're at the airport checking emails and after 15 measly minutes a pop-up appears and asks you to pay a ridiculous fee for more time?</p> <p>This is when using data is probably cheaper than paying for the hotspot. To tether your phone, simply open the wireless settings on your phone and turn on &quot;Personal Hotspot.&quot; If you don't know how to do it, PCWorld will show you how it's done on <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/199280/How_To_Tether_Your_Android_Phone_For_Free.html">Android</a> and on <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/240794/how_to_tether_your_iphone.html">iPhones</a>.</p> <p>If the Personal Hotspot button isn't in your settings, navigate into Cellular Data settings. Copy the VPN next to Cellular Data and paste it into the box next to APN in the Personal Hotspot section. If this still doesn't work, you may have to download a <a href="http://mashable.com/2012/08/16/free-tethering-apps/#w_Ta3SWeSmqo">tether app</a>.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/tethering_smartphone.jpg" width="341" height="605" alt="" /></p> <h2>6. Find Free Wi-Fi Coupon Codes</h2> <p>If you can't tether your phone and you still don't want to pay for the expensive hotspot, you can search online for free coupon codes. Sometimes cafes in airports or malls will give you a free code when you purchase a coffee.</p> <p>If you don't want to spend a cent for Internet, do a quick Google search with something like: &quot;hotspot name + coupon code.&quot; Sometimes you can find a free coupon for 15 minutes on a coupon site.</p> <h2>7. Join a Password Sharing Community</h2> <p>Sharing is caring, right? There are some excellent apps available where users can share the Wi-Fi passwords of different hotspots around the world. The Instabridge app (free on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.instabridge.android&amp;hl=en">Android</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/instabridge-3-million-wifi/id971679641?mt=8">iOS</a>) is the best password sharing app because it has a database of three million hotspots worldwide, and you can even find passwords while offline.</p> <h2>8. Use Google Hangouts for Calling</h2> <p>Long distance calls can cost a fortune, and while calling home from Skype is generally a lot cheaper, it's not free. This is where the Google Hangouts app can come in really handy. This app allows you to call almost any number in the U.S. and Canada free of charge. Simply hook up to Wi-Fi and call your loved ones from this app and you won't pay a cent.</p> <h2>Be Smart With Your Smartphone</h2> <p>There are lots of money-saving apps that you can use while traveling, and by downloading your maps and buying local SIMs, you can save even more money.</p> <p><em>Do you travel with your smartphone? How do you avoid costly roaming charges? Please share 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/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-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-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/7-apps-for-the-tech-challenged-traveler">7 Apps for the Tech-Challenged Traveler</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/the-5-millennial-money-apps-everyone-should-use">The 5 Millennial Money Apps Everyone Should Use</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-minimize-cell-phone-charges-when-you-travel-abroad">How to Minimize Cell Phone Charges When You Travel Abroad</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-apple-watch-apps-thatll-save-you-money">8 Apple Watch Apps That&#039;ll Save You Money</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-to-slash-the-cost-of-wi-fi-when-you-travel">6 Ways to Slash the Cost of Wi-Fi When You Travel</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology Travel apps money-saving apps smartphone technology travel hacks travel tips Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Nick Wharton 1697716 at http://www.wisebread.com More Rewards, More Benefits: The JetBlue Plus Card http://www.wisebread.com/more-rewards-more-benefits-the-jetblue-plus-card <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/more-rewards-more-benefits-the-jetblue-plus-card" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000084287273.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For loyal JetBlue flyers, the new <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=193&amp;pid=116&amp;pp=0&amp;uv=sname&amp;fot=1338">JetBlue Plus Card</a> will get you more points to earn award flights faster, and nice benefits so you will always fly in comfort and convenience. &nbsp;</p> <h2>Why We Like This Card</h2> <ul> <li>Sign-up bonus of 30,000 points</li> <li>Anniversary bonus of 5,000 points</li> </ul> <h2>How This Card Works</h2> <p>The JetBlue Plus Card awards 6x TrueBlue points for each dollar spent on JetBlue purchases, 2x points for each dollar spent at restaurants and grocery stores, and 1 point for each dollar spent on all other purchases. You also get 5,000 bonus points each year after your account anniversary. Plus, you get 10% of your points back each time you redeem, and a statement credit of $100 after you purchase a Getaways vacation package of $100 or more with your card. The annual fee is $99. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-dining-out">Best Cards for Dining Out</a>)</p> <p><strong>Sign-up offer</strong>. After you spend $1,000 with your card within the first 90 days, you earn a bonus of 30,000 points. There is also a 0% introductory APR for balance transfers made within the first 45 days of account opening. The variable APR of 12.24%, 20.24%, or 25.24% applies to purchases and balance transfers made after the intro period.</p> <p>You can redeem your points for JetBlue award flights for as few as 3,500 points for a one-way ticket. The TrueBlue program also includes Family Pooling so you can contribute and share points with your family members. You can earn an unlimited number of points, which do not expire.</p> <h2>Other Benefits</h2> <p><strong>50% savings on inflight purchases</strong>. When you fly with JetBlue and use your card for inflight purchases, you save 50% on purchases such as cocktails, food, movies, which appears on your account as a statement credit. Your first checked bag on JetBlue flights is also free.</p> <p><strong>TrueBlue Mosaic benefits</strong>. After you spend $50,000 or more with your card annually, you receive access to TrueBlue Mosaic benefits which include free first and second checked bags, a bonus of 15,000 points when you qualify, complimentary access to expedited security lines, early boarding, and complimentary alcoholic beverages. TrueBlue Mosaic usually requires 30 segments plus 12,000 base flight points or 15,000 base flight points within a calendar year.