Credit cards are highly beneficial when traveling to a foreign country. While it’s good to have cash on hand for tipping and public transportation, credit cards are by far the easiest method of payment. There is no need to search for a currency exchange. Simply swipe your credit card at hotels, restaurants and other venues, and your credit card company converts your foreign currency.
But while credit cards are convenient and useful for foreign travel, don’t randomly select a credit card. Some credit cards are better suited for foreign travel. In fact, Capital One offers several credit cards that are rated highly for foreign travel. Ideally, you want a credit card that doesn’t charge a fee for converting your foreign currency, and one that offers a few travel perks.
Bring this credit card when traveling internationally and pay no foreign transaction fee. With this credit card’s rewards program, you earn 1.25 miles per dollar spent on every purchase. Spend $1,000 on the card within the first three months and earn a bonus 10,000 miles. You can redeem your miles for airline tickets, car rentals and hotels. Plus, you can redeem miles on any airline. There are no blackout travel dates and no annual fee. Other card features include 0% interest through August 2013.
This Capital One credit card lets you earn 2 miles per dollar spent on every purchase. There is no foreign transaction fee, and like the Capital One VentureOne rewards credit card, you earn 10,000 bonus miles when you spend $1,000 within the first three months. Other features include the ability to redeem your miles on any travel-related expense. Book on the airline of your choice and enjoy miles that never expire. There are no blackout travel dates. The $59 annual fee is waived the first year.
This credit card also features no foreign transaction fee, plus a few travel benefits. With 24-hour travel assistance, you receive an emergency replacement card if your card is lost or stolen. Book your airline ticket with the Capital One Platinum Prestige credit card and receive free travel insurance. And if you rent a car with your Platinum Prestige credit card, you receive damage, collision and loss insurance with your rental. There is no annual fee and 0% interest on balance transfers and purchases through November 2013.
Book your international flights and hotels through Orbitz and earn three points on every dollar spent, plus bonus points on eligible purchases. You earn one point on all other purchases. Points never expire and there is no limit to how many points you can earn. Redeem your points for travel, merchandise, gift cards and cash. There is no foreign transaction fee and no annual fee. Other Platinum benefits include 24-hour travel assistance, travel accident insurance and auto rental insurance. Enjoy 0% interest on purchases through August 2013.