credit cards

7 ways your credit card can boost travel

Credit Cards » 7 ways your credit card can boost travel

Change currency without a fee
Change currency without a fee © Jovan Mandic/

Change currency without a fee

International travelers may not realize it, but if they want to use their credit cards overseas, they may end up paying a foreign transaction fee, says Susanna Zaraysky, author of "Travel Happy, Budget Low: Over 200 Money Saving Tips to See the World."

"When you make purchases abroad, your credit card may charge you a foreign currency transaction fee of anywhere from 1 (percent) to 3 percent," Zaraysky says. "This can become expensive if you buy many things abroad with your credit card."

Several credit issuers waive their foreign transaction fees on specific cards and some have done away with foreign transaction fees altogether.

According to Zaraysky, most travelers should carry a few cards for security reasons, so it's a good idea to check with your credit card company to find out which card will give you the best deal when making purchases in a foreign currency.

Top Airline Card Offers

The best travel and airline cards for you may be a click away. Check out card offers from our partners.

See Card Offers


Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

Show Bankrate's community sharing policy
          Connect with us
Product Rate Change Last week
Balance Transfer Cards 16.22% --0.00 16.22%
Cash Back Cards 16.49%  0.07 16.42%
Low Interest Cards 11.44%  0.09 11.35%
Credit cards on a table

Get advice for managing credit cards, building your credit history and improving your credit score. Delivered weekly.


Credit Card Blog

Mitch Strohm

Will card fraud increase at the pump?

Fraudsters may be taking advantage of the lack of security at pay-at-the-pump card readers.  ... Read more

Partner Center

Connect with us