</p> <h2>Costs</h2> <ul> <li>$99 Annual Fee&nbsp;</li> <li>0% Intro APR for balance transfers made in the first 45 days of opening the account, for the first 12 billing cycles. Then, a variable APR of 12.24%, 20.24%, or 25.24% (purchases and balance transfers)</li> <li>3% Balance Transfer Fee (minimum $5)</li> <li>$0 Foreign Transaction Fee</li> </ul> <p><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=" http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=193&amp;pid=116&amp;pp=0&amp;uv=sbutton2&amp;fot=1338"><img width="154" height="50" class="img-exempt" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" /></a></p> <h2>Pros</h2> <p><strong>Sign-up offer</strong>. If you spend $1,000 in 90 days, you get a bonus of 30,000 points, which can be worth nearly 10 one-way flights or 4 round-trip tickets. Depending on where you travel, this bonus could be worth hundreds of dollars, and can potentially help cover the annual fee for a few years. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">Best Sign-Up Bonuses for Airline Miles Cards</a>)</p> <p><strong>More points on JetBlue purchases</strong>. This card awards the most points when you fly with JetBlue, which when combined with the ability to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">earn on grocery</a> and restaurant purchases, can get you closer to free award flights faster. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards">5 Best Co-Branded Airline Cards</a>)</p> <p><strong>10% redemption bonus</strong>. You get a bonus of 10% of your points back every time you redeem which can also get you to your next redemption faster. As an example, if you redeem 10,000 points, you get 1,000 back, making your award flights cheaper and getting you to the next sooner.</p> <p><strong>Anniversary bonus</strong>. You also get an anniversary bonus of 5,000 points each year that can help pay for the annual fee. The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/earn-award-flights-faster-with-the-jetblue-rewards-mastercard-from-barclaycard">no annual fee version</a> of the card does not offer either the redemption bonus or the anniversary bonus. Although many airline rewards cards offer annual companion certificates, this one, at least, awards enough points each year to use however you like. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-with-airline-companion-tickets-and-3-bad-ones">5 Best Cards Offering Annual Companion Tickets</a>)</p> <p><strong>No foreign transaction fee</strong>. There is no foreign transaction fee, making this card ideal if you frequently travel abroad. In comparison to other travel rewards credit cards, this card saves you as much as 3% in foreign transaction fees. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation">Best Credit Cards Without Foreign Transaction Fees</a>)</p> <h2>Cons</h2> <p><strong>Annual fee</strong>. Unlike other cards with annual fees, this one isn&rsquo;t <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-credit-cards-with-the-annual-fee-waived-the-first-year">waived the first year</a>, so you have to be fairly certain when you sign up that you&rsquo;ll get your money&rsquo;s worth out of the card&rsquo;s rewards and benefits. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-with-no-annual-fees">Best Credit Cards Without Annual Fees</a>)</p> <h2>Who This Card Is Best For</h2> <p>The JetBlue Plus Credit Card includes multiple opportunities to rack up TrueBlue points. It is best for those who frequently fly with JetBlue and can earn and redeem enough points to help cover the annual fee each year. If not, the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/earn-award-flights-faster-with-the-jetblue-rewards-mastercard-from-barclaycard">JetBlue Card</a> has no annual fee, no foreign transaction fee, and still includes the rewards for JetBlue purchases.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=193&amp;pid=116&amp;pp=0&amp;uv=send&amp;fot=1338">Click here to learn more and apply for the JetBlue Plus Credit 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/christina-majaski">Christina Majaski</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/more-rewards-more-benefits-the-jetblue-plus-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-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-best-new-travel-rewards-card-on-the-block-barclaycard-arrival-plus-world-elite-mastercard">The Best New Travel Rewards Card on the Block: Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/earn-award-flights-faster-with-the-jetblue-rewards-mastercard-from-barclaycard">Earn Award Flights Faster with The JetBlue Card</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-rewards-card-the-starwood-preferred-guest-credit-card-from-american-express">Best Rewards Card: The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express</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/what-exactly-does-travel-accident-insurance-cover-on-credit-cards">What Exactly Does Travel Accident Insurance Cover on Credit Cards?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel barclaycard credit card reviews JetBlue Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:30:10 +0000 Christina Majaski 1695182 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Money Saving Travel Gadgets http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-saving-travel-gadgets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-money-saving-travel-gadgets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_travel_computer_000014260697.jpg" alt="Woman using money saving travel gadgets" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are countless gadgets out there that can help you travel safer, easier, and more efficiently, but there are only a few that can really save you a lot of money while on the road. Here is a list of my favorite travel gadgets. Many of them can actually pay themselves off in no time at all!</p> <h2>1. Handpresso</h2> <p>This portable espresso maker probably paid itself off in the first month that I traveled with it. You can pick one up on Amazon for around $140, and basically all you need to pour a perfect cup of espresso coffee is hot water and about 30&ndash;35 compressions of the built-in pump.</p> <p>I picked up the <a href="http://amzn.to/1VBrx9k">Handpresso</a> for my travels through Europe, where small cups of espresso can cost as much as &euro;2 each. Instead of spending that much at a cafe, I buy a 250 gram bag of <a href="http://amzn.to/1VBrYAr">Lavazza coffee</a> for &euro;2 and it's good for around 35 cups of coffee.</p> <p>That means that after going through one bag (which usually takes about two weeks), I've saved myself over &euro;68 ($75). If you prefer lattes, you'll save even more money because you can buy milk for cheap at the supermarket and make a latte at home for about 25 cents, but in an Italian cafe a latte will probably cost you around &euro;4!</p> <p>Bonus Gadget: If you're worried about not having a kettle in your hotel room for boiling water, consider traveling with a portable coil water heater as well.</p> <h2>2. Luggage Scale</h2> <p>Baggage fees are getting more and more ridiculous on airlines around the world. The idea of having one free checked bag is slowly fading into distant memory, especially with North American carriers.