Travel Credit Cards

Discover which travel credit cards offer the best value across major airline and hotel brands as well as those that earn points that can be used with any travel partner. Learn when to use credit, when to use cash, and how to tell whether your travel credit card offers the best deal.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Which is better for overseas travel—Visa or Mastercard?

    Visa and Mastercard are essentially the same in terms of merchant acceptance outside of the United States so neither has an advantage for foreign travelers. Visa and Mastercard have different country-specific policies regarding car rental while abroad so this can be important to understand prior to travel.

  • Are swipe fees higher for travel credit cards?

    Swipe, or merchant acceptance, fees do tend to be higher for travel cards. The reason major card networks charge merchants higher fees for these types of cards is because card usage and charge volume tends to be higher compared to non-rewards credit cards.

  • How do chip and signature cards work?

    All credit cards issued in the U.S. by Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover now have security chips and still typically require signatures at checkout with most merchants and can be inserted into point of sale terminals or the chip can be read by holding the card over the terminal reader.  Chip and signature cards still carry a magnetic strip on the back which can be swiped through point of sale terminals as well. They are different from cards outside of the U.S. which require a four-digit PIN to be entered at the point of sale.

  • Is it worth it to try to get credit card fees waived?

    Any credit card fee that the customer doesn’t feel is fair can be contested. Studies have shown that it is remarkably effective to simply call the customer service number of the card issuer to ask for a fee to be removed. Certain factors such as how long you’ve been a customer, if your account is in good standing and politeness can influence the level of success when asking for fee waiver or reduction.

Key Terms

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BA
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DSAEG
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DCPV
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