If you hope to fly home to be with family but don't yet have a ticket, take heart. You may not be out of luck, and these strategies can boost your odds of success.
Assuming you're paying your bill in full every month, you can maximize the time you have use of money without having to pay interest on it.
Consumers who know in advance that they will rack up credit card debt during the holidays might want to consider a looking for promotional financing now. A better plan: Spend what you can pay in full each month.
If you carry a balance -- and have good credit -- a card that carries a low interest rates can save you money. It's likely you've never heard of some of the best deals around.
If you don't go by your first name, or if you've recently changed your name, you have all the more reason to check your credit report.
In the US, about 80 percent of all payments are made without cash, a study says, but that's not enough to put the country among the most cashless.
The lowest APR might not be the best deal for you. Take a look at fees, how long you'll get to keep that rate and how the transfer might affect your credit score.
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