</p> <p>This means that every pound you put under the plane counts. Instead of walking up to the check-in counter with that dreaded feeling of not knowing if your bags are overweight, pick up a <a href="http://amzn.to/1WcVI5E">luggage scale</a> on Amazon for under $15.</p> <p>It only takes one flight to pay this thing off. Usually if you're over by just two pounds you'll have to pay $15 extra, so by weighing your suitcase before arriving at the airport, you can take out that heavy sweater and wear it on the plane instead of paying a surcharge for overweight checked luggage.</p> <h2>3. Luggage GPS</h2> <p>As someone who has recently had his luggage lost by an airline, I can't recommend this gadget enough. Usually if an airline misplaces your baggage, they'll locate it eventually, but it can take days. When Turkish lost my bags earlier this year, I had to buy a whole new wardrobe in order to survive the cold Istanbul winter.</p> <p>Had I tagged my bag with a <a href="http://amzn.to/1SXAHqI">luggage GPS</a>, I could have used the app to tell Turkish that it was sitting in New York, given them the exact coordinates and I probably would have had my bag back in a day, rather than a week.</p> <p>You can also tag your purse, golf clubs, and even your children with a tracker. Never lose something that's important to you again.</p> <h2>4. Steripen</h2> <p>You may not know how expensive bottled water can be until you travel to a place where it's not safe to drink tap water. On a hot day in Europe for example, you may find that you drink over 50 ounces of water. This can cost over &euro;5 per day.</p> <p>A <a href="http://amzn.to/1WcVT15">Steripen</a> uses Ultraviolet rays to purify 33 ounces of water in 90 seconds. All you have to do is submerge the pen and press a button. This simple, handheld tool can save money and a ton of plastic by not disposing of all those bottles..</p> <p>One thing to note is that the Steripen removes bacteria and contaminants from the water but doesn't really help the taste. To combat funky flavored H2O, consider packing some flavoring packets or better yet, electrolyte powder.</p> <h2>5. Wi-Fi Range Extender</h2> <p>I have to say that this gadget has saved me a ton of hassle and has probably paid itself off as well. All you have to do is plug it into the wall, press a button to hook it up to the router, and the <a href="http://amzn.to/1VBBJ1J">range extender</a> can get rid of dead spots in your hotel, at the airport, or at the train station.</p> <p>No more having to go to a cafe and buy a coffee just to get a decent Wi-Fi connection. This thing should give enough of a signal boost to give you full bars, even if the router isn't nearby.</p> <h2>What's Your Favorite Travel Gadget?</h2> <p>My favorite money-saving gadget that I picked up this year has to be the Handpresso pump, but I love all of the items on this list. As a full-time traveler, I'm always looking for new tools to save money and make travel easier. What's your favorite travel gadget? Does it save you money? Tell me about it in the comments below.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-saving-travel-gadgets">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/5-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-ways-the-sharing-economy-helps-you-save-on-vacation">5 Fun Ways the Sharing Economy Helps You Save on 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/10-things-the-united-states-should-copy-from-other-countries">10 Things the United States Should Copy From Other Countries</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/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-super-smart-travel-hacks">31 Super Smart Travel Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel clean water coffee gadgets luggage steripen suitcases useful tools vacation wi-fi extender Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:00:11 +0000 Nick Wharton 1695997 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Smart Ways to Get Some Sleep at the Airport http://www.wisebread.com/11-smart-ways-to-get-some-sleep-at-the-airport <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-smart-ways-to-get-some-sleep-at-the-airport" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000066482031_Large.jpg" alt="getting some sleep at the airport" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you have a ridiculously early flight and you have to be at the airport when it's still dark outside, the last thing you want to do is pay for an expensive airport hotel for a measly three-hour sleep. This is when your best option might just be to sleep in the airport. But you can't always do this, and some airports are less comfortable and accommodating than others.</p> <p>Here are some handy tricks to ensure you get a good night's sleep at pretty much any airport.</p> <h2>1. Check the List</h2> <p>Not all airports are created equal for sleeping comfort. SleepinginAirports.net has put together this handy list of the <a href="http://www.sleepinginairports.net/2015/best-airports-sleeping.htm">best 50 airports for having a snooze</a> in 2016. The list includes Singapore (SIN), Vienna (VIE), Tokyo (HND), and San Francisco (SFO).</p> <p>Conversely, you may also want to check out their <a href="http://www.sleepinginairports.net/2015/worst-airports-sleeping.htm">top 50 worst airports for sleeping</a> list to make sure that your planned departure lounge isn't one of the least comfortable on Earth.</p> <h2>2. Know the Amenities</h2> <p>If you're planning to crash at the airport, you'll want to make sure that you hit the hay with a full belly, a clean face, and a comfortable place to lay your head. Some airport seats have bars near them, which make sleeping on them nearly impossible. And some airports don't even have restaurants in the departure area. But other airports have reclining chairs, pillows, and even showers and beds, in some cases!</p> <p>Check online to make sure your airport has enough amenities for your stay. Sometimes you can do a simple Google image search of your departing airport to check what the lounge looks like.</p> <h2>3. Find a Cozy Nook</h2> <p>As more and more people have started sleeping in airports, security is cracking down. If you can find a good nook &mdash; behind a kiosk or next to a coffee shop &mdash; you may just get through the night without anyone bothering you. Just be sure to check the rules for the terminal beforehand, as some close down overnight.</p> <h2>4. Make a Hoodie Pillow</h2> <p>Hardly any of us actually travel with a goose down pillow, so knowing how to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-super-smart-travel-hacks">fold your sweater into a comfy cushion</a> could be the difference between a good sleep and a restless night.</p> <h2>5. Park 'n' Sleep</h2> <p>If you're driving to the airport, why not park your car in the airport parking lot and have a snooze until your flight takes off. If you've rented a car, consider keeping it until the morning before your flight.