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Visually Impaired Travelers Can Cash in Credit Card Rewards to Buy the Sunu Band Travel Aid

Visually Impaired Travelers Can Cash in Credit Card Rewards to Buy the Sunu Band Travel Aid

In a Nutshell: When we think of cashing in credit card rewards, we almost immediately think of travel and travel-related items. The Sunu Band is an innovative product designed as a travel aid for the visually impaired. The smartband uses technology such as radar, haptic feedback, and GPS to help low-vision and blind travelers navigate unfamiliar places safely and with confidence. The Sunu Band pairs with a smartphone app to give users maximum guidance, including voice directions. Yes,... read more »

WOW Club Offers Curated Travel Adventures for Women Looking to Redeem Credit Card Rewards

WOW Club Offers Curated Travel Adventures for Women Looking to Redeem Credit Card Rewards

In a Nutshell: Sumitra Senapaty saw many fellow women deferring their travel plans in favor of family and career responsibilities. So she started WOW Club in 2005 to encourage them to indulge their sense of adventure. Each year, WOW (Women on Wanderlust) plans dozens of global experiences that women can enjoy safely in small groups. The service is also popular with credit card rewards enthusiasts looking for a worthwhile use for their points. Sumitra Senapaty discovered a love for... read more »

The Allplane Podcast and Blog Deliver Aviation News for Travelers Cashing in Credit Card Rewards

The Allplane Podcast and Blog Deliver Aviation News for Travelers Cashing in Credit Card Rewards

In a Nutshell: Here at CardRates, we love cashing in our credit card rewards for travel. Of course, 2020 has been a challenging year on that front. But Allplane -- a blog, podcast, and consulting firm that covers all things aviation -- is there to provide travelers with the latest industry developments. The website began life as a humble blog but quickly gained traction in the industry. Founder Miquel Ros provides flight reviews on Allplane where he explores new planes, new airlines,... read more »

Visit Tallinn, Estonia, and Turn Credit Card Rewards into Unique, Memorable Experiences

Visit Tallinn, Estonia, and Turn Credit Card Rewards into Unique, Memorable Experiences

In a Nutshell: Here at CardRates, we’re always on the lookout for cool, unique ways to cash in on credit card rewards. Travel often rises to the top of our list, and visiting Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, has lots to offer. The city is a melting pot of history and modern life. The many museums and the cobblestone streets of Old Town, the original city center, hold nearly a millennium of stories. Meanwhile, restaurants, cafés, and bustling markets tell the city’s story today.... read more »

BeRightBack Travel Subscriptions Offer 65 European Mini-Adventures Perfect for Card Reward Enthusiasts

BeRightBack Travel Subscriptions Offer 65 European Mini-Adventures Perfect for Card Reward Enthusiasts

In a Nutshell: BeRightBack is an innovative travel subscription service that offers UK residents travel options in Europe without the planning hassle. Members build a profile that includes the cities they’d like to visit, pay a monthly fee, and the service delivers a high-quality two-night adventure in one of 65 continental destinations three times per year. And the subscription pricing model allows credit card rewards enthusiasts to effortlessly earn points simply by putting money... read more »

Travelers Can Cash in Their Credit Card Rewards and Pick Up One of Caraa’s Stylish, Utilitarian Handbags

Travelers Can Cash in Their Credit Card Rewards and Pick Up One of Caraa’s Stylish, Utilitarian Handbags

In a Nutshell: We enjoy covering the ins and outs of credit cards, and that’s especially true when it comes to credit card rewards. That means that we’re always dreaming of cool ways to cash in on those rewards, whether it's traveling abroad or trading them for cash to buy great products that make trips even better. The stylish and comfortable bags offered by Caraa make for the perfect travel accessory. Designed to combine utility and style, the company’s bags hit the bullseye.... read more »

Turn Your Credit Card Rewards into Lasting Memories at El Pescador, a Belizean Fly-Fishing Resort

