Planning a vacation soon? The Better Business Bureau of Acadiana suggests a wise consumer do homework before travel. Consulting with national trusted organizations such as the Better Business Bureau, American Society of Travel Agents and the National Tour Association can often prove to be very helpful.
Keep important documents in a safe place. Also keep copies of all reservation and confirmation numbers in a safe place and in more than one travel bag, in case one gets lost.
If you have a smart phone, the job could be easier. Although keeping hard copies of travel information is important, you might also want to keep the same information in your smart phone, password protected, of course. Keep a copy of credit card customer service numbers; as well as credit card numbers in a secure place separate from your wallet in case you lose your card and need to cancel it while traveling.
While packing your suntan lotion, don’t forget your credit cards. Credit cards have made it easier to spend our money wisely. All it takes is a little planning. Vacations are pricey, and making the most of that spending can pay off when the next vacation arrives. These days, with the easily available funds offered by credit cards, wise choices can be made while traveling in the U.S. or around the world.
The BBB suggests a few tips when traveling and make credit cards work:
Look through current credit for partnership perks. You can find discounted rates on car rentals to airfare to kayaks. Compare costs and make a smart decision.
Don’t forget to check the “perks” earned with rewards programs. According to some surveys millions of dollars go unused.
Paying for a vacation expenses can be rewarding also, credit cards that have the highest reward potential. By being selective with card choices, maximize the rewards earned on a trip, which may make it possible to afford an even better trip next year.
Many credit cards offer trip insurance as a free or low-cost benefit, which can help recoup some of the losses when travel plans go awry. In addition, many credit cards offer rental car insurance for no fee or at a discounted rate. How would you know? Check with check card company for details. A little research can go a long way to save hundreds of dollars.
Shop around. Shop around for the credit cards that suite your travel. Going abroad? Pay for almost anything with a world accepted credit card. While earning all those rewards don’t let paying foreign transaction fees on every purchase cancel out all those points. There are many cards with no such fees on the market, shop around.
Call your credit card company to notify them of your travel plans before your departure if you are traveling out of the country or if are not in the habit of traveling out of state. Failure to do so can have an outcome in your credit card company's fraud department flagging your account.
Conversion rates can be confusing at best. Some credit cards are designed to work with rates calculated in accordance with the foreign exchange markets, for more information check with your credit card company. Also check smart phone apps for assistance and don’t forget to check receipts for verification.
Passports are a travelers best friend. You never know when you might need it for identification purposes.
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