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I’m in the market for some good Carnival cruise deals, but I don’t necessarily want to get the credit card that they issue. Can you suggest some things to look for in a great travel rewards credit card?

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Leo Zhu

Absolutely. When you’re looking for deal on travel, rewards credit cards are definitely the way to go. But you’re smart not to go straight for a co-branded card in every case. Other cards may give you more flexibility, better terms, lower APRs, and other perks you haven’t even considered. One thing you want to definitely have in a travel credit card is low fees. For example, you’ll want a card that offers no foreign transaction fees. This way, if you travel overseas, you won’t pay an extra 2-3% on each purchase. Another thing you want is a card that gives you flexible reward point redemption. Being able to transfer points from a miles program to a hotel loyalty program or even cash back puts the power in your hands, as to how you’ll use the points you worked to accrue. Flexible redemptions and no foreign transaction fees are the two big things you’ll want to look for in a credit card for travel.

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