</p> <h2>6. Lock Your Luggage</h2> <p>It's hard to have a solid slumber when you're worried about your bags. Bring along a luggage lock and a cable or fishing line so you can tie your valuables to your chair, or your leg. Surely nobody will be trying to lift your luggage with all of the security around, but peace of mind will help you to sleep while feeling secure.</p> <h2>7. Choose Your Lounge</h2> <p>The arrivals lounge is often more comfortable than the departures lounge. If you get to the airport and you find that there's nowhere to sleep, no good restaurants, or no comfortable seats, consider checking out the arrivals lounge instead. Just make sure you set your alarm with enough time for you to make your way to the departure area before your flight!</p> <h2>8. Dress Warm</h2> <p>Most airports around the world are uncomfortably cold, even ones in the Caribbean and other hot climates. Always pack a hoodie for a pillow for comfort, plus some other warm clothing for airports and airplanes.</p> <h2>9. Get a Cot</h2> <p>While some airports frown upon people sleeping in terminals, others are capitalizing on this growing trend. There are now a few airports in the world that will actually <a href="http://www.sleepinginairports.net/airports-with-cots.htm">supply passengers with a cot and pillow</a> for a small fee.</p> <h2>10. Pay or Hitchhike Your Way to First Class</h2> <p>All you have to do is make friends with a person who has a first class boarding pass and ask if you can accompany them to the first class lounge.</p> <p>Every passenger in the first class area is allowed one &quot;guest&quot; for free. And said guest can enjoy all of the perks of the lounge &mdash; like drinks, food, and comfort &mdash; for free.</p> <p>I wouldn't recommend blowing up your air mattress and fluffing your hoodie pillow here, but you could pass out on the more comfortable chairs after some appetizers and a glass of champagne.</p> <p>If you don't feel like making friends just to get free drinks and food, some airports allow you to pay a small fee to enter nicer lounges.</p> <h2>11. Have a Backup Plan</h2> <p>You never know when your airport sleeping plans might be interrupted. I've personally been kicked out of airports for sleeping on the floor, I've been moved multiple times throughout the night, and was even told to wait outside in the cold while the airport staff sanitized the floor for three hours.</p> <p>Always have a credit card ready, just in case you have to book a hotel for a few hours. Hopefully, you can snooze through the night without having any issues, but you never know.</p> <p><em>How do you sleep when stuck in an airport? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-smart-ways-to-get-some-sleep-at-the-airport">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/8-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling">8 Ways to Save on Smartphone 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/what-to-do-if-you-dont-have-your-id-at-the-airport">What to Do If You Don&#039;t Have Your ID at the Airport</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/best-credit-cards-that-offer-tsa-pre-check-and-global-entry-reimbursement">Best Credit Cards That Offer TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry Reimbursement</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/25-hotel-hacks-from-professional-travelers">25 Hotel Hacks From Professional Travelers</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/24-train-hacks-from-an-amtrak-veteran">24 Train Hacks From an Amtrak Veteran</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airport airport hacks flight delay sleep sleeping hacks sleeping in airports travel hacks Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:30:24 +0000 Nick Wharton 1695170 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways Science Says Travel Is Good for Your Health http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000059795628_Large.jpg" alt="travel is good for your health" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>People have always said that travel is food for the soul, and that it broadens the mind, but what does it do for one's health? Recent studies have shown that taking annual vacations and spending more time on the road can reduce heart disease, increase libido, and even lengthen lifespans, in some cases. Here are five ways that travel can be beneficial for your health, with the scientific studies to back them up.</p> <h2>1. It Prevents Dementia and Alzheimer's</h2> <p>The Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, the U.S. Travel Association, and the Global Commission on Aging conducted a study in late 2015 and their findings were staggering. A poll revealed that travel can significantly <a href="http://www.transamericacenter.org/docs/default-source/resources/travel-survey/tcrs2013_sr_travel_and_aging.pdf">reduce the risk of dementia</a> and Alzheimer's Disease, especially in retirees.</p> <p>Travel helps the brain by forcing it to deal with new environments, smells, scents, and sounds. By shocking your brain with new experiences on a regular basis, you can effectively build new synapses. One of the best cerebral exercises is culture shock. By traveling more frequently, you're essentially giving your brain a workout and helping it to build these vital connections on a daily basis.</p> <p>Alzheimer's is known to destroy synapses, but if you have a healthy brain with strong cellular formations and a thick cortex (such as one built by frequent culture shock), the effects of the disease can be minimized or even halted, in some cases.</p> <h2>2. It Can Save Your Heart</h2> <p>According to the results of the same study mentioned above, men who don't take annual vacations are at a 20% greater risk of death from any cause and a 30% higher risk of dying from heart disease. Women were also tested and the outcome showed that women who travel less than once every six years are at a substantially higher risk of heart attack when compared to those who travel twice a year.</p> <p>A second study, known as the Framingham Heart Study, tested women between the ages of 45-64 and asked them how often they traveled. And 20 years later, they followed up with the same women and they found that those who had said they traveled more often were less likely to have heart problems. They also found that <a href="https://www.framinghamheartstudy.org/">travel helped with blood pressure</a> and overall health.</p> <h2>3. It Spurs Your Creativity</h2> <p>Now that we understand how travel can build new synapses in the brain to help reduce the risk of mental disorders like Alzheimer's and dementia, it's no surprise that exercising your brain can also increase your overall mental health, and even help your creativity.</p> <p>Adam Galinsky, a professor at Columbia Business School and the author of numerous studies on the connection between creativity and travel, says that &quot;Foreign experiences increase both cognitive flexibility and depth and integrativeness of thought, the ability to make deep connections between disparate forms.&quot; In other wards, travel helps us recognize connections between things we normally wouldn't connect.