Why You Should Consider a 'Second City' Trip in 2021

Travel is different this year, but that’s not a bad thing. Get creative with the places you visit, and don’t overlook the benefits of visiting the second cities.

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Plan My Trip: Top Websites for Travel Deals

Every travel website claims it can get you the best deal. But which ones should you trust? Here are some of the top travel sites for coupon deals, negotiated-rate hotels, last-minute offers and

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What Changed While You Were Ignoring Travel

Basically, every premium travel credit card became a premium living-your-life credit card. Some of these changes are temporary. Others were temporary, but keep getting extended as travel …

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How to Travel Safely and Cheaply in Summer 2021

Getting fully vaccinated is the first step toward travel safety, but it’s not the last. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued updated guidelines for vaccinated travelers

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The Best Days to Book a Flight and When to Fly

In the 2019 Travel Pricing Outlook, the data show that the best time to book flights is three weeks before your trip. » Learn more: When is the best time to buy airline tickets? Book flights on a

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Where U.S. Citizens Can Travel Right Now

Card travel insurance — certain premium travel cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve® and The Platinum Card® from American Express offer various levels of …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is becoming more and more important as people look to book future trips during this uncertain time. Whether you’d like to know more about what type of policy to get or are just

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How to Find Travel Insurance That Offers COVID Coverage

Travel insurance providers have a list of standard reasons that qualify for cancellation, including: car accident, jury duty, terrorist act, military duty and other extenuating circumstances.

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Overrated Travel Gear That You Should (Probably) Never

Some travel blogs will say you need special “travel shoes” to withstand the cobblestones of Europe while still feeling comfy on the long flight there. But unless you’re buying hiking boots

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How Credit Card Issuers Define ‘Travel’

Nowadays, travel aggregators and discount travel sites, such as Expedia, also use this MCC. Taxicabs and limousines (MCC 4121). This category can now include services like Uber and Lyft.

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Fly Now, Pay Later: Are Travel Loans a Good Idea

If you travel often or want to start, consider applying for a travel credit card. These cards earn points or miles that you can redeem for travel expenses, and some have a sign-up bonus to

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How to Use the Interactive COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map

The rapidly changing world travel situation means that information must be updated just as quickly, and the interactive COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map provides the latest details, which helps

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How the COVID Era Has Inspired Travel for 2021

Travel providers already anticipate people will prefer luxury in 2021. Qatar Airways launched service out of San Francisco in December with 36 …

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How to Travel to Orlando on Points and Miles

For travel in May 2021, for example, we were able to find fares to Orlando for as low as 2,510 Rapid Rewards points from Detroit and 3,815 points from New York-LaGuardia. If …

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Best Travel Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses Today

These rewards can be redeemed for a respectable rate of 1.25 cents each when booking travel through the Chase portal, but can be worth even more if …

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Is Travel Insurance Worth Getting

Travel insurance covers a number of travel-related risks, from flight cancellations to lost bags to medical emergencies. The dollar amount of your coverage depends on the policy you bought and

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How Clean Is Your Hotel

About the author: Sally French is a travel rewards expert at NerdWallet who has covered the tourism industry for more than a decade. Read more.

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How Safe Is Air Travel Right Now

The question of air travel safety is, in some ways, a Catch-22. If everybody decides it is safe to fly, then planes and airports will get flooded with travelers, and it will no longer be safe.

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Best Travel Insurance of 2021

The 2021 winner of NerdWallet's Best-Of Awards in the travel insurance category for single and long-term policies is the Explorer Plan by World Nomads. Here's why.

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Global Entry Travelers Now Have an 18-Month Renewal Grace

The entire travel industry is making changes to give travelers more flexibility. Airlines and hotels have extended deadlines to change flights , use hotel nights and earn elite status .

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Do Travel Agents Really Save You Money

Travel agents are also wonderful for providing destination advice. Many specialize in particular destinations and will be able to provide insight as to how you should structure your visit.

