Travel Tips – Using Your Credit Cards While Traveling

Do you intend to travel with your travel credit card? If you do, then it is needful to take measures beforehand to get the best out of its usage since failure to do so would result in a boring overseas trip. The remaining portions of our post will share out actionable ideas that will help you use your plastic during your foreign trips.


Travel Tips When it Comes to Credit Cards


Use Individual Credit Cards in Different Names


When traveling with someone, strongly recommends, and in particular, a spouse, you travel with individual plastics registered under different names. The reason is that some families have a single card or several cards but registered in the name of one individual. The challenge arises when one of the family members loses the card since and create the need for the cancellation of all the other cards. However, when you register each card under a different name, the loss of one card will not inconvenience the entire family.


Limit ATM Fees


If you intend to travel to different locations, especially for holidays in the developing world, you will need to limit ATM withdrawal fees. Therefore, it is necessary to determine how much you will spend during the tour and withdraw enough cash for usage. This will save you the cost of needing to keep going to the ATM to get cash to buy goods from local vendors who accept payments in local currencies only.


Maximize the Perks


When traveling with your plastic, you should maximize the advantages that accompany it. You need to ensure that you use every benefit in the card before returning home since they are not freebies but perks you paid for. You should also know what the best card for travel is. I have my favorites like the Chase Sapphire Card and the American Express Business Platinum Card. The Chase Freedom card has some great perks that you can check out here. 


Change Payment Due Dates


When traveling with your plastic, you can arrange for a change in the payment due date. The reason is that if you operate different cards at the same time, it becomes easier to manage them when you push them to a single date than when they are spread across various dates. This kind of arrangement allows you to enjoy your peace of mind when traveling. This way, you will not risk forgetting to pay your charges on any of your credit cards especially when on a long trip.


Make Copies of Your Cards


Lastly, make copies of your plastic’s airline tickets and other documents on the back and front. You will need to leave copies of these documents with a family member or friends and take other copies with you. This way, it becomes easy to cancel your credit card if by bad luck you lose it during your trip.


All in all, traveling with your best plastic should not be hectic provided you know how to use it optimally. By following the insights we have shared in this post, you will be better placed to use your credit cards better in your future foreign trips.


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About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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