</p> <p>His most recent study, conducted in February of 2015, showed that the more countries people have lived and traveled in, the more creative their minds tend to be. Galinsky claims that the effects are not so cut and dry, however.</p> <p>He states that the key to <a href="http://amj.aom.org/content/58/1/195.abstract">mental stimulation through travel</a> is multicultural engagement, immersion, and adaptation. A person who lives in another country and actively engages in the culture will likely enjoy a stronger creative boost than someone who simply travels to lay on a beach.</p> <p>He says: &quot;Going to Cancun for spring break probably won't make a person any more creative, but going to Cancun and living with local fishermen might.&quot;</p> <h2>4. It Helps You Be More Productive</h2> <p>You may think that working through your holidays is actually helping you to get ahead, but studies have shown that the exact opposite is true. People who take less than three holiday days per year, are far less likely to complete their annual goals.</p> <p>According to a study conducted on 971 employees by the U.S. Travel Association in October 2013, Americans who haven't taken all of their holidays tend to have lower productivity, poorer morale, and decreased health.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the same study showed that 34% of employees said that their employer didn't encourage them to take time off and 17% of managers surveyed considered their employees &quot;less dedicated&quot; if they chose to take vacations.</p> <p>This national disconnect is a large part of the reason why hardworking North Americans consider Europeans to be &quot;lazy,&quot; when in fact, their extended holidays probably make them more productive at work.</p> <h2>5. It Reduces Stress and Increases Happiness</h2> <p>We all know that a stressful life can lead to all sorts of health complications. By taking annual vacations, you are more likely to relieve the stress and tension of your day-to-day life, making you feel more rejuvenated after returning to work.</p> <p>The same study conducted by the Global Commission on Aging, the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, and the U.S. Travel Association, showed that nine out of 10 people showed signs of significant stress reduction within just a day or two of being on vacation.</p> <p>Nearly 90% of those people tested also showed signs of having a more positive outlook on life and on the world.</p> <p>Another study conducted by the San Francisco State University revealed that <a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-04/sfsu-cte032814.php">people are actually happier</a> when they spend their money on travel, rather than material possessions. One study showed that even though people thought that a purchase would bring them happiness, most respondents reported that spending money on life experiences actually ended up making them happier than material purchases and was &quot;the better value.&quot;</p> <p>Who doesn't want to be happy and healthy? Travel is the cure to many ailments, not the least of which are naivety and intolerance. By traveling more, you will broaden your mind and open your heart, but you can potentially extend your life and prevent deadly disease, as well. So get out there and explore... It's good for you.</p> <p><em>How has travel improved your life? Share with us in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health">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/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</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/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-enough-sleep">Get enough sleep</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-travel-this-holiday-season-without-getting-sick">How to Travel This Holiday Season Without Getting Sick</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/healthy-people-have-these-10-things-in-their-homes-do-you">Healthy People Have These 10 Things in Their Homes — Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Travel disease prevention good for you Health healthy living science travel perks wanderlust Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:01:03 +0000 Nick Wharton 1694625 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Credit Cards That Offer the Best Travel Perks http://www.wisebread.com/5-credit-cards-that-offer-the-best-travel-perks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-credit-cards-that-offer-the-best-travel-perks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000019835758.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everyone knows that the right credit card can offer you valuable points and miles you can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">redeem for award travel</a>. But with airlines increasing the number of miles needed for many awards, and reducing the number of seats they make available for the lowest mileage levels, these programs have lost much of their value.</p> <p>Thankfully, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards">airline credit cards</a> have begun to increase the benefits they offer to cardholders, which are especially welcome at a time when these companies are trying to add extra fees to everything. So here are the best credit cards that offer some of the best travel perks. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-with-free-airport-lounge-access?ref=seealso">Credit Cards that Offer Airport Lounge Access</a>)</p> <h2>JetBlue Plus Card</h2> <p><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=159&amp;pid=116&amp;pp=1&amp;uv=xcard&amp;fot=1320"><img width="154" border="0" class="img-exempt" alt="" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" src="http://www.imgsynergy.com/191x120/jetblue-plus-031116.png" /></a>If you frequently fly with JetBlue, the <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=159&amp;pid=116&amp;pp=1&amp;uv=xname&amp;fot=1320">JetBlue Plus Card</a> provides a number of travel perks that you&rsquo;ll find useful. For example, your first checked bag on JetBlue flights is free and you get a 50% savings on inflight purchases. This card also includes TrueBlue Mosaic benefits, like expedited security lines, early boarding, and complimentary alcoholic beverages, if you spend at least $50,000 with your card per year. Plus, cardholders get an anniversary bonus of 5,000 points each year and 10% redemption bonus points. This card has no foreign transaction fees and the annual fee is $99. <strong>Sign up offer:</strong> 30,000 points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=159&amp;pid=116&amp;pp=1&amp;uv=xend&amp;fot=1320"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the JetBlue Plus Card today!