Plastic across the pond: Best card features for travel
Before you head overseas, make sure that you’re packing the right credit card. Some make better travel companions than others.
As you check to see if your passport is up to date, also size up the cards in your wallet to avoid getting slapped with foreign transaction fees. Those can run as high as 3 percent every time you swipe — which means if you charge $4,000, you’ll be hit with $120 in fees.
A credit card bearing an airline’s brand name can be good to have, because those can offer free checked bags, priority boarding and other perks to make your travel experience smoother.
A card issued by a major bank with international partnerships might allow you to avoid ATM fees if you need cash while you’re outside the U.S.
And a card with “travel protection” can provide some coverage similar to travel insurance, but it’s much more limited in scope.
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