Turn Your Credit Card Rewards into Lasting Memories at El Pescador, a Belizean Fly-Fishing Resort

In a Nutshell: Even when we aren’t writing about credit cards here at CardRates, we’re often dreaming of great ways to cash in credit card rewards. And applying our credit card rewards toward unique getaways is one of our favorite ways to make our credit cards work for us. Recently, we learned about the El Pescador fly-fishing resort in Belize. The resort offers one of the world’s best fishing spots for year-round bonefish, permit, and tarpon. It also provides plenty of... read more »

tourHQ Connects Credit Card Rewards Enthusiasts with Expert Guides for Custom Travel Experiences

tourHQ Connects Credit Card Rewards Enthusiasts with Expert Guides for Custom Travel Experiences

In a Nutshell: Credit card rewards enthusiasts who love to travel can connect with thousands of expert guides and tour operators around the world through tourHQ. Qualified tourHQ local guides respond to individual proposals and work with each traveler to tailor a custom journey that can lead to lasting memories. And, as virtual travel becomes popular across the globe, tourHQ offers more than 300 online experiences for adventures at home. The key to using credit card rewards wisely on... read more »

FamiliesGo! Offers Tips on Traveling with Children for Those Looking to Cash in Credit Card Rewards

FamiliesGo! Offers Tips on Traveling with Children for Those Looking to Cash in Credit Card Rewards

In a Nutshell: Traveling is great. Traveling with a kid is also great -- but different. FamiliesGo! understands this and provides a wealth of resources on how to travel with kids, including where to go, how to get there, and what to do when you're there. The handy website also includes planning guides, packing lists, and an array of itineraries for destinations all over the world for parents looking to cash in on credit card rewards. We spoke with FamiliesGo! Co-Founder and... read more »

Athens Insiders: Cash In Credit Card Rewards for a Unique, Personalized Getaway to Greece

Athens Insiders: Cash In Credit Card Rewards for a Unique, Personalized Getaway to Greece

In a Nutshell: We love traveling here at CardRates, and we also love cashing in our hard-earned credit card rewards for great deals and experiences. Athens Insiders offers the option to do just that with the company’s customizable, unique, and authentic Greece travel packages. The company is motivated by the understanding that the very best travel experiences are often the ones that are the most authentic. So, Athens Insiders’ tour guides are the real deal, providing travelers with... read more »

Make the Most of Credit Card Rewards with Jubel and its Extraordinary Travel Experiences

Make the Most of Credit Card Rewards with Jubel and its Extraordinary Travel Experiences

In a Nutshell: Traveling should be an adventure, according to Jubel. The tech-based, dynamic travel platform helps people plan exciting, one-of-a-kind trips without the logistical hassles of DIY booking and without the high price tag of a personal travel agent. Those who simply have the urge to go somewhere but haven’t decided on a destination yet can work with Jubel to plan out a unique trip based on their interests, time constraints, and budgets. The company even offers surprise... read more »

PortaPocket: A Wearable Pocket that Helps Travelers Discreetly Stash Phones, Cards, and Necessities

PortaPocket: A Wearable Pocket that Helps Travelers Discreetly Stash Phones, Cards, and Necessities

In a Nutshell: PortaPocket helps people carry their valuables discreetly and hands-free, whether they're at the gym, walking the dog, or traveling around the world. Its modular wearable pocket system fits everyone and holds credit cards, phones, and other personal items more securely than wallets or handbags. PortaPocket products are also flexible and comfortable enough for daily wear so people can focus on their lives or their adventures. The last thing adventurers want to think... read more »

Africa Odyssey Safari and Travel Consultants Help Adventure Seekers Turn Their Credit Card Rewards into Unique Experiences

Africa Odyssey Safari and Travel Consultants Help Adventure Seekers Turn Their Credit Card Rewards into Unique Experiences

