Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card | Review – Free Flight and More

Do you fly with Southwest Airlines?  Would you like a free flight and many other benefits as well (like earning points towards flights, points you can use for international travel, and not paying for your bags to fly, and more)?

Of course you would!

See how the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card can work for you in this review.

Let’s take a look at what the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus credit card offers:

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The Hidden Cost of Credit Cards

People often debate the merits of one credit care versus another, as though certain cards have what even seems like a virtue at first glance! But is that really true?  Credit cards are something of a financial iceberg—the part you can see looks almost benign—and sometimes even pleasant–but the part you don’t see is where most of the costs are hiding.  And those hidden costs are buried in places we don’t often look.

Let’s take a look at the hidden cost of credit cards:

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Citi® Dividend World MasterCard® – $300 Cash Back | Review

Are you looking for a cash back card that can give you up to 5% back on your purchases?  CitiBank has a limited time offer on their Citi Dividend World MasterCard that can earn you $300 cash back in three months as well as 5% on rotating categories.  Let’s review the Citi Dividend World MasterCard and see what else is in store for you when you sign up.

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Are You Missing Out on These Credit Card Perks?

While it’s true that you need to be careful and responsible with your credit card, your credit card isn’t necessarily evil.

Indeed, your credit card can actually be a source of different perks.

I’m not just talking about rewards programs (which can offer great opportunities to get cash back, and free stuff).  Your credit card also comes with a number of other perks that should be considered:

Don’t miss out on these credit card perks:

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What is a Credit Card Number? It’s Far From Random

Sample Credit Card

Have you ever wondered if your credit card number is something totally random or if there is a system that determines what your number is?  Credit card numbers are pre-determined so that the credit industry can keep track of how many cards there are in what specific areas.

Let’s take a look at the question “what is a credit card number?”

Issuer Identifier

The first six digits of your credit card determine the issuer and are known as the Issuer Identification Number, or IIN.  The first set of the six digits will tell you the issuer of the card and the rest of the six digits will help identify which card from the issuer and where it’s from.  Each card has a determined length of digits.  For example:
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Should You Use Your Credit Card to Buy Gold or Silver?

Gold and Silver Coins

Gold and silver prices have been on the increase for many months and this is no surprise to Gerald Celente, the CEO of Trends Research Institute, business consultant and publisher of the Trends Journal.

This “Trends Expert” stated that gold and silver prices would continuously increase almost two years ago.  As CNN Headline News stated, “When CNN wants to know about the Top Trends, we ask Gerald Celente.”  As per usual, Gerald Celente called it right.

Many financial experts are stating that gold and silver demands will continue to be high for quite some time to come.  According to the vice president of the RBC Capital Markets Global Futures George Gero, he stated at Forbes.com that worries about the US debt and tensions in the Middle East are a couple of reasons why investors like to turn to gold.

As of the posting of this blog, gold was $1548 per ounce and silver was $36.21 per ounce.  Compare that to one year ago, gold was about $1200 per ounce and silver was $18.50 per ounce.

So investing in gold and silver is still proving to be profitable.
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Citi Data Breach: How Can You Protect Yourself Against Credit Card Fraud?

Recently, Citi experienced a data breach that exposed credit card numbers and contact information of about 1% of its customers. When you consider CitiGroup has tens of millions of customers, you realize that’s a pretty big number.  Citi says that it is contacting those who were impacted, but that could take a while.  Meanwhile, if you have a Citi account, you might want to consider how to protect yourself.

What Should You Watch Out For?

If there is some good news in this, it’s that, by law, your liability for fraudulent credit card purchases is $50.  (With debit purchases, many issuers offer limited protection, but you usually have to notify the issuer within two days if you want liability limited to $50.  If you take too long, you could find your checking account drained — and no recourse.)  However, it’s often better not to wait until a fraudulent purchase is made; you can call and ask for a new account number and a replacement card.
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