Happy 7-Eleven Day! In the middle of summer, a cold drink can be an amazing treat. It's an even better treat when the drink is free. In honor of its birthday (it's turning 87!) a.k.a. 7-Eleven Day on 7/11/14, the convenience store is giving out freebies for nine days.
Last week, in Part 1 of this beginner's guide, I laid out exactly where points and miles come from, and what they are. Furthermore, I implored you to organize your accounts and set a modest goal for earning and spending miles on nice trip.
Today, I want to show you how credit cards have become one of the most popular way to earn miles and points, and how you can safely use them to reach your award travel goals.
Travel insurance, just like insurance for your health, car, and home, is protection from financial havoc while you’re traveling. Insurance plans can vary greatly depending on the location or locations you’re traveling to, the activities you’re planning to do, and the trip’s total cost. To help figure out if travel insurance is right for your trip, here is more on what it covers, how much it costs, and why you would or would not need it:
Raise your hand if you remember being a kid, misbehaving at restaurant - it probably involved clanging silverware or stacking sugar packets - and hearing this from your parents: "Knock it off or we're never coming back here!"
Every year, my family and I travel across the country and around the world, flying in business class and staying luxury hotels. It's not that we're rich, we just know how to earn and redeem points and miles offered by airlines, hotels, and credit card issuers. The truth is that collecting and spending these points and miles is not that hard, anyone can do it.
Every year, an estimated $2.5 billion in leftover gift card credit gets unused. Instead of letting your unwanted gift cards sit in the bottom of a drawer, with the invention of gift card exchanges, you can sell them for cash or trade them for cards you’ll actually use. And as a buyer, you can get these cards for up to 35% off what you’d normally pay. Here’s how gift card exchanges work and what you need to know:
If your eyes have ever glazed over while trying to make sense of an incomprehensible wall of wine bottles at the liquor store, unsure what to get and terrified of buying something that tastes like rancid cough syrup, this post is for you.
STOP. I know what you're thinking. Why waste time writing and applying for a college scholarship when you know you won't win?
I've heard this response from students countless times, year after year. It's almost as though everyone has been brainwashed to think they can't be a winner. And who can blame them?
The credit card industry is nothing if not fiercely competitive. Card issuers are continuously creating new products to appeal to customers, and trying to convince everyone that its cards are the best.
When it comes to travel reward credit cards, there has been a sharp divide in recent years between two types of products.
Every minute, 19 people fall victim to identity theft. Add in all of the high-profile cases of credit card security breaches in the news lately, it's no surprise that it is fast becoming one of the most common crimes in America.
Are you planning on shopping online this week?
More than 80% of the population has purchased something online and the sales from online shopping will rise to $1.4 trillion dollars by next year, according to CPC Strategy. So the real question is not are you going to shop online, but how do you plan on staying safe while doing it?
Before you make your next purchase, read these tips on how to shop safe online:
Always use a credit card. There are more than 9.9 million incidents of identity theft each year. But the good news is if you are using a credit card for shopping online, you are only liable for fraud or unauthorized use up to $50. Skip the debit card, bank account transactions, cash, checks, and money orders.