My First EVER Credit Card Denial

Tweet Over the last 15 years, I’ve been playing the travel credit card game with differing amounts of commitment. However, in an effort to be completely open and transparent, I want to let you know that I was denied for a credit card for the first time ever. Now, there have been occasions where I’ve received […]

Travel Credit Cards With Benefits that May Justify an Annual Fee Beyond the First Year

Tweet Every year we’re all forced to think deeply. To cancel or not to cancel.  That is the question.  Whether tis more cost effective to cancel or to keep a credit card account open. Some plastic is clearly only worth the sign up bonus, but other travel credit cards with benefits may in fact be […]

The Travel Credit Card that Yields the Most Satisfaction Feedback (and the Card with the Most Horror Stories)

Tweet I get emails. In some of the emails I receive, people lavish me with thanks because they’re so glad they’ve been able to start to travel for less than they ever imagined. The card I’m thanked most often for suggesting is the Chase Sapphire Preferred. While I hate to say there is a ‘best credit […]

Travel Credit Card Reward Spending Guide By Bonus Categories

Tweet By owning Help Me Travel Cheap, I sometimes get to cheat.  I get to do things that I’d like to do anyways and turn it into a blog post. If you’re going to turn credit card rewards into nearly free travel, you’ll need to know which is the best card to use for different […]

Best Travel Credit Card Without an Ongoing Annual Fee

Tweet Look, I don’t like paying for an annual fee if I don’t have to.  But I’ll be upfront regarding our discussion for the best travel credit cards without an annual fee. Sometimes paying an annual fee is the wisest choice.  Don’t automatically rule out cards with an annual fee, or it might be to […]

A Chicago O’Hare Induced Near Panic Attack and the Value of Knowledge

Tweet This is a typical story about a country boy who goes to the big city. In our story today, I’m the country boy and Chicago is the big city.  Yesterday, I arrived on US soil for the first time in seven months.  What I didn’t know when I arrived into Chicago O’Hare airport … […]

How to Find the Best Credit Card Reward Program for Free Car Rentals

Tweet This week I had a question from a new Help Me Travel Cheap reader.  It was a question I hadn’t seriously researched, so it was time to fire up my slick Mac and get to work. Wait!  Before I get too far, I guess I should let you know what the question was. Craig, […]