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Jason Steele

Jason Steele

Jason Steele is a journalist who specializes in covering credit cards, award travel, and other areas of personal finance. As one of the nation’s leading experts in the credit card industry, Jason’s work has been featured at mainstream outlets such as Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, and Business Insider. As an expert in credit cards and consumer credit, Jason's been quoted in the Washington Post, the USA Today, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance.

  1. December 20, 2017

    In the last ten years, the introduction of ride-sharing has led to a complete revolution in both personal and business travel. This industry has been led by Uber, which now has more revenue than the entire U.S. rental car industry combined. The new Uber Visa card from Barclaycard offers some of the most valuable rewards available from any card.

  2. December 18, 2017

    Every year, the holiday season comes and goes. It starts with the flurry of retail sales that surround gift buying as well as the increased personal consumption triggered by the best deals of the year. But for many Americans, the holiday season ends with new debts and rising interest charges.

  3. November 16, 2017

    To get the most out of your office supply purchases, you need to use the right credit card. The right small business card can offer you bonus rewards from all your purchases at Office Depot, Office Max, Staples and any other office supply store.

  4. November 7, 2017

    You don’t have to give up your ability to earn rewards in order to use a promotional financing offer. There are many cards that have both a competitive rewards program and strong promotional financing on balance transfers. Check out these 6 best balance transfer cards that also offer rewards.

  5. October 30, 2017

    Would you ever consider paying a $450 annual fee for a credit card? Perhaps you should, as premium credit cards can offer exceptional value, even when compared to their soaring annual fees. In fact, the market for premium credit cards is extremely hot.

  6. October 13, 2017

    Nearly everyone would like to use their credit cards to earn a free flight, but unfortunately most airline credit cards charge an annual fee of $95 or more. Thankfully, there’s a small, but growing number of airline credit cards that have no annual fee.

  7. September 12, 2017

    Have you ever read the terms and conditions of a frequent flyer program? These documents were clearly written by teams of lawyers, and sometimes you almost have to be a lawyer to figure out how to redeem your miles. If you’re fed up with trying to decipher these complicated “reward” programs, then perhaps it’s time you reconsider how you earn your rewards and which credit card you use.

  8. August 30, 2017

    For several years, the Chase Sapphire Preferred was one of the best travel reward credit cards. It offers double Ultimate Rewards points on all travel and dining purchases, and your rewards could be transferred to miles with seven airlines or points with four hotel programs. You can also redeem points for 1.25 cents each towards travel reservations made through Chase.

  9. August 14, 2017

    It’s inevitable. Every fall Americans begin to panic as they realize that they will have to pay a premium to travel over the winter holidays. And it’s even worse for many who want to travel with the points and miles that they’ve earned from their credit cards.But it doesn’t have to be this way. This summer is the perfect time to start earning rewards for your winter travel.

  10. July 11, 2017

    While over a third of Americans have a four-year degree, less than 15% of those over 25 ever receive their master’s or doctoral degree. Just by being a graduate student, you’ve already placed yourself in an elite group. But being a graduate student might not actually feel so elite. Grad students are known for working hard and studying incredibly long hours, while scraping by on a shoestring budget.

  11. July 6, 2017

    There are few ideas as captivating as free travel. It’s an elusive goal for many, but it’s not impossible. To get there, you can use one of several strategies that offer travel opportunities that someone else will pay for. But first, you have to understand that free travel is never easy. As the saying goes, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, and any travel that you accept for free will come with other types of costs and obligations.

  12. June 15, 2017

    It can be incredibly hard to get out of credit card debt. As unsecured debt, credit card interest rates are generally much higher than those for a home or a car. Unlike a home mortgage or a student loan, the interest charges for credit card debt are never tax deductible. Finally, many people rely on their card’s line of credit to pay for everyday expenses, further increasing the debt that they are trying to pay off.

  13. June 12, 2017

    There’s no doubt that the Chase Freedom is one of the most popular reward credit cards of the last decade. With no annual fee, it’s been Chase’s entry level rewards card that you will find in a huge percentage of American Wallets. Most people just seem to like its formula of offering 5x rewards on up to $1,500 spent each quarter at featured merchants, and 1x elsewhere.

  14. May 30, 2017

    Do you find your credit score and credit reports to be a little bit mysterious? If so, then you’re not alone. The companies that create credit scores use secret formulas, and everyone else is left to guess what’s in it. Furthermore, there are many aspects of credit scores that are counterintuitive and seem to defy common sense. As a result, there are plenty of myths that have persisted about credit and credit scores.

  15. May 11, 2017

    If you watch television, then you’ve probably seen ads for Capital One’s Venture Rewards card. Its commercials feature famous actors like Jennifer Garner, Samuel L. Jackson, and Alec Baldwin. Behind all the star power, the Venture Rewards is a solid product that can offer you valuable travel rewards, but only if you know how to use it right.

  16. May 2, 2017

    Credit can be very confusing. Americans can be granted or denied a loan and have very little understanding why. In addition, you have to make a special request to view your own credit report, and it can be dozens of pages long and almost appear to be written in a different language.

  17. April 24, 2017

    Are you looking to earn the most possible rewards from your credit card? If so, then you have to choose between two different types of reward credit cards. One type are those that offer a fixed rate of return on all purchases. Then, there are others that feature bonuses for purchases from specific categories of merchants. When you choose a card that offers bonus rewards, the key is to earn rewards on the type of purchases you make the most. Capital One recently introduced its Capital One® Savor


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