</strong></a></p> <h2>Gold Delta SkyMiles&reg; Card from American Express</h2> <p><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=159&amp;pid=9&amp;pp=2&amp;uv=xcard&amp;fot=1320"><img width="154" border="0" class="img-exempt" alt="" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" src="http://www.imgsynergy.com/191x120/gold-delta-skymiles-credit-card-from-american-express-022415.png" /></a>For frequent Delta travelers, the <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=159&amp;pid=9&amp;pp=2&amp;uv=xname&amp;fot=1320">Gold Delta SkyMiles&reg; Card from American Express</a> is a great choice for enjoying numerous travel perks. Bag fees are waived for the first checked bag and you receive priority boarding and discounted SkyClub access for you and two companions. You also get a 20% discount when you use your card on inflight purchases. This card has no foreign transaction fees and the annual fee of $95 is waived the first year. <strong>Sign up offer:</strong>&nbsp;35,000 bonus miles after $1,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of opening the account. Plus, you get a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your card within the first 3 months as well. Terms and limitations apply.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=159&amp;pid=9&amp;pp=2&amp;uv=xend&amp;fot=1320"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the&nbsp;Gold Delta SkyMiles&reg; Card from American Express today!</strong></a></p> <h2>Citi&reg; / AAdvantage&reg; Platinum Select&reg; MasterCard&reg;</h2> <p><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=159&amp;pid=52&amp;pp=3&amp;uv=xcard"><img width="154" border="0" class="img-exempt" alt="" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/CitiAAdvantagePlatinumSelectMasterCard-191.jpg" /></a>The <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=159&amp;pid=52&amp;pp=3&amp;uv=xname">Citi&reg; / AAdvantage&reg; Platinum Select&reg; MasterCard&reg;</a> from our partner Citi offers American Airline travelers early boarding, free first checked bag, and 25% off in-flight purchases. There is also a 10% redemption bonus, up to 10,000 per year. The $95 annual fee is waived the first year and there are no foreign transaction fees.<strong> Sign up offer:</strong> 30,000 miles after spending $1,000 within the first three months.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=159&amp;pid=52&amp;pp=3&amp;uv=xend"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the Citi&reg; / AAdvantage&reg; Platinum Select&reg; MasterCard&reg; today!</strong></a></p> <h2>Citi Prestige&reg; Card</h2> <p><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=" http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=159&amp;pid=53&amp;pp=4&amp;uv=xcard"><img width="154" border="0" class="img-exempt" alt="" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/10.22-CitiPrestigeCard-191.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=159&amp;pid=53&amp;pp=4&amp;uv=xname">Citi Prestige&reg; Card</a> affords cardholders many benefits that they can use while jet-setting the world. Along with the $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check application fee reimbursement, you can also receive $250 in air-travel credits that you can apply to flight-related expenses such as airline tickets, upgrades, or baggage fees. Cardholders also receive access to the American Airlines Admirals&nbsp;Club lounges as well as the VIP lounges of the Priority Pass Select network. And when staying three consecutive nights at any hotel, you may be eligible to receive a complimentary fourth night. You can also transfer the points you earn through purchases to airline and hotel partners including Hilton HHonors, Asia Miles, and Virgin Atlantic, at no additional fee. The Citi Prestige has no foreign transaction fees and a $450 annual fee. <strong>Sign up offer</strong>: 50,000 points after making $3,000 in purchases within 3 months of account opening.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=159&amp;pid=53&amp;pp=4&amp;uv=xend"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the Citi Prestige&reg; Card today!</strong></a></p> <h2>Platinum Card&reg; from American Express</h2> <p><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href=" http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=159&amp;pid=11&amp;pp=5&amp;uv=xcard&amp;fot=1320"><img width="154" border="0" class="img-exempt" alt="" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" src="http://www.imgsynergy.com/191x120/platinum-card-102015.png" /></a>The <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=159&amp;pid=11&amp;pp=5&amp;uv=xname&amp;fot=1320">Platinum Card&reg; from American Express</a> is popular among international travelers. The Platinum card offers access to over 850 airport lounges, including the Delta Sky Club, Airspace Lounges, and the American Express Centurion lounges, as well as enrollment in Priority Pass Select. Cardmembers are also eligible to receive a $100 Global Entry application fee credit and up to $200 a year in statement credits on a qualifying airline for incidentals. Platinum card members also receive complimentary Hilton HHonors Gold status. For each dollar spent, cardholders earn one point in the Membership Rewards program, which you can also transfer to airline miles or hotel points. There is a $450 annual fee and no foreign transaction fees. <strong>Sign up offer:</strong>&nbsp;40,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first three months of card membership. Terms and limitations apply.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=159&amp;pid=11&amp;pp=5&amp;uv=xend&amp;fot=1320"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the Platinum Card&reg; from American Express today!</strong></a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-credit-cards-that-offer-the-best-travel-perks">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/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-with-free-airport-lounge-access">5 Best Credit Cards with Free Airport Lounge Access</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-that-offer-tsa-pre-check-and-global-entry-reimbursement">Best Credit Cards That Offer TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry Reimbursement</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/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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel best credit cards Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:30:05 +0000 Jason Steele 1667379 at http://www.wisebread.com What Exactly Does Travel Accident Insurance Cover on Credit Cards? http://www.wisebread.com/what-exactly-does-travel-accident-insurance-cover-on-credit-cards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-exactly-does-travel-accident-insurance-cover-on-credit-cards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000072157925_Small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="135" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all know that rewards credit cards can offer points, miles, and cash back for your spending, but many people overlook another valuable aspect of these products, their cardholder benefits. Many people don&rsquo;t bother looking beyond the most obvious benefits of their credit cards, but there are a lot of built-in protections and insurance that you might find useful. One of these little-known benefits is travel accident insurance. