I often fly with different airlines like Air France and Southwest Airlines. What card would you recommend to do some shopping outside the US?

Answered on October 08, 2017
Updated on October 08, 2017
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Amy Miller Amy Miller
A travel credit card with rewards offered by a major bank can be a good option for you. Travel rewards cards are not co-branded with airlines but allow you to earn miles towards future getaways. All miles you've earned can be redeemed for travel statement credits or cash. When redeem, you are not limited to airlines, you can redeem with any airline. Miles never expire and there is no limit on how many miles you can earn. Also, travel cards do not charge foreign transaction fees and come with chip technology, so you can use your card while you are abroad without overpaying.
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What is the best credit card for you depends on your travel habits and needs. You should consider several things before you apply for a travel credit card. Firstly, if you often fly with one airline, airline co-branded credit card may be a good choice. On the one hand, this type of cards often comes with travel benefits like lounge access, free checked bag and more. On the other, airline cards often have limited redemption options - you may redeem earned miles on this airline and its partners (if it has any). Travel rewards credit cards offer more flexible redemption optins - you can...
You are right, the Allegiant credit card comes with $59 annual fee. However, they no longer charge the foreign transaction fee. If you want to have a credit card that you can use for miles earning for Allegiant Air flights, you should consider travel rewards credit cards that are not tied to any airline. These cards allow you to earn rewards on all purchases and redeem them for any flights you wish. You can also consider credit cards with no foreign transaction fees to see if there is the right credit card for you.
A foreign transaction fee is a fee that you are charged every time you use your card to make a purchase in another country. Usually this fee is charged as a percentage of the purchase - common it is 2%-3%. If you are a frequent traveler and shop abroad, it's better to apply for a credit card with a no foreign transaction fee. What is more, even if you're using your credit card to pay at a non-U.S. retailer, you may be charged a fee. Many credit card issuers don't add foreign transaction fees to their credit cards.

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