What to compare to find the right travel card for you?

Published on June 15th, 2020
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Bill Tsouvalas
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How to choose a travel credit card

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Taking the right travel card with you on a trip can be one of the best things that you can do for yourself when going on a trip. With so many cards to choose from that come with different features and amazing perks, it helps to know what to compare to lead you to the right card. Here are 5 handy tips.

Check for the no foreign transaction fee

Since you will be spending most of your time travelling this means that you will need a card that can help you shop conveniently without attracting the 2-3% fee for every purchase. This fee can still be applied even if you are shopping form the comfort of your home online. Check for credit cards that allow you to swipe without attracting a foreign transaction fee such as 28 Degrees Platinum Mastercard. This can make a difference when it comes to paying off your monthly credit card payments.

A card that lets you earn points when you travel

There are various travel incentives that are currently being offered by reward programs. Incentives such as sign up bonuses, return flights, complimentary lounge access, and being able to gain points whenever you foot the bill at partnered restaurants. However, not all credit cards come with such features which is why it is important to compare cards to find one that is suitable for you. A bonus tip is to choose a card that is partnered with airlines and shops that you most likely use.

The interest rate of course

The cards interest rate is important along with the fees and charges that come with it. Before settling on a credit card check its interest rate. Remember to also check other fees and charges that are attached to the card, but most importantly compare your options. This needs to be done in advance so that you can take your time when it comes to finding a card that is suitable for your budget. It can come in handy when you are trying to stick to your travel budget without stepping outside of what you can afford.

Get a card that is globally recognised

There is nothing that can become quickly frustrating when your card is not accepted overseas. Not only can this force you to make a cash withdrawal on your card which can attract a hefty fee from your issuer, but it can also be frustrating trying to convert it to the right currency. Visa and Mastercard's are widely accepted in most international countries. Therefore, it can come in handy to get a card that is affiliated with either Visa or Mastercard.

The annual fee

You wouldn’t want to pay for a packet of luxury chips that come at a high price but is mostly filled with air and a few measly chips at the bottom. So why take out a credit card that comes with an annual fee, but little to no features and benefits? This is where checking and comparing your options can work in your favour. If you find that your current card comes with an annual fee that offers benefits or features that you don’t use or none at all, it is time to reconsider getting a new card.

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