Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:27 pm
By Jeanine Skowronski · Bankrate.com

The products let you earn extra points on Expedia purchases, hotels bonuses and special amenities.

Friday, May 11, 2012 8:00 am
By Kim Fulscher · Bankrate.com

You’ve made it to Friday! Here are the five things you must know before going into Mother’s Day weekend. 1. Yeardley Smith isn’t just the voice of America’s favorite vegetarian sax-playing second-grader, Lisa Simpson. Here’s what Smith has to say about money — and her new shoe line. 2. Looking for financial adventure? The Wild West

Monday, November 07, 2011 2:39 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

The holiday shopping season is fast approaching, and credit card issuers are rolling out all kinds of promotions to encourage holiday shoppers to charge their way through holiday shopping lists. “Consumers lose their minds a little bit” around the holiday shopping season, says John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education at SmartCredit.com. If you have trouble staying

Friday, August 19, 2011 2:29 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

If you hate to wait, especially to redeem credit card rewards, Citi and Best Buy have an app for you. The duo on Thursday debuted a new app for iPhones and Androids that allows Citi ThankYou rewards members to redeem points instantly at Best Buy via smartphone. Simply scan or type in an item’s barcode

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 9:20 am
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Rewards are a key factor that consumers might well consider when they decide to apply for a new credit card. But in fact, many consumers who have a rewards card aren’t all that thrilled with the rewards. That was the chief finding of a recent survey of 1,045 adults conducted by BIGresearch for Capital One

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 1:25 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

Chase is dropping the fee for foreign purchases from another of its travel rewards credit cards. Chase is eliminating foreign transaction fees on its Marriott Rewards Premier credit card, according to an email from Chase Card Services. The Marriott Rewards Premier credit card comes with a $65 annual fee, which is waived in the first

Monday, March 14, 2011 1:38 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

A new travel rewards card promotion from Capital One will match the rewards miles that you’ve already earned with an airline credit card. For a limited time, Capital One is offering its Venture Rewards credit card with up to 100,000 free reward miles for new customers with airline rewards miles. To cash in on the

Thursday, March 10, 2011 2:00 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

On Wednesday next week, I will be hosting a live chat about rewards credit cards with Greg McBride, CFA and senior financial analyst at Bankrate.com. If you’d like to watch or ask a question, please tune in here at 1 p.m. EST, March 16. The chat will last 30 minutes. What would you like to know

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 1:33 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

Credit card issuers are looking to woo elite travelers by dropping foreign transaction fees, dropping annual fees for the first year and rolling out hefty sign-up bonuses. Chase announced that it would no longer charge foreign currency conversion fees on the United Mileage Plus Visa and the Continental Presidential Plus card, The New York Times

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 10:20 am
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

Credit card issuers are using rewards to entice new customers. Credit card mailings are up dramatically in large part due to credit card offers promoting rewards programs, according to a recent study by Mintel Comperemedia, a marketing research firm based in Chicago. American consumers received about 1.2 billion offers for new credit cards in the

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