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Rental Car Rates Could Zoom Sky-High Thanks to Lobbyists

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/13/2017, 3:15 AM

Today, the American Car Rental Association (ACRA), a lobbying group for the car rental industry, is wrapping up its annual Washington, D.C. "Legislative Conference," during which it plots its political agenda and schmoozes lawmakers to help make it happen. But some of its battles against consumer protections have already been won on the state level. AutoSlash, the discount car rental aggregator, r...

Three American Express Credit Cards Drop Foreign Transaction Fees

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/22/2014, 3:45 PM

For years, most travel experts recommended Capital One for its industry-bucking policy of not charging a foreign transaction fee every time customers made a purchase outside the United States.  Capital One Venture's dominance among travelers is being challenged, though: American Express has uncharacteristically announced that three of its products will not charge foreign transaction fees a...

Whether to Buy a "Chip-and-Pin" Credit Card for Your Next European Trip, Is an Increasingly-Hard Decision to Make

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/10/2013, 3:45 PM

       A European credit card employing modern "chip and pin" technology, is clearly superior to the old-fashioned "magnetic stripe" credit cards issued to Americans.  But is it worth the time and expense to equip yourself with a "chip and pin" card for your next trip to Europe?      That's a hotly-disputed question.  My own one-time experience in buying a "chip and pin" card was not a...

Wanna Save That $25 Baggage Charge? Avoid the 3% Foreign Transaction Fee? Get Admission to a Comfy Lounge? Enjoy Priority Boarding? We Know How!

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/20/2013, 1:15 AM

     At the risk of being accused of touting a particular credit card (in which I have no interest whatever), it's important to alert all cost-conscious travelers about the new (and rather innovative) Chase Card for United Airlines passengers.  It costs $0 the first year, $95 the second year (thus $47.50 a year for the first two years), and primariy lets you and your travel companion each chec...

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