Compare Travel Reward Credit Card Programs

With a few helpful tips, business travelers can navigate the murky waters of credit cards with rewards. Many business travel reward credit cards offer no balance transfer fees, zero interest promotions and opportunities to earn bonus miles and special seats at popular events.

Travel Reward Credit Card Programs

Before applying for a Visa credit card or MasterCard, read the credit card disclosures. The disclosures provide information about fees and interest rates related to a travel reward credit card. A 0% APR credit card or a card with no balance transfer fees may have high fees for late payments. Travel reward credit card programs frequently make customers compromise by paying fees. Before applying for a Visa credit card, make sure the deal is a good one. A 0% APR credit card or a MasterCard with no balance transfer fees will usually be the best deal.

Top Mileage Credit Card Picks

The best mileage credit card will allow customers to quickly rack up points or miles for free travel or cash back. A zero interest credit card can help save customers money by not charging them to use the card. Customers looking to move a high balance from another card should verify that a 0% APR credit card has no balance transfer fees before signing up for a card.

Some Favorite Mileage Credit Cards Include

  • The Capital One No Hassle Miles Rewards zero interest credit card has zero transfer fees, no annual fee and a 0% APR for new purchases until February 2010. In addition, the mileage credit card offers two miles for each dollar of monthly spending above $1,000 and 0.5 miles per dollar spent on all other purchases. The miles earned with the travel reward credit card can be used for flights, cruises, car rentals, hotel stays, merchandise or statement credit.
  • Bank of America Visa Signature rewards credit card lets business travelers earn one point for every dollar spent using the card. The credit card offers a 0% APR introductory rate for balance transfers that expire after 12 billing cycles. The travel reward credit card offers concierge service to customers, with preferred seating at sports and entertainment venues and last-minute seating at restaurants.
  • The American Express Preferred Rewards Gold Card rewards customers with 10,000 Membership Rewards bonus points for spending $500 in three months. This mileage credit card offers exclusive access to sold-out events and new customers can get approved in 60 seconds or less.

Visa Rewards Credit Card- Best Deals

To get the best deal on a Visa rewards credit card, applicants need to clean up their credit reports. Before applying for a Visa credit card, order a free credit report and check to see if there are any problems in the credit history. Late payments, defaults or too much credit will all impact the interest rates and credit limit offered by a Visa rewards credit card.

 

Chicago Select Travel Guide from Insight Guides

With the internet brim-full of travel websites and detailed information available at the touch of an app, what do we look for in a guidebook these days?

Inspiration – in the form of enticing photos or travel tips from a trusted source – keeps many traditional travel guide publishers going in these digital times. Insight Guides offers visitors ideas aplenty in its stylish Select series of city guides, wrapped up in an attractive, portable package.

Between the Covers of Chicago Select

Like other titles in the series, Chicago Select is aimed at experienced travelers who want to get under the skin of the city. Its linen cover, which sports a graphic design rather than the usual glossy travel snap, feels exclusive to the touch. Measuring just over 4.5 x 6 inches, it slips easily into your hand or handbag.

Inside, you won’t find blow-by-blow descriptions of every museum or extensive restaurant and hotel listings. Chicago’s famous Field Museum of Natural History, for example, only gets a paragraph within a larger entry for the Museum Campus. On the other hand, you’re likely to discover a quirky shop, a hip art gallery or a buzzing local cafe or tavern tucked away off the beaten tourist trail.

Chicago Select is the kind of guide you can dip into on the plane en route to the city. There are more than 100 experiences to inspire your time in the city, and each themed entry covers just one or two pages, making it easy to skim for items of interest.

Getting “In The Mood” for Chicago

A key feature of Chicago Select is its opening section, called “In the Mood for…..” This 12-page round-up directs readers to activities and sights of interest mentioned throughout the book, such as history, bars, gourmet restaurants, views or shopping. So whether you’re there on a romantic getaway or a family vacation, you can quickly locate your personal highlights.

The bulk of the guide is divided into eight Neighborhoods, with each chapter featuring the author’s recommendations for the best things to do in that area. While the well-known visitor attractions get at least a mention, if not always a full page, the aim of this book is to suggest the lesser-known, unusual or off-beat sights and experiences that visitors can easily miss without a local connection.

Chicago Select steers the reader to places like the Rotofugi Designer Toy Store and Gallery in Lincoln Park, or the Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park. It tells you where you can take a stand-up comedy class, buy Mexican candy or design your own robot.

First-time visitors to Chicago may be frustrated by the guide’s lack of the usual travel-guide direction. There are no lists of must-see sights, or text that helps you organize your time or orient yourself to the city. The format can be a little hit-and-miss if you’re looking for extensive information on a particular museum, attraction or restaurant, and not all the key sights are covered in depth.

