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Earn 5,000 Bonus Hilton HHonors Points With Your Visa Credit Card

Earn 5,000 Bonus Hilton HHonors points with your Visa credit card to pay for any eligible stay through Tuesday, January 31, 2017 when you book your reservations using the official mobile software application program of Hilton HHonors.

Earn 5,000 Bonus Hilton HHonors Points With Your Visa Credit Card

To participate in this offer, you must…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: A Simple — But Risky — Way to Avoid Foreign Transaction Fees

Foreign transaction fees can be a potential scourge when traveling internationally. Typically, you are charged an average of three percent per transaction when using certain credit cards outside of your home country when paying for goods and services using a different currency.

One way to avoid foreign transaction fees is to apply for a credit card in which there are no fees for transactions charged with one currency but paid for with another — but those credit cards usually charge some sort of an annual fee. Simple math dictates that — ceteris paribus — if the annual fee of a credit card is less expensive than the total amount which you would have been charged foreign transaction fees for the year, then you come out ahead financially despite paying that annual fee.

For example: if the annual fee of a credit card is $95.00 per year but potential foreign transaction fees would have cost you $300.00 for the year, then you should consider applying for and using that credit card whenever you travel internationally — especially if it includes some outstanding benefits of which you can take advantage…

…but what if…

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Earn Up to Two Free Nights With Starwood When You Pay With Your MasterCard in Europe, Middle East and Africa

You will enjoy an extra night free of charge when you use your MasterCard credit card to pay for your room rate and book a stay with a minimum of two nights at participating hotel and resort properties of Starwood Hotels and Resorts across the Europe, Africa and Middle East region through Saturday, December 31, 2016 — and this offer is only valid for a minimum length of three nights and a maximum length of four nights for your stay.

Another variation of this promotion is that you will enjoy two nights free of charge if you stay a minimum of four nights — and this version of the offer is only valid for…

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Earn Double Hilton HHonors Points in Asia Pacific Region When You Pay With Your Visa Card — But…

Use your Visa Infinite, Visa Signature, Visa Rewards, or Visa Platinum — Australia and Japan only — card credit card to pay for your room rate when you book a stay at participating hotel and resort properties of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio across the Asia Pacific region through Friday, September 30, 2016, and you will earn double Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program points.

Up to…

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Free Wi-Fi and Breakfast for Two at AccorHotels When You Pay With Your MasterCard in Asia Pacific Region

When you book a stay with a minimum of one night at greater than 400 participating hotel and resort properties of AccorHotels in 17 countries across the Asia Pacific region through Monday, October 31, 2016 and use your MasterCard credit card to pay for your room rate, you will enjoy both free Wi-Fi access to the Internet and complimentary breakfast for two.

You must…

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Yet Another Best in Travel Awards Has Debuted. This Time, The Winners Are…

Yet another best in travel awards has debuted this year which is purported to be based on value — “great choices at great value” which is supposedly considered more universal and useful — and this time, it is by Money…

…and the results are in regarding its first Best in Travel Awards — and they are purported to be both timely and handy. “A vacation should feel like a reward, but that doesn’t mean it should break the bank. The trouble is that most travel guides either ignore the expense factor or obsess over it, turning the bargain hunt into the main adventure.” This “ultimate vacation value guide” is “packed with the kind of intel that makes saving money as easy as a walk on the beach.”

Are you ready to see if that claim is substantiated?

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Watch For This Scam On Credit Cards With Chips Embedded In Them

Despite chips — which are designed with the specific purpose to mitigate the possibility of fraud being committed by nefarious individuals — now being embedded in credit cards issued within the United States, there is a classic scam which has been tweaked and is currently being perpetrated on holders of these more secure credit cards to steal money from them.

This chip is…

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Sapphire, Ink and Other Cards: My First Posting

After a long transoceanic flight, it will be great to be back in the United States. Not much longer, I thought to myself. One obvious clue is the forms being passed around by the flight attendants to the passengers aboard the aircraft. We are required to fill out those forms, whether or not we have anything to declare once we pass through Customs.

I tried to use my pen, but the ink — bold and blue, normally — has apparently dried, rendering my writing apparatus useless. Was my frustration really that apparent?

The woman who sat next to me eyed my dilemma. I had not noticed her before during the entire flight — probably because…

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Credit Card Affiliate Links: The Debate Continues…

“Banner ads, long forgotten as a viable revenue source, are slowly being replaced by credit card referrals and affiliate links that can earn $100 or more from each successful applicant — an amount that drastically outpaces revenue from advertisements.”

So says Grant Martin in this article called The Blurring Ethical Lines Between Credit Card Companies and Travel Writers he authored for Skift, continuing the debate over the controversial practice of articles with a proliferation of credit card affiliate links or content which is disguised as a blunt “advertisement” for banks who aggressively push those credit cards through weblogs in order to provoke people to sign up for those credit cards.

How blurred are those ethical lines depends on what you read. One of the most vocal advocates who opposes what appears to be the rampant growth of articles crammed with credit card affiliate links is…

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