3 Reasons Every Frequent Traveler Needs a MasterCard in Their Wallet

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This post was sponsored by MasterCard.

If you’re like me, you like to be able to use your reward points credit cards when you travel. No one likes to be turned away at the register.

You probably also like to enjoy a few extra perks (like early check-in, free breakfast, and discounts on attractions) when you travel here in the States or abroad. I know for me these extras can make the difference between a so-so trip, and a truly enjoyable experience.

In this post I’m going to share a few of the reasons you should have a MasterCard card in your wallet when you travel. Odds are you already have one and simply aren’t taking advantage of all of these perks.

If you don’t have a MasterCard, then I’ll share a link below where you can check out some of the best MasterCard card offers available today.

1. The World Card Hotels and Resorts Program

When you are planning your next vacation take a glance at the deals available at MasterCard’s World Card Hotels and Resorts Program. Choose from countries all over the world. I checked out the site and it includes hotels from Intercontinental, Hyatt, The Westin, and more known brands.

Each of the hotels or resorts comes with perks, like: early check-in, free breakfast, discount rates, upgrades, and more. All you have to be is a MasterCard card holder to take advantage of these deals. When you find the hotel or resort that fits your needs, simply call the number on the back of your MasterCard and a representative will help you book the trip.

2. Wide Acceptance Across the Globe (and at Sams)

MasterCard claims to be accepted at over 28 million merchants. That’s far more than most other card issuers, making them a great card to have when traveling around the world. It’s important to note that a few cards in the MasterCard suite of cards do not have foreign transaction fees. So not only are you earning rewards, you are avoiding the 3% fee for using your card overseas. Win-win!

Another place where acceptance matters: discount warehouse shopping. We’re big fans of Sams Club. They only accept debit cards, cash, or MasterCard credit cards. Since food is such a big monthly expense for us, it’s nice to know I can use a credit card at Sams and still earn reward points on the purchase.

3. Priceless Cities Experiences

To help distinguish their cards from the rest of the pack, the MasterCard team puts together exclusive “experiences” for card holders in certain cities. Your home town may be included. But you don’t have to stop there. Next time you plan a trip, check the MasterCard Priceless Cities site to see if their are exclusive experiences planned in the city you are headed to that you can purchase.

Some examples of Priceless Cities experiences:

  • 2 for 1 at the London Aquarium
  • 250 extra miles earned when booking airfare (US Airways)
  • Club level seats to see the New York Jets, plus a jersey

These experienced are hand-picked by the MasterCard team and are usually limited in nature. New experiences are available all the time. So far it looks like cities in the U.S. that are represented are: Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Miami.

So those are the three reasons any frequent traveler should consider having a MasterCard in their wallet. These reasons are on top of the basic benefits of MasterCard use: concierge service, purchase protection, extended warranty, and more. Learn more about the benefits of MasterCard and compare cards.


Selection of benefits on your card varies by card type and by card issuer. See terms and conditions of your card for details. Image by _benj_

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About Philip Taylor, CPA

Philip Taylor, aka "PT", is a CPA, blogger, podcaster, husband, and father of three. PT is also the founder and CEO of the personal finance industry conference and trade show, FinCon. He created this website back in 2007 to share his advice on money, hold himself accountable (while paying off over $75k in debt), and to meet others passionate about moving toward financial independence. He uses Personal Capital to track his wealth. All the content on this blog is original and created or edited by PT.