But for travellers seeking authentic local experiences and ideas for a fresh approach to the city, Chicago Select is a gem. It may not have room for in-depth essays on the city’s architectural, ethnic or culinary mix – read those elsewhere before you go – but it’s a great little companion to help you discover the city locals know.

More About the Chicago Select Guide

Each chapter of Chicago Select is accompanied by a good, easy-to-read map of the area and some fine photos – two of Insight Guides’ long-standing strengths.

The hotel section, while not extensive, does give suggestions and brief write-ups for accommodations in such categories as Landmark Hotels, Family Friendly, Rooms With a View and so on. The Essentials chapter at the back gives useful, basic information on airports, transportation, discount cards and other practical matters.

The Chicago Select guide sells for £9.99 in the UK and $15.00 in the USA. It is available from all major booksellers. For more information, visit the Insight Guides website.

A Book of Travel Notes by a Travelling Writer

From travel blogs and literary travel writing to travel guides and books, a travel writer might demonstrate descriptive, informative, or narrative competences. Then, there is the instinctive writer.

British author Grant Eustace will tell you that nobody makes a writer write, yet writers keep writing simply because they cannot help it.

A professional writer in the field of communication (audio, print and film), Eustace kept jotting notes during the many travels he and, at times, his wife Janie took over several decades; simply because he could not help it. As photographers feel the urge to immortalize what they see, writers use words to record facts, impressions and emotions by fear that they might get lost in the abyss of their memory.

Then of course, there is the question of whether a traveler is different from a tourist. For Eustace, “the real traveller is the one taking notes.” And so he did, in the notebook he never leaves home without.

Sixty countries later, Eustace had collected a mass of observations, which he eventually compiled by themes for his book. Overall, it is a reckoning between frustration and pleasure. Moreover, it is about his eagerness to take the additional step that could lead to happenstance.

And so, the reader embarks on a voyage around the world, often to recurring destinations depending on the chapters’ themes. Whereas reading everything about a place might eventually weaken the interest, A Traveller’s Notebook provides incremental information based on the author’s knack for pinpointing the noteworthy.

When Eustace shares his road travel notes from the perspective of driving or being driven, entertaining are facts such as traffic in Gibraltar where cars must stop to let airplanes land since the road crosses the runway. As for flying, he engages the reader in the nearly fatal landing of an airplane even if he obviously lived to write about it. Somewhere in the process, one learns that Eustace was an officer in the Royal Navy and a helicopter pilot, adding insightful knowledge to facts.

He might continue with the incongruous sides of travel in a medley of subject matters judiciously observed, and expressed with attention-grabbing British-ism. And if the reader’s interest peaks about a place personally visited, Eustace probably had a distinctive encounter there.

On the other hand, if battlefields are not a favourite topic, it can be easily skipped. But, Eustace being passionate about history, what would be missed is a remarkable crash course in the American Wars, the Spanish Inquisition, WWII, and more. His personal penchant for the past, historical documentaries, and a historical novel give him an edge on such matters. Besides, the inveterate researcher never seems to fail to uncover the dormant; the observer to notice the unobvious; and the man to connect with resourceful characters. Then, there are the “chance encounters.”

Such is the case about a telegram found in a largely unsorted stack of documents that a wary curator eventually dug out for him. At the time, Eustace was doing preliminary research for a would-be-defunct drama project about the last day of Rommel. From his military background Eustace recognized the message as a war signal. In brief, the document had been “lost in transition” to a more appropriate filing venue. As for Eustace, the adrenaline rush of his discovery, and its subsequent disclosure to the curator, proved him right in his relentless search for the extraordinary.

His writing genre equally engages the armchair traveller with a conversational style spiced with humor. After all, Eustace wrote plays and series for BBC Radio 4 and currently for BBC World Services. As a result, the writing let the reading flow as if it were meant for audio. Furthermore, when he cites the British Ambassador to Haiti, “I am a Protestant in a Catholic country that’s 100% voodoo,” such an otherwise off-camera comment is an attention-getter, and keeper.

Last in this conversation about A Traveller’s Notebook, but not least, is the chapter about food. There is no indication that the writer is a home cook, or has any skills in the matter other than admitting to an innate sweet tooth, but he held his own with culinary encounters, better described as cultural delicacies.

Then, there is his take on travel companions, and about women; but just enough to let you know that whereas he is a discerning man, he keeps his distance, perhaps as a concern about gender misrepresentation: A territory that decades of holy matrimony and corporate life have taught him well.

Note: A Traveller’s Notebook shows the importance of note taking because the mind will forget what seemed unforgettable at the time. The challenge seems to have been about chapter titles, yet this writer should have remembered the importance of bookmarking.