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-credit-card-perks-you-didnt-know-about?ref=seealso">Awesome Credit Card Perks You Didn&rsquo;t Know About</a>)</p> <h2>How Travel Accident Insurance Works</h2> <p>Travel accident insurance is a sort of life insurance while traveling. If an accident causes your death or dismemberment, your credit card may provide some financial support to your beneficiaries. Credit cards offer travel accident insurance to cardholders and their families when they pay for their travel with their card. So if a cardholder purchases a train ticket with a credit card that includes a travel accident policy, he or she can receive a benefit if they are seriously injured as a result of a train accident.</p> <p>Travel accident policies can cover so-called common carriers which include airplanes, buses, boats, trains, or even helicopters, as long as tickets are sold to the general public and it operates on a regular schedule. As a result, this provision excludes privately chartered transportation, and rental vehicles that are privately operated, other than rental cars.</p> <p>These policies can vary depending on the company that issues your credit card, and even the type of credit card that you use. Many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">travel rewards cards</a> will include it. Here are some of the details of the coverage offered by major card issuers, but you should always verify coverage with your card issuer.</p> <h2>American Express</h2> <p>Amex offers some form of travel accident insurance with most of its cards. For example, its basic Green Card offers a maximum of $100,000 of coverage for loss of life, limb, or sight, so long as cardholders pay for their common carrier transport using their card, while its top of the line <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amex-platinum-do-the-perks-justify-the-fee ">Platinum Card</a> features $500,000 worth of coverage. This policy applies to the cardholder's spouse, domestic partner, and dependent children under 23 years old. While this policy covers trips purchased by directly redeeming Membership Rewards points, it specifically excludes reservations purchased in whole or in part with frequent flyer miles. The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cashing-in-at-the-supermarket-blue-cash-preferred-card-from-american-express-review">Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express offers 6% cash back at U.S. supermarkets</a> (up to $6,000 in purchases each year). Terms and restrictions apply.</p> <h2>Citi</h2> <p>Citi offers worldwide travel accident insurance of up to $1 million to cardholders who are permanent residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. The coverage applies to the cardholder as well as their spouse, domestic partner, dependent children, and anyone designated as an authorized driver or covered by the rental car agreement. So long as you pay for the entire reservation with your Citi card, you are covered against death as well as loss of a limb, sight, speech, or hearing. Coverage also applies if you are missing for more than a year. As with most travel accident policies, acts of war are excluded as well as coverage for those who are participating in illegal activity. And interestingly enough, you are also covered when you book an award ticket using American Airlines AAdvantage miles, as Citi is a partner with American. Our favorite cards from our partner Citi are the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-platinum-select-aadvantage-world-mastercard-review">AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard</a>, which offers double points for American Airlines purchases, and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-double-cash-rewards-card-pays-you-to-pay-off-your-debt">Double Cash Rewards Card</a>, which&nbsp;is one of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards">best cash rewards credit cards</a> available.</p> <h2>Chase</h2> <p>Chase also offers travel accident insurance on many of its cards. Cards that are part of the Visa Signature program cover not just the traveler's spouse, domestic partner, and dependent children, but even extended family traveling together such as grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. This benefit covers accidental death, dismemberment, loss of speech, sight, and hearing. Furthermore, it even covers cardholders when they pay for their tickets using their frequent flyer miles or other award points, as long as those rewards were earned through a program sponsored by Chase Bank such as United Airlines or Southwest. The amount of coverage is up to $500,000. Further, the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chase-sapphire-preferred-review-500-signup-bonus">Chase Sapphire Preferred Card</a>&nbsp;currently offers a 50,000 sign up bonus to new cardholders.</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/what-exactly-does-travel-accident-insurance-cover-on-credit-cards">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/more-rewards-more-benefits-the-jetblue-plus-card">More Rewards, More Benefits: The JetBlue Plus 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/best-rewards-card-the-starwood-preferred-guest-credit-card-from-american-express">Best Rewards Card: The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <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> <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/capital-one-venture-rewards-card-review">Travel Rewards Doesn&#039;t Get Easier Than This: Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel accident insurance credit card reviews travel Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:30:05 +0000 Jason Steele 1667189 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Credit Cards That Offer TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry Reimbursement http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-that-offer-tsa-pre-check-and-global-entry-reimbursement <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-credit-cards-that-offer-tsa-pre-check-and-global-entry-reimbursement" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000023265203.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The security line at the airport is the bane of every traveler&rsquo;s existence. But there is one way to make it a little easier, faster, and comfortable -- sign up for TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry. TSA Pre-Check gives access to shorter lines and a much less invasive screening process. Global Entry allows members expedited entry to the United States when arriving from another country as well as inclusion in TSA Pre-Check.</p> <p>Applying for Global Entry costs $100, which is a non-refundable application fee that you must pay, whether you are accepted or not. Alternatively, you can apply for the TSA's Pre-Check program by itself, which costs $85. With such a small price difference, it tends to make sense to apply for Global Entry. Thankfully, several credit cards offer a fee credit toward an application to these programs.