This Travel Tuesday, we're trying to save you a bit of cash when you go abroad by getting a "No Foreign Transaction Fee" credit card. Plus, save on rental cards, hotels, and more with our deals!
One of my least favorite things about traveling abroad are the transaction costs that come along with buying things in another country. Exchanging physical cash usually incurs a fee, or at least a less-than-market exchange rate. Credit cards were once subjected to a 3% "foreign transaction fee" across the board, but in recent years, credit cards have begun offering no foreign transaction fees as a benefit to card holders. Plus, when you travel abroad with a credit card, you have purchase protection, which can help you when things go wrong.
The one with the largest sign-up bonus now is This Card, which offers up to 100,000 miles that can be used to fly around the world on airlines like British Airways, American Airlines, and Qantas. You'll get the first 50,000 Avios by spending $2,000 in the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn an additional 25,000 bonus Avios when you spend $10,000 on purchases for a total of 75,000 bonus Avios. Then, earn another 25,000 bonus Avios when you spend a total of $20,000 on purchases within your first year for a total of 100,000 bonus Avios.
This Card, which is offering 40,000 points when you spend $4,000 in 3 months with the card, is your most versatile. These points are worth $500 when you redeem travel through the credit card company, or you can transfer these points to awards programs like United, Southwest, British Airways, or Hyatt.
This Card is the only card on this list that has no annual fee, and offers a $200 statement credit towards travel purchases when you spend $1,000 in three months on the card. Plus, there's a 0% APR on purchases for the first 12 months. If you are traveling abroad for the holidays, these cards will save you the hassle of exchanging money and the fees incurred by using inferior cards.
Hotels.com is running for fall travel, with savings up to 40% on hotels. To get the discount, enter promo code SAVE5SEPT15. Rooms and prices subject to availability at the time of booking. Discount is only available at participating hotels and may require a minimum night stay. The discount is based upon the total hotel price excluding taxes and other fees. Discounts are subject to availability and may be discontinued without notice. Additional restrictions and blackout dates may apply. You must book by 9/27, and travel by 11/1. Taxes and fees may be added.
Until 9/30, Virgin America is running a fare sale on 11 city pairs for travel October 3rd to December 16th, courtesy of Travelzoo. Advertised fares include Dallas-Austin for $59, San Francisco to Las Vegas for $69, and more! Black-out dates may apply, and seats are limited! Full route listings and terms and conditions on landing page.
Fly with American Airlines and fly from $97 roundtrip. For example, fly between Indianapolis and Washington DC for that price, or choose dozens of other city pairs, like $167 between Atlanta and Philadelphia, or $187 between Phoenix and Denver. Keep in mind that American has a Low Fare Guarantee, which will get you a $50 promo code for a future fare if you can find a flight for $5 less or more by midnight on the same calendar day. Book by 9/27.
If you've got the travel bug, check out our travel section for even more of the latest travel deals.