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Redeeming Credit Card Points For Rewards

Sep 12, 2008
If you are a frequent traveler, you probably make a lot your purchase overseas using your credit cards. From dining, accommodations and other daily expenses, the amount spent can be pretty significant. This is not a bad thing as you will likely accumulate a lot of reward points. As most credit card companies have an online presence, you can redeem your credit card points anywhere in the world as long as you have an Internet connection.

If your card is tied to an airline reward program, you can redeem free air tickets using your points. But free air travel is not the only thing that is useful.

Visit the website of your credit card company and look up the section that lists all the rewards. Some of the rewards include book voucher, spa voucher, home appliances. free movie tickets, petrol vouchers and a long list of other useful stuffs. Some even include free credits, which is equivalent to free money and can be used to offset your outstanding balance.

You can also use your points to waive off your credit card annual fee, if there is one. However, you may want to use the points to redeem the rewards first. Then call up the customer service representative to request for an annual fee waiver. If you use your credit card on a regular basis, you will very likely get a waiver. This way, you can maximize the value of your reward points.

You should check the amount of reward points you have once every month. It should be reflected in your monthly statement. Alternatively, you can call the credit card companies customer service hotline number and enquire about your points. However, a faster way is to check them online by visiting the credit car company website. Besides checking your reward points status, it is very likely you can also redeem the rewards you want immediately online.

Bear in mind that you should spend only when the need arise and not for the purpose of accumulating reward points. For most of the rewards available, their retail values tend to be much lower. For example, you may need to charge $100 worth of purchase to your credit card before you accumulate enough points to redeem a movie ticket worth $10. Thus it is much cheaper to purchase the ticket off the counter than trying to get it free from credit card reward program.

If you are not a frequent flyer, you can try to charge your essential expenditures, such as grocery and petrol purchase, to your credit card. This way you will still be able to reap the benefits of the reward programs without the need for excessive spending.
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Stephen Chua is the founder of FindCreditCardsInfo.com, where you'll find detail descriptions on all the major credit cards online. Visit http://FindCreditCardsInfo.com to apply for the latest credit card and get the latest credit tips deliver to your inbox for free.
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