In a Nutshell: The thrill of an unexpected adventure often makes travel special, but finding it yourself isn't easy. That's why the staff at Africa Odyssey works closely with clients to deliver unique African safari or beach experiences filled with drama, romance, and luxury. Africa Odyssey has been a mainstay in itinerary planning in eastern and southern Africa for more than 20 years. The company is a perfect travel partner for families, couples, and adventure seekers everywhere who... read more »

Trafi Helps Cities Manage Transportation While Offering Consumers Price Transparency and Payment Capabilities so They Can Leave their Credit Cards at Home

Trafi Helps Cities Manage Transportation While Offering Consumers Price Transparency and Payment Capabilities so They Can Leave their Credit Cards at Home

In a Nutshell: Trafi helps cities deliver mobility as a service (MaaS) to transportation consumers. Users can compare prices, plan routes, and book and pay for mass transit, ride-hailing, and even bike- and scooter-sharing services through Trafi-powered apps. Trafi currently operates as the MaaS delivery foundation in Berlin, Germany, and is set to roll out in Munich and across Switzerland soon. It enables cities to leverage more of transportation's potential as an engine of economic... read more »

Going Awesome Places: Itineraries, Guides, and Reviews that Help Travelers Plan Adventures and Maximize Credit Card Rewards

Going Awesome Places: Itineraries, Guides, and Reviews that Help Travelers Plan Adventures and Maximize Credit Card Rewards

In a Nutshell: Will Tang became passionate about travel while he was a student backpacker, and he started Going Awesome Places to transform that interest into a career. The site offers detailed itineraries and knowledgeable guides, and has grown into a go-to resource for travelers looking to maximize credit card rewards on their journeys. And during the COVID-19 pandemic, Going Awesome Places is expanding to help adventurers discover experiences they can have closer to home. In a way,... read more »

Homelike Helps Extended-Stay Business Travelers Save Time and Money by Connecting Them with Rental Properties in the EU

Homelike Helps Extended-Stay Business Travelers Save Time and Money by Connecting Them with Rental Properties in the EU

In a Nutshell: Accommodations for business travelers are typically designed for short stays. But when professionals need to work for weeks or months away from home, they need better options than hotels or expensive apartments. Homelike connects those frequent long-term business travelers with high-quality furnished apartments. The platform works seamlessly across a network of properties in more than 400 EU cities. Homelike aims to streamline extended-stay travel for businesses and... read more »

Escape: Harnessing the Power of Big Data to Help Travelers Find Flight Bargains On Their Own Schedules

Escape: Harnessing the Power of Big Data to Help Travelers Find Flight Bargains On Their Own Schedules

In a Nutshell: The airline industry uses a dynamic pricing approach, which means travelers can never be sure if they're getting a bargain. And traditional travel search engines aren't set up for people who just want to explore their options before deciding where and when to travel. Escape eases those pain points by pulling real-time pricing data from trusted global sources and allowing users to filter it any way they want — including for COVID-19-related restrictions. Whether users... read more »

Cook Travel Connects Travelers with Surprising Savings on First Class and Business Class Air Fares

Cook Travel Connects Travelers with Surprising Savings on First Class and Business Class Air Fares

In a Nutshell: For some of us, first-class and business-class flights are the exceptions rather than the rule, but Cook Travel takes upgrading from economy one step closer to reality. For almost 40 years, the company has provided its customers with significant discounts on first-class and business-class flights. Cook Travel is able to deliver these discounts because of its long-running relationships with airlines and other corporations. The company also provides discounts on luxury... read more »

Equal Eats Helps Travelers with Food Restrictions Dine Abroad in Confidence with Handy Dietary Translation Cards

Equal Eats Helps Travelers with Food Restrictions Dine Abroad in Confidence with Handy Dietary Translation Cards

In a Nutshell: Traveling abroad can raise anxiety levels for people who suffer from food allergies because language barriers can make it challenging to express dietary restrictions. Equal Eats solves this problem with its handy dietary translation cards. The cards provide details in more than 50 languages about food allergies and other dietary restrictions, such as adhering to a vegan, halal, or kosher diet. The cards are growing in popularity in the U.S. as well, as diners discover... read more »

