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Travel Credit Card Decision

March 26th, 2017 at 08:04 am

I ended up applying for the Capital One Venture card that Buendia recommended. I didn't get much input here, and didn't have a lot of time to look into it, but it seemed probably the best card for our purposes.

When the credit card arrives, we will book our hotel. We haven't decided anything but seem to have infinite options. I think it is most likely that we will rent an apartment with a kitchen. It's just so cheap right now with the favorable exchange rates.

This credit card has no fee for the first year. We will close the card before the year is over. If we like the card and it is useful, it is something to keep in mind for the future, especially for a less impromptu trip.

I just want a card without foreign transaction fees. It looks like we may also be able to get a $400 travel credit, which I am not sure is going to be very useful in our situation. But, if it works, we will save $400.

For now, I just want to get the credit card so that we can finalize a hotel.

3 Responses to “Travel Credit Card Decision”

  1. snafu Says:

    Does Capital One Venture accept Air bnb bookings? We've just returned from a long adventure using several Air bnb condos which exceeded any expectation and price point we'd come to expect from previous, similar trips. It's important to be able to outline location issues and apartment needs. For example, we don't rent a car or drive in SE Asia so walking distance to public transportation was a top priority. We don't speak the local language so having front desk service during business hours was helpful to facilitate travel/return to planned destinations and suggestions for staff's favorite restaurants, sites, shopping venues, grocery, services written in local dialect etc

  2. debtfreeme Says:

    I am not sure which card you charged your tickets but make sure you know their travel assistance. For example if I charge tickets on my Amex card I am automatically enrolled in travel insurance for $4. There is all sorts of benefits so I would check you card so you know in advance.

    Amex also has things like lost luggage, car coverage for rentals, etc. so I always know what kind of support the cards offer. My Chase card has different help if I use them for hotels.

  3. monkeymama Says:

    I should have said that we were looking at apartment-hotels, specifically. Not doing a private rental for this trip.

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