Travelling Solo : Things to Carry

I will Travel one day to some Place on earth’, this is something everyone would have said at some point in their life. This remains phrase because this gets buried to the bust lifestyle, aspirations we as human beings have. Travel becomes the least important factor as everyone is busy going behind wealth and success. I am not saying that achieving success shouldn’t be your priority. Everyone should have a goal in life but that shouldn’t stop one from experiencing life to the fullest.

One such experience which most people miss in their lifetime is going to a long trip. There can be many reasons why many cannot realize the dream of going to their dream place. The reasons can be money, Family commitments, lack of company etc. One way to make it happen is to shut your mind and go on a solo travel, this way you are not dependent on anyone for anything. Don’t even plan the trip because this should be something memorable which you can cherish all your life. Planned things are never nice especially when you’re going solo.

While planning is not necessary, there some things you need to carry with you to make the travel happen. Here I will make a list of things which I carried during my solo trip and also include the ones which I missed during the trip.

Backpack

You may be wondering that this is something very basic and there is no need for me to mention this. Well, I learnt a lesson and I wouldn’t want you to go down the same lane. My recommendation is to take a Backpack with padded straps and not a sling type backpack because last time I travelled with a single strap backpack all the packed items fell off which wasn’t a great experience.

Portable Bags

When you visit places you tend to buy things which you would dispose after some time, carrying these things until their disposed is a challenge. That is why I advise you to take a set of plastic bags so that you can use them to carry things until you dispose them. Be environmental friendly folks, do not go with plastic bags, we already owe a lot to Mother Nature.

Pillows

Yes, as trivial as pillows. Last time I didn’t take my pillow I had a rough night because my body was adjusted to the pillow I was using. I suggest you to go for a Bamboo Pillow because it is very comfortable and portable. Also, it is nature friendly because it is made from shredded Bamboo memory foam.  I suggest you read this article on bamboo pillow reviews. Make sure you protect your sleep by carrying the right pillow, Sleep is very important during travel.

Money Belt

Money, yes you heard it right. Nothing happens without this and you also need to very often during the travel. It should be easily accessible and safe, this is exactly why a money belt should be used. It helps you to easily carry money, also since you tie it around your hip it is accessible and safe.

Jacket

Your trip may be unplanned but you certainly need to take care of your skin. You never know what weather conditions you will have to face in the place you are travelling to. Carrying a jacket should help you as you can wear it irrespective of the weather, it can protect your skin from both heat and cold making it the best option.

Shoes

I know that you would wear a shoes out of common sense but I would say that you cannot wear a normal shoe like otherwise. For this travel you should take with you a multi-purpose shoe which is suitable for all terrains. This way you are protected for all types of terrain, remember you trip is un planned and you never what you may run into.

Basic Medical Kit

While you should be very careful during the trip and be aware of your surroundings. That doesn’t mean that you can come without a medical kit. Medical kit is a pre-requisite and you shouldn’t even dream of travelling without one. Carry Band-Aids, Anti septic lotions, Tablets for common illness like Fever, cold, diarrhoea, loose motion etc. If you want to avoid the hassle of choosing what goes into the kit, Go and buy a Travel medical kit.

Phone Charger

Can you imagine a day without your phone, No I am not saying that you cannot stay away from the social world, that is of least importance to me because you are travelling and you wouldn’t need something virtual as social media. But the fact is that a mobile phone is more than just social media apps, it has certain lifesaving apps especially when you are on your own. Now A mobile phone without a charger is like driving a car without fuel, Research says that 70% of people forget their chargers whenever they go for travel. I hope you won’t be included in that 70%

Folder

You need all your documents to safe and intact, this is why take a sturdy folder to carry all these documents. There have been instances where people were arrested for not having the documents. I don’t want you to be in such a situation. That too it would be terrible to be in a prison of another country.

Clothes

I am sure you will carry clothes but many a times we tend to carry unwanted clothes. The biggest mistake one can do is have a heavy bag during travel that too with clothes which aren’t useful. Make a list of clothes to carry which will help you to cover yourself for all types of weather and depending on the number of days carry specific set of clothes.

Snack bars

There can be times when food is scarce due to many reasons. You may be in a remote place or you just may not like the food available in the place. This is exactly why you should carry some snack bars with you so that you can kill your hunger with these snack bars.

This pretty much what you must be carrying to fulfil the basic travel needs, well the list may not be complete because each one of us have different needs but make sure you at least have the above items as their very important for any travel. Hoping that you go for trip and I am sure you will have the time of your life. Should have any questions or would like to include anything to the list above, feel free to shoot them in the comments section.