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As Travel Rebounds, Credit Cards Can Unlock Perks From

A flood of pent-up demand is about to hit airports and hotels. The right credit card can help you hark back to travel's heyday by dodging some of the lines, the noise and the fees.

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Why You Should Get Your New Travel Card 6 Months Ahead of

Because travel is not exactly the hottest industry at the moment and some credit card companies are desperate for business, many welcome offers are extra generous.

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How to Adjust Your Credit Card Strategy for 2021 Travel

As vaccines roll out and safer travel is potentially on the horizon, now is the time to start thinking about how you can use a travel rewards credit card, which gives cardholders points or miles

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Check Your Medicare Coverage Before Traveling Again

Travel medical insurance acts like health insurance when you’re away from home, although it generally doesn’t cover routine medical care. (Need a …

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Travel Loyalty in 2021: What to Consider

After months of crunching and recrunching data as the pandemic upended travel, NerdWallet has released its best travel rewards rankings for 2021. And, although travel …

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Flying for the Holidays

The same goes if you’re trying to book a flight using your travel rewards. Many U.S. airlines offer different levels of award pricing based on demand, so …

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Vacation Loans: Finance Your Travel

Travel credit cards: If you travel frequently and have good or excellent credit (690 or higher FICO), you may qualify for a travel credit card that offers a sign-up bonus and other perks that

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7 Things to Know About the American Forces Travel Booking

American Forces Travel also offers packages that users can use to book flights in combination with hotels or car rental for even deeper discounts. On …

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Vaccine Passports and Travel: What We Know

About the author: Sam Kemmis is a travel rewards expert at NerdWallet specializing in airline and hotel loyalty programs. He is the founder of MyTravelNerd, a personalized travel newsletter.

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Cash Back vs. Travel: How to Choose Credit Card Rewards

A travel card is an excellent choice if you travel frequently and can take full advantage of the side perks. A cash-back card, though, is usually less expensive and comes with more versatile

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The Complete Guide to Hilton Transfer Partners

When you use American Express Membership Rewards points to reserve prepaid hotels through American Express Travel, your points are worth …

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How to Earn or Redeem Points and Miles on Airbnb Stays

Start with a travel rewards card to earn points on every purchase. The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card , for example, offers 2x points on all travel purchases, including Airbnb bookings.

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Does My Travel Insurance Cover Coronavirus

Comprehensive travel insurance policies offer the highest levels of trip cancellation and trip interruption coverage. If you have a premium travel credit …

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How to Maximize the Capital One Spark Miles Select for

You can earn more rewards with the Capital One Spark Miles Select for Business card by booking travel through Capital One and combining miles from other cards.

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Your Guide to the Hawaiian Airlines Award Chart

Check out these articles for more inspiration and advice: Find the best travel credit card for you 10 ways to save on an Oahu vacation 6 reasons …

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Smart Money Podcast: Air Travel and Collections Accounts

Travel Nerds recommend buying tickets early while prices are low and then taking advantage of flexibility in airlines’ cancellation and change policies if …

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Guide to Southwest Transfers and Partnerships

The Rapid Rewards Dining program is a little tricky, but once you get it set up, you unlock potential earnings of 3 points per $1 spent at participating restaurants. To maximize dining-based

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RV Loans: 2021 RV Financing Options

RV loans help finance the purchase of a new or used recreational vehicle. Compare RV loans from Bank of the West, LightStream and more.

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First-Time RV-Buying Mistakes to Avoid

Pop-up trailers and truck campers start at around $6,000, according to the RVIA. Travel trailers usually range from $6,000 to $55,000, while fifth-wheel trailers range from $18,000 to $160,000.

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Discover it Miles Offer Details NerdWallet

Simply pay for travel purchases like airlines, hotels, rental cars, and more with your Discover it® Miles card. Discover is accepted nationwide by 99% of the places that take credit cards.

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