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Can I Use Airline & Travel Credits to Pay Award Change and Cancellation Fees?

Most airline loyalty programs now charge award change or cancellation fees, with costs ranging from a reasonable $20/25 for select changes on KrisFlyer, Emirates, or Etihad, to a slap-in-the-face $150 per ticket for close-in changes or redeposits through Delta’s SkyMiles program. That’s cold hard cash you’ve paid to the airline for the privilege of not flying with them. But thanks to travel credits provided on some of our favorite travel rewards cards, that cash doesn’t have to come from your wallet. Instead, you can pay the award change or cancellation fee using your credit card, and have the charge wiped as a statement credit.

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Best Rewards Cards for Travel Purchases in 2019

Bear in mind, the ‘best’ card is subjective. You need to factor in your circumstances to decide what card works best for you. Take into account your current travel goals and upcoming holiday plans. Which flexible currency transfers to your chosen airline? Is there a card with ancillary benefits that provide additional value like free checked bags or a particular insurance benefit? The answers to these questions will help you nail down an earn and burn strategy to reach your travel goals.

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How to Replace Non-Compliant State ID’s Affected by the Real ID Act

Starting October 20, 2018, residents of states impacted by the Real ID Act will need to update their identification to a TSA approved ID to fly any commercial flight, domestic or international. The states involved have all failed to issue a drivers license or state ID that is compliant with the Real ID Act. Who knows if this revised date will stick, but it is something to be aware of.

U.S. Bank Altitude™ Reserve Visa Infinite® Card

U.S. Bank is getting into the Ultra Premium Travel Rewards credit card market with a new card, the U.S. Bank Altitude™ Reserve Visa Infinite® Card. This card comes with a hefty $400 annual fee, but it is loaded with benefits, including a unique opportunity to earn unlimited 3x points on mobile purchases.