Most travel credit card users are in it for the points—which is smart. If you frequently book travel and dine out, double or triple points mean free money toward flights, hotels, and more. But point-happy travelers who don’t read the fine print of their card agreement (who does?) might not realize just how many free credit card travel benefits their card comes with—and they’re missing out. Nowadays, issuers provide an array of travel perks that you might not even know you have. Here’s what to look for in your credit card travel benefits. Lounge Access and Meal Credits One of the best credit card travel benefits available today is one that typically must be opted into: free airport lounge access. One of the most popular credit cards for this perk is Chase’s Sapphire Reserve, which comes with Priority Pass membership only once you log into the card’s benefits portal and activate the membership. Why? Probably because it’s a super in-demand … [Read more...] about 7 Secret Travel Perks Your Credit Card Might Already Have
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Even if you have spent enough and flown enough to hit elite status on one of the big international airlines, chances are you’re out of luck when you’re flying into and around Latin America. You won’t find airport lounges from United, AA, Delta, or British Air. Instead, you’ll see lounges for their dominant airlines: LATAM, Avianca, Copa, and Aeromexico. That doesn’t mean you can’t get access though, even if you’re not an elite status member of one of those airlines. You can buy your way in with Priority Pass. This is a program that gives you access to lounges all over the world. Sometimes they’re affiliated with an airline, sometimes with a credit card or private membership program. You’ll find a participating lounge in almost any airport where you could have a layover, including ones in the USA. The total number of lounges around the world stands at more than 1,000 now and the number keeps going up a bit each quarter. You get a … [Read more...] about Buy Your Way Into Airport Lounge Access in Latin America
While you’re waiting out a long layover, nothing seems more enticing than the airport lounge. With amenities like free Wi-Fi, drinks, snacks, and glossy magazines, these airport lounges feel like the answer to most of your travel annoyances. At the very least, they can give you sanctuary from the concourse noise and hubbub. Entrance to most airport lounges usually comes free for those carrying a first- or business-class ticket (and often, for economy-class flyers carrying an active military ID). But for the rest of us stuck in the back of the plane, there are ways to gain access to these comfy inner sanctums without shelling out thousands of dollars for an upgrade. When you’re the one sinking into a cushy armchair instead of clamoring for a seat at the gate, you’ll be glad to have airport lounge access as a respite from the usual airport irritations. Following are a few ways that savvy travelers can get into airport lounges, even if their tickets read … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Score Airport Lounge Access
New loyalty program, new card, new bonus for frequent guests Chris McGinnis Updated 11:52 am CST, Thursday, February 14, 2019 Use your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card to earn or burn points at a bungalow terrace at Le Meridien Bora Bora overlooking crystal blue waters. Use your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card to earn or burn points at a bungalow terrace at Le Meridien Bora Bora overlooking crystal blue waters. Photo: Courtesy Of Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts Photo: Courtesy Of Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts Image 1 of / 15 Caption Close Image 1 of 15 Use your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card to earn or burn points at a bungalow terrace at Le Meridien Bora Bora overlooking crystal blue waters. Use your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card to earn or burn points at a bungalow terrace … [Read more...] about Marriott’s new Bonvoy credit card bonus: 100,000 points!
Robin Saks Frankel, NerdWallet Published 11:48 am CST, Tuesday, January 8, 2019 This article was first published on NerdWallet.com. Ever come back from a family vacation feeling like you need a vacation? All the planning, packing, kid-corralling and sightseeing can make adventure time an exhausting time. Here’s a tip: Try thinking of your credit card as an efficient little suitcase. If you have the right one, you can unpack a bundle of time- and money-saving benefits that can make your family trip easier. This is how credit cards can help make your family travel more about fun and less about labor. » MORE: How to choose a travel credit card 1. Get treated like a VIP at the airport Many travel credit cards come with an annual fee — but if you’re traveling with a family, it might still save you money. The Chase Sapphire Reserve® offers complimentary Priority Pass Select membership, which lets you and a limited number of … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons Credit Cards Rule for Family Vacations