Planning a Vacation

Money moves to help make the most of your trip

Travel doesn’t have to be a luxury. You can plan a family trip on a budget, then use rewards and savings strategies to make it a reality. Our experts have tips on building a vacation fund, getting the best deals on flights, the best credit cards for travel rewards and more. Click on a link below to start planning your next journey.

Saving for a Vacation

How to Save for a Vacation

How to Save for a Vacation

Set aside money to make your dream trip a reality

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Set a Vacation Budget

Keep spending in line while you travel

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Family Trips That Don’t Break the Bank

Entertain your family without spending a fortune

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How to Plan a Last-Minute Family Trip

It’s not too late to plan a summer getaway that’s within your budget


Flights, Hotels and Rental Cars

Smart Ways to Travel Cheaply

Smart Ways to Travel Cheaply

Create a memorable trip, without a memorable price

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The Cheapest Way to Rent a Car

Nine ways to cut your rental car costs

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5 Tips to Find a Cheap Flight

Try these money-saving tips

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7 Ways to Find Cheap Hotel Rooms

Don’t blow your budget on lodging

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Steer Clear of These Booking Flubs

Five costly mistakes to avoid


Before Your Trip: Smart Money Moves

5 Things to Do Before Traveling Overseas With Your Credit Card

Traveling Abroad With a Credit Card

Five steps to take before using your plastic overseas

How to Get Cell Service While Traveling

Cell Phone Options When Traveling Overseas

Don’t pay costly roaming charges

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Where to Exchange Currency Without Paying Huge Fees

Get the best deal for your dollars

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Foreign ATM and Debit Card Fees by Bank

Find out what your bank charges before traveling overseas


During Your Trip: Smart Money Moves

I’m Going on Vacation — Should I Use My Credit Card for Purchases or Stick to Cash?

Cash or Credit? What to Use While You’re on Vacation

The pros and cons of using cash versus credit

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What to Do if You Lose Your Debit Card Overseas

Save your trip from getting derailed by a lost card

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Protect Your Identity While on Vacation

Seven ways to secure your personal information

As International Travel Takes Off, Credit Card Issuers Ground Foreign Transaction Fees

Dealing with an Overseas Robbery

Tips to protect yourself against theft, plus what to do if it happens


Travel Rewards

7 Ways Your Credit Card Could Save You Money on Holiday Travel

7 Ways Your Credit Card Could Save
You Money on Holiday Travel

Card perks can cut down your travel expenses

Can You Earn Credit Card Travel Rewards on Airbnb?

Earn Travel Rewards on Airbnb Stays

Get perks for paying with plastic

Looking for a Travel Credit Card That Allows You to Redeem Rewards for a Statement Credit?

3 Reasons to Get a Cash-Back Card for Your Next Trip

Plus one big reason not to get one

How to Choose a Travel Credit Card

How to Choose a Travel Credit Card

Find a travel credit card that best suits your lifestyle

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How to a Sign-up Bonus Can Make Vacation Affordable

Redeem a bonus to cut travel costs


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