Tips to stay safe while traveling with credit cards

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Tips to stay safe while traveling with credit cards


Updated: December 25, 2012

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It is always exciting to go on a vacation. There is a lot of planning and organizing to do prior to the departure. In addition, to all the other aspects that are associated with the travel, it is also important to follow a few useful tips with regard to the credit card usage as well as carrying the right card. When you take the right card with you, it will give you a sense of security as you can be assured that you will not get stranded without being able to use your card. It is not always possible to carry cash wherever you go, especially if you are in a new location.

If you travel abroad, you must also consider the currency conversion. A good credit card will be a boon as it would be easier to use wherever you go. Taking care of these few aspects will make travel a lot easier and memorable.

Traveling with credit cards can be a great experience provided you take care of the necessary steps before you go on your vacation. The first thing to do would be to inform your bank that you are planning on going on a vacation to a foreign country. This is important when you travel abroad as you can ensure that you don’t have to go through any embarrassment such as your card getting declined after you make a huge purchase. Since credit cards are monitored very carefully, the card may get declined if you suddenly make a huge transaction from a foreign location. The banks are very vigilant about fraudulent transactions and if you don’t keep your banks informed they might simply block the card.

Interbank exchange rates will make it easier for banks when you use the credit cards while traveling. But you must do enough research prior to making your travel plans or you will get surprised when the bills finally arrive. You must be well aware of the foreign transaction fees that would be levied on the card. There are some cards that offer a lower fee. Also find out how foreign transactions are listed on the credit card statements. For instance, booking your ticket from a foreign country to your own country can result in extra fees.

Always be sure about the credit limit you have before taking the credit card with you. If you have not got an extension, then you have to spend cautiously. Carrying a Visa Card or MasterCard is always a good idea if you are traveling.

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