How to find the perfect credit card for your trip

How to find the perfect credit card for your trip

Looking for a credit card that travels well? Here are a few tips about what you should avoid. I’ll have the second part of this segment next week.

Christopher Elliott

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  • LonnieC

    Chris, I think you made a big mistake. Your first point is that the
    “right” card for travel should not have an annual fee. However, in the
    background screen the Capital One Venture Card is shown as having a “$0
    intro annual fee for the first year; $59 after that….” Why show that
    card as an example???

  • bodega3

    When providing information, it is best to make a suggestion, not make a blanket statement. Some cards with fees can be a benefit to travelers. It depends on what a traveler wants and what meets their needs,

  • I didn’t edit the video, but I see what you mean. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

  • LonnieC

    You’re quite welcome. I always enjoy your column. Don’t stop!!

  • Jbrjbr3797Joe Reynolds

    I have a Capital One Credit card without any annual charge. One can send Capital one a picture with a background and they will send you a card with your picture on it. My card doesn’t say Venture, just Visa.

  • Jbrjbr3797Joe Reynolds

    I have the Delta sponsored American Express at $95/yr. It is amazing how many places don’t accept the American Express Card. The Capital one Visa works almost all the time. No annual fee. Delta card has some perks when flying and FF miles do build with it.

  • LonnieC

    Good to know. I thought Capital One had a free card, so you’ve educated me. Now, if the card you mentioned just has all of the features the video shows….
    I just thought it was funny that the card shown in Chris’ piece showed an annual fee while he was (correctly) advising us to find a no-fee card.

  • bodega3

    Capital One has several card types, just like Chase does. You can get a Capital One card with no fee, no foreign transaction fees and cash back, which the percentage just got raised on the amount they give back. Although when I applied last year, they didn’t make it easy to find, but I found it.

  • bodega3

    Yes, AX can be hard to use outside of city locations. A major corporation, with a division here, went with Diners Club, several years back. There was only one place in town that took it. That didn’t last long as a company card!

  • JewelEyed

    Credit Karma was very, very helpful when I was trying to figure out what credit card to get. I used it to narrow down to a few options that fit my criteria (no annual fee was top of my list) and then let my deal whiz boyfriend help me figure out which of the remaining options was right for me. I’ve been perfectly happy with my card since then and has even improved my credit score because I have more history now than I did. I’m not sure this would be as helpful for everyone, but I thought I’d put it out there. I ended up going with the Amex Blue Cash Everyday card. https://www.creditkarma.com/creditcard/CCAmericanExpressCard54

  • LonnieC

    Thanks. That’s what I expected. I plan to hunt down the card you refer to.

  • Miller’s friend.

    is capital one the company that can show up at your place of employment or home regarding your bill? if so why would you highlight this card?

  • S363

    I don’t remember what the APR is on my travel cards. I haven’t taken the trouble to remember the rate because I don’t pay interest.