Steve Dasseos, Founder of TripInsuranceStore, Shares How Travelers Can Protect Their Vacation’s Financial Commitments Amid a Pandemic

Steve Dasseos, Founder of TripInsuranceStore, Shares How Travelers Can Protect Their Vacation’s Financial Commitments Amid a Pandemic

In a Nutshell: TripInsuranceStore was one of the first one-stop-shop internet sites for travel insurance. Today, the website and its founder, Steve Dasseos, helps countless travelers protect their financial investments when booking a trip for business or pleasure. During a global pandemic, those insurance plans become more important — and sometimes harder to understand. Most people don’t plan a big vacation in the days leading up to their departure. In fact, many people start... read more »

LoungeBuddy from American Express Gives Amex Card Members Exclusive Access to Luxurious Airport Lounges Around the World

LoungeBuddy from American Express Gives Amex Card Members Exclusive Access to Luxurious Airport Lounges Around the World

In a Nutshell: LoungeBuddy is an app-based booking service that lets travelers find and book an airport lounge visit for a small fee. The company was formed in 2013 and acquired by American Express in April 2019. The booking service is now exclusively available to Amex card members, but anyone can use the LoungeBuddy app to see which lounges are available at an airport they’re traveling through, and determine whether they may already be entitled to access through their credit card or... read more »

TripActions: A Business Travel Platform That Saves Companies Money and Increases Traveler Satisfaction

TripActions: A Business Travel Platform That Saves Companies Money and Increases Traveler Satisfaction

In a Nutshell:  TripActions is a comprehensive business travel management platform that lets companies manage all aspects of employee business travel and expenses. TripActions is revolutionizing how companies approach the challenges of business travel with a range of features that allows for real-time visibility into travel spend, dynamic policy definition and control, and integrated expense reconciling, among other advantages. The recent introduction of TripActions Liquid™, a... read more »

Sweden’s Disgusting Food Museum Offers a Taste of the Terrible While Raising Ideas About Sustainability and Unity Through Food

Sweden’s Disgusting Food Museum Offers a Taste of the Terrible While Raising Ideas About Sustainability and Unity Through Food

In a Nutshell: While vacations may be temporarily halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we at CardRates daydream about the next time we get to cash in some credit card rewards and hop on a plane. One of the most interesting experiences we’ve added to our travel wishlist is to visit the Disgusting Food Museum in Malmö, Sweden. The museum’s cheeky name exposes visitors to foods from all over the world to enlighten them about how one person’s disgusting food is another person’s... read more »

Bidroom: A Membership-Based Hotel Booking Platform that Helps Users See Big Discounts While Traveling

Bidroom: A Membership-Based Hotel Booking Platform that Helps Users See Big Discounts While Traveling

In a Nutshell: The travel industry has evolved along with the rapid pace of technology in recent decades, but that doesn’t always mean lower prices. Bidroom is a travel booking platform aimed at bringing fairness back to the booking industry by providing low-priced hotel rooms to travelers and helping hotels save money in commission fees. The company does this through its low-priced membership model. For $29 per year, members get access to cheaper hotels and a range of travel extras... read more »

Reality Tours & Travel Allows Visitors to Experience Authentic India through Slum Tours While Pouring Profits Back into the Community

Reality Tours & Travel Allows Visitors to Experience Authentic India through Slum Tours While Pouring Profits Back into the Community

In a Nutshell: India has so much to see — natural and cultural wonders, of course -- but above all, the rhythms of the countryside and the cacophony of megacities like Mumbai and its legendary slum Dharavi. These are places tourists have rarely seen. Over the past 15 years, however, Mumbai-based Reality Tours & Travel has been changing that, drawing vacationers, adventurers, and even corporate and educational groups to experience places like Dharavi and to learn the stories of... read more »