</p> <h2>Platinum Card&reg; from American Express</h2> <p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=164&amp;pid=11&amp;pp=1&amp;uv=xcard&amp;fot=1318"><img width="154" border="0" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" alt="" src="http://www.imgsynergy.com/191x120/platinum-card-102015.png" /></a> You can receive a one-time statement credit toward the application fee for either Global Entry ($100) or TSA Pre-Check ($85) when you use your <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=164&amp;pid=11&amp;pp=1&amp;uv=xname&amp;fot=1318">Platinum Card&reg; from American Express</a>. In addition, cardmembers can select a qualifying airline for reimbursement of up to $200 each year for any incidental fees charged to their Platinum card. For each dollar spent on eligible purchases, cardholders earn one point in the Membership Rewards program which allows you to transfer points to hotel and airline programs, including Asia Miles, Etihad Guest, Singapore Airlines, or Virgin Atlantic, most at a 1:1 ratio. New applicants also earn 40,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first three months. This card has a $450 annual fee, and no foreign transaction fees. Terms and limitations apply.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=164&amp;pid=11&amp;pp=1&amp;uv=xend&amp;fot=1318"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the&nbsp;Platinum Card&reg; from American Express today!</strong></a></p> <h2>Citi&reg; / AAdvantage&reg; Executive World Elite&trade; MasterCard&reg;</h2> <p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=164&amp;pid=51&amp;pp=2&amp;uv=xcard"><img width="154" border="0" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/7.15-CitiAAdvantageExecutiveWorldElitex191.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=164&amp;pid=51&amp;pp=2&amp;uv=xname">Citi&reg; / AAdvantage&reg; Executive World Elite&trade; MasterCard&reg;</a> from our partner Citi offers a statement credit up to $100 towards the application fee of either Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check. Earn one AAdvantage mile for every dollar spent and double miles per dollar spent on eligible purchases through American Airlines. In addition, cardholders who spend $40,000 in one calendar year receive 10,000 AAdvantage Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs). You can also enjoy access to over 50 Admirals Club at airports worldwide for you and up to two guests or immediate family. When flying American Airlines, cardholder's first checked bag is free, and you can receive a 25% discount on in-flight purchases. New applicants can earn 50,000 AAdvantage bonus miles after spending $5,000 in the first three months. This card has a $450 annual fee and no foreign transaction fees.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=164&amp;pid=51&amp;pp=2&amp;uv=xend"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the&nbsp;Citi&reg; / AAdvantage&reg; Executive World Elite&trade; MasterCard&reg; today!</strong></a></p> <h2>Citi Prestige&reg; Card</h2> <p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href=" http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=164&amp;pid=53&amp;pp=3&amp;uv=xcard"><img width="154" border="0" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/10.22-CitiPrestigeCard-191.jpg" /></a>Cardholders of the <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=164&amp;pid=53&amp;pp=3&amp;uv=xname">Citi Prestige&reg; Card</a> receive $250 in air travel credits that will automatically apply to flight-related expenses, as well as a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check application fees. Every purchase is eligible for earning points, including three ThankYou points per dollar spent on all air travel and hotel stays, two points per dollar spent on dining at restaurants and entertainment, and one point per dollar spent on all other purchases. You can transfer points to travel partners, including Hilton HHonors, Asia Miles, and Virgin Atlantic. Cardholders also have access to the American Airlines Admirals Club lounges and VIP lounges that are part of the Priority Pass Select network. There are no foreign transaction fees and the annual fee is $450.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=164&amp;pid=53&amp;pp=3&amp;uv=xend"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the&nbsp;Citi Prestige&reg; Card today!</strong></a></p> <h2>Expedia&reg;+ Voyager Card from Citi</h2> <p><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href=" http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=164&amp;pid=60&amp;pp=4&amp;uv=xcard"><img width="154" border="0" style="float:right;margin:0 10px;" alt="" src="http://wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/Citi_Expedia_Voyager_Card.jpg " /></a>If you are a frequent Expedia user, this card can offer you some great benefits. The $100 annual fee credit on the <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=164&amp;pid=60&amp;pp=4&amp;uv=xname">Expedia&reg;+ Voyager Card from Citi</a> can be used for both the TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry application fees, or to cover airline incidental fees on qualified airlines. You will also earn four points per dollar on eligible Expedia purchases, including flights, hotels, activities, and vacation packages, two points per dollar on dining out and entertainment, and one point per dollar on all other purchases. New applicants can receive 25,000 Expedia+ rewards bonus points after spending $2,000 in the first three months, which is redeemable for $350 in coupons at +VIP Access hotels. This card has no foreign transaction fees and a $95 annual fee.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=164&amp;pid=60&amp;pp=4&amp;uv=xend"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the&nbsp;Expedia&reg;+ Voyager Card from Citi today!</strong></a></p> <h2>Ritz-Carlton Rewards&reg; Credit Card</h2> <p>The Ritz-Carlton Rewards&reg; Credit Card is an excellent choice for frequent guests of the Ritz-Carlton, but it also offers a $300 travel credit that can apply to Global Entry and TSA Pre-Check application fees. In addition, you can use this credit for reimbursement of baggage fees, seat upgrades, and more. Earn five points per dollar spent on purchases at any participating Ritz-Carlton or worldwide partner hotels, two points per dollar spent on airline tickets, car rentals, and restaurant purchases, and one point per dollar spent on all other card purchases. When you stay two nights or longer at a participating property, you receive a $100 hotel credit toward dining, spa, or other hotel activities. When staying at a Ritz-Carlton property, you can also receive complimentary upgrades on stays of up to seven nights. This card has a $395 annual fee and no foreign transaction fees.</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/best-credit-cards-that-offer-tsa-pre-check-and-global-entry-reimbursement">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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